I am a very happy, excited fur mama. I have now had my new fur baby home for a month and each day gets better and better. If that is even possible. Actually, it was great from day one. What gets better is that I get to know his personality a little bit more each day. And boy, does he have a personality. He is playful and social. He loves human companionship. He seeks it out at every turn. He can sprint and he has a great jump. I am wondering if there is a doggie basketball league he can join. He leaps everywhere with great grace. And he dances. He doesn’t bark but he has a lot of kisses to share.
And now, four weeks in, I am sure that he knows his new given name. Which runs from Winston to doggie dog to Winston Poo (he is a toy poodle breed). Now when I call his name he turns and gallops towards me, knocking me over. He doesn’t seem to really understand the word “no”. However, that could just be a willful lack of understanding. For he is quite smart.
Do you know that between 5 and 7 months, most babies learn that their names refer to themselves? I mean it takes many adults in the workplace years before they realize what their nicknames are therein. I kid. But there’s a grain of truth in there. A few years back, when everyone was fretting about the amount of television and video games children partake in, an article ran that noted a growing number of children were starting school without knowing their names. I just don’t know if I believe that. Seems a bit too chicken little to me. But I am horribly. Main point here is that my awesome new dog knows his name and I am quite taken by that.
By him knowing his name, I feel that our relationship is fully grounded. I refer to myself as mommy and he seems to relish that. By responding to his name, he is fully part of the family. As we know, names are a part of every culture and that they are of enormous importance both to those who receive names and to those who have given them. It is a contract of love and relationship. Nothing tickles me more than him running towards me when I call him. I feel like a lucky girl each time.