About a year and a half ago, Grandfather got himself a puppy! A companion for him as he enters his dotage.
The little guy is a Maltese.
Clyde is a great little guy. Maltese are very small; four to seven pounds is the normal weight in adulthood and they are also single-coated, so they’re cold-sensitive. Clyde weighs 6 pounds.
Clyde will not be “trained” much; Grandfather lives on a remote ridge top inside 700 acres of woods, meadows and pasture, so Clyde won’t be expected to please anybody but us.
The woods are full of threats to such a small dog though, so he will be strictly a house pet.
Clyde was trained to relive himself on disposable attractant-treated pads; one is partly visible under the kitchen table in the photo below. Grandfather sits on the padded stool on the left and throws a rope toy for Clyde to fetch from the far corners of the kitchen for an hour or so in the morning, until he gets tired of it. He gets his exercise that way. (And Grandfather avoids his that way.)
Clyde was kept in the kitchen during training by the mesh gate you can see closing off the kitchen. An indoor life suits the little guy best in the wintertime, too. Maltese are quite cold-sensitive.
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
Photos: Courtesy of the Blakeslee Family