what was captured by camera on this walk:
- Bruno getting pets
- Bruno going up stairs
- Bruno going down stairs
- Bruno standing in the warm, morning sun
- Bruno getting treats (he's the gentlest of treat takers)
- Bruno meeting other dogs
- Bruno on the beach and not interested in the ocean
- Bruno watching the world
what was not captured by camera: (because sometimes it's just about being in the moment)
- Bruno following me (who he's always kept at arms' length previously) as we walked
- Bruno sniffing the pathway, then peeing (he's only recently learned to sniff on walks)
- Bruno taking treats from me as if he's been doing it for ages (he's taken them before, but not so easily)
- Bruno looking at me and not turning away when I looked at him
- Bruno jumping up onto a cement block because that's where I was... then taking more treats
- Bruno looking relaxed while getting loves (he's camera shy) and treats from his foster, Shannon
Bruno is such a gem. He asks for nothing, just follows along. He looks around to see the world and he is trying so hard to fit in. For some sleddies, it takes a bit to work through new things. For Bruno, one of the ways he does this is circling. He was on a long leash line on this walk so he had the chance to explore a bit more (which he did), but he does this sort of pace/circle action. In his past life, he lived on a chain tether so it's a very familiar action and without trying to decode his psyche too much, I've see it in countless other sleddies as they worked through new situations. Bruno did this action before he joined me on the cement block and he does it sometimes when stopped on the path, or something new is in his midst.
He's taking those steps though. And in the couple months since I first met him and started going on walks, it's so ridiculously beautiful to see his progress. In a previous post I likened his progress to not just baby steps as they were more like "blink-and-you-may-miss-them steps", but to know him is to see this new world unfold for him.
I know the perfect home is out there for him. Someone who just wants to trundle around with him, gently, at his pace. Who can provide sanctuary for him while he continues to heal and learn.
Thanks to Shannon and Tica (the costa-rican-street-pup-turned-Bruno-guardian), for a beautiful walk.
p.s. After the gallery, check out the two video clips!