I suppose this could go on the dog blog, but I’m going to write from the human point of view for once.
Little Dude spent 3 days at a kennel for temperament assessment and swimming assessment. He’s a social butterfly so we weren’t worried aside from the whole “our dog has never tried swimming and never seemed very into it.” He did wonderfully and people loved him. He played well with the other dogs (no surprise) and by Day 2 of swimming lessons was going into the water on his own with the other dogs. I believe the key phrase to note is “with the other dogs.” Otto will do just about anything if other dogs are doing it too. He is very Pack oriented. He gets kinda Pack Happy at the dog park too.
Tired is as tired does, so he is passed out on the couch with me. For a while the hubs was here too so it was a family couch cuddle, but now it’s just me. It started out okay with a real snuggle and then I got up for a minute. This led to LD turning around and crawling his way to face me. . then inch closer and now there is a paw on my leg as the laptop is keeping him from getting his whole head on my lap. Part of his muzzle has made it onto my hip as well.
Snuggle pup moments are meant to be cherished and for an ~8 month old pup, I’ll take what I can get. He was just, “Oh, you smell familiar, but let me go sniff these bones and ignore you” when I went to pick him up. He was more enthused to meet the friend who is visiting us for a few days to help us get settled than to see me. Gee… thanks. But we are back in the snuggle routine and he’s allowing us to foster a human for another few days. Flexible Pup, that’s our Little Dude.
I’m glad he’s home, but I definitely enjoyed the 3 days of being able to maneuver around the house and go out and run errands without having to battle the Boat Anchor/OMGLETSGOLETSGOLETSGO dog walk adventures. Also, our apartment looks far more like a livable space than a maze of boxes.