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Re: New Addition 12 Aug 2013 15:16 #9128

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I'm sure other Forum members have sweet-natured bears, but I'm very proud of my two. They really are teddy bears. OK, they see loads of people, but it doesn't matter who it is, whatever their age or whether they are nervous, they just adore attention and cuddles. They really haven't got a bean of aggression.

Ruby causes some confusion by 'talking' to everyone, a sort of wooky-like groaning / mooing, which some people can't figure, she also wuffs when excited and wanting to get attention. Pearly fortunately doesn't wuff much at all, and is very gentle for her 7 months, although having taught her to do it, she now 'high fives' everybody, expecting biscuits in return.

Even people who say they are nervous of dogs usually end up constantly stroking them and being kissed or licked. 95% of the conversation in the shop revolves round the dogs, and I've had people coming back some distance just to see them. So far I've sold 300 postcards of Ruby. Even when I can't recognise return visitors, the dogs do, and make loads of fuss over people who previously gave them treats. - Their memory is better than mine. To save time, I now have an Akita 'slideshow' on the computer for visitors, showing Pearly growing, relatives, dogs in the wood, etc.

I think everybody who meets them thinks all Akitas are like mine, and I have to explain they are only so sweet because they've been well socialised, have the right owner, and spend all day with nice people showing affection and that you only get back what you've put in.

We love our dogs to bits and I think it shows in their character. Pearly's habit of sleeping or relaxing by collapsing on me is starting to get a bit more tricky now though as she's passed 5 Stone in weight. Its nice to wake with an Akita asleep with its head on your shoulder, but she often lies across my legs on the bed and you wonder why you can't feel your feet any more.

Very happy with my bears.


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Re: New Addition 13 Aug 2013 12:28 #9134

Your two are very, very special my old Benny used to insist on squeezing up to me or sitting on me and he also had a very big vocabulary, he would natter on forever whne he was greeting me, he sounded like he was in apin somesimes, his pitch got higher and higher My Asia is a lot more alert to strangers, but once she gets to know them she loves a fuss since we moved away from London she is so much more relaxed with strangers and she often plonks herself down in front of them and waits for a treat with her "cute" expression on her face Like you say, a lot of it is down to being around nice people who want to get to know her she is a bit aloof and likes her own space but she's even began to get more vocal since we've lived here she often lets out the loudest impatient yawny squeek when she's waiting for her walk

Is pearly going to be a PAT dog?
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Re: New Addition 13 Aug 2013 12:48 #9136

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The problem with the PAT situation is that one dog can just about be maneuvered through the forest of zimmer frames and legs OK, introduce another dog and lead with the two of them pulling in opposite directions and it starts to get tricky.

Don't think PATTing with the two at the same time is possible, and don't want to leave one on their own in the car.

Will require thought.

Pearly did come on a PAT visit when she was smaller, with Rubes, and she stole the show. Waiting for her to calm down a bit (and stop mouthing) then I'll review what we can do, but I think the two together is a bit of a non-starter, could lead to an injury or an oldy being wrapped up in leads like a Maypole !!

Don't want to give it up, but have to think through the best system if continuing, we are currently on 'maternity leave'.

Re: New Addition 13 Aug 2013 14:08 #9139

My mum loved the pat dog visits and I think two old ladies ending up as mayploes would have had my mum rolling up with laughter but I get your point, two nikita's (my mum called them nikita's ) would be a bit of a handful
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Re: New Addition 31 Aug 2013 20:40 #9187

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How's this for a big soft lump- That's a biscuit the little girl has in her mouth for Ruby. They have big dogs themselves and were all over my two, it was really sweet. I had to promise to email them pictures as the wee lass was in tears at having to leave Ruby- it really was true love!


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Re: New Addition 31 Aug 2013 22:36 #9188

That's a great picture you can see Ruby's gentleness as she takes the treat
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