I’ve been sharing a lot of wacky Solha stories lately. But I don’t want to give the impression Solha is a “bad dog,” she’s a great dog, so today I thought I’d focus on her normal, non-super power canine attributes.
Number one, we’ve had her just over two weeks and she’s only peed in the house twice. I think that’s pretty good. She caught on very quick that bathrmoom breaks must be conducted outside.
Number two, she knows her name and comes when called (with a few caveats, keep reading).
Number three, she knows how to sit and lay down on command.
Number four, she’s wonderful on the leash. I’ve taken her on two three and a half mile runs so far and she doesn’t try to drag me or stop on a dime. She does become a bit more frenetic when we happen upon another dog, but that is normal for a dog this age.
About the leash. Every time we take her outside Solha must be on the leash. We learned this lesson the hard way. The second or third day we had her home, Jake took her off the leash for a second to jog with her around the property. She became so excited and giddy by her newfound freedom in such a lovely setting that it was like watching a hippie at Burning Man whose magic mushrooms just kicked in–she became ecstatic, loopy, psychedelic. She leapt, she darted, she jumped, she swan dived, she ran further and further away from Jake. He yelled at her to come, but she was too far gone and ran off into the woods. We searched for her everywhere, calling and cajoling, until I finally found her…sitting quietly on our front porch.
She’s done that a couple of times. So we’ve learned to keep her on the leash at all times until she mellows out. I imagine it’ll be a good six or seven months before she can be trusted to walk untethered.
Oh, about her name. I’ve had more than a few people ask me how to pronounce her name. The official pronunciation is “soul-HA,” which means “peace” in Dari. But I’ve heard Jake identify her as “Soul,” “SOUL-ah” and “Soul-HA.” So I call her “SOUL-ah,” which I find easier to say than the clunkier, Kung-Fu-ish “soul-HA!!”