|Butter still liked his walks as he aged|
|Butter loved to have a toy in his mouth all the time|
|Sissel - the super senior at the pet show|
One day while walking him, he saw a dog across the street - he immediately wanted to rush up to that dog in a very forward and not exactly friendly way. The dog was a little toy breed and the manner that Butter hunkered down with his head level, silently stalking I knew right away - we have some predatory aggression here. A few days later in the back yard he quickly lunged after a squirrel using the same manner and I realized this dog very likely predated on small furry animals, so he has a strong predatory aggression drive. There was even a time Butter got a squirrel in his mouth and Tom had to wrestle the poor creature out. I learned very quickly that not all dog aggression presents the same. Some is very specific to the situation - such as predatory aggression but is still something to manage and watch out for. From this incident I knew Butter would not be a dog to have at a dog park. He would very likely aggress on a small dog badly and there was no way I would take that chance. Butter did not get into a fights with a little dog, but there were a few close calls when little dogs off leash would come trotting up to him and we had to get him away. It was very surprising to people who knew how friendly and sweet he was. I guess that is my point - Butter showed how there are different types of aggression and it takes a specific situation for it to show up. One aggression screen does not screen for all types of aggression.
|a calm moment with Carole|
on television . He appeared on CI living Champaign a couple of times and was on the Paw Report with WEIU twice. He was such a hit at the stations. When I would walk through he greeted everyone at every desk and they loved to pet him. I don't think he ever upstaged any host and he was very polite about any bathroom needs taking care of that before we entered any building. He is also featured on some of my instructional videos on my clinic website www.okawvetclinic.com again, teaching clients, veterinarians, and technicians about rewarding during the veterinary visit to make it less stressful on the pets and everyone. So, again he is still teaching others about behavior and good pet care.
Every pet has a special place in one's heart. Butter certainly has that in my families. I do miss him. My sadness is passing and writing about his gift of teaching here really helps me to accept his loss. If you have also lost a pet - I sympathize with your loss. It is never easy to go through. I hope that you too can see he ways your pet has helped teach you about life and that those memories give you peace.
Dr. Sally J Foote CABC-IAABC