Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Castlewood, South Dakota, United States
Posted March 23, 2015
I owned Snickers for twelve years. I remember the first two years being rather difficult--he was VERY rambunctious and rather noisy--but he became one of the calmest, friendliest, easiest-going dog I've ever known. He did not get along with the rabbits we had on the farm (if he had his druthers, he most definitely would have eaten them), but he was incredibly good with children, poultry, and cats.
He required being thoroughly curried several times a year, but it wasn't terribly troublesome; we'd take him out to the pasture and just sit with him in the wind for about a half hour. That was ultimately all the grooming he needed.
Snickers was an active, intelligent, healthy dog right up until his final year. In that final year, he slowed down quite a bit--it seemed to be arthritis--and though cortisone shots helped quite a bit, after about a year, he just couldn't stand on his own anymore, when we had to have him put to sleep. He is most definitely the best dog I've known.