Oh, ya, a scrooge . . . sorry I got distracted trying to tell you this story the first time. Well, you see, while mom was holding him, I took one look at him and he growled at me! Yes! Growled at sweet, innocent little me! (Excuse me one moment; mom is trying to change the story. She is saying that I actually growled at HIM! Hmm, she may be right. BUT, remember I told you that she was holding HIM and NOT ME! What’s up with that?) Well, even if I growled first he is still the scrooge! Seriously, Tucker has some issues (quirks, as we like to call them!). I think he was abused by men. During the first week at work he growled and barked at any male that entered the clinic. Don’t get scared, now; remember he’s a Shih Tzu who weighs 12 pounds! Oh, and while he barked, he backed up! (Another scaredy cat like Ollie!)
Of course we can’t have barking and growling at the clinic. I thought, “Sweet! Bye bye Tucker! Back to sharing my moms with only one other dog!” But, no such luck. Mom bought some silly collar online that sprays citrus in his face when he barks. And that crazy dog actually has caught on to it! He’s not barking nearly as much. In fact, he actually goes out to say hello to people. This is another issue I have with him! Remember I told you how I was the social one and Ollie was shy and stayed in his mom’s office? Well, now I have competition! And I CAN understand what you guys are saying! That you think he may be cuter than me. (It’s not my fault my breath smells so bad!)
So . . . Tucker has been coming to work now for almost a month and I have come to realize that he is not heading back south, so I better get used to him. I’m trying. Really, I am. The other day when I came running into the clinic to say hello to everyone I wanted to play with him, but got snubbed. He just ran away from me. I’m going to keep trying, though, because, don’t tell anyone, but I think he is cute! Tucker is very cuddly and loves to be held. As soon as you pick him up it looks like he just melts in your arms. PATHETIC! I mean CUTE!
Another thing about Tucker- he loves to fetch. If you throw a little tennis ball he’ll run and get it for you, drop it, and let you throw it again, only to go get it AGAIN! In fact, Tucker will do this with you for a good 5-10 minutes. Can you believe it? Talk about simple! My moms try to get me to do that, and I humor them maybe once or twice because I do need SOME exercise. But for 10 minutes? He’s crazy!
OK, I think you are starting to get a sense of Tucker’s personality. To be honest with you (and you have to promise not to tell my moms), I think he is going to fit in just fine! If I could only get him to share a bed with me!