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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by MaryK, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. MaryK Honored Member

    I have just joined this forum because I just adore training my boys Zeus a venerable Blue Heeler aged 11 years and more into the passive 'audience' role than performing:) . He loves watching me train my youngster, a rescue kid who was born wild in the Moorook area of South Australia. His name is Ra Kismet, Ra because he brought sunshine into my life when Zeus' sister my beloved Tiger Lily crossed the Bridge much too soon and Kismet because it was fate which brought us together.
    His nick name though is Rakins and sometimes LOL The Fluffy Croc, when he gets a bit too enthusiastic over life and wants to play rough - I don't allow that though as it can get a tad too painful for me anyway:)

    So far Ra has learned to walk on his hind legs forward, backwards and around. Cannot really claim too much on my part as he did this quite naturally. Since then we know roll over and shake, working on shy, which had his vet convulsed with laughter as Rakins isn't the least shy at all. Was looking for a way to teach him this, as he's half got the trick but just needs a little more help - well I did. He learns like lightening and is so smart.

    His breed, I will post a photo soon and see what everyone thinks he may be because I was told he was a single cross Belgian Shepherd which maybe correct but what the other half is, is anyone guess. So far - Burmese Mountain Dog, did look right when a pup but don't feel he's quite big enough, Retriever, he ADORES water and does have the right ears, tail and hind leg feathers. Border Collie is another suggestion but LOL his vet says he's 'too pretty' but the energy level sure is there.

    Ra also love playing soccer and can 'bend it like Beckham'. He spends literally hours racing around with his soccer ball, and then when he needs to cool down has converted my once lovely water feature into his own private plunge pool.

    And if you think Zeus gets forgotten, he doesn't just that he's a well behaved, dapper dan doggy who prefer to sit back and watch (as he did with his sister who adored tricks and agility). Zeus 'big tricks' are 'speak to me' which he does with great Heeler enthusiasim and High Fives.

    I could go on and on about the boys but I think everyone will realize that my boys are so special and yes, they live with cats, one of whom is not always enthused by a lively puppy.
    Just found a puppy photo of Ra Kismet which is small enough to upload, will upload other photos when I find time to resize them. He was 10 weeks old when this photo was taken and still looks just as cute at 2y.o.;)

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  2. Dogster Honored Member

    WELCOME!!!!!:D Your pup is ADORABLE!!!!!:love: They both sound like quite the little characters, eh???:) They sound really smart!!! If you need any trick ideas, this is the place to ask!!!!!:D We would LOVE to see more pics soon!!!!;) I'm sure you'll fit right in with the rest of us on this site!!!! Welcome again, train positive, and HAVE FUN!!!!:D
  3. southerngirl Honored Member

    Welcome. Little Ra is a cute little guy. Both of your dogs sounds great. Feel free to ask questions if you have any.:D
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  4. bekah1001 Honored Member

    Welcome!!!! Your dogs sound adorable and the picture is so cute!!!!
  5. Anneke Honored Member

    Could you post a bigger picture of Ra? This one is a bit small to tell what breed he is.;)
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  6. sara Moderator

    Welcome to the DTA! you`re going to fit right in here with the rest of us who cant stop talking about our dogs LOL Enjoy the forums!
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  7. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    WELCOME!! loved the passion you most obviously have for your dogs!!

    How old is the younger pup RaKismet?? GOOD ON YOU for rescuing him!
    Feel free to post most photos, that one didn't show up too big for me, anyway! Post away!:ROFLMAO: We all love dog photos here!:D

    only line of yours i take exception to:
    //"Border Collie is another suggestion but LOL his vet says he's 'too pretty' but the energy level sure is there."//

    as i happen to think border collies are GORGEOUS!!;) and it's a rare puppy who is NOT energetic!
    I also generally think ALL dogs, ALL of 'em, are cute or pretty or gorgeous or otherwise visually attractive in some way, or charming, i guess i just like DOGS!

    Hope to see you and your beloved dogs around a lot!!
  8. Jean Cote Administrator

    Hi MaryK, welcome to the DogTrickAcademy. ;) Please do let us know if we can be of any assistance. :)
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  9. MaryK Honored Member

    Wow what a wonderful welcome huge thank you to everyone and all of your wonderful doggies:) Yes Dogster they are both adorable, quite different personalities, Zeus is the laided back chilled "dude" most of the time, except when he decides to 'chat' by Heeler standards though he's easy to calm down when he gets a bit frentic. Ra Kismet is now two and a half years old (was around 10 weeks when rescued) and STILL thinks he's a puppy. LOL his tail never stops wagging, so he sure laughs a lot, hardest part of him to groom too because of it's perpetual momentum. Love the photos of your doggy adorable.

    Tiger Lily, will post bigger photos, just have to re-size then as they are a bit too big. Did wonder if that one was a bit small:(

    I too adore Border Collies, the ONLY time I didn't agree with his vet Xander, who sadly has gone to Scotland and LOL would have taken Ra Kismet with him but knew I wouldn't agree of course. Both boys adore the vet, I always make it a 'fun time' for them. Even during the awful time with my adored Tiger Lily I kept 'upbeat' as best I could as I firmly believe if we make going to the vet fun, a social time, the dogs don't stress. LOL Ra Kismet nearly had the glass window alongside the door down last visit he was in such a hurry to get inside and he always shows off his latest tricks to anyone willing to watch.

    Thank you Jean, feels good to know I have somewhere to ask questions re dogs.

    Zeus has Cushings, you may like to read his story of how he's dealing with the dis-ease. Plus there are some photos of the two boys:). I am NOT promoting the vets, but think that maybe you will enjoy a happy read about a dog suffering from Cushings dis-ease.

    O.K. off to re-size some photos of the boys.
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  10. MaryK Honored Member


    Ra Kismet in his favorite place to travel on the back ledge. He has an all round view here:)
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  11. Puppylove Well-Known Member

    Welcome MaryK. I hope you enjoy DTA as much as I have since I've joined.
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  12. Dogster Honored Member

    OMD, Ra Kismet is SOOO CUTE!!!!!!!!:love: I LOVE him!!!!!:love:
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  13. MaryK Honored Member

    Thank you Adriana:)

    Isn't he just too cute know I shouldn't brag but the kids seriously cute.
    Here's a close up shot, hard to get him to keep still for photos:D ra1closeuphead copyresized.jpg
  14. southerngirl Honored Member

    Wow Ra Kismet is a beautiful boy:love: Could you post a pic of Zeus too
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  15. Puppylove Well-Known Member

    He's definitely way too good looking...
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  16. MaryK Honored Member

    He loves fruit and will climb or stand up to get it right off the trees. Unfortunately his weight goes up that means the "D" word gets a mention
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  17. MaryK Honored Member

    Sure can post photos of Zeus, just found them (partner changed everything over to new computer and LOL it's now seek and with luck find time)
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  18. MaryK Honored Member

    LOL this is the wettest you'll ever see Zeus.

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  19. southerngirl Honored Member

    He's a handsome boy. I love his eye patch.
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  20. MaryK Honored Member

    Zeus doing what he loves most - traveling in the car:p zeuscloudninert.jpg
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