A] Personal Details
1] Your Name?
2] Your 2 Leggeds Names?
“Mom and Dad.”
3] What type of K9 are you? [Breed]
“A Shih Apso, mix of Shiht Zu and Lhasa Apso.”
4] How Old Are You?
5] Do you run your household?
“You know I do.”
6] Do you live inside or outside the house?
“Inside, it’s illegal for dogs to live outside in Sweden.”
7] Where about in the world do you live?
“A small town called Strängnäs in Sweden, just 1 hour south of Stockholm.”
B] Exercise/Play Time/Adventuring
8] How often do you take your 2 leggeds for a walk?
“A minimum of 3 times a day for at least 30 minutes/walk.”
9] Do you vary the walks or trek the same route every day?
“I have a few I stick to but my humans try to spice it up for me, especially on the weekends.”
10] Do your 2 leggeds allow you to talk to other K9’s on your walks or do they huff and puff behind you and urge you to hurry along?
“I can talk to other K9’s for as long as I want to, my humans think my social life is just as important as theirs.”
11] Are you allowed to do ‘stuff’ on your walks freely?
“Yes, maybe not to roll in fox scat or cow pats – haven’t found one yet. But I get to sniff, pick up a stick or two, look at the duck by the shore.”
12] Have your 2 leggeds ever embarrassed you? If so how?
“No, I don’t think so.. they do wipe my mouth after meals. I get pieces of food in my beard.”
13] Do your 2 leggeds expect you to fetch the ball/toy every time during soft/hard play?
“No, if they want something they can get it themselves. I only fetch when I tell them to throw something. But only like two times, then I get bored.”
* Do you have favourite toys and if so what are they?
“I love squeaky toys, like my rabbit, hedgehog and mini American football. I also have a rope-thingy that mom hides treats in that I just LOVE to play with.”
14] Are you loved every day?
Made to feel special?
“Mom does everything for me and takes me with her everywhere, I always sleep in the bed and on the sofa, I have my own bed at the office and a stack of treats. I ride shotgun in the car, get my fur brushed everyday, after work and before dinner we have family time where I get all the attention, we do tricks, cuddle, play games..”
15] Do your 2 leggeds take you away on holidays with them?
“Yes, as long as it’s dog friendly.”
16] Do you get to pick where you go if they do?
“I think so, haven’t noticed otherwise.”
17] Are you given treats? Too few or just right? What are your favourites?
“I get a lot of treats, my favourites are dried deer.”
18] Are you fed a nutritional diet?
“Oh yes, Mom is very.. selective with my food, only organic, grain free and without additives.”
19] Is your food moist or dry or both or even the raw meat diet?
“Moist, I have a sensitive stomach.”
20] Do you enjoy it or is it boring?
“I like it, sometimes I get a surprise in food, like beef or raw minced lamb.”
21] Do you eat it every day, or sometimes refuse to?
“I keep them on their toes and refuse sometimes.”
22] Are you allowed to sample your 2 leggeds food?
“No, I only get raw eggs, and pieces of apples or carrots every now and then. Like I said, sensitive stomach… “
23] Do you eat your food when you are expected to, or when you wish to?
“When I wish to.”
D] Your Personal K9 Stuff
24] Do you have a favourite piece of 2 legged clothing and if so, do they know?
25] Go on be a Devil – tell us what it is ….?
“Socks and mittens – oh, they know. I steal them all the time”
26] Do you deliberately play up at times, just to annoy or worry the 2 leggeds?
“No.. but maybe I should try that.”
27] Do you have a bed?
“Yes, I have two at home and one at the office.”
28] If so, do you sleep in your bed, or their bed, or the couch or all three and more?
“I sleep where I want to, sometimes in my bed but mostly I claim their bed.”
29] How much alone time or ‘just you’ time do you have?
“Hm.. I don’t stay home alone during the days .. sometimes I wait in the car when Mom’s doing the weekly shop – depending on the weather.. but I still get some alone time when I want it.”
30] Do your 2 leggeds make you dress up?
“No, that market isn’t very big in Sweden – thank God for that.”
* For which holiday or festivity is this applicable?
“Well I have a winter jacket and a bowtie for Christmas.”
* Pose for pictures?
“Yes.. I’ve got my own Instagram account and the camera is always in my face.”
31] Do you actually enjoy it or simply tolerate it because it appears to please them?
“I like the winter jacket, it’s nice and warm. But the bowtie.. I wear it for my humans.”
32] Do you have a friendly vet?
“Yes, very. I get treats at every visit”
33] What would be your perfect day?
“That would be a long walk in the woods with my pawfriends, off leash just running around.”
In spite of everything … the manipulations and the training you must subject them to – are they happy that you are there to mentor for them?
Finally, in your own words tell us something about both you and your 2 leggeds that the questions haven’t touched on or asked about – something unique …
“Mom suffers from burnout, depression and panic attacks – I help her with her recovery.”
My special thanks to Harry and his Mom and Dad for taking part in our K9 questionnaire and telling us a little about his home life in Sweden and how he helps his Mom with recovery companionship.
Hope you enjoyed reading … Tootle Pip from Doodlepip!
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