I really think that my sister has a sign posted on her back, “My name is Chris and I’m your new dogsitter.” So, each time she gets a new dog to watch, Kuma gets a new friend. Charlie is a three-month old lab mix with THE cutest ears! They stick straight up! Due to the fact that he is only three months old, Kuma didn’t really rough him up too much. Every once in a while she would accidently swing her butt into him and he would fly across the room, but no harm done. He would just get up and get right back into the thick of things. Because of his young age, we think that she just tolerated him. Very patient with Charlie but whenever he did get a little annoying, all she did was swat him across the head with her massive paw, just to tell him to knock it off.
Don’t let his size and his age fool you, though. That puppy was a quick one. He knew exactly where to go to get the full advantage to attack: under the ottoman. That was his “base” where Kuma couldn’t touch him. It wasn’t as if she didn’t try.
We know that dogs LOVE rawhide bones and are very protective of them, especially Kuma. You try to take away her bone and she will become a mother bear. You don’t mess with her when she’s gnawing on that bone. Charlie learned quite quickly not to bother her and her bone. But we have learned that weekend that Kuma can be a little shit.
Look at Kuma, laying there, with the bone right in front of her. No, she wasn’t tired of chewing the bone, she was taunting Charlie with it! She would lay there, not touching the rawhide, and wait for Charlie to try and snatch it away from her. That’s when she would leap up and take it, right before he could. Oh, no, this was not a one time occurence, she would do this multiple times. Isn’t she such a bully? But there were a couple of times that Charlie was too quick for her.
Victory to Charlie!
Also, I learned tonight that Charlie didn’t know how to sit on command before this past weekend. Apparently, we taught him how to sit. I’m sure he learned by example from Kuma. Chris had told Charlie’s daddy about her weekend with the puppy and she said something about Charlie sitting. He claimed that Charlie didn’t know how to sit and while on the phone, he told him to sit, which he promptly did. I hope that Charlie got a treat from his daddy for that.