Have you ever had an active 1-year old? Well, here I am … in golden retriever form! Just like a human 1-year old, I’m attentive and active during most of my waking hours!
I release some energy by happily playing fetch with balls and taking three walks each day. I like to carry a stick with me during our walks. Prancing down the sidewalk displaying my prize certainly draws the attention of the neighbors; I see them smiling — and sometimes giggling as I walk by. I’m so happy when people come over to pet me. Hopping into the car is a joy ride to the many parks where we go for walks.
Something to chew on keeps me busy, too. My foster parents suggest I get chews made for “strong chewers.” They give me Kongs with kibble and/or peanut butter. Foster dad puts a bite of banana in the Kong sometimes. It’s fun to toss the Kong around until I can make the banana piece jump out!
My foster family has been training me in so many ways; my forever family should be willing to continue training. Foster mom says I’m “eager to please and very smart.” Isn’t that a good start? My comprehension is good! When my foster parents say, “No,” or “Not for Buddy,” I get it. They’re also working on “watch me.” I also know sit, stay, off, come, drop it and leave it. I’m super willing to do a swap for things I shouldn’t have in my mouth.
I do hear “No” frequently as many human toddlers do. “No” when I try to get things off the counter. “No” if I get mouthy — this happens when I get overtired.
Must say I’m beginning to like having a routine. It’s a comfortable way of living! In the evening, it’s petting and brushing time. I cuddle near foster mom and dad while the TV makes noises and displays pictures in the background. The new day brings going outside and having breakfast; this is also the “banana in a Kong” time with foster dad! At night I go in my crate, and though I don’t love it, by then I’m exhausted so I plop down, and sleep comes quickly.
Being an enthusiastic guy, I sometimes play “rough” with canine pals.” Not mean at all, I just like to play hard. I like seeing children, but do get excited and jump, so foster mom puts a leash on me when the grandkids come over. We’re working on it! And while I enjoy playing with other dogs, I do guard my food and treats, so I should be separated from other dogs when it’s time to eat or I’m enjoying my stuffed Kongs.
I announce when the garbage truck, people, squirrels or dogs go past our windows. My foster parents say, “Not for Buddy.” OK, I know, I know, “Not for Buddy.”
In addition to being busy, 1-year olds can be sweet and affectionate. That describes me too. Foster mom says I’ve been a “ray of sunshine on these gloomy winter days.” I want to be wherever my foster parents are. I settle down near them; their attention and petting are pure bliss. I like having “buddies!”