Saturday, September 20, 2008

More My Style


OK, this is more like it! This is Bob's Tilly and she is a pistol! I noticed her in the SEGA kennel earlier this week and she was quite interested in the goodies in my pocket.... very important. I had her doing sits within a couple of minutes and she appeared to have a good sit.... also important. Her size is also more in line with what I want. She might be a smidge shorter than Reagan, but she has more girth and meat to her.



I returned on Friday to take her on a field trip to PetsMart. PetsMart is such a great test for me. It provides a new and completely different environment with parking lot full of cars, automatic doors, shiny floors, strange looking dogs, chirping birds, and no other greyhound company for support. Bob's Tilly was very curious and brave. She checked out everything. One dog leaving the in-store vet clinic was very aggressive and vocal. He caused quite a commotion, but Bob's Tilly was unconcerned. She is a bull in a china shop and knocked stuff off the shelves of which none of it startled her. AND most importantly, she was able to eat treats. To me, if they can walk into a new situation, curious, happy, and hungry... I'm interested.

Next, I went to my agility field. I let her run around with a toy in a fenced yard. She ran and ran. She played with a toy for quite while. In fact, I finally decided that it was time to put the toy away. I love toy drive and energy. After all that, she still was extremely food motivated.



Today, I took her on a hike with Katie and Reagan. She dragged me the whole way. I am not a fan of being dragged, but I can appreciate her enthusiasm. I'm going to save my arm and use a prong collar next time. She plowed over logs and through creeks. She never tired or let up.

Other misc. qualities include quiet, travels fine, crates good, and has a hardy digestive tract. She was quiet in the van when I worked with Katie and Reagan. I really love quiet dogs as you know. She does not get car sick. My dogs spend half their lives in my van. Car sickness is not something I am willing to work on. She is an excellent crater. When I don't want to supervise her, she has not complained about being the only crated dog in the house. And sorry to be graphic, but they feed Science Diet dog food at the kennel. If that stuff comes out with any shape at all, I'm impressed. If she can digest Science Diet, she can probably digest anything.



Reagan is not impressed with our current guest and probably senses that mom likes her a lot. Katie is perfect, so she takes everything in stride. She is not jealous and she stays out of the way. So far I like what I see, but I will take a little more time before I decide.

20 comments:

brittbeah said...

Is this possibley a new face on the blog to stay? How exciting! She has pretty markings.

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

Oh I like her! She looks like a skinny Pitbull:-)
Poor Reagan...hopefully they will become friends. What will you name her? I like the name Tilly.

Addie said...

She sounds like a perfect gal. I hope to see more of her on the blog. :-) Tilly is a cute name, too.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I'm pretty sure I would not keep the name Tilly. Its a bit frail sounding for this beast. I need a tom boy name. But I haven't adopted her yet, so no need for a name yet. :-)

Jen

Sientay L said...

So does this mean Tilly will be a Never greyhound soon??
I didn't think you were going to take on training two fresh agilin hounds.

Maria Peters said...

OOOOOooooo. I shoulda' seen this comin'! She is a very attentive, intelligent, hard working hound. I've had fun with her in the kennel...one of those dogs who will thrive with a job...who NEEDS a job...but won't demand one.

Ok, I know it's not a done deal...but I'm thinking up names for this one. Won't you miss having a boy dog?

Maria Peters said...

Karis...Artemis...Darcy....Carla...Trudy...

Maria Peters said...

Billie, Dori, Tori, Dixie, Talli, Tatum, Tonya, Raina, Beckett, Bridget...

Ok, I'll take my medication now.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I think its looking good that Bob's Tilly isn't going anywhere. She appears to meet everything on my wish list. I still need to blast the thunderstorm CD for her to rule out storm phobia. I have had enough storm phobics for one lifetime.

If you want to help with names, I'm trying to think of a tomboy name for this little beast. She is like a slim pit bull. Sounds like a snorting pig at times too. I was trying to think of a unisex name that leans more towards a boy like Charlie, Billie, or Harley. I just think there has to be something better though.

Jen

Sientay L said...

jodi, bobbi, alex, jamie, sam, shawn...

you're probably not looking for one syllable names, huh?

Zan said...

She sounds perfect. What about Sarah.

brittbeah said...

Aw, Charlotte (from the pig movie Charlotte's Web) and you could call her Charlie for her tom boy name!

Laura said...

Well, I DID see this coming! Go back and read my post on the SEGC list the day they came in. I said what a great competitive, agility , obedience or active gh she would make for someone! If I didn't have 12.... she probably never would have left the farm. I LOVED her. hmm names...I do like Tillie , but I like Bobbie too. Or hey how about Andi ?

Laura

Debbie (Emma's mom) said...

Oooo, Jen this is so exciting! I do remember Laura's comments when Tilly first came. You will bring out the best in her.

KF-in-Georgia said...

Tilly is short for Matilda, and from Matilda you could go to Mattie.

Anonymous said...

Zan....is that Sarah as in 'Palin'? (Yes, I can be a little slow sometimes).

Zan said...

Yep, Sarah as in Palin. I figure you gotta be scrappy to go from small town mayor to VP candidate in just a few years:-)!

Jules said...

"I am not a fan of being dragged"
"Car sickness is not something I am willing to work on."
"So far I like what I see, but I will take a little more time before I decide."
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Wow. I don't even know how to react to those statements. You claim to be a dog lover but you won't adopt a greyhound who isn't "just right" for you.

Unbelievable. There are so many beautiful, loving greyhounds who need homes but because of people like you they will never have a chance at a forever home because they may be flawed. It seems like you're more concerned about how well they perform in your little games than opening your heart and home to a dog who may really need you. Sad.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...
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Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Hey Jules,

I posted a response to your comment on my blog in case others feel the same way -

click here

Please feel free to email me if you want to chat further about this.

Jen