Happy Wednesday readers! Just kidding, I’m obviously just a bit late on my entry. My family is getting ready to move and in the chaos I forgot to get this entry setup for issuing, and for that I’m terribly sorry! As I’m sure you noticed a week ago today was a very special day, my very own Pyr turned 2 years old, and sadly I was not able to spend the day with her. I don’t think she minded much as she got treats the night before and I left her in the doggie hotel with a large birthday treat as well. In honor of my Pyr’s big day, I thought this entry would be all about her and the goofy things that make her special.

Elsa is, 90% of the time, a very quiet and calm dog. She always has been, even as a less than a year old puppy. Like anyone else, there are certain things that get her excited, and when she’s excited it’s impossible to miss.

First is treats, but that should be pretty obvious. Who DOESN’T get excited about cookies? My favorite part about treat giving is her reaction. Elsa doesn’t jump around or bark or go nutty before the treat; instead she does it after. In the morning, she gets dog biscuits for kenneling. She is so gentle when it comes to taking treats, it’s hard for her to lick them off my palm. Because of this, I place each biscuit in her open mouth or drop them on the ground for her to sniff out. Less often, we give Elsa a bone to gnaw. To earn this she must sit with a non-verbal command or lay down and stay with a verbal command . She’s quick to obey and VERY gently take the bone, but as soon as it’s in her mouth and out of my hand, she is gone! She charges out of the kitchen, through the living room and POUNCES onto her bed. She then drops the bone, spins in a circle and flops down to begin attacking it. This ritual of hers never fails to put a smile on my face.

The second thing that always gets Elsa hopping with excitement is to initiate the “What was that?” game. It’s really simple and starts the the question “What was that?” in a very excited tone spoken very quickly. As soon as her ears are perked and her tail is high, I will ask again or kind of jump towards her. At that point it’s on. Elsa will hop, spin, bow and wag her tail like crazy, and all Ihave to do is repeat the question and hop with her. She eventually wears out, at which point she will flop to the floor, tongue out and panting in what can only be described as a smile.

On October 17th, 2015 Elsa is 2 years old. For most of her life, she has been a much loved family member and friend. There is really nothing better than a round of “What was that?” followed by a snuggle on the couch after a long tiring day. Give it a try! See if your furbaby is just as easily excited and have yourself a good workout with your best four legged pal.

Have a Pyr Love filled day!

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