Fargo turned 2 a few weeks ago, yet another reminder of how fast the time flies by. The eldest is now looking at her senior year of college and the youngest is marking the halfway point. Fargo was a sharp toothed, piranha-like, crazy puppy when we brought him home. He was destructive, and loveable, played rough, and was a snuggler, bit toes, and gently nibbled ears. For a while, we had a love/hate relationship, but mostly love.
We still have things to work on. He is still convinced that every human and every doggie want to play with him, therefore, he is terrible on a leash. He waits patiently for them to get close and then he OVER enthusiastically lunges to get to them, that’s how much he wants to play. Not everyone/doggie wants to play with Fargo as he imagines they do. The leash issue is something we keep saying we are going to work on, as it limits our options for doggie care.
Knocking on wood as I type this, but we have not had him in the crate for about a month. Unfortunately I still feel the need to make a sweep around the house as soon I get home to look for a new corner of a carpet to be demolished, or more stuffing from a piece of furniture to be strewn across the floor. So far, so good, which is huge progress.
Fargo still zoomies around the house, a behavior which we read about and which was supposed to trail off after age one…. True, it doesn’t happen nearly as often, but he still zoomies around the house at top speed, making sudden 180 degree turns on carpets, taking cues from NASCAR as he dives on the couch at top speed and banks off across the back to change direction.
He still plays rough, not really sure of his personal space boundaries. He has never ever been intentionally mean or aggressive, just gets a little too close as he is running around and bumps into us, or returns a toy with a little too much enthusiasm, etc. I’ve come close to getting taken out a time or two, so hopefully the rough and tumble will start to ease up.
As each day goes by, it is hard to see the subtle changes in his behavior, but when we stop to so an overall look back at the last two years, Fargo has come a VERY long way. No doubt he loves us, he loves to snuggle and to be with us, he loves to entertain us and make us happy. We feel the same way about him and we definitely appreciate how he has matured.
Sometimes the quiet in the house can be deafening. I wasn’t sure about getting another dog after our beloved lab, Gus, left us. Now I can’t imagine not having Fargo The (not quite as) Terrible in our lives. He is truly the Empty Nest Puppy we needed and we certainly try to be the best humans for him.