But today, I don't really want to dwell on goodbyes. I'm excited to hear that GDTx' first pick of raiser for Alfie said yes! I don't believe I've met her, and don't even know her name. What I do know is that she's not only raised puppies successfully for GDTx (before I started volunteering there), she's also an experienced animal trainer of another type: she used to work with marine mammals at Sea World. Sounds like a great place for Alfie, don't you think?
From dolphins to doodles!
Things have been incredibly hectic around the house. One of the reasons I went ahead and arranged for Alfie to leave so soon is that he's been picking up on all the stress and upheaval as we pack, meet with realtors, etc...nothing severe, but he's been having some tummy issues. Poor guy, he has no way to know or understand what's going on! That tends to make me feel guilty, which he also is probably picking up on...a vicious cycle. Also, although he's been going places with me, I obviously haven't had the time to devote to his obedience work and training like I normally would.
I was clearing out a cupboard today and prepping it for refinishing (hence the dust on the floor)...came back and guess who was inside?
They'll have trouble selling this house: Severe doodle infestation under the sink!
So many fun Alfie memories. Two stand out today:
One of the most entertaining (and useful) things about this guy is how naturally good he is at finding things. When we misplace something, he can often find it for us. Wednesday night Charissa was getting him ready for our walk and noticed his leash wasn't hanging on its peg. After asking Alfie where it was, she thought of looking in the garage and opened the garage door. Alfie darted in, threaded his way through piles of boxes (you can definitely tell we're packing!)... then he turned around and pointed his nose up to the top of a particular stack...the leash was way at the top of a stack of 4 boxes. There was no way for him to see it -- I'm guessing he either smelled it, or remembered its being left there earlier. I'm sure it would've taken us forever to think of looking there if it hadn't been for Alfie's help!
Alfie can also get very excited during play and will occasionally chase, and catch, his tail. I used to worry that that meant he was too high strung...but as time went on I realized that he seems to be mainly doing it to make us laugh! I imagine he'll outgrow that eventually. I've always wanted to catch it on video but when I get the camera out he stops! Go figure.