You know that dog who acts like a complete spaz out in public, needs to sniff everybody, jump into strollers, steal children’s ice cream cones, snatch merchandise at the farmer’s market, and knock over entire stacks of VHS tapes if you bring him into Video Americain to rent a movie? Nevermind art galleries or stores with small beautiful things, you wouldn’t even come close to one of those with these dogs because their antics, lack of self awareness, and waggy tails would break everything at knee-level.
Well, Little Zee is not that dog. She is instantly at home wherever she goes, and handles herself with perfect manners in all kinds of scenarios. We have a number of pet-friendly shops right in downtown Takoma Park (a video store, a hardware store, and a very cool new furniture and art store), and last weekend we took her around to run some errands. She liked everything she saw, but Trohv, our cool new furniture / arts store, was her favorite.
The combination of warm, fuzzy rugs and cool, smooth concrete floors gave her plenty of options for laying down and taking a rest — which she was very happy to do anytime we decided to stop and take a look at a neat chair or a cute glass vase. The other customers made her very happy, but not so happy that she had to bounce up and down. She greeted everybody with a polite tail wag and a little kiss if they wanted one, but didn’t go crazy jumping on people or tugging toward them if they didn’t want to say hello.
We think this is a rare asset in Zee’s corner, and speaks volumes of her personality and demeanor. Many — maybe most — dogs have to train for months or years to be able to behave nicely in public, but Zee’s calm personality really shines in this light. It makes us start having big dreams for Little Zee. Could she become a therapy dog? Or maybe she could work with kids in schools, helping them learn to read? Attending to seniors in assisted living facilities? Her fantastic temperament opens a lot of doors for her, and we hope her future forever-family will appreciate it!
Little Zee is a treasure. I hope her forever family comes along soon and appreciates her wonderful temperment. And those bat ears are just icing on the cake.
What a great asset! Being able to take your pup anywhere is huge!
VHS?!? You can still rent tapes, I had no idea.
Back to Zee… she is a perfect lady! My little pittie mix is a fun loving speed demon in open spaces, but bring him in a store, and he turns into the perfect, pleasant, smiling little dog! Zee is just wonderful! Sometimes you don’t need to teach an old dog new tricks, they already know it all!
What a beautiful lady! Thanks for being such great foster parents to her. She really it’s a gem.
I am not sure I even know a dog as well behaved as Zee! What a beautiful well behaved girl!
I think you are right–Zee would make a great therapy dog or reading buddy. Cabana is a reading buddy, and she gets so happy when I put on her therapy jacket because she knows what’s about to happen. Zee’s charm and good manners need to be shared!
The people at Trohv love dogs, they’ve known Stella since she was a pup and they were opening their first store in Baltimore!
Ha ha, you know “that dog” – that’s totally my Billy! I’m always a teensy bit envious of people with ‘come-with’ dogs, whoever gets to adopt Zee is going to be very lucky.
I definitely see “reading buddy” in her future. What a sweet girl Little Zee is. Kisses on your nose.
That is amazing!! I hope she does get to be a therapy dog of some sort. Sounds perfect for her.
Zee is a beautiful girl! Her temperament is really a blessing; I hope she finds a home soon, too, and that they do therapy work or something similar with her. Or all of it! Those reading programs are really neat.
Trohv has such great decor–and I didn’t know they were dog-friendly! Maybe they’d be less dog-friendly if they saw mine :)…don’t worry, I won’t ruin it for the rest of us!
Being able to take her everywhere also helps her get adopted 🙂
Wow, Z! That is really impressive. Who wouldn’t want to have a well socialized dog they can take everywhere?
Well done Zee. Great photos of a great dog!
those dogs you are talking about in the beginning of this post? THOSE ARE MY DOGS.
i vote therapy dog for little z! and i want to check out that cute furniture store!
Such a good dog! I hope she finds her forever home soon!
Zee does seem like the kind of dog that only wants to be with it’s humans. Nothing else needed. What a good dog.
Zee is such an amazing girl! Where is her family?
My dogs are “that dog” too… can’t take ’em anywhere. Little Zee is just perfect. She clearly has such an awesome personality. I look forward to seeing what wonderful things her future holds.
We still wish for that type of dog! Mr. B is getting there, but it just shows the value of older dogs. I love how you are ‘shopping locally’!
Great job Zee, now come over and tell Lily to stop screaming at senior citizen doggies
Benny & Lily
Just kicking around the idea after a few weeks. How big is Zee? My other concern would be the 2 dogs i’ve already got.
Lady Zee sounds just about perfect if you ask me. You know that dog you described in that first paragraph? It’s almost exactly like you were with us this last weekend as we went around town with our dog. Shiva has done every single one of those things. *sigh* I’d almost forgotten it didn’t have to be that way!
She is so sweet. I love the therapy dog idea. We’ve been working towards that with Heidi with the goal of doing one of those reading programs. Even if her forever family doesn’t go that route with Z, I’m sure they’ll appreciate how calm she is 😉
I wish I could borrow her for a while. I could use a calm dog for a bit.
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