In praise of Dekker, our 13 week Bolognese.
This is the most perfect puppy imaginable. He is presently sleeping in a basket by the computer; in a few hours he will be playing like a banshee on the living room floor, chasing balls, attacking a squeaky lion, chewing on a rubber bone. But in between he will have attended a two hour graduate seminar. He has already been to a half dozen classes, one plenary talk, two department meetings, and a four-hour vestry retreat, and was every time as good as gold. He's affectionate, joyous, playful, but also gentle, obedient, sweet, and well-mannered. From the beginning, he slept through the night, lying peacefully at the foot of the bed, although in the morning he crawls between us. He learned to use the potty pad within a few days, and by now is almost fully housebroken. He tries to chew slippers, but at 4.5 lbs has not yet managed to do any damage to his favorite pair of little straw flip-flops, although he has more success with shredding a paper napkin, which keeps him occupied for most of his owners' dinner time. He knows how to bark, but rarely does so. He is smart, curious, easy to train, not destructive: in short, happy, loving, and a very good companion.
Note: although he goes everywhere with me, he's still carried in a basket, since he hasn't had all his shots, so he hasn't yet had the chance to play with other dogs.