I think about this often. Heffner and Bess are quite honestly two halves of the whole perfect dog. Things that Heffner takes longer to learn, Bess picks right up on. Aspects of Bess' conformation that I would like to be a bit better, Heffner has. And they each have portions of their personalities and temperaments that would make the perfect dog. Sometimes I just want to squish them together to make that one perfect dog!
I was thinking about this again this morning while I took the dogs out for our morning obedience session. Heffner has no automatic sit. Whatsoever. Bess is probably at about 95%. Bess will sometimes lag while heeling. Heffner is more likely to stay in heel position or forge a bit if something catches his attention. Bess cannot focus on anything else if she sees a squirrel. Heffner gets distracted momentarily, but then comes back to me. Heffner isn't as precise on his turns and maintaining heel position. Bess seems to read my mind and sticks with me about 95% of the time. Heffner can repeat the same exact thing over and over and not get deterred. If I do that with Bess, she starts to act as though she's done something wrong and that's why I'm repeating the exercise. Heffner is reactive, Bess is not. It is like that in pretty much everything with them. They are so different that it constantly amazes me. This is why I've also decided that trialing them together in any sport on the same day really isn't fair to either dog. I need to focus on their individual needs and I just can't do that when I'm running both dogs. Someone is going to lose out and that's not really fair.
And speaking of squirrels, I seriously think that they are Satan's spawn. Seriously. The park near our house that we always walk through on our runs was bloody well CRAWLING with them! They were everywhere! And totally taunting the dogs! Either chittering at them from the trees or waiting until we approached a segment of trail and then purposefully running right in front of the dogs. It was really ridiculous! Heffner got desensitized to their behavior after a while, but Bess just could NOT let it go and wanted to chase after every single one. ARG! Oh well. At least our run tonight was lovely.:o)
That's it. Just a random post about a random musing that I had today. Tomorrow I head over to see Mia after work to help get her trimmed up for the dog show this weekend!