Your post made me laugh about "mouth extractions". I remember my kids putting everything in their mouths as babies and I appreciate you confirming that this is a perfectly normal way to explore the world. I am trying to teach Luna the "Drop it" command, but yesterday she had fixated on a pine cone, which apparently is a puppy delicacy (who'd have thought?), and there was quite a battle. Hard to believe she was the same exemplary girl who, the very same day, trotted beautifully on her leash into the assisted living place my in-laws live in and had to greet everyone she met. She experienced her first snow yesterday and was in her glory! She snuffled and tossed her little self about in sheer delight...I was not as thrilled as it is November for goodness sake and I can wait a few months longer for the white stuff, thank-you-very-much. But her joy was infectious and I could help but laugh as she leapt into a snow pile and got herself good and stuck. She was immensely pleased with the adventure and, after we both dried off, I had to agree that it was a successful first snow romp. I remember how Daisy loved to run in the snow too. My husband would make her "trails" with the snow blower in the back yard so she could run with out getting stuck in the snow. We would always lose her as her curly white fur blended seamlessly with the white expanse. But then she would pop up like a rabbit and run like the wind again in the trails! By the time she came in, she was crusted with snow as her curls just seemed to trap it all and she would stand patiently while I "de"snowed her. She was such a good girl. I dearly miss her sweet, funny little self. She is forever in my heart and, even as I love Luna, I still can't believe Daisy is gone. Sometimes it just sneaks up on me and feels like a punch in the gut.
Lori, Daisy's Mom and now Luna's Mom