Love for Honey

Dogs just make life better. We know this from our own dogs, but our families also tell us this ALL. THE. TIME.  Here’s a note we got from Honey’s owners (Honey is one of Chloe’s pups, born in the summer of 2023):

Honey is the nicest, sweetest girl in the world. When we wake up, we find her patiently, quietly sitting in her crate, waiting for us to get out of bed. Once we open the door, she leaps onto our bed for morning belly rubs. Then she’s off to grab breakfast while the kids eat and to ride with them to school. She loves riding in the car and we take her almost everywhere.

During the day, she spends most of her time alternating between running around the yard and passing out in the chair in my home office. She loves to go on walks, play rough, and snuggle up.

She’s game for any activity and loves to play with other dogs. She’s lightning fast and will match the energy of any dog she meets at the local farm, big or small. The young dogs love her, especially retrievers. The old dogs find her a bit annoying, but she moved on quickly to find friends more her speed. She plays less nicely with her nemeses: the rabbits and squirrels she chases out of our yard.

She adores her people the most – which now includes us, our parents, siblings, and cousins, all of whom she is delighted to see. She is so attentive to us, always triangulating, trying to find the spot in the house where she can be physically closest to as many of the people as possible. At first, we interpreted this as a kind of clinginess… and I’m sure that’s probably true. But we’ve also figured out that she considers it her job to be looking out for us. She has a sense of responsibility she wants to fulfill.

In the evening, she joins us for bedtime with the kids or rests downstairs. Then she gets some time in our bed before she either crates herself or hops down when we tell her it’s time to go to her “house.”

She does various tricks with gusto – except for “down,” a command that she only accepts when a treat is coming. She’s an active girl, so being told to lay down is frustrating. She even lets out a little sigh. Her other shortcomings include being worthless at fetch (she wants to chase and be chased, not to retrieve), being a relentless and shameless counter surfer, and shredding any piece of tissue or paper she can get her hands on. She’s also gross. She’ll eat grass, drink from mud puddles, and occasionally bring home a dead mouse. All forgiven.

We recently left her with my in-laws for a week while we were on vacation. It wasn’t easy, especially for the kids, who cried every day about how much they missed her. When we got home it was late at night and we tried to sneak in, but she was right there waiting for us, spinning in circles with excitement, wagging her tail like a propeller, licking, hugging, and shaking off her big feelings. It may be a while before we can take a trip again!