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Friday, November 11, 2016

one month with Bubu

 Everyone, meet Bubu.

He is our adorable dog that I am head-over-heels in love with. Bubu is almost two years old, and he is half black lab and half Formosan mountain dog.

We have now had Bubu for a little over one month.

It has been an interesting month.

While we both had dogs growing up, we still were totally unprepared for getting a dog of our own. But I kinda think that is just how dog rescues go.

Bubu is a living creature with his own quirks and desires and needs and issues.

When we first got him, he walked around with his tail in between his legs for a whole week. He was clearly terrified of us. In the mornings, sometimes it was like he forgot who we were and he would growl at us.

All of that is over and done with now.

Bubu is head-over-heels in love with me, and he basically likes Sean well enough. They are still working on the foundation of their manly relationship.

Our first month together went something like this:

When we first got Bubu, he did not poo for nearly three days, and then when he started, he never, I repeat, never went potty while out on a walk. He would only use the dog training pads we bought and put in our apartment.

It has been a long journey, but he finally started peeing outside. We are still waiting patiently for the miracle of a #2 to happen while on a walk.

What a weirdo.

When we first got Bubu, it was clear he had never been given a toy in his life. He had no idea how to play with the ones we bought him, and even more, he was actually afraid of them.


Well, I got home today to find that he ripped off the legs of the most recent toy we bought him. Suffice it to say, he definitely figured out how to play with his toys!

Further, when we first got Bubu, it was obvious he had been taken on very few walks in his life. His foster mom lived in rural Taiwan and had a fenced in backyard. That's how Bubu experienced the outdoors. When he took him out, he was afraid of his collar and leash and of everything outside.

Now, he loves going on walks! His tail wags and he just loves to play in grassy areas covered with fallen leaves. Just about every time I take him out, people laugh out loud while watching him play. It's the cutest thing in the world.

When we first got Bubu, he would bark and growl at anyone who came in the door, sometimes even us.

Now, he lays on the couch and could generally careless if someone comes over. He is still super shy, but I am okay with that. When I come home, though, he bounces happily all over the house because he is just so excited to see me. That is one of the best things in the world.

Bubu still needs a lot of work, but we have found a trainer who speaks English who will come to our place over the weekends and help us get the basics down.

Bubu has been such a joy in my life over the past month, and I am so excited he will be a part of it for a long time to come!

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