(Ottawa Dog of the Week for October 11th/10)
“It’s difficult to describe Tacoma without using words like “ridiculous” or “hilarious”. His nickname, “Tacky”, really suits him. He’s stubborn, lazy, clumsy, but best-of-all he’s a 90 lb. teddy bear that loves to soak up attention. Fortunately, his athletic brother Nugget, keeps him on his toes when we’re out for walks or at the park.
Some of Tacky’s classic moves include: tilting his head completely upside-down instead of to the side to look behind him, walking into posts while looking at squirrels on walks, putting his water-soaked beard in people’s laps when looking for attention, “juggling” people’s elbows in order to get them to pet him, and taking up 80% of the bed and still needing to push for that little bit extra.
People often ask what kind of dog he is. That’s a good question. All I know is that his mother was a pure white husky; clearly he takes after his father. When he was younger, I asked the vet what kind of dog he was and, inspecting the dark fur around his eyes, the vet responded “I think he’s part racoon.” Clever. I’ve also made other comparisons in order to figure out what breed he is. (Bon Jovi?) At the end of the day though, it doesn’t really matter “what” he is, he’s a super-cuddly gentle-giant and that’s good enough for me.” – Tacky’s human, Reid.