Her lean and lanky frame makes Waffle the picture of power and health. She is very athletic and we have yet to see how tall she is going to be. She passed up Casey in the height department before her 7 month birthday. Though Waffle was still a few pounds lighter but I’m sure she will pass her up on that too before much more time passes.
Waffle was on the reserved side with how much she wagged her tail when she was little. She always had a happy little tail wag for any stranger but she didn’t seem to have one for me. Maybe it was just that I was always around. She is much more liberal with her tail wagging now and when she gets excited her tail actually goes in a circle.
I had a really hard time trying to get a picture or her tail wagging. As you can see I didn’t succeed very well. Every time I pulled out the camera to get her tail she would spin around so her head was facing me or she would sit down.
Waffle loves to play and she will find ways to push another dogs buttons in an effort to engage them in play. Her favorite tactic is to steal whatever toy Casey is chewing on. She also likes to chew on the Casey’s legs or other body parts to get her attention.
Waffle had wet ears many of the days she was in our home. Casey has a weakness for puppy ears. She loves to suck on them. She just can’t seem to help herself. The only thing that helps is bitter apple. But that only lasts a day or two and then she is back at sucking on Waffle’s ears.
Waffle is very patient about it and in some ways actually seems to enjoy it when Casey sucks on her ears. Sometimes even the top of her head gets all slobbered on. So Waffle with wet ears is a common sight.
With her cute face, fun personality and soulful eyes, Waffle attracts lots of attention everywhere we go. She has lots and lots of fans.
The kids at church always want to come and pet her. She loves the kids but she has a challenge with them petting her on her head. She sees there little hands coming down toward her head and she thinks that it is a game and that she is supposed to catch their fingers with her mouth. They see her mouth opening and they pull their hands back reinforcing the game. Waffle does better if they will give her chest a rub instead of the top of her head.
Ever watchful, Waffle is often content to just see what is happening from a far. She has an intense gaze and seems to be taking it all in and analyzing the world around her. When we took the FrontRunner commuter train for a puppy class she made sure that she could see up and down the aisle. Then she was content to watch what was happening. She didn’t fall asleep, she stayed alert the whole trip to Layton and back.
Waffle can be wary of new or unusual situations. We did a photo shoot at a studio and she wasn’t at all happy with the situation. She was good and patient about it but she didn’t like it.
The first time we went to puppy class she was not at all sure about going into a strange house. She soon learned about new houses and now has no trouble.
Waffle is never wary about people. She loves to met new people and she thinks that everyone she meets is just as happy to meet her.
Waffle has a kind heart deep inside. Sometimes her excitement can hide that tender side. She has grown-up with another puppy in training, Casey. They snuggle together every night and sometime when they are hanging out at a meeting. Waffle likes to snuggle up beside us when we sit on the floor.
We took her to the State Fair and she was really interested in all the animals. She was very gentle and the animals were very interested in her too.
When Waffle is asleep it takes her a long time to wake up. She has gotten better as she as grow up but she is still slow. Part of her challenge with learning to relieve on command was just getting her awake enough to actually be aware of what was going on.
In the mornings after a full nights sleep and once Waffle is actually awake she is such a happy bouncy girl. She can’t seem to help herself from doing a bouncy kind of walk-run to the kitchen for breakfast. She is definitely a morning puppy. It is her highest energy time of day.
Waffle is very good at waiting until she is called. Most puppies once they realize you are going to call them to come down the stairs can’t help themselves and they come running before the words are out of your mouth. Not with Waffle. She just sits there. When it is time to go outside for a potty break she will just sit at the top of the stairs and wait until you come get her or open the door. She has great self-restraint in this area.