I get asked how Otis is doing from time to time . . . since we made it official and all that he’s a part of the family.

He’s doing great.

He spends a lot more time inside due to the weather.

It’s funny how that makes a huge difference in the ‘attachment’ level . . . on both ends.

And the ‘responsibility’ level.

And the ‘get a bath at Petsmart’ level, which he just had yesterday.

He loves to go for a ride and often goes with whoever takes Jordan to school.

If he thinks he’s suppose to go and he doesn’t? It’s the equivalent of a two-year old fit. Oh the howling and moaning and jumping up on the couch that occurs.

It’s quite hilarious, really.

And he can carry on for at least a couple minutes (which feels like 15 minutes in dog years). Have you ever heard a deep + relatively loud howling and slightly barking resonate in a 100 year old upright piano before? It’s quite an experience. Just makes the sound last even longer.


He’s a giant toddler, we’ve decided.



Still can’t get him and the cat, Sam, to exist together. Working on it. Luckily our house a four-level split. The cat gets upstairs and the dog gets the rest, unless he’s outside. Then the cat does let the dog know that he’s back in charge by taunting him at the back window. Cat inside. Dog outside. Cat feels pretty awesome.

He’s just big and goofy.

So much personality.

Still can’t get him to settle down when trying to put on a leash. It’s like he goes into over-spastic mode . . . biting at the leash, jumping, and going completely berserk. I don’t know why he does that. Thought he would settle down on that by being in the house more and with us. It wouldn’t be bad if he was the size of a Chihuahua.

We’ve added ‘lay down’ to his repertoire of skills. Treats are involved most of the time. And it’s not a simple laying down of the dog. There’s a slight spring in his movement downward, with front paws going out in front of him as he flops down so quickly. I think he may even bounce or two a little at the end as he hits the floor. It’s rather comical.

I think he has to be made of Flubber.

Still hoping that we can just let him go out in the backyard without hooking him up. Sometimes he does okay . . . but not for long periods and you have to keep an eye on him. The neighbor’s yard is just too tempting for this curious dog. He was brought back home by the neighbor girl the other day. Usually we just whistle and he comes running like a young buck, leaping the chain link fence in a single bound.

He never gets any love in the house (um, that’s sarcasm . . . just in case you couldn’t tell.)

When all is said and done, and I’ve said this a-plenty . . .
how can you resist that face?


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  1. Rhona January 26, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I love this post, I can just picture all the scenarios but the toddler tantrum had me laughing.out.loud!! So funny :) Thanks for making me smile :) x

  2. {dawn} January 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

    This guy certainly looks like an Otis!! He is adorable, and from what you write, he is behaving just like any other young dog!

    Your comment about him “never getting any love in the house” reminded me of one of dogs who LOVED going for car rides. He had gotten out of the yard, and during his excursion out, jumped into a car belonging to a young woman. She was kind enough to bring him to our house (our address was on his collar), probably because she could not get him out of her car! It took me pulling him from the front and a neighbor pushing on from the back to extricate him from that car. All the while I was saying, “You wouldn’t know it by the way he is behaving, but we treat this dog really well!”

  3. Kristin Burge January 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Kerri!
    Love Otis!! Way to cute and cool!
    With the new Life Additions #2 – it looks like one of the sayings says – “This is my favorite pace” – is that correct or does it say “This is my favorite place?”

    -Kristin B.

  4. Terri Marchbanks January 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Otis is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE Miss. Kerri Love that he has yall now…xoxoxo

  5. Tanya Ham January 27, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I just love this, Kerri! :) I’m sooooo happy that things are going well. He is absolutely gorgeous, too! :)

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