~ Growing Fast
I love the portrait photo of her! She was so tiny not all that long ago. Maybe you remember her with her sister Azura–a Doberman. Azura wasn’t too sure about this addition at first.
Now, they are inseparable, and she holds her own with her big sister. A friendly game of tug-o-war can happen, but snuggling works its way into the mix, and these days Azura readily accepts her shadow.
We love hearing about Sophia and how she interacts with Azura. Thanks for all the hard work you are putting into her. We hope she fulfills all you imagined.
Just had to share this with you. The picture was not taken in a mirror.
Last Tuesday morning (May 4th), I fell cutting my left arm. The local ER stitched me up. On our evening walk, I realized that I needed Porsche to walk on my right side to prevent possible re-injury. She has always heeled on my left. We thought of a new command word, Fall-in. Within five minutes and an undisclosed number of cookies, she was coming around to my right side when I said Fall-in. The next morning, she did fine until we started walking. I am sure she thought I was crazy not to do it as we always had. With lots of praise and more cookies, we accomplished a short walk with her on the right. That evening, there was still some confusion, but she complied. This morning we covered our entire walk route with her happily on the right. Praise and some repetition of the Fall-in command helped plus a few cookies. The crowning glory was when we got home. I re-introduced the Heel command. She happily moved to my left side. When I said Fall-in, she went back to the right side. It brought tears to my eyes. It amazed me how quickly she seemed to realize the need to do this.
Some of us not only love our dogs to pieces, we also depend upon them. To have such a cooperative intelligent dog is certainly the cherry on top a delicious sundae.
Thank you for letting me have Porsche.
Dear JuneAnn–we are happy to know you are more than okay, and that Porsche has been so amazingly adaptable. We love this account of her Service Dog work with you. Thank you for sharing that with us.
~Prefers Warm Water
Porsche likes warm pool water over the McKenzie River. She doesn’t need a life jacket to keep afloat. She wears it so Scott of K9 Aquatics can direct her. She and our Norwich share an hour lesson, then peace and quiet reign for a while.
We always love hearing about Porsche–and her interesting life. Thanks ever so much for all you do for and with her.
Porsche is now a Service Dog, special Springfield PoliceDepartment License and all. We are as proud of her as we would be ifshe won a National title.Thanks Owyheestar for breeding such a greatdog, and Northwest Law Dogs for getting her training on track. Althoughher magic act making human cookies disappear leaves a little bit to bedesired. She likes zucchini bread, too.
Let’s all send JuneAnn Kudos! The Service Dog Status is no small thing to achieve–regardless of the breed. Jan Magnuson so kindly wrote us about the Service Dog vs. the Therapy Dog —click here to read her explanation.
It is excellent that Porche can join JuneAnn wherever and whenever needed. As to the human-cookie snatching is a Weimar Thing. Zucchini bread is equally delicious if reachable. Those living with the Weimaraner soon learn that obedience might follow a zig-zag line previously not understood. The model citizen’s nose is both useful (for tracking game, finding sheds, and locating truffles) but serves as a magnet too! When coupled with their keen manipulative behavior, finding a way to garner the not Weim snack is not too hard.