Gratitude Dog Huff

A Fresh Start

I am grateful to be part of a family again. I had one a long time ago. But they got another dog and everything changed.  I was locked away and very sad. But things changed again!

I met a new human. She didn't believe that I was a bad dog and she didn't care that I was old. She decided to take me home.

I was afraid when I first came here because there was still a crate. It was a clean crate. It was inside the house which was nice because I didn’t get too hot or too cold. But I still didn’t like it.

I had to figure out what my new human wanted. That wasn’t too hard since I am a smart dog.

The main rule is no peeing in the house.  Apparently “potty outside” is a big deal to her. I had never been an inside dog before but once I understood, I could do that easy.

Another big rule is “don’t take food off the table.”  Even if  the food is for me, I still have to wait. It’s a silly rule, but I go along.

I had to tolerate a bath, but I guess I really did need one. (Don’t tell her, but I did like the way I smelled afterwards.)

Once I got the potty thing down and showed her I wouldn’t touch things on the table, she was satisfied.  She said ‘I trust you’ and took the crate away.  I was happy dog that day. My human was happy too - I don’t think she liked the crate either.

Life gets better!

Napping is important to me.  Here  I can sleep wherever I want in the house. On the wood floor. On the tile floor. On the carpet by the door. In whatever room I want!  

I even have three special places that are just for me!  

I have the pillow Aunt Terry made me which I like to keep in the living room.

I have two beds made from towels and my human’s old yoga mats -honestly she wasn’t using them that much!  I started sleeping on them and she said I looked so cute that I could have them. 

I keep one by my human’s bed and one in the back room where I feel safe during storms.

I have space to move around on my soft beds. I can change positions and stretch out my legs. My human stretches with me every morning. It’s important for her to get all her joints moving before I take her for a walk. Okay, it is probably good for me too.

I can get up and move around whenever I want! I wake up in the middle of the night and I can get a drink of water or move to an different sleeping spot.  I never thought that was a big deal, until it was taken away from me.

The Promise

Sometimes I forget that I don’t have to live in the garage. I shrink back when my human wants to go in there. But she reassures me that I am house dog now and promises I will never be a garage dog again.  I trust her, so I go with her. She has never made me go in there by myself and she never leaves me alone in there. But I am much happier when we leave the garage - together. She pets me and tells me I am a good dog. She thanks me for going in the garage with her and being so brave to trust her.

Best of all

I am grateful to be part of  a family again. I like belonging with and being close to my human. I like her to pet me and snuggle with me. I comfort her when she is upset and she comforts me when I am afraid.  I know she needs me as much as I need her. We are a good family.

 The other day I overhead someone tell my human that I look a different dog now - that I look like a puppy. I think it is true. I am starting over again with a new life. I feel as happy as a puppy.   

Not bad for an old dog!

More Adventures with Huff

For the latest: See The Huff Diary

Huff Chooses His Name

Huff Blows His Cover

The Pot Pie Incident

Walking with a Lion

Old Dog Math

The Feng Shui of Huff

Huff's Favorite Things

Things Huff Hates

My Senior Rescue Human

The Zen of Huff

Odd Human Behavior - Baths

Sneak Attack Bath

The Holidays Part 1

The Holidays Part 2

The Holidays Part 3

Dog Flashbacks

An Old Dog Speaks

Huff's Rules for Humans Part 1

What I Love About Herding Dogs

The Case of the Unusual Poop

The Vet

Huff Goes to the Dentist

My Pack Goes Hunting

Love at the Arboretum

Learning Indoor Manners

Why Don't Humans Ask?

The Fine Art of Barking

Huff's opinion: eBooks vs. Print

Storm Safety Huff - Part 1

Storm Safety Huff - Part 2

Storm Safety Huff - Part 3

Gratitude Dog Huff - Jack & Jill

Gratitude Dog Huff - The Vet

Gratitude Dog Huff - Aunt Terry

Gratitude Dog Huff- Dr. Huff

Gratitude Dog Huff - A Fresh Start

Gratitude Dog Huff - Suzanne Speaks