At first

In October of 1998, the dog was living at her birth house again, after a mismatch with another household. Notes I made while on the phone, preparing to bring the dog into our lives, included: sleeps in bedroom, wants a lot of attention, doesn’t chew, follows around room to room, sits in lap, under foot. Strong hunting instinct, watchdog behaviour, less so guarding instinct.

I picked her up on October 16th. We had decided to re-name her, and she responded to the new name immediately. Although I don’t keep a journal, I made notes at the end of the month about our first two weeks together. They included: let her up on the bed the first night and discovered she was an active cuddler, after the first three days unseparated I returned to work and when I got home was greeted by my first welcome howl (she had not even barked at this point), she won over my bossy older cat with a combination of submissive and playful posturing (this is a 60 lb. dog), we discovered an erratic heartbeat which was diagnosed as sinus arrhythmia (apparently a very common occurrence in dogs and not a cause for worry), she made filthy pals with our friends’ dog Julie, displayed that hunting instinct diving after ducks in a pond and retrieving a squirrel’s tail at “Nanny’s”, many hundreds of dollars of shoe loss while we were at work, a stunning determination to nest on the bed during the day (besting even our mousetraps-under-newspapers ploy), and finally at the end of the month, regular barking.

At first

rainerfloo

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