Supernatural – or Sweet child of mine

17 03 2010

Pet names
When we should decide Pandora’s name (she-dog with a P-name) we chose Pandora and swore that we would NEVER call her Dora.
If we should shortened down it would be Panda.
And so it is. Panda is used now and then.
Pandora is mainly used when she has done a not-so-good-things.
This is a little difficult to write in English as pet names are often made in your mothers tongue.
But I’ll try.

Here are her daily names:
Troll troll (Well, just as a troll. And said in English, too. Our favourite pet name I guess.)
Troll Hansen (Crazy! Troll with a surname)
Panduser
Pandutten (a dut is a kind of a gismo in Danish)
Panduttelut (real rubbish)
Panditten (associated with her friend Bandit, also called Banditten (or Bandiddy by me))
Ulves (like Wolfish)
Ulvepige (wolf girl)
Hund’pi’ (dog’girl)

Apart from that she is of course: Beauty, baby, darling, honey and all that.

I’m sure, more will come.
I have never had a dog that did not have a pet name. It’s weird, and sometimes the names travel from one word to another, and in the end the original meaning is completely lost.

Pandora in our frozen pond

Pandora in our frozen pond

Supernatural dog
Pandora has her invisibility moments. Oh yes. It’s true!
Do you recognise this?

The awful, disobeying, self-righteous little b… has run to the neighbours garden.
I hurry into my not-so-weatherproof indoor shoes, run out of the door, step in to the muddy pool next to the front door and run like crazy while I’m screaming the dogs’ name.
“PANDORA come here. Now!”
I can see her ignoring me at the neighbour’s lawn, watching their rabbits or what ever.
“PANDORA!”
Now I can’t see her any more.
I get a little worried that she might cross the street and get hit by a car. (Not that there’s any in sight.)
“PANDORA!”
No sign of the “#&?&”%%# dog.
“PAN-DO-RA! NOW!”
I turn around, and right behind me is the dog watching me curiously with the head slightly tilted.
“Why is that human shouting like an idiot? I’m right here, and I’m not deaf.”

Do you recognise it?
Pandora does it all the time.

My will
2-3 months ago we bought the most cool and useful harness for Pandora.
She hates it!
We have two harnesses. This good one and one that is softer with furry lining.
She hates them both.
When we have our walks in the evening, we (my husband and I) get dressed for the cold outside. Pandora is watching until she sees what kind of equipment she is going to wear.
If it is the harness, she runs away. Into the living room hiding under the table, trying to be invisible (No supernatural abilities here!)
I have to catch her to make her wear the harness. And then she walks like someone with a real bad stomach pain.
On the other hand, if I just show her the chain collar instead of the harness, she comes straight to me to get it on. No problem.
The lady has her own opinions.
Unfortunately the chain collar is taking a hard time on her fur so the hair strands are cut and worn on the right side of her neck.

Training
From the 1st April we’ll stop ring training and concentrate on the obedience training which will change from Saturdays to Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Last night we went ring training, but right before that we had a little session (half an hour) with obedience training. Walk in leach, sit, lie down and recall.
After we came home from ring training she slept the rest of the evening and the entire night, too.
Obedience training makes her tired.

Socialisation or jumping up
We also now have to train that she cannot jump up on people. We have always prioritized her socialisation before the ‘not jumping up’ issue and we have gotten at very happy and kind dog.
We didn’t want to say NO! when she wanted to greet people.
Now it’s time.
She is mentally strong enough to understand a NO! and still be kind and gentle from a ‘down on the ground’ position.
And she is doing fine.

Pandora observing the neighbours ground

Pandora observing the neighbours ground

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