Thursday, May 27, 2010

Yuki: Beginning to Walk the Walk

Well now, here is Yuki with his new dad, Steve. According to Steve, Yuki is beginning to claim his new backyard as his very own. Though he started out a little shy, after a few short practice walks, "...he at least piddles on every walk, and now he has begun to 'mark” his territory.'" So, Yuki is getting used to being Lord of his Domain. Go, Yuki.

Yuki also likes to travel to strange and exotic places like the local park. Steve says that Yuki is becoming quite the "terrier tracker"  and actually "ran toward rather than away from a rustle in the bushes the other day (a rabbit, we think)." Good boy, Yuki, we knew you had it in you.  

But Yuki likes his house too, and  he has his safe places at home. "He likes quiet spots, and will sit in our office with Bill during the day. At night he used to sleep in the hallway, but now wanders into the bedroom and sleeps on the floor next to the bed." So this little doggie is making great progress.
And Steve says that at night, "when we go upstairs, Yuki carries his favorite squeak toy with him, puts it down and looks at us. One of us will pick up the toy and squeeze it a couple times, then carry it to the end of the hallway. When we walk away, he “sneaks up” on the toy, picks it up and carries it back to his place. We have to do this 4 or 5 times each night – it’s become “expected”.
It seems that this little guy has surely landed in clover, and he knows now, "if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard."

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