Sunday, May 29, 2011

May 29, 2011


LIFE IS GETTING SERIOUS AROUND HERE--- THE "YEARLINGS" ARE BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE REAL DOGS-- POISED AND GEORGEOUS- ANS ONLY SLIGHTLY SCREWY..
 
CHARLIE WENT FOR AN OVERNIGHT WITH PAUL AND EARLINE
 
Charlie is enjoying his visit and doesn't wonder more than 2-3 feet away inside the house or out in the yard. He is great with the stairs, no help required and he found out what a cat is under close supervision. It looks like he is going to have a great disposition.
 
Paul
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CRIMSON IS HOUSE DOG THIS MORNING--- GOT TO GET HER FILL OF WOOD CHEWED BEFORE BREAKFAST.  actually she is managing to chomp up one of the big milk bones---while bobby and bailey watch waiting for the extra pieces if i don't guard her.
 
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MUST RE DESIGN THE BACK DECK TODAY--
 
because.......     I GOT all the corners protected  so bobby managed to mark the wood stove--
got to get that back deck back in working order for 2 groups  pups and house dogs.
 
just think--- bobby is tall--- he has the ability to mark the first and second shelves of the bookcase...
so a deflector is critical 
 
what i really need is an indoor fire hydrant.
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i forgot to tell george til yesterday--- but that huge wart/callous on bailey's foot that he thought of cutting off... is gone... she ate it-----well.... she chewed it til it was gone.
 
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today--- 
THERE ARE  MANY THINGS GONG ON AND I REMEMBER ONLY TELLING PEOPLE TO COME MEET US ON SUNDAY  STEW---OR MONDAY-- (THIS WEEK ONLY)
 
and one or two may have dogs with them  ---heads up
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camera mark and barbara said they's be here--- with food, not dogs,,  i need a good picture of my mosquito catchers 
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wouldn't i love to get my hands on jaqnine's new  mini cooper for a photo op
 set fido in the drivers- bailey in the passengers seat--- then  unload them and add the puppies one at a time with megan lying in the back  handing them out.
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crimson is a happy thing--- she ate the entire milk bone and is now playing soccer with a water bottle.
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cut and paste
 
from long ago  and still on my screen
 
from jade--
I sent this to Allison already but in case anyone else needs it I'll send you my explanation. Doors took me a while to get down pat so this was a very good question.For going through doors in the chair with Kate I taught her a new command of go ahead. I'll let go of her leash and tell her to wait(which needs to be perfect for this maneuver), then I hold the door open and tell her to "go ahead". She goes through the door and then waits for me to follow. One in a while she'll keep going about ten feet if she is in a playful mood and when I tell her to wait for me she comes cantering back with her tail wagging.

Also, I got a roomba, one of the vacuums that vacuums by itself, and Kate just keeps following it around the apartment watching it go under one part of the bed and coming out somewhere else a few minutes later trying to figure out what it's doing. It's hysterical!
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Hi Carlene,

Great reading all the Doggie Daily reports.  Love your mosquito catchers.  Can your Webmaster create a YouTube video asking for donations to support the Service Dog Project?

MOXIE REPORT

Moxie is doing great.  She's great with everybody that comes in the house. She's a gentle leaner, but not everyone gets this attention. She's very curious about babies, they smell good?, and calm with toddlers, but a little stand-offish with young grabby children.  We feel the same way.  Moxie has, over the winter and spring, been better at barking ALERT when people come up the driveway or up the front stairs or ring the door bell.  It's now a normal "Hey, who's there?" kind of bark.  She loves running just to run, but would chase another dog if available and most people that see her are amazed at how fast she is for a big dog.  She's great in crowds at school afternoons if I bring her to pick up our girls.  Maybe I should make a movie of this and send it.  Most of the time she's very relaxed and calm, not anxious.  She's definitely improved her response to big noisy trucks/buses rumbling down busy Medford streets while we're on the sidewalk, though this still sometimes upset her and she looks to me for protection. This is much better response than her former panic attempt to back out of her collar.  We haven't seen that for a long time, thankfully.  On walks around town she really dislikes objects that are out of place, like flapping plastic bags caught in trees or bushes, DPW sand barrels that she knows were not "here" yesterday, and odd stuff left on the easements, like upside-down wheelbarrow.  She actually barked at that.  She does frequently and quite randomly have episodes of anxiety where she cowers and stares at the ceiling or up at trees or anything overhead.  It's a bit troubling and no amount of words, pats/hugs, treats/distractions, seem to soothe her. The "episodes" pass and a little later she's usually totally fine.

NEWS FLASH---> As expected sometime this May, Moxie went into heat today (2nd time since we've had her).  So, starting today, and based on her last cycle duration, we can expect about three weeks of this?  We'll see. Backwards jockey shorts and pads are essential when she's in the house.

Take care and Loads of love, from all of us,

Jack & Dorrie.

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