I haven’t had that many opportunities to have other people in my house besides family, but occasionally I do get some. Most of the time it’s my neighbor from across the street, and sometimes it’s Taylor’s friends. I don’t mind if they come over, ’cause I know them pretty well. Then there’s family that comes to the house every few months…
Last week I had some people come in my house — in the early afternoon, our neighbor across the street visited us. I knew him since I was a little puppy, and I’ve even been inside his house a few times. I usually see him a few times a week, so I know him pretty well. He and his wifey are really nice people, but sometimes I end up barking at them when I first see them.
Nala also likes our neighbor. He’s really nice to both of us.
Nala likes to sniff — I like to sniff.
I thought my neighbor was the only visitor
we would have on this day… but I was wrong!
Later on, more people showed up at our door! There was my family’s aunt, uncle and two cousins. I’ve seen them before, but I wasn’t that well-behaved then. I watched every single move they made, and I barked the entire time they were in our house.
This time, when they came inside our house and I started
barking at them, mommy immediately put me behind the hallway gate.
She told me that if I wanted to come out, I would have to be QUIET. OOH, that dreaded word. She repeated that sentence to me over a couple of times until it looked like I understood. “If you want to come out, you have to be quiet.”
After thinking about it for a few seconds, I decided to be quiet and see what happened. When I stopped barking, my mommy let me out to join everyone.
I walked around and listened to everyone talking.
Some people tried to pet me, but I was still a little
unsure. Soon enough, I started barking at everyone again.
That landed me back behind the hallway gate. If I wanted
to get out, I’d have to be quiet. QUIEEEET…
Ahhhh. After a minute, I had figured this quiet thing out. QUIET = FREEDOM. So I was quiet.
As soon as my mommy let me out, I went around sniffing.
Nala had no trouble warming up to everyone. I also think
that she remembered them. She has known them longer.
I tried to hang around Nala, since she was more experienced.
Everyone was so nice to Nala, and she let them pet her.
I gave it a try, and it was really nice.
I hung out with Nala for most of the time.
I felt more comfortable being around her.
But Nala doesn’t like people getting too close
to her face, so sometimes she pulled away.
I don’t mind if people get in my face,
’cause I usually get in people’s faces myself!
I think this visit went really well!
My family was shocked at the difference
in my behavior since the last time they saw me.
I actually felt comfortable enough to lie down
and take my eyes off of everyone for a while.
I say the evening was a great success! It felt good to know
how proud my family was of me. I can’t wait for MORE company to come!
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