My Novel November started with games: ‘Hide and Seek’ and ‘Find It’! While in the middle of Find It, I spit out a tooth! I have spit out two baby molars for my puppy raisers to save for me. I loved playing ‘Hide and Seek’ and ‘Find It’ with my puppy raisers. I just love those games! Life is a game, so much fun, wonderful, and full of love!!
I went to a morning business meeting with my puppy raisers, and the people I met there fell in love with me. I entertained them by performing all of my skills which they thoroughly enjoyed, and then my puppy raisers and I dined out for lunch.
The next morning I helped my puppy raiser’s skills by kissing his face each time he laid down during ‘sit-ups’, and then hopping on his back each time he straightened his arms during ‘push-ups’. I think that it enhanced his routine, and I should help him with this on a regular basis.
Holy Cow, did I do some traveling this month! Because I am getting to be a big boy, I had sleepovers in two different homes! The first sleepover was while my puppy raisers traveled to a different land… they called it Ireland. They told me that I am too little to fly just now but I don’t know what they meant since I don’t have wings. I don’t think that I will ever be able to fly. Flying is for the birds, which reminds me; my puppy raiser and I saw an owl on our morning walk before going to my first sleepover! Yes, an owl who parked himself on a tree limb close to the road. He was magnificent but most impressive was his neck’s range of motion.
Anyway, this first sleepover was with Jessica and James. I’ve known them since I was eight weeks old but even still I watched through the window as my puppy raisers left me. I saw them look back and thought for a moment that they might turn around and snatch me up, but instead they left me a snack to eat as soon as they were out of sight so that my mind could focus on something else. I enjoyed my snack, and then I went back to playing hard with my buddies.
My puppy raisers texted my sitters to check up on me the next morning on the way to the airport, and were so happy to receive a phone call from my sitter before catching their flight.
I played hard with my buddies all week, had feline housemates, attended my last Kindergarten 1 class, learned more from my older buddies, and practiced my skills. My sitters were very kind to me, and I made them laugh. I even had the privilege to see my first human mommy, Kimberly, from my first eight weeks. She came all the way from New Jersey to see me before I get too big. She told me how proud she and my doggy mom are of me. She gave me lots of sweet kisses. Apparently, some of those were from my doggy mom Cali.
When my puppy raisers came to collect me one of my sitters bent down and told me that she loved me. Even though everyone loves me…remember I am Louie… it was really nice to hear. My puppy raisers couldn’t get over how much I grew in one week, and they noticed my improved ‘leave it’ skills.
I was exhausted from my active week and fell fast asleep – first in my puppy raiser Joanie’s lap when they came to collect me, and then in my puppy raiser Billy’s lap at home.
I stayed with my puppy raisers for four days before going to my second sleepover. In these four days I had lots of visitors who slept over, and I had an early Thanksgiving and Christmas all in the same day… my very first Thanksgiving and Christmas. I loved it! I was told things were reversed this year so we had Christmas first, and I met Santa Claus!!! I saw Santa kissing my puppy raiser!!!! He gave me a really cool chew toy, and he told me that he will be back in December because I am such a good, and loving puppy! Then we all sat down for a Thanksgiving dinner. I do really well lying down under restaurant tables but good grief, this dinner was at home and included humans who were smaller than me who seemed to want to share their food! I tried so, so hard to resist but it was really hard for me, Louie, can you believe it?
My puppy raisers told me that I did really well with such a large crowd. I guess it was a good thing that I was protected by having been tethered to my puppy raiser all through dinner – actually for the entire time the house was filled with six little humans, and six big humans – but I still don’t understand why I wasn’t allowed to help clean the floor after Thanksgiving dinner.
After dinner some of the small humans and I played ‘Find It’ and ‘Hide and Seek’, and the five year old human boy practiced ‘wait’ with me while he put a treat on the floor in front of me. After he said ‘at ease’ I dove for it, and made him laugh. He loved playing this with me, and I had the opportunity to show him how well I perform this skill. One time I thought that he might have been trying to trick me because it sort of sounded as if he said, “at ease” but not quite, so I stopped and waited until he spoke clearly, then I knew, and dove. He laughed again. It turns out that he is working on his speech just like I am working on my skills.
After all six small humans went to their beds I laid on my back in my puppy raiser’s lap, and he cradled me as we both slept… I am going to use my adorable expressions to coax him to cradle me again on December 24th while I anxiously await Santa’s arrival – and you all know why he is coming back…
My second sleepover was with sitters, Claudia and Bill. They knew me when I was just a tiny pup, and of course they were so happy to see me – Louie – and were impressed with my growth. My puppy raisers texted my sitters to check up on me the next morning, and my sitters kept in touch with my puppy raisers just about every day which my puppy raisers truly enjoyed.
I got to go visit Airmen, go to work with my sitter, spend time with two little humans who they call ‘twins’ and who were about my size, take walks, practice my ‘wait’ skill with their three year old human boy, and go to another Firehouse (I love firehouses)!
My sitter packed my lunch so that when my puppy raisers came to collect me, they could feed me as soon as we walked in the door at home which, of course, I loved! My puppy raisers noticed how relaxed and healthy I looked.
I, Louie, was fortunate to be a part of my sitters’ family on Thanksgiving, and for which my puppy raisers and I are grateful.
I was truly blessed to have such wonderful Sitters who shared so much love, and blessed that my puppy raisers remembered to pack my day bed! All four of my sitters told my puppy raisers just how much I loved my day bed, and Jessica told them just how handsome I looked on it… but of course… I am Louie, a handsome, not-so-little-anymore pup.
I show my puppy raisers every day just how much I want my day bed at night but they keep telling me that I am too young to sleep on it all through the night and that one day, before I know it, I will have my dream come true.
Yup, this pup is loved! There is so much for which to be grateful.
I hope that you all had a wonderfully warm and loving Thanksgiving month as well,