Tis shocking...lol...but Cailleach Princess (Maltese x Shih Tzu) has very recently lost a tad of her distain for early rising. When she was an only dog she didn't arise til she felt like it (usually at 9ish) when hubby got up. Although smaller than the others she "is the boss". Anyone touches her stuff...toys, food or her beds she's had forever she lets the rest know that's hers. She does nothing but a low growl and they back off, too funny. She's a very sweet tempered dog that I have been saying forever is an uncommon individual. I really don't think "I" made her this way, she's naturally really girly. She hates mud, other animal poop, her hair messy, her toys which she keeps in neat piles (proof right there as I am not as tidy as her...lol) and if her claws get a tad long she chews on them (a hint she wants a manicure). She enjoys dog clothes, prances around when she gets anything new. The odd occasion she gets a poopie stuck in her hair she is mortified...she comes to me, (get that off of me I want a bath) she literally hides under the table if that happens. Do dogs get embarrassed???
She also dislikes cold weather and picks and chooses when she will join us on our trips to the farm, I don't make her come with, leave it up to her. Tonight was amusing, was unseasonably warm and she was into going with us. She sometimes thinks she wants to go all the way but changes her mind and comes partway and turns back to home if she gets cold (even in her winter wear) so we all escort her back after she's finished doing "her business". Never have I owned a dog as fussy about where they will "go"... she will spent forever picking the right spot to adorn the earth with her pee and poop. The others are done and finished, like normal dogs, but not her she's always the last one in even if it's 40 below.
Tonight I didn't notice that she had taken her favorite toy out onto the deck and left it there when I was busy unlocking the gate. She's had it for 8 years and it's the one that if the others touch it she has to give it a tongue bath. It goes to bed with us every night along with a few other of her things. We get 7'8 s of the way to the farmhouse where she was in the lead and she turns around and heads for home. She was hoofing it, and I told her to stop and picked her up and carried her the rest of the way thinking she was cold. She was happy to visit with my mom and the other dogs but when I went to go out to chore up she wanted out, not like her at all. Carried her back up the stairs and left...on my return my mom tells me she was whining, she's not a whiner. So we all leave and she takes off running for home. I am like WHAT, she's usually the slow one, sniff here sniff there pee on stuff. She was a rocket. We catch up and there she is at the door with her prized toy in her mouth and then she was happy. What a unique little girl, heavy on the GIRL. I think she would have been a really good mother if ever she had been bred.
Took this pic of her today. Her and hubby were relaxing after lunch and watching the noon news. Been feeling guilty about how few pics I take of her since I have the others. There she is with her precious "blue baby". She's just adorable and such a princess.