I remember taking the picture below at the end of March. It was the first ray of sunshine that had appeared after many days of rain (I lost count). The camera happened to be on the kitchen table and I was able to get this picture before the cloud covered that one sliver of sunshine. It’s only natural that happened to glance off of my Mister Sunshine, who feels more at home every single day.
Penny joined us for a few days earlier this month. She’s the chiweenie who lives around the corner. Louie loves going to her house and he’s always been quite the gentleman when Penny and her human mom visit our house. But when Penny’s mom left, Big Lou became quite territorial, especially where I was concerned. He adjusted by acting silly and macho for the duration.
When they were alone together, everything was fine, but when I was around, Louie constantly jumped up on me or over Penny. I had to stand between them at feeding time because even though Louie had a bowlful of food, he wanted hers. Penny more than held her own, she tolerated a great deal, but she would snarl at him when she had had enough of him.
The Friday afternoon that Penny was here was the first day since I had Louie that I didn’t take him for a walk. They ran around the back yard and yapped at all the other dogs in the neighborhood while I drank a beer and yapped with the neighbors. It had been a long week and I was whupped, but Louie scared me half to death when he ran onto the deck, jumped up on the bench and flew over the rail like he was setting a world record for the long jump. The top rail of the deck is about 7′ off the ground, but the ground slopes up, so Louie didn’t drop that far, but I had visions of broken Louie legs. He didn’t miss a beat and continued down to the end of the fence to yap with backyard neighbor Nahla. Quite honestly, I had two beers after seeing that.
Louie settled down after Penny went home, but she’s going to come back next month. I hope to get some training for us between now and then. I say “us” because I’m sure I need the training at least as much as he does. Louie is a good dog, but I want to have a command where he will stop instantly and come when I call. We live on a busy street, should he ever get loose, I need him to come when I call. But in the meantime, we are reveling in the spring. Even though there is yellow pollen everywhere, it isn’t snow and the weather is warm! Happy spring, at last!
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” ~ Charles de Gaulle