Over 3 years ago I did something very impulsive… I decided to get a puppy! Before you judge me because I used the word “impulsive” in the same sentence as “puppy”, I was responsible in finding a good breeder, I even researched the breed! When the time was right I went to visit little Truman to make sure he was the dog for me (at that point in time his name was still Duffman, like off of The Simpsons;). When I went to visit him I took him a little skunk toy with a squeaker in both ends. It was bigger than him! He liked it right away and tried to carry it around.
Three weeks later I brought Truman home, and boy did I find out the difference between researching a dog breed and living with a pure bred dog. The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is not for the faint of heart! I love him though and the reason I tell you this story is because he is a large part of the good in most of my days. I never have to look very hard when I look at him.
Today I went to the pet store to look for some super yummy dog treats. What I found was even better! I found the same toy that I bought for Truman more than three years ago. The original toy has long since been torn apart and became so dirty that I had to throw it out. When I found the same toy today I wondered, does Truman have as many fond memories of the toy as I do? I wanted to find out so I brought it home.
To be honest I think he was more interested in the smell of the pet store and the dog I met there than the actual toy. Nonetheless I am sure with a few value-building exercises this toy will become a great reinforcer for our training games! Plus, I really enjoyed the trip down memory lane.
Trivia for today’s post, what movie or show was the inspiration for Truman’s name? 😉 If you want to read the previous Looking for the Good posts use this link. Or go to my menu, find the “Subscribe” page and enter in your email. I will send you a blog update notification (but no more than once a week, I don’t want to fill up your inbox).
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Also! Yesterday’s trivia was answered by the very helpful Sonia, and my boyfriend Ky. Duplex with Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore was the movie I was thinking of but couldn’t remember completely. It was Barrymore who choked on the Lysol-soaked raisin, funny how we can fill in the gaps in our memory like that. Also, Sonia, thank you for the “look up” idea. I didn’t get a chance to try it today, but I will have to sometime in the near future!