After several days of feeling bad as well as unhappy with Rocky's behavior, things are looking up since I got the prong collar I'm using for his walks. He doesn't give any indication that it hurts him or is uncomfortable, but just walks very nicely most of the time. He will give a little tug now and then, especially if he wants to stop and sniff something wonderful along the way. We are getting along a lot better the past couple of days.
Jeannie and I went to Target and Costco last night and left him for probably 2 hours or so. I expected to find some disaster when I returned, but evidently he held off until he heard us coming in the driveway. My jacket was on the floor as was one of the sofa pillows, both of which I had placed out of his normal reach on the high back of a chair. He must have climbed up into the chair and gotten them, but since no damage was done I think he waited until he heard us returning. Good boy, Rocky!
Jeannie stayed for a while and she played with Rocky, and went through some training routines with him. He knew what she wanted, but some times he is just stubborn, acts like he's never heard English before, etc. I have found that to be true quite often - he ends up doing what I ask him to do, but in his own time. I usually turn my back on him and act like I have something else to do, and then he'll comply. I have never had such a stubborn dog!
I cannot believe it is this close to Christmas and I haven't bought one single item. I have had it with Christmas as well as other holidays that are mostly celebrated to make money for the stores and corporations that own them.
We just got back from our second long walk today. It had rained a lot yesterday and last night, but the sun is shining today and it seems warmer outside than it does in my house!
Jeannie told me that she has been in contact with the man who is renting the duplex that I might be interested in. He and his wife are expecting their 1st child in a few months, and they want to move back to be closer to their families. He said that it would be okay if we came to see the place the week after Christmas, so that's when I will no doubt make up my mind about it. I will have a lot of work to do in the first few months of the year in cleaning up this place and making minor repairs. I think I will miss the storage in this place. There is much more than in most houses or the later model mobile homes.
I hope you are all doing well and looking forward to the holidays if you celebrate them.
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