Pete, on the kitchen addition dog bed.
Alys and Pete’s friend Bonnie came over today and brought Ollie along. Ollie is an older dog, a terrier mix, called a border terrier. Apparently, he grew up in an Alaska village and had to fend for himself. This was before Bonnie got him. I raced around with him in the yard this afternoon – I’m nearly as big as he is – and we had a good time.
We went inside and I laid next to Pete and began chewing on my bone. Ollie came over to see what I was gnawing on and saw I had a bone. He got really angry when I would not give it up and snapped at me. If I hadn’t jumped aside, he would have ripped my left ear. I have never before had to deal with this kind of behavior, and I hope that I never have to deal with it again. Alys was very empathetic – and Pete wondered if I’d ever trust another dog again. I tried, in my own way, to let them know that this was no big deal.
Shortly thereafter, Alys and Pete took me to Better Companion, where they’d signed me up for Puppy 1/preschool classes. Unfortunately, the first class was for our owners. Alys told me that 20 minutes per class will be devoted to puppy play time, so I can hardly wait. I so enjoy playing with other dogs. This is going to be great fun. I already know sit, heel, stay, and come, so this class will be a breeze.
I’m still not completely housebroken. Alys and Pete have me on a schedule and are taking morning and evening walks with me, so I am doing quite well at pooping and peeing outside.
I can’t complain. Ryder is finally warming up to me. And I sleep right next to Pete’s side of the bed. Alys’s side has a wall and a windowsill full of books.
I am so glad that Pete decided not to crate train me. I heard from Ryder, who also has never been in a crate, that some dogs have to stay in their cages when their owners go to work. Sometimes this adds up to 40 plus hours a week. I replied that someone needs to call the human society and lock them up.
Life really is good here. I hope that my eight siblings fared as well as I did.
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