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Manny the Border Terrier

Posted in Stories from the old days on October 21, 2011 by Vancouver Dog Runner

This ball of fluff came to us at Very Important Pets more than 2 years ago now.  Her owner, Cat decided she needed to put Manny through our Puppy Socialisation and Basic Training program.  When I first met Cat she brought Manny with her to the office to pay her fee to join our class.  When we told her that a vet nurse was going to be part of the training she was so over the moon and told us how much she loved that vet nurse!  Cat and Ric brought Manny to a class prior to her enrolment as they wanted to see what we were all about.  At the end of our training sessions we “pass the puppy” which means each owner gets to handle a different puppy and the puppy gets used to being handled by another human.  We invitied Ric, Cat and Sacha to join us that night and of course little Manny to pass the puppy.  I think they were sold and they were joining our next enrolment!Since completing that course Manny then moved on to joining the doggie day care at Very Important pets and she used to come with us everyday to “school”.  Not everyone gets to work or hang with various different breeds and I was extremely honoured to have spent the time with Manny when I lived in the UK.  Manny has grown up to be a well adjusted, confident, happy-go lucky dog just like her owner!    Love you Cat!

The Border Terrier takes his name from the Border counties of England and Scotland. For Centuries, terriers fitting the description of the Border were in use by shepherds, farmers, and huntsmen who wanted a game terrier with sufficient leg
to follow a horse in the rugged hill country but small enough to be able to go to ground after marauding hill foxes. Courageous enough to kill his quarry in the den or bolt him from his lair, yet able to fit in comfortably at home when
work was done.

Living Environment:The Border Terrier comes with what I like to call “an OFF/ON switch”. They are energetic, vigourous and indefatigable outdoors but yet relaxed, quiet and settled indoors (provided outside exercise is given daily). As such, they will do well in almost any environement where they can get out and run daily. If left unattended outside, a Border will dig so make sure any fenced areas are properly secured.

Behaviour with Children:Good with children.

Behaviour with other pets: Gets along well with other dogs. Interacts well with cats but will chase them if they run. If keeping any kind of rodent in the house (hamster, gerbles, rats or guinea pigs etc) make absolutely sure that their cages are secure and are not accessible by your Border.

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Fatbird and Peedo

Posted in Stories from the old days on October 21, 2011 by Vancouver Dog Runner

This is dedicated to a very special chocolate Labrador called Zulu.  She so affectionately is known by so many names, Zulu, Zebe and my all time favourite Fatbird.  Tedo too has many names, Frog, Dodo and of course his first nickname Peedo.  Zulu is owned by Elisabeth and they reside in Jersey in the Channel Islands.  I am still convinced to this day that Elisabeth only employed me as a travel agent as I had put that I was a dog trainer on my resume.  However, I so gladly accepted the role, especially knowing that I was going to be working with a rather glamorous Frenchbird and her fantastic furry friend, Fatbird.

One of my fondest memories of Fatbird was one particular day that I took to the cobbled streets of Jersey to let her relieve herself.  She was in the habit of leaving rather large gifts behind and this particular day she had decided to leave one of her very special gifts outside of Accessorize!  Completely mortified at the notion that she had decided to drop off her gift right at the entrance, I was even more horrified that I had forgotten to bring a bag!  Now not to dilly or dally here, I shot off in great gusto to the agency to pick up a bag in order that I might retrieve the gift Zebe had left behind.  As I was dashing back down the cobbled streets, I heard someone calling to me.  “Really could this be someone calling for me!”  Sure enough it was, and I had some lady run up to me, waving a bag in her hand, to advise me that she had just stepped in Zulu’s gift.  Seriously could this really be happening.  As she proceeded to attempt to tell me off, I explained to her that I was shooting off to pick up a bag so that I could clean up the mess.  Unbeknownst to me, this lady had already partially picked up the gift with her CROC’s!  Who wears croc’s to work!  Well she did, and she walked straight into the mess.  Luckily for her and I she was carrying her “real” shoes in a bag, which she so kindly gave to me so that I could go back and clean up the mess.

Tedo got his nickname Peedo from Paul (Elisabeth’s other half)  – poor Teds used to pee himself every single time someone new came up to him.  Thankfully he has gotten over that!

Such great memories living in Jersey and of course having the great opportunity to spend the time that I did with Zulu and EB.  Love you both.