Ranger Doesn’t Fool Anyone
Breed: Shiba Inu
Human: Amy Manjarres (Junior, Psychology)
Interviewed by Rachel Arner
Where are you from?
Are you more energetic or laid back?
I’m actually a perfect combination of the two. I’m very laidback and quiet while indoors, but turn into Taz when outdoors, especially if it's cold outside, though I prefer the snow, since that's my native environment. I am extremely curious and I’m always hunting for birds, squirrels, moles, or any other tiny form of life.
Do you bark often?
Not usually, because I’m a pretty quiet guy. Some people say I’m like a cat, because you don’t even realize I’m in the room. I only bark if someone knocks on our door at home or if I see a human male heading our direction at night. In fact, I never actually barked until I was two or three years old.
Do you like to play any games like fetch or anything?
I absolutely love to play fetch! I also love to chase leaves and destroy paper, but the biggest blast I can ever have is for someone to throw snowballs in the air for me to catch on their way down. Sometimes I just like to take mouthfuls of snow as I take off running while doing laps until I tire myself out. Other times I will burrow a mini-tunnel in the snow, and all you can see is a bulge moving across the snow, then eventually you see me pop out of the snow on the other side.
What’s your favorite food?
My favorite food is pretty much anything another human is eating at any given time. My human, Amy, shares her food with me, because I don’t like dog food. I prefer table food. I have also become very picky; the first three years of my life, I would eat plain raw veggies, but now I only like them with salad dressing. My favorite snacks are baby carrots or Ritz Crackers.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Probably Siberia, or anywhere else that has arctic winter.
Do you get tired of people?
Sometimes. Like I said, I’m very cat-like. I come to you only when I feel like it. I normally know when you want to pet me, so I take advantage of that and play hard to get, especially with the ladies; with men, I let them pet me like they go way back, even if we just met. But as cat-like as I may be, I’m very withdrawn with my affections.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Going for walks and eating share the number one spot on my list of favorite things to do, even though I do lose my composure when you say the word "ride" to me. I immediately start grunting and whining while running around you in circles.
How did Amy become your human?
She got me while I was in the service during her four-year tour in Japan. I was six weeks old and small enough to take naps while straddling her forearm with my front and back feet as I rested my chin on the palm of her hand.
Do you give Amy trouble?
Not at all! I’m a four-legged, furry "saint". I have the perfect energy level for her liking; not too hyper, but not lethargic either. While we're in class I just go to the corner to take what she calls "wall-naps". I lay on my back on the floor in a way that one side of my body is supported by the wall so that my feet stick up directly in the air like pointing at the ceiling. Even as a puppy Amy never had to worry about me going potty inside the house; she didn't even have to potty train me.
What’s your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving! All of the food is amazing, and I get to binge on turkey and gravy. I mean, who wouldn’t want to do that?
Who’s a good boy?
I get that all the time…but yes, I’m pretty great if I do say so myself.
This is the last stretch of the semester, do you have any advice for the students?
Stay motivated! Do what I would do. Go for a run. Remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Do you have any summer plans, Ranger?
I’m going to chill this summer and stay in the area. I just want to take it easy, you know? Lots of relaxation, rides and trips to the beach will be my summer.
*An article from the April Fool's Issue. Don't take anything in this issue too seriously.