Yesterday was a splendid day; my bff Kam brought her Aussie down to take a walk with Hunter and I. Hunter had not yet met Lexie or taken a walk so I wasn't sure what to expect. The first greeting was timid on Hunter's part, so I thought I'll just carry him awhile. He had been showing signs of leash pulling/fighting and I didn't want to start off with a negative experience. However, that quickly changed when we happened to see a neighbor, whom we just met last week, that has a five mos. old Rat Terrier named Jazzie. While we visited at her fence, the dogs all visited through the wire mesh. After that, as if Hunter finally figured out he was a dog, he ran after Lexie. We had a most enjoyable walk, he amazed me and as long as Lexie was in front of him, he was good. I kept waiting to see if he was getting tired or not and he completed the entire walk. I did notice though that he was pulling at times and then coughing from his collar, so yesterday at Petsma*t, I got him a shiny blue harness. I've been told, again and again, those are great for walks where you aren't training to heel, and especially good for small dogs. On our way home from the toy store, I stopped at our younger daugther's house so Hunter could see the grands again, get used to them and also to meet Petrol. Petrol is a Miniature Schnauzer and 8 or 9 mos old; she is very submissive with the other family dog-Samson, probably due to his size(120 lbs). Samson is the mellowest dog and just a big teddy bear, part Newfie and Lab with some other things thrown in. Needless to say, Hunter did not meet him yesterday. It was interesting to watch the interaction between Hunter and Petrol, because Petrol( being the older and wiser of the two pups) immediately became Alpha. Both grandpups are so used to being in my lap that they want to occupy it when we are together but now that is where Hunter is. I think it will take a bit longer for these two to become buddies. Petrol is definitely taller than Hunter and lean, Hunter is longer and shorter.
Last evening though, I wondered if hubby and I had been conned the last few days; we definitely saw his personality emerging. First, one time outside when he went potty, he lifted his leg; that tells me we should have him neutered sooner than later. After dinner, hubby had to go to the golf course and Hunter always recognizes the garage door opening and the car. Well when it did, Hunter started to bark; we haven't heard him bark before so it was a total surprise. Later on he got really feisty. It is cute to watch him begin to feel secure and at home but made me realize that I need to walk him daily, if we aren't have play sessions with friends. A happy dog is an exercised one, is my motto. The coming days should be a hoot as his personality continues to emerge.
Have a sun filled day! Noreen and Hunter