This is Willy taking a nap on the couch. I cropped the picture because it showed all too clearly how fat he has become. The extra weight has done nothing to curb his physical activity, but I know it is unhealthy, as well as a detriment to his health. I'm trying to keep him on a diet, but so far it isn't working. It's a problem I haven't had with other dogs, so I am somewhat at a loss.
Nevertheless, he continues to be a wonderful little dog and a great addition to the family. Walking him is a challenge for me because he is so wild and full of energy. But I have never claimed to be any sort of dog trainer, and every one I have ever had behaved exactly as the spirit moved them. It gives me a lot of pleasure to see them be themselves without having to submit to human standards of behavior. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction and self-approval to know I am providing for them, making their lives comfortable and happy. I believe that because they are happy, they are pretty much well-behaved in spite of their lack of discipline.
I guess that's why I like small dogs. A big dog needs to learn some social behavior to accommodate living with humans. Not my boys. They can be what they are and I can be what I am and still be in perfect harmony.