In 1935 the musical The Gondolier featured a song, “Lu Lu’s Back in Town.” It was later popularized by both Fats Waller and Mel Torme. I’ve been thinking of the song because we just picked up our dog Lu Lu who had been at the dog trainer’s in Salem for the last six weeks.
It’s amazing to see how much she has learned in a short period of time. Capable of retrieving items in the field, following both verbal and physical signs all while displaying boundless amounts of energy, she is truly an amazing dog. But the best part of all is the affection that she shows us. She seems to be much more laid back and is as likely to snuggle up for a nap as freaking out over a piece of lint laying on the floor. At the same time, she’s still only seven months old and quite the puppy.
The trainer told us that she would make an excellent hunting dog. She’s not afraid of the sound of a firearm and has amazing retrieving instincts. But one thing the trainer doesn’t know at this point – she is deathly afraid of vacuum cleaners. So it’s a good thing she doesn’t have to retrieve any Oreck lightweight vacuums from the staircase. That would be quite the scene.
It’s amazing to me what just a few commands can mean to making our household more orderly: here, sit and heel. What a revolution.
I could go on and on about all the amazing things our dog is capable of but the most important thing is the love and friendship she gives to our family. No one can train a dog’s heart and truly there is no need.
Welcome home Lu Lu.