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September 17th, 2014


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07:37 pm - Day #8, 30 Days of Appreciation: Master Danger
Today Master Danger has been the best Danger he could be.

(Er, aside from a cat-poop-eating incident early this morning. We shall overlook that.)

He has raced around the backyard, licked the yogurt carton clean (which allowed me to kiss his little head, the only time such liberties are practical), merrily shredded a cardboard tube, raced around the backyard again, and drooled on my new suede boots. Okay, the last isn't so sweet, either.

But I think back to the snapping canine I adopted nineteen months ago, and the difference is wonderfully clear.

He will never be a cuddly dog, but today he has allowed me to pick him up and cuddle him -- admittedly for a time lasting no longer than twenty seconds, with treats to immediately follow. He is not an obedient dog, but he dutifully practiced his 'stay' this morning. He is not a friendly dog, but he smiled at the children waiting for the bus along our usual route today.

He is a standoffish jerk a lot of the time, but he does have sweetness in him. Deep, deep, deeply hidden in him.

And I appreciate him.

May you have things to appreciate this evening and into tomorrow!

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From:gwynnega
Date:September 17th, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Yay Master Danger! (Aside from the suede boot drooling incident!)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:September 18th, 2014 12:12 pm (UTC)
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Master Danger thanks you! (He notes that the new boot smelled interesting and he needed to investigate -- the drool was accidental.)

Hugs and a lovely Thursday!
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From:stateless82
Date:September 18th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
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Overlooking cat-poop-eating is probably a good thing. A rule of thumb, even.

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From:laurawise
Date:September 18th, 2014 12:12 pm (UTC)
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If it can't be prevented, it must be overlooked indeed. :)

Cheers and hugs to you!
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From:anne_d
Date:September 18th, 2014 12:35 am (UTC)
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You and Master Danger have come a long way. As for the eating of the unspeakable, well, a dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 18th, 2014 12:13 pm (UTC)
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We have indeed persevered. My happiness with him is also a little bit of lowered expectations now. ;)

Hugs and a good day!
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From:mamculuna
Date:September 18th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
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All this, thanks to the love and skills of his mistress, for whom he'd best be very, very thankful, and of whom he'd best not drool on the boots.

What an improved dog! He can only get better!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 18th, 2014 12:14 pm (UTC)
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He would like to note that there's no reason to be thankful for me, seeing as I cruelly do not allow him to chase the stray cats out of the backyard nor do I allow him to eat as much cat-poop as he would like. ;)

Cheers and good thoughts for your day!
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:September 18th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
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Lovely post. I think Master Danger will become cuddly eventually. My Max, who was a thug on the rug a few years ago, who bit and wouldn't let me pass, let alone pet him, is now a snuggle muffin, when he's in the mood for it. And I know not to try and pet him if he isn't in the mood.

They do change, with loving, patient new owners.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 18th, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC)
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I'm so glad your Max is more cuddly -- and it does give me hope for Master Danger. :)

Cheers and a lovely day to you!
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From:beadattitude
Date:September 18th, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
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He's so lucky to have you!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 18th, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
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I'm mostly lucky to have him, too. :)

Cheers for your own new loves!
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From:rahirah
Date:September 18th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
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Congratulations to Master Danger, and to you!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 18th, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
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Of course now that I praise him, he'll likely be a devil-dog for a day or so....

Cheers and thanks to you!
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From:freixenet
Date:September 18th, 2014 12:48 pm (UTC)
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I haven't responded to all of your appreciation posts, but I have really appreciated them! This one in particular, since it reminds me of my life lesson: snappers won't be sweet all the time, nor will they snap all the time...but they are ours, and we love them. :hugs: and :appreciation: to you, L.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 18th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Hugs and appreciation to you, F!
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From:paratti
Date:September 19th, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Yay for progress.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 19th, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Small progress, but some! All I can ask for. ;)

Hugs!

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