Having a pet, especially a dog, in your life is very satisfying.
I have a Cocker Spaniel. I can assure you that she is one of the cutest dog in the world with her fluffy brown fur coat and long ears. She just looks like a bear. I guess that is why whenever I walk her, she attracts loads of attention.
My dog is called Dau Dau (it means peas in Cantonese). I have no idea why we gave her this name, as she is definitely not small as a pea. I’ll have to ask my mum about the origin of her name, as Dau was actually her birthday gift from my dad.
Dau has lots of nicknames due to her behaviour. She is sometimes called ju (pig in Cantonese) and sometimes called b (a short form of baby in Cantonese). From her nicknames, you can probably guess that she is a rather lazy dog. She eats then sleeps then eats. These two activities continue throughout the day until we walk her or play with her. Yes, her routine is just like a pig, except for the fact that there is no way Dau will be anybody’s supper. Also, she is an attention seeking freak. She just demands your attention like 24/7. She uses her fluffy little paw to scratch you when she wants a pat. She barks when she wants to eat; similar to a baby demanding to be fed. Because of her at times naughtiness, we had to buy the baby locker thing to prevent her from entering a certain room, so she would not have the chance to create a mess (such as biting stuff).
I am not sure whether I should say having Dau in my family is lucky for her or us. Of course, I would say it is my pleasure to have her in my family more than the other way around. She is just a little baby in our family, creating loads of excitement and laughter.
Since my mum trained Dau, she can do quite a lot of tricks. For example, if we ask Dau what is her name, she barks to answer. She knows that she needs to pretend to die when we yell bang. However, she will not do these tricks without a reward (after all she is pretty smart). We are so proud of her, because of all these tricks she is able to do. Whenever our friends come over, we show her off, and everyone ends up laughing and clapping.
It is rather frustrating that she does not know how to play catch or frisbee. I have tried to teach her to give me back the ball after she grabs the thrown ball. Time after time, she just wants to bite onto it and not give it back. My boyfriend has a theory about this – Dau is very possessive.
I love her the most at night, because she becomes a little soft doll who does not want to move around due to her sleepiness. Meaning I can hug her all night long. Well, actually most of the time she ends up nowhere near my arms by morning. Nevertheless, I do like her to be my sleeping buddy. I always have a feeling that whenever I close my eyes, there is someone or something peeking over my shoulder to look at me sleeping (I do know that I do have a pretty face, but it is just very creepy to have someone look at you sleeping). Although I do know that it is very unrealistic, I just feel secure with Dau being around me at night.
Dau is a very understanding and emotional dog; just like a human. There have been a few times that she seemed to know I was upset, and she would just sit beside me and snuggle her head against my arm. There was this one time she just came over to lick my face while I was crying. Because of her, I felt better instantly. Now she has become one of my close buddies as she will listen to what I have to say even though most of the time she falls asleep in the middle of our conversation. She also understands jealousy. When my mum and I hug each other, she will growl at us to make us include her as well. If not, she barks at us angrily. We find that super funny.
I think I have found one of my life-time friends in a pet shop, and I am really grateful for her. I cannot imagine my life without her, because she has already silently stolen a special place in my heart (Argh…Dau-the-possessor, give me back one of the pieces of my heart). It is nice to have a loyal friend like Dau! Do you have any pet stories to share? 🙂