"I think I’m learning more about what they need and how much they enjoy not being home alone. It’s crazy to see how much we all need each other. How calming the walks have become for us all."
Getting to know my Neighbors
A Personal Project | Post 2
"Tucker (cavachon) and Calvin (rescue but we think he’s a jack russell/ chihuahua mix). Tucker is our family dog, but Calvin is mine. I call him Cal most of the time, he’s named after the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. He really grew into the name too because he was a real trouble maker as a pup. Tucker is 8 and Calvin is 2.
Tucker was my family’s first dog. My parents surprised us with him when I was a junior in high school. They said my dad was going in a business trip, which was strange because his job isn’t the type of work that requires business trips. Made more sense when they came home with tucker wrapped in a blanket. He’s the most loyal dog and has brought so much joy to my family.
When I was a senior in college, my best friends dog got pregnant by her neighbor’s dog. She had 3 puppies, so each of my friends took one so that they wouldn’t have to go to a shelter and we would be able to watch them all grow up. Calvin was such a troublemaker, accidents everywhere, chewing on furniture, running out of the house. I just think he’s free-spirited haha. Tucker was so good as a puppy, so Calvin was a drastic change in our house.
Both dogs love to play outside. We don’t have an enclosed backyard and our house is fairly small, so we like to take them to dog parks to run around. Cal has always been pretty timid around other dogs and people, but I think the more he’s exposed to regular people in my life, the better he’s getting. Calvin has these reindeer hops where he runs really fast and then jumps in the air at the last second to land on the carpet. He’s a big instigator with Tucker, always pushing his butt into Tucker’s legs and biting his tail when he wants to play.
During walks, if we ever have to cross the street, I don’t know why but both boys think that’s an appropriate time to play?? They always run and jump at each other and try to run around my legs. Meanwhile I’m trying to not get us all hit by a car haha. Also, there’s a house that we frequently walk by that has a corn on the cob hanging from the tree (for squirrels). Every time we pass, Cal has to jump up and try to bite it. We call him Templeton sometimes because he’s like a rat in search of food. The one time that we were walking, I looked down and he had a pizza crust in his mouth. Not even trying to chew it just carrying it along.
Since the corona virus, school and both my jobs have been closed. I’m spending way more time with my pups than usual, and I think we’re all enjoying it. They’re getting double the amount of walks for double the amount of time. Calvin is usually in a crate until I get home from work or school. I think I’m learning more about what they need and how much they enjoy not being home alone. It’s crazy to see how much we all need each other. How calming the walks have become for us all."