Nicknames abound at Chez' Skippy and Spot, our double dapple piebald dachshund, is no exception. We call her Spoot the Doot, Creepy Eye [check out her left eye - it IS creepy], Eva Braun, Clueless [personal fav']. You get the idea. I always find it fascinating that you can call a dog anything besides their given name [including but not limited to names containing vulgarities - I mean, not like WE would do anything like that ] and as long as you say it sweetly they will come running to you. Why bother to even name them?
She is a good puppy. We have had her for 4 years and she is 4 years old. We got her as a puppy and although we have had dachshunds before we had never encountered this particular "mix" [piebald and dapple] - Turns out she is a weeeeee bit overbred? inbred? As such she has a few health problems that may cause her problems in the future. We had only had her one day when I noticed her back legs were weak. The Vet confirmed she was a bone deformity in each leg and although her legs would strengthen in time her back would always have a funny curve and we would have to watch out for her. No problem. When I called the gentleman I received her from I told him the Vet's concerns and he said "No problem. Bring her on back then." When I asked what he would do he replied "Aw hell, I'll just put her down. She ain't worth nothing now." Um. NO.
She is truly the last dog I will ever buy from a breeder. Pooldad and I have rescued a lot of dogs in our life together, but we lost our beloved dachshund Boomer and wanted another dachshund. We went the Dachshund rescue route - but the Rescue in our area is, well...not quite as honest as we needed them to be regarding the condition of the dogs. For example - one we adopted was a biter but they neglected to tell us when we had small children [Thanks! VADR!] so after three trials we just gave up.
Spot is a real sweetie, but as her breed is wont to do - she is a barker. She thinks she is going to protect us all from intruders. Bark!bark!bark!bark! I eat you! Bark! Most of the time it is endearing, but it sure does scare the crap out delivery people. :) We always pen her up when we are expecting something but it doesn't assuage their fear. Then when we open the door they hear the frantic barking [from Spot] and see the gentle giant [Scooby - who just wants to love them] and they freak out.
The funniest part about having these two is that Spot is definitely the alpha doggie. Poor Scooby. He just takes it [like when she decides to chew on him] and looks at me forlornly as if to say "Really Mamas? I has to puts up wit' dis?" But they are great pals and spend a lot time sleeping together.
If you can't tell - hasn't been a whole lot going on here in Skippyland - but since I found that cute pic' of Spot on my camera I thought a post would be fun.
Thanks again for all your kind wishes - I am finally off bedrest [YAY] but seems I picked up the flu in my travels [not bad, just bleech kind of flu] so I have been lazing around even more waiting for my throat to feel better. :)
Also thanks for the explanations about Comment Moderation. I now understand why and really appreciate it - I just wondered why I never got spammed, y'know? But I did take the post down because I didn't want a spammer to find it. But really thanks so much!
Have a great Wednesday! Hugs.