Introducing Ergo


Ergo 1 - 004 - silly

I really don’t have any pictures that do her justice.  In the above picture she was reaching up to try to lick the camera lens.


Ergo 1 - 007

And you can tell she was successful with her Licking Quest.



This one is from her old owners.


· We are beyond delighted with her.

· She is a year old and supposedly a GSD. (Turns out she is 1.5 years old)

· They say that her Mother was an American GSD and Ergo moves her front end with that floaty trot.

· They say that her Father was a Check GSD but I’m sure that there is a 95% chance they are confused. I would guess Coyote before the rough, burley Chezx GSD. Although the sable would be right on.

· She is small, a little bigger than Spunky, but more delicate lines. Maybe 40 lbs. (Coyote??)  (Vet weighed her in at 57.5 pounds.  That is about ONE THIRD Akhen’s weight.)  

· Oh God she is beautiful. Her eyes pop. Kind like Akhen’s.

· She is super friendly and has a very sweet as sugar air around her.

· She really likes the sofa. We sometimes call our sofa the “coma couch” and I’m not sure Ergo has learned to avoid its orbital pull yet.

· She has a sable coat, which I have never liked, but she pulls it off. (Think Dark Coyote??)  (This means her long guard hairs are black and her undercoat is gold.  But she also has lots of stripes and swirls hanging out in there.  She never quite looks the same for moment to moment.  From the front and side, she looks mostly black.  From the back, gold.  It’s part of what makes her hard to photograph.)

· Her back is not American style GSD though. I have already complemented her on her intelligence making that call.

· She is the biggest cuddlier. When she got out of the car of the previous owner she bounded into Mike’s lab and gave his face a bath. The first of many, many, many today. She gives hugs and leans and is generally all over you, only she is light enough that it’s very sweet and loving rather than too much. My cat-person therapist said this.

· When you ask her a question, she does the sideways head-tilt that brings the cute quotient up to nose-bleed levels.

· I saw her do the beginnings of a puffy-cheek smile.

· Her old owners kept her tied up in the yard during their work day and tied up or in the kennel downstairs at night. They came down a few days ago and she was hog tied and they knew they had to give her up.

· When she was hog tied she didn’t bark or whine loudly. She just waited for them. They said they have never heard her bark. (Coyote??) (She did bark after six days here when the neighbor’s Great Dane was going at it.  She gave two woof/barks and looked quite surprised.  Mike and praised her for it, which hit me as something we might regret later.  We generally don’t hear this dog, but after Ahken died he was barking up a storm every night until I went out and yelled at him that Ahken died.  I think this bark was her finding a way to say ‘hello’.)

· When she alerts on something and we say “That’s OK” she doesn’t trust us at all.  (She used to be kind of like the old “Talk to the hand” but now she gives us a quick look.  Still doesn’t trust us but we’ve made improvements.)

· She is pretty submissive. We’ve had LOTS of belly rubs today. Full back down, legs splayed rubs.  (She still needs this when stressed)

· She was also an escape artist for her old humans. But I think that is 98% their fault. We still will need to do everything to avoid this now that she knows how much fun it can be. She would pick a jogger and go around the lake with them.

· She seems very eager to please and smart enough to figure out what we want if we give her a second to figure it out.

· I swear she didn’t know the sit command yesterday. She didn’t even clue on it being a key word. So we did our usual make them sit before they go out or other nice events like food and today she has it down. So much so that when Mike and I were discussing that she now had “sit” down she came over and sat. She not only learned the word, but now she is pretty reliable sitting before the nice events without being asked.

· At one point last night I woke up with her stretched out across my whole back.

· She had these odd blind spots. Like I just opened a window cuz I thought she would enjoy a chance to sort out the outside smells (and I wanted more peace for my morning coffee) and she has been hunting for the source of the fresh air for 5 minutes now. Right now she is under my desk. Poring a soda into a glass was another revelation for her.

· She is not wide at all. You can easily put your thumb to fingers on her back across her hip bones. She is extra-long. She only comes up to my knees.

· She didn’t get the laser just like Chiwa. She looked at my hand, the red dot, my hand and then my face with a “What???”

· She recalled perfectly to “Ergo come!” twice in a row and then lifted her tail half way and blew off the third call.

· She hates it when Mike is gone. HATES. Sad, heartfelt wines and cries. This is a dog with pack issues. She does calm down after about 10 minutes. (I still haven’t left her and some days (i.e. after vet) she really doesn’t like me to close the bathroom door.  She will lay half under my desk and keep her foot on mine to make sure I don’t leave her.)

· I snapped open a garbage bag and she was across the room in 1 second. Then she came over and I could pet her with the bag. So maybe its sounds that scares her? Maybe I’m just used to German GSD’s that have to be able to stay in a down while a gun is shot in the air 20 feet away to be able to be breed.

· She leaps. Seems like the GSD’s didn’t really like leaping. Yes, under moments of excitement they would take little leap but it wasn’t a habit. She likes it. Out of nowhere she leapt on to the sofa yesterday from about 4 feet away and about 3 feet too high.

· When she gets panting and drools her tongue out to the side, it is long enough to reach her neck ruff.

· She can really hold her pee and poop for a long, long time. Considering I take her out every hour or two and she holds it for over 10, it gets a little frustrating.  (She now does her duty in a 10×4 foot swath in the dog pen.  She does not do it during walks on the leash.  How harsh much you me to train that?)

· I told MC, but I figured out the father was a Belgian Shepherd. A tervuren specifically.


· We still haven’t found any way to play with her. She doesn’t’ like any toys.  (We have found that the early puppy games like “Got your nose” work for small bits of time.  I think we are just going to build up from the ground here.)

· She came into heat the 3rd day we had her.  Gross and yuck.  It’s one thing to put up with when you are dreaming of puppies, but if it just means you have to postpone spaying her…)

· She got all frustrated energetic and we couldn’t play with her and needed to be careful taking her for a walk with her heat cycle and were at our wits end of what we could do to work some of that energy out.  We ended up taking her to the dog park but we didn’t get out of the car.  She had fun looking around for 45 minutes and afterwards she was calm again. 

· Every time I walk by the door to the garage she tries to stop me to let her in there.  Because of mouse traps, we’ve never let the dogs go in there and they basically ignored that door.  But every time, and since it’s between my desk and the kitchen, that is a lot of times, she trips me up and noses at the door.

· We had the meter guy come by this morning and she had no idea what to do.  She was excitedly watching him and you could tell that she KNEW there was something that was missing, but couldn’t figure it out.  Not a bark or wine or anything.

· Even though she is submissive and flows around us, she is occasionally unmovable when it comes to making room for us on the sofa.  She will take being smashed up between a body and the back of the sofa over defeat.

· At the vets office she totally ignored two cats in carriers.

· She alerts on people and will go so far as to step back and turn away over the sight of three adults walking towards her on a sidewalk.  After they pass, she will zoom behind them and touch the back of the legs with her nose.

· She has the cutest toes.  It’s like she is wearing black toe nail polish. 

· She loves to stretch.  She doesn’t leave a room with out taking a moment to drag her hind legs behind her for a few steps.  She also does this when she gets off the sofa. 

· When you ask her questions she does 4 different head tilts.  All conversations seem to end with the human going “Awwww”

· Marrow bones are a revelation to her.  First she got into some of Ahken’s that we hadn’t found to throw away.  I glad she did because I was wondering if they would work for her little mouth or not, but not to worry!  It’s more of the case of an ant eater .vs. a wolf. When we bought her some fresh ones just for her, it was easy to see that we rocked her world.

· Chiwa and Ahken would wait for their bones to thaw.  Ergo digs right in and pretty much doesn’t stop until I believe her mouth is too sore to continue.

I will get into my training notes later.  They take a bit to type up.  I might even pull the old book out and see if there is anything to be done.




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