Last week we introduced the new puppy Dart to the game of football and in the process we learned that touchdowns can be very scary to a little puppy. Everyone in the room yelling and jumping up and down , he couldn’t imagine what he had done wrong. To add insult to injury, he had been quietly chewing on a chew stick, minding his own business, got startled and dropped the chew stick. Of course one of the other dogs chomped it down immediately.  Both of them now lay by the couch hoping other treats will magically fall in front of them.

Luckily , for our one dog Darcy, his patience was repaid. We were watching another game, when the player intercepted the ball and returned it for a touchdown. Of course this resulted in more yelling and jumping up and down and again a startled and scared puppy. Once the chew stick dropped, Darcy was there to pick up and devour his reward. It has been a rough two weeks for Dart , learning the game of football, but eventually he will be just like the other two dogs and will be barking loudly when the team makes a good play.

To round out the week for Dart, on Friday he visited the vet where he got his puppy shots and a dose of heart worm. Of course this didn’t keep him from bouncing around and playing when he got home.  Unfortunately, it seemed to also unsettle his stomach. I was playing with Dart on the couch , watching TV when my dad came into the room. He looked at me and said ” The dog threw up on you. You really should clean that up?”  Is it a sign of trust when a puppy is willing to sit right by you and throw up on you?

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