Zion-BG's Precious Gift O'Foxy aka Precious
b.. 4/05/2004 | sire: Zion's Color-Me Blue dam: Zion's Foxy Wildthing
I brought Precious home with me after Homecoming. Precious is Lisa's
son, David's dog, and she's now 17 months old. At first, I wasn't
sure what to expect from a dog that has lived most of her life in
a kennel. I was very pleasantly surprised! First of all, she's a
sweetheart! Very affectionate, and loves to bury her head in my lap
and get body rubs and scratches.
Second, I was very worried as to
how Orion would deal with her. Orion is very protective of me. They
love each other! I was so happy! I take them out in my backyard to
play, and they chase each other around, steal the ball from each
other, wrestle each other. It's amazing to watch those two together.
Precious is a lot smaller than Orion, but she doesn't give him one
break. Orion tries to grab her neck, and she just twists down, and
bites his legs! They both end up lying down playing mouth to mouth.
It's so funny! Precious is very fast, she runs circles around my
not so graceful Orion. She also out lasts him. He will collapse on
the grass, and just watch her keep going, running circles all around
the yard. She has more energy than he and I combined! LOL
first brought Precious home, she was a little leery of all the new
things in my neighborhood. She's used to country living, and I live
in one of those neighborhoods where the houses are all lined in a
row, all look sort of alike. So, to boost her confidence, I started
walking Orion and Precious together. Yep, I'm insane! You know those
western movies, with the guy driving the coach, with the horse reins
in both hands? That's me when they both decide they have to get to
a smell NOW! But, they also listen most of the time, when I tell
them to wait, as I disentangle myself, or pick up after them. Orion
will only do his business during his walk, he won't go in our yard.
Precious wouldn't go during our walks, but would wait until she was
in our yard. She's now starting to go during walks also. I wish I
could get Orion to go in the yard. Life will be much easier come
the snows if he would. Precious' confidence has grown from walking
with Orion. Nothing bothers him, and now, nothing bothers her either.
If something she's not used to happens, she looks at me to see how
I'm reacting. If I tell her it's OK, let's go, she just keeps on
However, during the day, I had to stop taking them out together.
The other day, a neighbor was walking his corgis, and both my dogs
decided they wanted to go say hi. So, they dragged me clear across
the street to see the corgis. I almost had a heart attack, as I knew
Precious is friendly, but Orion isn't. While Precious said her hellos,
Orion just stood there, not quite sure what to do. I put him in a
sit, until the guy walked away with the corgis. But, later on, I
found out one of the corgis had bit an eight month old pug whom Precious
has made friends with also. So, I can't take the chance of them dragging
me again, next time it may be towards an unfriendly dog, or if they
drag me across the street again, we could all get hit by a car. So,
I now only walk them together before work, when it's so early, I
know there aren't any dogs around.
Precious has learned to sit before
I let her out of her crate. She used to go nuts when she knew she
was coming out. Now, she sits and waits. She also knows she has to
have her feet wiped when we come back in from outside. She stands
there while I lift each foot and wipe it. And she loves to have her
teeth brushed at night! That one, she picked up from Orion. She's
mainly chewing on the brush, but I'm getting a few strokes in. She
knows when I say outside, she runs for the laundry door, or when
I say downstairs, she runs for the basement door. She goes up when
I tell her upstairs, and down when I say downstairs. She kennels
up when asked, well, most of the time on the last one! LOL She loves
to steal toys and run into her crate. She can collect quite a few
in there! But, Orion will help himself to them when he wants. Now
that she's much more comfortable here, we're starting to do some
obedience work too. I'm not good at teaching obedience, so we'll see
how that one goes.
And now, we're going to go take our first bath!
Oh boy! LOL