Encouraging the Crazy

This is how Shiva enters the house pretty much every day after her morning and evening walks. Sometimes a little less wild, sometimes more. At first I tried to work on calm entrance behaviour but after having very little success, we decided just to go with it. If my husband isn’t in the living room in his usual chair, she will start running in circles looking for him. We’ve turned it into a game and often now he will hide behind a door or in the office closet. It takes her a good couple minutes before she gets her head together enough to find him. Life with a Shiva is never dull.

Today there is a lot to be excited about. Not only am I going to force, er, encourage my husband to help me decorate the house for the holidays, I also recently found out we won a gorgeous leather collar set from Doggie Stylish. Yay! I’ve coveted one of Karen Friesecke’s fashionable collars ever since I found her website. She’s one of those people with talent that I wish I could hate but can’t because she’s just so nice. Grrrr. But seriously, she does beautiful work. Shiva is going to look much more fashionable when we go out on the town. If anyone is looking for a great canine Christmas present, I recommend checking out the Doggie Stylish designs.

We have won a few giveaways in the last week or so. Before the collar, Dogtipper notified me I won a copy of Good Old Dog, a book that sounds like it will be a wonderful resource as the years go by. It’s been our week. I should have bought a lottery ticket.

With all this getting going on, I feel like it’s my turn to give a little back. Unfortunately, when I look around, all I have to offer at the moment is an autographed photo of the Shivster. That’s not exactly something of value to anyone but, well, me. I’ll have to think about this a bit more. Giveaways are so much fun! It feels great to win something, even just something small like a good book. I bet it feels even better to give something away. Tis the season, after all!

29 thoughts on “Encouraging the Crazy

    • As much as it drives me nuts, I think I like the crazy ones best. 🙂

      Thanks! I will be sure to show it off when it arrives.

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  2. Ah this cracked me up! Daph is always excited to get in, but not THAT excited! Supercute.

    Also, let me know how the book is! I was looking at that at the store yesterday…

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    • Well, I did kind of encourage that by making her wait outside the door. She’s not always THAT riled. But it doesn’t take much!

      I will do that! Thanks for your comment.

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  3. What a great dog! She did wonderful waiting at the front door given her level of excitement.

    It’s hard to believe she’s the same dog sitting so nicely at the bookstore! I guess it was because your husband wasn’t hiding behind one of the bookcases!

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    • We have worked really hard on her self-control in the last year and a half, for obvious reasons. Her wait and sit-stays are pretty solid at this point. A fact I’m pretty proud of. But when I release her… Look out!

      Haha! We joked about “accidently” letting her get away from us at the store. But I can’t afford the cost of that level of damage.

      Thanks for your kind words.

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  4. Shiva makes me laugh 🙂 That is so funny how she gets so excited to enter her home after a walk BOL! Gotta luv her lots 🙂

    Waggin at ya,
    Roo

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  5. She is so cute… I love how obedient she is….and then when you give her the OK she goes crazy! Give her a great big hug from me! I miss life with a dog….

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  6. Ha ha ha! You should see Morgan go into the house! You’d feel better about Shiva!

    Doggie Stylish does have great stuff! She made Lilac a collar for her birthday, since she’s such an old lady!

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    • Really? I think I’d like to see that video.

      That’s so nice of her. I’m thinking of buying something as a present for one of our doggie pals back home. Everything she makes is beautiful.

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    • It helps that she gets her breakfast and dinner right after her morning and evening walks. That may be part of the reason for her happy display. 😉

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  7. The way Shiva enters the house really makes me laugh, she looks so excited and happy to be home. When it comes to Mika and Eva, Mika always gives me the look that ‘what! it’s already home! So soon!!!’ and Eva will be like ‘ ‘Where’s the water? where’s the water? I need WATER!!!’

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    • Hahaha! Eva is hilarious. Poor Mika.
      Shiva always gets fed right after a walk so I think that helps soften the blow of returning home so soon.

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  8. loved the vid. i thought shiva was very calm waiting for the door to open. took us a while to get georgia calm too, especially on the way out. now she knows if she dashes out, we all just come back into the house and wait until she behaves 🙂

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    • When we adopted Shiva, the people at the shelter told us her one issue was dashing through open doors. I’m amazed at how easily we fixed that problem. Her other issues they didn’t tell us about are a different matter. 😛

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  9. Thanks for stopping in at All Things Dog Blog. I’ve added your book suggestion to my list–the never-ending one! Do you like to write book reviews? I’m looking for someone to write some for my site. It would offer incoming links for you…let me know if you’re interested.

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  10. Oh, yeah, now THAT’s excitement! WHAT’s behind that door??? Hide’n’seek is fun at our house, too!

    PeeS – Congrats on your winnings! Looking forward to seeing Shiva in the new fancy collar.

    The Road Dogs

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    • Hide and seek is my personal favourite game. I love to tease her about finding my husband, even when he’s not home. She looks so cute as she searches.

      Thanks!

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  11. This is awesome– Chick does the same thing. His trainer, who we worked with very intensely on Chick’s anxiety issues, would be totally dismayed to see it, but we think it’s so freaking cute!!

    Aleksandra
    loveandaleash.wordpress.com

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