One Year Ago Today…

We met our Bess Pup

We met and brought home our Bess Pup

Once she came home she found the toy box.

She quickly found the toy box

Met her sisters Bonnie and Belle, who clearly didn't know what to think about this new bundle of energy.

Met her sisters Bonnie and Belle, who clearly didn’t know what to think about this new bundle of energy.

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Bess was introduced to Linus under Belle's careful eye.

Bess was introduced to Linus under Belle’s careful eye.

They soon became friends.

They soon became friends.

From the beginning Bess was determined to keep up with her big sisters.

From the beginning Bess was determined to keep up with her big sisters.

Belle, Bess and Bonnie

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Just like her sisters, Bess went to school to learn manners and how to be a good pup.

Just like her sisters, Bess went to school to learn manners and how to be a good pup.

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Bess is a bouncy loving pup and it’s been a blast watching her personality develop this past year.

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Bouncy Bess and her Greg at the park.

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Over this past year Bess has changed from a bouncy, barky alligator jawed puppy to obeying “leave it” and “give” commands even when she really, really doesn’t want to.  She is learning the joy of sleeping in on the weekends. (Thank you pup!)  She is starting to realize how much fun it is to cuddle.  She is learning compassion and will quietly lay beside someone in an effort to bring them comfort.  She is starting to learn that when she wants me to get up out of bed that means she has to stop standing on me so I can get up.

Bess will show us what she wants, by following the “show me what you want” command. Sometimes it’s to go outside, other times she wants a tummy rub.  She still loves her stuffie toys and usually has at least one and most likely two or more in her mouth at one time.  She is always up for an adventure and continues to be our bouncy Bess.  I can’t wait to see what this next year brings.

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6 responses »

  1. Happy gotcha day, Bess. Mom especially loved: She is starting to learn that when she wants me to get out of bed she has to stop standing on me so I can get up. BOL! Learning “leave it” and “show me” at such a young age…brilliant. And understanding and wanting to comfort. Sounds like you have the makings of a wonderful therapy dog, like me! 🙂

  2. — Your last statement said so much — “I can’t wait to see what this next year will bring!” Congratulations on a fun year of memories and learning experiences! Bess was so little and how she has grown into a beautiful young lady. Thanks for sharing her Birthday\ anniversary with the Abbott family! Carolyn

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