Age: 16 years, 10 mo. old
Weight: 40 lbs.
iDEN is a lab-something mix. She was found on the side of the road when she was a pup with her brothers and sisters in a plastic bag. Only iDEN and one other survived. She became the talk of the office where I use to work so we named her after our cellular network infrastructure.
iDEN is friendly, obedient, and well behaved. She really likes socializing with people and will pick one person that she follows to bed, around the house, and so forth. She's well enough behaved that she does not need to be on a leash when outside but if not supervised does like to explore and will slowly wander away.
iDEN really likes to play ball (aka, iDEN in the middle) and also likes to tug at your pants leg if you are play fighting. She is the peace maker and will get in the middle of people or dogs that are play fighting to break it up. Another favorite game of hers is to chase a laser light dot on the floor and walls.
iDEN like walks but doesn't crave them. When she does go for a walk, its usually 6 blocks or so. After that she starts slowing down and walking behind you - that's your clue it's time to head home.
iDEN knows all the basic commands and tricks (sit, stay, lay, shake) and will sometimes let you put food on her nose and not eat it until you say "Ok, you're free". (That's also the code word to get her to move after you tell her to stay.) But,with her old age pains setting in, we don't make her work for her treats anymore.
iDEN is an elderly dog and has elderly dog problems. She does have arthritis and you can see her uncomfortable as she sits and lays down. She also prefers to walk on carpet to prevent her feet from sliding out from under her. iDEN has bowel problems, primarily at night. She may involuntarily poop randomly. We have not found anything to cut down on this problem yet. We usually have to clean up after her in the house once a day. It is usually solid so it's a fairly quick cleanup job.
Lastly, iDEN really does like to be around people, a lot. She prefers to sleep in someone's room. She doesn't have to be on the bed, but that is where she sleeps at home.