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Perhaps ... A Real Dog?

Looking back to 12/26/2015, I was headed south out of Natalia, TX with a pup in a basket.  What was I thinkin’?!??  OK, OK,  that was a rhetorical question.   I knew full well what the dealio was.  You see,  I was missing my long time companion Tuco the Dog in the most horrible fashion.   I am not going to go into extolling the virtues of Tuco the Dog except to say she was affably easy to live with and knew what devotion to her family was all about. She seldom disappointed or  stepped out of line.  She was a real dog to be sure.

Give these dogs something to do and they are happy! VV guarding the Big Ass Suburban whilst I piddle

Give these dogs something to do and they are happy!  VV guarding the Big Ass Suburban whilst I piddle.  That is her slingshot duck close at hand.

Vela Von,  measured on a spectrum whose breadth I am still trying to understand,  prefers to bite you when you are most unsuspecting, dismantle carpet thread by thread and jump flat-footed 36″ into the air and land all four feet on the kitchen counter.   If it wasn’t for the shit flying everywhere when she does this, I would be tempted to raise up one of those number scorecards like they do at Olympic Events.  She definitely seems proud of her supercanine ability it seems. That is, until I wag the BAD DOG finger at her.  The she lays those ears flat and sasses me back.  A sort of warbly, chortley, yodely series of sounds that I have no trouble understanding.   “Yes ma’am, you little black devil.  I DID reprimand you and chew that ass and I have every right to.  Get over it hound!  Yer a dog fer chrissakes.   Dogs have boundaries! “

I felt outgunned and outmanned just about from the get-go with this dog that seemed to be all teeth on one end and endless abundance of steamy piles of eau de crap out the other end.  I resorted to a 911 call to Google Fu and ended up on the biggest GSD (german shepherd dog) forum in the internet.  I read endlessly trying to get a handle on this wild ass puckerbrush animal.  I read the forum for days.  I bought the books they recommended and the control hardware they employed. I resolved to buckle down double hard on this 3 month old pup and show her who the leader of the pack really was.

Look quick! A rare sighting of Vela Von at rest

Look quick! A rare sighting of Vela Von at rest

Vela Von will be 5 months old in a day or two and the 60 days between coming to the NO Princess Palace in a laundry basket and now have been ummmmmmmmm, eventful.  I was frustrated and I guess it showed.  Vela Von got to chasing her tail for minutes at a time when I pressed her hard to mind me.  Lots o’ tail chasing and some research that postulated it was most likely an OCD behavior related to anxiety.  It got worse by the day and I had to re-think my whole dog mantra because I was givin’ my pup puckerbrush PTSD.  Something was off kilter in Daddy-Dog World and I had to figger it out.  So me and Vela Von took a hiatus from anything that resembled a strictly structured environment and I went back to the GSD forum to do some readin’ between the lines.  I ended up dividing these folks up into two groups and then tossing most of the well-intentioned info out the window.  Pshaw!  I never had to go to any online forum to figure out Tuco the Dog.  Enough of this craziness!

The first bunch is into GSD minutiae and it consumes them. Correct height, color, weight,  working drive, prey drive, bloodlines, show dogs vs working dogs  all congealed into a horrid melange and crowned with good ol’ Germanic hardcore training regimens.  I don’t want no Nazi-acting dog, OK?  These folks would be better off with lab rats who would respond well to analytical and carefully planned breeding.

010The other group is them that have no business with a high energy dog.  Most likely their kids are being babysat with iPads and movies on the flatscreen.  That don’t work out worth a damn with a true working dog –as they find out. They bring their drama to the forums and I am like “soooooo, what did you expect?”  Dogs n’ kids both take an investment in time. Nada mas.  Just hours spent daily interacting with them one on one.  I hate to say it but most of these folks were women.  I think they would be better off with a brace of hamsters.

So I came back from hiatus with a different attitude.  Vela Von was the same puppy; just not chasing her tail any more.  I was the one that had undergone the attitude adjustment.  These days I remember she is just a puppy still yet and we go through a day with her making every step I do.  Every once in a while I ease in some formal training but just a bit here and there.  Worked for Tuco the Dog and every once in a while I see a flash of brilliance from Vela Von. I hope it is a portent of things to come.  Maybe, just maybe there is a real dog  growing inside her.  Yes sirree, these dogs absolutely require a strong and steady hand to manage them.  At the same time, they have to respect and trust that controlling hand…… and therein lies the secret friends and neighbors.

 

End Note:  Nobody to Blame by Chris Stapleton from The Traveller cd.   This is Trashville produced so WTF is it doing here you are bound to ask.  Well, it is like this.  The Steeldrivers are a fave of mine big time.  They have showed up in the End Notes and even been featured like when Fat Boy Scott left us. (Christ, that was two years ago this month!)    Chris Stapleton headed up The Steeldrivers for a bit and when I got to tracking him down I found out he was doing his new thing now; winning Trashville awards right and left it seems.   So if you like a little Bocephus,  Skynyrd, Ralph Stanley all balled up together, give him a listen.

 

Justin Timberlake on my blog?????  Yes sir, that is a true fact.  Broaden your music horizon is all I got to say about that.

 

 

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8 comments to Perhaps … A Real Dog?

  • Coal

    Critical tbat pup see you as the alpha male. Pup will calm down needs lotz exercise, mine go a little nuts if they dont get thier daily 5 to 10k run behind my atv.got her on rawfood diet.?? My pup just turned a year, turned out to be a very nice dog

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    • Andy

      We are getting there Coal. 1.5 miles walking each day plus the piddling around the RV.

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  • Vince

    Morn’n,

    That pup is going to make you young again Andy!!!
    It ya want it or not! LOL!!!

    Really had a chuckle of your caption on the picture of your pup laying down. Ya…that’s going to be rare.

    have fun

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  • Sallie

    I so get what you are going through. My older dog is a 10 year old shar pei mix and I had no idea how spoiled I was until I decided to get her a friend.

    The older one had a chewing and poo phase, but she grew out if it with in her first year. I picked up a second Dog last year from the local animal shelter, she was6 to 8 months old as far as the vet could tell and after more than a year, she still poos and pees where she shouldn’t, scratches and chews anything left out and steals food off counters. Oh well, you know how it is, you adopt a dog and your committed to it… I could probably spend more time in training, but I don’t and I just deal with it now.

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  • Don

    We used this collar on our dog; it helped her to learn to walk on a lead. She was about 65 lb of mix: shepherd, pit bull, maybe even some black lab. She wanted to mind but wanted to investigate everything too. If that’s what you need help with, I can recommend this product. It allows you to control the dog’s head and where the head goes…. Good luck!

    http://www.amazon.com/Premier-Pet-Products-GL-BULK-BLK-Headcollar/dp/B002VMJPAG/

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  • wil

    You remember the old saw about not being able to recall the original objective of draining the swamp, etc? Same sorta applies to raising up Vela Von. She is a pup. She NEEDS something to do all day long, but it has to be fun and make sense to her. Reading ‘twixt your lines, you seem to be grasping that now. Good for you, good for her. I look forward to your continued observations as she trains you up to be her master.

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