December 10, 2010

White Dog looked at me as if I had lost my mind. "Really? Really?" her eyes asked, " you are excited and happy because Puff is trying, pathetically I might add, to counter surf? What happened to party manners?"

I laughed in delight and cuddled White Dog in one arm as I gently stroke/pushed SAWD off the cart where she was determinedly trying to reach the bag of duck jerky. Puff let me touch her but stared pointedly at the bag. (She is already learning "The Look" from WD or maybe all girls from Kansas are born with it).

It has long been a lunch tradition that as I enjoy my sandwich or soup, that White Dog and The Other White Dog sit to join me and have two, exactly two, pieces of jerky. Nuka did not take long to catch on to the tradition (although we are still working on the sitting part) but today was Puff's first experience. Guess what...SAWD liked jerky...more than that she loved it and wanted more. And she would not take "No" for an answer.

So our little timid shy sick girl decided to take matters into her own paws by helping herself. Puff is our littlest White Dog and when she stood at the edge of the cart could barely see over the top. But she saw the bag and streeeettttccchhhed to knock the bag down...unsuccessfully. She did push a few odds and ends and the dog brush to the floor but so focused was she that even its clatter did not send her skittering off.

I tried to explain to White Dog that party manners are still very important but Puff's brave attempt signalled something far greater...that she is beginning to be comfortable enough to take risks and show her true curious determined self. And THAT is is how being bad can be good.

"Humans," White Dog huffed, "are so contradictory sometimes! But I love you momma!"


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Maybe it IS a Kansas thing!!!


Teddy Bear said...

We are so glad that Puff is feeling more at home day by day. And, yes, jerky is gooooooood.:)

Teddy Bear

Remington said...

Puff is learning....becoming one of the fam....

Brian said...

I can't tell you how proud I am of Puff! Yes, bad can sometimes be really, really a good thing!!!

ra_husky said...

Claps paws for Puff!!!!!!

Kari in WeHo said...

oh it sounds like you found the way to Puff's heart :)


Sagira said...

It does have to be confusing. But glad that she is coming around. :)

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Um, Ciara can give the look too:) But she really is an Iowan by birth.

WD better watch out, Puff may just be working her way up to the top of the pack:) Great advances she is making there.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Maxie said...

Good work Puff!!

Ginger Jasper said...

It is so good to see how Puff is getting more comfortable by the day. This is another example and meand so much. Manners can come later MOL Hugs GJ x

Mack said...

YES - This is such a great achievement for Puff!
PS: We just had some duck jerky yesterday and I would so counter surf for it (if my legs were longer!)


The Thundering Herd said...

Way to go Puff - from a team of expert counter surfers. With a team, remember, always create a diversion.