Lucy and I were so excited and eager to go meet Duke that we couldn't wait until Sunday. So, even though we couldn't start out until late in the day on Friday, we decided that we had to go on Friday.
Lucy didn't think I was moving fast enough, and the 3 1/2 ride to Ohio was way too long for her. There were multiple protests from the back seat of the boxer mobile! And when we stopped for a couple of breaks, she seemed like she was in a big hurry to get back in the car. Of course she was, she wasn't the one doing the driving!
I couldn't wait to meet Duke and neither could little Lucy. She sat so patiently at the corner of Duke's foster mom's house, but when he rounded the corner it was all I could do to hold onto my little pup! I guess she felt that she had waited long enough to meet Duke, and she couldn't wait to give him a proper boxer greeting, and Duke felt the same because we immediately had two boxers on hind legs, front paws boxing!
Our first order of business after pulling the two boxers apart was to take a nice long walk and see how they did together! Amazingly enough, both pups did very well, and I was so excited!
It didn't take long for Lucy and I to decide that Duke was coming home with us! I fastened both dogs into their car harnesses and tried to round em' up for a photo op!
I was a little nervous about it, but my two boxers did very well on the 3 1/2 hour ride home. I could tell that Lucy was very pleased with her human's decision to return home with Duke. She was barely able to contain her excitement, and I'm sure that she dreamed about all the wonderful things that they were going to do together once we got home! They snuggled in the back seat most of the way until Duke decided to rest his beautiful head on the console and grumble for about 30 miles before falling back to sleep!
Of course we're making some adjustments at our house and doing a little bit of learning- especially Lucy, but her human and Duke too. Lucy has to learn that Duke just doesn't like her "rude" puppy antics and that jumping all over Duke isn't permitted. Her human is learning to pay attention to both dogs for signs of stress, and Duke is just learning to live in a house with a crazy one year old boxer puppy!
Everyone in our house is thrilled to have Duke with us! And we're all enjoying getting to know him!
We found out last night that he prefers STEAK for dinner, and he grumbles a little bit when it takes too long to prepare (which probably means that he prefers it rare!).
He loves to hog the bed, and he snores like a freight train!
Duke is a leaner and a cuddler, but not a big kisser. He loves to sit next to me, or on my lap, and he loves to hold my hand. Duke is also extremely photogenic!
... He's also very good at jumping the baby gate. Looks like we're gonna need a taller gate and probably some agility classes for sweet Duke!
P.S. Definitely thinking about a new blog title!... Suggestions welcome about what the new title of the blog should be! (Maybe we'll have to send a special thank you to whomever comes up with the best title!) Some thoughts that I'm having:
Lucy & The Duke (And their "Hoomans" too...)
The Adventures of Lucy, The Duke and Their Hoomans