Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Posted August 19, 2012
Faun has been with the family for thirteen years now and she is still in good health, although she occasionally has issues with her eyesight and gets fatigued easily.
She is the only dog in the family who went untrained in puppyhood and has subsequently led something of a charmed, unstructured life as befitting her seniority amongst the other pets.
Faun is senior and she certainly knows it. In a household of three dogs and two cats she rules supreme in spite of, or due to her small size (read 'Of Mice and Men').
Due to her relative fragility she is sometimes forced to seek shelter under chairs or tables when Jesse (beagle) and Ludo (Staffordshire bull terrier) become too boisterous, and she is in danger of being trampled upon. She is quick to retailiate whenever play becomes too rough and is tenacious, almost savage, in her rebukes to the younger dogs.
In short she is not a dog to underestimate.
Her small size is not without its advantages however, and Faun can often be found skulking under the kitchen chairs, looking out for scraps, or keeping an eye on the action.
One of the most enduring quirks of Faun is her adoration of the snow. From her first snowfall she has been in love with the 'white-powder,' and will always rush to go outside once the ground has become blanketed in her favourite play-stuff.
I have many happy memories of her small form bounding around the garden because the snow was so thick on the ground and her legs so short that she could only get around by jumping.
The most amusing consequence of this is the gradual and inexorable collection of snow around her stomach, leaving us to pull little snowballs from her fur to stop her from a) catching a chill and b). soaking the carpets.
Her fur needs lots of attention, and her underside needs to be combed daily to stop knotting, and also to remove the daily detritus she has unwittingly brought in from the garden.
Faun is very much a family-orientated dog, and will go to great lengths given her size and the pace of her stride to follow you inside and outside the house. Often to little (and comedic) avail as the person she is tailing has often changed direction in the time it has taken her to reach their location.
Faun doesn't go on many walks given her inabilty to walk even moderate distances, because this is not a breed you can take on long walks due to the obvious physical limitations.
Faun doesn't socialise with other dogs, and is aloof in manner. She is however very friendly with strangers and will happily present her tummy to be stroked.
For such a senior dog, she has little pride to speak of and will quite happily and strenuously beg for smachos - her favourite 'branded' treat. She'll even go so far as to chow, using a very distinctive pitch that is only used for this purpose, if no smachos are dispensed after lengthy begging.
One of Faun's favourite power games involves a rather sophisticated delayed gratification when it comes to treats. When the dogs are gathered for their daily treat and Faun is given hers first (as befits her rank in the pack) she will hold off eating the treat, and patiently watch as Ludo and Jesse gobble down their share before dropping her uneaten treat right by her feet and waiting.
Ludo is more wise to this than Jesse given their age differences and will usually watch as Jesse dives in for the treat only to get bitten on the nose for her efforts, and thoroughly scolded. Authority established, Faun will then eat the treat, looking as self satisfied as a dog can.
Faun likes sleeping on the furniture, likes to lick you and often presents her underside for a stroke, but that is as far as her affection stretches.
Faun is an excellent guard dog and is very protective of the family. She hates the window cleaners and will bark at anyone passing.
She is wonderful with children,(very placid, gentle and tolerant of poking, pulling and the usual mauling that children unknowingly inflict on pets) especially the very young, and has been observed many a time watching over the nieces and nephews in a stance that is very guarded and protective. In this sense she has always reminded us of Nana from 'Peter Pan.'