Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted September 8, 2015
I have loved Tootsie from the moment I first laid eyes on her. My family found her on the street with a purple collar (no tags) and a matching leash. She was rail thin, anxious, dirty... but so adorable. We were discussing whether or not to take her to the shelter, and all the while she watched the conversation go back and forth with her head cocked in the most adorable way. That's when I knew we were going to keep her no matter what.
The shelter could not identify what kind of breed she is, but we've narrowed it down to a couple possibilities based on her appearance: terrier, doberman, retriever, or collie. I'm sorry I can't provide more information on her breed.
Tootsie has had lots of accidents in the house but for the most part she is very good about doing her business outside. However, she does like to poop in the middle of the walkway. She sheds a ton in the summer; it looks like huge black bugs floating around the house. Her skin also has a weird smell to it and she is prone to dandruff. We've never had to take her to a groomer.
The only command she understands is "sit", but she understands "easy", "good girl", and the crinkling noise a bag of chips makes. If you pull on her tail to get her attention, nine out of ten times she will chase it. It's a new discovery every time.
Tootsie does not like other dogs or animals. We had a terrier puppy for a little while and she would attack him on a regular basis. She does not like to have her paws touched (we think abuse from previous owners), so we cannot take her to get her nails clipped. The last time we took her she freaked out so badly she popped her anal gland. It smelled like elephants. She's never had any health problems.
She really doesn't like to sleep with us too much, but occasionally she will wriggle her way onto your pillow and take over the entire bed. She loves to sunbathe and does not enjoy the cold at all whatsoever. Tootsie likes to patrol the perimeter of the yard and enjoys a good game of fetch.
One of the most annoying things she does is follow you around the kitchen while you're trying to cook dinner.
She loves to eat zucchini, carrot, and potato peels. When you pet her a certain way she makes a very strange gurgling moan sound that I can't even describe, but it means she's happy. Overall, she's a big, adorable idiot and I love her more than anything else in this world. I will never find another dog as beautiful and majestic as Tootsie.