He was great in Petsmart and great on the way home, and he has been a sweet, gentle and loving dog in the 24 + hours we have had him home. We didn't even hear him bark until this morning, and he has been very patient with all the overtures of love my children are bestowing upon him. All in all, I think he has a great personality and will be a wonderful addition to our family.
But, as usual in these situations, there is a transition period. And my dear friends, as I might have mentioned
The love from child to dog is a beauty to behold. They LOVE this doggie, and I love to watch it. They are also probably driving him crazy, but I digress - suffice it to say he is very patient. "Man's best friend!", and "He is the best dog in the world!", and "I love you so much, Shadow!" are constant phrases I've heard in the last day.
We had to leave him in the laundry room (barking) this morning for church (he WILL NOT go in the crate we borrowed - thinking he either has never used one, or has had a bad experience with one), and I was pretty anxious that he would be really upset for the three hours we would be gone. On the way to church, my eldest son suddenly turned down the radio and started praying aloud. A prayer of thankfulness that Shadow was in our family, and then a prayer that Shadow would be calmed and soothed and feel safe knowing that we would return. As you might imagine, I was weepy. I had been praying for God's hand in this transition as well, and his eloquent words calmed my anxious heart.
As we drove home from the distant Petsmart yesterday, I looked in my rearview mirror several times. My 13-year-old son was sitting in the back of the burb with our new doggie, looking serene and blissful. It made me think of a Norman Rockwell painting, as the phrase "A boy and his dog" flitted through my mind. It made me smile numerous times.
I am very happy we have Shadow in our family. I would like to fast forward a week or two to know everything will be worked out, house training-wise, but I suppose that would be the easy way out. We shall walk this walk as a family and figure it out together. I just hope the journey involves less poop and more cuddles.