At first it was a bit tough to walk Tucker and push Blake in the stroller at the same time. While Tucker is pretty good on a leash, he’s still just a puppy at heart, so any other dog or even human who gives him a welcoming smile is enough to set him off – jumping, pulling, trying to play, etc. Trying to steer a stroller and keep a hyper dog at bay is quite the arm workout, let me tell you. And then there was the whole part about Tuck having to learn to walk to the side of the stroller rather than right in front of it! He lackadaisically would start swerving from side to side on the sidewalk, right in front of the stroller, which would cause quite the debacle trying to untangle his leash and get him to move so we could proceed.
Fortunately, I feel like we’ve finally worked out all of the kinks now and Tucker looks forward to our daily walks.
I’ve been pushing my luck lately and taking Tucker (and Blake) on longer walks around our neighborhood, purposely taking routes that incorporate two big hills. On one of the hills, there are several flat boulders that line the sidewalk, so I thought I’d add some agility tests for Tucker along the way. Each boulder we came to, I’d make Tucker jump up on the rock, sit and shake and then jump down.
We did this about 10 times and he was loving this fun new addition to our otherwise routine walks. Although by that 10th boulder, his jump up was more like a slow crawl and he let out a big yawn.
People driving and walking by (and even Blake) thought I was nuts, but I didn’t care – it’s all in the name of Tuck’s Comeback and another successful activity to help him shed a few pounds. Good, job Tuck-Tuck!
Now that I’m officially on maternity leave from work, I’ve been able to spend a lot of quality time with my first (4-legged) baby – Tucker.
He is my heart and soul and has taught me so much about life, love and responsibility in his short 2 1/2 years with our family.
When Tucker was only 6 months old he was diagnosed with a very serious disease, polyarthritis. My poor baby was on heavy medications for almost one year straight – meds that made him have to urinate every 2 hours, made him groggy, dehydrated and essentially killed his little spirit. I was heartbroken. My husband and I would have to wake up with him every 2 hours during the night and let him out to go to the bathroom and make sure he had enough water. We’d also have to cook special meals of chicken and rice for him because his stomach couldn’t digest dog food with all of the harsh medications in his system. During this time I remember thinking, this is what it must be like to have a newborn baby! With a lot of love and patience, Mike and I successfully nursed Tuck back to health and he hasn’t had a flare-up of this awful disease in 2 years! He is now happy, energetic, thriving and he melts my heart everyday!
Since I’ve been pregnant, Tucker has taken on a new responsibility as my little nurse. I call him my little furry E.T. because I think he seriously feels everything that I’m feeling – he’s so in tune with my emotions. He’s also my little shadow – waiting for me when I get out of the shower, one step behind me as I walk up and down the stairs, curiously watching what I’m doing in the baby’s nursery and curled up next to me on the couch with his head resting on the baby bump. It recently dawned on me that he’s taking care of me just like I took care of him when he was sick.
His love for me and the baby on the way is unconditional. I couldn’t have imagined a better dog to prepare me for motherhood and show me how to be selfless when caring for another being. Our baby girl is so lucky to have the best big brother, Tuck.
They say dogs are a man’s best friend, but I can truly say Tucker is more than that – he’s family.