Meet Jackson, or Jax as he is affectionately called. He is one exuberant Weimaraner that won't be ignored. With a WOOF! that breaks the sound barrier, he demands attention. When I started walking Jax a couple of years ago he used to pull on the leash so hard I thought my arm was going to pop out of it's socket. But with patience and consistency he now responds to gentle reminders of "stay with me" on our walks. The promise of a cookie helps, too. Jax loves his cookies as much as he loves his walks. No matter what the season he is ready to go, chasing snowballs in the winter, puddle jumping in the spring or just rolling around in the grass. Jackson is a lucky dog indeed. His people fenced in the back yard last fall. Jackson loves to play ball and frisbee. He's all ears waiting for his next command to "bring it" or "go get it". His favorite thing to do is run free around the yard with his ears floating on the wind. It's quite a sight, and a great way to burn off some of his abundant energy. I recently taught Jax a new trick, where he rears up like a horse as I say: "High Ho Silver, Away", which is kind of funny because his coat is a beautiful, shiny silver.
I have also had the pleasure of "Dinner Dates" with Jax. That's what I like to call my pet sits when a feeding is included. Jackson will sit and wait for the release command to eat his meal, but unless you want to hear that powerful WOOF!, don't keep him waiting too long.
Recently I started walking Jax with a new friend from across the street. He loves his new friend Callahan, and eagerly shows him all the points of interest on our walks, like the best places to mark your territory, or where you can almost always catch the scent of bunny rabbits. Jackson is a social boy and makes friends easily. He's sure got this friend for life. So until next time, “High Ho Silver, Away”.