I visit the newest member of my friend Roseanne’s household: Tucker, an 8-week-old male German Shepherd Dog.
"Be sure to breathe some puppy breath for me," called out Nan as she got into her car Saturday. We had finished tracking (I laid tracks for her 2-year-old Australian Shepherd Zeke, who tracks with joy, enthusiasm, and accuracy!) and chatted for a couple hours about matters dog and human. She knew I hoped on Sunday to visit our friend Roseanne who had just picked up her new German Shepherd Dog puppy, Tucker.
What is it about puppy breath that is so wonderful? The warmth, the sweetness, the rhythm of it.
Below: Dozer, my favorite GSD in the world, also lives with Roseanne. He is a handsome 9-year-old, who tracks like a dream (though Roseanne isn't active with him in that activity now; believe me I nudged her about it at least 3 times while I was there). Here he stands in his fenced yard with the new pup Tucker. The breeder thinks Tucker may be bigger than Dozer when he's grown! Photo ©2009 Roseanne Carbone.
Roseanne and her husband Blayne were kind enough to let me stop by Sunday to check out the new addition to their familiy. Tucker greeted me at the door, curious and calm. He sat quietly by me and chewed on my finger while I asked Roseanne if she was going to track with him (I waited about 10 minutes before bringing it up). Of course I took many whiffs of puppy breath!
Then we went outside to play for a bit, and Roseanne also brought out the older dogs (Dozer 9- and Winger [a Malinois and Mastiff mix] 4-years-old).
Why didn't I sketch while I was there? Well it was only about 34 degrees Fahrenheit today, and while that's fine for me and the dogs, my Niji waterbrush complains as the temperature drops. Also it's hard to sketch when you are patting two large dogs (Dozer is 90 lbs.) that you haven't seen for awhile, and want to keep your hands relatively free to grab on the puppy if he wanders by (mostly he just scooted his little self under that fence and sprang away!).
Don't worry, there will be plenty of time to sketch this little guy when Roseanne and I are chatting and waiting for his tracks to age! (I'm not going to give up.)
I tried yesterday and today to post a 60-second video of Tucker chewing a stick. I just can't get it up on YouTube and don't know what the hiccup is. There will be time for other videoes of puppy cuteness. For people who are checking back—sorry this didn't work out.