Hi there, it’s me, SAM. It’s been two weeks since I arrived in Wisconsin and I have to say that I love my new family and I’ve already forgotten about everyone else.
My dad George is mostly gone to work in Chicago, but mom tells me that he is making extra trips back to see me twice a week. Mom also tells me that this is quite a change from before, when only Sophia and Lilly were here. The girls are not very cuddly with him, but I am making up for it with my big berner smile and my joyful kisses.
I put my whole weight into showing my affection and Mom has learned to sit down for the loving, so I don’t push her over. My Dad is a lot stronger and I can really lean into him. I like to push my face right between his legs to make sure that he can reach my belly when he pets me. When Dad and I watch TV together, I lie in front of him and turn on my back with all four paws up in the air so that he can’t help but give me belly rubs, the more, the better. He already discovered my trickle spot.
At first, when Dad was distracted by a soccer match on TV, I tried to sneak up on the couch beside him and sit in his lap. Much to my chagrin he discovered me before I had a chance to put my butt down and he made me get off. I don’t understand why he thinks I’m too big to be on the couch, I think he and I are pretty evenly matched.
I LOVE my Mom and she adores me! She has helped me get along with my new sisters. In the beginning I played a little bit too rough with Lilly who loves to be chased. When I step on her she yelps really loud, so I try my best to avoid any collisions with her. It’s really hard though, because the momentum always carries me a lot further than I intend to go. I’ve even crashed into the fence, but luckily Lilly was not underfoot when it happened and Mom was relieved that I was not hurt.
Sophia has warmed up to me quite a bit. I think that’s because I’m such a gentle guy and I am VERY patient with her. Mom used to call Sophia her “stinky girl”, but now she calles her “sneaky girl,” because Sophia always sneaks up on me to sniff me in my most private places. I don’t mind and Mom thinks that this is a good sign.
We only had one scary experience when I brough Mom my favorite toy and we started to play. Sophia grabbed the toy away from us in a jealous fit, she barred her teeth and growled at BOTH of us. I could tell that Mom was really shocked by Sophia’s show of aggression, but she handled it well. Mom talked to Sophia in a calm and loving way until she gave up the toy. Since then, Mom is carefull to show us equal affection and I am happy to report that now all is well.
Here are a few pictures taken during my first day here: