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Zoey. Bozo. Zozo. What can I say about this one? Zoey is goofy wrapped in love wrapped in fur. Like her big sis, she adores people. But that's where the similarities end. Zoey loves life and everything about it. She's never met a stranger (although she will put on a tough girl act by barking at people she doesn't know - and you'd think it's a vicious guard dog at the other side of that voice of hers.) She spends about half of her day rolled on her back, tail going a hundred miles per minute as she wiggles and waits for someone to rub her belly. She absolutely explodes with joy when you so much as look in her direction because she's just so happy to have your attention. If you open your arms and tell her to come for a hug, she'll bound up and wrap her front feet around your hips and actually cling on for dear life as you squeeze and snuggle her. Some of you may know her as Haiku's best (girl)friend, but I'm here to talk about Zoey as an individual. When I go over to her house, I tow Hike along 95% of the time, but that other 5% - when I get her all to myself - is what really made me love her. As a Bernese Mountain Dog, Zoey is an ideal family pet, however I often feel like she's a bit too much for her people (and they share my belief.) You'd think no dog is too much when they've handled a border collie for 13 years, but Zoey is different. While having a house full of humans to attend to is enough for Bailey, Zoey requires something more. For one, she absolutely loves and needs the company of other dogs. While I'm sure Bailey still curses the day her people brought this soon-to-be-three-times-her-size crazy, affectionate monster into her life, Zoey has wanted nothing more than to be part of the family (which in turn has made her into a stereotypically annoying little sister.) One of my first (terrible, indoor p&s) pictures of the two girls is a 3-4 month old Zoey bounding after Bailey in the kitchen - Zoey is all lolling happiness, while Bailey is snarling at her through the stuffed toy she has in her mouth as she runs towards me to finish her retrieve. Two years later, Zoey still hasn't given up her mission to be friends with her canine roommate, but she hasn't gotten any closer to accomplishing her goal. I fear she never will; Bailey was raised with a single-dog mentality and it's far too late for her to change her ways. Not having the brains that BCs are blessed with, Zoey just doesn't get it. So she tries and she tries, and she gets shut down quite often. (It's funny considering their respective sizes but Bailey is the boss, hands down.) Enter Hike. The family got Zoey three months after I'd gotten Hike, so we could say that they grew up together. While I met Zoey when she was first brought home at 8 weeks, her and Hike didn't get to interact until she was closer to 5 months (and he was 9 months) because she needed all her immunizations and he needed to be fixed (didn't want there to be any funny business, and though I call them boyfriend/girlfriend now, Hike's never hassled Zoey in that way ;D) They got off to a rocky start that first day (Zoey being super submissive because of the abuse she put up with from Bailey, and Hike being a bullying butthead to dogs who let him get away with it) but that night they reached an understanding and became best friends. Since then, Hike's been able to fill a missing piece for Zoey - her very real desire for canine companionship. I fill another piece, although I can't exactly put a label on it. Zoey's family loves her but with so many kids it's hard to find the time for her. And she's a young dog, with a lot of energy, who needs a little personal focus. She's also a working breed that needs occasional work to do. (Bailey finds her own work but Zoey doesn't know how to ask properly. Instead, Zoey finds trouble.) I do my part when I can. Hike physically stimulates her (minds out of the gutter, people!) and I try to challenge her mentally. Using her for this project will have a double benefit. I'm hoping to slowly teach her how to chill out. She doesn't like to stay still but she's gonna have to for my pictures. She also has this ingrained need for validation, for affection, especially from those unwilling to give it (Bailey.) I think she suffered a blow to her confidence as a puppy, perhaps from being a bit lost in the scuffle of a busy family without even the friendship of her fellow dog, and she's been trying to make up for it ever since. I feel a kindred connection with Zoey that's hard to explain, but I'll go as far as saying that - if it's possible to have a heart dog that's not actually your own, she would be mine. I'm looking forward to sharing her with everyone. Just don't tell Hike ;)Inky & Humvee
Humvee was pulled from the Houston city pound minutes before he was to be euthanized. He was a bit case at 4 months old and the owner couldn't pay his fines once Humvee was evaluated. Luckily, Humvee was put on the shelter's urgent rescue list and a 501c3 was able to pull him for me. Humvee is about 9 months old now and very VERY small, though he is a purebred pit bull, about 35#. Good natured guy, needs an understanding adoptive home to work with basic manners and keep throwing toys for him.
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