If anyone saw me with our dogs, they would know that they are loved. Sure, some times they act up, or act “like a dog” and need correcting, but for 99.9% of the time, we have the best well-behaved dogs around.
They get their treats after we finish our meals, that is how we roll. We finish dinner, clear the table, and when we turn around, they are both waiting directly under the treat jar on the shelf. It is cute to see each and every time, and never will that scene of them turning their heads to see if we saw them sitting there patiently waiting for treats ever get old.
I love noticing all of the differences in personalities too between Nikita and Bella. Nikita has this knack of being so anal about “things she wants” that for some of the “things” she wants – she will bark at it, while other “things” she wants – she will just sit there and stare at it until I come over and give it to her.
For example, ever since Nikita was a little puppy, I have always let her play with the empty paper towel roll until she rips it up, then it goes in the garbage. Things never change, as she still loves the paper towel rolls, but now, when she sees a roll (even when it is full of paper towels on it) sitting on the counter, she “wants it” and she will sit in front of that counter and stare at it until she gets it. (or until I can’t take her staring any longer and have to put the full roll of paper towels in the cabinet)
Now Bella on the other hand, I could write a huge list of all the things that she likes, and one of them is always stealing a toy right out of Nikita’s mouth. Yep, we have about 50 stuffies here, but she wants the ONE that Nikita is playing with, always! That will never change. Bella grabs that toy from Nikita, does a circle around the kitchen, “boops” Nikita on the head as she runs past, and so on. Each and every time like clockwork.
I always wonder how dogs get their little “antics”, as each dog has their own “style” and personality. No one teaches them these silly things, so how do they know how to do them? Like, who taught Bella how to dance on her back legs?
One thing I do know for sure is, that Bella absolutely loves her new winter coat I got her. She has been wearing it for a few days now and she loves it. When she see me reaching for it, she knows she is going out. But the most amazing part of this, is that you can actually see “happiness” on her face when she wears this red wooley jacket. I love the wooley collar too on her sweater as this makes the sweater even cuter! I mean, she actually lights up and has an adorable spring in her step, kinda like a “hey everybody, look at me” as she prances to the backyard to poop!
I got Nikita a new doggie sweater to wear and it fits, but it’s a little tight under her armpits, so I might have to tweak the sweater a bit. I was going to take it back for a refund, but I think I might be able to fix it for her to wear. Nikita’s sweater is the type that you have to pull on over their head and then maneuver their legs through the leg holes. I don’t like these styles, but I wanted her to have a nice sweater too.
If any of you crafty sewers out there have a pattern for a dog coat that will fit a large dog like Nikita, please email me the pattern or contact me so you can mail it to me! (Nikita is about 70 lbs) I would like to have the type of coat like I got Bella (see photo), but one for Nikita. Bella’s coat is done with velcro straps. One strap goes under her belly, and one goes around her chest, and it is on in seconds. Trying to wiggle on a sweater that you pull on over their heads is too hard to do.
So what cute personalities does YOUR dog have?