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-Challenges me every day. Just when we think we have all Luke’s idiosyncrasies figured out – not fixed, but at least we know what they are! – he comes up with something new. The latest thing has been not letting us put his collar on him. I like to change his collar a few times per year, seasonally or for holidays, but the last two times we’ve done this, he’s put up a fuss when we try to put it back on. “Put up a fuss” means he jumps and runs away, and won’t stop to let us do it. Every time we try, he freaks out and runs. It usually takes two of us to get it back on, but still isn’t easy. Trust me, we tried using treats, etc., but he is not cooperative with that, so we have to be sneaky. Thankfully, I don’t use his collar for walking, we use a harness (we still love the ComfortFlex*, and I wouldn’t dare try to change it now anyway!), so that would not be the end of the world, but he wears a natural flea/tick tag* on his collar that I really think helps, plus ID. He is micro-chipped, but that has not been checked for a while, so I don’t want to solely rely on that. I really worry that some day he’s going to decide he doesn’t want his harness on either, but he does know putting it on leads to a walk, so hopefully that keeps him on board.
-Probably requires more patience than I have. See above. Some days he makes me cry because I just don’t feel like I have the time or energy to work on all his issues. Even when I do, it’s usually one step forward and two steps back. We have to choose our battles, and I constantly feel like I fall short in helping him with things.
-Is not always easy to walk. We try to walk daily, but some days he just seems like he’s not really into it. I take treats along because we work on training when we’re walking. Some days, all he wants to do is get the treats. He stops every 5 feet and looks at me for a treat. It reminds me so much of how our golden retriever Sheba used to be, but with her I attributed it to her cancer and being tired. I don’t know what his deal is.
-Amazes me with his nose, yet drives me nuts with it at the same time! When he’s not doing the above, he is dragging me into the woods in pursuit of some scent. Sometimes it’s a pile of wildlife poop, one time it was even some bones, but often I never know what it is. I like to let him smell because he enjoys it so much. The other morning, he dragged me through the woods, only to ultimately lead me back to the trail we had just walked over!! Then he spent 5 minutes smelling the same spot!
-Has many issues. Luke is what they call a “reactive” or fearful dog. I don’t know why they call it “reactive” instead of “over-reactive” because that is more what it is like. The other morning he scared me to death when we were walking, and all of the sudden he jumped and let out a huge long yelp. I do not know why, but can only guess he stepped on a stick or something and it hurt him. Yet, on the other hand, his trick knee will pop out of joint and he will do nothing other than run around until it pops back in.
-Is constantly making me jump when he barks at something that he either sees (or thinks he sees) outside, or something on the TV. Everything is an emergency!
-Is the world’s best snuggler!
-Keeps us busy. Both hubby and I truly want another dog but I know I barely have time for Luke and trying to help him through all of his issues and training. I don’t want to add anything else to the list of things we need to work on!
-Is a hound dog. I don’t care that no beagle showed up in his DNA test, he reminds me of our beagle Kobi almost every day. The nose, the way he walks, and the way he’d rather be in the house on a comfy chair than sitting outside with us on the deck. I always wanted a Lab/beagle mix and I feel like I have one!
-Couldn’t be more handsome. Am I right?
-Couldn’t be more loved. As much as he frustrates, worries, and challenges us every day, he also makes us smile and laugh daily. He is almost always by my side and is the best company. In spite of all his quirks, we are so thankful to have him in our lives.