Thursday, April 7, 2011
Level 5? Nah....
As most of you know, Nyxie is a very protective girl. When there is a stranger nearby, or a door is knocked, she’s the first to alert about danger. And in her strict, militant German Shepherd mind, danger lurks everywhere! We understand this about her and each day brings new opportunities to separate high alert, Level 5 dangers from minimal, Level 1 & 2 dangers. The poor girl used to respond to all perceived threats with a Level 5 reaction, sending every one of us climbing the walls in surprise. There’s nothing quite like the alarm bark of a large GSD to send you leaping into the air just as you were drifting off to sleep for a nap on the couch. Thankfully, the new calm, assertive approach is paying off. Consistency is key!
The girls are fed raw, and we feed them in turns. First Arwen eats while Nyxie waits patiently in her crate. When Arwen is done, which is uber-fast, Nyxie Noodle has her turn in the kitchen for dinner. She gets so excited, she drools waiting for her bowl to be set down. It’s positively adorable.
Several days ago, we decided to order pizza for dinner. As luck would have it, the doorbell rang just as Nyxie was leaning over her bowl to sink her chompers into her chicken. Can you imagine what happened next, Gentle Readers?
A split second decision was made by my highly protective dog. Nyxie came flying around the corner towards the front door, chicken thigh in her mouth. She was growling, but not barking. Clearly the level 5 threat of another day is merely a Level 0.5 when chicken is involved.
My dog is a genius!