Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Puppy, Obedience
Salem, Virginia, United States
Posted December 21, 2016
If I had a dollar for every time someone stopped me in the dog park or on the street to tell me how beautiful my pet "bear" was, I'd have enough money to adopt all the Bouviers in the country.
As a puppy, Bauer—named after Jack Bauer from 24—was very athletic. He loved to go on long hikes in the woods and play fetch with tennis balls or sticks. He still does, but now he's 11 years old and much more likely to prefer a nap in the house. We taught him how to sit, stay, play dead, jump, high five, and crawl using a clicker, and he still remembers those tricks. He's not overly affectionate, but will sometimes come up to me and lick my hand and face like crazy, and he makes this silly howling noise when the blender's on. And, of course, he's gorgeous—hard to groom, but he rarely sheds. I adore this dog!