So, anyone that has been following my blog since July will know that I have not had an easy time walking my little PWD. I've had good periods...which consist of maybe 2 good walks in a row (out of about 1 trillion), but for the most part, it's been a nightmare.
Evidence of her enduring loyalty followed Shammy from the beginning of her time with us. Shammy joined our family when Alex was battling cancer. All along Shammy was teaching us an important lesson about life -- to be excited about the little things that life had to offer.
You can imagine my frustration when, at every turn, this pup constantly outwits me. We've gone through 8 leashes, hundreds of dollars worth of toys, shoes, clothes, bed comforters, sofa seats and cushions.
While the confetti is still being swept up from the streets of Washington following the inauguration, and President Barack Obama begins his second term, it's clear that one of his most valuable companions -- Bo -- also knows that it's time to buckle down and get to work.
Now I'm at five days of ignoring him. Our walks aren't perfect but they have gotten better. Time can only tell. The only thing I am looking forward to now, is that bonding sensation so many people have told me about.
I am a very conscientious dog owner. I've had my 7 month old pup for 5 months now. In this time, he's been professionally groomed 2ce. He gets monthly pedicures. We've home bathed him half a dozen times...in short, we've done everything by the book.
A full fledged puppy owner for just under five months now, I've taken pup to training classes, I've tried positive reinforcement, I've ignored the dog, I've tried to be dominant, but every single time, the "walk" has always been a nightmare.
Believe me, if you are the type of person that likes to relax at the end of a long stressful day, kick back, put your feet up and turn on the TV or read a book, then a Portuguese Water Dog is not for you.