When someone new comes into your life, the whole family dynamic can change. The vibe in the household can also change. This is true even if the new family member is not human, but canine.
We are approaching the one year anniversary of adopting our dog Remy. She has enhanced our lives in ways I never would have imagined. She has palpably lightened our moods and dramatically increased our daily quota of smiles and laughs. We are thrilled to greet each new day with this happy goofball.
Before Remy, we had two dogs, Lexi and Lucky. Lexi was a seven-year old, (she’s now eight) 40 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback mix and Lucky was a sixteen year old, 50 pound Chow/Siba Inu mix. We adored them both but Lucky was getting old and had some serious medical problems. He hadn’t really played with Lexi for years.
When Lucky died, we were devastated. We mourned for a month and then we were ready to adopt another rescue dog. Enter Remy.
Remy was eight months old when we got her and is twenty months old now. She’s a 45 pound hound mix with a magnificent reddish-brown coat and glorious hazel eyes. She’s beautiful, elegant and sleek-looking. And she exudes sweetness.
Remy was very anxious and fearful when we got her. She was too terrified to go anywhere near our doggie door for three months. We weren’t sure how much she would open up with love and time. But since then, the transformation has been miraculous.
Now this dog is pure sunshine! She is the happiest dog I’ve ever had. She literally bounces and bounds up to us every morning for her ritual happy dance and love fest. She seems to be greeting us every day thinking, “Oh boy! Oh boy! I get another wonderful day with my loving humans in my terrific home! I’m so lucky!”
Remy loves people and everyone loves Remy. She has a magnetic personality. And she is an incredibly interactive dog. She can be independent and do her own thing, but she also wants heavy doses of attention and playtime. And when she wants attention, she can be very seductive. She’ll look at you with excitement and anticipation in her eyes. Sometimes she wags her tail and often she wiggles her whole body. Sometimes she whines and ‘talks’ to us, or puts her paw on us or even jumps on us. She has us both wrapped around her little paw. Especially Tom. I’ve never seen him hug and kiss a dog so much, and we’ve had dogs together for over eighteen years.
Whenever we come home, Remy leaps in the air and yells, jumps on us and around us, licks us and shows such glee, it’s contagious. We drop everything and greet her enthusiastically. We both get such a kick out of Remy. We just can’t get enough of her.
Remy gets the usually sedentary Tom to go outside and run around with her and Lexi. The dogs go tearing back and forth, chasing each other around the backyard and wrestling. Then they run around Tom or crash into him and jump on him. It’s a pleasure to watch, especially since Lexi hasn’t been able to romp and play like this for a long time. I particularly enjoy watching Tom’s face, smiling from ear to ear the whole time. It makes me smile too, both inside and out.
Remy has also gotten Tom to invent an indoor game that produces the same glee all around. Tom runs around the house with the dogs in hot pursuit. Tom tries to trick them and switch directions or hide. They whine and bark but love every minute of it. Remy is definitely a Daddy’s girl. And she’s become a constant pal to Lexi.
With me, Remy is gentler. She goes into play position and/or nuzzles me or paws me when she wants attention. From me, she settles for lots of hugs and belly rubs. She also cuddles with me on the sofa when we watch television. Her coat is so soft and silky, particularly her head and her ears. She feels so good, I stroke her obsessively. I can almost feel my endorphins flowing when I pet her. I just can’t keep my hands off of her!
We did a Mitzvah (good deed) by taking on this shy and anxious dog who needed a home. She did a Mitzvah for us by bringing extra doses of laughter and fun, warmth and love into our lives.