Rafe went to Omaha for the fun match, and I think I
got what I wanted.
He had four hours of exposure to lots of new dogs, new
people, dog show sounds, other dogs working in the
ring, people dropping food all over, etc. We had to
wait a long time–about fall show season here, so many
people were signed up–and that gave him plenty of
opportunity to get tired.
In the ring, what I got was forging and anticipation,
including anticipation on the recall. I think I am
very happy with that. Apart from work, he is having
fun and kissing as many people (and dogs) as possible.
Today he got invited to go to the Montessori
pre-school for “dog month” in October. It should be
After class this afternoon I went to pick up the
boychiks from boarding, and had a very nice surprise.
The young vet on duty (he has not treated any of my
animals as yet) came out to say what nice dogs I have
Then he continued talking about Rafe:
great temperament, good structure, no instability,
easy to get him to do things, etc. And he really
liked your description of Rafe as a “golden in a
Rafe says hi! He had a nice walk, and will be ready
for dinner soon. I think he will enjoy being an
uncle. Of course, he enjoys everything.
Rafe discovered he could go out to get one glove and
then, if he turned properly, he could trot over to
collect another one. We are talking about it.
More later—about time for the evening dinner and walk
It happened again yesterday. We were just starting
our walk when this fellow came along and exclaimed:
“What a beautiful animal! What is it?”
I was tempted to say “Wolf.”
Can’t believe Rafe is already one and a half–it just
doesn’t seem that long since I saw the little head pop
up over the side of the mattress that first night we
The little head is bigger, but still beautiful.