It's been a good week for Hachi. He is doing all sorts of things well, including seeing friendly people on the trails or even on the road near our house. His and Shyla's friendship continues. I hope it stays strong forever.
Also, through happenstance, Hachi is no longer very afraid of my bike. Sometimes I see him and the Runner out on the trails when our routes cross. Hachi is happy to see me, and he runs over to say hi or even to run along side my bike. It's happened close to ten times now, and I see very little sign of worry about my bike in him now. Sometimes, things can improve without a lot of hard work!
A year ago, we were in that wonderful warm place called the desert. Hachi is not a cold-weather dog. He has a thin coat, and he absolutely loves basking in the warm sun. I'd been looking forward to taking the improved Hachi there this spring. By "improved", I mean that he is usually happy to meet new people as long as they act friendly, which would have made traveling far more relaxed for him. Ah well - maybe he'll get that chance in the fall.
This is one of my favorite photos of him, taken last April.