Our two yorkies couldn’t be more different from each other. Gaëlle, who turns 7 on New Year’s Day (so then, a first, she will be older than I am) is the super sweet one who has yet to meet a stranger. Her approach to people and other dogs is cheerful and submissive and therefore we meet a lot of new friends everywhere. Gaëlle is also a gourmet dog. In addition to the Girls’ regular diet of human grade whole foods that I cook for them (I know, I know… but I don’t have any children and I am thinking I may prolong their healthy years by cooking their food from scratch), she eats fruits, vegetables, edamame, peanut butter, cheese and for cocktail time; a cheeto or two.
Cajsa will be 6 in early January and is the dominant dog. While she eats well at meal times, she is not interested in food otherwise. Gaëlle has never put her foot down with her, not even when Cajsa steps all over her while she sleeps. Cajsa is super sweet with us and with boys young and old, but is not interested in people in general and in particular has NO interest in other dogs. I think she is afraid really, and that makes her a bully. Her approach, if not kept on a very short leash (literally and verbally) is to stiffen all of her 6 lbs body and jump forward on all four legs, barking furiously.
I can assure you that my two dogs were brought up, socialized and disciplined in exactly the same manner, yet they behave completely different from each other. Because of Cajsa’s behavior, we never let her approach other dogs, while we always let Gaëlle approach after asking the owner if she may great the dog we are meeting. Cajsa, because of her attitude, got into trouble this summer. She was bit in the face by a large dog and lost her left eye. It happened in a heartbeat and the aftermath was an awful experience I don’t ever have to go through again.
Yesterday evening, on Dave’s watch this time, it almost happened again. A large black lab off leash came up from behind and got on Cajsa who was on a leash. Dave had to beat the dog off and remained shaken for the rest of the evening. Now we both have the experienced almost the same.
I thought I knew enough about animal behavior to prevent a bad situation but it still happened. Please everybody; be careful with your pets.