new dog teaches old man a trick or two

The Pink String

When I picked up my 8 week old German Shepherd puppy, the breeder had tied a tiny pink string around her neck to use as a leash.

pink string leash

Back then at 9 lbs I could hold her in one hand.

tzuri at 8 weeks

Yesterday Tzuri had a birthday of sorts – 6 months old!  I bought her an expensive new harness and when I unwrapped it I couldn’t help but marvel at the comparison with the string.

Of course, it is an extra sturdy specialty item, a so-called agitation harness, thick black leather with a padded fleece breastplate, hand stitched by the Amish. Weighs over three pounds.

leather agitation harness

[The beef bone from Publix is a special treat she gets after every meal.]

tzuriTzuri is 45 lbs now and has just one last baby tooth to drop. She is so much fun to train because it’s all one big happy game to her and often she learns a new skill in one try.

The first time I threw a ball, for example, she chased after it and immediately brought it back to me.

And today in the Park on a whim I asked her to jump a bench on her way to retrieve her kong toy.  I was able to capture her response in a ten second cell phone video.

🙂 🙂 🙂

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