Hi just a little about myself Name: Ra Kismet - Ra after the Egyptian Sun God Kismet because fate brought me to my furever home. My Nicknames: Rakins, Razzy, Sir Bounce-a-lot. Age: 3 years old Birthday: We celebrate March 12 cuz that's when I met my furever Mom. (Vets have me as December 31) Breed: We think English Shepherd x with your guess is as good as mine I'm a certified Mutt-i-gree Possible Retriever. Sex: I'm a neutered boy. Weight: 21.7 kilos a perfect THREE (roughly 47 lbs). Favorite foods: FOOD!!!!!!!! Cheese, natural yoghurt, Crisps though I'm not allowed to have many, pinching fruit from the trees I ADORE Apricots and Apples, unripened, ripe, over ripe even rotting ewwww! And of course the raw meat and kibble Mom says is good for me Bones, treats, Paddy Wackers, Doggy Cakes. Favorite Game: SOCCER!!!!!!!! Is there any other game? Favorite Toys: My Soccer Balls, other smaller 'house' balls and tug toys. Favorite Pastimes: Other than Soccer, chasing Maeve the cat, which Mom says is a 'naughtiness' but no-one told Maeve or me And learning new tricks, going for walks, being with my Mom. Plus after a hot game of soccer I just LOVE my plunge pool which was once Mom's water feature Oh and my Kong "Mr Kong" Going for car rides, though I cannot sit on the back ledge, my fav spot now, cuz Dad bought a new car and it's a hatch back Cuddling with Mom and sitting on her lap! Favorite People: My Mom, My Dad, My Vet (boo hoo he's gone to Scotland for a year), anyone who makes a big fuss of me, I love Kissy Kiss. Mom says I'm an extrovert! Siblings: Big Bro Zeus, he's my hero even if he is a bit of a 'grumpy old man' sometimes HRH Sylvannia Faery Kitten "she who must be obeyed"! Maeve, "she who loves to tease", a real femme fatale! Monet the bird but he doesn't play with me Naughty Things: Well I was a puppy! Demolished Dad's boots (teach him to be tidy hey). A few pot plants got wrecked (still do) when playing soccer and I also chewed up the gizmo clicker thingee which opened the car. But hey it was fun watching Dad counting the security numbers and listening for the clicks. Actually for a pup I wasn't that naughty, Mom kept me very busy playing and of course I have always been mad on soccer, that really exhausts a chap! Biggest Desire: To start learning Dancing with Dogs. Trick List: 1. Sit 2. Stay (I've almost got a bomb proof stay now wowee) 3. Down (not my fav trick but hey Mom rewards) 4. Come (took a while but I'm good at it now) 5. Loose Leash Walking. 6. Heel work (always a work in progress) 7. Sit Pretty 8. Roll Over 9. Cross and Uncross Paws. 10.Stand Right Up (Stand on my hind legs a captured trick as I did this quite naturally, pinching fruit) 11. Walk on Hind Legs. 12. Jump up and spin. 13. Spin right/left. 14. Shake Right Paw 15. Shake Left Paw 16. Shake Both Paws 17. Peek-a-boo. 18. Walk in Peek-a-boo. 19. Weave. 20. Bang. 21. Spin at the same time as Mom spins. Left/Right 22. Jump through hoop (often with a wrecked soccer ball in my mouth). 23. Jump through hoop held on Zeus' back. Then 'paw on Zeus". 24. Paw on Ball (a favorite trick of mine). 25. Double Shake (Zeus and I shaking together) 26. Double Drop (Zeus and I dropping together) 27. Target (took a while but I've 'got it' now). 28. Jump through a hoop onto a chair. 29. Touch with paw Mom's right and left legs. 30. Bang. 31. Crawl. 32. Chain Bang, Crawl, Sit Pretty. 33. Chain Bang, Roll Over Sit Pretty. 34. Say Your Prayers (Mom says I need them so I do very long prayers now). 35. Circle in Peek-a-boo. 36. Cop Cop a work in progress. 37. Shy - definitely a work in progress, I'm NOT shy! 38. Leave it (Yes I've actually 'got it" and quite quickly too)!!!!!!! 39. Stand. 40. Stand from Sit. I may not have the biggest trick list yet but I'm working on it Mom says I'm a quick learner (when it's a trick I like) so it will grow! Oh and it's not in the order I learned all my tricks, my memories grand but not that grand, so please pardon me. In future I'll add tricks as I learn them! I do have a wee problem with over reacting with dogs on a leash. This was caused by a dog attacking Mom and me when we were out working. Fortunately we were not physically harmed but it did leave me with a psychological problem. That happened the end of July last year (2012). But with Positive Reinforcement and loads of help from my Mom, I'm almost over it all. I now pass dogs inside their own homes, who are barking like crazy, with ease, albeit with some on the other side of the street (those I can see through the railing fences) but now I just look at Mom and she gives me a treat. Plus dogs walking on their leads, provided it's not face to face (Mom's not rushing me on that one) I don't take much notice, even if the other dog does pull on it's lead! I've come a long way, in a short time, from the dog who went total over threshold and completely 'zoned out' when another dog came up behind me. And yes, the other night, a German Shepherd, off leash too, did run up behind me but hey Mom's 'got my back' and she called without looking around to the man to please call his dog as she had a dog who was afraid after being attacked. The man was good and immediately called his dog, who I must add was friendly no aggression, and moi? well I just kept close to Mom and ate loads of treats. So much better than getting all hot and bothered. Mom was, and still is, very proud of me Off leash I'm fine with other dogs and just love to party. Going to upload some photos and videos tomorrow. It's late now and Zeus wants to start his thread, can't be selfish have to let my Hero on the computer now! And what did he do? Told tales on me!!!!!!!! To be honest, I did when VERY young chew his tail and eeerrrrhhhhh explore his 'boy bits' I was, and still am, a very curious boy who likes to know the what, where, why of every thing and as I did not, to the best of my knowledge, have any siblings other than a sister, those 'boy bit's had me curious! I didn't have any at that time and by the time I did start to grow 'boy bits' I had 'that' operation. So what did Zeus expect - really I mean to say - telling tales on me. And may I also add, I DON'T like wearing sunglasses, nor do I like dress ups, Mom's trying to get me to at least like wearing a coat when it's raining, but as I LOVE water, that's not going to be easy! Did I mention that water is one of my fav things? Mom's finally uploading my videos and pictures! My Signature Video "Ra Kismet Bends It Like Beckham" I'm not at my fastest in this video, as I had already put in a solid hour's practice in the morning and just returned from an hour's walk. Oh yes, I've also managed to do even more damage to what was once a lawn, broken most of the pot plants and grown a little! A top soccer player is NEVER without his ball! And doesn't mind getting 'down and dirty" But sometimes I DO manage to look clean! Well apart from the mud on the end of my nose See NO mud!!!!!!!!!!! Oh dear, maybe just a smidge on my nose!