The Wolf Family Jeep
Our Jeep Dogs
The Big Jeep Dog: S5˘fritz
S5˘fritz (pronounced "Sss-nickle-fritz") loves the Jeep. Going "Bye-bye Jeep" elicits immediate excitement and a flurry of activity.
S5˘fritz is a German Shepherd Dog and we have another page dedicated to her antics. She is the BEST behaved dog in the categories of "never having chewed anything up" and "very easy to train". She is the WORST dog in the categories of "most puppy-like" and "must participate in everything".
Her qualities make her INCREDIBLY inquisitive. Jeepin' lets her explore and watch and investigate so much! A ride in the Jeep often results in a nap. She's just too tired from all the input she got.
S5˘fritz rides in the back seat. She's tethered with a four foot nylon leash to a carabineer hooked onto the seat hardware. She sits and watches and is perfectly content to enjoy the ride. She has never tried to jump out when the car is moving. She often goes with me when I am fixing traffic signals and has indicated a desire to romp but once her attitude is adjusted with verbal commands, she stays in the Jeep.
S5˘fritz has not yet become protective of her Jeep. When she does, her four foot of leash will allow her to protect the whole passenger's compartment.
We don't leave any dog in the car when shopping or otherwise away from the Jeep.
The Little Jeep Dog: Fezziwig
S5˘fritz loves the Jeep but Fezziwig likes it better. Fezzi has his own page, too.
Fezziwig is somewhere between a Miniature Poodle and a Toy Poodle. He's the boss! Any old German Shepherd Dog that has an argument with that will end up with a punctured lip.
Fezzi rides on the front seat but not too often. When he has to go to his groomer is about the only time we let him ride alone. Otherwise, he rides in the passenger's lap. He prefers this as it is the passenger's duty to pet him at all times he's out Jeepin'.
A Story of Stupid People
One day both Fezzi and S5˘fritz had just finished their obedience classes. They both attend classes put on by the Cleveland All Breed Training Club. Although both are well behaved, they both would like to someday be obedience champions. As they both got into their Jeep, an older and rather small and droll woman in the family van parked next to us looked down her (long and pointed) nose and said in a shrill, squeaky voice, "I wondered what kind of people would bring their dogs in a Jeep".
Some dog people are rather overwhelmed with their animals. They feel dogs should be in a cage and that cage should be as small as possible. For my thoughts on that, see my cage page. Some breed dogs like cattle (and treat them the same although you'd never convince them of it). Some are so paranoid they exhibit signs of mental illness when talking about their pets.
Unfortunately I did not have my "Snappy Answers" folder opened or I would have let her have it.
Some input from the web has helped us to be more prepared in the future. Some of the better suggestions follow. The JU forums can be found at http://www.jeepsunlimited.com
Jeep People and Why They Have Jeep Dogs
Although not quotable, Jeepin' people seemed to follow a couple of core ideals quite closely. The following two quotes are not quotable; I couldn't rattle them off to the long nosed woman. I'll present them here for your consideration.
Anyone have an author for the last one?
Now I'm better prepared!