Sometimes the good things in life just happen, without planning them carefully. I was playing with an idea of having a malinois for a long time, but it was always accompanied with many IFs… What IF it is too big, too stiff, too aggressive,… And then came šČEne with just the right amount of everything. With exactly the right size, awesome social temperament and her pretty black face she is exactly how I imagined my malinois. And I got it without even choosing the combination, much less a puppy itself. She was supposed to stay only temporary, for basic socialization and upbringing, but the longer she stayed, the more I realized she is exactly what I want and need at this time.
Če is no doubt the craziest pup I ever had, although Šaj set the bar quite high. She is unstoppable and sometimes I think she feels no pain whatsoever. The amount of things she managed to destroy, brake or ate is huge, especially considering I am aware of her destructive nature and keep her in maximum security prison (cage) whenever I am not paying attention.
She is refreshingly quiet when it comes to barking, but she more than makes up for that with all the noise she makes with her tail or body as such… slamming in everything that is standing on her way.
Yes, at the moment she is a real pain in the ass when we are just trying to live a normal life (I am kind of hoping she will grow out of it), but absolutely impressive when it comes to work. She is a total workaholic, but I guess that was to be expected. Apart from that, she is very intelligent, learns with a speed of light and has the best generalizing skills I have ever seen. She is very much fun to shape, because she has great ideas and is very active in offering all sorts of stuff, but she is also brilliant in the “boring” exercises like heeling. I had to hold myself back great deal not to over train her, because she was such a focused little thing…
In just a short time she learned all the agility and IPO foundations, and I am very much looking forward to all the challenges ahead of us!
And for all those, trying to figure out her name… When she joined our gang I somehow could not get used to her pedigree name. In a search for a better one, I started to call the puppy Ščene, which is a Slovenian word that means something like a mutt. As funny as it was at first, it kind of stick to her, although I do often call her by a short version – Če (Che)… So there it is. My big crazy mutt.