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Happy Tail - Dogs and cats have quirks, too

Does your pet have a quirk? Most dogs and cats, like humans, do. They all have their own unique personalities. Peg Schaeffer capulizes the idiosyncracies of just a few of her dogs and cats here, those of: Loretta, Lucas, Morgan, Lil Bit, Vera, Virginia, Jake, Bootsie, Bandit Bonnie, Rudy, Rukus, and Socks. She suggests others might want share their pets' quirks on CM, as well.
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By Peg Schaefer

If you watch "Everyone Loves Raymond" you know that Ray's brother, Robert, has a quirk where he touches his chin with his food or drink before he puts it in his mouth. It's funny how people have habits unique to them. I'm left handed and I can only sleep on my left side.

Some of the dogs here have little idiosyncrasies of their own:

Loretta, a Chihuahua, loves to sleep in the clothesbasket but she has to burrow deep inside. We have another dog, Kowalski, who spends hours barking at Loretta while she's buried in the clothes. Once in a while Loretta will move and then Kowalski barks even more. Once Loretta tires of his barking she'll jump out from under the covers and snap at him and then go back to sleep deep inside the basket. I don't know how many times I've picked up the clothesbasket and it's so heavy. That's because Loretta is hiding inside.

Lucas, a black Lab mix, sleeps in the bathroom but the door has to be shut. He'll go inside the bathroom and push the door shut. If I open the door he shuts it before I even get a few feet away. In the winter it's not so bad but in the summer it makes it like an oven inside. So I have to put a brick by the door jamb so he can't shut it tight.

Morgan has a fort (his doghouse) on the front porch. He sneaks into the house and steals blankets from the crates and then carries them out to his fort. He also steals the dogs' toys and hides them inside the doghouse. Then he'll stand outside the door and shake his head with their toy in his mouth as if to say "Look what I've got!"

Lil Bit, a Jack Russell, loves silverware. She'll grab any utensil and go into one of the crates with it. She'll chew on it all day if I don't get it from her first.

Vera, a Pit Bull mix, loves to take the dogs' dishes. She doesn't care if they're full or empty. She'll gather up the dishes and pile them up in one of the outside crates. Sometimes there will be several dishes still full of food stacked up. I pity the fool who tries to get them back.

Virginia, a Blue Heeler mix, is our ratter. Every morning she greets Keith with a dead rat - sometimes two. She's so proud of her daily catches.

Jake, a Dachshund, goes out to the barn to help Keith feed and finds the tunnels of the rats and goes in them hunting. You can hear him barking all the way to the house. He's never caught anything but he sure tries hard.

Bootsie, another Chihuahua, sits on my lap when I'm working on the computer. If he feels I'm not paying enough attention to him he'll jump off my lap and find a piece of paper or cloth and bring it to me, shaking it back and forth. I have to try to take it from him and he pulls hard to keep it away from me. If the paper rips we keep playing until it's so small I can't grasp it.

Bandit, a Red Heeler, lives downstairs. When I come downstairs he walks between my legs and I have to grab his muzzle and rough house with him. It goes on for a few minutes before he'll quit. But we have to play the game first.

Bonnie, a senior Border Collie, gets fed separate from the other dogs. I stand by her while she eats so none of the dogs will steal it. When she's finished eating I have to pet her. If I don't she nudges my leg to remind me I haven't scratched her head.

Rudy, a Chihuahua that looks like a Sphynx cat, has an unusual place to sleep. I have a cloth grocery bag hanging from the bedpost of my bed. In it I have a blanket I've been saving to give to one of my friends. Rudy climbs on the step stool and then into the bag. He sleeps there every night. It's his own private hammock.

Rukus, a Rat Terrier, loves to bite my feet. In the winter it wasn't so bad because I'd have jeans on but now in the summer I'm wearing shorts and I have bite marks all over my ankles.

Even the cats have habits. There is a gray cat, Socks, who loves to be brushed. Every day when I go in the cat room I have to brush him. If I don't he reaches out with his paw and grabs me before I can leave the room. Even if it's only for a few minutes I can't sneak out without combing him.

So people aren't the only ones with unusual tendencies. It would be interesting if owners would write to Columbia Magazine with your pet's quirk.
Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue,
860 Sparksville Road
Columbia, KY 42728
Home telephone: 270-378-4521, Cell phone: 270-634-4675

This story was posted on 2015-05-31 06:49:07
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Pets have idiosyncracies, too: Loretta

2015-05-31 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
This is Loretta, peeking out of her hiding place. She's a Chihuahua we got from the Amish. Her quirk is that she likes to burrow into the clothes and blankets in the wash basket. We got her from the Amish. - Peg Schaeffer

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