This post is a continuation from part 1.
Who would have believed that after getting hit by a car and being so injured, a dog could have such a wonderful morning as this one!
We all remained like this for a few minutes, with Rosie on the sidewalk with her mom and me on the front steps with mine.
Just then, one of our family friends came by. He loves and understands dogs and he loves and understands me and I love him and “Lucky” is his black Labrador Retriever (and I can always smell Lucky all over Al when Al comes over and besides, Al always knows when to give me a treat) so when Al heard that my sister was here and he saw her, right away he went over to her and they made friends. This made Rosie feel more comfortable, too.
Our friend Al introduces himself to Rosie. Rosie and Al make friends.
After Rosie seemed relaxed with Al and I was okay with sitting and looking on, our moms decided it was time for me to get a little closer to Rosie.
Somehow I got the signal from my mom that it was okay to go a little closer. Maybe she let out on the lead a little; maybe she said “Joey, come”, I’m not sure. But we were able to communicate just fine.
This time, I was allowed to go right to the sidewalk but my mom kept me a few feet away from Rosie. Honestly, this is very difficult for me because I wanted to get close right away, but my mom held me back. (Actually, she gave my lead to Al, who is pretty strong and knows me and knew exactly what to do to keep me a few feet from Rosie .) It was only for a little while though, so it was okay.
Rosie and I are exploring each other still from a distance but closer.
You can see in the photo how much I’m trying to get closer to Rosie but Al has to work hard to restrain me. Rosie is interested in me too, and her mom has to work hard to restrain her. At night my parents said things like “We were smart in waiting to get Rosie and Joey together so far after his surgery and after his bandages were removed because he was putting a lot of pressure on his leg, pushing on it to get closer to Rosie, and in these last few weeks his leg has gotten strong enough to handle this.” I guess they’re right. And I’m not complaining. This is a great day – any day!
After a few minutes, our moms decided that it was time to allow the next big step! We both were eager for this next step.
nose to nose
This was really a fun moment. It was also a good moment.
Shortly after that, Rosie allowed me to lick her face a little. This was my way of inviting her to play and to tell her that I like her and want to take care of her! Rosie let me lick her face for a moment and I heard “That’s good enough for now. Let’s maybe start walking soon. We don’t want to do too much too fast. We have lots of time; let’s not push it.”
And with that, our moms decided to pull us apart again. But then I heard “Let’s go in this direction” and off we went, Rosie first and me following.
I’ll tell you more about our first reunion tomorrow; please enjoy these photos!
*****Now you can go to Part 3. ***