Caring for (and entertaining) a grand-dog isn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. The cats, of course, probably have other opinions.
Calpurnia, for example, seems a bit uncertain (and dismayed) by the new arrival. "Hey, who's the new guy and why's he eating my food?" Her three fellow cats declined to be interviewed for this blog.
Yogi is playing it cool, befriending neighborhood dogs and trying to keep everyone happy.
He's met a couple of girl dogs who greet him every day and share occasional doggie kisses.
It's all gone to his head. This is Yogi, sitting on the front porch, waiting for the girl dogs to text him and invite him on their morning walk. He's already had breakfast and is ready to start his day. He also joins them on their evening walk. Two highlights of his day.
One advantage of having a dog (even a temporary "guest" dog) is that it certainly increases your step count for the day. Yogi is walked at least three times a day, and is usually tuckered out by the time we get home. Here he is, taking one of the cats' beds on the sun porch, but no one seems to mind.
I've hesitated to take him on longer walks because he's an older dog and tends to get tired. A couple of days ago, I had to carry him home at least 5 or 6 blocks. For a little dog, he was pretty hefty. It was like carrying one of those medicine balls in the gym. Maybe he'll build up his stamina and I can take him to a couple of local parks. I've decided not to take him to the dog park because some of the dogs are pretty rowdy and he's used to being with humans.
All in all, it's been a great experience, and it's been fun to spoil him with treats and attention. I'm already planning his next visit!
By Mary Kennedy