Thursday, October 30, 2014

Back At The Pet Resort

My mom made me take a break from the Pet Resort because I got hurt the last time I was there. I was playing with a Golden Retriever and things got a little out of hand so I ended up with some puncture wounds to my head and a sprained backleg. Mom and dad were not happy. 

BUT I went back yesterday and had a blast! They told mom that I was very good and that they were careful not to let any of the playing get too rough. I still had a couple of scratches on my belly but I get those at the dog park so she wasn't too upset about those.

I was really dirty when I got home so I had to take a bath and I was just worn out!

Note from Mom: I am so glad I can take him back again. I know he loves it there and I am sure they love him, too. I just wanted to make sure that he was watched more closely and that when ever the rough play gets too intense that they are removed from one another for a cool down.

He was ready for his bed after his bath but came alive again after Brad got home. We went for a walk about 8 p.m. to get rid of some left over energy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Picture Book

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My mom made this cool book from Shutterfly. Pictures from when I got adopted to 4 months old. Wasn't I just the cutest little baby!

Note from Mom: I think it is time for a new one. This one only goes to 4 months old. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Party Time!

I went to my first dress up party. My mom made me into a Beanie Baby Love Puppy! We went to Petsmart and paraded around the store and had treats and got our pictures made. It was a lot of fun. Even some of the parents with kids wanted to take pictures of me with their kids. Mom and dad thought that was cool.

Note from Mom: such an easy costume. I thought about the kisses but my daughter came up with the beanie baby idea. I think that made for a great costume and he didn't mind it at all. It only cost 99 cents for the red lipstick. We are still airing for our photo tobe sent via email.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I Am Not Allowed On the Bed

My mom and my dad say I am not allowed on the bed. My mom has all pretty quilted stuff and pretty soft pillows so she says I can't put my dirty paws on them. She says I might eat the pillows. She says I take up too much room. Dad says I snore too loud. He says there is only enough room for him and mom. I say they should buy a KING size bed!

Note from Mom: Well, obviously that rule has been broken a time or two. On Fridays when I leave for work, Brad is still in bed since he is off on Fridays. I take Opie outside before I leave and Brad has gotten where he lets Opie get up on the bed with him while he has his coffee and watches TV. One of these days I won't be a bit surprised if we do decide to get a KING size bed just so he can sleep with us. We already bought extra large recliners so he can sit with us. LOL

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Mom is Back!

My mom had to fly to Arkansas and I couldn't go with her. She
was gone 4 whole LONG days! I missed her so much. Dad and I had a good time together, tho. He took me to the park twice and I played with a Mastiff puppy one day. We had a fun time. Dad bought me some new bones and they were so good. I got in trouble a couple of times for digging. I was just missing my mom, tho. I am so glad she is back!!!!

Note from Mom:
Opie was so excited to see me. I sat in the recliner when we got home and Brad went to let him out and he wouldn’t come out because that is how he generally does – it takes him awhile to wake up – so I have to call him and he came running and jumped into the recliner and just kissed me all over my face and head. LOL he literally had tears. That went on for at least 5 full minutes. Good thing I took my glasses off because he had my hair all over my head and I could hardly breathe. I wish we had video’d it. It was priceless. I kept him up 30 minutes and everywhere I walked I could feel him touching my leg. He really missed me. It was sweet.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mommy is Making A's

My mommy is already on Unit 5 of her online courses for Dog Trainer/Instructor through Penn Foster. She is moving right along!
She is going to be so smart!

Note from Mom: I have made 100% on every test with the exception of one and I made a 99% on that one by missing one question. :-( 
I am waiting on my score for a BIG exam - it was 4 Case Study Plans - and choosing the right breed for each case study. I had to give the breed, the reasons for my choice and then I had to choose a breed that would not be right for  each case study and give the reasons. I was given 5 - 6 choices of breeds to choose from. Can't wait to see my score! This one will be human graded, not computer generated. 

So far we have covered: 
Parts of the Dog
Sensory Abilities
Social Behavior
Applied Dog Behavior
How Dogs Learn
Dog Selection
Housetraining and Crate training
Canine Equipment 

Now I am ready to start on Commands. I am really enjoying these courses!

I have also submitted my Volunteer application for a local rescue/shelter. I want to start spending time helping and learning more with some hands - on. Several of my lessons coming up will require working with dogs - and of course I have Opie - but it will be fun working with a variety of dogs.

Monday, October 13, 2014

I Graduated Intermediate Classes!

Today I graduated again! I have been in my 2nd round of obedience classes. I can now walk on loose leash, heel, go to my bed on command, stay with lots of distractions and just for kicks, spin.

This time there have only been 2 of us in class. Apollo the  Lab, and me! It has been a lot of fun and we get a lot of attention from the trainer. She really likes me. 

Note from Mom: He did so good! He was the only one - the other dog that is usually in class didn't show up. Once again he would not wear the cap and gown. Little stinker! We start Advanced classes in 2 weeks.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

8 Months Old!

I am 8 months old and I weigh a whoppin' 60 pounds on the dot!

Mom says I am losing my babyface. 

Note from Mom:
He still has all the marks on his head - right now they are scabs - I think they will leave scars. I hate that. He is still very handsome, tho.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Yummies For My Tummy

My mom wants me to have nice skin and a pretty coat. She makes up a concoction that is really yummy! I don't have rashes like I did before! 
She puts apple cider vinegar in my water, too. It is supposed to have a lot of good things in it. It is all yummy to me. 
I used to have tummy troubles but not any more. Mom finally found a good grainfree dog food for me that doesn't make me feel bad.  It is tiny bites and I really like it. 

Note from Mom:

The "concoction" :
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 T. coconut oil
1 T. peanut butter 
1 tiny scoop of probiotics (scoop comes with the jar)

It really seems to be helping him a lot. He used to get rashes under his arms really bad and they have completely disappeared.