Oggie in review

Camila came to pick up Oggie on Wednesday night. They came right from the air port to us, she missed him that much :)

So now I only have one dog again. Feels really great to have peace and order restored to our home, but at the same time it’s a little sad. Even if he drove us crazy at least 3 times/day with his energy and random crazyness it was such a fun experience having him here. I will miss having a little furball to cuddle with, and he did bring some life to our otherwise rather calm household.
Zaphod is sweet and all, but cuddling with him is like hugging a kitchen chair. Everything is sharp and pointy and there are limbs sticking out everywhere. And he releases all his energy outdoors so when at home he lays down in a corner and refuse to move. Sometimes I don’t even see him for hours. (Which is actually one of the things that makes him so easy to live with, so I’m not complaining about that.)

Bunk buddies

Oggie in list form:

Good stuff Not so good stuff
– Small and lightweight. Takes no space at all.

– Enough fur to stand the weather, likes to go out even if it’s cold and snowy.

– Very happy and outgoing, tail never stops wagging!

– Doesn’t seem to have much guarding instinct, little to no barking (huuuge plus).

– Kinda cute after all :3

– TO much fur!! Zomg 8O

– Follows me around like a tail wherever I go. Cute at first but after a while it gets irritating and stresses me out since I’m not used to it. (Why? What do you want from me!?)

– So much energy! Even after 2 hours of playing in the woods he has no desire to sleep.

– So small, furry and flat-faced I had to hunch down right in front of him in order to make eye contact. Makes it kinda hard to communicate.

– Doesn’t seem to have any understanding of basic dog language. (a deep growl means you should STOP biting the ears, not bite harder and start pulling…)

I have to say though that it has been a fun and worthwhile month, and all in all it wasn’t that much trouble.
He had zero respect for Zaphod (he is such a wuss) but he did listen to me. His fur was insane but on the other hand it was nice to have a weather-resistant dog. It took me a while to learn how to walk with two leashed dogs so the first walks were… interesting. But eventually I figured it out :P

I also learned that it’s impossible to say the name Oggie without using your most ridiculous baby voice and adding a long line of poggie moggie woggie loggie after :D

Can I imagine getting a dog like that for myself? I think my answer is no. Size is good, I could definitely see myself with a slightly smaller dog. But I don’t want something that requires that much grooming and definitely not something that flat-faced.

I’m not gonna spam this post with pictures, but they’re up on Flickr so you can go there if you wanna see some cuddling and dog-on-dog action. I recommend the bath photos if you want some lols ;)

Comments

  1. 8 February 2010

    My recommendation then would be to look at a Schnauzer. They are small enough to cuddle, weather bearing, you don’t have to bathe them (a huge plus) very little grooming, a miniature is about 25 pounds max, plus they are very friendly. They do talk though. It is a woo-woo sound. I don’t know if a full sized Schnauzer talks but I know the miniatures do. They also love going outside & they are very very friendly. I love my Mac-Baby & I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

    The reason he was following you around is because he was curious to see what you were doing & also just in case you decided that you needed to pet something he wanted to be sure he was available. :yay:

  2. 8 February 2010

    “Zaphod is sweet and all, but cuddling with him is like hugging a kitchen chair.” – hahahahahaha!

    Oggy sounds like the sort of dog that is great for children to have, they can wear each other out. For me I think it would be great to have Oggy for like a day, and then give him back.

  3. 8 February 2010

    I didn’t spend three hours watching the Puppy Bowl last night for nothing. Off to see the pictures ;-)

  4. 8 February 2010

    Det låter som en minst sagt energisk liten hund!

    Förstår att pälsen inte kan ha varit rolig att ha att göra med! Har själv haft att göra med långhåriga hundar när jag jobbade på djurpensionat och herregud vilket jobb! Det finns så mycket som kan fastna i lång päls. Kvistar, mossa, löv, barr. O_o

  5. 9 February 2010

    I have two toy dogs, which is perfect because when they were puppies they would wear each other out by running around the house all the time. Now that they are older, they keep each other company whenever I have to leave the house. It’s perfect :D

  6. 10 February 2010

    It’s nice to have some change around the house now and then. But at the end of the day, going back to your normal life is nice too. I had that experience when I went home for Christmas. I was excited because I was going to get to spend some time with my nephews, but at the end of the week I couldn’t wait to get back to my nice quiet, clean home.

  7. 16 February 2010

    Haha, I love the pictures of Oggie jumping all over Zaphod. Zaphod looks like he’s thinking, “Get this thing off me. Now.” :P The bath pictures are great too. Furry dogs look so tiny when you bathe them and all of their fur flattens.

    Jude is half Shih-Tzu, but luckily his face isn’t very flat because of the Cairn Terrier half of him. He sounds a lot like Oggie otherwise, though. I’ve become used to him following me around everywhere. Half the time I don’t even notice it, and he’s kind of learned to follow behind us and not get under our feet. Sometimes he’s too tired or lazy to follow us around, though, especially at night when it’s close to bedtime. :P He’ll lift his head to see where we’re going, but that’s the most effort he’ll make.