Holy Terrier – Day 3

As the puppy gets more comfortable, he gets more fiesty. He hates to be restrained! I realized today that he’s going to need work. He resents having his moutn opened and teeth handled, and screams when I touch his nails. He would be one of those dogs that is hellish to groom or take to the vet. So, we will be starting a new routine. I hold him on his back on my lap, and force him to just put up with all kinds of stuff.

His vision, I am learning, is a challenge. He will wander off toward a tree, thinking it’s me. His ears perk up when I call him, and he tries to find me. He is cheery about the whole business. Today he started wandering away in the fresh snow, and I sent Rip after him. She bounded around him in a circle and came back. He tried to follow, but when she moved out of his field of view, he began to wander again. I noticed today he was beginning to use his nose, sniffing the air in an attempt to track us. I like this and will continue to encourage this seek and find behavior. I want him to stay close.

All the activity tired him out and this evening he snuggled up to Rip. To my surprise, she endured it… For a while!

About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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2 Responses to Holy Terrier – Day 3

  1. ckinney says:

    Nancy, he’s just a doll! Hope he’s a “keeper”. Are you going to have his vision checked out? I looked at a couple of Cairn terriers before I got Sunshine. They are just adorable. Maybe one day I can get one from your friend (????) One never knows. Still contemplating an Aby.


  2. You’ve taken on a handful – but he’s a cutie! Rip reminds me of my Pepper when she has to put up with those “me first” youngsters. Maybe she will teach him how to be a good boy.


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