Bruce is one of my day care dogs. He's sweet and easy to get along with, loved by people and other dogs alike for his great vibes. After weeks of ignoring the other dogs, both my own and those who come for day care and boarding, Gully has finally chosen Bruce to be his buddy.
I keep a baby gate between the dog room and Gulliver's space, taking it up and down at varying times because Gully likes it, it makes him feel like he can control contact, but I also don't want him to be shut off. The other day, Bruce pushed the gate open and went in. Knowing Bruce, it was probably because one of Gulliver's bones or toys was calling his name, but somehow, in the few minutes they were together, Gully decided he liked Bruce. Better yet, he copies Bruce. He really couldn't pick a better role model, since Bruce is pretty imperturbable. Wagging his tail and taking treats, Gully didn't run back to his bed to eat them, but crunched them up right there and stuck his nose out for another one. Luckily, Bruce is here often. It's been a very good thing for Gulliver because their friendship has stuck. Bruce will be back tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to watching them together. I just hope Bruce doesn't teach Gulliver how to carry my slippers and shoes around, dropping them in obscure places so I have to search them out!
This is pretty typical of the way things go with fearful dogs. Just when you think they're never going to get any better, boom! They take a big step. Bruce has made overtures of friendship to Gulliver since he arrived, only to be met with complete indifference. Gully just wasn't ready. When he was, Bruce was there, ready to take Gulliver under his wing.
People have been e-mailing, asking for an update on Gulliver. I wish he knew just how many friends he has, from people all over the place. I haven't written about him much lately, because we hadn't introduced anything new and I didn't want to cover old ground. The improvements he was making, such as eating while I was still in the room with him and finally taking care of all his "business" outside on a regular basis just weren't very exciting. This, though, I thought was worth writing about!