Lucy grows into a smarter and sweeter dog each day. She’s now firmly entrenched as a member of the family and everyone treats her like a star. Which is a good thing, because if they didn’t they’d get the “canine pre-licked plate.” : )
I have also noticed slight changes in the Luce as she matures. The most obvious would be her coat. It’s grown out so nicely and fully she literally looks like a Lion when the breeze hits her right. She has developed quite a mane.
A more subtle change I see is that she is more expressive. She was always vocal upon the return of a high-value human (I’m happy to be counted as one of her favorites). But increasingly, she maintains this demeanor long after the person’s arrival. She even requests to be pet and hugged much more so than she used to.
Maybe we’re growing on her…much like her coat.
She is also a little (just a little) less stubborn. Oh you still can’t boss her around or anything. And don’t dare expect her to run excitedly towards you when called. But she is more willing than ever to comply when you ask her over. Just a few weeks ago, for example, Lucy and Bella slipped past me out the front door. I called them both back. Both looked at me. Bella turned to continue to run off and explore the area around our house. Lucy hesitated, then walked straight towards me.
She’s a great alarm clock, too (even if you don’t need one). Each morning, Lucy tells me if she thinks I’m sleeping longer than needed. She lets out a certain “wake up” sound with her Leo voice. Then she slaps a few licks on me in rapid succession. If I turn away, she ramps up the noise. If I turn towards her, she ramps up the licks. One way or another, she gets her message across.
At this point I usually invite her to jump upon the bed to buy some time. Because she’s fairly large, I have to prepare a wide landing pad for her. 90% of the time, she’ll jump up and nap next to me for a few minutes. The warmer the weather, the shorter her duration upon the bed. It just gets too hot for her, even with AC and a dog fan blowing in the room.
All of this is welcome and I really appreciate it when I’m away. I’ve been traveling a lot lately and the days can tend to run together. Some mornings wake up (still half asleep) thinking I’m home. My mind plays tricks and convinces me Lucy is in the room. Then reality sets in, I see the unfamiliar surroundings of the hotel room and think “this sucks.” Next a look at the calendar to count how many days until I can go home. And wake up next to next to my better half. And of course, Lucy the Leo.
But this just makes me appreciate those mornings when I really do wake up at home all the more. And Lucy really is in the room. Even if she’s waking me up too early.
Isn’t it great to have dogs in your life? They make all things good.
Give your dog a hug and a “high paw” today. They deserve it.