I saw Sarah’s post for her bunny over at Dragons and Zombies and couldn’t resist. And I haven’t been featuring the world’s Saddest Puppy nearly enough these days.
1. What is your pets name?
Strider, obviously. You can guess the origin, I’m sure. I really wanted to make a Wheel of Time reference and name him Hopper, but my wife liked Strider better so we went with the Lord of the Rings reference. He is both quite the strider and quite the hopper.
2. What kind of pet is it and what breed?
We were pretty sure he is part wolf, fox, coyote, dingo, and cat, but it turns out he is a dog. We had him tested and he came back 5/8 Husky, 2/8 Rottweiler, and 1/8 Chow. The Husky is obvious; the Rottweiler and Chow are not—that must be where he gets his bulk.
3. How long have you had your pet friend?
Since August of 2013.
4. How did you get your pet?
My wife’s colleague found him on the street a few blocks from our old apartment in Houston. Living outdoors in Houston in August. A Husky. We were originally just supposed to foster him. We adopted him in part because the first time we left him in the apartment alone he barked liked crazy the entire time. Once we let management bend us over on adding a pet to our lease we were invested, sunk cost fallacy notwithstanding. Also, who could resist that face!
We are pretty sure he was abandoned. We put up a ton of flyers and never got a sniff. He is beautiful but a high maintenance dog. He had some quirks when we got him that suggested his previous owner wasn’t down for that. He didn’t know any commands, but he was perfectly potty trained—potty training that evidently including pooping in the bushes and then running away! He also had a lot of separation anxiety. He flipped out the first time we packed up to move after we got him (he is an old hand at it by now).
5. How old is your pet?
About 5 years. Of course we only had an estimate of how old he was when we got him.
6. What are some quirky things about your pets personality?
Strider stays like the ghost from Super Mario Brothers 3. When you’re facing him, he stays. When you turn around, he be moving again.
He can be sneaky. All I’m saying is don’t take any steps backward without looking first in our house.
He is socially awkward. At the dog park, he will run up to a group of dogs and then just sort of stand there awkwardly. He gets that from us.
He gets hilariously impatient when it comes time for his favorite of all activities—the walk. And it is only going to get worse now that it is layers season.
Speaking of his impatience, he gives an incredible side-eye. Not to be confused with his resting sad face.
He spends most of his time sleeping, but he likes to sleep in as many positions and locations as dogly possible.
He despises the pupparazi. As soon as your phone comes out he stops looking at you. Or maybe he just wants to make sure we are getting his good side.
7. What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?
He is ok, I guess. Although he is about to get downgraded in the family hierarchy. But he must mean something to us, because it has been four years since he graduated and he still doesn’t have a job but we still let him live at home in the basement.
8. What are some of your favorite past times with your pet?
He insists I say walking here. Strider is very, very serious about his walks.
I have a pair of snow shoes that I’ve never used. I’m looking forward to snow shoeing with Strider pulling me along. (For a dog who can’t sit properly on a hardwood floor, he has pretty remarkable traction on ice.)
9. What are nicknames that you call your pet?
My wife calls him Goober at least as much as she calls him Strider. You can call him Stri-guy or The Stridinator, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.