Seasonal observations of an ever changing coastal landscape 
by Bold Bluff host Tamar Griggs 

Bold Bluff Puppy Arrives!

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Date: 13 Oct 2004
Time: 09:43:12


We have a rambunctious, adorable Bold Bluff Puppy! Daisy is her name, and she came to us on Friday October 1, being just 8 weeks old. She is a "Shepadoodle"! Her Mum, Prissy, is 1/2 German Shepard and 1/2 Standard Poodle. Her Dad, Pluto, is a proud Standard Poodle Certified Therapy dog, who goes into Victoria hospitals so people can pet him. That makes Daisy 1/4 German Shepard and 3/4 Standard Poodle.

She is all black, with long wavy hair, (not the tight curly hair of a poodle), little dark inquisitive brown eyes, big paws and floppy ears. her tail is long and skinny.

Already she sits, lies down, and is most respectful of our 15 year old cat, Silver, who can just barely tolerate a lively puppy intrusion in our house. Daisy goes into "downward dog puppy play" posture and barks happily at Silver, who stares at her and hisses. Daisy sits down, cocks her head, looks at the cat, and then lies down. Good puppy!

I am totally enjoying taking walks through the wet woods brim full of mushrooms and fallen leaves, out onto the cricket singing bluffs above the ocean, watching the enthusiasm of this puppy playing with a single leaf twirling to the ground, and burrying her snout in moss finding dry sea stars that a gull left on the bluff. After scouting around, she sits down on her haunches beside me and watches the seals lounge about in the ocean, and the little mew gulls feed.

Her favourite toy is her big stuffed bunny I got at the Thrift store for 50 cents. She thinks of him as a litter mate and chews his tongue and ears, and flops down upon him for warmth. She also loves to chew her oyster shells for calcium, and play with her big rope toy with 4 knots in it. We play endless tug of war with this rope.

Daisy has attended Parks Board Meetings with me, lying quietly on my lap and on the floor at my feet, and she has survived a 2 hour guitar lesson and trio, chewing on her piggy ear, without making a ruccous! I plan to teach her how to jump through a hoop and to Gumboot dance! What do you think? She is a pretty smart pup!

So let's hope she will become friends with all the children who come here next summer. She is totally different from our beloved dog, Gyp, which really is good - so there is no comparison between the two. But she is friendly, loves people and children, and is very calm, not startling at loud noises like chain saws, weed wackers, dishes banging, shouts, hammering or laughter. Keep a look out for a photo of Daisy on "Your Hosts" page of our web site coming soon!

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