Leda Lou here. Let me tell you about some of the things I’ve learned.
When mama convinced papa to officially adopt me, I can’t tell you how excited I was! Because let me tell you, it was not an easy feat.
In fact, I’m still not 100% sure papa is convinced, even to this day. I was a real maniac when I found mama. Let me tell you.
It was August of 2015 and I was almost 10 years old. There was no stopping me from getting food. Anything left on the counter was fair game. And I do mean anything. I was a total counter surfer. Even with people around. I devoured the trash can every time I was left home alone. Even when mama put a child-proof latch on the cabinet door – she didn’t know I could open it! But she figured it out quickly. And let’s not forget about the pantry. One day mama left the door open an inch. Well that was all I needed – that one inch and I had muffin mixes and cake mixes opened and spilled all over the carpet. I even ate an entire container of vanilla frosting. Yup. I was a maniac.
I have no idea how mama did it. She was so patient with me. Papa, not so much. Maybe that’s why I am such a mama’s girl.
I must also tell you that I was (am) a true escape artist. I have chewed and clawed my way out of numerous kennels. And I have the broken teeth to show for it. Thankfully, mama never tried to kennel me. She could tell it terrified me.
But I can also escape fences. I’ve done that a time or two… and ventured on walkabouts to the neighbor’s house. But I could tell that really panicked mama.
Yup, mama was pretty patient with me. Despite all my maniac moments, she still loved me and cared for me and fed me delicious soft food because she knew I didn’t have very good teeth.
And now, it is August of 2017, I am almost 12. And I’ve learned.
I’ve learned that mama is not going to kennel me. I’ve learned that mama is always going to feed me good food every day. I’ve learned I will not be left behind or locked in a room. I can trust my mama to take care of me.
So I do not steal food anymore. I do not destroy trash cans anymore. And I try really really hard not to go on walkabouts anymore. I know that if I stick next to mama, she will give me cookies. And I like cookies.
And you know what? Mama trusts ME. When we are at camp, sometimes I am allowed to be off leash – much to Josie’s dismay. I don’t know why she is always such a menace. Maybe one day Josie will learn too. Maybe. And I think papa is a little more convinced now. I have even heard him say he’s proud of me! Maybe we will get to 100% yet.
But I still have a few maniac moments. Like when it’s 5:00. That is dinner time after all. And I must help mama to remember. Although she usually does. I will prance around like a maniac until the food is ready! Sorry, have to go now… I just heard someone open the fridge!
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