Friday, November 16, 2012

Flashback Friday #9: A Bandit Steals Our Heart

Our  Baby Bandit, our "Thunder Paws" and "Crazy Girl" - she can run like the wind, fly through the air with the greatest of speed, and never pay attention to the humans she bruises when she lands! Her happy place is wherever a hand is to give her a belly rub, or a face she can kiss! She is most definitely a contrast in personalities! Unbeknownst to us at the time, her monicker would be a perfect fit. She was named due to her mask markings resembling a bandit's mask, but she grew up to be a real thief! Bandit loves to steal all the toys, bones, stuffies, and beds that belong to the other Sibe kids. She will pile them all under her and guard them. If she's in a chair, she'll grumble at any Sibe who walks by her "territory." Yet, she will instantly roll over for a belly rub from the hu-family. Bandit is not big on sharing, but she is - and has been since a pup - the most patient one of the pack. When asked to sit, she will immediately and then just wait for whatever you ask next. You can feed all the others and she will still be sitting and waiting. Unimaginable patience for the most hyper Sibe! Bandit, we have now come to discover, is partially deaf, which explains so many things. There are days she is off in "Bandit World" and we now know it's because she can't hear. We've adjusted signals and she's now enrolled in school for special training classes for her deafness and will be trained with a vibration training collar, and hopefully on the road to becoming a therapy dog. It's an exciting path I'm looking forward to travelling with our Banda-Bear!

"Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog." ~Douglas Mallock

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  1. oh,it is sooo good that sweet bandit has a famiy which will help her learn in new ways instead of just thinking she is a stubborn dog,as so many owners would do.
    i think it is a great thing to be part of the fivesibe family!
    have a wonderful week of bellyrubs and snuggles
    greetings anni

  2. Oh, what a sweet, sweet pic!!! Oh, it was so good to learn all about Bandit! Since I'm a fairly new follower, I didn't know Bandit was partially deaf, so it will be great to see how the training with the vibration collar goes.
    It is so easy to see why you fell in love with such a character!