Sun 7 Feb 2010
I’d like to present the newest member of the Byrd Family, Mitzi Francis Ava. (We might have had some difficulty agreeing on the name, so she got a few of them.) She’s a beautiful, energetic German Shepherd puppy, born December 15th. We got her yesterday. Did she keep us up all night with her whining, barking and frequent potty trips? Yes. Do I have big plans for her as SWATproof guard dog? Yes. Did Rachel say I couldn’t get a bullet-proof vest for Mitzi unless I sold my closet full of swords? Yes. Anyone want a 5 foot Claymore or some gently-used Samurai swords?
Mitzi is a Germanic name which means rebellious and obstinate. Both adjectives apply fittingly to her. A runner-up name was Berlin (as in the Wall), because our dog is an essential part of our home security. The name Ava is also of German origin.
What have we learned about our dog? She has huge paws and doesn’t like to be left alone. She enjoys the Love Sac and sleeping in the laundry basket of clothes. For background, I didn’t grow up in a dog family, so I’m not an innate dog-person. Though I do have an early memory of a black, curly haired poodle named Jenny, Jenny was “given away”* inexplicably when I was 5 or 6 years old. I do like the concept of a dog, particularly a useful dog.
Yes, we’re training Mitzi to understand German commands like we planned…
*likely a euphemism for the pound or worse.