My gratitude is overflowing that we realized that it was a good time to adopt a puppy and summoned the courage to do it without delay. The "Bigs", as we've been calling the Labraduo since Hachi arrived, are both secure, confident, and loving. They are playing such a big role in teaching Hachi about life.
I regularly find them all together on the biggest dog bed. My photos are not staged. Rather, they involve me tiptoeing to get my camera to try to capture the heart melting scene without disturbing them. The Duo seems to genuinely like and enjoy Hachi. They seem to seek him out for fun and snuggles.
The Duo have become a Trio!
As we expected, Shyla does us to boost her confidence, especially when she observes me paying a lot of attention to Hachi. For me, that means that I make sure that we continue with our morning outings and training just like before Hachi arrived. And when I come home from someplace, I make sure to tell Shyla how amazing she is before I greet Hachi. Shyla thrives on personal attention.
I took this photo at sunrise the other morning - Shyla's and my special time of the day. The cold seeped inside my clothes, making me shiver as I lay in the snow to take photos. In contrast, Shyla was happy snoozing with her whole body against the snow.
We had friends over the other night, and Shyla was cuddling up to them. She is continuing to soar, gaining confidence seemingly daily. My heart sings as I observe her continuing to get comfortable in her own fur.
I think that her newfound confidence (it has grown exponentially over the past year) is a big part of why she is enjoying Hachi and his many kisses. She lets him sleep curled against her chest. It warms my heart to see it.