Sunday, January 18, 2009
Diggin' On Rigby
Rigby is possibly the world's cutest dog. Okay, I'd probably also say that about any one of a thousand dogs, but she's mine. She's a schnauzer-cattle dog mutt, but most people think she's some kind of terrier, or a strange new breed.
I have read that Schnauzers are related to Terriers. I've heard they were bred for the same purpose; hunting and catching small mammals like rats. Rigby has a hard time restraining herself from jumping on the cats and shaking them to smithereens, but she's a good dog and I have told her not to, so she hasn't. She eyes them constantly and when she gets jealous she will run over and push her nose into their sides, warning them off.
Rigby likes everyone and her one big flaw is her determination to jump up and embrace every person she meets. Despite passing obedience class with flying colors, she cannot seem to resist the impulse to do this.
At the end of each day, Rigby signals to the world that her pack has come home by singing loudly; "Arroo rooooooo, Rrroo!".
Rigby knows there are rabbits in the yard and her dearest wish is to find them and catch them. She sniffs out their trails each day, her nose to the ground as she races around in twisting patterns. Sometimes she sees deer in the back woods and warns them with a loud bark not come into the yard, so they wait until she goes inside. The gray and red squirrels chastise her in chattering tones and mock her because she can't climb trees. Rigby bides her time. Someday they might regret it!
Rigby likes to sleep with her people on the big bed, right in the middle. When Rigby wants us to wake up and play with her, she licks our faces until we do. Rigby is loved.