Blackie, adopted by my parents from the Blue Cross of India, was my substitute for Amy in India. I had the chance to thoroughly pamper this girl, and even got her to get down for a treat. Blackie cries (!!!) a lot when no one is home and contrary to a dog guarding the house, ours advertises when we are not there. She also has the weird habit of running around the house once when my mom or dad comes back home.. may be telling them that the house is still there?