Alvin made my night tonight! It's interesting how accomplishments are measured differently with Alvin. I was out back tonight and had shut the door. I heard one little paw scrape the glass door which immediately caught my attention because none of the three dogs here paw at doors. I was wondering who it was and before I turned around I had already concluded that it must be Stevie. I turned around to see Alvin's cute little face pressed against the glass. I immediately opened the door because I wanted to reward the behavior and he came right out and went potty. The icing on the cake was that it was wet and raining outside and he still came out to potty. As you all know, Alvin can't signal when he has to go out and hasn't demonstrated an ability to hold it until the door is open. He also tends to go potty inside when it's raining and so this was a triple accomplishment. Boy, oh boy, did I praise him and of course gave him a little treat. He may have demonstrated an increasing amount of intelligence but he still hasn't figured out that his "treat" is just a kibble of his regular food. He deserved more because that was just plain smart!
Gracie finally growled at Alvin a couple of nights ago. She periodically growls at Stevie and has even snapped at her but she has shown nothing but patience towards Alvin. We were having our bedtime snack on the bed and Gracie wanted some, which she usually does not. I made her a little bowl and Alvin finished his sooner than she did. He then kept insisting on trying to get some out of her bowl and she gave him a growl. Alvin seemed oblivious to it and I don't know if it was because he can't determine the direction of sound or that he just didn't get it. He kept stressing me out by trying to go back to the bowl so I closely supervised in an effort to help him keep both of his ears. The number one rule in this house is that NO ONE can be mean to Alvin but he pushed the envelope with that one.
He remains just as cute as he can be!