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Getting our Mowgli was honestly one of the best decisions we've ever made. At this point, I honestly couldn't imagine our life without him! He continues to grow and change (even mellow out a bit!), but, he also continues to keep us on our toes!
We had a hard week at our house last week. Work was overwhelming for both my husband and I, and, at the end of the week my 9 month old nephew landed in the hospital because of a seizure. This was AFTER Mowgli gave me the scare of my life. I had come home from work, and, my husband and I were planning to meet at the gym for a quick workout before supper. So, I headed home to let Mowgli out to potty and run for a bit before I went. I put him on his leash and went into our bedroom to change clothes. So many mornings when I am getting ready, I let him go outside to play while I get ready. Our bathroom window looks into our backyard, so, I can watch him and open the window so I can hear him, too. Many mornings he's out there for 20- 30 minutes with no problem! Anyway, I had been in the bathroom for about 5 minutes when I looked out the window to see the hook from his leash hanging off the stake in the yard. My heart sank and I hurried to the backyard. No Mowgli. I looked into the neighbors yards and around the sides of the house. No Mowgli. I went out into the garage and opened the side door to scale the front yard as well as the neighbors yards and our developement. Still, No Mowgli. At this point, my heart was racing in my throat and I was in a panic. It was snowing out, so, I ran in the house to put on my boots (with about three different doors to our house open) with a plan to do a quick run around the neighborhood before getting in my car. This whole process had lasted about 3 minutes, and, with boots on, I ran into the garage to find a very wet Mowgli standing in the garage looking at my, tail just a wagging! The tears ran as though I had lost a child...I mean, he is our first baby afterall. I apologized and scolded and apologized over and over, all through the tears he was licking away from my face. I could tell hehad a fun little adventure and didn't understand why I was upset. For all I know, he didn't go more than 5 feet and I just overlooked him. With it being winter, we haven't been able to take him on many walks and I fear that he doesn't know the area well enough to get home if he would wander too far. Even though I am too paranoid to take my eyes off him, I do plan to get him out on walks and familiar with the area and "home". I can say, I will never judge people carting their children around the mall on leashes. After the panic I felt after losing my pup for 3 minutes, I can only imagine (and can almost guarantee that when we have human babies, they'll be on little leashes too!)
Otherwise, we have been having a lot of fun. Mowgli had his first visit to the groomer and did great! I was so nervous about how they would cut his hair, and, even more nervous about how he'd be for them..but...but were great. The groomer said she had so much fun with him she didn't want to gvie him back. It's so nice to know I can take him places and know he'll be a good boy and will still love me when I pick him up! He's adapts very well to change and new enviroments.
Mowgli also met his cousin "rex" - a 5 year old Bichon, this weekend. Rex is used to playing with his brother "Buddy" (my parent's dog-my brother and parents got brothers from the same breeder) and was a little thrown when we brought in our feisty little Mowgli. The first night, Mowgli was terrified of Rex. Rex was in his face and very aggressive, Mowgli would hide anywhere he could find a nook. By the next morning, Mowgli found his courage and Rex didn't mess with him anymore. They were able to chase each other and play in a "nonviolent, nonaggressive" way. Over Easter, we will have all three dogs together, I'm very anxious to see how that goes!
It's been a very eventful week! And, Mowgli is FINALLY losing some of those teeth. Hopefully new teeth will result in less mouthing! He is better, but still has a ways to go! Either way, he is so, so smart and we love him so much!