Saturday, May 11, 2013

Cupid- The Almost Service Dog

We have a dog named Cupid.  The animal shelter named him that, because he loves everyone. He's a real people kind of dog. We got him as a birthday present for CJ.  However, soon after we got him about 7 months ago he picked another family member to turn his attention to, Beans.

Cupid is a very, very high strung dog. Full of puppy mischief, even though he's getting close to being 2 years old. He is a handful. A noisy handful, which is extremely off putting to Beans, who doesn't like noise, and too much commotion. Beans does not feel the same about the dog, as he does about him.  Beans runs away from him, and his noisy antics all day.  The dog follows him. When Beans has a meltdown Cupid runs around him in circles barking. This obviously makes Beans cry louder, and lash out at the dog. No matter how many times Beans hits Cupid, because he is encroaching on his space during a meltdown, Cupid never stops doing it.  He runs around him pushing away anyone who comes near Beans when he is upset. When a stranger comes in our home, they cannot even look at Beans sideways, or Cupid will start to bark, and push them away from him.It took a few wks before Cupid would allow our respite provider to do anything with Beans. As soon as she's play with him, he'd go nuts.  He would follow them to the bathroom for pants changing time, overlooking everything, making sure it was all cool. He even used to do that to me! If Beans tries to go out the door, Cupid will follow. Beans has never petted the dog, or acknowledged him in any way, except to toss some food his way. If Beans is eating paper, or some other nonfood item, Cupid wants to, too.  Cupid think Beans is the bees knees.  He's like a badly behaved service dog.

The other morning while I was getting the oldest two off for school Cupid sneaked into Beans room, and cuddled up with him while he was still sleeping.  I could not resist getting a picture of this. Beans would not have ever allowed the dog t sit by him at any other time.  Cupid was stealing snuggles.

Stealing Cuddles.

After I got Beans dress he ran out into the living room, and guess who followed?

But, I love you!

He's a little rough around the edges with his boundless energy, buy nonetheless, a very good dog.

Here he is sleeping with Bubby's stuffed cat while he waits for him to come home from school, and play. They play keep away with it.


  1. I love this! Someday they will be friends I hope. What a good dog. And by the way, Drew still sleeps with his fisher price crib soother. He has the jungle theme one in your picture, and every single one they have made in the last 9 years. Can't go to sleep without one! :)

    1. Beans loves those light up crib toys. We discovered that last year, and bought a few. They're not cheap,for sure running at around $45 a piece! We find so few toys he enjoys though. We are happy to find any, if they are pricey.

  2. This story made we smile. I’m sure Beans and Cupid will be good friends once Cupid isn't such an excitable pup. It takes big dogs a long time sometimes to calm down and mellow out, so hang in there. I have trouble with my aspie sensory issues with one of our dogs, but I have learned ways to get along with her better. My Pembroke Welsh Corgi barks at everything and it really bothers me during the day but I try and snuggle with her at night to bond with her and so she knows even though I yell for her to stop barking that I still love her, so maybe Beans will do this someday too!

    1. I hope so! I signed Cupid up for obedience classes, so maybe that will help.

  3. adorable! Please give cupid kisses for me! :)


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