1. Family – they can be most devout , loving you unconditionally
2. Foster – control over population of numerous cats and dogs of various conditions
3. Devout – take care of your pet, and they will take care of you
4. Care – most often dogs are taken to hospitals and senior homes to entertain and aid
5. Happiness – they are undeniably joyful in all that they can do
This Lens is a continuation to my previous one, 5 Reasons To Have A Pet – Part I, where I introduced to you our current kitties Gracey – Mae and Pepsi aka by many names. I’m now introducing you to our dog who we loved for 15 out of 16 wonderful years and that’s Gracey’s beloved sister friend, Fidget, Fidget Meister, Gidget or Midget and last but certainly not least, Floppy Discs.
DOGS, DOGS, DOGS
Ode to Dogs like Fidget
by Kimberley Vico
To all the dogs like Fidget a family’s mascot known,
to thrive the years with loved ones possessing greatness of her own.
To happily greet you like there is no one else on earth
and continually impress you with all her gifts since birth.
To run along with the distance at 30 K,
and rollover, sit pretty almost every day.
To be obedient and endearing with her every move,
the hunt for all the squirrels strategically improved.
To out chase other doggies, the fastest in the West,
to befriend a Sister kitty, the two were showing best.
To guard ones own Master which was second nature too,
Loyal and forgiving, her love was just and true.
To wear a calico coat and markings of her breed,
eyeliner ’round her eyes gave a feminine look indeed.
To thrive for a bone, tennis ball or stick,
she would dig and dig to bury them until knee deep and thick.
The memories are endless to describe this dog of mine
An Ode to Dogs like Fidget, she was definitely one of a kind!
THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO WITH A DOG LIKE FIDGET
I first met Fidget when I met her rightful owner about 15 years ago. Although she had overcome an operation with a cone around her pretty head, she seemed fairly together and sprite enough for a stroll through the park that day. A day I shall never forget !
Around the seawall we walked all knowing but not obvious that I could be chosen as her surrogate mommy. At only one year of age, she took in stride and waited in the grand Buick ‘Beagle’ Regal for daddy to complete his acquaintance with me and carry on with their travels home only 8 hours away. It was a few short months later that we were a family when we finally reunited for good and got accustom to our habits and expectations.
Fidget was one of the most docile creatures I had ever had or co-owned. I’ve had pets, both cats and dogs before, but never a beagle who loved people as much as she did and they who loved her right back. When going for a walk it was often hard to determine just who was taking who for a walk. If she was ever in a park, she would pretty much tow you in the direction she wanted. Where there was a rabbit or squirrel she would let you know and be granted the freedom to chase after it in the most tactical way imaginable. When I say tactical I mean like a swat team member inch for inch carefully pronounced on foot but practically slow motion. With tail straight out and nose to the ground she would meet her target face to face with only one inch between them before she’d pounce. In all her hunts or missions, Fidget never harmed or hurt a thing. She merely enjoyed the chase. She chased after balls but never retrieved them…well maybe halfway; she chased after dogs literally in circles around anything in a beach/ park setting and in return out ran them when they came for her; as for squirrels and rabbits she allowed them to make the first move, escaping in time … for the sake of the chase she would watch them almost fleet and fly to the nearest tree tops and go ballistic because it was thrill seeking enough.
MORE ON FIDGET…
With all her skills and tricks she learned along the way which often started with universal shake of paw both left and right, she conquered the sit pretty, rolling over, and the speak (barking) at any intervel down to mute if you told her to. This often led to a treat every time but she did it on demand! Her baying was so beautiful as could be expected from a beagle. And what a show stopper… when she walked with us along the sidewalk where others were sure to pass, they were in immediate awe and stopped to pet her. Of course, she was a suck for it all, she just rolled onto her back and savored every moment of their undivided attention.
Unfortunately Fidget was diagnosed with cushings and past on last May. We took time off to be with her and register everything about this impending end. An unheard of time for death and the unthinkable for a dog like Fidget. In the 15 years we shared our love and care, Fidget was by far one of a kind. She gave so much to everyone! Her daddy was truly stellar in the love and care he invested but like any family member or friend it was highly worth it. Although most of our pets are not cut out to live as long as any of us, we can only appreciate and remember their true spirit, love and personality they shared with us. We can only remind ourselves that there will never be a replacement of the one that you loved but of one that you can further provide for as they look on to us for a warm and loving home.
A FEW TRICKS FOR YOUR PUPPY DOG
We’d often have Fidget do a few tricks for us and her pals when visiting. The usual lot would be to ‘speak’, ‘roll over’ and, of course, ‘shake a paw’. Below are a few examples of how to train your pup accordingly.
Training him/her how to ‘speak’ goes something like this…
1. We would sit her down and make sure she was fully focused on a treat in your hand.
2. We would ask her with undivided attention to ‘speak’.
3. To coach speaking, you would start mimicking her ‘like a dog barking’.
4. Once your dog gets the hang of it and joins you in that bark then you can conduct, possibly, for low volume to loud volume – we would use our hand to gesture small to large.
5. To conduct the volume is a bonus! – it’s just another layer to have your dog speak softly or loudly as needed!
Don’t forget, this is one of many lessons to be learned using concentration and focus on the treat for every effort your pup makes in endeavoring your quest or lesson. The treat is obviously a token showing your dog did well and to repeat the same task again and again as desired.
Now to ‘roll over’ you would begin similarly as you did have your pup to ‘speak’ but this time you are simply making rollover gestures (in circles) with treat in hand. It’s advised that you speak the word ‘roll over’ and do the gesture at the same time. Soon they’ll get the hang of it and may not need to hear the word once they have accomplished the gesture to do so.
As you might have guessed by now, ‘shake a paw’ is next. With most dogs this is a main standard to ‘shake a paw’ because every dog must greet and be greeted as we humans so often do. As per the High Five or the simple Shaking of Hands. It almost seems more natural with dogs to shake their paw without coaxing them with a treat because they probably have done it with enough people over a very short span of time!
One last and final item that was not mentioned earlier, and that is how to train your pup to poop! Rather where to poop. The only thing I can suggest is that you keep him/her on the paper once you’ve spread them out through the room of choice and at your earliest opportunity make sure he/she does just that. If they don’t, you have to point it out to them with their nose in that direction of the doo doo and say ‘No’ very firmly and continue to place them on the paper. By the way when you scold never hit or tap them on the nose or head – ever. Patience is a virtue. Once your pup gets the hang of it, he/she will truly be happier for it especially when they received that hard-earned treat!
Here’s a video on Beagles specifically that you’ll just love – don’t miss it!
Beagles – Courtesy of Beagles 101 You Tube
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