That was three years ago.
Since that time, she became Nuka's comfort zone; YoYoMa's Lolita; Quinn's silent guardian. She has patiently let Oso stumble and land on her and often has merely shifted so he could lie beside her. SAWD takes over Taiko's bed just long enough for him to settle on the floor; then she gets up, touches his nose and finds her usual sleeping spot.
Puff The Magical is Bella's mentor and the newest recruit follows her lead without hesitation. It was Puff who taught the Tiny Dancer to confidently go in and out of the dog door...and to ask for treats...and is doing a great job as her leash partner. Steve thinks they get along so well because they share so much of the same story, including coming from Kansas and being breeder girls past their prime.
Puff still is not fond of being held but she tolerates our morning ritual of my holding her as I whisper her names, thank her for choosing to be part of our family, tell her I love her and kiss her on the head. Immediately after, though, she jumps down. She loves being brushed and will sit as long as Steve will comb through her furs and talk with her. She is still shy in public but refuses to be left behind if the WDA goes for a car ride. She rips the squeakers out of stuffies and will take Yo's toy from between his paws if she decides it needs to be silenced. Her ritual that makes me sit still as a rock involves lying next to my feet and placing her paws on my foot, like we are holding hands. She will often sleep that way for quite sometime as I try not to move or break the magic.
Tonight the White Dog Army, all of us, celebrated our girl in our usual fiesta manner...a good homecooked meal and a special cake (apples, carrots and cranberries) topped with whipped cream. There will be surprise treats at bedtime.
HAPPY 3rd GOTCHA DAY, PUFF THE MAGICALfrom Siku Marie, YoYoMa, Oso The Fearless, Taiko the Tender-Heart, Bella E. Premusoro, Steve, Michael and me ...it was indeed a magical day when you joined the Army and enriched our lives.