After the epic poop post the other day (sorry if that was a bit much, but believe me, it was much worse for me than it was for you!), people have been asking how the puppy's doing.
The answer: Splendidly! He is the finest of fellows, and we are over the moon about him. He has completed four hours of obedience school and is an absolute star: he can touch with no command at all—even if he has to jump in the air to do it!*—and he can lie down with a hip roll on a verbal or a visual command. This skill got shown off to the class.
In dog poop news (now there's a phrase I've never typed before), he's completed a 5-day course of medication for Giardia, and I think Tuesday was a breakthrough day in potty training: I think we got the idea across decisively that outside on the grass is a consequence-free place to "eliminate" (in the term used by the potty-training manual). If he's on to the idea, he'll have it; this is one very sharp K-9.
I often look up from shooting pool in the basement to see Butters standing on the stairs (where he's not allowed) staring intently at me. He's a very companionable fellow, and wants to be with us whenever he can.
He's also just incredibly dear and very affectionate. He and Lulu play often, ranging in intensity from a full-out chase around the house to a downright affectionate, lazy companionability—they'll sometimes just lie there, one with a paw on the other. The funniest thing they do is when they play tug-of-war. Butters sometimes just gives up (an impulse I completely sympathize with, having lost a great many tug-of-war battles to Lulu myself) and flops to the floor. But he doesn't let go of the tug-toy. Lulu then slowly and rather gently tugs his gangly limp body across the floor, sometimes out of my office, across the hall, and halfway across the living room. It's hilarious.
So all is well with Mr. B.!
*Xander and I will make and post a video in due course. Butters is becoming a Zen master of the touch command.
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