Oh, wow, more progress today! Yay!!
I mentioned that I began getting little doggy kisses this morning, and I've continued to get them all day long. I was getting them on the way to and from the vet's office, and since we've been home, he continues to bless me. He's not just all over me, slurpy, but every now and then he just sidles over and gives me a dozen or so.
Little Guy is paying more attention to me re: rules. He wants so badly for China to play, and of course she doesn't really want to. She has been telling him to back off, but this evening, I'm telling him to stop, "No," and he backs off without freaking that I'm "scolding" him. I'm not even having to raise my voice. I know there will be set-backs, but it's beginning to work.
Tonight he ate his dinner before I went to sleep! The past two nights he has gone to eat after we are all asleep. I hear him get down from the bed and crunch away. But this evening he went to the bowl and ate several bites, then he began showing off about it. He would get a bite, then run up the steps to the bed, look straight at me and crunch away, then down the stairs to repeat it! Almost like he was saying, "See? I'm eating!!"
After that, he ran up and down the steps several times, playing with different toys. He even allowed me to touch the toys, although he didn't seem to understand the concept of us both playing with it together. Yesterday, if I touched the toy, he simply put it down and ignored it. Maybe I can teach him to play tug-of-war or fetch eventually.
He is actually beginning to see me as the leader, and he is understanding that I have rules. HURRAY!!!!
At last I'm beginning to see the personality. There is spunk, a tad of orneriness (Spunky? Rascal?). He is lively, loves to play (Feist?). He's smart (Einstein?), and able to learn rules. And there are signs that he knows he belongs here, belongs with me. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.