I last shared about working with “my partner,” Mr. (Ben) Franklin about six months ago. And since one of the themes from the feedback was “more Franklin, please!” I’ve decided to create a little update and photo montage.
In my February recap, I told how he had gotten much better (he was a little
terror terrier in the beginning), but still had a long way to go. Now that he’s almost a year old (his birthday is September 3rd), I can safely say that he has calmed down even more.
Working with him lately has been much more enjoyable. And though I’m sure he would love to continue to go to day care twice a week to play with his friends, it is becoming less and less necessary for my sanity.
This summer we have also made several trips to the dog beach. Though I wouldn’t go so far as to say that he loves swimming, I do think it’s something he’s excited and willing to attempt. Seeing all of the bigger dogs out in the water makes him want to get better.
In fact, going to the dog beach has quickly become one of my favorite things to do this summer, too. I get ridiculously excited when he starts paddling out to me in the “deeper” parts of the water. (Plus, though Franklin has always preferred Mr. Lively, I think my trips to the puppy beach with him have been winning me brownie points.)
I cannot wait to see how he continues to evolve and mature. He’s now an essential part of our family and I am so happy he is in our life. Though he certainly was not easy in the beginning, his personality in the recent months has proved to be well worth the puppy phase.
And, as promised, here’s a little montage of the pup through the first 10 months.