Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Birthday Season.

At this time of year people all around the world gather together to celebrate a special birth. They have great feasts and hold their loved ones close and remember, and give thanks, to the one who keeps them safe in this world and the next. On the 25th 28th of December Dave T. Dog was born! And like other children who have a birthday so close to Christmas, Dave only received one set of presents, much to his disappointment. He did however have a special cake/dinner made and as we all know, for Dave, no other gift can surpass that of snausages.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Snausagemas is upon us.

Dave T. Dog wishes all his friends and blog visiters a happy snausagemas and a snausage filled new year!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Run Fat Dave, Run!

Winter has landed like a heavy lump of coal upon the country. Coal that is white and fluffy. In other words; snow! Dave T. loves it! His winter jacket collection has already grown so much it would make any Hollywood bimbette's cupboard look positively bare.

Check out the short video below for some snow action...


In other news: even though Dave is a snausage monster it was initially hard to get some meat on his bones as he would burn off the energy very quickly. Now we've managed to get some fat to stick to his ribs so he doesn't look like a street dog scavaging for scraps in the ghettos.

Dave sporting a custom-made jacket and his trademark bad-boy snarl!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dramatic Jumping.

Some videos for your viewing pleasure...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Virtua Dog.

Don't have a sniff monster to hug and squeeze? Using the tediously long video below you can experience the thrills and spills of walking your very own snausage beast through the woods.

Your personal Virtua Dog!

Highlights to look out for include; peeing, sniffing a stick and falling into mud.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

What the people want, the people get.

Due to our mail server crashing from the demand to see a Dave training video we went out yesterday and recorded some tracking training in the local woods. Don't worry, there is some hand-bonking in there as well for your viewing pleasure.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Obedience and the dangers of being cute.

Dave has been attending a dog course for a few weeks. He's the star pupil! Mostly due to his love of snausages. Last week we demonstrated how a dog should follow you if you step back and Dave was basically a master of it from the first attempt. We think he would follow a snausage into hell and back. He's also mastered hand-targeting, or hand-bonking as we call it, this is where he bonks his nose against my palm for a snausage. Video to come soon!

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If cuteness could be bottled and sent into space then Dave would be the world's biggest donor. Why it would be sent into space is for scientists to figure out but on Earth it has the (un)fortunate ability of attracting attention. Here is a run-down of the people most attracted to Dave's snausage-loving face:

  1. Old People.
  2. Drunk People.
  3. Teenage girls.
  4. Scary, tattooed, immigrant, sweaty biker types.

While this admiration of Dave is understood, the noise that comes out of their mouths rarely is. Old people mumble, drunk people slur, teens talk too fast and immigrants have thick accents you couldn't push through a sieve.

Every trip on a tram is a new and exciting experience!

I'm cute, please talk to me!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bum Nips and Crate Tricks.


Today we went with Dave to the training area where his obedience course starts on the 1st of September. It's an old football pitch, so is really massive. After some time two other dogs joined us, a Golden Retriever and a Rhodesian Ridgeback. The Retriever was very chilled and just walked about but the Ridgeback really loved to run so was a perfect play-mate for Dave. They chased each other like mental around and around until the Ridgeback got too excited and nipped Dave's bum. The only problem is that the Ridgeback's jaw is massive and a nip is more like a chomp. Dave ran under the bench and was pretty scared for some minutes. Then it started to rain and we all went home.

Aaarg, my bum!!

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We have always thought that Dave had no problems in being left alone in the apartment as he never makes any fuss when we leave or when we return. Just to make sure that he was okay we filmed him and it turns out that he's not so relaxed after all. After 10 seconds he tried to escape the crate! He managed to open one lock very easily. After around 12 minutes he relaxed/gave up escaping and only took to howling every now and then. So, it seems we have some work to do with separation anxiety...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Reverse Houdini.

Previous readers might recollect Dave's Houdini style escape tricks but apparently getting out of things is not his only skill. The kitchen cupboard doors close quite tightly but not tight enough. Dave's claw, twisted at a certain angle, pops the door open, giving access to 15kg of dried food heaven! This little trick was discovered after we came back from a walk. He normally goes into the kitchen to drink some water as I'm taking my shoes off and on this occasion I thought 'That water sounds awfully crunchy'. Lesson learned - if it sounds suspicious, it is suspicious.

Talking of lessons learned; frogs are always fun to pick up but they taste nasty, so now, instead of picking frogs up in his mouth, Dave prefers to stand on them.

We are always pleasantly surprised at how silent Dave is, he rarely barks. However, last week at a local dog park, a little terrier with a football obsession became deafened as Dave howled at him like a mental thing, desperate for a play-pal. The terrier was not impressed.

Recently I've been rewarding Dave with blueberries fresh from the forest during our walks. I have been rewarding myself with them also.

Some random pictures...

There's something in there!
Waiting on blueberries to be picked.
High bum.

Friday, August 6, 2010

I Want My Dave TV!

Dave is now an international TV star!

After 30 minutes in the green room, where he demanded gold snausages and Champagne, Dave was ready for his appearance. The crowd ahh-ed and ooh-ed as Dave blessed the lens with his image, it was a moment that will go down in history alongside the first moon-walk. Everyone knows where they were when Dave was on TV.

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Dave also met some horses but wasn't so sure about them.

Then he took the bus home.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Houdini Dave.

It's been a couple of weeks since the last Dave post so there is quite a lot to get through...

We did try running Dave alongside a bicycle, he seems to find it OK, I think Elisa was more worried than he was. It's hard trying to steer with one hand! We're considering getting a dog-bike attachment thing but we'll do more test-runs first.

In the last week we've had two guests at our place, Dave has been totally fine with both of them, no problems with a stranger coming in.

Last Saturday I took Dave kayaking with a friend. After a slightly stressful start Dave seemed okay with the whole thing but as he was sitting/lying on the bottom of the metal kayak he became quite cold and was shivering after 20 minutes. He needs a jacket of some kind as he also started shivering one evening when it was raining quite a lot. He liked to look over the side at the water which made me think he was about to jump overboard but he only once put his feet up on the edge of the kayak.

A life on the open waves.

Point! Dave saw a squirrel in a tree and became absolutely transfixed by it. A real pointer at heart! Even after some days he still looks up into the trees at the same spot on the path.


Coming home late one night from a walk Dave suddenly jerked to the side and made a strange noise from fear! Apparently it's not only humans that are scared by clowns. The 4 foot high, plastic GB ice-cream man that stands outside the local shop is enough to scare anybody in the daytime, never mind in the dark!

Yesterday we did some outside clicker training and it went really well. After running Dave around some time I went through some commands. Sit, come, follow and stay are all becoming quite solid. Sometimes he lies down instead of just sitting as he's so keen to get that snausage!
After some time we think he's going to be a very obedient dog as he loves getting tasks. After just some minutes training he carried a newspaper to Elisa and was very pleased with himself!

We've noticed that Dave can be a little nervous/cautious. For example, if we move our arms suddenly in a large movement Dave sinks down to the floor and becomes worried. Whether this means he's been abused in the past or just gets a little fright, we're not sure. He is still quite young so it's to be expected for him to be a little unsure about some things. Otherwise everything is okay, we've had no problems at all!

As to the Houdini Dave: we left Dave alone in his crate for a couple of hours and when we opened the door upon our return, we were presented with a Dave standing in the hall to greet us!

The side door to his crate had been left unlocked. After checking the flat we were happy to find no wet spots or teeth-marks anywhere. It looked as if he'd been sleeping among the shoes in the hallway, perhaps they carry our scents the strongest?! He doesn't seem to mind being left alone, we always listen for dog noises as we approach the flat and through the keyhole at the front door but it's always silent within.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Environments.

Today we took Dave to an indoor climbing gym, he was very chilled and almost looked bored when we were not giving him attention, even with small children running about and the house-dog keeping an eye on him. Afterwards we found a dog park and let Dave off the leash for the first time, allowing him to run full speed at last! I'm sure he appreciated it. He was exhausted after 10 minutes due to the heat. Even though he was free he didn't go too far from us and returned when called quite well, unless he caught some smell on the way back, then he got sidetracked but with the help of some snausage he soon got the idea. Considering the park was in the city and surrounded by cars, trams, people on bikes, crazy magpies and seagulls Dave performed extremely well.

He has now met a number of other dogs. The meetings have went okay but Dave is a little too enthusiastic for some dogs and annoys them sometimes. He's too much for little dogs, he knocks them around in his excitement but with bigger dogs it's okay. A neighbours' Alsatian that has similar energy levels had no problems with Dave's playing antics.

In new environments he still is a little shy about doing any business and even taking a drink from his bowl. As soon as we return to familiar ground however, he gives some water to the grass no problem!

In the local forest.

Dave around town, waiting on a tram.

All in all it was long day and it didn't take long for Dave to assume his position on the sofa!

Energy recovery position.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Chase the Piggy.

Clicker training has started, currently 'loading' the clicker, where we basically shove snausages in his mouth every time we click so he assiciates click with snausage. One set-back is that the lighter we have for the gas cooker makes almost the exact same noise! So we try to light the cooker when he's not nearby.

A small accident happened yesterday on the livingroom carpet but he promised it would never happen again...

In the next couple of days we shall test some bicycle running with him as he loves to run and our legs don't move as fast as his!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Dave around town.

Went to the local shopping centre yesterday. Dave, as usual, had his nose to the ground the whole way. Everywhere is new of course, a world of new sniffs to sniff!

He's not pulling so much as before, not that he pulled a lot to start with, but he's learning to walk a bit more sensibly, to stay within the leash area. It's quite amazing after only two days how quickly he learns that if he pulls he doesn't get to go forward.

Strutting along.

Today he went in a tram without any problems. We found a small hill with a nice view over houses with Göteborg in the distance. Dave barked for the first time as he watched somebody doing some gardening! It was a quiet, deep growl that grew into a gentle 'vov', it was hardly a bark but for Dave he was positively shouting! It's the first vocalisation he's made.

Currently he's napping next to me, his paws twitching.

I see you!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Dave Arrives.

After a quick check-up at the vet and a farewell to Ida(foster Mum) we left for Göteborg.

A long car journey on the numb-bum side of six hours later, Dave arrived at his new home and started sniffing the area out straight away.

A frog witnessed the strength of Dave's nose and the softness of his teeth. After a pounce into the grass Dave presented a decent sized frog that lived to jump another day, leaving a somewhat unpleasant taste in Dave's mouth to serve as a lesson!

We're all ready for bed but Dave has a head start and the gentle snoring coming from his corner is surely charging up energy for tomorrow.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The day before.

Dave the Dog is due to arrive in two days. His crate is filled with soft blankets, the noms are in the fridge and the forest awaits his special gifts!

A nice corner of the living room has been set aside for his crate, where he can see out the window.

We hope he'll settle in quickly!