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.
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.
Violet was mightily PO’d last night when The Driver got all clever and capped The Keep so she couldn’t do her circus acrobat routine and scale the walls. V is incredibly sweet, smart and all go, she crashes straight of a dead sleep shouting “HI, I’M AWAKE!!!”. HA! These may be super smarty puppies destined to conquer the world but this time the driver wins!
See the clever homemade Keep cover? Note the look of disgust from Miss Not So Shrinking Violet while gentle Royal slumbers. (if you click on the pictures you get a bigger image)
Today we worked on sit, down, left, right, stand, name recognition and obsessive staring at The Driver. First we had to conquer food frenzy, Royal enjoys his chow and eating a piece at a time was not in his brain bank yet. I love a starer and I will pay you mightly for it. If you are a dog that is people staring is not something I pay for.
Royal & Violet are practically twins. Can you tell who is who yet? Hint, they look almost identical but this post should have given you a big hint to help figure it out.
True doesn’t see any puppies therefore they cannot exist.
Roosevelt feels that leaving home might be his only option.
Mr. P had this same look today when I got home. He mentioned that there had been a lot of “activity”.
Little Royal arrived today amid much chaos. Who would of guessed, that the truck would have a dead battery, that none of my neighbors would be home, that it is street cleaning day, that traffic would be bad, that the airline people had no record of said air-bill number…
So I was ready to be judged for all of this and more by The Thinker Puppy.
Except Royal aka The worlds sweetest puppy could totally care less, its all good, he had a great flight, loved meeting The Driver, thinks the truck rules and is fully ready to party in Cali. His sister Violet , also known as little Miss X-pen Scaler feels the same.