I'm sitting in my sweet little home, with a cup of coffee, homework done (and done well, which is quite an improvement this semester), heater on, and a sleeping pup under my feet. I'm in heaven. The only thing missing is Damir, but I think if he was here in this moment I just might burst.
Odin is such a love, it's hard to articulate. He is a sweet, happy, smart little guy who loves people more than any dog I've ever seen. So I thought I'd share a few things I've learned and loved during this puppy stage... before it's over and we've got a grown up icie. Because as hard and demanding as this stage is, his little puppyisms slay me dead, most days.
- Sleep has never felt so good. I'm happy to be entering the stage where the little guy can hold it throughout the night. Last night we slept from 11pm to 6am straight! Way to go, Odin.
- On that note, pee isn't really that gross.
- Puppy dreams are the funniest things ever. The little barks and twitches are my favorite.
- Dying to take this little guy on walks all over the neighborhood. He'll get his third set of vaccinations on Friday and then we have a little more freedom.
- Odin has been much better about meeting bigger dogs this week, which is great. At first he was a little nervous, but he's got a couple of buddies now that he seems to really like.
- Puppy energy is no joke.
- Neither is puppy chewing. Everything is fair game.
- Can't wait until he and my parents' cats work out some sort of agreement. So far, they're staying far away from him.
- He seems pretty good with the chickens. Not overly interested in them, but once in a while he wants to play with them.
- At 3 months he's learning to heel, stay down, and has started some very very beginning work on retrieve. He's a smart pup.
- That said, he is totally not okay with being alone. So we need to curb any potential separation anxiety ASAP. We're working on it...
- This guy loves water. LOVES IT. Drinking it, playing in it, biting it, playing in the rain....
- I hope the way he greets people stays forever. He gives the best, warmest welcomes to people who come over. It's like he couldn't possibly get any happier to see you, and he physically doesn't know what to do about it so his tail wags a million miles an hour and then he flops on his back for a belly rub. It's a wonderful thing.
There will be much more of Ody Bear on this blog. Damir and I are just so happy with the animal-filled life we are creating. They really do make us better people.