Initially we were concerned that Vivi would have problems accepting her place in our pack. She had always been an only dog, and a pampered one at that. She and Ilsa made instant friends though. It seems Ilsa believes she had a puppy through immaculate conception. Maybe Ilsa thinks her mommy and daddy went to the vet to get her a little sister. I don't know what's in her head, but she has claimed the three year old Vivi as a litter mate. Ilsa chews on her head, and Vivi gnaws on Ilsa's ankles. Vivi is definitely the instigator, and Ilsa strives mightily to keep the short legged scamp's record clean. They are constant companions, sharing the sofa with daddy and curling up together at night to go to sleep.
Vivi has been attending Beginner 1 obedience class with Little Darling. Little Darling worked independently in the class with Vivi. She learned about dog training, canine motivation, and a little about herself. They graduated on Thursday, and I'm proud of them both. That's what this post is really about.
The bond between humans and dogs is an ancient one, it's origins lost in the shroud of time. Whether it was a cave dweller who found a litter of wolves, or a wolf who approached the fire in search for food, the symbiotic relationship between man and dog perhaps changed history. The dog provided an alarm and protection against predators, and greatly assisted in the hunt, allowing man to survive. Man gave the dog the protection from the elements and a sense of greater purpose. Without the other, both dog and man are lessened. There is a lot to which man gives the dog, but it is repaid in triplicate immediately and without hesitation.
Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend. ~Corey Ford