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It's the Little things...
I know this is a silly thing to be happy about...but it made my heart sing!
Most of you know Tango's story, but for those who don't, here is a (very) brief background:
Tango is my precious girl. She's somewhere around 11, or 12, or maybe even 13. We really don't know. She was a breeding dog in a puppy mill and when I got her had never been outside her crate. Her hair was full of....stuff....and she had to be completely shaved down.
She came to live with me in 2005 and has slowly been discovering she is a dog ever since.
Little things, slowly over time, have come out. She will always be afraid and skittish, but now walks proud with her tail up. She barks at the mailman. She is no longer afraid of grass, or the doggie door. She has the most awesome personality!
OK, that wasn't as brief as I was planning. But I'm very proud of my little girl.
So, on to the good news. Her hair was (accidentally) trimmed a couple of months ago (the groomer trimmed the wrong dog). Her hair is finally starting to grow back out. The top of her head isn't quite long enough to pull up yet, but it is long enough that she needs it pinned away from her eyes. So I've had it up in barrettes the past couple of weeks.
This morning, I was putting her hair up in her barrettes. I was talking to her and brushing her as always. I put in one barrette, but the other just would not cooperate. No matter what I did, it was lopsided or too loose or too tight. So I adjusted it multiple times. My precious little girl didn't wiggle or fidget even once. But.....here's the really awesome part....
She got sick of me fiddling with her head. She looked up at me with her big brown eyes, and WHIMPERED!!!! Soft, barely audible, short little whimpers. I swear, it was the cutest thing I think I've ever heard!!!
She has never done that before. It took her years to bark. Took her even longer to growl. And now she will whimper. My heart just melted. I finished her barrette, let her down, and gave her a BIG havanese treat!
I'm soooo happy......