We took Doppler shopping today. She accompanied us to Ikea in a camo bag slung over Helaine’s shoulder. A sign on the door said only Service Dogs were allowed. Doppler is Secret Service, Undercover Division.
I’m guessing they wouldn’t have bought that excuse had anyone asked. No one did.
Doppler was exceptionally good. After a brief attempt to let her paws hang out she settled back and took in the Swedish.
There’s a video attached to this entry showing Doppler’s pre-excursion excitement. Hyperactivity is the exception, not the rule for our puppy.
It got me to thinking about a few of Doppler’s idiosyncrasies.
Doppler must walk on the right… or from her perspective, you must be left of her. I have no idea why.
Doppler’s faster than me walking stairs. She’ll patiently wait for me upstairs then let me pass her so she can circle around and be on the right! She does it every time.
When we go outside for a walk Doppler’s also always on the right. She is adamant, even if I forget.
Today, when I gave her a large dog bone shaped treat she picked it up in her mouth then circled from the family room to the kitchen to the hallway past the front door and back into the family room. She made this circuit at least five times as Helaine and I watched and wondered.
This is not the first time she’s taken a bone on the grand tour of our ground floor.
Are these behavioral traits she was born with? Did she learn them?
Doppler came to us already grown up. We’ll never know.