Last Friday my sister asked if I could look after my niece Gracie for the day as she had to work. I agreed (of course) as Gracie is always so much fun to be with. She has such an adult sense of humour for a 10 year old that she usually has me laughing most of the time we are together. It was a rainy day, so when I picked her up, we went in to the local town and bought a DVD from the charity shop for the bargain price of £1. 50 and that was our afternoon sorted.
Gracie hasn’t seen Tuchena since February, and Tuchena has grown a lot in the last 6 months, so on the drive home I was running the house rules by Gracie. I get worried with Tuchena around children, she is fine if the kids are calm, she does her usual intense sniff, jump up a bit and mouth at the arm, but as long as she gets no reaction, you pass the test and that is it. Now, although Gracie has met her before and is used to big dogs I still like to remind her that she must stay calm, keep her voice gentle and no running around until Tuchena has settled. ( even though she is used to dogs, all 10 year old girls can screech and jump about when they are excited!)
So…..how did it go? I have to say I am so proud of both of them. Gracie did exactly as I had asked, Tuchena reacted exactly how I had explained to Gracie that she would and with in a minute Gracie had passed the ‘Tuchena Test’ and we had a lovely rainy afternoon snuggled on the sofa watching a film.
From the pictures below, I think Tuchena likes Gracie more than she likes me…….but I think sharing her ice cream helped!