R2-D2 is the unexpected puppy! When we got the three Star Wars girls, we noticed the runt and decided he should be welcome into the fold. So he came home with us and is Mr. R2!
R2 is an explorer. From the first time I free-ran with the pups, R2 was already off by himself, checking out what could be in this corner or that corner. I like to think he’s like his namesake, wandering around the Deathstar poking at things.
Initially R2 was a little shy. He got extra time in the house and with people. His sisters were outgoing and ready for anything. R2 needed a little extra to keep up. After his first year at ATAO, R2 came into his own. He finally hit his growth spurt and is bigger than his sisters now. He’s a beautiful, lean looking dog. He loves running and he LOVES chewing on things! His favorite pastime is to gnaw on a good stick.
He’s very mellow and sweet. With age (and a lot of dedicated socialization), he’s come into his own and isn’t shy any more, but his personality is very even keeled and steady. He loves getting pets now. He still has his explorer spirit and will usually traipse off into the woods during free play, but he always checks back on us.
In harness, R2 has been doing well. Hookup is the only time he loses his cool– He wants to RUN!!! I have to be careful that the combination of his love to chew and his excitement to run don’t equal a chomped line.
I’m really happy R2 joined our group. He’s already an essential teammate, and we wouldn’t be ATAO without him.
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Laurel Adlen Brenner