When we first got him, he was indifferent to hard treats, but loved (and still prefers) soft treats. He’d obviously never encountered hardwood floors before.
And today, I saw him doing a thing that is obviously new to him–sticking his head out the car window. The dog he goes to the park with showed him how and he’s been, according to the Butcher, practicing doing it some since then. And it makes him so happy. I’m going to have to take a picture, because it will make your whole day to see not just the ordinary bliss you expect to see on a dog with his head out the window, but the open wonder at it.
Also, today, our friend M. gave him a bag of rawhide bones and you’d have thought he encountered an old friend. He’s carrying one around and chewing on it and carrying it around and then just looking at it and smiling. I think he not only liked it, but he recognized it. It was something he’s enjoyed and was happy to see we have here.
It’s weird to get a dog as old as him, to know he had some whole life before us where he had likes and dislikes and knows things we can only guess at and doesn’t know things we can only guess at.
But, I tell you, when you see a dog new to the whole putting your head out the window thing, it does something to your heart.