Hi, I’m Xena. I was born in Jackson, Georgia on June 21, 2017. My Granny’s (breeder’s) name is Toni, and she only breeds really, really good miniature schnauzers and has really, really good miniature schnauzer puppies like me. I have the distinctive ridge on my neck that hales from my great-grandma, who was a champion show dog. My coloring is what is called salt and pepper. Did you know that in Europe if dogs like me have more black than white, they are called pepper and salt? It’s true! I did have lots more pepper my first year, but now I definitely have more salt. Mommy calls me a salty girl, and sometimes a spice girl! Mostly, she just calls me XeXe.
I was 13 weeks old when Mommy drove three hours to get me. There were lots of other puppies, and she tells me the same thing (almost) her Mommy used to tell her about being adopted. Out of all the other puppies, I chose you! Mommy had told my Granny what she wanted in a schnauzer, and it seems that Granny already knew lots about Angel Lexi. Her fame certainly spread far and wide, as they say. Anyhow, before Mommy got there, Granny had picked out the puppy she thought would be just right for Mommy — and it was me! So that’s how I got my furever home. Mommy named me Xena Warrior Schnauzer Princess, but everyone just calls me Xena. I graduated from my S.T.A.R. puppy class when I was almost one year old, and then completed two sets of Agility classes before I moved on to Freestyle. Even though I love agility, Freestyle is so great! I’m really good at it too. I’ve got my first Title in Freestyle Level 2A, then got my Level 3 Title, and we are working on my routine for Level 4.
My fur sister Lucy wasn’t sure about me at first, and a bit jealous, but now we get along great, great, great! We run and play bitey face and love being together.
During my first year with Mommy I went to work at the church with her, and played with my stuffies and slept in my second bed. Sometimes I used my very own ‘puter to help with the work.
Then Mommy got the job at the synagogue and I couldn’t come. Now that her office has moved to our home, I get to go to work with her every day!!
Now, are you ready for the shocker? (At least Mommy says some peeps might be shocked, the same as she was the first time she heard about this.) Lucy and I eat what’s called the Raw Diet, using the B.A.R.F. model. You can read a short article about it here or ask Mr. Google for more information. Basically, I eat raw meat and bones and eggs and fruit and either fermented or lightly steamed vegetables. It’s boss!
When I was about a year old I started getting the itchies really bad. I went to an allergy dogtor and he did allergy testing like the peeps get.
For two years I had my very own sea rum (serum) and took it in a shot every week. I didn’t mind ’cause I got a yummy treat before and after my shot. Then, when Mommy started questioning why I wasn’t any better, the allergy dogtor’s office “fired” us. Now I take some natural remedies that help, but I still get flare-ups spring through late summer.
Here’s another “huh?” fact. Me and Lucy got all our vaccinations, and now only get titers done every three years to see if we are still protected. If we are, no more needles! If you haven’t fainted yet, I’ve got one more thing to tell you that we do differently than most peeps and pups. Every 5 1/2 months we get a DNA heartworm test. Unlike the test most vets use, it even finds traces of newly growing heart worms, so all we would need is one shot of something called ivermectin to be all better. And, in between, we don’t have to take poison every month to keep the bad heart worms away. Hurray!
I hope you enjoy reading about my life. Please go to the blogs with the category “miniature schnauzer” not the ones with the category “bully breed.” Those are Lucy’s. There is always a lot going on at our house!
I am Xena Schnauzer Warrior Princess.