Friday, November 26, 2010

Rip's pup-sonality

Please click on the link below to play music while you read the post...

This is the song I sing to Rip around the house... it's so fitting. Related to Carolyn's post earlier in the week - this is definitely, no question,  Rip's theme song. If you've been reading the blog for the past couple of months, you know why I chose this song.

In case you want some more proof points, read on:

1 - He's even too wild for Border Collies
One of my agility friends got a Border Collie puppy about a month after I got Rip. A couple of weeks ago on training night, they brought the puppy with them. "Wouldn't it be fun for Rip and the puppy to play together?", we thought. Rip thought it was a great idea. The BC puppy, not so much. When approached by Rip, the puppy hid behind his human parents with his tail between his legs.  Hmmm.. my puppy is even too wild for energetic breeds...

2 - "The Energizer Bunny's got nothing on Rip"
This is a direct quote from one of my agility friends after watching me train (when other people and dogs weren't nearby) - or try to train (when people/dogs were close) Rip.  The same friend laughed and mentioned that Rip may be a case of "be careful what you wish for."  After all I did want a dog w/ more drive than Ziggy.

3 - Ziggy lost six pounds
About a month and a half after Rip came to live with us, Ziggy had a checkup with the vet.  Ziggy had lost six pounds in the few months since his last trip to the vet.  I keep Ziggy lean, as he does agility and obedience, so the six pound loss had Z looking quite "greyhound-y."  Ziggy is now on increased rations, and his weight is looking good again.  Z has no parasites, so I can only attribute this drastic drop in weight to the nearly non-stop play with Rip.  Sometimes putting Rip or Ziggy in a crate is the only way to stop the play.  Sigh.

For more proof points, just keep reading the blog.  I'm sure I'll have more wild stories from Mr. Naughtypants very soon.


  1. I've always said the same thing about Jimmy and his energy level! I wanted a dog with some drive for agility(Wilson is the slow/steady type), and boy, oh, boy, did I get what I wished for! Of course all that drive means many, many NQ's on the table 'cause Jimmy thinks stopping for a few seconds has nothing to do with agility!

  2. Ditto for me with Zoey. Rugby, in his youth, had some drive. Riley, in his youth, had next-to-no drive. I finally decided I wanted a 'drive-y' dog and along came Zoey. Or, as I like to say, "ZOEY!!!!!" I do think it's fun to get to experience training the full spectrum of personality types--it definitely makes you a better trainer!


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