"My husband and I thought it was just kind of funny at first. You know, it's just him being the quirky, goofball he is," she says. "But then my sister saw it when she came to visit and pointed out that it was actually really genius of him. Like, here's this thing that he's afraid of, and he's courageously figured out a way to deal with it. That's how we look at it now."
The backup routine does make it a little difficult for Queso to keep up at times, but Hamam suspects that Queso will eventually learn that doorways really aren't that scary after all.
"I think one day he'll figure it out, and we're thinking of ways to help ease the transition," says Hamam. "Until then, we see him as our happy dog, moving through life on his own terms, dealing with whatever comes up the best way he knows how. We're just happy that, no matter what, he'll keep on being him."