Friday, March 31, 2017

6 Things to Know About Zaphod

As we prepare to celebrate our boy's 6th birthday tomorrow, we thought it would be fun to share 6 things to know about Zaphod!

September 2012
One month after he came to live with us
1) He was found as a stray so we don't know exactly when his birthday is or exactly how old he is. When he was found it was estimated he was about a year old, so we picked the first of April to celebrate his birthday as it is his Aunt K's birthday.

Phod's second birthday
2) His middle name should be fetch because it is his very favourite thing in the whole world. He may be a bit of a fetch-a-holic. He has and will fetch until he passes out. 

3) He should be an ambassador for his breed. People are often originally put off by the thought of being around a German Shepherd (a feeling I admit to feeling before I met him) but he is the gentlest, most loving dog in the world, despite having survived abuse. People instantly fall in love with him. We even have a friend who in general is scared of/doesn't like dogs, and he loves Phod. I always say he has ruined me for other dogs! 

4) His least favourite game is "Mine". This is where the Man takes one of his toys, holds it and says "It is mine."  Phod will bark at the Man to try and get his toy back

5) His nicknames include Phod,  Phody, Roo, Roo Bear, and Buddy. 

6) It is only over the past few months (and he has been with us for 4.5 years now) that he has taken to begging, demanding love, and more consistently asking to go outside. Before he would only come to the kitchen/sniff around it, if we called him. He would wait for us to call him up for love and only in the most desperate situations would he indicate he had to go out. While Hailey is still more likely to ask to go out because she knows he has to, he is more regularly nudging us toward the door.

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  1. Awww, what a big softie you are Phod and what a sweetie!!!!
    Have the most WONDERFUL Birthday tomorrow big fella
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. Hari OM
    I am six notches wiser about you darling Zaphod!!! Sleep well tonight as you await the 6th celebration. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. O I agree, you should be the ambassador of this fabulous breed... no Rintintin nor Kommissar Rex is like you Zapohod. I hope my little gift comes in time and La Poste picked a fast snail ;o)

  4. Such wonderful information I just learned. You look beautiful as always my friend. Happy Birthday!! XOXO - Bacon

  5. We had barkdays picked for us too, Phod. I think it's nice, because then they're really totally OURS.

  6. Phod my mom says she can 100% vouch for your sweet nature and big heart. She met you in the furs and it was her first time around your breed too and she was smitten for sure.
    You just take things in is so wonderful that dogs live in the present and never look back...your life is wonderful
    Hugs madi your bfff

  7. Happy (a bit early) Birthday, Zaphod! (In case our mom won't help us to come here tomorrow) You and me, Pinot have something in common. We're both fetch-a-holic!!

    Momo & Pinot xo

  8. What a good boy! Happy birthday!

  9. Huskies often get a bad rep too so we understand. Phod is one handsome dude!

    Woos - Misty and Lightning

  10. Happy almost birfday Phod! Tomorrow is our dad's birfday. It is his 6th anniversary of being 12!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  11. Phod, you are a handsome fella! Happy Birthday tomorrow!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  12. You sure area a special boy Phod. Our mom says she knows what you mean about #3. Having had GSD's we know how people sometimes react to them.

  13. ♫ HAPPY 6th. BIRFDAY eve TO YOU ZAPHOD ♫ We are sure that you will have a FABULOUS celebration of your special day. We don't think WE would like that... THIS is MINE game either.
    Our mom agrees that YOU are a truly gentle dawg. She loved getting to stand and look into your eyes. She said that you are VERY intelligent. It's in the Eyes. She could see it plain as day.

  14. Happy Almost Birthday, P. I love knowing lots of new things about you!

    Love and licks,

  15. Wishing you a very special Hap-Pee Birfday! I love hearing more about you. ♫♫♫♫ Save me some cake! BOL

    Thank you for the POTP for Holly. She is doing fine now. The surgery was a success and the evil "C" monster is no longer a threat! POTP is very powerful! :)

  16. It's wonderful that he now comes to ask for affection. That's so sweet. I love your Phod - I have a soft spot for big gentle German Shepherds.

  17. We know our Mama is one of those who fell in love with Phoddy when we met him last summer. He is such a sweet guy!!
    Dory and Arty

  18. Phod, you are one lucky boy - so loved and such a wonderful yard to play in AND a fun sister as a companion. We hope you have the BESTEST birthday ever!

    Love, Angel Sam and Ted

  19. You are such a handsome boy, Phod! Happy Birthday!

  20. Dear Phod,

    I do not like the "mine" game either. I think this is just teasing. So I understand! Keep demanding that love - the people have lots of it to give you!


  21. It is heartwarming how far Phod has come since he's been with you. ♥

  22. Still catching up, and came to this post. I always love reading these little tidbits about pups like Phod that won't come up on a regular post. I *sometimes* wish our pups could tell their story before they came to us -- But what matters most, is that-that part of their journey is over, and it's all about the celebration of their life now!


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