I had a couple of blog readers tell me that they missed seeing Rosie. So I thought I would do an update on Rosie.
Rosie turned two in September. As of the writing of this, she’s been with us for two years too. I had magically hoped she would settle down and be an old dog when she turned two but that didn’t happen. She’s still is a bit mischievous but she’s settled in here and she’s much more predictable.
She loves being anywhere near me. Here I am in the recliner feeding a baby and what does she do? She jumps up on the headrest.
Rosie is on neighborhood watch. She spends lots of time in the living room going from window to window wanting to see what is going on outside.
To date, I’m pretty lucky. She is not a barker. One thing about beagles is that they are known as barkers. From the moment I got her, anytime she would bark, I would correct her and discourage it. Now she barks very occasionally and only at times when someone is here that she doesn’t know.
She is pretty wimpy. She doesn’t like loud noises. The other day I had made a pizza in the oven. The cheese melted over the side and onto the bottom of the oven. I opened the oven, smoke came out, and set the fire alarm off. Rosie was cowering in an instant. Smoke alarms are not her favorite…same with gunshots or fireworks.
She is a constant companion to me. She is everywhere I am. Note the picture below…I am sitting at the computer chair writing blog posts…she is at my feet and under my foot. She is always like this when I am at the computer.
In a blog post from last week, I showed this picture of my cross-stitching. Each night when I stitch, she is right here sleeping just like this.
If I am in the sewing room, she is in the sewing room. If I take a shower, she waits outside the door. We are pretty much Ruth and Naomi from the bible. Where I go, she goes.
It’s nice to have a companion…but sometimes, she’s too much of a companion. If I am crawling around on the floor picking up toys, she’ll get right in my face and not understand she needs to move. A few pets and she’s better though.
The biggest challenge we have with her and likely will always have is that she loves food. If the kids are eating, she needs to be in the kennel. Here you can see Gannon trying to eat a cookie.
Rosie is right there watching the every move of the cookie.
Notice she’s not looking at Gannon. She is laser-focused on that cookie.
She is really good at hanging with the kids as long as they don’t have food. She will lay by them and watch them play. She loves when Carver plays chase with her and she runs laps around the house.
When she had her house training issues and when she had her numerous vet issues, I’ve wondered if I should have gotten a dog. Then she settles in with me on the couch…or plays with the grandkids and I think yes. It’s the right thing for me to have a dog. I’m eagerly awaiting the dog she’ll be a year from now. She’ll have a little more training. She’ll be a little more mature…don’t get me wrong, I love her as is, but dogs are like kids. When they are going through some of the challenging stages, we always look to the future.
All in all, life with Rosie is good.