I’m finally starting to see light at the end of this tunnel! I never told Vince this but for the past couple of weeks, I’ve wondered if we did the right thing getting him! I know we’re older . . almost 20 years older than we were when we got Speck but I really think I would remember had Speck been the wild and crazy puppy that Oscar is. I’m sure the most entertaining thing in our neighborhood is me trying to walk Oscar. He still makes about three circles around my legs for every step I take. I read that when they do that, I am to become the tree. I stand still and he has to unwind himself from my legs. He’s learned to do that.
He chases gnats, butterflies, birds and yes, airplanes. He’s so sure he’s going to catch all of them. He can spot a leaf in the grass halfway across the yard and he loves it when the wind blows a bit and he can chase the leaves. Every day I pray that he’s calmed down before Fall.
But, yesterday I had been upstairs. When I came down, he was in his bed sleeping. I picked him up and sat down in my chair with him and for about 20 minutes, he sat in the chair with me and I was able to pet him. Both my previous dogs had a Dachshund personality but I could hold them and pet them. I was beginning to fear that Oscar would never let me do that but yesterday gave me hope. In fact, we sat there so long, I almost fell asleep. I took my glasses off and I guess Oscar has never seen me without them. He looked at me, did a double take and I could see him looking at my left eye, then my right eye and it was like he was thinking . . who are you? Then he jumped up and sniffed my face and I guess I passed the smell test.
It was so nice to have a few minutes of calm with him and to be able to snuggle with him a bit. I hope we get much more time like that in the near future.