Edie Jarolim, Peggy Frezon, and Pup Fan, with the excellent badge stylings of Ruffy Toy Reviews, have organized another terrific blog hop. This time it’s all about the mutts! Dog bloggers from all over the world are posting pictures of their favourite mixed breed and are hoping readers will respond with their best guesses. It is going to be a lot of fun! I love trying to figure out what different breeds make up a dog’s lineage. Even if you don’t have a mutt hanging out in your house, you can still join in. Perhaps share photos of a friend’s dog, or a puppy you’ve seen at your local dog park. As far as I am concerned, the more dog photos we can share around the Interwebs, the better!
This is Shiva.
We really have no idea what breed she is, though we have heard a lot of very different suggestions. Naturally, I have a few ideas of my own. I am going to keep quiet about these as I don’t want to influence the group opinion. The more creative the guess, the better!
It was really difficult for me to get a decent profile shot as the Shivster doesn’t like to stand still for very long. The above is as good as it gets.
Shiva is approximately 22 inches tall and weighs about 45 pounds. It’s all muscle weight. I’ve yet to find any fat on her body. It isn’t for lack of food as Shiva inhales everything in her path.
There isn’t much this dog won’t eat. Dirt, bird seed, paper, leaves, lettuce, grass, cat hair… I could go on but I may as well just list every edible object in the world. Amazingly enough, we never have to worry about her swallowing to many non-edible things. For instance, when she chews pieces of rubber off her Kong toy she always spits them out. This is a huge relief as she destroys her toys in this manner on a fairly regular basis.
Another important thing to know about Shiva is that she has an excessive amount of energy. It suits her highly athletic body. There isn’t a dog sport out there that Shiva wouldn’t rock. So far we’ve tried agility and flyball – she adores both. Shiva was born with a desire to learn new things. She doesn’t hesitate to race along the dog walk or jump up the wrong side of the teeter. No matter what time of day, Shiva is ready to go. Her exuberance sometimes overtakes her skill, but when the two combine, she is a major force.
Of course, this energy needs an outlet. If Shiva doesn’t get enough stimulation, she can be found chasing the cat, harassing birds, chewing my entire shoe collection, and otherwise eating our house.
Once well-exercised, Shiva is a complete softie at home. Though wary of strangers, once she has warmed up to you, she fancies herself a lap dog. Our agility classmates don’t believe us, but Shiva settles down very sweetly at night. She loves to curl up in a corner of the couch, preferably on my favourite blanket, and laze the evening away. There is nothing she loves more – other than food – than our attention. Except when she is actually sleeping. That’s when Shiva can not stand being touched. I love to torture her by gently laying on her and listening to her grumble below my ear.
Like every other proud dog owner, I could go on. But I think I’ve given a decent portrait of this crazy mutt. Now I turn it over to you. What’s my puppy?
Once you are done guessing, make sure to check out the other participating blogs! There are a lot of awesome canines out there waiting for you.