Dave's First Few Months With Us.
We brought young David home Labor Day Wkd. 2014. Jazzy hated him. All he wanted to do was cuddle with her, and she didn’t want him in the same room with her, as he desperately sought her attention. It was kinda sad, but we knew she’d come around, okay, we hoped she’d come around. It didn’t help that he was all fangs, and literally threw himself at all of us every chance he got. It was 7 years since Jazzy was a puppy, and you expect that sort of behavior from a Malinois, but here’s this little adorable, fuzzy, floppy-eared Spaniel with bite drive that would make any protection dog jealous. “But, isn’t he cute?” became an often used phrase.
Everyone said: “Don’t you just want to squeeze him all the time?” No. Instead it was: “No bite!” “Leave it!” “Off!” “No bite!!” “Quiet!” “No!” “Drop it!” “NO BITE!!!” That’s it, back in your crate.” Everyone said: “You just don’t remember what it’s like having a puppy.” No, I remember that Great-Uncle Wesley was sweet and mellow and only spent a few hours a day in his crate for training purposes. Honestly, there was a spell when I couldn’t imagine Dave out of a crate. So, our adorable, fuzzy, floppy-eared David became known as “Demon Dave”, a nickname which stuck with him until all of his little razor teeth fell out. In the meantime, he learned some social skills with some carefully chosen friends that didn’t seem to mind his antics.
Auntie Vida took him right in and taught him a few things, Brody’s the same age and is still Dave’s best buddy, it didn’t take him long to outgrow Bruin and Jack, but that was fun while it lasted, and Lyla was his first little girlfriend. He soon learned how to play appropriately with his friends, and to respect the dogs that didn’t want to play with him. It wasn’t long after that, Jazzy herself started engaging with him, and they are now quite the team around here. This last photo of the two partners in crime was taken just this past week at Camp.
Now that we’ve caught you up with Dave’s first 6 months of life, our remaining February posts will still be historical, but we thought it might be time to add some of his comments to our anecdotes. He’s got a lot to say. So beginning next week, you’ll get a glimpse at what’s rattling around in David’s head. Should be interesting...