Fiona checked him out closely when we brought him back home. Inspection complete, she wagged her tail just the slightest bit to say, "Welcome home." Rory seemed very concerned, in the morning, when we packed Argyle up solo. It may have been that he knew he was going "riding in the truck," and he wasn't being invited to go along, but I sense it may have been more than that. He definitely didn't like that we were taking the puppy away. So, it seems that Argyle really and truly is one of the Frock Pack now.
The change happened in small increments. Episode by episode. In barely noticeable ways. Every now and again, you'd see something to confirm that Rory & Fiona were beginning to accept the puppy, but then there were other moments when I was sure they were plotting his murder.
The thing I absolutely didn't predict was how Fiona would find her mothering nature thanks to Argyle. Being 10 days older than Rory, she has always asserted her power over him; he has never argued her thinking and tolerates her bossy behavior. She has always directed Rory, but never mothered him per se.
I just didn't think she had it in her to be motherly. I was wrong; when it comes to this puppy, she has been very matronly in a stern and imperious way, for sure, but that's her nature as the Alpha. But motherly, none the less. She's actually been nicer to him than Rory has been, especially the first few weeks. Rory was very snappy and rough with him.
When Argyle needs quiet time, or wants to know all is right with the world, you'll find him close to Fiona. And, that's how I found him on the steps with her, patting her softly on the back. People who do not live with animals, will tell you they have no deliberate thoughts or intentions as we understand Humans to have...
Those of us who live with animals understand what a load of crapola that thinking is... I watched that puppy softly touch her on the back and stay that way for a few quiet moments before he put his head down and rested knowing she was close.
So I'm writing this one to acknowledge Fiona for being so uncharacteristically good to the puppy. And, to say she surprised me in a good way by her ability to let another dimension of her true nature blossom. It reminds me that the same is true for us when we rise to the occasion of sharing our virtues and growing parts that are resting dormant.
I have to go now and sit with my puppy patient who is still sore and wondering where parts of him have disappeared...Fiona is sitting next to him. She's a good nurse. I'm impressed.
Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka Mommer