Sunday, November 17, 2013

Two steps forward . . .

Yesterday Shylo let Christie and me hold him and pet him and give him lots of loving. Today, not so much. I wish I knew what was going on in his little head! He still plays with Mandy even when he seems to be having an “off” day. Even when he doesn’t seem to want to be bothered with his humans, he is very even tempered with the dogs. He doesn’t  have a mean or aggressive bone in his body, but he still has a few fearful ones. He still startles at loud noises or quick movements. He has graduated to sleeping in our bed. Thank goodness it’s a king size bed since there are now four dogs and two humans sleeping in it. It is interesting that when he is on the bed he seems totally relaxed and is willing to be petted and loved.

One of the challenges we have with Shylo, is getting him in the door after he has been outside. Sometimes he will follow the other three right in the door, but more often than not he stops just short of coming in and sits down and has to be coaxed in. We are trying to be patient but it is frustrating, especially if there is only one person trying to coax and shut the slider behind him. It is definitely a two human operation.  The other day, I sat by the door and rewarded him every time he came in letting him go in and out on his own. He was doing so well that I thought maybe we were past this whole in/out thing. NOT! Oh well tomorrow is another day . . .we’ll try again.

Since I keep talking about the dogs and the meditation garden, I thought you might like to see it.Just click on the link.

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