As you’re probably aware by now, Danny, our rescue dog, has been with us for almost a year. When we adopted him last August, we were told many things about his character – he’s playful, he’s a darter, he loves children, loves the car, gets along with cats.
After 10 months in our home, there’s no arguing any of those points. But, one thing was noticeably absent from the evaluation. He can be downright stubborn as a mule.
Frankly, I think he likes to test us and he likes to push the envelope. Just last night, for instance, we took him to his first concert. He’s a very cultured dog, after all. It was an outdoor concert by the beach at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. Anyway, as we were sitting on our blanket at the packed venue, a dog nearby barked. Danny immediately recognized the tune. He barked incessantly for a few minutes despite our protestations and offering of snacks. Finally, after a walk on the beach, he settled down.
Meanwhile, when I take him for walks in the neighborhood, there are times he’ll just refuse to move. He’ll dig in his heels so deeply you’d think you were trying to budge a sumo wrestler.
Who would have thought it would be so difficult to harness a 17-pound Shih Tzu? A perfect example occurred last week. We went for our usual morning walk. Danny did his business a few doors down the street and then immediately turned around and began to drag me toward our house. He just refused to extend the walk. It was like he was saying, “I’m done. It’s over. I’ve had enough. Besides, exercise is overrated.”
This stubborn streak prompted me to search online for the pros and cons of this breed. The first item in the negative column jumped out at me. “A mildly stubborn ‘what’s in it for me?’ attitude.” Bingo, we have a winner!
Yes, it’s true that Danny can display a stubborn streak every now and again. But, we’re more than willing to overlook it.
As our house/pet sitter said recently when we returned from a few days out of town, “Danny has a mind of his own.”
That he does. And, that is part of his enduring charm.
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