Just for a short visit, but Talos is back nonetheless. Like a kid on Christmas Eve, I was giddy with anticipation. The first night he was here, I couldn't get to sleep because I couldn't stop smiling.
He's here while his partner has surgery at Johns Hopkins. While he's here, we're also going to work on cleaning up a few behaviors that have just started to deteriorate: his "get it" behavior is slipping, and he reportedly is quite noisy sometimes when Kathy leaves him in a down-stay.
We've been working on those behaviors both at home and out in public — yesterday he attended a meeting with me and I'm proud to report that those who didn't see him weren't even aware a dog was in the same room! Yay T!
Today we were at a taping of Chamber TV in Frederick and he was quiet as a church mouse — even through the applause! He kept his chin (and drool) off the buffet table and out of my plate of (very delicious) lunch.
We're heading to the hospital tomorrow so Talos and Kathy can visit — and maybe even get her up and walking, we'll see — so another full day ahead for the Big Lug.
For us as puppyraisers, there's nothing more satisfying than having the chance to spend some time with the puppy we raised. Talos was but a wee pup when we brought him into our home Memorial Day weekend 2009. Now at 2 1/2 years old, he's filled out, he's working beautifully, and he and Kathy are genuinely happy together. Makes my heart happy.
We'll enjoy Talos all the way til Thanksgiving Eve, when he and Kathy will head back home together. It's only a short visit, but man-o-man, does it make me happy!
Caysun will be back with us on Tuesday, meaning she'll have the chance to spend a day (and night) with Talos. I'm looking forward to seeing her reaction to the very large, very tall, very playful Talos!