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I definitely can see the Sheltie in Sofie’s eyes and ears when I look at this beauty.  – DogDaz

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: I Spy

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Sofie seems to always be playing the game ‘I Spy.’  Here she is spying a duck or fish or bouy.  Actually, I never know what she spies.

Bark Out Loud.  That dog cracks me up!

Happy Sunday!

 

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This is part of the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks to Dachshund Nola and Sugar for hosting.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2014 in Dogs

 

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Sunday’s Funny

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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Dogs

 

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8.14.12 Would You Like Cheese With That WHINE!

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I am sooooooooo tired of Sofie’s whining.  I have been making a study of this, and she even whines in her sleep.  This must be a Sheltie trait.  Never having a dog with this breed mix before, I am not sure, but I have never had such a big baby like Sofie Bear.  So I decided to do some research.  I went to “Sheltie Planet: Your Guide to Everything Shetland Sheepdog,” to find out if this is a breed problem.  And, it sort of is.  They say you should ask yourself these questions to try to figure out why she is whining:

– Is she in pain?  NOPE
– Is she simply bored or lonely? Could be, but we could be in the middle of a major play session and she will whine (or maybe dog talk), so I will say, MAYBE.
– Is she afraid or anxious?  I don’t think she is afraid, but anxious, well of that I am not sure?  I don’t really see her as an anxious dog, but I have Lulu who is pretty high strung, so in comparison maybe I am missing something.  I will have to think on this.
– Does she need to go outside?   Well if she asks, I take her, but that is super rare.

Sofie is a very vigilant dog, she can hear a fox outside 200 feet away.  She will bark at noises that we human’s just don’t hear, but I figure that is vigilance, not anxiety.  Shelties are bred to guard the flock and warn when intruders are around, so it is in her DNA.  I guess I am more tolerant than other people when it comes to innate traits.  A dog is a dog and you have to allow them a bark or two or an occasional whine. Poor Sofie definitely has reasons to whine:  (1) When she wants Nine to come out of the cat room and play with her; (2) When she wants Muffin to stop helping me make dinner, especially when it is the dog food kind; (3) When she wakes up and wants me to let her out of her kennel (but I can tell her to go back to sleep and most of the time she will), and, for sure; (4) When she wants a toy that Lulu has.  The family says she whines all the time, but maybe I just don’t hear it.  I have been told that she whines terribly when I leave, which is something I really need to figure out how to help her stop.  The Sheltie website said basically to ignore the whining, but that sure doesn’t work around here.  When she was a puppy I tried to give her positive reinforcement for not whining, but that was really hard, since it is not a predictable thing.  A lot of times I think that Sofie is just dog talking to me though.  She likes to sit there and have this whole conversation. I am not exactly sure what the story is about, but I know that she likes when I make eye contact and tilt my head as if listening.  “Well, Sofie my love, would you like a little cheese with that whine?”

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Dogs

 

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