Mon, 29 Apr 2019
Meet Bowser, a gentle giant (and lapdog!) who loves to sing, and her owner, Liz. Liz is an editor here at Workman and has edited some of our favorite books like Good and Cheap, Engineering for Cats, Life in the Sloth Lane, and The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever. Enjoy our interview with Bowser, and don't forget to submit your pet's photo in the Page-A-Day photo contest for a chance to have your pet featured in our calendars!
1. You have very distinctive features. What kind of pup are you?
Thank you. One of my most distinctive features is my ears, actually—would you like to know more about them? Well, when I was a little puppy, both of my ears flopped over on top of my head. Then I went through a brief teenage phase where I styled them straight up. As I became a young adult, I decided to put my white ear down and my black ear up, but when I matured a little more, I came to my senses and put my black ear down and my white ear up. I’ve been styling my ears this way for a long time now—it’s kind of my signature!
Anyway, back to your other question. I am proud to be a rescue. We aren’t quite sure of my origin because I was left in the overnight mail drop box of the Lexington (Kentucky) Humane Society when I was very small. There was a note on me that said “found pup.” My mom and dad did a DNA test that was—IMHO—inconclusive, but it seems like I am partially American Staffordshire Terrier with maybe some Boxer. Although I have also been asked if I am a Dalmatian or a Great Dane. (I am definitely not a Great Dane. But I do have some nice spots.)
2. What’s your stance on the controversial debate about having pups sleep in the bed?
The bed is my favorite piece of furniture in the house and my parents know this—in fact, they close the door to the bedroom when they leave to prevent me from making my puppy nests in the pillows and covers. Extremely thoughtless behavior.
At night, to punish them, I start snoozing with them under the covers and then when I’m sure they’re fully asleep, I slither out of the bed and go to my house [editor’s note: her crate], where I nap until I get cold or bored, around 6 or 7 a.m. Then I get up and flop my ears really hard so my mom wakes up and lets me back under the covers.
3. Do you do any tricks? How many tricks do you know?
What do I look like, livestock? Of course I know tricks. I can weave through my mom's legs in a figure-eight; give paw for shakes, high-fives, and fist bumps; roll over; sing; and take a bow, among other things. I understand many human words (couch, carpet, let's cross the street, get down, get out of the kitchen) but whether I choose to act upon a human's request is another thing.
4. Do you do tricks for free?
Absolutely not. I require proof of payment before performing. Preferred payment is in treats.
5. How do you let your parents know when you need them to do something for you?
I am very vocal and have been called outspoken by some (and I have quite the singing voice, I must admit—I love to howl when I’m happy). However, when I need something specific from my parents, like dinner, or to go outside, I go to my mom or dad and press my face on their face. It’s most effective when I muffle their mouth with my soft fur until they have to move to breathe. If my mom is sitting in my spot, I will wrap myself around her neck like a scarf to let her know.