I am Devan (you can call me by my real name or my username) and I live in Calgary, AB with three dogs who enjoy keeping me very busy! I stopped posting here regularly for quite a while (a couple of years I think), but thought I'd come back as I've missed Pet Talk. I have a new username now (was formerly "Orangutango" to those who still remember me), as I was uncomfortable using a past dog's nickname which is a big reason I stopped posting here. Sounds silly, I know, but it just felt weird to me. Anyhow, it looks like there are a lot of new people and faces here since I've been gone so I thought I should re-introduce myself for those who don't know who I am. And many who do remember me might not know my current dogs very well, as I think I'd just gotten Ripley around the same time I became less active on PT. Anyhow, let me introduce (or reintroduce) you to my dogs.
First is Dance, my almost 5 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. She's my world and I am so glad she's mine. She is the most hilarious, joyful, full of life dog. She lives to have fun, but at the same time is super easy to live with and very much a go with the flow kind of a dog. She's shy with new people, but she is a lot better than she used to be. She adores her family and friends... almost too much sometimes, haha. She's very exuberant and full of enthusiasm. Dance and I have dabbled a bit in conformation showing, Rally, Obedience, and Agility. Due to the fact that she's not very happy about strangers, we haven't done a whole lot in the way of any of those sports aside from just training. She almost has her Rally Novice title, though. She'd have finished that and been on to the next level or two already if it weren't for me, haha. She's much better at it than I am! I hope to get her back into Agility this year if I can afford it. She really enjoys it. Mostly though, so just enjoys hanging out with me and endlessly fetching a ball or cuddling on the couch!
And here is the most recent photo I have, taken by her dog-sitter while we were away last week:
Next we have Keira, our 4 year old female Doberman Pinscher. She's a very sweet girl, but also very demanding, snooty, and kind of frantic in the way she does things. She knows how to push buttons, that's for sure! But we love her just the same. As with most Dobermans, she's pretty sure she's a princess and that the whole world should revolve around her. Keira's not one for sports and such, so she's just a loved family companion. She just likes to sit around and look pretty, and her favourite pastime is running aimlessly through an open field. She doesn't tug, fetch or play really at all and is very much an "oh, shiny!", easily distracted girl. She is our best dog to take out into public though. There is never any worry that she might embarrass us. Her manners our impeccable in public, and she is a very good breed ambassador.
And last but not least is Ripley, our almost 3 year old male Doberman. Ripley is just a happy-go-lucky, sucky goofball. He's a huge clown and, much like his sister, thinks that attention should be paid to him 24/7. He's adores his close family and friends, but if you're not either of those, he couldn't really care less about it. He's very friendly, but isn't one to seek affection from those that he's not close to. If you ask him to, he'll oblige, but only because it'd be rude not to let somebody pet someone as handsome as himself, haha. He has a big head and thinks he's the best guy to have ever graced the planet I think. I originally got Ripley with intentions to show him, but due to some issues he is not registered still and so I discussed it with my breeder and we decided to go ahead and neuter him. If he ever does get registered, I'd like to do Obedience with him as he enjoys it (so do I). He loves to train and work for things and is a lot of fun.
Anyhow, I think that's all! I look forward to getting back into PT a bit more and getting to know all of the 'new' people (probably not new, but new to me) around. :-)
Hello Devan, of course I remember you, glad to see you back!
I completely understand about changing your user name, makes sense to me and I think folks on PT are the audience who would understand such a thing!
Looking forward to seeing lots more of your pups!
Hi Devan! I was just wondering about you the other day! Good to see you and your pups!
I hope to see you around the forum!:)
Glad to have you back, and great to see your dogs! Fabulous pictures each one, and of course Kiera is a pretty princess! Give each of them a hug for me, okay?
I THINK I remember you. I came here around one and a half years ago, but, I used to check on pettalk before I joined it, so, you're kind of familiar to me.
Well, welcome back!
Hugs to your little doggies! Loved the photos! Really lovely dogs you have!
Welcome back, Devan! Hello, Dance, Keira and Ripley! I would be happy to pay attention to you 24-7 :D! (((HUGS)))
I know this thread is a few months old (and it appears that you haven't posted since then, so maybe this will entice you to come back!) but I wanted to say that eventhough we've both been absent a few years, you are the one who introduced me to Tollers and I'd ALWAYS loved the name Tango... we actually have a few clients who bring their Tollers in to see us (moved down from Minnesota I think is what they told me, as this is NOT a popular breed here!!) and every time they came in, I thought of you and your pups!!! It's so funny to see the impact we make on each others' lives, even for small things like someone on a forum that I haven't posted on in years, haha.
Thanks everyone! I am sorry I haven't posted much. Most of the time I have to participate on forums is from work and my work computer apparently does not like PT's board format and has a hard time loading things. Especially the reply box! I don't know why. But I do read and browse threads when they eventually load. Just haven't really been able to respond.
Thanks! Tango's name was one of my favourite names we've ever called a dog. And yes, it is odd at the impact forums have on people, haha. I often come across something in real life and automatically think of somebody on one of the dog boards I belong to. Great to see you back here, btw!
Originally Posted by Jessika