Butt Scratches for Duke

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So, those of you who hop over to KIN on the reg know something is up this week. We’re all a bit of a mess at the R.Simple House. For many reasons laid out in this post, we sent Duke to live with Jon’s family in Michigan for the next six months. The fact that it is temporary, and we will get our puppy dog back for Harry’s first birthday is wonderful, but it doesn’t make us miss him any less while he’s gone. We’ve been questioning whether we did the right thing every minute of every day, but ultimately, we knew this was best for Duke. Jon’s family love, love, loves that dog and has a lot more time for him than I will in the coming months. He’ll be spoiled there. Like a six month long summer camp.

But since I have Duke on the mind, I thought it was time for another update on the Duke-Harry situation. Last time we chatted about this, Duke was having a difficult time adjusting to a new baby in the house. He was as sweet as ever with Harry, just a little off in the rest of his world.

I’m very happy (and due to the current situation, a little sad) to report that Harry and Duke are now the best of friends. Harry adores Duke, preferring to spend his mornings climbing all over Duke’s back, petting his head, pulling his ears, and kissing him all over the place. Duke loves the attention, but even more, he loves the food that Harry “shares.” At meal times, you would be hard pressed to find that dog anywhere but under Harry’s high chair. I even caught Harry feeding Duke a bean the other day. Yep. Straight up feeding his bean to Duke.

Duke has calmed down a bit in the aspects of his personality which took a hit when we brought Harry home. He’s back to normal. And man, do we love that little puppy. I’ll be over at KIN today talking about one of my favorite Duke stories (and a good Calvin one too!), so if you miss Duke like I do, pop over there. You’ll get a good chuckle, and a few super cute photos.

And family, please give Duke a kiss for me.

xoxo, Mallory

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