Well, this first week together with him I have been trying to tell him his name is Maestro an uncountable number of times. On today’s walk he showed that he got it – finally.
I got some help from 36 voters to choose this name and I am happy with the result. 6 voters gave me other suggestions: Idefix, Buster, Fabio, Wilhelm Kaiser, Tarzan and Oblivion. It is nice to know that people choose to give me some extra choices too. I thought about the suggestions and both Kaiser and Buster could suit my dog but none of these names gave me that feeling that some of the names that I picked out.
The first week at home
One week in and I have welcomed myself into the world of morning and evening walks, the world of fur ending up in unexpected places and the world of dog poop bags in every pocket. New routines for a wonderful companion, I have missed it all.
I am blessed that the dog that I have adopted is pretty much issue free. He is such a good dog in so many ways that other dog owners that we meet are positively surprised over his young age. He is only a year and shows better manors than many older “well-trained” dogs. Maestro was quick to get along with the dogs at the dog exercise yard. My little sweetie has great potential.
I can admit that there are some small things that we can work on. In the beginning he refused to walk up the stairs. I quickly learnt that carrying a 25 kilos (55 lbs) scared dog three floors up is possible for a short time but there will come a day when I hurt my back and cannot do that anymore. So, I have been working hard this week on teaching Maestro that he can do it himself. We have been making progress but he is not there yet.
Maestro and I have plenty of adventures together ahead of us. We also stumbled up on a few minor adventures this week. How about a thunderstorm that was not scary at all, but the toad that came crawling over a lawn was weird and exciting? Maybe the most exciting that happened was when a wild bunny came running past us during the evening walk yesterday. Now, keep in mind that Maestro is a Galgo mix which means that he has got hunting rabbits in his DNA. No wonder he was excited. Good thing he was on a regular leash so he could not catch up with that bunny. An intense moment tough.
This charming teen dog is a bit obstinate, probably because he tests the boundaries. But, as many of you know, I am often the queen of persistence so he will have to play it smart to get his way… and who would not want a smart dog?