I am more than ready for that little guy to come home. While I've definitely enjoyed not having much of any responsibility, being able to come and go as I please and heading to the beach with no guilt - I'm very much looking forward to cuddles, dog park visits and walks!
I'm also happy to report Hudson has been doing so fantastic at "summer camp" as my mom lovingly refers to it. We've gotten a handful of videos and what kind of "blogger" would I be if I didn't share those with you all?
The first evening, after we dropped him off, we got a cute picture of him letting us know he arrived safely in Hampton Roads.
I was loving how much his tail was obviously wagging in said picture. He is such a happy guy!
Then, the dreaded wait for the next update. I kept saying, because I'm so Type A, if someone just told me "you won't hear from us for 3 days", I would have been ok. However, I had zero clue how soon/often we would get updates, so I was very impatient.
On Thursday evening, we got a quick update that he was doing great and very exhausted each evening, but had found a friend.
Then, on Friday, we got our first training update. #proudmom
Side note: I had multiple friends comment on this video asking "he couldn't do that before?". Hudson could sit, if he wanted to, but staying was a challenge. Also, this is more than just sitting/staying. If you notice, the trainer said "place" and Hudson went to where she pointed and then stayed. By the time he comes home tomorrow, we'll be able to point to any spot (even so much as a 3" wide trailer hitch), say place and he'll go to it and sit down.
The next update came on Monday afternoon mere seconds after I texted JC from Chicago saying "ok, I'm ready for a Hudson update ASAP".
The picture is of him "placing" and then going down.
The video is of him walking (look how close he is and how much slack is still on the leash!!) and then sitting until she said "break" which means he can go. I never thought I'd see the day Hudson was a good walker.
Thank goodness I was traveling in Chicago for work last week because it helped so much when it came to waiting for updates. I wouldn't have time to think about it until our day was over and we were driving back into the city for the night. But by Thursday, I was anxious again.
Thursday afternoon, we were sitting on the tarmac 45 minutes late for departure and I decided to take my phone off airplane mode since we weren't moving. I'm so happy I did! I got a video update not long after and it was the best one yet! I'm completely obsessed with how happy he clearly is with learning.
You can't really tell in the video, but his trainer made sure to point out that he's walking without a leash now (!!!). Also, we're disregarding the fact that she had to say "down" 3x. I'm 100% confident we'll only need to say it once, after he's completely done with training ;)
After I replied, commenting on how proud we were of him, his trainer said he'd have him placing/down 100 yards away by the next day! #insane
I didn't expect to get another video for a few days, but much to my surprise we got another update on Friday afternoon. This time, Hudson had learned "touch".
We haven't received another update since then. I texted the trainer Sunday afternoon because JC wanted to see if he could get a t-shirt and I hoped my text would prompt a new update. No such luck. But that's ok because HE COMES HOME TODAY.
I cannot wait to see all he's learned, learn how to maintain his training ourselves and then cuddle him all.day.long. on Wednesday. Because duh, I took the day off.