Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tippy Tuesday

There's a blog I read called Twenty-Six to Life. Her name is Kate and she not only blogs about DIY projects, but also about her dogs. She kinda has a thing for rescuing dogs, mainly pit bulls. Well apparently there's some test out there called the Canine Good Citizen test and she thought she would put her newest rescued dog through the test. After being out of the shelter for only a couple of months, the dog passed the test on the first try!

Just for the fun of it, I though I would list the requirements and see where Tippy stacks up....
Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger - If by "accepting" you mean running in a dead sprint toward said friendly stranger while viciously barking but staying at least 6 feet feet away, then yeah, she accepts a friendly stranger alright. FAIL.
Test 2: Sitting politely for petting - Usually if you're gonna come up to her and pet her, she doesn't exactly sit there.....she rolls on her back so you can pet her belly. I should mention she only does this with people she knows. If she doesn't know them, please refer to the results in Test 1. FAIL.
Test 3: Appearance and grooming - Have you SEEN her teeth? I mean, how can you not? They're visible 24/7. FAIL.
Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead) - The few times I've actually managed to get a leash and collar on her, I literally had to drag her down the street and when I wasn't dragging her, she was bucking like a wild horse. So no, she can NOT go out for a walk while "walking on a loose lead." FAIL.
Test 5: Walking through a crowd - Walking? That's a good one! The day she walks through a crowd will be the day that I marry Justin Timberlake. Her only mode of transportation through a crowd is ME....carrying her.....while she's shaking because she doesn't like strangers. FAIL.
Test 6: Sit and lay down on command and Staying in place - Her entire vocabulary consists of maaaaaybe 6 words. All of the important words like "outside," "treat," "No!" She knows that last one real well. So no, she does not know words like "sit," 'lay down" and "stay" and she SURE as heck can't do them! FAIL.
Test 7: Coming when called - Hey, Tippy might actually get a point here! She'll come, especially when you have something for her like food, a treat, attention, or a spot on the couch for nap time. She looooves nap time with me. 1 POINT!
Test 8: Reaction to another dog - Are we talking about dogs she knows (and likes)? Or are we talking about dogs she doesn't know and doesn't wanna know? If it's one she likes, then she reacts by backing her @$$ up in his face or straddling his head to get him to play. Yeah, she knows how to get her way. Her reaction to a dog she doesn't know? Well, she gets this psychotic, high shrill bark going on that could break glass. I don't know if that's the kind of reaction these test makers had in mind. FAIL.
Test 9: Reaction to distraction - Yeaaaah.....not so good. FAIL.
Test 10: Supervised separation - The only people Tippy will stay with if I'm out of town is my brother or my mom and dad. She would NOT do well with someone that she hasn't been around much and I can forget taking her to get boarded! No way! No how! Uh-uh! Fuhgetaboutit! FAIL.
Well done, Tippy! Mama's proud.

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