Thursday, May 15, 2008

My Super Nova

6 months old.

So, I have a wonderful and crazy dog, Nova.
She is a two year old, 20 lbs, rat terrier/husky mix.
We have had Nova since she was 4 months old when we started shopping
around at shelters for a dog and she was the perfect fit..a big and small dog all
wrapped into one!

Helping us paint the house.

Nova has been my "baby" and companion for all this time. She snuggled with me under the blankets when Scott was working on cold winter nights. She even sat next to me all the times I threw up with morning sickness. She would sit and wait, then sometimes come up and lick my arm once, then go back to sitting with me.
I did my best to prepare her for her impending doom. Dun dun dun.......the BABY.

In trouble.

Look at that tongue!

To my surprise, she has been WONDERFUL with Pixie. The other day I was taking a
shower with the coveted 10 min. of goodness while Pixie was in her rocker chair.
I must have taken 11 minutes to shower because she was screaming when I got out.
Nova was lying near her and I got out and made an impression of Pixie for her.
"Baby Pixie just goes waaaaaaahhh all the time!"
Nova looked at me, then at Pixie, then back at me and she seemed to say
"yeah, you're telling me!"

Sleeping in "her" recliner. She also stands on the arm and puts her paws on the window sill to keep watch out the window all day.

A close up of her tongue sticking out while she was sleeping in the last picture.

We have accomplished a lot of training with Nova. She still gets really excited when people come over, but I would hate to see what she would be like without any training at all!

Our successful tricks have been:
House breaking!
Going to the bathroom on command and in under two minutes.
The usual sit, stay, down, and off.
Sit up, high five, fetch.
Teaching a non-howling dog to howl.
To only get on non-approved furniture when invited...unless new people are here..arg.
Teaching her "English".
"Paws Off", if she's standing on something.
To go in her cage on demand. "Go to sleep" or "Go to bed", if she's in trouble.
Saying "what did you do?" and finding out if she really did anything by her reaction.
To ring a bell to go outside. That didn't last was being rung constantly.
Taking a bath without any struggle to get her in there.
To play "which hand?" (explained in the video)

So what else do you do to ensure the safety and the safe return of your beloved pet,
if it gets lost? We did the usual city license tag, a micro-chip, the vet number with her i.d.
BUT what if someone finds her and doesn't want to give her back? We don't have the money to go to the expense of a GPS tracker for we got a medical alert tag and put our phone number on the back. That way people will think she has some awful medical condition and won't want to keep her!

No comments: