At my parents' home (which is relatively small in comparison to what Niko is used to), Niko was very timid. He once again found his bark/voice. Fortunately, the barking did not carry on outside. It must be enclosed spaces that he does not like.
During this trip, Niko had the opportunity to meet his Aunt Tracey for the very first time. It was a meeting that was long awaited for by both parties. Tracey has gotten Niko toys before and is an avid reader of the blog. With patience, Tracey gained Niko's trust and quickly became friends. Niko really needed those rubs on the head because he was feeling homesick =)
I took Niko for walks and to parks as much as possible. For the first time, I took Niko with me into Manhattan. I didn't want to take my chances with the Subway, so I drove. As usual, he did very well in the car. He napped and looked out the window as I drove through the crazy midtown traffic. On foot and paws, Niko quickly learned how to wheeze in and out of the swarms of people with me (I held the leash tight and short). He followed my stops and go's. It certainly helped that he wanted to stay close to me in an unfamiliar world. We went to Central Park where we met up with a bunch of friends and children. It was a beautiful Fall day and it seemed like every New Yorker took advantage of it and was at the park.
I finally drew the conclusion that Niko is extra tolerant of kids. After seeing him with different sorts of adults and kids, he always sits peacefully as kids come up to him to say hello, play, and pet him. He was totally calm even with a group of 3 to 5 kids all excited to meet him. If it were a bunch of adults crowding him like that, Niko would surely run and hide. It must be the short size and playfulness of children that Niko connects with. I personally like seeing kids' faces light up and it's super cool when Niko's the reason behind it.
As cool as NYC is, Niko prefers the slower pace of his suburban neighborhood. We give props to all the shibas (like Shio and Kit & company) who call NYC their home. For now, we will live vicariously through these City Slickers by reading about their adventures!
|Niko taking it all in...|