Friday, August 8, 2008

Puppy Love

Our dog Lil’ Rick is the most gentle animal in the world.

Proof of this is that moments after this photo, she poked him directly in the eye – twice – with sharp finger nails – and he didn’t even flinch. I actually had to tell him to move. And then bribe him with a cookie. He was having fun and just didn't want to move.

For the first 8 months of Grace’s life, he ignored her. Completely indifferent.

He did notice the fact that he wasn’t crated for 4.5 months and that he wasn’t getting as much attention as before, but eh, it was made up for with the ability to spend 24 hours a day sleeping on our bed and extra snacks.

But lately he is taking an interest in her and her in him.

I don’t think it is a coincidence that Ricky’s interest spiked around the time she started on finger foods though. How do you resist a child that has banana crumbs on her fingers?

Slowly, but surely, he started coming around.

At first it was just drive by lickings. He would sneak up, slurp the side of her face and scurry away.

Over the last couple of weeks he has actually started “playing” with her. The play is more like sitting inches away watching her smack wooden blocks together, but still he is watching her. When he feels more interactive, he lays down touching her, which incites her to clutch handfuls of hair and poke eyes.

None of which seems to bug him. Go figure.

So during the play last night, Rick sat nose to nose with her licking cheeks, neck, arms, hands, fingers, whatever she would present to him. All the while Grace giggled.

I am so glad that our love puppy has finally decided to dish out his puppy love to Gracie.

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