"Cal is just the sweetest dog possible. He has gotten used to his new house and soaks up attention like a sponge. If I sit down, pet him, and then dare to stop, he puts his head under my hand as if to say "hey, you're not done yet!". We have settled into a daily routine of jogging a couple of miles to and around the park in the morning. Cal loves the park more than any place in town (except for home!), and is willing to brave flapping flags and trash cans (his two least favorite things) to get there. Cal also loves the mountains also; there, away from city noises, his head comes up and he gets a spring in his step. We all love to see him so happy.
Cal loves kids especially. In the park, he is fairly indifferent to grown-ups but wants to go say hello to the kids. For Cal to be in a family with his own kids is his equivalent of “must’ve died and gone to Heaven!”. Cal is a bit picky about eating, and often won’t eat if anybody is around to see him--but he eats when the kids practice their musical instruments, and stops eating when they stop playing! We started Cal and us on clicker training right after he arrived. Now he’s very good at most commands (in truth, I think he learned most of them before he arrived because training was way too easy to have been from scratch).
Cal is eager to please and careful not to offend. I had thought it would take him weeks, or months, to get used to a new house, but we’ve scarcely had any trouble at all. He chewed on a few things at first when left unsupervised, including one book that was in front of his nose in our daughter’s room for too long. We told him no, and he has not touched a book since. Now, at night, he stays in a room full of books and other things that might be good to chew on, and he never touches anything except his toys.
Cal is a great dog for our family, and we’re all very much enjoying having him around!"