- Pets and Animals
An Exhausting and Energetic Companion
My little silky terrier is thirteen pounds of pure energy. Quite different from how she seemed when I first met her!
The pet store in our strip mall was going out of business. My boyfriend and I were walking by and couldn't tell if there was anything left. We decided to go in just in case they had dog food on sale.
All that was left were six pens with a handful of dogs in each. The first one we came to had four silky terriers and one French bulldog. Three of the terriers were jumping and yapping and trying to get my attention, oblivious to the one that they were stepping on. She was the only girl and she was hiding in the corner, her ears down, looking miserable.
"What will happen to these dogs if you don't sell them?" I asked the bored-looking girl sitting on a table.
"They'll go to our warehouse," she replied.
Warehouse? I hated the sound of that.
I left the strip mall that day with a dog.
It was so completely unplanned and I had no idea what I was doing. I had no collar, no leash, no bowl, nothing. The boyfriend and I drove to PetSmart and he carried her asleep on his arm (at the time she was only four pounds).
Thea has been my only constant companion for the last four years. She has traveled with me to three States and kept me company through four breakups. She wakes me up at five in the morning to go outside and no matter what happens, I can never be mad at her when she looks at me with her goofy puppy grin.
How Thea Got Her Name
I knew I wanted a small name because she's a small dog, but also one with a large meaning. It took much Internet scouring before the name Thea was proposed. It means "Goddess" in Greek. That met my criteria perfectly.
When I first saw her I thought she was a Yorkie, and many people who see her think the same thing. I learned that a Silky Terrier is a cross between a Yorkie and an Australian Terrier. They have longer, more triangular-shaped heads and are usually a little bigger than a typical Yorkie.
For Thea's third birthday, my friend got her this cake and it has been her favorite toy ever since. It is just the right size that she has trouble holding it in her mouth, so it will roll away and she will go bounding after it. Keeps her very entertained. She also has not yet broken the squeaker on it, like she has with every other toy.
What I Love
The way Thea curls herself into a ball to sleep in the crook of my knees at night
A Few of My Favorites
1) Dog Car Seat. Yes, people will laugh at you, but I put off buying this and I'm sorry I did! Thea rides in the car well, but always wants to be on my lap. It's dangerous for her and uncomfortable for me. This past Thanksgiving I was driving eight hours to my aunt's house and didn't want her on my lap the whole way. I bought this and it has been, quite possibly, the BEST thing I've ever bought. I love it.
2) No-stuffing toy. Thea is always pulling the stuffing out of toys and ruining them. This one she can play tug-of-war with endlessly
3) Bag dispensers are so useful. Thank goodness they're cheap, as Thea keeps chewing on them.
4) Thea has a thick pink harness. It is needed for the car seat, but it's also good for walks because it keeps her from straining on her own neck.
The dog bed I bought was a complete waste. Thea almost never used it. The only time I caught her in it was when she had pushed it upside down.
Books About Silkies
Since I got Thea on a whim with no idea what I was doing, I bought some books to help me!
I didn't crate train Thea. I'm told that if I had, she would have been much easier to housebreak. It took two full years to get her housebroken, and I still have to lock her in a puppy-proof room when I leave because she'll chew wires if she's bored
Games Thea Loves
-Thea plays fetch by mistake. She loves being near me so much that if I throw a toy, she'll run to get it, and then she'll bring it back simply because she wants to be next to me.
-She loves tug of war. Like many terriers, she pulls with all her might and when she gets the toy, shakes it to break its neck
-Hiding under things. If there is a bed or a coffee table, Thea will be under it. I had to get a bed that sits directly on the ground.