“Boarding” Roland for the week

This week, we are dog-sitting one of Pyrrha’s best friends, Roland. She, of course, is delighted. And they have been wearing each other out!

Our boarder Roland, all tuckered out after a walk. #sleepypup
Roland, worn out.

I think Rols is missing his family (especially his human dad, of whom he is particularly fond), but he has been settling in nicely. He seems to prefer men, so Guion is really enjoying all of the doggy love from Roland (something he still rarely experiences from Pyrrha). Roland, meanwhile, tolerates Pyrrha’s antics, and they like to play bitey-face under the table whenever they’re inside (which can often prove dangerous to human limbs).

Dog sitting Roland for the week! Pyrrha loves having her BFF around. #puppylove

You’d think I’d know this by now, having a rotating door of dog friends and fosters, but I am always surprised at how truly individual each dog is. Roland has his own set of quirks and habits, just like every other dog. It’s a good reminder that we can’t always be so universal in our approaches to dogs; a tactic that works for one dog may not work for another. Every canine personality is so complex and unique — rather like people.

This little buddy is right at home. #dogsitting #doghouse
I think he looks pretty sad here. Like, “Ugh. Why am I still here with you people? And this crazytown shepherd??”

That said, here are some little traits of Roland’s that we’ve noticed.

Cute Roland Quirks

  • Softest, silkiest fur! This little dude has to have had a lot of spaniel in him (I see Brittany, because of the eye color; what about you?). I don’t think I’ve ever met an adult dog with such silky fur.
  • Whining. We haven’t had a dog who whines around, and it always surprises me, because I think he’s been injured or is in great distress. But Roland seems to whine even when he’s happy. Or maybe for attention? Demand-whining (like Maggie was referencing, except it’s much quieter than demand-barking!)?
  • Not a fan of the crate. But we’ve been treating him for going in, like we do with all the dogs who live with us, and I think he’s getting used to it.
  • Does not like going outside. This is a weird one to us. He seems fine being in the backyard once he’s there, but he really balks at having to go from the sunroom into the yard. I’m not sure what the fear trigger in the sunroom is, so we’re investigating.
  • As previously, mentioned way more fond of Guion than of me. This is especially cheering to Guion, because Pyrrha vastly prefers me (and Rainer before her). He’s basking in the attention from Roland.
  • Gentle and calm on walks. We met three little kids yesterday who were really interested in the dogs. They were very polite, and asked if they could pet the dogs. We let them pet Roland first, because he’s so easygoing, and he was great with the attention, and then, when the kids asked, I let them slowly approach Pyrrha. She licked their hands and cheeks, which was nice, and then I let Pyrrha back up and give her some “breathing room.” Overall, a good Pyrrha/child interaction, which is something we always celebrate! I think Roland’s calm demeanor may have helped her loosen up in the presence of three little kids.

Early morning pups. #doghouse

Overall, Roland is an easy keeper! We are happy to have him for the week, and we know Pyrrha is as well.

Have you ever had a live-in dog “boarder”? How did that experience go for you and your dog(s)?

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5 thoughts on ““Boarding” Roland for the week

  1. Aw! So cute! I had a friend come stay with us with her GSD for 10 days. It was interesting, lol. Our dogs are big into playing with one another, but her dogs (she has 4) would rather play with her and a ball, so our two introduced the one she brought with her to the world of romp a room and she commented to me how different her dog was with my two than with hers and how she enjoyed watching them play. Just makes me think about how we’re all different depending on the company as well!

  2. Back when we had three Greyhounds, Bunny, Blueberry and Lilac, a good friend of ours had her mother pass away and the funeral was on the East coast. So, her two Greyhounds came to stay with us for a week. One of them was an older lady and the other one was Jackson, a wild man in a pony body! He was huge, and he didn’t know his own strength. It turned out to be an…interesting…experience. Jackson got very nasty regarding his food and over certain items if we tried to take them away from him. He’s the only Greyhound I’ve actually been afraid of. It all worked out okay, but walking five Greyhounds was quite a feat! lol

  3. I absolutely love getting the reminder of how individual dogs can be! Whenever I watch a friend’s dog, foster, visit dogs at the shelter, whatever, I’m amazed at how unique they are. I think this is the one thing that people who aren’t “dog people” just don’t get. The longest boarders we had was when friends got married and honeymooned overseas. We had their 2 dogs for almost a month… whoo boy! That was a challenge because their personalities were SO different from my guys. By the time they left, Emmett and Lucas were completely exhausted! (And thanks so much for the link shoutout!! Hope all’s going well with the whining!)

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