There is a local dog park here that was named after a dog who was a seeing eye dog. The dog's name was Seemor. (Ha! See More!) The dog park has 2 sides. One for big dogs and one for little dogs. We used to go there on occasion when all of the puggers were at a point when they could appreciate it. We had not been there in a long while. But as we considered what might be better for Henry in regards to "wandering" instead of "walking" we thought that maybe this would be a good option. We have been there 2 times recently. Both times we were the only ones there. So, that was actually pretty good. We don't necessarily want other dogs bumping into him and we are not sure how he is now in a room full of strangers.
Henry did a great there in his lonesomeness. It was actually an ideal situation. He got to sniff out a whole new area, could be off leash, not be pressured to stay on a path and we didn't have to carry him anywhere! Yay! It was a win all the way around. The second time there he even wanted to explore the big dog side. This was perfectly fine since no one else was there. We left when the mosquitoes started getting hot and heavy! Ugh! Henry had a great time, though. #HenryStrong
We recently learned that our new grandniece, Reagan, is a CAT person! She's not quite two but has shown to really love kitties even more than puppies. She has 2 dogs of her own but seems to have a preference of cats over dogs. I don't mean to say this with disgust as we have our own wonderful kitty whom we love dearly but to say that we are cat people over dog people I don't think is accurate. We are animal people. And I guess that is how Reagan is too but we know that she certainly gets a big kick out of kitties. So, we made this video for her. It's just a snippet of Cupid "talking" to Reagan. Cupid can be pretty good to have a conversation with. Seeing how she doesn't really argue or back talk you. Ha! Don't get me wrong. Sometimes she has some serious cattitude for sure, but anyone can see her sweetness in just listening to her.
Grammy is a very talented woman. She is a painter and an author. Recently there was a show in Daytona where local artists could show and sell their creations. Gammy set up camp for the day, and Henry took a trip just to see her and say hello. They were both very happy to see the other. And I believe that I may have even seen Grammy's tail curl and wag pug style!
Henry and Grammy even split a hamburger! What a lucky day for Henry! He got lovin's from his Grammy AND extra protein!
Part of Henry's anxiety/dementia routine begins around 7 PM (or when the sun starts to set---depending on the time of year). Each night Henry will stand by the front door as though he needs to go potty. We will take him out and he will either do his business or decide to come right back in the house. About 10-15 minutes later, Henry again stands by the door and trained as we are, we let him out. He pees or poops or does nothing and then makes his way back to the house. When the door opens to go back in, he steps up and immediately begins looking to the "treat gods" for his payment of a small dog treat. 10-15 minutes later in the night, cue Henry to the front door. Outside, potty or no potty, front door opens, eyes to sky, treat. Rinse and repeat until 830-9 PM when finally he then is ready to be placed onto the big boy bed (the people bed) where he then will settle for a good night's sleep.
After each trip outside he looks to the sky for his treat. This routine was the pugs' bedtime routine for many, many years. They'd all go out front for a final pee pee of the night, rush to the front door, get paid in the form of a doggie cookie and then be put up on the big bed. Well, Henry starts this routine and practices it over and over and over again nightly. We know that he is not ready for bed when he begins doing this at 7:00 since we've tried to put him to bed and he will yelp for us to let him down off the bed. (We are very lucky that he does know that he's on the tall bed and does not to attempt to jump down.) And we have considered not rewarding him when he comes in if he has not gone potty, but we are worried that would make a disconnect to going outside to potty at all. It is just part of his OCD type anxiety and cognitive decline.
The funny part is the OBP parents would typically take turns letting Henry out and playing treat god. But each night Cupid will choose an OBP parent lap on which she will firmly plant herself for hours. And once Henry starts the ritual, the parent with the cat on the lap simply looks gazingly at the other as though to indicate, "hey, I can't go, I have a cat on my lap. I don't want to disturb her." While the unlucky one with no cat on lap, has to go up and down and up and down bringing an empty bladdered dog outside to do nothing but turn right back around and get a treat. At least Cupid does take turns when choosing a lap.
We've always known that Cupid is not your ordinary cat. But this sort of took the cake! One of our favorite meals is turkey chili. We like to have add some crumpled tortilla chips to the chili. Recently we discovered that this Cupid likes tortilla chips too! Being that this isn't very healthy, (for Cupid or for us) we cut Cupid off from the chips after filming the video. #CrazyChipLovingCat