And I don't mean Mike, I mean my adorable love bug Stuart...my cute little 6 year old shih tzu named Stuart ~>
1) When he wants attention, he will crawl right up into your lap and 'paw' at your face until you give him some attention.
2) He can sit upright on his butt with his front paws up(sort of like a prairie dog) for extended amounts of time. Another ploy to get attention.
3) When I leave the house & Mike is still home(so Stuart is not put in his crate), he'll "attack" my ankles as I'm walking out the door. After I shut the door, he'll run back to the table or couch and if I have any article of clothing out, he'll rip it off the back of the chair.(he doesn't really rip it but he'll violently pull it down onto the ground)
4) He sleeps in our bedroom at night, usually on our bed at our feet. We usually have a fan and a humidifier running to drown out any noises so he doesn't yap in the middle of the night. As you can imagine...middle-of-the-night-yapping is Mike's favorite way to wake up. (yeah right!)
5) A few years ago at Christmas at my Mom's, we had an appetizer-type meal spread out on the dining table.(we were in the living room and the food was left by itself on the dining table) Stuart made his way onto the dining table, not once but twice, and grabbed a chicken wing right before I was able to capture him. This is what we call the 'naughty Stuart.' It was funny at the time(at least to me & Mike) and it still cracks me up thinking about it. For the record, we don't "allow" Stuart on our kitchen table...he was just naughty enough to figure it out that night at my Mom's.
6) He's deathly scared of clippers. So much so that I cut his hair myself with scissors. And you wondered why his haircut is always just a tiny bit uneven. :)
7) He has destroyed two of Mike's leather belts and 'injured' a pair of Mike's boots. Stuart actually doesn't chew on much aside from dog toys but sometimes he gets a hankering for leather apparently. I felt bad about the first belt but I say the 2nd belt is Mike's fault because he left it where Stu could get it. Obviously, Mike disagrees with this.
8) Stuart rules the roost and makes the rules. If he wants something from Boulevard or Ranger, they will give it to him.
9) The house is generally pretty quiet during the day when I'm working but somehow Stuart knows when Mike is home because he'll start barking at the door 5-10 seconds before Mike even touches the door. Then chaos ensues until Stuart gets his attention from Mike.
10) I cannot stand when people let their dog sit on their lap as they are driving a car. It totally freaks me out and I feel it's so unsafe for not only the driver but also for me as a fellow driver. Anyway, I had to train Stuart to stay off my lap and in the passenger seat or back seat when he was younger and now he doesn't even attempt it unless we are home and parked in the garage. Amazing what you can train stubborn dogs to do. :)
11) When we are staying with at my Mom's, Stuart will chase my Mom's dog Molly around the house to try to hump her. Molly usually snaps/fights back. No means no Stuart!!
12) I adopted Stuart from the humane society and was close to taking him back because he was so impossible in the beginning. I mean SO IMPOSSIBLE that it put me in tears a few times. One reason why he now sleeps in our bed...he would bark all.night.long from his crate when I first got him.
13) If it's warm outside(I wouldn't even go as far as saying hot outside) and we go on walks, when he's had enough, he's been known to sit down and not go any further. I literally have to pick him up and carry him until he's ready to walk again. Ridiculous! (but I guess he has me trained well, huh?)
I have definitely become a dog person as I've gotten older. Dogs are a pain in the butt sometimes but can also shower you with all the love you need. And I won't even get into their sense of loyalty. I would honestly have more dogs if Mike would let me, if we lived in a bigger place with more land, & if it wasn't so expensive for someone to 'handle' them when we are on vacation. Much to Mike's dismay, shih tzu's(and many small dogs) live long lives so I think Stuart will be around with his antics for many more years. Yay for Kirsten!