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This blog is dedicated to our four-legged friends-everyone's favorite pet-the beloved dog. Here we can discuss anything and everything related to dogs. We can share stories, photos, health and training tips, grooming tips; anything and everything related to the canines in our lives. Welcome and please do not hesitate to comment! I love to read other's stories and this blog was created to share. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back often!
ABOUT MAGGIE-We decided to get a puppy and began scouring the local online market places in the beginning of July in 2005. We answered an ad that was advertising small, mixed breed pups, made an appointment and drove an hour north to NordingrĂ¥ to visit the puppies. The breeder had the puppies out in her yard in a small enclosure. The pups were 8 weeks old. She told us that the mother was a Papillon and that the father was a Yorkshire Terrier. Both parents were there. One of the puppies looked very much like a Chihuahua, as he was short-haired and black and tan colored. I questioned the owner, because the father of the puppies did not look like a pure bred Yorkie to me, but she insisted that he was.There were four puppies in the litter. One had been sold already. Beside the one that looked like a Chihuahua, there was Maggie and then another female that had the same features as Maggie, only she was all brown with a black stripe running down the middle of her back. We decided that we liked the coloring of little Maggie and her sweet disposition, so we happily bought her and took her home that day.I have heard of so many names of this mixed breed. They can be called Yorkipaps, Papiyorks or Yorkillons! Maggie has the Yorkie face with the Pap ears and coloring. So many people that meet her have said what a perfect combination of breeds she seems to be!One of the neat things about Maggie is that we will never forget her birthday. She was born on May 5, 2005, so it's 5/5/05! So I suppose you could say that her lucky number is 5!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

TGIF and meeting the neighbor dog

Well, it's finally Friday! I am going to work on this blog, although I have been having some difficulty logging in here the past few days. Sometimes my browser won't even let me visit the site. Hopefully it is just a temporary glitch. I have a neighbor who owns a husky mix. When I moved into this building two months ago, the neighbor's dog wanted to meet Maggie, so I hestitantly allowed his dog to approach Maggie. Maggie was clearly NOT interested in him due to the fact that he was barking and jumping and was about 4 times bigger than her. Clearly they never addressed the dog's behavior problems when he was young. The funny thing is, at this first 'meeting' between the two dogs, the owner said that the reason he (the dog) was acting so badly was because he was a 'puppy'. I asked him how old the dog was and he replied 'three and a half years'! Hmmmm....This is clearly a case of a dog's owner being ashamed of their dogs' behavior and making excuses. The last time I checked, a 3½ year old dog does not qualify as a puppy! :) So, again, back to the importance of training your dog early to avoid embarassing moments like these. One more thing-the photo here of Maggie was taken on a recent excursion into the forest to hunt for Chatarelle mushrooms. When the foilage becomes too thick, Maggie has to be carried in this special doggie carrying pouch, because she is too short to run through the thick/tall growth in the woods. She rides along happily in her carrier, no complaining, nothing. She is a joy to have along on outings. Gotta love those small dogs; they are so 'portable'!
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