Wednesday, September 30, 2015

25 Things About Me | by Chandler

Chandler, shelter_dog
1) I was rescued by a hard-hat worker at a construction site when my sister and I were discovered at 5 weeks following around a dog who wasn't our mom in an attempt nurse. The man turned us over to a local shelter and they were worried about our disposition after losing our mom that early on. But we're both really nice dogs now who greet everyone with joy!

2) I live in downtown San Francisco and my sister was adopted by a nice man who lives on acres and acres with a pond and goats! So like Drake, we started from the bottom now we here. Our parents still email each other.

3) My family and I are lucky to have found each other as it was really because one of their friends thought of them in the perfect moment when they saw a post that I was available. You can read all about it here. They are forever grateful. And even made me my own hashtag on Instagram.

4) My mom taught me how to do this thing called "Fancy Dance". It's a really easy trick and I like it because all I have to do is put my paws on her hip and move my feet for a second and I get a treat. My dad however, says it's the stupidest trick he's ever seen.

5) I have only lifted my leg to pee about 5 times in my existence. I have, however, finessed the art of lifting my leg against a tree while I try to go #2. I don't know why I do that and I don't appreciate everyone laughing as I figure out that it doesn't work.

6) I go on 5-Mile runs with my dad a lot. I am a pretty good runner! I never go on runs with my mom but we go on lots of walks and she's usually the one who plays fetch with me before work.

7) My best friend is a dog named Maddox. She is my same-aged cousin and whenever I see her, I forget everything else in the world and we immediately mold into a tornado together and blow through the house in this connected ball. They call us "Lady & the Tramp" because I am a scruffy shelter pup and she is a pure-bred spaniel with long pretty ears.

8) In Portland, Maddox and I went to the same school and a lot of times I would get there and immediately see her across the classroom! Our parents said they could see us find each other on the webcam and it made them happy.

9) I sleep with my parents each night. I always settle in across the pillows as they brush their teeth until I am instructed to move to the end of the bed. I don't mind too much because I can stretch my entire body out down there.

10) One night my mom abruptly shoved a huge Q-Tip into my mouth and rubbed it against my cheek. A few weeks after that, they yelled "I knew it!" as they opened the mail and then started telling people that I was a Labrador Retriever/Jack Russell Terrier mix. Passerbys prior to that always said I looked like a Lab puppy but my chin scruff confused them. I think my parents were happy to have a definitive answer.

11) I like eating huge leaves of lettuce (they're crunchy!) but broccoli is not worth my time.

12) When I'm stressed or excited, I yawn excessively. Every time I hear my leash jingle, I start yawning a lot.

13) I need to work on my jumping up on people. The rumor is that once my parents get back from their trip next week, they are gonna hire someone to help with that. I just get so excited and honestly, they can only blame themselves as they always let me jump on them.

14) Picture taking is really stressful in my house. My mom never seems to have the perfect shot and bribes me to sit still for seemingly hours. It's my least favorite time.

15) I am high-energy. That means that sometimes when I am overstimulated, I have a hard time figuring out what to do with myself! The beaches in California are a lot more populated than the ones in Oregon and I think my parents are trying to figure out how to calm me down upon arrival. I JUST CANT WAIT TO START RUNNING. 
^Maddox & Me aka Lady & the Tramp. She is my cousin/best friend.

16) I am not mean at all and don't even have a mean bone in my body. I am really used to new dogs from all my time at doggy daycare and I love playing. You can see me playing with tons of new friends here!

17) I like to ride in my crate in the car. I curl right up and go to bed! But when I'm in the car and not in my crate I do not like it. I just want to get to a lap as soon as I can. 

18) I do not understand farm animals and that always gets me in trouble. Whenever we are somewhere where they are, I shoot over to them and start barking to warn my parents about these giant dogs with hooves and horns standing around! However, that always scares my mom and she generally doesn't let me run loose at farms anymore. Something about me getting stampeded.

19) When I am playing fetch (my favorite thing by the way),  I get in a very obedient zone. I don't care about anything but the ball and my owners and that's the only thing I focus on.
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20) My first morning with my parents when I was 8 weeks old, they took me on a walk through downtown Portland. I had never been in a city before and when the trolley went by and made noise, I did a backwards somersault as I tried to get away. It's one of their very favorite memories.

21) My nicknames are apparently "Schtink", "Ajahmana" and "my sweet boy". They are all pretty stupid and the second one makes no sense. They have no idea where it came from though we think it stemmed from the opening line of "Circle of Life" and how they used to sing it while they held me up like Simba (which they assured me all 90s-kids do with their pets [eye roll]).

22) I take baths every single Sunday! I am used to them and don't mind them at all. I just stand there until it's over and then I sprint around the house manically for 10 minutes in celebration.

23) I am a downtown dog through and through. It's the only life I know! I don't have a backyard but since my parents walk almost everywhere they need to go, I get to go to most places with them.

24) I love giving kisses. Which is good because my parents are always asking for them. They said they don't understand people who have dogs but don't let their dogs kiss them.

25) Next week, I am going to be with a new sitter for 10 days while my parents are gone. This is making my mom and dad really nervous because usually I would stay with my mom's brother or my mom's dad! But they live too far away now. I think between now and then we are all going to be snuggling a lot. My mom won't stop kissing me and telling me how much she will miss me. I like it when I'm at home and we can snuggle on the couch but she tried to stop me at the park yesterday to begin telling me that and I just did not want to stop playing to hug. I gave her lots of kisses on the walk home though.

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Pat Hatt said...

haha yeah, I may roll my eyes at the Lion King one too lol those farm animals are something. Having buds to play with is always a good thing as well.

Jax said...

This is absolutely adorable!!! I love the dancing trick. That is way too cute. I also love that you keep in contact with his sibling's mommy. Hehe

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Awwww love this! I may have to see this Fancy Dance <3

Green Fashionista

Anonymous said...

Aw, such a sweet looking dog! I love this. Thank you for adopting a shelter pup :)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love this! Since I've had my dogs guest blog a few times, I always like when other dogs do.

Good luck with your new babysitter Chandler! You're going to be okay!

Christina Lea Loves said...

This is the most darling post - I love it! Our little lady sleeps with us too and we can't contain her jumping!

Ashley G said...

Cutest post! The wedding picture of y’all is so good!

Life with Lolo said...

Just popped over from your link on the chat on Helene's webinar. Aww, you had me at that first photo! What a sweetie! I loved seeing this from the pups point of view!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

First of all, "Fancy Dance" sounds like a bad ass move. Look out, twerking!!! There's a new move in town!
Our baby Johnny Cakes sleeps with us every night, too. We call him our "Little Warm Water Bottle." :) We also let him kiss us all over. It's called "baby lovins". :)

Trish said...

Buahaha! Love this post! Nice to meet you Chandler! Trish - tales from trish

Tabitha Lee said...

Love this post! So cute. I would love to see that "fancy dance" :-)

Unknown said...

I love how this post is written in the perspective Chandler! Super creative! ALSO, you take such pretty photos!

Zobia |

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

This is THE CUTEST post. I don't get how anyone can not love dogs. They're so special and Chandler is stinking adorable!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

This is THE CUTEST post. I don't get how anyone can not love dogs. They're so special and Chandler is stinking adorable!

Unknown said...

hahahahahahaahahhaah classic and sooo cute!
Unlucky Simba got stuck with his name from the circle of life move so he feels Chandlers pain haha :) xx

Myra said...

Best post ever, Chandler!! You seem like one heck of a fun little guy and Kobi says "hey bud, wish we lived closer so we could be friends!"