Saturday, December 6, 2014

My Dog My New Best Friend

Valentino First Steps to Forever Home
On the fifth day of November 2014 I brought a shelter dog into my home. This past week was spent in celebration of one month together, building trust and respect of one another.

There is no doubt in my mind that I have been fortunate to find—my dog Valentino—my new best friend.

Handshake of Friendship
Every day of this month with Valentino has been a day of training for him and for me. I am amazed at how much we have learned together in such a short time. We've made our pact in a handshake of friendship between a woman and man's best friend.

Valentino learned this trick in less than one week with no treats involved, just a "Smart boy!" exclamation of joy from me and a tail wag from him when he heard that sweet sound of success. (Yes, in our dog training we are learning that food need not be his only reward.)

Whoever said you can't teach an old dog new tricks sure was wrong where me and my three-year-old Redtick Coonhound are concerned!

My Dog Valentino
I think that I might never see
A hound quite so precious as thee.
Of loving friendship we partake
And to that end is our handshake.
We train together day and night,
We run and play, and life is bright.
You prance upon my heart and home
To sit and stay, no more to roam.
©Ruth Cox

Dog Pawsitive Tidbits: Visit your local animal shelter, just as I and many dog lovers have done. There you, too, shall surely find the most precious of dogs to adopt as your canine companion and new best friend.

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