Zekers came to me almost 7 years ago, somewhat unplanned. I had been searching for a Border Collie, and really had my heart set on a female Border Collie. (This was before Mud came along.) A former family friend took me to the 6666 Ranch where a couple of her relatives worked. We got to tour the breeding barns and meet the stallions (one of the highlights of my life!!!) and then went to her relatives' house. They found out I was looking for a Border Collie and told me about Newt(all the pups in the litter were named after Lonesome Dove characters). He belonged to a 14-year-old boy who was really too busy playing rancher's kid to care for a puppy. Lol. I was stubborn and said I wasn't interested. He wasn't what I was looking for. But they pushed, and me being a sucker I couldn't keep myself from at least looking. They owned his brother, Poncho, who was an outgoing, goofy, happy little puppy. Zeke was his polar opposite. Zeke was not thrilled at all to see new people. He was terrified and wanted nothing to do with us. And he was absolutely adorable. Once I got him in my arms, that was it. I couldn't say no. He was due for his next round of shots, so we took him to the Sixes clinic where he met his next terrifying monster of the day--a Corgi puppy smaller than him. Oh my, pee again. We made it back with him with no more pee, lol. His puppyhood was rocky and he taught me very much. He developed separation anxiety very quickly, and although we're through that, he is still very much a velcro dog. He loved only toys that were snuggly and soft, but was not toy motivated. He didn't like treats of any kind. I could barely even get him to eat enough food to live; he really just did not care about food at all. But he would jump the moon if you would give him attention. When he was about 1 year old, he developed fear aggression towards other dogs, which I am proud to say is no longer an issue. Once Mudflap came along, she introduced Zeke to the joy of fetch. Zeke became extremely obsessed with tennis balls, which was great because it has allowed me to really advance his training. Now he enjoys a variety of toys, but tennis balls are still his favorite. Zeke was and is very attached to Mudflap. Anyone and anything that was okay with Mudflap, was okay with Z. Since Mud is a social butterfly, she became my training partner to help Z. Zekers has come a very long way, and to most people he now seems like a "normal" dog. We can go to Petsmart and he actually greets people, he pretty much ignores other dogs but if he interacts at all it is with a wagging tail. I could go on forever with the improvements he's made. Zeke is an absolute nutcase. He is super high drive and easily the smartest dog I have ever had a chance to work with. He learns at an amazing rate and is very enthusiastic. Oh, and he loves to have his paw held. He doesn't just shake, he actually holds your hand. Very cute. He will also walk up to his favorite people at random and just hold his paw out for them to hold. Currently, Zeke knows: Sit Down Stay Come Heel Spin Weave Directed Jumping Touch Shake High Five BOING! Go! Scoot Back Ta-da! (Bow) Kisses Hmm...that might be all he knows right now... I wish that I had figured out how to work with him earlier in his life; he would know so many tricks! But, he still has plenty of time to learn. Here he is!