This past week we had a unexpected old friend come to visit! My Mom was admitted into the hospital for about four days and her dog, Daisy, came to stay with us!
‘Training’ this week was fairly simple for Duke and Dixie. They instinctually knew that Daisy is an old girl and didn’t want to be bothered! They gave her the appropriate space, let her go up and down the stairs first and didn’t bother her in the yard! You see, Daisy is about 14 years old, her back legs have always been bowed and she has a hard time walking let alone climbing stairs! We believe she may have had a stroke also.
Delilah on the other hand just wanted to run and jump and romp! Daisy wasn’t having any of that! She may be a old girl with some health issues but she can still put a puppy in its place! Needless to say, if Delilah and Daisy were in the same room, Delilah was on a leash. She was getting the hang of a submissive greeting with an old dog but Daisy didn’t stay long enough to teach her completely! She got a good first experience though! Eventually, Daisy got comfortable and trusted that I had control of Delilah and would actually try to sniff Delilah when she wasn’t looking! Daisy preferred to watch me wherever I went or find a cool spot in the kitchen!
The funny thing about Daisy, for as bad as you think she looks or feels, she still had her moments of youth when you would take her for a walk! Or should I say, when she would tell me where to walk her! She would sometimes even skip! Or when the people food came out! Daisy likes her snacks better then her meals! She was buddy buddy with Oscar because he would slip her a table scrap now and again!
As of Thursday, Mom is out of the hospital and Daisy is back where she belongs! At home where there are no puppies to chase her back legs!
Happy Fathers Day to all the dads, whether to two or four legged kids!