Monday, February 20, 2012

Cozy Chick Pet of the Month: Duncan!

By Fred Yoder

Duncan Tryon(Duncan) is the second Westie that has owned me. After reading Miriam Grace Monfredo’s Seneca Falls series, I made up my mind that if I got another Westie he would be named after the “yapping white terrier” in her series. Then on a sunny day in April, 2002, I traveled to near Ft. Wayne, IN to pick up little Duncan. He was 2 1/2 months old when I got him and has been a total joy to be with.

Westies love to please their owners and Duncan is no exception. I like to say he came pre-trained, he knows right from wrong and does all the right things. He knows no and will stop whatever he is doing. In fact, for the most part all I need to do is say his name in a normal speaking voice. The only negative things I can say about him, is that he is a born runner and at the use of the word “come” he practices selective hearing. But then he is a Westie.

He loves car rides, but knows that he needs to stay on the passenger seat until I say okay. I think he fancies himself as a baseball player, as he loves to try and catch his tennis in the air when I bounce it or at the very least knock it down. Two descriptions fit the Westie well. The first is that they are a big dog in a little dog's body. Yes! The bigger they are, the more Duncan wants to meet them. He will go into a perfect show stance, legs apart, head up and tail erect. Looking as big as 24 lbs. can. The second comes from the breed standards and is brought up when the Westies are in the ring at Westminster: The Westie is a breed that will not be ignored. How true.

Two things that he does for my amusement are, he likes to sit in the recliner next to me and stare daggers at me. The other is that after coming in, he goes and sits by his treat dish, if I’m not quick enough he will either fidget a little or give a little sigh.

Another hilarious thing is that he is a snorer and a dreamer. I mean, not only do his paws twitch, but he growls, two or three types of barks and the best is that he will whimper, then growl back and forth. It’s like he is playing both the villain and victim in a mystery. I know I have been extremely lucky with the two Westies I have had. Neither was a chewer, a digger, nor a barker. They bark/barked but not excessively.

Westies make wonderful companions and will always provide some crazy thing to bring a smile to your face. Westies aren’t low maintenance, maybe medium. Their coats are two layers. A soft fur close to the body and a coarser top layer, They do need to be brushed on a regular basis and a proper grooming 2 or 3 times a year. If the Westie is going to be a show dog, they will be “stripped”. the hair is pulled out. Clippers are never used on a show dog.

The last book I read with a cozy animal was Clobbered By Camembert by Avery Aames. It’s always fun to stop in and visit with Charlotte at the Fromagerie Besette. And no visit to Providence would be complete without some ear scratches for Rags, Charlotte’s cat, and some belly rubs for the twin cousins’ Briard rescue puppy, Rocket.

Readers: What's your pet's favorite treat? Post a comment and we'll add your pet's name to our monthly donation to the ASPCA!


Peg Cochran said...

I've been owned by two Westies as well! First, Lord MacDuff (Mac) and now Reginald (Reg, Reggie, the Reg Man, etc.)They are a wonderful breed, and I agree about the "big dog" in a small dog's body. Sometimes though I think maybe it's a small boy in a dog's body! Reg likes to hide his dog treats around the house and then eat them later!

I've put a Westie, coincidentally named Reg , in the first book in my Gourmet De-Lite series, Allergic to Death, which debuts in August. An artist did an adorable Westie drawing for my web site.

Julie Hyzy said...

Hi, Fred!!! I was so excited to see your post here today and such wonderful photos of Duncan! My old computer crashed about a year ago so I no longer have that adorable picture you sent me, but I see Duncan here with his chef's hat on again, so all is good!


Katreader said...

I love the picture of Duncan in his chef hat! My dog, Sam (Siberian Husky mix) loves all kinds of treats, but I think his favorite is the marrow bone filled with peanut butter I give him when I leave for work. Most times it's frozen as well. Keeps him occupied and he could care less that I'm leaving. My pet rats adore yogies and while Aleister and Calumet aren't interested in treats, Seneca, the other cat adore them-especially feline greenies! My horse does get some baked treats, but enjoys as apple just as well!

Aurian said...

What a nice blogpost, this is making me smile and miss my own doggies the more. I have a parrot named Lorre, and he loves a boiled egg. He doesn't get it very often, usually fruit next to his seeds.

Anonymous said...

Hi's so great to see you and DT. As you know we are owned by four westies and now one scottie. Sassy Pants just loves her Duncan(DT)!!!!!

Sara said...

DT is very special to our family as he & our furangel Tigger were an "item" in our Dogster Westie group. The first time I met DT was when I was in his hometown for a music clinic...I went to dinner with plans to meet Fred & DT after. I walked out the door and there was Duncan Tryon with a sign around his neck that said "DT". I burst out laughing as Fred explained that DT so wanted to make a good impression (since he was asking permission to "court" Tigger) AND wanted to be sure I could find him easily. Tigger went to The Bridge due to cancer in 2007, but as Fred will tell you, she does visit them occasionally.

Our Darby & Caleigh love many treats, but Darby knows the sound of 1) the peanut butter jar lid opening and 2) the sound of a can of Reddi-Whip squirting its delicious contents and comes running for both.

Suzanne said...

Duncan is a cutie.

I have cats and Juliet's favorite treat is a little piece of turkey breast or chicken breast when I am making my lunch for work or on weekends. The other cat Kayla doesn't really like treats except on kind out of a package of cat treats.

Ellery Adams said...

I have long been a fan of both Fred and Duncan! I can feel the love between man and dog in every line of this post.

Fred said...

Thank you, Ellery, for inviting us. And we learned of a new book with a Westie in it, too. It's been a great day.

BW said...

I have a Westie too and she owns me. Her name is Blithe (actually Blithe Westie and I used her initials BW, as my handle). She is 12 years old and has been diabetic for three years so I have to limit her treats. One of her favorite treats is Real Meat's Venison Jerky Treats. I get it at the pet health food store near me.