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Thanksgiving with Teddy

 

Teddy arrived on Thanksgiving afternoon, and ran to greet Cricket, while Cricket ran to greet Teddy’s Mom. After that inauspicious beginning, Teddy and Cricket sniffed each other thoroughly and were so busy reacquainting themselves that Teddy almost missed his Mom’s exit. Almost. When she was barely a dot in the distance, he turned and saw her and cried out and tried to jump out of his collar to get to her. But his collar is very well made.

 

We pushed on with our efforts to distract Teddy, using all of the wonderful sniffies the backyard could offer, and by the time we reached our front door, Teddy knew exactly where he was. He ran up the stairs, and then stopped short in front of our neighbor’s door, where remnants of Hazel the visiting mini-Golden-Doodle-puppy’s pee wafted up to his nose. It took a while to get his attention back, but then he followed Cricket into our apartment, did a reconnaissance trip through every room, and satisfied himself that things were pretty much as they should be.

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Teddy adapted much more quickly on this visit, crying only one or two little mews while sniffing under the front door for signs of his Mom, before settling onto my lap to watch the rest of the National Dog Show on TV. I had hopes that Cricket and Teddy would chime in with some dog recommendations for me as we watched, but they kept their opinions to themselves. I, on the other hand, started to swoon over a little French Bulldog, with bat ears, who looked like he could have been one of Butterfly’s long lost puppies, just without the hair.

french bulldog

He looked a little bit like this cutie (not my picture)

Cricket was back in full health so she was able to jump up on the couch and let Teddy know that he would not be usurping her space. It worked out well for me, because I ended up surrounded by fluffy puppy dogs, vying for my attention. Cricket had her haircut last week, and Teddy’s hair has been growing back in, so they look closer in size now, and with Cricket back to full power they’re also acting more like equals on this visit. We all celebrated Thanksgiving together, with chicken treats (for the dogs) and chocolate cake (for the humans).

Rachel and the dogs

My attempt at dog whispering.

When I made a detour to sit at the computer, Teddy discovered the makeshift doggy bed we’d put together for him, to avoid the arguments over ownership of Cricket’s bed that had made Cricket so grumpy on Teddy’s last visit. The bed was made out of a cardboard box, bubble wrap, quilting supplies and a few pillow cases and thread. He knew it was his right away, and only pulled it apart three times before we figured out how to make it more durable.

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“Why does her bed look more comfy than mine?”

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“My bed is taller than yours, Cricket. Just sayin'”

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“This is more like it.”

Teddy has clearly been practicing his pooping-outdoors skills to get ready for this visit, and Cricket has been thoroughly impressed by his new and innovative ideas for who and what to bark at, and at which (very) early hours of the morning.

I know Teddy misses his Mom, but he’s doing well, and we’re all very glad he’s here to warm up the house in the cold weather.

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About rachelmankowitz

I am a fiction writer, a writing coach, and an obsessive chronicler of my dogs' lives.

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  1. Happy thanksgiving to All! Hoping Cricket and Teddy have a wonderful visit 😊

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  2. I love the photo of you surrounded by by pups! Glad everyone is getting along so well!

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  3. Great. Thanks and congrats.

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  4. The dog whispering picture is priceless. Meanwhile my granddaughter is trying to turn her hyperactive rescue Maltese/who knows into a therapy dog using treats as incentives. Happy Thanksgiving leftovers to you and your mom.

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  5. Delightful story and pictures 🙂

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  6. Happy belated Thanksgiving! I am so glad the pups are getting along much better this visit. Loved the update on their snif adventures. And I think it is wise of you to let them explore their world with that sense.

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  7. He looks pretty happy there! Cricket looks almost ok with it all.

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  8. I just knew that adorable little scamp would settle down and actually enjoy seeing you all. Dogs are such creatures of habits, aren’t they?

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  9. awww, i’m happy for all of you –

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  10. Now, if you could only find a Teddy of your own… but then, sometimes it’s better to be able to send them home..

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  11. Oh you made me giggle at “they kept their opinions to themselves” and “My bed is taller than yours Cricket . Just saying ” lol. I am glad that Cricket has a little friend to come visit her and happy she is back to healthy . Happy Belated Thanksgiving! I been digging bushes out the ground for the move. They were all presents and The Lilac was the last present my mom gave me. I hope to start blogging again after the move.

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  12. Teddy is a lucky fella to be so well babysat!

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  13. So glad that Teddy got to visit. I’m pretty partial to poodles; they are very emotionally sensitive – in a good way. And dogs need friends, too.

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  14. a happy doggy
    holiday experience 🙂

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  15. Pooping skills are very important including the selections of when and where.

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  16. That dog whispering pic is adorable. Great to know Teddy settled more quickly. Methinks you rather like having two dogs around.

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  17. A lovely post Rachel. Teddy is a sweetheart and I’m glad he and Cricket are seeing more eye to eye this time. Love the beds captions. Funny. 🙂

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  18. Great post. Glad that Teddy and Cricket are getting to be friends.

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  19. I’m happy to see this. Love the makeshift bed! You can make them out of old towels too. I’ve got a few towel beds – stuff them with stuffing from Michael’s and sew them up. We had to mingle 6 small dogs for our holiday and it can get tricky lol!

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  20. What a lovely sight…Teddy looks so at home and Cricket clearly has accepted him as one of the pack. The dog whisperer picture is priceless! I’m glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving at your house! Is Teddy staying long this time?

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  21. Hooray – the ever popular Teddy was back to amuse Cricket and her family for Thanksgiving – excellent news!
    Perhaps Teddy will become a holiday fixture…??

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  22. It’s always good (and most welcome by the uprights) when dog visits go more according to plan. Enjoy your ‘howliday’ visitor. Kudos for the innovative sleeping arrangement.

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  23. Glad this visit is going well! Teddy does look right at home.

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  24. Glad Teddy and Cricket are getting on so well. They look good together.I’m still thinking about that “We’ll see ” comment, a few posts ago. :o)

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    • Cricket is allowing her full personality out now, for better or worse. I’m pretty sure Teddy is dreaming of going back to his house during his long naps, but he seems happy here when he’s awake.

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  25. Watching the National Dog Show with some loving dogs sounds like a great time! Sorry they didn’t share their opinions, though. 🙂

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  26. Sounds like it went pretty well Rachel. A pet sitter of your caliber is a true gift which I am sure is appreciated by both your friends, canine and human. Would have loved a film clip of the dog bed testing, I’ll bet he had fun.

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  27. I want to thank you for reading my blog and I’m glad you enjoy it. You’re one of my loyal readers, for whom I’m grateful! I really enjoy your blog, too, and miss Butterfly even though I never met her.

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  28. Great to see the return of Teddy!

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  29. This is so cool you are having Teddy again! And Cricket in in full health! It all looks so cute!

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  30. Oh, I can tell you love our furry friends just as much as I do. Don’t know what I’d do without mine. Love to see all the love you share!

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