We’ve decided. Tisen stays.
We took him hang gliding on Saturday. Tisen ran over and start licking my face in the middle of a hang check and then follow my glider all the way down the big hill and back up again. When I told the instructor he was a foster dog, she said, “That’s your dog. He has claimed you.” She’s right. He is my dog.
It’s funny how this happens. I wonder how a dog decides you are theirs? And you cannot resist. You find yourself committed until death do you part. Except you’re committed to a well-behaved 3 year old with fur who will never be able to use the toilet.
Upon deciding that Tisen must stay, we immediately went to PetsMart to celebrate. Since we are working on crate training, we, of course, needed a cozy matt to put in the crate, special chews to keep him busy while we’re gone, and a new squeaky toy since I’ve discovered he’ll do about anything for a squeaky toy. He picks a bear for his squeaky toy, but then is so enamored with a ridiculous long, red dog that I cannot resist getting it for him, too. It’s a good thing I don’t have children.
When we get home, he picks up the red dog and carries it in from the car, trotting along with his head held high like he’s won some sort of award. The joy I experience watching him is well worth the extra $8. When he gets to the living room, he plops his new toy in the middle of the floor and then pulls his stuffed squirrel out of the crate, laying them out on the floor side-by-side. It’s hard to know what goes through a dog’s mind sometimes, but I have to wonder if he really just wanted squirrel to have a friend.
I pick up the dog and give it a squeeze. Tisen starts poking at the dog with his nose trying to make it squeak. Pat joins in and starts squeezing, too. I grab my iPhone and try to get a shot (not having time to change lenses on my camera). Tisen gets irritated with the flash, picks up red dog, and hides out in his crate. I take this as a sign that crate training is going well.
Tisen’s obsession with squeaky toys reminds me of a story my mom used to tell about me. When I was about 2, I was given a doll who would cry if you squeezed her. Except, I wasn’t strong enough to get her to cry. But, I figured out my own method. I horrified a nice lady at the bank one day when she complimented me on my cute baby and I responded by throwing it on the floor and stomping on it. My mother smiled weakly and said, “It’s the only way she can get it to cry.” It’s really a good thing I don’t have children.