Monday, September 6, 2010

Bijou - Le Petit Chien Qui Parle Francais

Hi Susan,

We think "It's been a week already!" The time has flown for us. CP Boy Brindy, now known as Bijou, has improved so much. Not really improved, just passed greater and greater tests. His health has all checked out fine. He is walking much better in the park, without tugging.

He is such a terrier! He "killed" the angel in less than two days. I bought him a plush fabric bone, with a squeaker. That lasted less than an hour. Kapock all over the couch. You would have laughed. He silenced a tennis ball with an internal squeaker. The squeaker is still in the ball. It just doesn't work anymore. I bought him a Frisbee. He has no interest in it. He doesn't seem to know what to do with it, since it doesn't squeak.

He is getting better on rides. We think he is just very worked up with anticipation and can't wait to get there. He seems to be saying, "Hurry up, Rich. I can't wait." He acts the same about going out for toilet breaks. Especially in the morning after a full night. He now has access to the entire house at night, but doesn't leave the bedroom. No "accidents, so far.

I know I am leaving things out, again. He has just been such a success. I'm so glad I pursued him. He makes me smile all the time. And people love him, no matter if they knew Emma. They think he is so cute, or handsome. For me, Emma lives on through Bijou.

People can't believe he is 11 years old. Even at the vet's, they are surprised when they learn his age. By the way, there have been no leg problems. We let him walk at his own pace. Main focus on walks is to make sure he doesn't tug. He likes to tug with the tennis ball and a soft Frisbee.

He knows "sit", and three versions of "O.K.", he knows when he is getting leashed up and plays a silly little circling game. He knows where his house is, and I think when we are back to the neighborhood in the car. He understands "let's go", "come over here", and he tries to growl lowly instead of bark at night. He also understands "ici" and allez" on our walks. I think his first caregiver spoke French to him. What a guy!

Bijou is one great addition to our family! We love him!


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