Such was the case with Talos. He arrived Memorial Day weekend last year, so we've been able to celebrate both Memorial Day and Independence Day together twice.
Our neighbors have a great party every year to celebrate the 4th. Last year we asked if we could bring Talos over for about 30 minutes, just for the socialization experience. We wanted him home long before the fireworks started — just wanted him around all the kids, noise, hubub.
As you might imagine, a puppy was a terrific hit at the party. But especially a brown and white spotted puppy with glacier-blue eyes. He had a great time, learned a lot, and was very entertaining.
This year, we left Talos at home – he was a big boy now (160+ pounds and taller than me when he's on his hind legs) and didn't need the socialization experience any longer.
Disappointment was on the faces of the guests when they found out we still had T and didn't bring him down. Across the field we trekked to get the party animal.
And party he did!
There were two other dogs at the party, lots of kids, a pool, and dishes of delicious food. Talos romped, he visited, he howled, he rolled on his back, he greeted, he played. He had a grand time.
What a difference a year makes. The transformation from 16-week old puppy to adult dog couldn't have been more obvious. He reminded me of one of the popular kids in school: able to get along with everyone, confident but not cocky, gracious for the kind words and ready to get-up-and-go if he was invited to play. It was a great way to celebrate the holiday and to celebrate this terrific dog.