Update on Tali’s birthday 2012 (1 year Old).
ONE YEAR OLD on 23.03.12.
<Tali having greeted me on my return from shopping on 19.03.12. [Click to zoom.]>
AGE ONE YEAR UPDATE:
Height and weight updated on page 1.
Appearance & characteristics: Throwback signs, or signs of some naughty boy creeping in somewhere, are now apparent in him: he has signs of many of the breeds from which the Minnie Foxie has been bred viz in recent times long hairs of up to 3 cm in length have appeared in places in his coat* which, generally, has got a bit coarser (but this may be due to maturity); his neck is longer than it should be for the breed, as is his body, but he has the characteristic hare’s-foot feet. An unusual, to me, development has been the loss of virtually all fur on the underside of his neck and the underside of his body, from the last rib backwards, and the inside of his legs. This latter feature is obviously quite natural and not a health issue.
* Reminiscent of the wire-haired fox terrier and the coarse-haired Jack Russell terrier.
He is very agile and fast and I should describe him as a Minnie Foxie – Bullet! . . . . . . . or HST
Whatever his blood line/s he is a delightful and exuberant animal who animates almost every person who sees him. His intelligence has increased, if anything.
Physically he is in perfect health: not an ounce of excess fat and thick bunches of muscles on his hindquarters while his chest is a good width and deep. He is not as squat as the pure Minnie Foxie being longer and only about 66% as wide.
At the risk of boring readers with further examples of this intelligence here is an update:
He knows/understands –
“Not going anywhere.” with reference to myself.
“Friend” with reference to a person or animal.
“Get off the road.” When out walking, and on roads, he will stay on the footpath, or what constitutes the footpath even if it resembles the road or respond to this command when he forgets where he is supposed to be.
“Left” and “right”. He now knows what I mean when I tell him this but, where the options are not well defined (e.g. when “left” is a paddock and “right” is the path), he may be unsure and needs me to point or move slightly in the required direction.
“Wait for me” “Come with me” . He responds to both, each in a slightly different way. Most often his response is hardly noticeable because he simply obeys or does not do what he had in mind (and I know what he has in mind!) whilst, in either case, not looking at me. At times though, I do know that has ignored me or is preoccupied with something else and, at these times, he is commanded and responds.
“Don’t go there”. I use this mainly when on our walks when he strays from or shows signs of straying from, the “straight and narrow” – mostly in search of bits of food. The same if I see him thinking of getting onto the road.
General – Most of our communication is like conversation and at times he will respond to something given as advice or a suggestion, having, obviously, given it a bit of thought . . . . . but he can be stubborn or preoccupied with something else and this determines the tone I next adopt.
I cannot recall noticing this in any of my previous dogs, three of whom were also highly intelligent, but this little fellow actually seems to think about what I say to him – and I don’t mean the usual pricking up of ears or the cocking of the head etc. Often, when he is on his way to do something and I suggest something else he will stop, think?, and then do it. Today, some time after our walk, he was on his way to his bed for a lie down when I suggested to him that it was sunny outside (it has been raining for days!) and that he would be better off in the garden hunting insects in the lawn (which he had just been doing whilst I was hanging out the washing). He thought about it briefly, went off to his bed and, about 30 seconds later, came out of the room and went off into the garden to investigate things!
Indoors he has a spiky, squeaky plastic ball* and a similar “ dumbbell”** which he plays with when it is suggested or he is told; and also plays with “ball” and “toy” simultaneously: he has discovered that when the “bone” in his mouth touches or hits the ball the ball rolls, so he hits the ball with the bone in his mouth to move it and then, sometimes, drops the “bone” and grabs the ball. He has different variations to this play. He uses his front paws a lot.
*April 2013: He now has a Bionic ball.
** The Purina Love Bone.
Obsession. He is obsessed by two things: Me and food. The first is probably due, apart, possibly, from an innate trait, to my conversing with him a lot from the first day. He and I both being alone we had all our time together and the bonding probably became excessive. Where food is concerned there is no apparent reason for this because he has never been under fed and has never been spoilt with “treats”. When out of the house this latter obsession of his is about the only reason for reprimand – the only unpleasantness that he experiences from me. Now, I tend to let him do his own thing provided there is no excess or danger involved. He does eat some very strange and even dangerous things like plastic fork prongs, bits of plastic, bird feathers, wood, roots, pebbles !!!!!!!