Siberians are born with some innate behaviors such as running, pulling, wooing, and shedding to name a few. But there are certain Siberian behaviors which must be handed down from generation to generation. Kelsey Ann, Canyon and I have been working on these things with Biloxi over the last nine days. We conferenced and determined that each of us would begin with one thing we do very well. Unfortunately, there are no pictures of these things because Mom and Dad yell at him to stop and don't take time to get the camera.
Kelsey Ann decided she would teach Biloxi to drink from the toilet. Biloxi now waits for the bathroom door to be left open and dashes in there to get some of the fresh cool water. He does a very nice job of slopping toilet water all over the bathroom floor.
Canyon taught Biloxi the best food scraps are licked off of bowls, plates and silverware in the dishwasher. This one he hasn't quite mastered yet. He stole a steak knife from the dishwasher and took it to a dog bed to lick after the humans had ribeyes. Unfortunately, he ended up with a small cut on his lip before the steak knife was extracted from his mouth.
I've been working with him on opening doors. At the bottom of the stairs, there is a door into the family room. This door is usually closed, but it doesn't latch. A good, swift kick with two front paws will open the door nicely. Biloxi doesn't quite have enough weight behind him in order to do this effectively, but he did learn to hit the door at the same time I do. Two sets of dog claws will leave even more scratches all over the door.
Despite this little guy's poor start to life, he will grow up into a fine Siberian.
Saturday, July 5, 2008