As long as we're together, Cassy is in a good mood!
Your name: Randy Boone
Job title/department: Professor, English/ CTLT Faculty Fellow
What is your dog’s name? Cassy
How old is your dog? 12
Pure breed or mixed mutt? She's a full on piebald miniature dachshund.
What is your dog’s gender? Female
Describe your dog in three words: cuddly, cuddly cuddly
What is the thing your dog cannot live without? Daddy's cuddles and kisses.
Can your dog do tricks? If so, what? Cassy knows "sit," "shake," "go potty," "housey" (where she stays when Daddy's at school), "little bed," and "kissy."
What is the best trick your dog has taught you? Codependency.
Do you have a nickname for your dog? BooBoo, Snigglebop
Does your dog enjoy bath time? She loves the warm water and attention. She hates being damp afterwards.
You know your dog is in a good mood when he/she does this: As long as we're together, she's always in a good mood. So am I, really.
Your dog’s favorite spot to hangout is: On the big bed.
Favorite toy: None. She is completely indifferent to toys and doesn't even acknowledge them.
One habit you would love to change: Her "Look Daddy, I got all my pee UNDERNEATH the pad!" trick. (I have no idea how she does it.)
Does your dog prefer to play with people, or other dogs? People, although she is very, very particular about the company she keeps.
Does your dog like children? She is pretty indifferent (at best) toward most humans, but she does like babies.
If you could ask your dog one question and they’d be able to answer it, what would it be? The answer to any question I had would simple be, "More cuddles, please." We're already in perfect sync.
Can your dog read your emotions? Nope.
Funniest moment you’ve had with your dog: Probably first bringing her home from her the foster house in South Dakota. (She's a rescue.) She was in a small pet carrier bag that fit underneath the seat on the airplane, and she was very woozy and sleepy from some medications she was on. Nobody knew she was down there, and as we were cruising at 20,000 feet, she let loose some of the most toxic puppy farts the world has ever known. I think all of the other passengers thought we were being mustard gassed through the recycled air system. And no, I never fessed up to it.
What is the most rewarding aspect of owning your dog? Never having to sleep in the big bed alone... not that I could even if I wanted to.
Additional Comments: My favorite quirk of Cassy's: Last year I decided to try to teach an old dog a new trick, "shake." I taught it to Cassy as a two-step process--"sit" (which she already knew), then "shake." It took her a solid month to pick it up, but then she very quickly discovered that it was much more efficient to do the two things simultaneously as opposed to separately. So, now, whenever she hears the command "sit," she automatically sits on three legs and extends one of her front paws all in one fell swoop.