Last week I brought Loki and Juno for a trial test day at Bernard's kennel. Let's face it. The place is a dog luxury spa. It has a huge garden to romp in. There are no cages. Dogs have access to the garden and house all day long and they sleep in the house. They go on long off-leash walks in the country with Bernard and his dog and they get to behave like dogs. Juno passed the test with flying colors.
Well, Bernard was brutally honest with me. While he got along with all the dogs, it was touch and go for a few hours. Loki protested for two hours, scratching the doors and trying to jump the 8-foot fence. I swear on my secret stash of Lindt chocolate bars that I saw Loki's head pop up over that 8-foot fence three times as I drove off. Bernard said he almost called me at 10 a.m. to tell me it wasn't going to work. But then Loki calmed and cuddled with Bernard and all was well.
This week we head off to Provence for a short holiday and leave the dogs at Bernard's spa. It pains me, but it will be good for him. He needs to learn to stand on his own four paws. He's lucky to have Juno and Marley, their new hiking pal, staying there at the same time.
In the end Bernard said, "Juno is sweet, a little shy and not dominant. Loki was very nervous when you left, but he is not dominant." Yeah. Right, Bernard.