I adopted Mr. Teddy Graham from the Columbus Cocker Rescue in September 2013. I met him at an adoption fair where I spotted him from across the fairgrounds. As I walked toward his booth, he trotted over to my feet, flopped down, and then rolled over to show me his belly.
It was love at first sight. I can't even remember my life before him. He has such a wonderful personality. I don't have kids but he loves children and enjoys playing with the neighborhood kids when they stop by to say hello. They get a big kick over how excited Teddy is when people stop to say hi.
Sometimes, Teddy tinkles a little bit which sends them into fits of giggles. Teddy loves food and just like Enzo dreamed of racing cars in the book "The Art of Racing in the Rain", I think Teddy dreams of one day becoming a chef (or maybe a professional eater). He likes to watch me cook and it seems as if he pays very close attention to everything I do in the kitchen. Teddy loves walks and playing in the dog park. When we go to the dog park, Teddy likes to make friends with all of the humans; he tends to ignore most of the other dogs. We have to work a bit on his socializing skills. Teddy is a champion snorer. I never knew something so small could make such a loud noise!
He likes a routine and no matter how hard I try to convince him to sleep in on the weekends, he gets up every morning at 5:00 am and puts himself to bed at 10:30 pm.
Teddy loves all toys, especially the ones that have places to stuff and store treats, but his absolute favorite toys to play with are balls. He has several and he alternates playing with each one; it totally makes me laugh. Teddy is smart too! I know I am probably biased but I did administer a dog IQ test and Teddy tested at genius level. (I am so proud!)
He is a little devious too. He knows he is not supposed to sit on the back of the couch. He gets on the back of the couch when I am upstairs and when he hears my feet hit the landing, he jumps down and pretends that he is stretching. He has to work on hiding all of the evidence though because he forgets to smooth out the butt imprint he leaves on the back of the couch when he jumps down. I could chat about Teddy for hours. He has so many good qualities but I think one of his best qualities is that he adapts to any situation and makes the best of it. He was in four foster homes before I was lucky enough to adopt him and Teddy has so much love that you would never know that the first year of his life was filled with upheaval and insecurity.
I tell him all the time that he is the best dog in the entire world and I don't know how I got so lucky to be the one that got to adopt him.
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