||Five years old|
||Labrador Retriever mix|
makes my dog special? At first I didn't want her! Really, I don't
like Labs or Lab mixes, or that's what I thought then! But she came to my
house five years ago from a dog market (yeah, I know better now) and I just
had to take care of her. We have since grown up together. She loves to
learn new tricks and she is surely a 'city dog' - loud noises, buses,
trams and trains don't distract her. She loves agility, dog trekking and
rally obedience. She trusts me very very much in everything and she loves
to touch me and be close to me.
Her name in English means nightmare. "Zmora" is a pre-christian Slovakian
half-demon. The mythical Zmora can also sit on your chest and smother you.
My Zmora is more likely to smother you with love. I didn't want her
at first, but now I cannot live without her!
She changes my mind a lot, I always thought that Labradors aren't so
smart, the ones I had seen seemed overweight, unattractive and didn't care
about their owners (especially on a walks without a leash). But she is
pretty, thin, muscular, and she loves to work with me - the perfect
opposite. Besides the basic tricks (sit, lie down, stand up, wait, etc)
she can bark, beg, roll, turn left and right (I call it 'circle'), "hands
in the air" (she stands on her back legs with front legs up), slalom
between my legs when I'm standing and walking, "bubbles" (like in her
video), a play bow, "sad doggy" (lie down with head down on ground) and a
lot more that I can't even remember!
Another interesting thing about her is that she works the best in crowded
and loud places, and in a places that she is for her first time - not in
the house. She loves balls, she works in agility for a ball as a reward.
And there is another interesting thing: she likes to be petted only by me,
my mother, sister and best friend. She is indifferent to strangers, they
could even disappear and she doesn't mind. She loves to be close, as close
as possible, to feel that I'm with her and she can rely on me. When she
don't know what to do with other dogs, or she's scared, confused or
something she looks at my like she is asking "what should I do?'" I didn't
want her at first, but now I cannot live without her!
Videos: Zmora is learning new trick - BUBBLES!
and Zmora and snack ball.
See more images of Zmora!