Bekah did you ever read The Game of Thrones? I hear it's really awesome. Or Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?? That must be one of my favorite books.
Thanks fishyfishy! So I can assume Sawyer is not in an ideal home. Poor thing. I thought pugs were more wiggly and affectionate, like Emma. Now I feel bad for Sawyer. He's not allowed upstairs in the house, so he's babygated or crated on the first floor and we hear him crying ALL the time. Poor miserable thing. I'm like you, I had 14 years of my life with my little 27lb dog but I want a big dog. We're leaning towards a french mastiff or a mastiff of some sort, and American bullldogs or pitbulls or something like that. But I do want another terrier someday.
I've always had big dogs. I took in Emma off the streets, worked to put up flyers, inform rescues, vets and did everything to find her family. We just came to conclusion that her family got hit hard and had to abandon her. She soon fell into our routines, I trained her and she became part of our family. So I really couldn't give her up. No matter how much she annoys me. Even if I got that dream dog I've been wanting. I'd regret it. Because she's family, she isn't a toy or a hobby to be picked up and disguarded when bored. She's to stay here til the end of her days.
My most favorite dogs to work with are Dobermans and Rottweilers. A nice balanced dog. Independent but still looks to you as the pack leader. My previous dog, a doberman, sure loved challenging me for lead position often.
Emma......she just has endless energy that is difficult to get rid of. As a result, she is an extreme trouble maker. She is very limited on what she can do exercise wise. She's got toys EVERYWHERE in the house, balls galore, gets a different path each walk, gets walked 5 times a day, basic training and trick performing 3 times a day. There was a time where we'd visit the dog park for 4 hours everyday. But even that didn't put a dent in her energy. We reduced protein and calorie intake to bear minimum. Still didn't wind down. She almost looked like a bag of bones, but the energy was still there o.O
My doberman had endless energy, but it was easily solved with rigorous exercises. I built up his stamina to where he could trot 3-5 miles. He loved it. I also did agility with him, didn't get too far tho. Never could fade our the lure with weaving. But I found a new idea on teaching weaving. Will try that with the next one ;)
When I took Emma in I accepted her no matter what. Nothing will make me give her away. Just like marriage, til death do we part.