Year in Review

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.

Be quiet, you're scaring the squirrels!

Be quiet, you’re scaring the squirrels!

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 hanging out in the kitchen

Louie hanging out in the kitchen

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.

Such a handsome, brash boy!

Dudley – Such a handsome, brash boy!

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!

Don’t Shop, Adopt! ~ Saving Grace NC Motto

About Shoeful of Drool

I lived with a golden retriever/German shepherd mix named Dudley. Dudley was a rescue from Hurricane Floyd and he lived with me from October 1999 until he passed away in December 2012. In January 2001, Zoe a black & tan hound mix came to live with us until she died in June 2011. I truly believe having dogs has made me a better person. Every single day these dogs still give me something to laugh about and I hope by sharing these stories you can laugh, too.
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One Response to Year in Review

  1. Please skritch Louie behind the ears for me, and happy anniversary to both of you!

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