I consider Bu a very intelligent animal. She doesn't just let the day unfold....she calculates how she wants her day to go. When she wants things to go her way (which is all the time), she calculates how she will achieve what it is she wants to do. Case in point. One nice spring day I take a look out my back window. Bu and her sister Jess are on the deck. On the deck, there is a dog house. Bu is in the dog house and Jess who is minding her own business is lying on the deck catching the afternoon breeze. All seems peaceful and well in Jess's world. Well Bu decides to change the peaceful rest her sister is enjoying. Out of the dog house Bu parades herself with a mouthful of hay that lines the floor of the dog house. She walks over to her sister and dumps the hay on her head. Jess now is surrounded by the hay that has tumbled down her body except for one piece that is hanging from her eyelash. I laughed so hard, it took me a few minutes to recover. Never in my days of owning German Shepherds have I ever seen a dog so conniving and so calculating as Bu. This is what she lives for....!
I can't believe it.......after all the writing that I've done, I've finally published my first book. Well actually, I've self published it on "Lulu." The name of the book is: "If there's no animals in Heaven, then I'm not going." It's a small book, but it has nine of my short stories about dogs in it's pages. So if you want to check it out, just go on to Lulu and put that title of the book in their search engine. It should pop up at the top of the screen. So I'm excited and now I'm going to have to put more of my stories together and produce my second book! Wish me luck! I've worked very hard for this.
There is never a dull moment when living with Bu. She always comes up with something new. She doesn't like to be bored. When I let her and her sister out of the crate in the morning, she takes a big stretch with her posterior sticking up in the air preventing anyone from walking past her. Then she runs through the house, does a quick turn around and runs back towards me. Next thing I know, she's sliding across the floor stopping just in front of me preventing me from taking another step. I know you knows what she's doing!
So for the first few months of Bu's life, she walked around with a half shaven body. It took quite awhile for her hair to grow back in where the vet had shaved it. It didn't matter to Bu, because she strutted around like she was "all that" anyway. Bu could never stay on her four feet for any length of time. She always had to be jumping all over everything and investigating what ever might be new in the house. It could have been the smallest of "something" and she would know that something new was in the house. Her nose would be up in the air trying to smell where this new item just may be. There was no fooling her. She'd find it. Bu was never content having her own toys or bone. She always had to have what her sister had. So Bu would let her sister chew on her bone for awhile, but as soon as Jess looked away, the ownership shifted over to Bu. She now had her sister's half chewed bone and Jess would get the new bone that Bu barely touched. She just had to have what her sister had even if it was half gone. It was a matter of showing who was in control at all times. Bossy little bitch!!!
From the time this little “bad girl” was born, I knew she was going to be trouble! I’ve had German Shepherd Dogs for most of my adult life, but nothing prepared me for “Bu!” She challenges the theory that dogs do things strictly out of instinct. "Bu" (pronounced Boo) does most things strictly by calculating each of her steps to achieve the outcome she’s looking for. She leaves nothing to chance and no room for error!
German Shepherds are known for their keen intelligence and how easy they are to train. Pair these attributes with a dog that lives by her own rules and is very happy making sure we all know about it. “Bu” believes the world revolves around “Bu.” Woe to the one who tries to tell her differently and in this case, me. She literally tells me off by making little crying, squeaky noises and barking at me when I try to discipline her. Oh, it’s not a vicious bark by any means, but it’s a “telling me off” for correcting her type of bark. It’s like she’s saying to me, “How could you yell at me? Do I have to remind you how cute I am?”
Now there are three “other beings” that share the same house that “Bu” resides in. There’s her mother, Amber who loves everyone she meets. Then there’s her sister, Jess who has had to endure most of Bu’s shenanigans. And then there is me who has suffered more black and blues and bruises from her than all my other dogs that I’ve ever owned combined. She has springs in her legs and is mostly on her hind legs with the other two bouncing off of my already worn out body! She is my wild child! I've tried everything but life is one big game for "Bu."
Bu and Jess were born on April 8, 2006. They were the only puppies that Amber had. Amber was an outstanding mother. It just came naturally for her. She loved her babies. Bu was her first born but she did not nurse right away. In fact, it took her an hour before she would nurse. Her sister Jess was a chow hound right from the moment she was born and a chow hound she has remained to this day.
Two and a half weeks went by since the birth of the two little “darlings” before Bu would announce to the world what kind of personality she brought to this planet! One day while checking in on the new little family, I hear Amber whining and looking at Bu quizzically. I look down in the whelping box and there is this puppy with raised up lip snarling at her mother. Now mind you, she barely has her eyes open at this tender age and has absolutely no teeth and she’s snarling at her mother. Can you imagine that?! I’ve never seen anything like it! Well Amber was very upset and couldn’t understand why she was acting this way. She would soon find out that this was not a one time event. She would continue to do this and Amber would push her around with her nose or take her paw and hit her with it all the while whining. So this would be the beginning of “bad to the bone” Bu’s life and we three who shared it with her.
When Bu was only about five weeks old, she became ill and she was misdiagnosed by one vet that I took her to. Long story short, they shaved one half of her tiny body and was prepared to operate on her before the new vet retested her and found out she did not have a heart problem like the original vet thought. I came to take my puppy home and wrapped her in big warm towels placing her on the car seat next to me. She was so happy to see me again after staying over night at that “nasty old vets.” She loved being with me again and this is when this little “angel”???? and I bonded on our drive back home.
For the next several weeks, I was very protective of Bu to make sure the other two dogs didn’t hurt her and rough her up. She was smaller than her sister Jess and had a tinier head. I would pick her up and put her on my lap so no one would injure her. Well this made her even more alpha. She was now in a higher place sitting up on my lap looking down at her sister who she would attack if she came too close to the chair she and I shared. Jess would jump up to say hello and she’d be greeted by a bite to the head or ears as Bu would tumble off of my lap in a little heap on the ground on top of her sister. Then when she was satisfied that her sister knew who the boss was, she’d parade her little scrawny half shaved body back over to my chair and beg me to lift her up again. She would continue her offense for as long as her sister had the nerve to come too close to her “throne.” Now mind you, I wouldn’t let her get away with beating up her sister. I always tore her away from her object of intimidating behavior. It never seemed to matter to Bu though because she was already calculating her next move . TO BE CONTINUED…….
I am a freelance writer, having had some of my articles and stories published in "The German Shepherd Dog Quarterly" and "The AKC Gazette" as well as many newsletters all over the United States and Canada. I also published a magazine for single people. I own 3 German Shepherd Dogs and write many stories about them. You can read some of my stories and articles. They're all over the internet. I own a German Shepherd Dog e-mail list called: TheGSDShowcase@yahoogroups.com