Our new puppy, Jeter, has been part of the family for a few months now and I have to admit I am quite taken with him. The early weeks were challenging as I sacrificed my sleep to housetrain a puppy who suffered from an ultra sensitive digestive system. Those cold winter nights, with me sleeping in leggings and a long-sleeved shirt to hasten the going out process, are thankfully a distant memory. Happily, we’ve now moved on to a much more pleasant stage of puppyhood.
What else can I tell you about the latest Lilly boy? Well, he’s growing remarkably fast. We just graduated to a larger collar and he no longer comfortably fits in the bedside chair he staked claim to months ago. He also now leaps directly on to the bed without relying on the chair as a step. Pretty impressive, right? On a related note, this sleeping on the bed thing isn’t something I intended to occur, but I have to admit he is quite the cuddler. No, really. He seriously sleeps on his back, stretched out for all he’s worth, with his head frighteningly close to the pillows. Sigh. But he’s so damn cute…
Although I was concerned by his initial indifference to water, he is swimming like a champ these days! Jeter loves taking dips in the Normanskill and has enjoyed a couple of pools in the last week or so. He needs to be attended to in the pool because he is inclined to paddle around without a plan for either how to get back out again or what his endurance actually might be. Suddenly, he’ll go vertical with his head barely above water – a sure sign that he needs to be guided to a way out.
Jeter and I took our first road trip together earlier this month and he was pretty much perfect. He rode shotgun and was great company during the drive. I swear my brother gave him more attention than any of my human children have ever received and I’m ok with that. My brother has always been more of a dog person than a people person.
During that trip to Syracuse, it was duly noted that Jeter is a bit of a mommy’s boy. True, I suppose. Maybe it’s our morning routine at the kitchen sink when I share my strawberries with him? Or could it be the efforts I make to get him to the dog park as frequently as possible? I am inclined to spoiling the guys in my life, and Jeter is no exception. I love that he eats berries, pears, apples, watermelon and carrots and have no problem indulging him when it comes to healthy snacks. Geez, he probably eats more fruit than any of my human children!
I know that we’ll never stop missing our Cassidy, but, Jeter’s presence has made our house a home again. I like to imagine that Cassidy is watching over us and knows that she will never be replaced in our hearts by the mischievous puppy we’ve brought into our family. Hearts, though? They have the capacity to expand faster than a puppy can grow – and that’s saying something.