Aka: Mountain Goat

Happy dogs on thursday!

We call Sissy our mountain goat.  See, she likes to climb/leap onto most anything, and will eat whatever comes near her mouth that strikes her fancy.

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Girlfriend does a LOT of hunting on our walks.  She sight hunts, which has always annoyed me a bit, because dangitall, bassets are SCENT hounds!  Now that she is down to one eye, it really concerns me.   We’re fighting hard to protect and preserve that one eye, but I also want to assure she has quality of life should we lose the battle. 

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Not to be outdone, Wee One had to strike a pose and wait until I pulled the Blackberry out, unlocked it and said loudly “Got it!”  Yes, my dogs actually do pose sometimes, and both of my JRTs can/could point as well as any Pointer. 

Pretty Hound

Fred, aka: the cat, because affection was solely on HIS terms

Do your dogs have breed/species confusion?  For instance, Sue has also said Sissy could be an honorary Portuguese Water Dog, and I am quick to correct anyone who, upon meeting wee, sweet Gretchen Greer, thinks perhaps they should discount all they’ve heard about Jack Russells and consider one for themselves after all.  Gg is a sainted gift.  She is sweet, demure, well-behaved, and not interested in being the alpha dog.  Most other terrier fans are laughing, but it’s true.  We can take some credit for nurturing her inner, passive girl, and the Knight and I both have lived with dog breeders, so we know a thing or two about how to pick the puppy with the temperment we want, but almost all of it was dumb luck.

Do your dogs represent their breed well or are they more like some other breed or even a different species?

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14 Responses to “Aka: Mountain Goat”

  1. Jen Says:

    Ah, it’s an interesting question you pose and somewhat tough for me to answer!!

    Spike is a mixed breed, and I was told Lab/BC mix. I see BC in his serious nature, but no lab so I am doubtful. 🙂 He is a rock solid personality and hasn’t really picked up much (I think) from his sisters.

    Sophie is pure lab- which is basically pure funloving, peopleloving, food seeking furry misile who boomerangs around from the things she loves. She’s busy, joyful, and always in the middle of mischief. She’s basically the classic clown of the lab breed, but on the crazy end of the spectrum. And, that’s how I like her! She is far chattier now that Murph the JRT has moved in- she makes way more noises, like moaning at the backdoor when she wants in. That has started since chatty pants Murph came to live, LOL.

    Murphy is a pb JRT who thinks she’s part lab. She follows Soph’s lead and will nap in the swimming pool in summer, head danging out, just like Soph. She’ll chase a ball and play keep away, just like Soph. She’ll nap on the bathmat, flip circles of joy while waiting for breakfast, lick my nose to wake me, all like Sophie. It’s strange because there’s def. Jack in there too- the wildly leaping, constantly moving, clownlike ways of Murphers too are very Jack. But, like you, I tell people who meet Murphy “DO NOT GET A JRT! YOU WON’T GET ONE LIKE HER!”. Murphy is quite laid back for a JRT, and while she has fair share of the strange quirks of the breed, she is lovely to live with and a hoot to do dog sports with. Like you, it was part ability to pick the pup I wanted AND dumb luck! 🙂 But, still not a reason for someone else to assume they want one, just like her! They are hard to find!! 🙂

    Alright, enough out of me this morning! 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

    Jen and the Black Dog Crew

  2. gMarie Says:

    SNOL! Laughing at your labels – love opinions wanted!

    Okay – great photos of the girls. And yes, my pack will pose and do – non-breed specific things. Abby will also hunt by sight, but mostly she’s a nose down, tail up kinda girl. But then again – she’s a person and not a dog – you won’t tell her, will you?

    Beau loves to swim. Honestly. His favorite is to go to the dog beach and swim and swim and swim. He irritates the other dogs to no end because he’s actually a fast swimmer and will race the labs and goldens to their toys, pick them up, carry them halfway back and then drop them. Because while he’ll chase them – he’s not a retriever. You want it – go get it yourself!

    Lucy – well she’s pretty much straight to the breed. Nose to the ground, tail up, smell out weights anything else, will do anything for food – any food. g

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  4. Nichole Says:

    With 4 very mixed, very “All American” dogs, we have quite the array of traits going on……

  5. Sue Says:

    My PWDs are mostly pure Portie. I have two exceptions. Bailey would prefer to hunt and doesn’t care much for water. This year she’s showing a little interest in water for the first time. I don’t believe in forcing them. I let them approach water in their own time.

    Sky does not like water. He avoids it as much as possible. Interestingly, when we took him out on the lake, he was torn. You could see that he wanted to go into the water, but once in it, he panicked. I think he may yet learn to like it.

    The others all love water.

    Tsar, as you know, is a very large cat in dog clothing.

    Morgan is a Lab/ Shih-Tsu mix. She looks more like her Shih Tsu mom, but at heart that girl is all lab. She loves to retrieve and she loves water. She’s turned out to be one of our best swimmers. She digs and chases squirrels and is certainly not a prissy little long haired dog.

  6. Mary Says:

    Abby is a red Doberman which means she is a nervous nelly as reds tend to be…or as we call her, “Princess.” We had a black and tan Dobie who was entirely different, laid back but protective. Jake is a Staffy Bull Terrier who is loving as he can be, but also fiercely protective (when he isn’t trying to hide from Abby the Alpha when she is overstimulated). Both are high energy dogs who get walked multiple times a day, minimum 1/2 mile each time. As my DH says, walking the two of them is like trying to ski behind two boats. Dobie is flat out pulling straight ahead; Staffy wants to stop and smell (and eat) the roses (or less pleasant items along the way).

  7. Kathy Says:

    Lucy is a Labrador Retriever who is 100% true to her breed. She loves water, retrieving, people, dogs, car rides, etc.

    Physically she’s way bigger than the standard. Rene told me that as a female, our dog would max out at 70 lb. I don’t know what happened. She ended up being an 85-lb. beast! She’s not fat, just big…way taller than the average lab.

    Lots of people assume she’s a boy, which annoys me. Can’t they see her pretty, feminine head?

  8. scrabblequeen Says:

    LOl…how does one answer “true to breed” on very mixed breed dogs? Since Misty is Yorkie/Westie/poodle/Chihuahua….she used to be very terrier…now she is old and active when she wants to get out attention. However…she still always barks her head off…at anything.

    Sasha is a wonderful Westie/Yorkie throw-back. Her breeding is even more diverse than her aunties…but…she is like a text book Westie in many areas. Ball dog, active, possessive….and oh so much more. Girlfriend knows her mind…so you’d better get with the program!

  9. Mango Says:

    My little basset hound was an expert at catching and eating birds. Possibly part kitteh?

    Mango Momma

  10. StarSpry Says:

    Very nice pictures of the girls out and about! I love that you have to tell Gretchen you took her picture so she can move on 🙂 That’s an adorable picture of Fred, too!

  11. Bubblesknits Says:

    We’ve got a mountain goat, too. Micro can scale our legs by bracing his back against one leg and his feet against the other. lol It’s funny to watch.

  12. Anita Says:

    Awww, love the photos! Especially Sissy up there surveying everything. he he. I love that Gretchie insisted that you take her photo too while she was “hunting”. 🙂 I just want to squish both of them. (in a good way of course, ha ha)

  13. Jessica Says:

    Oh my…we call Henry our Mountain Goat! Have since he was a pup! We were on vacation in switzerland, and he just kept charging up the hillsides, he was only 10 weeks old. There was a little shop in the town we were staying in that sold bandanas, and we found one with little mountain goats all over it, and had to buy it! So funny…he is still a mountain goat!

  14. Monica (aka monnibo) Says:

    Henry is NOT a cat… I don’t quite know what he thinks he is (maybe a human?) but he is the weirdest cat ever.

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