As usual, I’m spending Christmas in Dallas with my family. This year, Ophelia will be joining us for the first time. Although she’s probably around 3 years old, I imagine this is probably her first real Christmas, given her rather sketchy past. Because I am a weird person who talks to dogs, I have been explaining to her what I’m doing as I wrap presents, and telling her about our family Christmas traditions. So far, she seems like she’s on board with this, although sometimes she gets a little grumpy about being around some of the other family dogs. Of course, the real test will be when everyone comes over for Christmas Eve dinner tonight and Christmas tomorrow.
However, I am very happy to say that Ophelia seems to be getting along with her Auntie Bella (ie my parents’ 2-year-old black Lab). In the morning when we get up, Bella comes to greet us, and Ophelia wags her tail so hard she can’t walk straight. Then they go outside and run in the yard together, and sometimes work on “projects,” like chasing squirrels or checking out random things in the yard that appear to be very interesting to them. Ophelia even tried to get some crazy fun playtime going with Bella, who is herself a champion player, but unfortunately, Bella didn’t really get that Ophelia wanted to play. Dogs are supposed to speak this universal language, but I don’t think chomping is part of that standard language. Ophelia means it in fun, but it freaked Bella out, so thus far, no playing has been accomplished.
In any case, I’ve been very happy to see how much more comfortable Ophelia is here compared to when we came for Thanksgiving. She still likes to spend most of her time in her crate, but she’s been coming out more and more to check out what’s going on with the family. There are some gifts for her under the Christmas tree, so hopefully she will enjoy them. So, from me and Ophelia, a very happy Christmas to you and yours!