Our Dog, Noble: Three Month Update

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My husband and I have officially had our dog, Noble (the pup in the above photograph), for a little over three months now. It is amazing how much our lives have changed since getting him. I can confidently say I think he is very much at home here.

Each day, he does little things that show us we are his family, which immensely warms my heart. When we first got him, I was so worried he wouldn’t like us or that he wouldn’t consider us his family. But, in time, he definitely has.

In the last three months, he has changed and grown so much, all the while showing us his personality bit by bit.

We’ve discovered Noble LOVES people. Absolutely loves them. I think there are only two people he’s ever backed away from or growled at. Otherwise, if he could, he would say hi to every single human.

It’s been an interesting experience adjusting to that because my husband and I are both introverts. We are completely content if we don’t see any humans or their dogs on walks. But, Noble gets upset.

After he interacts with a human on a walk, his demeanor completely changes. He has so much energy and practically runs around with excitement.

He is such a playful, happy dog with tons of energy. He’s one of those dogs who need a walk to let off some steam. Otherwise, he could go for hours. He is generally always in a good mood. He LOVES to smile! It is so adorable when he does. We’ve gotten some great pictures of him smiling, like the above photograph.

We’ve discovered the only time Noble is not happy is when it is raining or if he doesn’t feel well (so a typical dog, right?). In fact, he’s one of the many dogs who hate the rain. Truthfully, he doesn’t just hate the rain…he loathes it!

Noble would rather not pee or poop than go outside when it is raining, which brings me to another thing we’ve learned about him. He is extremely stubborn. For instance, if I take him on a walk and don’t let him pee by his favorite bush, he will plant his feet on the ground and not budge until I let him go.

He’s gotten better about not doing that. But, man, he sure is a stinker sometimes. I can’t get too upset about it because I am fairly stubborn, too.

Also, he has such vivid facial expressions. Any time he plays fetch with us, he’ll drop his slobbery toy on our laps, then look down at the toy with his eyes blinking.

Then, he’ll look up at us and back at the toy, as if to say, “Hello! Mom, Dad? I brought you something! Can’t you see it’s time to play?” If we still haven’t responded after a few minutes, he’ll nudge the toy with his nose closer to us just ever so slightly.

In fact, he’s generally extremely good about telling us when and what he needs.

Speaking of his toy, if we are in the bathroom and he wants to play, we’ll find his toy neatly placed by the doorframe and he’ll be sitting on the couch just waiting for us to come. I laugh every time he does it because he is just so direct like that!

Or, if he needs more food, he’ll pick up his food bowl and bring it to us. Of course, half the time, he just wants food in the bowl, but won’t actually eat it. I think he just doesn’t like having an empty food bowl,  more than anything else.

I’ll leave you with one more thing, otherwise, I’ll keep going much longer than I should.

My favorite part about Noble is he is the most compassionate, loving dog I could have ever asked for. Yes, he may be stubborn. But, he is extremely empathetic and understanding, too. He knows when we are having a rough day and is there for us. He likes to bring us a toy to see if that’ll cheer us up.

Seriously, such a loving dog. For example, in the first couple of weeks of adopting him, there was one night I was having a terrible time with my health. We were going to go on a family walk, but I had to turn around and head home. I felt bad enough that I cried.

My husband tried to continue on the walk but Noble refused to go until he went home and made sure I was okay. It was in that moment I knew Noble loved us.

If you guys couldn’t tell, I love my dog a great deal. I firmly believe God’s timing was perfect. Noble could not have come at a better time, even in the midst of all our busyness, stress, and health issues.

He has become such an integral part of our family in the three short months we’ve had him. We honestly couldn’t imagine our lives without him.

I get emotional just thinking about all the adventures we’ll take with him and the ways he’ll continue to change. One’s thing for certain, we will never stop loving him and he will always make us laugh with his ornery, silly personality.

If any of you are waiting to get the perfect dog, I tell you this, he or she will be worth the wait. You will know when you’ve found the right dog. In fact, so will the dog!

When my husband looks back at our first time meeting Noble, he can see that Noble picked us just as much as we picked him. Noble likes to stretch his paws on someone if he really likes them. My husband recalls him doing that when we met him! It melts my heart.

For those of you who have or have had a dog, does he or she have any quirky habits or behaviors? Can you relate to any of Noble’s tendencies? What’s their personality? What’s your favorite part of owning a pet? I’d love to know!

Blessings,

Renata

Thank you dearly for taking time out of your lives to read my blog! Your support means the world to me. I praise God you found this blog, whether you stumbled upon it accidentally or sought it out intentionally.

I’d LOVE to hear from you all! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at coffee.soothes.the.soul@gmail.com.

I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).

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