One year ago today we adopted Thor and brought him home with us. Since then, this California beach dog has visited (read: peed on) no fewer than 19 States and one foreign country (Sorry, Canada. We really do love you!)
He’s hiked through deserts, forests, and parks, swam in rivers and lakes, taken boat rides, romped in the snow, hung out on restaurant patios, and discovered the joys of harassing squirrels, chipmunks, and cats…
Speaking of harassing other animals, this year he sized up a very fake bison:
and a very real horse:
Fortunately, he decided to stand down on both.
It’s funny to look back and consider all the things he’s learned since moving in with us. During his first several days in the RV, he was quite convinced there was another dog hiding in the fireplace. Turns out, he’d never seen his reflection before and was pretty confused by the whole thing.
Over time, he’s also concluded that our Sonicare toothbrushes are not, in fact, murder machines, and the vacuum is not challenging him to a duel.
In the other direction, he’s now managed to convince his humans that there really is no such thing as “a stick that’s too big”:
and that he would make an ideal NPS “Bark Ranger”:
He’s made lots of friends – both of the canine and human varieties:
and gets regular ego boosts from strangers who stop to tell him how handsome he is.
While he doesn’t love the actual travel days, he’s always excited to explore our new surroundings…
and, he continues to dream of the day he can take the wheel and drive us straight to Petsmart…
He’s made himself at home in our RV and we’ve adjusted to sharing our bed with him every night (2/3 for him, 1/3 for us…)
While he can be a bit overly independent (ie: a punk) at times, his snuggle/cuddle/selfie game is on point…
And we are guaranteed a laugh anytime he flips over on his back. No one does “derp” quite as well as our pupper.
One year in, he’s learned lots of things and made himself at home. As we begin year 2, we’ve been doing some work with a local trainer to help with his socialization and obedience skills:
Now that we’ve finally got his stomach issues under control, we’re hoping some formalized training will allow us to take him even more places with us.
In sum, one year later, we’re thrilled to have Thor as a member of our family and we’re looking forward to many more adventures, snuggles, and battles over bed space.
Happy Adoption Day, Bud!