This dog is driving me nuts!
As a parent of three now grown children I can tell you first that these statements are true:
Child one: “I’ follow the rules”.
Child two: “I’m the reason for the rules”.
Child three: “The rules don’t apply to me”.
And so it seems with dogs too….
Kali is the oldest and fur-baby number one. From day one she did was asked of her, never complained and was happy to comply. Kloe is fur-baby number two. Kloe was the reason for certain changes and routine in the pack as she was growing up. Now at almost three years of age she is very much a rule follower herself but wasn’t always that way and she was definitely the reason certain controls and limits had to be put in place.
And then there is fur-baby number three: Koda.
At eight months old Koda is a natural at living up to the child number three statement. The statement oozes from every single one of her 48 pounds. Her breath in the cold frosty air whispers the statement. Somewhere there are tee-shirts with the child number three statement on the back with a picture of Koda on the front. Double sigh…
Koda’s tenacity, confidence, and strong will is something to behold. I really do admire it and am so glad Koda is who she is. Is her tenacity challenging? Yes. Does her strong will try my patience? Hourly. Can I channel her strong will into positives that will make her a tremendous adult dog. I hope so. Can I leverage the combination of all three to reverse the effects if global warming?
Maybe. Ok probably not but that is the power of Koda.
Potential song lyrics for Koda’s enshrinement into the Child Number Three Hall of Fame:
“And I love her” – Lennon and McCartney
“That’s the power of love” – Huey Lewis
“This dog is driving me nuts” – Michael Morales
Crazy, nuts, bananas – whatever. But also, crazy with love. Crazy with the optimism a puppy brings to one’s every day life. Crazy fun to see her play with abandonment.
But yeah, this dog is driving me nuts!
Think of baby Koda as the proverbial teenager. One of these days, she’s gonna surprise you as a full sized audit Golden and you’ll have forgotten all about the unfollowed rules. She sure is doggone adorable till then!
Good thing she’s not a human teenager- god forbid her getting behind the wheel of a car. 😮. Thanks for the encouragement. She really is a sweetie girl. Her tenacity and fearlessness sometimes overshadow her desire to do the right thing (that being what dad wants)…
One day she’ll be as perfect as her big sisters and you’ll wonder what the big deal was. That’s about the time you end up getting a new puppy and the cycle starts up again. LOL
Ha you’re probably right. But don’t say the words “new puppy” around Holly; she may divorce me. 😬
Dogs really are like children! There’s always that one whom you love dearly but who challenges you daily…..
Spoken like a triple mom and dog lover. 😊