Hector my special guy.
I love all my dogs and cats but Hector is my special guy and has been since the day he was born. I think I’m correct when I say that he is slightly autistic and his mother sensed already from the beginning that something was different with him and didn’t like him at all, not until a year or so before she died.
If any of his siblings did something they according to her shouldn’t she bit Hector and if Hector did something she didn’t like she bit him again. He was allowed to feed but that was it. His siblings wasn’t that happy about him either because he really doesn’t know how to interact with other dogs. I guess it didn’t help seeing him being treated badly by their mother either. They all turned their backs to him when he tried to play with them but monthly he kept to himself.
The only one that actually seemed to understand him was his grandmother Viran, they never played together but stayed close most of the time. With time Orvar learned how to deal with him and finally Hector had someone to play with, well mostly it was Orvar that chased him or let him take the stick when I threw one 🙂 He doesn’t get it when Sune and Nova plays though, he mostly stands beside them sort of jumping around but never gets involved.
He’s very much in to routines and we have several that he and I go through every day. One is when he has finished his meal (after trying to steal some of Orvars food, Orvar never says anything but I do 🙂 ). He them walks to the stairs and stops waiting for me to come to him. He doesn’t like to be hugged even if I am allowed to do it, so instead I press my head towards his and then I scratch him on his back or behind his ears. We can stand there for a few minutes, it all depends on if he thinks it is too much.
So I let him go upstairs when he feels like it, some days however he wants more, so down he goes and then he makes sure that I know it so he can stop at the stairs one more time 🙂 He doesn’t like it if the other dogs sleep too close to him (even though he sometimes doesn’t care if it is in my bed he sleeps 🙂 ) but he never minds if Bertil stays close to him. He can get very confused if I put down the food bowls in the wrong order, a normal dog would just eat from what ever bowl would be placed in front of him, not Hector though. He can just stand there for several minutes looking at his bowl 🙂
Most of our routines are done for the day so now I’ll make myself a pot of tea and something to eat and then I’ll go upstairs to watch some tv. By the way, I got a text message today that said my Big Bang Theory dvd’s are on their way 🙂 I hope they come already tomorrow! Only one more work day and then vacation 🙂
Have a great day!