I am really not kidding when I say we love Hardy like a child. We call ourselves mom and dad when talking to him, and we even have a voice with which we impersonate to each other what he might say back. It’s really quite pathetic.
But he’s not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.
I have never in my life seen a dog that didn’t just naturally know to catch something when it was thrown at him. He can’t do it! He also barks HYSTERICALLY when someone comes to our house, sounding somewhat like we are beating him. He takes up at least half of the bed every night, he has 3-5 spots in our house that he marks (male dog owners know what I’m talking about) everytime he sees them, every stuffed animal he owns is not stuffed anymore within 2 days, and he absolutely cannot stand it when the rubber caps are on those little springy things that keep doors from hitting the wall when opened. We find little white caps sitting next to the naked springs all the time.
But he also knows to give us big kisses when we get home after a bad day (which, somehow, he knew to do today, after I didn’t have the best day in history), how to prance around adorably when he finds his favorite toy, how to cuddle up next to you when he’s going to sleep, and how to give you a smile when you need cheering up. When he’s confused about something, he stops, sits down, and does that absolutely precious head turn that dogs do (which we’ve now named the “Hardy head turn”). And, as referenced by the video, he’s got “lay down” and “sit” down to a science…when there’s a treat involved. Occasionally you can even get him to dance on his hind legs.
Like I said, we love him like a child.
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