All About Me!
Born: March, 2004
Adopted: May 28th, 2004
Name: My nickname, Cheeky, comes from my full name, Repecheek, which is from Reepicheep, the valiant warrior mouse in the C. S. Lewis books "Prince Caspian," "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," and "The Last Battle."
My human decided on my nickname, Cheeky, in the vet's office of all place. I had only lived with Lindsay for a short time, but she knew I needed a nickname. So while we were waiting for the vet to come give me a vaccination, Lindsay was going through variations on my name Repecheek. Most of them were too silly so I just ignored her by continuing to sniff all the interesting scents in the office other animals had left behind. But then she said the word "Cheeky." I knew my human had finally found my true name and I wanted her to know it without a doubt. So I stopped sniffing, walked over, sat down just inches in front of her feet, and looked up at her. Our eyes connected and she knew, I'd be Cheeky for the rest of my life! She said I gave her that "you rang master" response. But in reality, I just gave her my complete and undivided attention. My human still called me Repecheek on occasion, always out of love and affection, but my everyday name was Cheeky from then on. I confirmed it time and time again with my cheeky behavior. I loved making my human laugh and smile by being Cheeky through and through!
She plans on naming her next Great Dane, Puddles from Puddleglum in "The Silver Chair." No matter what danger the characters found themselves in, Puddleglum never lost sight of the truth! Puddles is a great name, but my human will only use it if it fits the Dane's personality.
Color: black with dark brown highlights and white spots on my chest and the back of my paws
Bark: I have several excellently developed barks for various occasions. I bark loudly when I hear someone walking up to our house until Lindsay or one of my grandparents comes to the door. I bark once at animals, just to let them know the bounds of my territory. Whenever I choose to bark, there is always a reason. I never use my voice for fun. I found that consistency with my alerts taught my humans to respond quickly. Without consistency, they would not know what was expected of them.
Sleep: I sleep about 14 hours a day. I take several naps during the day. However, I'm always alert to Lindsay, her movements, and her needs. At night I cannot sleep until after Lindsay puts me to bed. She sings several songs to Jesus and scratches my back. This lulls me off into deep sleep. I snore softly, kick my legs, and even thump my tail when I sleep. But just like my naps during the day, I always have an ear awake listening in case I'm needed.
Commands: Lindsay created her own words to command me to do different things. My absolute favorite is "allay." When we are walking outside and I'm off leash, she'll yell out "allay" which means come close you are too far behind or ahead of me. I come bounding and she'll tickle me as I rush past. Then I hit the brakes and walk close to her again. My least favorite command is "fouse." Again this is when we're walking outside, but it completely eliminates all my freedom. I have to walk in step with Lindsay. If I disobey "fouse" I get put back on my leash. Besides the words, Lindsay uses hand motions to command me. We also have a special song. When I'm far away from her and she wants me, she'll sing it and I come running.
Job: companion and helper to my human, Lindsay
Favorite human foods: yogurt, coffee ice cream, bananas, grapes (but only after Lindsay bites them in half), carrots, raw beef bones with the marrow, chicken, bacon drippings, Grandma's muffins, fish skins, popcorn, sunflower butter, sweet potatoes, rice, and salmon
Favorite TV show: "The Dog Whisperer" and "It's Me or the Dog"
Favorite pastime: running in the woods
Favorite season: winter because that is Lindsay's favorite. Fall because I love rolling in the leaves and burying my toys, which I hunt for later... seconds later, that is
Favorite way to get Lindsay's attention: sit on her
If you have any questions about me, send Lindsay a message on the contact Lindsay page