Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted April 18, 2015
Trana was the first pet I really got to choose on my own. I had asked for a dog for years before my mother finally caved and brought the entire family to the North Shore Animal League on Long Island. She was one of the newer pups from the nursery and she was kind of a timid puppy. My mother decided that she belonged with us right away and named her after me (or, rather, my nickname as a child because my brother had not been able to properly pronounce my name at two years old, but that's another story). Trana became ours and we've had her ever since.
Like I said, she's a very timid dog and somewhat shy, but no less affectionate than any other dog. She likes to be rubbed on her belly and rolls over every time she greets a new person. She is playful when she wants to be and likes to cuddle on the couch or at your feet when you're in bed. She's a great dog for children.
In her lifetime, Trana has given birth twice and both times only one puppy out of each litter has survived. The first was Lucky, named because he was the only one of three pups to survive, and the other is Molly, who was named after a deceased family member. She took care of both pups very well and was incredibly protective of both of them.
Now, her pups are adults and she is starting to grow old, but she is still as healthy and affectionate as ever. I definitely recommend this breed.