Do I look like one with an attitude

by Sampath Parthasarathy
(Orlando, FL, USA)



Hi My name is Nina. I adapted two humans because they were getting old and needed someone to take care of them. They are foreigners and don't speak my language, not even a simple bark.

I let them settle in my bedroom (but I don't let them sit in my rocking chair!). I also let the man cook for me, although I am suspicious that he tries to sneak in various pills and medicines (he says for my good) into the food. Believe me, he is not a good cook; because of that I have been on expensive store bought treats. I love them. I have trained the man to peel the good part of the treats, as I don't have time to chew my food.

Another complaint-he thinks that I need good clean water-Dogs don't. We drink old water, tap water, street water, water from rain puddles, and any other microbiome-rich water. The picture that you see tells it all!

You all know how much we love being dirty. I love rain and even thunder. The latter gets me excited and I often wondered where do these mysterious sounds come from. To emphasize, I don't mind getting wet in the rain or an occasional roll in a dirty pool of water.

What I don't like is the mini rain that humans seem to love; they call it shower. The humans drag me into the shower and rinse off all the perfume and scent I meticulously collected during the past week. They use soap but won't let me drink soap water. I cant understand-soap cleans outside but not inside? If I try to rub off the wetness in bed sheets or on sofas, they complain about my look and attitude. I tell you, it is nothing but water boarding. Dipping me in water without written consent. It is against Dog Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (DIPAA).

In summary - I don't have an attitude. If you are water boarded, you will look just like me. To quote my cousin Oscar, "Yes, I love trash. Anything dirty dingy or dusty.."

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Nina continued
by: Sampath Parthasarathy

She is sleeping, wheezing and snoring at the foot of the bed. What a creation- just pure delight to be with her. She talks, believe me she talks. Only two words- I want...
Understands thousand words and pretends that she understands many languages. When someone speaks Spanish, she has to sit and listen. A big snoop.
Finicky GI system. Today she eats, tomorrow no food. House is full of different expensive treats. One day she eats, next day she turns her head away.
I am possessed by Nina,

Progress report
by: Sam Parthasarathy

It is two years since we got Nina. What a great companion! Unbelievable curiosity, fun, attitude, and emotions. She is just a delight. Frankly, I retired three days back to enjoy her company. She loves to ride in the car with me listening to music. Loves her walks. With her brown/silver color and a studded pink collar, she rules the neighborhood. When I come home (even if I was gone out just for five minutes), she will throw a song and dance around me. Loves to sit in my lap with her head down , eyes closed and just peaceful.
She talks with her head signals that only I could understand. She snores in her sleep to my amusement.
Five year old, I am a little worried after reading many posts here.

Four story home
by: Sampath Parthasarathy

We are thinking of moving to a 4 story townhome with entrance in the ground floor.
My question: Should I be concerned about my 4 year old Nina climmbing three stories to "her" bedroom? Hope are miniature schnauzer's climbing abilities? Should I be concerned about her hip in future years? I myself am 70!

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