It seems as though you're harboring some deep insecurities.
Can you talk about that?
Speck: Wow, you really know how to cut to the chase. See,
my early life wasn't so great. I spent my puppyhood in a
basement and didn't have a chance to get out and see the
world. But now that I'm in rescue, I'm able to get out and
meet people, see the sights and enjoy life!
Reporter: It's remarkable that you have such a great attitude,
considering your early upbringing.
Speck: Well, I know I have a great future, so why dwell
on the past, right?
Reporter: Is there anything that still sticks with you
from your past?
Speck: Not really, except I don't like people getting near
my food when I eat. I'll guard my food and might even snap
at you. But I'm getting better at controlling myself.
Reporter: That's to be expected, I suppose.
Speck: Hey, let's talk about something else...
Reporter: Ok, what is your opinion on cats?
Speck: I live with 3 cats in my foster home. I let them
come up to me and rub my face. It seems to make them happy.
They're kinda cute, I guess.
Reporter: You don't bark at them or chase them?
Speck: Nope, no need. Besides I like to save my barking
for when I'm really excited.
Reporter: Such as when?
Speck: When one of my foster brothers starts barking...
Or when I'm in my crate and I really want to get out in
the morning. Then I let 'er rip.
Reporter: Ah, I've been told you can really work yourself
into a frenzy.
Speck: Yeah, I call it "warming up the reactor"...
I am working on toning it down a bit though. I just get
so excited, and can't contain myself.
Reporter: I see. So tell me a bit about what you know.
Speck: I know tons, but sometimes I just can't express
myself, so I kinda talk and yell, hoping that everybody
understands me. But if people ask me to sit, i can do that.
and I come when people ask me to. and I can lie down too!
and I go in my crate when asked too! I love people.
Reporter: You do?
Speck: Well, I really love MY people... You know, people
that I can trust. I used to get mad when people in my foster
home touched me on the bum, but once I learned to trust
them, they can pick me up and carry me around upside down
even. I even kinda like it when they scritch me on my bum!
Reporter: What about people you don't know?
Speck: I usually come say hi, but I also will let them
know that I don't really trust them. I really want them
to like me, but on my terms.
Reporter: That insecurity thing again?
Speck: I guess so. It takes a little while, but eventually
I am more friendly than you can possibly imagine.
Reporter: Thanks. So just for the record, what is your
Speck: I'm neutered and up to date on all of my shots (docs
kinda scare me, but they keep me healthy ya know...), I've
got a microchip and I am on preventatives for heartworm
and flea/tick. Healthy as a horse, I am.
Reporter: And where are you living?
Speck: My fan club can write me at my foster home in MA,
where my secretary lives: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporter: Thanks so much for the interview, Speck. I hope
you'll remember me when you're a world famous agility star.
Speck: I'll send you an autographed picture.