I recently discovered that Alvin has found many new toys and there is a whole closet of them. While wearing my little Barbie heel type shoes, I looked down to discover several little Alvin teeth marks in them. I then discovered two other pairs that had his little calling card all over them. His main chew toy (the odd belt thing) wasn't exactly where it should be and so he resorted to finding new chew toys. Lovely!
Alvin finally barked for the first time. I was putting Stevie's pill in the hot dog and apparently I was taking too long and Alvin became worried he wouldn't get his share. My back was to him when I heard the oddest, high pitched yelp and turned around to realize that Alvin had "barked". It sounded like the yelp a woman makes if you were to jump out and scare her. I don't know who was more shocked by the noise, him and me. After all this waiting, I was not disappointed because it sounded very much like I would expect a bark from Alvin to sound like. It in no way resembled any noise from a dog and certainly wasn't masculine. I was so excited that I instantly praised him and gave him some hot dog, in hopes that he would grace me with the sound again.
Yesterday I had to take Stevie to the eye doctor and I thought I could put the leash on her and scurry out of the house, without causing Alvin distress that he wasn't going too. That instantly backfired when Alvin tried twice to go out with us and it was clear that he didn't understand that he wouldn't be included. I put a leash on him and planned to take him to grandma's, but grandma ended up being right outside my door. I handed her his leash and asked her to walk Alvin around until we could leave. Poor little Alvin got so worried about me leaving without him that he put his bottom on the ground and refused to leave with her. Alvin is terribly fearful of riding in the car but when he saw me putting Stevie in, he tried to get in too. It is often difficult to assess how much Alvin has bonded with me, but yesterday it was very clear that he has indeed bonded, to the point that he was willing to risk life and limb to be with me. Grandma called later to inform me that Alvin was at her house, eating a cheese burger patty and so I think he forgot all about me.
A few nights ago Alvin was in bed with me doing that odd mouthing thing he does with my fingers. I willingly gave him my fingers because it distracted him from partaking in his new hobby, which is to lick the sheets. Lovely! While mouthing my fingers, he ended up biting down with his back teeth and it hurt! I jerked my finger back and yelled, ouch! Alvin responded by trying to sniff my finger and clearly realized he had hurt me, and he then laid down with his head resting between his paws and was very sad. He is now back to chewing on this gait belt.
Alvin managed to scare another dog but sadly, he wasn't aware that his presence had been intimidating. It was his one chance at being scary and he missed it. A little Chihuahua ran out and was immediately frightened by the big dog, Alvin. Because Alvin can't locate the direction of sound, he never spotted the dog and he missed his big chance to feel big.
Alvin is doing well. He is improving on allowing me to pet him. It is clear that being pet on his back, causes some type of irritation because he has to do a full body shake after each petting session.
We're gearing up for another bath and grooming session. I tend to sit and think about it for a couple of weeks because it just isn't a bit of fun for either of us.
I apologize for the lack of posts. I don't have an excuse and just got distracted by the sun and fun.