I was watching Louie playing with his jolly ball in the backyard and it dawned on me that this coming Friday is the first anniversary of him coming here to live. He really has come a long way in a year. It took a week or two before he would even venture out of the living room or kitchen into the back of the house. It was a middle of the night thunderstorm in March before he ever got on the bed with me. Now he thinks the middle of the bed is his spot and I should adjust myself accordingly. We haven’t had much thunder recently, but he even seems less nervous when it rains hard.
We had Penny come and stay with us a couple of times this fall and Louie hung out at Penny’s house a few times while I went to San Diego (twice!) and then to Pennsylvania for a class reunion. She adores Louie and he acts quite the fool when she is around. In the picture above, there were two squirrels they had chased up the tree and they were both lying in wait.
Louie weighed 44.2 lbs when he got a bath a few weeks ago. He weighed 32 lbs when he came here a year ago. Dr. Susan at Pet House Calls says he’s at a perfect weight. He is such a confident dog now, he walks with his tail high and charms everyone he meets. He’s great around kids and other dogs and I feel very fortunate I had the good sense to bring him home after he came over to me at Saving Grace and said hello. I am also forever grateful to Saving Grace and all the wonderful, hard work Molly and the volunteers do to save dogs like Louie.
I brought Louie home one year and one day after I lost my sweetest of sweet babies, Dudley. I always knew 12/18 would forever be a tough date so it was important that I have a happy anniversary the next day. Louie took care of that and brings his own brand of joy every single day!
I wanted to post a festive holiday picture but Louie wants to eat the Santa hat I got for him and refuses to pose. I’ll keep trying, but I have a feeling that hat will be shredded if I don’t keep it out of reach of a certain, 4-legged furry one. Louie and I wish everyone a joyful, peaceful and happy holiday season!
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