When I hear the word jump, the first thing that comes to mind is my dog Carmella. She is a 1.5 year old Bichon/Cavalier King Charles Mix.
When we went to puppy kindergarten, one of the first lessons we were taught was polite greeting. This is where the dog sits when a stranger approaches. To say we never quite got it, would be an understatement!
Carmella LOVES LOVES LOVES people. She was excited and jumping, when the trainer was the whole way across the room. On our walks, she gets excited when a person passes us on the opposite side of the street, or kids are playing in their yard.
In addition,she is always excited to see her humans. Whether we are waking up in the morning, coming home after 2 hours of shopping, or just returning from getting the mail she is jumping up on us with her tail wagging 90 miles an hour.
Sometimes I wish she wouldn’t attack us or strangers with jumps and kisses, but really I have to admit it’s kind of cute.
Also when we take her to visit my elderly grandparents the second she is in the door she is jumping up onto my Grandpa in his easy chair.
Okay Krystle, but she’s just a dog right? All dogs jump at the site of their owners or a friendly stranger right? True, but Carmella doesn’t have a typical easy dog life.
Starting when she around 5 months old, she started having severe tummy troubles. She was unable to keep food down. For days at a time, she lived in pedialyte and ice chips. We tried many different pills, dog foods, and even only hamburger and rice. Also, she has spent days in the Vet hospital.
Finally, we have settled on a regimen of hypoallergenic dog food that must be ground to a powder in a blender, and a human Crohn’s pill 3 times a day.
She is also sadly not allowed to have any dog treats or table scraps! This breaks my heart as I feel like food is love, and I want her to know how much we adore her!
However, she gets super excited when its time to grind her dog food, and always gulps it down like its the most delicious thing in the world.
Overall, she reminds me to be happy, and jump for joy with what I have!
Do you have any dogs? What kind? What are their names? Please leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!