Chase, Now Temperament Tested

October 24, 2009

What a gorgeous autumn day on which to participate in a temperament test!  Chase may now put a TT after his name because he passed with flying colors — though he almost “teetee’ed” on the bucket of rattling chains — CHASE, DON’T.  The umbrella startled him.  It was a big black one that opened with a whoosh.  He jumped, but then walked up to it to see what it might be — oh, that’s no big deal!  The gunfire didn’t phase him (No, I don’t live in a bad neighborhood.).  The friendly stranger got down on the ground to greet him and he climbed up onto her lap to clean her face.  He walked calmly over the plastic and wire surfaces.  But the biggy — the one I wasn’t sure about (in addition to the umbrella) was the threatening stranger.

Chase - threatening strangerThanks to Aaron Murray who followed us around with my camera

It was all good when the drunk was just lurching along parallel to us, but when he came at us, smashing his cane on the ground, Chase went on full alert.  The guy thought better of challenging the feisty little dog and went away.  Chase won that round!  What a good little man!

There were 33 dogs there for testing — mostly Rotties, Belgian Sheepdogs, Tervs, and Pit Bulls.  I’m proud of the sole participating Cardigan who was going to protect his person no matter what.


  1. Janet says:

    “Sproinnnnnngggggg” – that sounds what Chase’s tail looks like as he goes into protect mode! That looks like the same drunk who came after us – and I was just as proud of Spence. Wasn’t it just the coolest thing to see his reaction?


  2. Sharrie Brockhaus says:

    Congratulations to you and Chase. I was happy today when Zippy was exposed to gunfire and didn’t take notice. I know it scared me more than him.

  3. Mandy says:

    I think Pie would kiss the drunk too…he’s not as smart as Chase.

    • C-Myste says:

      I think that Pie would ask for directions to the party . . .

      • myeye says:

        I think Pie is so smart that he has convinced you he’s a dope — that way you don’t ask him to do anything. If it wouldn’t create bedlam, I’d say send him here to juvenile hall for a while — I’ll bet he’d become a very smart boy very quickly.

  4. Holly says:

    Good boy Chase! And congrats!

  5. Dawn says:

    Good job Chase!
    Someday I hope to get Magic tested. I think the other 3 would just bark their way right to a fail, but Magic I think would do OK.

  6. Traci says:

    That’s so cool! I’d love to get my dogs Temperament Tested! Congrats Penni and Chase on a job well done! 🙂

  7. Lani says:

    Congratulations to you & Chase! More proof of what a nice boy Chase is!