Many things about Stedman have changed over the past few weeks. First of all, this is how he likes to hang out with us in the TV room.
Seriously. He just hangs there until he starts to slide towards the floor then he jerks himself up and lays down in a conventional dog posture. We don’t understand him.
He’s exactly the same age – 2 years and 2 months – that Bob was when he came to our home and he’s starting to exhibit some of the behaviors we saw in Bob that have been absent in this one so far. Chasing birds and rabbits, for instance. After years of not even noticing when they were in the yard, Stedman has taken to chasing them, but in a Hey Guys! kind of way with perfunctory barking and playful trotting towards them. Bob’s way was a full on charge accompanied by furious barking and there was no doubt that his message was Get the hell out, you nervy bastards!
Other major landmarks include actually coming to us when we say “come” -although that’s only happened twice -and fetching tennis balls complete with cropping them at our feet. His previous tactic was either take off with them in the other direction or bring them partway back and drop them about 10 feet away from us.
All this might not sound like much to you, but for us, it’s major. We had pretty much given up on normal dog behavior.
I don’t know. Just general weirdness, like he’s channeling some other dog.