This was a picture of my Cuzin Bridger on a camping trip. Now, he almost never, EVER gets cold cuz his kind luvs the cold and the water and stuff. But on this pawticular camping trip, he actually shivered! So my auntie covered him up with a blankie.
In case you missed it in my other posts about Cuzin Bridger, he’s an Italian Spinone. Or if you wanna gets real fancy – a Spinone Italiano. They are a hunting dog real popular in that Italy place. Here’s part of what the Dog Breed Info website had to say about ’em. (Oh, by the way – I sent this to my Cuzin Bridger for verification and he sent it back with his notes in red.)
The Spinone has great strength and stamina (when he wants to), suited for hunting in all climates (less than 45 degrees) and on all terrains. Extremely intelligent (SO true), happy, upbeat and enthusiastic (about noms), the Spinone Italiano is a pleasant, easy-going breed. Although serious when at work in the field, he definitely has a clownish side that is often quite entertaining. (My mother gets a particularly good laugh when she comes home and finds that I’ve helped myself to the delicious noms in the trash and have experienced, shall we say, gastric upset.) Never bossy or whiny (note from Bridger’s mom: where do they get this stuff?), this gentle soul loves children, those he knows, and those he does not (as long as they have noms). This breed gets along well with other animals, particularly enjoying the company of another dog (they can be useful in getting me extra noms). He wants to be with his people, whether that means at home or traveling. (Cuz that’s where the noms are.) He is a quiet breed in general, but may occasionally howl along with a siren (trying to alert them that I’m starving to death and need to be saved). Spinone is not a protection breed. He is either unlikely to attack under any circumstance or would only do so if he or his family (or noms) is directly threatened. He learns fast (how to gets the best noms). An intelligent hunter, they are aware of the difference between a real hunt and an exercise. (My mother is a real disappointment in this area. Never ONCE has she taken me on a real hunt. Although occasionally I take myself on real hunts. But that’s a story for another day.) For example, one breeder mentioned that his dog is perfectly willing to pick up downed birds, but he is reluctant to retrieve a training dummy. (And why would he? Can you eat it? Uh, no.) Nor does the breed perform in flashy style, instead being a slow, steady worker on the hunt or in the ring. They respond well to motivational (translation: noms) training. The coat protects them from the water and freezing temperatures of the swamp, casually going into cold, deep water. They an excellent swimmer and a model retriever (of noms).
Well, I hopes you enjoyed learning more abouts my Cuzin Bridger and I hopes you have the bestest Saturday that ever was!