Give your friends and family a chuckle when you send out these Christmas greeting cards with cartoon drawing of a Rough Collie trying to get away with eating all of Santa's cookies. Tri colored Rough Collie is wearing a Santa Hat, with ginger bread man in his mouth and inside of card reads, "Ho... Ho... Ho???"
I've had Kizzie for a lil' over a month. I rescued her from the Galveston County Animal Resource Center. The first week I had her, I really didn't think there was any hope for frisbee. She let the hedge hog toy just bounce off her forehead when I tried to get her to catch him. and she showed even less interest in the frisbee. But she got much more playful by the 2nd week and was catching socks and stuffies. She still didn't see the point of the frisbee, so I used a clicker and hot dog pieces to get her excited about it. We started out with just her jumping and putting her mouth on the frisbee, then chasing down rollers and grabbing with her mouth. All the while we continued working on catching and fetching with soft toys. Last week, I finally tried some short tosses with the frisbee and this short lil' video is how far we've come since last week. I've dubbed her Kisbee now. :)
Kizzie has turned out to be very playful. That first week, I had my doubts, as she just stared at the stuffie and let it bounce off her head, when I tried to get her to catch it. Fast forward a month and she's just catching all kinds of stuff, including her frisbee and she loves her ball so much, she'll sleep with it. :-)
Since my weeds were getting taller than Kiz, I decided to do a lil' yard work today. Almost feels like fall here today. A miracle considering it's middle of Aug in Texas. Took a few photos of Kiz hanging out with me. I think she might miss the weeds. It was like having her own jungle. Ah well, knowing me, her jungle will be back in a few months.
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After my Collie, Gull, passed away, I'd been planning to go to Collie rescue for my next dog, but a few weeks ago, I saw a really cute terrier mix pupper on petfinder. I had Cairn Terriers before the Collies, so I've got a soft spot for scruffy puppers too. I headed out to the Galveston County kill shelter, just to look around. The cute lil' terrier mix was of course gone already, but I checked out some of the herding breeds that were there. There were two GSD mix dogs, that were really calm and quiet in their enclosure. The one was really beautiful. I took her outside to see what she was like. We didn't click. She didn't pay me any attention. Her roommate hadn't grabbed me visually, but I thought what the heck, I'll check her out too.
OMG what a wonderful dog (and as it turns out vedy beautiful too. When I saw her at the shelter, her ears were flat against her head. When I got her home and she was all bouncy and happy, her ears perked up and it totally changed her appearance). Right off, she looked me straight in the eye and she had that look in her eyes that reminded me of Oz, my other Collie. If my dogs were Charlie's Angels, Oz would be Sabrina, the really really smart one. :-) So I felt that was a really good indicator that this lil' girl was smart too. She was also majorly outgoing and affectionate too. She'd run to the fence to greet everybody who walked by, than she'd come running back to me when I called her and give lots of doggy kisses and roll over for tummy rubs. On one recall, she launched herself at me and we both ended up in a heap on the ground. What a character! How had nobody snatched up this lil' girl already? I tell ya, a bunch of folks missed out on a great dog.
I've had her a lil' over a month now and I love her to pieces. She's every bit as smart as I'd thought she'd be at that first meeting. She's just picking up on everything so fast. Like a sponge. We're working on fetch and catch and frisbee right now. She's so fast and can jump so high, I've high hopes she'll be a good frisbee dog, like Oz and Gull. After a couple of weeks working with her on it, she's already making some short frisbee catches. Big Happy Dance!
Honestly, I never dreamed I'd find a dog this awesome at the shelter. I figured I'd have housebreaking and behavioral issues to overcome, which really, there hasn't been much. Mainly, her not liking being crated when I left her alone, which I solved by putting in a dog door. Everything about her has been amazingly positive. She's smart, like Oz; Funny and playful, like Gull; Affectionate and yodel-y, like Maddie (my female Cairn); And such a happy lil' girl and great hiking dog, like the Murph (my male Cairn). She's got the qualities I loved best about my Cairns. Low shedding, Not barky, Adaptable and Gregarious with people. And the best qualities of my Collies. Easily trained, Great sports dog, Wants to be right by your side and Great with other dogs. She's like if I took the best features of all 4 of my previous dogs and mashed them together and formed my dream dog, that would be Kizzie.
The vet thinks she's a Belgian Malinois/Basenji mix, not GSD mix. I can definitely see the Malinois in her face, but I wasn't sure about the Basenji, until I did a lil' research. I think he's right, she has quite a lot of their features, including the Yodel. Vedy cute. At some point, maybe I can get that on video. Her name, Kizzie, morphed out of a cross between Kismet and how Kissy she is. After researching the name I found it means "light of heart", which fits her and there's a great character from Roots named Kizzy, which keeps my TV/Movie/Literature theme going for dog names. Also, I'd picked the name before I discovered Basenjis are an African breed of dog, connecting it to Roots. So there ya go, just a perfect name all around, for the perfect dog.
Oz passed away 3 yrs ago, from lymphoma, a couple of months after my Mom had a massive stroke. So I didn't really have time to mourn him, much less create a tribute video at that time. With creating a tribute video for my other Collie, Gull, a couple of months ago, I realized it was time I made a memorial for the Oz.
I've said many times, he's as close as I'll ever get to Lassie. I imagine a dog like that only comes around once in a person's lifetime. I figure I was blessed with whatever time I had with him and that God decided he needed a good right hand man too and who better than Oz.
I'm not sure what I miss most about him. Him talking to me or him whacking me in the back of the head with his paw, because I wasn't listening to him. :-) We had our share of "Timmy in the well" moments and he had to resort to whacking me more than once. Thank goodness he was as persistent as he was smart.
I love ya always, Oz. Everyday with you was a great day.