Squee alert! Baby fruit bat will steal your heart.
Cisco is settling in very well. He got fixed last Thursday, and will go back to get his staples out this Monday. When outside, Gracie really wants to engage with him, but he’s still a bit afraid of her. After only three weeks, we’re actually encouraging the dog to chase the cat! Imagine.
When he’s hanging out on the property with us, we let him off leash, and he’s done just fine. When we go walking, however, very different scenarios may present themselves over which we have little control, including wildlife he wants to chase, predators that would make a nice snack of him, and much larger off-leash dogs racing towards us. I think it’s a nice compromise. He has a little red harness and a long, skinny black leash for walks. Here he is running around our property:
Discovered something new: Cisco knows how to play fetch! Well, sort of. We tried throwing a stick, with zero response. But I showed him a tennis ball the other day, and he went bananas. LOVES fetching the ball, but not so good at giving it back. You have to get up and walk away from him — then he’ll drop it. He wants to either play tug-of-war with it, or strangle it to death.
This’ll be a GREAT way to tire him out in the evening.
Uploaded by Stephanie Lippitt, “A ladybug in my dorm room started playing with some sprinkles. Also, yes, I know it’s trying to *eat* the sprinkles, not play with them.”
You know, I didn’t need to go to the store after all.
Gracie and Cisco are getting on famously. I swear she goads and taunts him into chasing her, which she seems to love. She used to get Clyde to chase her, too. He breaks off after 25 feet or so, mostly because she’s too fast for him, and he’s a little bit afraid of her. This morning he was wagging his tail in her face, wapping her with it, and she didn’t even flinch. Here they are outside yesterday:
A few minutes later, Gracie took off and Cisco gave chase, but again only for a few feet. It was hilarious when he saw her climb a tree for the first time. He became quite animated, went over there and whined and danced around. Gracie has a superpower! MIND = BLOWN.
“Maybe the strangest thing I have ever filmed in Thailand. That’s saying a lot. So I pass this lady and notice mounted rifles, a horned skull, and flying bird and had to film it for you guys.”
A compilation of dogs reacting to tasting lemons, limes, and oranges for the first time.
Our new pup Cisco is settling in very well. After his ordeal on the highway, he’s definitely got some separation anxiety that we’ll be working on. He and Gracie have already had a number of face-to-face, even nose-to-nose encounters (always with Cisco on leash) and they’ve both been reacting marvelously. No aggression or barking on Cisco’s part, just excitement. Gracie usually wants no part of him, but she has approached him on her own a few times. It’ll take time, but we’re encouraged. Today it’s raining cats and dogs again, so we’re all inside right now. But Gracie has been going outside during the day, and she comes back in (with a lot of encouragement) every evening, so that’s a very good sign. He was soaked by the time we got back from this morning’s walk, so I’ve got him bundled up.
He LOVES being under the blankets at night. So technically he’s in the bed, but he’ll stay curled up and still and quiet all night at the foot of the bed, under the first layer of blanket, but not under the sheets.
We’re also working on fattening him up a bit. This might be the only time in his life when he gets to eat as much as he wants.
He had a bath on his second day. I think he’s going to have one per week. That means there might be another one later today. He is really just the sweetest, most loving creature I’ve ever met. I’d almost forgotten how nice it is to have a pet that loves you back.