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Hi to everyone in the group,
I just had to tell you all, that if your dogs are like Sinjo,now
I know how
you all feel about them. Everything that has been said about
them is all very true. I was just in N.Y. with David,& may
I tell you that I had dogs all my life and I can't say that
at 8 months any was as smart, sweet, funny, well behaved and
a very good companion, as Sinjo is. I know David has sent you
e-mail telling all about our day at that Canine
Companion open house.Well there had to be over 100 or more dogs
there,all pretty well behave, good looking happy dogs.
But I will bet you my house that there was not one dog there
that got as
much -praise as Sinjo---------(1)"No my God look at that
(2) what beautiful eyes. (3) What a beautiful dog. (4) he is
so well behaved. I don't think that we were able to walk no
more then 2 minutes before someone would stop us to ask David
something or tell him something that made Dave feel so good
. Well you know that David has worked very hard and long with
his friend. But I must tell you all something that David is
not telling anyone--------that dog "LOVES me" too.
Sinjo would set in front of the door so I could not leave.---"
David"but I loved it. To long I know but I'm happy that
David has Sinjo as a good friend, and I'm just a proud grandmother
again. bye to all, Helen
We¹re new to the group as well, no expert,
but have lived with our AID puppy for almost 3 months..She¹s
very puppy like in most regards: chews the table, chews her
chews, chews our 4 year old mix, stares down the cat (as if
<g>), romps outside, then just falls asleep like a narcoleptic!
Loves to run up in the submissive slouch to dogs of every size
and people. What differentiates her is the sensitivity that
everyone mentions. It¹s so true, when there is a problem
or trouble she never adds to it! She seems to instinctively
know when she¹s got to just relax, sit down and wait for
party time again. It took traveling with her to see it clearly.
When we were stuck with the car for hours she just sat down
with the other dog and didn¹t start barking and freaking
from being restrained (which would be typical puppy behavior,
I¹ve had goldens and setters my whole life, very sweet
but not site specific sensitive). When we went to National forest
park, when we were going on the trails she was always in eye
site, but coming back she¹d run way back up the trail then
come right back to make sure we were coming, and always when
she was called. She was just a pleasure. Didn¹t eat the
car or any hotel rooms or my mom¹s house.
Even at the park near our house, it¹s a small informal
dog run without
fences, and she always stays right around without taking off,
greeting every new dog. As someone in the group mentioned the
Snow Dogs movie and how huskies will be the rage. I haven¹t
seen a husky that can just chill out and be off the leash without
having to take off, they just don¹t seem to make good city
pets at all ( I¹m sure there are exceptions, I haven¹t
met one). My fear that the AID would be akin to this personality
was totally alleviated when we saw she didn¹t need to roam.
She needs good exercise, but will readily adhere to our parameters.
She likes to sleep where ever she plops down,
and has a big teddy bear we gave her I thought she¹d chew
up, and that¹s her little pal, she takes her toys to go
lay next to the bear. She¹s got such a softy side that
compliments her gutsy disposition. These are truly amazing animals
and like most, respond to guidance and constant positive reinforcement.
We¹ve never used our hands in any punishment for our dogs
they seem to know when they are being bad, there¹s a certain
turkey carcass incident, that proved if we ignored them that
would be the worst punishment and it was! They were so
happy to be back in good graces, it made me feel bad (ah guilt
an effective tool). She¹s pretty quiet for all the noises
in our neighborhood, she¹s not a barker, sometimes there¹s
a little howl like a piccolo sound, or a humming when she wants
something, and she brings her food bowl into the living room
when it¹s empty! So cute. Sorry this is so long, but she¹s
such a fascinating little lady it¹s hard to keep it short.
Your friends, Denise & Ed
|Our dogs do sleep with us and have
to be very close -- most of the time, Shadow, our female is up
against one of our backs. Willie sleeps close but doesn't have
to touch like Shadow.
They will take themselves out of a room for
their own time but come to check to make sure we're there.
We too worked full time but we walked the dogs
before work and early
evening. Our neighbors tease us that we don't get "time
off." But the
exercise is just as good for us! When we worked, the "kids"
slept most of the time but I believe they can actually tell
time. They would be
downstairs in my husband's shop waiting by the door when they
knew it was time for us to be home. They really are very incredible
animals. They are like no dog you have ever owned -- they are
very special. We don't support our animals being boarded out
and don't feel comfortable with anyone being in our home and
the dogs are wonderful travelers. Willie traveled from Michigan
to Kim's ranch in Oregon to pick up Shadow and loves to travel.
We stop often to stretch and walk the dogs when we travel so
that has never been a problem. Believe it or not, Willie will
actually pick up his empty water dish when riding and bring
it to the front to let us know he wants a drink!!!
As far as checking and touching, yes they will
come up, touch you and go back to whatever it was they were
They are extremely agile. If they thought about
it long enough, they would realize that they could leap over
the fence and we have a five foot fence!! That's how agile they
are. They are extremely fast!
They get along great with children. We have
three grandchildren, one of
which is just 5 weeks old. They were introduced to all of them
kids were tiny and the dogs are extremely gentle with them.
Willie likes to have his feet and legs massaged. If you sit
down on the couch, he'll come over and give you his foot and
knows enough to switch to get both done! I know you might think
this could be a bunch of hogwash -- dogs just don't behave like
this but this is the truth. They are very very special and unique.
Again, they are a very unique animal and the
experience of having them in our family has been and continues
to be wonderful. Kim asked Larry to take Willie to New York
to be on the Today Show a couple of years ago and the animal
psychologist that interviewed them could not believe how special
and unique the breed was and how well behaved he was.
|Hi Kim, it's Tristan. I am just writing
to keep in touch and let
you know how the pup is doing. Fiona has been spayed and given all
of her required vaccinations. At only nine months she is the most
well ballanced and good natured dog I have ever known. She listens
better than any of her older dog friends. She behaves like a well
disciplined adult when needed and acts with the enthusiasm and energy
of a child when it is time to play. I can't thank you enough for
keeping this amazing breed of animal alive and flourishing. This
dog has exceeded all of my expections. She is compassionate, curious,
intelligent, and amazingingly attentive. I hope you have a good
winter season and please feel free to email me anytime. I seldom
use the computer but I will be sure to keep in touch.
I'm Bernice, I have a 6 month old AID. Her name is Chenoa. She is
definitly high enrgy. We go outside and we play ball and frisbee
plays with the AID behind us (Hunter). As long as she gets enough
serious running at least 1 hour a day and some other light playing
house or a long walk shes pretty calm indoors. But on the days I
hours and she does not get enouigh exercise I can hear her all night
long playing. Despite the high energy level I do not in any way
regret my decision to get an AID. Chenoa is a great companion. She
is very loving and can already read my moods. She is very intuitive
and intelligent. Of all the dogs I had a as a child and an adult
Chenoa is the most unique in
personality and looks and the most loving dog. I would never trade
for a calmer dog. The energy is part of the personality of the breed.
makes them what they are. Everyone who meets her loves her and comments
on what a sweet personality she has. Even my vet made that comment.
I dont know if I would ever own another breed now that I have an
|Dear Mr. LaFlamme,
After researching several different web sites,
including one with
Native American Indian Dogs and one with North American Indians
Dogs, I find that the whole concept of the American Indian Dog
can be quite confusing. Do to the extensive research you have
done, you're site seemed to be the most reputable. I appreicate
the fact that you seem to care enough about the breed to take
the time to educate people about the facts of owning such an animal.
Other web sites appear to sell their dogs to any Joe who is willing
to pay the price. One even stated "anyone can own a Native
American Indian Dog." That frightened me. I like the idea
that you are so careful in your selection of potential homes for
your pups. Other breeds have become so commerical and interbred
that the world now has to put them down or create animal recues
to handle the overflow.
I am of Native American decent and my childhood
has been filled with
Indian lore, books and pictures. I was trilled to see pictures
of dogs on
your website that look exactly like the ones in my old picture
I have spent a lifetime looking for the ideal
breed of dog that I feel
suits me as an individual. I currently have two dogs, both recused
from the pound, that I adore fully. One was advertized as a Siberian
Husky-Shepard Cross. She was small and lean, around 55 pounds.
She looks very similar to the picure of your Apache. (same markings
with blue eyes) Over the past year, she has grown taller and heavier,
weighing out at 90 pounds now. The vet told me she was a wolf-hybrid.
I was angry, because I also do not condone wolf dogs or the such.
I was amazed that the Humane Society had no idea what they had
on their hands. She is a beautiful dog and I am committed to her
until the day she passes on, but she is diffiantly independent
and sometimes very defient, not to mention that 90 lbs. is a little
too much dog for my liking. My other Siberian Cross is smaller,
weighing in at around 45 lbs. Just enough dog for me.
I know I will someday be interested in pursuing
the companionship of an
American Indian Dog, and I would like to further my research with
the books you recommed on your website. Maybe I missed it, but
I didn't see where I could order them.
Keep up the outstanding work of preserving an
American legend. Apache is beautiful and the little cream Sky
Dancer pleased me also. I will be eagerly awaiting your reply.
It has been a year to the day since we picked out this dog we
Tassa from your litter of pups. I still remember standing with
her in my
arms for a good length of time while we all spoke about dogs and
She was calm and quiet but I wanted a brown male and she was a
I cannot begin to tell you of the joy she has been. She is a year
and two months, weighs 48-49 lbs. She is still black with the
white diamond shape on her chest but has developed a bit of brownish
tinge in her hair tips. She is a smart dog. She is independent
but ours. She has a great disposition with other dogs being submissive
and just wanting to play. She doesn't bark much and is inquisitive.
She has the most gentle way of taking offerings from your hands.
She also makes the coolest sounds, not barking but I'm sure you
know what I am talking about.
I know you have heard a lot of accolades before about your pups
wanted to let you know that this pup we got from you is exceptional.
Thank you for your carefulness, tenderness and loving of your
Tamara and Scott