|Barked: Sun Jan 25, '09 2:03pm PST |
I have a few stories of how dogs remember.
For example, my brother in law and my sister live with us on and off. They've been doing this for a few years now. When Sakura was born, they were living with us. For the first four months of her life, my brother in law loved that dog. She loved him, too. Then, they moved to Texas. Since Sakura was so young, we were afraid she wouldn't remember him when he came back. But, they were gone for almost a year. They came back when she was about 1 year and two months old. Usually, when a stranger comes, Sakura hides or barks because of the new "invader". We were afraid she'd do this for them. However, when they walked through the door, Sakura ran up to my brother in law, peed in submission and wagged her tail. She'd remembered.
Sandy had never really had a chance to remember my sister and brother in law. They visited once in April and only for three days. In those three days, Sandy grew attached to them. She was really depressed when they left. But, she was young, so she bounced back fast. When they moved back from Texas, again, we were afraid what Sandy's reaction would be. But, instead of hiding, she, too, approached them and wagged her tail. And, she'd only known them for THREE DAYS. Amazing, isn't it?
Lilo has went through a series of homes before joining us. There was one, in particular, that she was with for the shortest amount of time. This woman was hardly ever home. She'd leave and leave Lilo alone in the house for DAYS- once even 1 1/2 weeks. She had her for a total of three months. In that three months, she'd spent about... oh... I'd say a month actually taking care of Lilo. Well, a few months ago, she came by to check on Lilo. We wouldn't let her near her for fear of how Lilo would react (this woman was never nice to Lilo) but, Lilo knew she was there. She recognized the smell, we think. Because, she went crazy. She was crying. She was acting scared. All day, she was worried. The last time she'd met that woman, her first owners were giving her away and, I honestly think, she remembered.
Sometimes, I swear, I think dogs have a better memory than we do. Because, that woman had Lilo when she was only 2 years old. She's about 7 now. I can't even remember names of people I met when I was a kid. What's yet faces and smells.
I'm not sure how your dog was bonded with your husband. But, regardless, I think he'll remember. Rather he remembers his smell or him in general, I think he will.
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