ELB, SIL, her daughter, and two dogs came down to visit us for the weekend. We were a little worried that Khan wouldn't like Gatsby, but after a little stand-offishness in the beginning, they were pouncing on each other, playing bitey face, and zooming around.

Shazz, my brother's Boston, appears to have found her voice. And apparently thinks she's 8 ft. tall and 500 lbs. It's the funniest thing though, because her bark sounds like a human going 'Bow, bow, bow', and she took hops backwards with every woof she let out. She eventually figured out how not to do that. Her favorite thing to do was to antagonize Pan, who wore that long suffering look on her face the entire weekend.
We're planning on changing Shazz's name to Bucky Katt, 'cause she bears an uncanny resemblence to him, and has attitude to match (http://www.comics.com/comics/getfuzzy/archive/getfuzzy-20041212.html). She has started to believe that she can pick on Khan, and I'm pretty convinced that next time, she's going to get sat on. Unfortunately for her, all the humans seem to concur that it would not be a bad idea.

A few accidents in the house aside, all the four legged ones behaved remarkably well. Actually, I'm really proud of Khan, 'cause SIL's daughter was running backwards, stepped on his tail, then proceeded to trip over and fall right on him while he was chewing on his rawhide, and all he did was to give her the 'Dude, watch yourself!' look, take the rawhide and move.
We all had lunch, after which they did a little shopping and left, and we went off to walk the dogs. When we came back home, the dogs were running around looking for the guests. When they realized that they were alone once again, they both totally crashed. Neither one attempted to remind me that they hadn't been fed, and the sound of kibble hitting the bowl got a mere raised head and pricked ear out of them, although a certain black and white dog normally likes to standthisclose to me, and drool lakes. Three whole days without proper sleep was a bit much, and I for one completely agree with them.
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...her bark sounds like a human going 'Bow, bow, bow', and she took hops backwards with every woof she let out.

Man, that's some recoil she's got! (Is that what happens when the bark is bigger than the dog?)

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...her bark sounds like a human going 'Bow, bow, bow', and she took hops backwards with every woof she let out.

Man, that's some recoil she's got! (Is that what happens when the bark is bigger than the dog?)

Yes, yes it is what happens. Moogli is also a big dog trapped in a small dog's body. The bigger the bark, the farther the hop. He has, on occasion, barked himself off of his watching chair.

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Man, that's some recoil she's got! (Is that what happens when the bark is bigger than the dog?)

Yes, yes it is what happens. Moogli is also a big dog trapped in a small dog's body. The bigger the bark, the farther the hop. He has, on occasion, barked himself off of his watching chair.

We have a 3 month mini schnauzer at my house. She was kinda sick when we got her, but I think thats pretty much past now, she has a followup vet appt next week. My question is, I've not heard her bark yet. She cries sometimes, but hasn't barked yet. She's full of energy, beautiful, and loving, but I'm curious to hear her bark.

She is such a joy.
We have a 3 month mini schnauzer at my house. She was kinda sick when we got her, but I ... cries sometimes, but hasn't barked yet. She's full of energy, beautiful, and loving, but I'm curious to hear her bark.

Try barking at her. "Yap, yap" or "roo-roo". Especially during play periods. And if she barks or growls at all, repeat it back to her to make it a game. It's not unusual for a dog to not give voice until she feels totally comfortable and safe.
My miniature schnauzers talk to us - it's one of the things I really love about the breed. They are three years old now and the talking increases the longer they are with us. Most of their talking comes when they are excited. They joy bark when DH comes home. They both bark at various times on the agility course. They bark all the way from the car into Grandma's house to demand their banana. They bark when we play the stomping-feet-game.

Barking to raise an alarm is a different sort of thing. Probably she needs to feel really safe and secure to do that. After all, if there's something scary out there, she wouldn't want to raise attention to the fact that she's just a little puppy.
She is such a joy

Yup. That would be a miniature schnauzer. Joy.
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My question is, I've not heard her bark yet. She cries sometimes, but hasn't barked yet. She's full of energy, beautiful, and loving, but I'm curious to hear her bark.

A mini schnauzer? I predict that some day you will rue these words. :}

It often takes a puppy a while to find her bark. I've yet to find a mini schnauzer who wasn't a talented vocalist. Not only barks, but earth-shattering shrieks are common to the breed.
When I was working at PetsMart, I learned that if I heard the sound of a dog being tortured and murdered, check to see if it is a mini schnauzer before panicking. The first time it happened, I rushed to the front of the store to see two of the little buggers telling the world how happy they were to be out of grooming. Another of my students would announce her arrival to the store in the same way.

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