Sheldon Wallace Whippet
by Nancy Crutchfield
(Branchville, Alabama USA)
Sheldon Wallace Whippet
Sheldon Wallace the whippet, came to us last year as an 8 month old "problem child".
The first thing we did was change his name. He was a nerdish sort of fella, so we thought "Sheldon" was more suitable.
He had no manners, thought EVERYTHING not tied down belonged to him, "hey, watch me pee on the coffee table in front of you !".
Yes, Sheldon had issues. Separation was a major anxiety for him. Within the first month, my husband no longer had any shoes. Sheldon ate them all!
We have 3 other house dogs, who are VERY well mannered, so picking up our shoes, was never an issue. Boy did he ever teach us about that !
As the first several months progressed, Sheldon learned from the other dogs how to behave in the house while we went about our daily lives at work.
He actually picked up house breaking fairly quickly. Boy could he surf the counters ! You'd better not have left the lid off the butter dish. He'd suck down a stick of butter faster than lightning.
As he grew older, his appetite to eat, chew and destroy things that didn't belong to him decreased. My husband bought new shoes.
He learned to stop jumping on people when he meets them, although he still struggles with this from time to time. It's hard for him . . . but he tries.
We live on a farm, and Sheldon is the best mouser and chipmunk catcher we've ever had. I'd put him up against a cat any day. Sheldon is the love of our lives. We never thought we could enjoy our little "misfit" as we do.
His big sisters Doodle, Queenie and Roadkill all love him too. As he takes his daily run around the farm, the girls keep up with him for the first several strides, then they just sit and wait for him to make his circle.
And yes, you can teach a Whippet to "recall". Just holler "MOUSE" !!
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