Today we went and picked up my Bean.
Here’s her reaction to seeing us.
Hopefully you can view it even without FB.
There was more but apparently Penny was making weird laughing noises so had to edit it all out. I’ve never seen our girl so excited- she was making little squeaky noises. So cute.
We stayed the night at Penny’s, and the next morning, just for fun, I decided to see if I could coax Lu all the way up the full height DW, since apparently she’d been getting about 10cm from the top plank, but just not quite making it and… SHE DID IT! It took maybe, 3 goes of going up to where she was comfortable, then running back down (for fun), then up a bit further, running down… up to feet on the top, running down… and then she was walking along, turning around, eating, all on that top plank! SO BRAVE! And she didn’t really look worried except when she looked down and went “WOAH!” but then I played Get The Contact Game with her (just to see how she’d go) and although she didn’t get the contacts very often, she was so totally focused and eager. Like, could care less about being up high! And sometimes she DID get the contact and it was cool! And she was so focused and eager that she got all crouchy and creepy and I so didn’t care cos she was like: I’M READY TO GO AND IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME!!! And that was awesome.
And then I brought her home and holy crap, Penny/Badger have transformed my dog!!! I noticed it even at Penny’s to a degree, but when we got home, she’s suddenly way more interested in toys than she was before. Or even things that aren’t toys (gardening gloves, ‘bear hands’ gardening claws, the handle of a shovel, pruning shears) have the potential to be toys. And she’s just leaping around grabbing them… like.. STOKED to have a toy!!! It’s so cool, and she’s SO naughty but it’s awesome and I don’t even care that she’s super naughty. I like this Lumen and I want her to stay.
And then I set up like, the most rudimentary jump ever in the backyard because she’d been hopping over the trellis in and out of the veggie garden with such ease that I thought I’d check if maybe Penny had trained my dog to jump, too… the first 2 I did were pretty standard jumps-in-collection, and then two beautiful easy jumps in extension. Woah!
So it’s pretty much been the best day ever.
Oh and we went for a hike. There were hills. But it was good fun.