I have decided Shiva’s days as Shiva the Destroyer are over. The sad, tragic plight of the antler proves it. It’s humiliating to admit, but that same antler isn’t even a whole lot smaller now than it was at the start of January. I can’t remember the last time she wrecked one of her toys on purpose. In fact – and this kills me – she has had the same stuffed squeaky ball since the summer.
My PH is not as ready as I to divest her of her title. He is certain her destructive tendencies will return the moment she gets her teeth on a new stuffie. I disagree. She has had many moments alone with all sorts of tempting objects. We even forget ourselves and leave some of her favourite tugs on the floor for her to access at any time. Thus far, all of said toys remain in one piece. It’s time for her to give up the throne to some other, more worthy dog.
This doesn’t mean she is without any title at all. When Shiva does something, she always strives to be the best. That’s why I am making today, February 10th, Shiva’s official coronation day as Shiva the Instigator.
Why “the instigator”? It’s simple.
Shiva is the ultimate space-invader. In agility class there is nothing she loves more than the tunnel, unless it’s running around the room and getting into other dogs’ faces. She has become something of an expert at the fly-by attack. I am sure you can imagine just how popular this behaviour makes her with her classmates. Not that she ever does anything aggressive. Let it be known she is innocent of all such charges. Shiva’s intentions are purely in jest. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t enjoy the fall-out when she runs up to and then away from a more reactive dog.
Shiva: Wheeee! I’m Shiva and I’m running! Yahoo! *sees another dog laying quietly on his mat and heads straight for him*
Other Dog: Uh, I am not so sure about you. Could you please run in a different direction? Your enthusiasm is a little freaky.
Shiva: HI!!! I”M SHIVA!!! AND I CAN”T STOP!! GOT ANY TREATS???
Other Dog: ACK! Noooo! Go AWAAAAAAYYYYYYY! *proceeds to bark and growl, inciting all the other dogs in the room to also start barking and growling*
Me: Sheevs! Get over here and finish the sequence!
Shiva: Okay! BYEEEEEE!!!!
All the Other Dogs: Ahhhhh! We’re freaking out! What’s going on? What just happened? Ahhhh! *bark bark bark bark*
Me: *wishing I could disappear into the floor*
Shiva: *all innocent* What’s everyone barking about? I don’t understand.
Has your dog earned a title? Do you have any similar nicknames?