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Three Dogs, Three Personalities

We have three small dogs that live in our house. The oldest is a six year old miniature Dachshund male. His name is Coleman. Next oldest is Chloe, a three year old female Chihuahua. The youngest is Bella, a one year old female Yorkshire Terrier.

They have very different personalities with very different attitudes toward almost everything. They are much like people in this respect.

The Dachshund is my boy, although he likes everyone. He is one of the most laid back dogs I have ever seen. Whether it is an adult, our grand-kids or the neighbor's kids, it doesn't matter. He is at ease with them all and will play with any of them. And he loves to play. He especially likes to play with balls. He likes to play catch. If you throw the ball, he will bring it back to you. He will not give it to you until he is through taunting you with it. Then he will roll it toward you so that you can throw it again.

Bella, the Yorkie is Mom’s girl and she is the baby at one year old. She doesn’t like for small children to pick her up, but she will let everyone pet her. She is also ready to play at all times. But she likes small fuzzy things with squeakers. She will run through the house throwing her head around and biting the toy to make it squeak. She likes to play keep away from Coleman. She will run close to him and try to entice him to chase her. It usually works because he wants to get the toy and rip the squeaker out of it.

We have to keep her little toys put away so that Coleman doesn’t destroy them. Bella is like a child. When she wants one of her toys, she will go to the kitchen and start barking. She jumps up and down at the end of the counter watching us all the while. (We can see her from the living room.) She will continue these antics until someone gets the toy down for her.

Then we have Chloe. She is more bonded to me. Though only three, she acts like an old maid. She normally lies on the couch under a small blanket. Sometimes she gets up on the back of the couch to curl up and sleep; normally, she is right under my elbow. She likes my wife and she likes me. That is pretty much it. If anyone comes to the house, she will bark at them until they leave. We are working on changing this behavior. We also tell new visitors not to try to pet her. We don’t know that she would bite and we don’t want to find out the hard way.

It is a challenge living with all these little personalities. But it’s a challenge that I relish.


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