It is beautiful to watch my son, who was terrified by dogs, do things such as laugh hard and run along next to his dog.  HIS.  What a thing to even write, and even more to realize that he is truly embracing her and learning from her as she is learning from him.  She didn’t even jump at all today, and she is half boxer, with those quintessential boxer ears, and she followed new commands that were easy to teach her without treats.  I think that she is brilliant.

However, she gets very anxious when we leave.  My son had left his dog open, so she moved one of his “babies” into the livingroom and given that her other “half” is shepherd, she left bite marks in it.  There are a lot of pounds of pressure in those jaws.  She is an amazing creature.

The quality of light was gorgeous tonight when we made our walk.  I believe it was about 3-miles total, which is good for our bonding and overall health.  We watched her chase rabbits while I held her and look at sprinklers and the like.  She is really an amazing creature and I think that she will very soon learn to trust.


About rachelmich17

I'm 42, and doing much better to keep my life in balance. I will probably be raising an only child--my son--so as a result of various experiences over the last four years, I have decided to adopt a dog. My son, who has been asking for a little sister or a dog for years made her adoption easier, so I will try to pretend that we know what do do with Storm. I don't keep up with her blog too much, but I know that I should write more, because like exercise, it always helps me. We also have Wicket, a chihuahua terrier who runs the house and two cats, Twig and Zephyr. I guess you could say it's an animal house--less the frat lifestyle. I love them and am encouraged to see how they interact and enjoy each other. I completed my doctorate in the fall of 2014 and teach Adjunct at a major university while working the day job. I've also taught three classes on-line, and hope once I'm done working for a grant that I am under that I can become a Professor. I started a new position as a trainer / coach for adults who work with school aged kids. I train in suicide intervention, crisis skills, trauma informed practices at school and in mental health, and mentoring. I have also begun to conduct local and nationwide consultations with other agencies who work to coordinate improved behavioral health service provision for children and families. I'm grateful to no longer be providing direct services to adolescents. After 15-years, I needed a break. I have another blog that is more personal and is not about my dog. I had one that was similar to this one, but it was much more of a rant, because at the time, I was in endless dating hell. I had a crush for many years on a woman who is now my wife. We have had a long journey to get here. I hope that you enjoy reading some of our day to day stuff. Thank you for reading.
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