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puppy love

December 14, 2010

This past weekend we dogsat for some of our new friends at church.  They have a golden retriever named Bay, who is about two years old and full of energy.  We were thrilled to be able to watch him for the weekend, since we’re going to trade with them and have Harriet stay with them over Christmas.  (We used to send Harriet to kennels while we were on vacation, until we realized we had tons of friends who either a) wished they had dogs and wanted to take her for a weekend or b) had dogs of their own and wanted to trade petsitting.  Since then we save at least $20-$30 a day while we’re on vacation.)

this is Bay.

So Bay turned out to be an awesome playmate for Harriet.  He was much more high energy than her, and enticed her into playing at least four or five times a day.  This pawing, nibbling, and rolling around looked adorable as they did it, and ferocious in still shots!

The best part about having them both around, though, was that they got so much energy out!  It really made us wish we had another dog for Harriet.  Then, you know, Bay ate a Christmas ornament I made when I was five, and barked SO loudly whenever he wanted attention, and grabbed our shoes whenever he could.  That helped us with the wanting.  Thank GOODNESS he was so cute, and made up for his shortcomings by letting me practice my pet portraits.

Another outcome of the weekend was that we realized what a good dog Harriet is.  Sometimes I think we forget how well trained she finally is… we take her calmness and listening skills for granted.  Well, consider us reminded.  I love our dog.

this is Harriet's "I'm being very good and ignoring that crazy, crazy dog!" look

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One comment

  1. “Another outcome of the weekend was that we realized what a good dog Harriet is. Sometimes I think we forget how well trained she finally is… we take her calmness and listening skills for granted. Well, consider us reminded.”

    This was EXACTLY my experience the past few times we’ve borrowed other people’s dogs. I can complain about how Daph is neurotic or occasionally ignores us when she should be listening… but she’s better than every other dog 🙂 For us, anyway. Isn’t it funny how we work out our own delicate dance/personal dog language with our dogs? And then are sort of surprised when other people’s dogs don’t get it.



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