True Like

Royal has been trying on some Trueism’s.
I’m not against this in anyway, because True is my best boy ever and frankly if Royal wants to be just like him I’ll be thrilled. But I think he’ll probably be his own really great guy. None of our 4(yes 4)dogs are anything alike but they are all perfect for us. They all brought their own special stuff and they share theirs patterns and quirks with each other and then make them their own. Ed taught Roosevelt stuff that Roosevelt aka Woody then passed on to True, then Sookie and now Royal who will continue the family history through his own filter.
A short list of Trueism’s
Sleep in the tightest possible spaces
Share your thoughts

Running is good

Always Stare Relentlessly at the lady 

 
Whoops, that’s akward
 
Back to staring
 
Well done, young Royal 

Easy R

Roy’s a good puppy
He’s so normal we should have named him normal.
No not like average, like not abnormal, that’s a really great thing. Yes like, happy, stable, smart & sweet!
Seriously though, he’s nice. He has manners and great playskills. He doesn’t go 5150 on anyone. He’s not a bully or a fearbot. He’s just a really great baby dog and sometimes he’s all alone out there. Having a puppy is a lot of work, way more then adopting an adult rescue even if said dog has a lot of terrible baggage to address(hello True, hello Sookie, Roo you showed up perfect, well except for the raging overwhelming hideous separation anxiety). So in order to try to do our best by Roy we are out there giving him as broad of a world view as we can. We are taking a puppy class, going to socials, working with a private trainer for obedience and going to confirmation classes. We also make sure Roy goes to the beach, playgrounds, stores, the fire station, to meet the mailman, policemen, cats, the garbageman & his big loud truck …..
Im learning some big lessons a) I cant possibly be good enough for this puppy b)Never recommend people/services/business’s until you have tried them out for yourself. No matter how good the word on the street is, get need first hand experience.
Ive been a little dismayed by what I am running into in my travels with Roy. The puppy thing is a big deal. Ive done plenty of work repairing ruined dogs who had a bad start for whatever reason, or perfectly ok dogs who had a well meaning guardian mess them up by watching bad tv shows to train their dogs. So the puppy thing is crucial. There are some really unskilled people out there operating puppy training businesses.

Not bothering Sookie.

Hell cat ready to unleash fury!

Responsible party? ——->

 

 

 

 

It couldn’t possibly be little Royal. He was just laying there squeaking away all jolly & innocent with some delightful out of season toy from a holiday he hasn’t even had the privilege of experiencing yet because he’s just a tiny sweet baby dog. Its not like he bit her foot or anything like that, ok maybe a little bite but it was a LOVE bite.

Sookie doesn’t really want to hurt him. She actually loves Roy.  She likes to lie down near him and walk with him. She helps him clean up after the food toys. She lets him win at tug even though she could throw him across the room. She may be crippled but she can out-tug anyone.

She’s just kind of serious about everything. But we get it, wouldn’t you be pretty serious if the people you loved dumped you  in a big park to die when you were sick and so crippled you could barely walk. So she takes most things pretty seriously and likes to make sure everyone is following the rules carefully.  But she also has a great sense of humor.
She’s also all heart, loyal and the bravest girl dog I have ever met. She’s a magnificent dog and every day we have with her is a gift, for real.
She came to stay with us almost 2 years ago, for a month, just a foster for a month. When she was still fighting the good fight a month later we kept her thinking she might live another month.  She’s not a foster anymore and I cant wait until the end of September when we can officially celebrate our FIRST 2 years together. There is going to be cake.