Last year, I wrote this piece on the second anniversary of Emmett’s arrival in our family, affectionately known around these here parts to be an Emmettversary. Click the link and you can read all about last year’s anecdotes and there are more links to other stories about Emmett in which there are MORE links to other dog stories. You know how the Web works.
Or you can click on “Dogs” in the tag cloud to the right.
I know your time is more valuable than that, so to get right to the point, today is Emmett’s THIRD Emmettversary. With the passing of the year, Emmett continues to improve his interactions with the family and, much to my surprise, with strangers.
Over the weekend, I had zerorez come clean the carpets in the house. This is the second time I’ve used their services and I recommend them highly. Anyway, this time, I left Emmett out and about roaming the house rather than cooped up away from all the hubbub.
When Steven, the technician, came in, Emmett let out one little bark, far fewer than the usual tirade he emits when anyone — even family — touches the doorknob. He eyed Steven from head to toe and then sniffed at his shoe. Steven reached down against my admonitions and offered a couple of tentative fingers which Emmett gently explored, sniffing intently to find out who this new person was.
And with that, it was over. Done. Finito. Emmett chose to go about his business.
I’m much less worried about him biting anyone. Repeated successful, non-nibbling trips to the groomers supports my relief. He appears to be – dare I say it? – mellowing.
He’s still a bit of a jackass from time to time though mostly he’s become charming, demanding, adorable and even occasionally cuddly.
Anyway, rather than write something ridiculously long, here’s some photos Facebook friends have probably already seen.
Happy Emmettversary to you, Mr. Dog, and to all of you readers as well!