As much as I love dogs, I never really liked them licking me, even though I know it's their way of telling you that they love you. I appreciated the love, but not so much the saliva (though a lick now and then was fine). Then came Hazel, whom I let lick my fingers until I wondered why they were so tasty within the first ten minutes of her life with us.
It might seem a bit silly, me writing about my puppy so much, but I just feel like I want to document how I'm feeling about finally having a dog. Sometime in the last few weeks, I realized that I waited 7 years for my first dog, then another 7 for Hazel after I was forced to give the first one away. So sometimes when I look at her, I'm still in wonder at how she's finally here.
My mom was worried that we wouldn't get a good dog at first; that we would end up with one who howled whenever we went out, or something even worse, but Hazel's turning out to be such a sweet puppy. She's a fuzzy cutie who wags her tail like she's trying to fly when she sees us, and she jumps around trying to knock her cage over in the morning just because she wants to lick me to say good morning. When she gets released, she dashes to me like a little mad dog, her ears flying behind her, and her fur a blur cloud.
So she's why I've gotten over my aversion to doggy saliva, and don't mind waving an apple slice around before I feed her, or stick my entire finger into her mouth (which has happened quite a few times because she likes to nibble me…).
Hazel is now over 4 months old, and though she's still a little floppy baby (who plops to her side when I poke her), I'm wondering how she's going to be like when she's a bit older.
Right now, her yellow Ducky is her favorite toy, and she loves to chew on my fingers and toes. One of the cutest things she does is sit on the slope in our house when she thinks we're not watching, and slide down it.
I'm looking forward to sharing more of Hazel here on my blog (which isn't going to become a doggy blog; don't worry), and also on her twitter account @HazelTheLionDog.