Belle, Oskar and Buster are special to me for many reasons, including the fact that they were my very first regularly-scheduled Monday-Friday dog walk clients. I have been working with these loyal, loving, spirited pooches since September 2017, and we’ve had so many wonderful adventures together.
Belle, who is around three years old, knows what she wants and she knows how to get it. And what she often wants is to be picked up and carried for a bit while we’re out on our walks. I often indulge her, because we’d never make it around the block if I didn’t. But it’s OK, because she’s tiny, adorable, and soft, and spoiling her is hard not to do. She regularly employs other heart-melting behaviors such as hopping up and down several times on her hind legs when she gets excited; running in circles while chomping at the air and finally rolling over for belly rubs before I leash her up for our walk; and lifting her long ears straight out to the side when anticipating a treat. Her favorite game is tug of war, and she regularly defeats all who dare to challenge her in this realm.
Oskar and Buster are brothers, and just turned 10 in January. You would never know that these guys are now officially considered senior citizens, though! They also jump in the air, usually when I first arrive and start to leash them up, although their jumps are typically combined with an attempt to land a big wet kiss on my face (or on my glasses, or up my nose), and they succeed about 25% of the time.
Buster is a real champ at chasing and catching balls, and would do it all day long if he could. Of the three, he is the most enthusiastic about rolling around on the ground while we’re out on our walks, and is the only one who stays by my side after I’ve removed their leashes when we return (Belle and Oskar usually run off into the house). Both Buster and Belle love to bark at the two chickens who live in a coop in the back yard, and the chickens seem to enjoy it, because they’re always right up next to the wire giving it right back to Belle and Buster. I like to think that it’s a complicated, love/hate relationship.
Oskar is the most relaxed of the three, and when I give him his treat I always thank him for being such a gentleman. He also loves to play with balls, but can’t keep up with his lightening-fast brother when it comes to chasing/catching them, so I always make sure he has his own that he can take off to a quiet corner to chew on.
With their exhuberance and high energy, this crew keeps me on my toes and smiling, and I hope to have many more adventures with them!