Doglet

It’s been a busy day here at home, and I’ve made several attempts at writing a post for the letter D. Everything I try quickly reveals itself to be better suited to other letters though… so, I’m putting those ideas on hold and will talk a little about my doglet, Leeloo.

WP_000457She came into our house 18 months after my old dog died of cancer. I went into it believing I’d never really bond with another dog in the same manner – I mean, Kali was my companion before I met Hubby, before I had kids. We were pack. We shared a bed. I’d drive home from work at lunch time to check in on her and give her some cuddles. She would mourn me any time I was away for a weekend, waiting at the door, ears perking up hopefully any time a car door slammed in the driveway.

You can’t replicate a situation, a relationship. Of course it wasn’t going to be the same.

Leeloo is a very different dog, raised in very different circumstances. A household full of small girls, some of them unpredictable and unruly themselves, she’s always been convinced that everything is a game, so training has been difficult. She’s almost two, and she still won’t come when you call her – not through lack of trying on my part, but mostly because every time I try to train her, one of the girls runs at her and tries to grab her and Leeloo will NOT be tricked. She’s not slow, and she seems to have a long memory. She won’t sit, but when you tell her ‘sit’ she’ll roll over at your feet.

WP_000471However, as difficult and trite as she can be, she’s wrangled her way into my heart in a way I certainly didn’t expect. I know this because I cry when we have to leave her for a weekend, and because I miss her when she decides to sleep by someone else’s bed instead of mine, and because the mat I stand on at my desk is always more comfortable when she’s wrapped around my foot.

She’s not a ‘good’ dog by the conventional standards, but she is definitely one of us. She loves to play, but enjoys quiet time just as much, she’s full of love and adores cuddles,Β and she has ‘cute’ completely mastered. She’s got oodles of personality and I couldn’t be happier that she’s part of our family.

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12 thoughts on “Doglet

  1. I know exactly how you feel. We’ve always had dogs. My newest boy is completely crazy and a fluff ball, but I wouldn’t have anyone else. They just wheedle into your heart before you know it.

    Fantastic post.

    1. Thanks so much πŸ™‚ They do wheedle in, you’re totally right! It’s very hard to have no dog when you’re used to having one, they bring a certain energy to the house, make it feel like a home.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Alex πŸ™‚ Leeloo is starting to chill out a bit more now as she approaches her second birthday. She’s actually a very good dog, just not a well trained one LOL. I live in hope πŸ˜‰ If I could just get her to come when I call, I’d be happy.

      1. I was able to finally get Vaaska to come when I called him by patting my leg twice when I call his name. Gave him a treat each time… Of course, you could get your children in on it, and have them push or carry the dog in your direction when you call her, give her a treat, until she starts recognizing good comes from “coming”…. it takes a while, but it pays off! πŸ™‚

  2. β™₯ I know exactly what you mean. Bessie is irreplaceable and I am still mourning her. I’m not sure if there is space in my heart for another canine friend. Maybe, maybe not. I guess time will tell.
    Leeoo is gorgeous though. Bess never learned how to sit and stay either, she had no time for that πŸ˜‰ ‘go to bed’ meant shut up get the birds meant bark your heart out. Fond memories.

    1. lol Bessie was such an awesome dog πŸ™‚ It took me 18 months to be ready after Kali, and even then I wasn’t entirely sure I was. It will take you as long as it does, and there is no point rushing it. I hope you don’t have small people desperate pleading you for a new dog! Lauren was bereft when Kali passed and I couldn’t hold off filling the void in our family any longer.

      1. I can’t believe it’s only been 4 months. I have a photo of her on my desk, and it feels like I can just reach out and touch her, then I have to remember that she’s gone 😦

        Heh I have that whole ‘we don’t have a fence’ thing to stave off the kids. Mum might be getting a Puppy after she comes home from the UK so they can say that’s their doggy heh.

  3. Your post is inspiring. Kids have been after me for a dog and I’m just petrified that I won’t be able to keep up with the work of one. I’ve never lived with a dog–strictly a cat person–and while I think I’d love having a dog in the house I’m not sure I can manage it! So many different messages from different people. Nice to read your take on it, especially as our household has roughly the same kids and ages.

    1. Puppies can be hard work for sure, but if you got a slightly more mature dog from a shelter or something, you skip the hardest parts! (you know, toilet training, the chewing stage, the waking in the night stage – puppies are so much like babies when they are little LOL).
      Leeloo is almost two and since about 18 months has started to chill out more. She’s not such a nutter, doesn’t chew things so much, is a little less excitable – still loves to play, but loves quiet time too. It’s a great place to be with a dog, and I think at some distant point in the future I’d opt for a shelter dog (this time Lauren specifically wanted a fluffy white one, and they very rarely end up at the shelter).
      If you read up on breeds you should be able to figure out what kind of dog would be a good match for your family – small dogs don’t need as much walking as big ones, and are cheaper to feed etc, but big dogs are lovely to have (I miss my full body dog cuddles lol and Kali being so silly as to think she could still fit in my lap at 45kgs), and provide a bigger feel of security – Leeloo might bark when there is someone at the door, but she’d never deter someone from entering, she doesn’t look at all scary! Kali on the other hand (while the most gentle, loving dog) was so big that there are very few people who would have taken her on. She was an excellent guard dog (that said, she only guarded US, not the house! LOL if we were out she wouldn’t even bother barking if someone came to the door).
      Good luck!

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