Being off work, over the Christmas period, I offered to give a dog a break from kennels and was given the choice of three - I chose Arthur.
Upon arrival at the kennels I came across a walker returning with Arthur. He greeted me nicely, all four paws on the ground, but I was warned that he was wearing his new Christmas cologne...eau de fox poop!
He was the only dog in his block that wasn't making a noise. His friendly face welcomed me into his kennel and he has got to be the easiest dog I have ever harnessed. No tussling with the leads, no jumping, no mouthing and we walked out the block without a fuss.
Arthur travelled extremely well in the car. There was no on the seat off the seat or fidgeting, he sat so calmly taking in the new smells from the window. One of the days we practically spent the whole day in the car as we had to do various trips to diy stores. Arthur received a ten out of ten that day as he travelled without any destruction nor did he once moan. He is funny though as sometimes he sits back to front on the seat.
Once home we went for a walk round the block and he greeted a couple of my friends nicely into the house. What he didn't know was that I had called them over to help me give him a bath as I am not so fond of the eau de fox poop aroma. Riga mortice seemed to set in when lifting him into the bath but once in he was good as gold. That said he liked it more when it was over and he received a good old towel rub down. Once the bathroom door was opened Arthur went bonkers running up and down the stairs (I have six small flights), running on and over the sofas and kicked up the rugs on the laminate floor - I know dogs have funny five minutes but this was something else! Seems the madness also occurs when he gets a towel down after being out in the rain.
Arthur is definitely an on the furniture dog. He loves being on the sofa for cuddles, loves nothing more than lying on his back with all fours in the air, enjoys a good dream and being under the duvet at bedtime. However, this boy can snore and he also has a habit of grinding his teeth.
Getting ready for a walk with Arthur is easy peasy. He sits patiently and allows you to get ready without getting under your feet. Out walking he does like to sniff and needs some direction on the extender lead as he has a tendency to wonder. We came across a cat, on the other side of the road, he looked, he saw, he carried on walking. So far we have only walked past one dog on the same side of the road, which was a little dog with a big attitude. When back from a walk Arthur gets playful but he doesn't seem interested in toys but does love a good bone. You do have to watch out for low level items as he likes to chew, throw and pounce.
On evening we visited friends that have one 3 year old, 11 month old twins, 3 cats and one rabbit. The cats were relocated to the bedroom for the evening so I don't know what he would have been like with them. However, I can say that he absolutely fine with the children and after he had a good sniff of the rabbit he left her alone for the rest of the night.
Arthur is not over keen on being left in the garden, on his own, for long but whilst he is out there he likes to bury his bone. He learnt that he cannot run through the bottom of a door made of glass...bless him...his poor nose that day.
Whilst with me his was exposed to various noises; hair dryer, handheld dyson, fireworks, power tools and none bothered him at all.
Seems to me that Arthur is a real sweetie. He is kind, quiet, easy, friendly, calm but mad as hatter when having a moment. Whomever adopts Arthur will get themselves a real special boy.