Saturday, April 24, 2010
I haven't shown you the first outside photos of Denny, and I forgot to mention, that he was at the petsmart a couple of times already. He's always the darling of the staff there. One woman in particular was very smitten with him, giving him belly rubs, and scratches behind the ears, and she wanted to take him home. Her co-worker, another woman, said, she thought this one was trouble. How true!
Somehow we ended up the only ones with dogs there, Happy came too. We wandered separately through the store and greeted people, who are more than willing to pet Denny, and adore him, while they are more cautious of Happy, because he's big, even though most think he's a female, because his built is slight and not bulky (yet, if ever). He's also shy, but with Denny as "role model" he's more daring. There are always people willing to pet him too, or trying to give him a treat, which I provided, but he's not taking treats from strangers. At least he's starting to get closer to have a sniff.
Anyway, it went very well, and we'll keep doing this, there are bound to be some dogs there eventually. We are thinking of signing him up for puppy classes as soon as he's 10 weeks old, just for socializing. They do treat training, so that's good.
All our dogs felt sick and vomited at least once before, but Denny hit the jackpot with three times with one car ride! At least last time he did not throw up, but he felt sick. I hope this will get better.
Happy is on a joy ride with my son, as I type this. Denny and Happy spend a lot of time together, but they need some alone time with each of us as well, and they obviously enjoy that time.
The first time we took Denny outside into the garden, he went straight for the (not yet opened) pool, and was about to get in, when David just caught him. Since then he gets his harness (which he hates) on, and has to stay on leash. Well, until yesterday, when it was so nice and sunny outside, and Happy was due for a play of Frisbee, when we decided to let the Gremlin loose. He went right after Happy, like he was a cow or something, ran around full of joy, and went straight for the pool again. I think he was thirsty, and wanted to drink, even though we have water for that in the wading pool or a bucket, but that was too far away. We just grabbed him at the last moment again. My heart skipped a beat again.
Our backyard is green on one side, and brown everywhere else. This was taken about a week ago. Today will be the first time this year to mow the lawn.
We call him Denny to his face, but Gremlin behind his back. I guess we should stop doing that, it's too negative.
He's so different, and we've got a lot to learn.