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If you follow me on Instagram and see my Insta stories, you know how obsessed I am with Gatsby, my four-year-old Doxador. Since I work from home, she’s with me all day and does the funniest stuff to get my attention. She is literally man’s best friend, and I don’t know what I would do without her.
Gatsby’s story started off a little sad. We went to our local Humane Society to ‘look’ at getting a dog. As we walked in the back room, the room erupted into barks and excited wagging tails. As we looked through the cages, we saw a little black dog who appeared ambivalent. She wasn’t barking, she wasn’t wagging her tail. She was just watching us. Her name was Angel, and she was six months old. She was also a steal at $25. Black dogs aren’t adopted much because of their fur color. People believe they’re bad luck and sometimes worry if they can’t see their eyes.
I immediately fell in love with this pup, and she came home with us. We renamed her Gatsby (you can guess what my favorite book is) and we learned how to live with each other. Gatsby had come from an abusive background and wasn’t very approachable at first. If we tried to touch her, she would either snap at us or cower in a corner. She bit my face once, but we gave her space and slowly started earning her trust.
After a few weeks of living with us, Gatsby got used to her new living arrangements and became a completely different dog. She sleeps with me on my side of the bed, even though since she’s half dachshund so she stretches the length of the bed, and she is the biggest love bug. She’ll do anything to snuggle on the couch with you, lick you, and she wags her tail whenever you walk into a room.
Can you tell I love my dog?
Three years later, we do almost everything together. Road trips, walks, Netflix marathons, you name it. She is down for an adventure and to hang out on the couch.
There’s a lot of different ways to give Gatsby a reward or treat. One of the ways we often show her love is by taking her on long walks or to the dog park. This girl can run. She is so fast and loves running until she’s exhausted. We call her running episodes ‘zoomies!’
These treats are great as-is to reward for good behavior. They’re also good to break-up and use as rewards when you’re working on dog training. Gatsby went to a training school, and we like to go to our local dog park and do a refresher course occasionally. She’ll do any trick for a Pup-Peroni treat! She held this sit position for a long time for her treats!
These treats are available at your local Walmart in the dog treat aisle. As you can see below they have a great selection and a bunch of different flavors of Pup-Peroni to choose from! Can you say woof yeah?!