Archie patiently wears goggles during his arthritis treatments!
Your name: Mike Lurski
Job title/department: Adjunct instructor, ESL, Fowler Building, South Bethlehem campus
What is your dog’s name? Archie
How old is your dog? 9
Pure breed or mixed mutt? Pure bred Airedale Terrier
What is your dog’s gender? Male
Describe your dog in three words: Loving, loyal, courageous
What is the thing your dog cannot live without? His evening rawhide to chew on
Can your dog do tricks? If so, what? No. He has severe arthritis in his hips, in three legs, and he has some lower back disc problems, and he cannot run. His agility is limited.
What is the best trick your dog has taught you? Archie has an uncanny ability to know exactly when he is due to eat his meals, or get his rawhide (one hour after dinner), or get a treat, or go for a walk. I haven't learned how to do these yet, but I am working on it.
Do you have a nickname for your dog? Stumpo, because he is very strong and hard to move (when he doesn't want to), just like a tree stump
Does your dog enjoy bath time? Yes he does. He is very patient and cooperative when being washed.
You know your dog is in a good mood when he/she does this: When he rubs his head against my legs.
Your dog’s favorite spot to hangout is: By the sliding door that looks out into the backyard.
Favorite toy: Any rawhide
One habit you would love to change: Sometimes when he rings the bell hanging from the sliding glass door, to signal that he wants to go outside, he takes four or five steps out onto the deck, and then turns around and rings the outside bell to come back in.
Does your dog prefer to play with people, or other dogs? Both. He is very friendly.
Does your dog like children? Yes. His breed is very good with children. He is very sensitive and careful with very young children, as if he senses their fragility and vulnerability.
If you could ask your dog one question and they’d be able to answer it, what would it be? I would ask him how much he loves my wife, who is a retired RN and takes care of all of Archie's health and medical needs. He is extremely close to her. I would love to hear what he has to say.
Can your dog read your emotions? Very much so, especially my wife's. He very obviously senses whenever she is worried or sad.
Funniest moment you’ve had with your dog: Archie goes for cold laser therapy for his arthritis every ten days. He has to wear shaded goggles when the therapist is applying the laser. He very patiently, and surprisingly, wears the goggles without trying to remove them. The first time he did this we laughed because he looked like Snoopy in the Peanuts comic strip when he flies his vintage WWI plane.
What is the most rewarding aspect of owning your dog? Being able to give him security and happiness and receiving his unconditional love in return. Watching him live a mostly normal dog's life despite his serious medical problems.
Additional Comments: Archie is unable to do tricks so he has not taught any to me. But he has taught me a lot about courage and "going on" with one's life despite handicaps. He seldom complains when he feels discomfort or pain. He lives within his limitations, seems to accept what he cannot do (such as run), and tries to live as well as he can. He is truly a tough dog, in the best sense of that word.