Speaking of New Dogs…

Or were we speaking of new dogs? I can’t remember. Anyway, I’ve decided I hardly need to adopt a new dog of my own when I have a new friend in the dog next door. Little Nessie has offcially annihilated all my uncertainty toward dogs of a smaller stature. Isn’t she delectable?

Before we moved in, the previous tenants did mention something about a neighbour’s dog who was constantly creeping under the fence. I loved the house so much I didn’t let  the thought put me off. It’s not as if I don’t like dogs or anything.

Obviously.

But now I get what they were talking about. The very first day we moved in this wee Yorkie ran over to say hello. She appeared in the backyard, rolling around in the grass in the most adorable fashion, as we moved boxes from the truck to the house. It was probably the best welcome I’ve ever received. I eventually scooped her up and brought her over to the address written on her little pink tag, thinking her humans may have been worried.

The woman seemed surprised when I showed up with her dog in my arms. I guess they were so used to her freely exploring the joined backyards they didn’t think anything of her absence. From that moment on I realized we’d be seeing a lot of the sweet girl.

And we have. Not that it’s really a problem. Shiva has taken a liking to her and happily chases Nessie over the grass. She seems to understand that the other dog is little and could easily be hurt by rough play. Instead of dashing around in her usual style, Shiva takes her cues from the smaller dog and runs only as fast as the shorter legs can go. It’s so heartwarming to watch Shiva handicap herself in this way. I never knew she had it in her to be so kind.

Nessie is a smart little puppy too. She is still pretty young and hasn’t had a lot of training but she is eager to learn. After just a few minutes I was able to shape her into offering hand touches with her nose. There is a lot of potential in that tiny brain. I am tempted to try her on some of the agility equipment. I have a feeling she’d enjoy the challenge.

It’s funny how we moved from one house with a Yorkie next door to another with the same. I guess we’re just lucky that way.

29 thoughts on “Speaking of New Dogs…

  1. Awwww I was hoping you had gotten a dog and I could be the first to congratulate you… but I guess in a way you did get a new one, so congrats! Hope the little girl stays safe in her travels. You know me, I can’t stand when people don’t keep their dogs contained… but I also have a rather picky girl so I don’t like dogs running up on her as a whole. She too knows a couple yorkies and has been very good with them… despite their rather disrespectful antics. But I love meeting nice little dogs, they are out there… I have trained quite a few actually. Always the person behind the dog not the dog.

    Have fun with your new neighbor, sounds like a wonderful match for you. I have been so behind on your blog, sorry I have gone ghost on you. Congrats on the house too!
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  2. OMD – she’s so cute. And so teeny! She makes Shiva look like a monster-sized dog.

    It’s good that Shiva ‘gets it’. See, she IS a good girl. 🙂

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  3. It’s hard to believe that someone would just let a tiny young dog go exploring the neighborhood. What if Shiva hadn’t been a kindly larger dog? She could have been seriously hurt. She sounds like a lonely little dog, so glad she has new playmates now.

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  4. That’s so funny- I cannot believe how he is swinging Shiva off the ground like that! She must have some mighty strong jaws!

    I have to admit – some little dogs are actually pretty sweet and fun. Probably 90% of them are little monsters – but for those 10%, I do have a soft spot.

    Enjoy your new neighbor!

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  5. It sounds (and looks) like Nessie is a sweet little girl who’s a pleasure to be around!

    Her owner is lucky that Shiva is good with dogs, though, and that you don’t mind a small and consistent visitor. Just assuming that things are all right can sometimes lead to a bad time for a dog 😦

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  6. I think dogs understand size differences pretty well- even my Larry who thinks he’s as big as a Great Dane knows that some dogs are smaller and some are bigger, and he doesn’t harrass the little ones, even when they come after him.
    And if she’s still quite young, dogs definitely understand that puppies are different, just like we know little kids are different, and need to be treated with more tolerance.

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  7. Hi Kristine, I bet that you still want another dog, maybe a Yorkie? Until you actually break down and get another dog, perhaps you could work with Nessie. Kind of train both Shiva and Nessie at the same time. Want to go for another synchronized 360 roll with two dogs and you?

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  8. I think you might be doing a favour by “training” Nessie and giving her playtime with Shiva. Doesn’t sound like the neighbours care much if they’re not plugging up their fence holes..

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  9. Shiva is showing you a side of her you didn’t know existed! It’s funny how big dogs adapt to playing with tiny dogs, most of them have it in them.
    Nessie looks like a little cutie and I can see she is going to be a full-time guest in your yard!

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  10. All I’m thinking is that it is so lucky they get along. What is cute and adorable could just as easily have been a nightmare. When we had Harley, a Rottie lived behind us – and the two of them HATED each other. We couldn’t even enjoy our yard for fear of fence fights. So glad that is not the case for you guys in your new place. That little sweetie is adorable, and I think maybe she might just like to try agility. 🙂

    P.S. – Boy can Shiva hang on during a game of tug!

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  11. How do you feel about the neighbor’s attitude regarding her wandering dog? I think it might tick me off a little bit, not that I wouldn’t like the dog or anything, but it makes me wonder just what kind of dog parents they are if they don’t know where their dog is. I wonder if they’d miss her if you took her to agility? LOL

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  12. Delectable, love it! That is great that Shiva handicaps herself for the little one! Leroy doesn’t do this very well, he makes me so nervous around little dogs, he has never hurt one, but one swoop with that big paw and I don’t even want to think about it:)

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  13. She’s cute… and its good to know she’s good with Shiva…

    my experience with small dogs hasn’t been too fun… I find them very noisy… its like smaller they are in size, louder they get…

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  14. Yorkies have such big personalities for such little things. I love that Shiva limited her skills to match the little one – that is adorable.

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  15. I love how some big dogs just instinctively know to turn it down with smaller dogs. Unfortunately, my Sadie is not that way. She wants to chase and tumble with the small dogs just like she does with the big ones and so she’s usually too intense for them. Maggie’s not great either – she either ignores or wants to eat small dogs. It’s a good thing we’ve been able to get her to mostly favor that ignoring part of her relationship with small dogs with much less eating nowadays. But then I have Hurley. His manner with puppies and small dogs is one of my favorite things about him. I think he’s much more comfortable with the small ones than with dogs his own size and he’s so incredibly gentle. I’m glad Shiva has herself a tiny new friend!

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  16. That’s adorable that Shiva slows down and plays gently with Nessie. I remember the first time Buster met his doggy cousin Strauss – they were playing tug-of-war with a rope and Buster would only pull hard enough to dislodge Strauss a bit, though he could have easily ripped the rope from Strauss’ mouth. Like you, I also found it adorable. =)

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  17. I’m pretty sure that your new neighbors are lucky to have you and Shiva as neighbors. I’m certain that by being around you and Shiva she will get some training and obviously some much needed attention and playtime. She is such a little cutie – I have a soft spot for Yorkies 🙂

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  18. So cute! I can’t really adopt dogs, because Yummy is a very jealous type of dog. She really wanted our attention to at her always. she hates dogs.

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  19. Nessie is adorable. I love how she lay on the ground and then did little belly hops when she got excited watching Shiva. I have a feeling that Nessie’s mom got really luky having you move in next door. That dog will be trained in a heartbeat! Yorkies are such intelligent dogs. They love to learn. Shall we expect more videos? 🙂

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  20. I think Nessie is lucky to have you for a neighbor. And Shiva is lucky to get a little friend. It’s adorable that she runs over to play, but aren’t they worried at all about Nessie getting out onto the road into traffic? Anyway, have fun with your part-time dog!

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  21. Be careful. My sister got her cat when a neighbor couldn’t be bothered to quarantine him after he got into a fight (to check for rabies). And the neighbor’s dog ended up with a woman down the block. If your neighbors have to move unexpectedly, you might discover you do have a second dog.

    BTW, you were wondering how Shiva would do as a foster sister. Sounds like her play style with this Yorkie gives one good indication. 🙂

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