Today is Teddy’s 15th birthday. He slipped trying to climb the steps last week, and I thought I would repost this story I wrote about him around two years ago. He has outlived all of his siblings and litter mates and has been quite healthy until the fall. This is a combination of facts and flights of fancy. See if you can tell which is which.
Right around Christmas time after Wu came to live with us, Lana told us that his doggy mommy was expecting again. Pebbles wasn’t supposed to have another litter so soon,and she was in precarious health. She delivered a full litter of puppies, but with her health difficulties, she was unable to care for them for long.
This time we went to see the puppies. I figured we were well “vaccinated” and immune to the allure of small wiggly creatures. But my oldest daughter fell into the trap. She petitioned her father who could not resist her plea. Accordingly, when her pick was old enough, she brought him home.
He was small enough for us to hold him on one hand. His brown puppy hair soon gave way to buff. And he was a handful for sure. Daughter christened him Teddy Bear.
He was born to be an alpha male, but that job was already taken at our house. So, he took it out on us in other ways. It took him a long time to train him to do his business out of doors. Our carpet bears witness of his lack of cooperation. Eventually, Wu took him in paw and he was potty trained within two months. I would have hated to be Teddy during those training days.
Teddy had endless energy when he was young. As long as a cooperative human continued to throw his ball, he would run after it and bring it back and bark loudly for a repeat performance. When Wu had had enough of Teddy’s sharp bark, he would wait for him to bring it back and then grab it with his mouth and sit on it. No amount of puppy eyes from Teddy moved him.
Teddy loves babies almost more than he likes to eat. When I was babysitting, Teddy hovered around wherever the baby was. He is big, high strung and clumsy at times but always gentle with the little ones. He also loves cats.
He is stubborn. And hates to get his feet wet in the rain. But lovable just the same. Still, I did not want to deal with more than one dog, so I told my daughter when she left home the dog was going with her. Well, he didn’t. She tried valiantly to make it work, but Teddy was too easily stressed by changes and he was set in his ways. When Wu isn’t looking, he can be found snuggled up to me.
Teddy is a very smart bear. Teddy is the owner operator of his own company that manufactures Zzzzzzzzzzz. Most of his customers purchase some when they want someone to sleep. They come in a lot of flavors and colors, and he’s always looking for ways to improve the product. If FedEx delivers a box you didn’t order, beware. It may be from Teddy.