Max and Allie

Max  and Allie

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tinker ------- the good and the bad

Tinker-- the bad !!
Tinker ------the good!!!
Can you see the difference???????????? I surely can!!!!!!!

Tinker has two sides to her!!! She can be the sweetest nicest girl you could ever meet --- like Bambi was!! Then there is this other Tinker--- the bad one!!!!! She is playing with me I know but I am not a dog!!! That is how she is playing with me---- like I am another dog and she is fierce with me. She is playing bitty face with me only she can't quite get to my face--- thank GOD!!!!!

I have to come up with a way to stop her b/c she thinks I am playing with her when I am trying to get her to stop !!!!

That first picture is of her with an egg plant in her mouth and that look she gets when she is thinking of playing bitty face with me!!!
She loves egg plant cooked or raw.

Hope you all had a good week-end, we did.
Love coming your way, Tinker & Fern


  1. Oh, the ways of a puppy....soooo much biting!
    She will calm down, one of these days.
    That is good that she is into veggies!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  2. She's a cutie... even when she's bad. Hope you can help her understand biting is bad very soon.


  3. So you helped yourself to an eggplant! We love it too, Tinker!
    Go easy on your mom. She's new to this energetic puppy stuff!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  4. Oh the life of a puppy! They always have so much learning to do. Some have a hard time understanding who the boss is don't they! I know things will work out for you two!

    Have a great week Fern, Gail, Mistaya and Maggie

  5. It took us a while, but we know what OUCH!! or OW! means. Mom still has scars on her hands from when we were puppies, and when Ruby came to live with us we don't think anyone ever played with her, so she bit VERY hard. It takes patience - and some heavy work gloves BOL!!

    -Gizmo & Bart

  6. Hi Fern, don't push or try to stop Tinker physically because she thinks, "oh mom is playing with me so I'll play with mom". Instead, each time, she tries to do bitty face with you, scream out loud "OUCH" (like someone is attacking you). Do this each and every time she tries to do bitty face with you. Tinker will learn to associate the scream with "oh I shouldn't do that to my mom". Patience and reinforcement are the keys to getting her to stop.

  7. Sounds like Tinker has you on your toes!

  8. I know how much you are loving having Tinker as part of your life. I just hope you'll try to remember that she's not Bambi and try not to compare the two of them. Remember that you had Bambi for years. She didn't start out to be perfect. She was that way because of the years you both spent together. Continue to be patient as you teach Tinker all the things she needs to about being a good family member, and let her be herself and you'll see that what wil emerge will be a totally different dog than your beloved Bambi, but a beloved companion just the same.


  9. Hi there Fern, I think you are just seeing Tinker's youth up close and personal. My daughter's 120 lb,10 yr old Newfie mix eats all the veges in the garden. They get so mad at him. Don't have any suggestions about her realizing you aren't a dog except making sure you are the pack leader.
    Have a great week my friend.

  10. Fern
    Tinker is very pretty and hopefully she'll get out of this needy, gnawing puppy stage soon.
    Hugs Maid and Mom

  11. My mom person says she remembers those puppy-bitey days. With your love she will grow out of it.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  12. Maybe try that can thing...every time she gets too close for comfort, shake that can. THat should stop her in her tracks.

  13. Give a firm "no" or "ouch" and don't touch her at all. Stand up and walk away from her and be no nonsense about it. You can try making a shake can or using a squirt bottle, but I'd try being very firm with her first.

  14. Oh yah, we remember the puppy days!! Addy gets that look too and does the same. She is 15 months old. Just hang in there!!


  15. Hi Fern!! Aaahh, puppy antics--I think WE need to write a book together, the stories the two of us could tell!! :-))) Enjoy your day!!!

  16. Oh, yes. I well remember those days. Sage still gets a crazy, "play with me" spell, especially if she's not had enough exercise. I deflect it with a game of ball or tug, although there have been times when a "time out" is in order just to calm her down.