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Posted by: maisky 16-Apr-2007, 07:06 AM
E-mail from my wife this morning:

"Your Puppy did in MY loaf of bread!! She reached up on the counter and grabbed the edge of it, snatched it and ran downstairs with it in her mouth. By the time I caught her the bag of bread was ripped and so battered that I had to toss it.

I just retrieved your earphones from her.

Earlier as I was transferring laundry from the washer to the dryer she stole a sock I dropped. She made a beelinne for the downstairs with the sock in her mouth and I finally caught her in the office!

That puppy is a real terror all right. Women who want another baby should just get a puppy!"

The little monst....errr.....sweety, is 12 weeks old now.

Posted by: valpal 59 16-Apr-2007, 08:02 AM
lol.gif I remember so well.

Posted by: Swanny 16-Apr-2007, 04:08 PM
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Sounds like a little Chessie and her owner need some training. Need a referal?

Seriously, Chessies are noted to be just as "resolute" (read "headstrong") as ANY sled dog breed. You are in for plenty of challenges, but assuming you persevere and remain consistent the reward will be an AWESOME dog.

Swanny

Posted by: maisky 17-Apr-2007, 08:43 AM
Paws grew a new name this morning. I can't repeat it here. Things got quiet, so my wife went looking for her. She was VERY quietly gnawing on a corner of my wife's new coffee table......sigh, Chessies and so SNEAKY! laugh.gif

Posted by: stoirmeil 17-Apr-2007, 11:30 AM
Well, so far so good, she retrieves bread and she retrieves socks. You could take her to visit the bank and see if she retrieves money too. angel_not.gif

Posted by: maisky 18-Apr-2007, 03:09 AM
No money retrieving. Good idea, though.
Early morning success for puppy: did her business outside two mornings in a row.
Yesterday it was raining. Today just cold. Bedroom slipers not waterproof. My bathrobe is a might drafty. The things we do for our puppys. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: maisky 18-Apr-2007, 05:15 AM
New e-mail from my wife:

from karen:

Paws just really scared herself. She knocked the top off the (paper) shredder and all the contents of the shredder felll over (it was full). She got spooked and ran out of the office and through the Gohonzon room, up the stairs and hid in the pantry. I unplugged the shredder, dumped the container, reset the shredder in place but did NOT replug the plug. I doubt that she will try that one again but I'm not taking any chances! She came down and climbed in my lap for protection - she kept glancing at the shredder! I finally made her get down so I could type. Now she's hiding under my desk.

A few minuets earlier Paws and I were outside playing and Paws POOPED on the lawn!! YEA!

Posted by: maisky 18-Apr-2007, 01:17 PM
And this afternoon: Note that pantry has two closed doors and a baby gate. Should be escape proof.

Richard,
I think Paws has figured a way to get out of the pantry. DON'T ask me how. I haven't figured out how she does it. YES my dog is smarter than I am!

So we might consider putting her in her cage when we go to the meeting tonight.
K

Posted by: maisky 19-Apr-2007, 06:22 AM
todays episode in "As the Puppy Turns":

Paws is ALL washed. WHEW am I beat after that ordeal. She had never seen a bath before, and getting that pup clean was interesting. Part of grooming a Chessie is introducing her to a hair dryer so she can be groomed afterward. She was finally clean and sweet. So I put her in the pantry so I could clean the bathroom and tub.

But the real clincher to my early morning was when I returned to the pantry and she'd pooed AGAIN and stepped in it. I thought I'd scream! - opps - I did!

K


Posted by: valpal 59 19-Apr-2007, 07:54 AM
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Maisky,
Please keep "As The Puppy Turns" coming. I am so enjoying it. Been there, done that and it makes me smile. Our labs are so old that they have reverted back to needing to be housebroken all over again.

Posted by: maisky 20-Apr-2007, 06:54 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

In today's episode we see that training is proceeding successfully. Paws now has "mommy" trained to sit and groom her, pet her, cuddle with her and adore her for hours on end. smile.gif

The result of all the grooming is the most beautiful Chessy pup I have ever seen. She will be champion show quality, it she lives (and is not strangled) to grow up. beer_mug.gif

Posted by: maisky 21-Apr-2007, 06:06 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

In today's episode, the 3 month old Paws successfully took care of her "business" twice in the morning. Once at 4:30 (on Saturday), when SHE wanted to get up and once at 6:30 when Daddy was ready to get up. She is being a little angel......I am worried! What dasterdly deeds is she cooking up? sad.gif

Posted by: JaneyMae 21-Apr-2007, 08:15 AM
I love these stories of my little niece! Sure wish I could help "mommy" pet her and groom her. Also make me happy that Mathilda isn't a puppy anymore. lol.gif Too bad she won't retrieve money as opposed to eating the checks. Keep the stories coming, my brother. cheers.gif

Posted by: maisky 22-Apr-2007, 03:55 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

Today we learned how to did a hole and plant shrubs! Paws isn't much with the planting part but joined enthusiastically in the digging! The the grumpy old mommy made daddy take Paws inside so she wouldn't help so much. Paws has decided she really likes her "crate" (steel cage). She sleeps in it and spends time there when we have to go shopping.

Mommy is unfair. She won't let daddy take paws to the pet store without her along, just because all the pretty young women are drawn to the cute puppy like iron to a magnet.

Posted by: maisky 23-Apr-2007, 05:53 AM
Here is a pic of the now 3 month old monster

Posted by: maisky 23-Apr-2007, 05:56 AM
And here she is with daddy (the tall, bald one).

Posted by: valpal 59 23-Apr-2007, 08:07 AM
QUOTE (maisky @ 22-Apr-2007, 03:55 AM)


Mommy is unfair. She won't let daddy take paws to the pet store without her along, just because all the pretty young women are drawn to the cute puppy like iron to a magnet.

Poor Maisky. You are so mistreated. LOL

Posted by: Swanny 23-Apr-2007, 08:32 AM
Paws is a real beauty. Thanks for sharing the pic.

Swanny

Posted by: maisky 24-Apr-2007, 06:34 AM
In today's episode of "As The Puppy Turns": Our fearless "mommy" reports:

Hi,
I watered as planned, then let Paws out. She was wonderful. Ran around chasing her ball and POOPED - terrific right? So I decided to come in for a while. Well she had OTHER plans. She found a stick and began to run from me and she ran and ran. She wouldn't "sit" or "come" and I couldn't catch her. Finally I did, but when I told her to "drop" the stick she bit me. I spanked her on the snout and carried her into the house. She is in the pantry right now. I didn't want to put her in her bed since that is a 'good' place and she is mad at me right now I'm sure - if her memory extends that far! I'll bring her down and cuddle with her shortly. I'm not mad at her at all - I know she's just being a pupppy - sigh.

k

Posted by: maisky 25-Apr-2007, 08:38 AM
Today's episode of "As The Puppy Turns" could be entitled "As The Stomach Turns".

The little monst....ahhhhh.....darling is starting to figure out that it is not good to poop in the house. Her physical control and ability to communicate her needs are still not there, however. She tried covering it up on the rug, with obvious disasterous results. Her latest ploy for hiding the evidence is...you guessed it....to eat the evidence. Aside from turning a bit green, the "mommy" is watching her closely to prevent the "destruction of evidence" and letting Paws know we dont approve. Sigh, puppys and children can be soooo disgusting. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: maisky 26-Apr-2007, 01:51 PM
In today's edition of "As The Puppy Turns" we have a news flash from the home front:

RICHARD~
I STEPPED ON THE PUPPIES TOE!!!!



SOB

Posted by: JaneyMae 28-Apr-2007, 06:41 PM
Geez - why did you step on my niece's toes? I realize that her feet are almost as big as yours, but still... lol.gif lol.gif lol.gif

Posted by: TheCarolinaScotsman 28-Apr-2007, 11:46 PM
Maisky, you do realize you now have two owners.

Posted by: maisky 30-Apr-2007, 05:56 AM
QUOTE (TheCarolinaScotsman @ 28-Apr-2007, 11:46 PM)
Maisky, you do realize you now have two owners. Her is a picture of a terrorist in training.

I recognize that the household now has a new Queen. I thought about that at 1 am as I was taking her outside. Bathrobe and slipper time. She is teething, so she has to go more often. Sigh...the things we do for our dog!

Posted by: maisky 30-Apr-2007, 05:58 AM
Here is a picture of her new toy.

Posted by: maisky 30-Apr-2007, 09:06 AM
The last 2 pics are a warmup. Here is Paws attacking daddy's ear. Note you can see the tip of her tongue coming out of the other ear.

Posted by: maisky 02-May-2007, 01:53 PM
Today's issue of "As The Puppy Turns": (note the dog ate monday and tuesday's issues).

Paws did SO SO well in training today. We worked ONLY on "COME". The book says to take nylon cord and tie it to her collar, let her wander off and then say "come", simultaneously jerking the cord and when she comes to you giving her a tidbit. Repeatingly of course. Well, we did this 8 times. And she was great. We will do it again tomorrow. Eventually the book says we will not need a tidbit/reward - simply praise; nor a cord.

She was WONDERFUL!!

Posted by: maisky 03-May-2007, 05:22 AM
Today's edition of "As The Puppy Turns":

Mommy:

Paws went out right after you left and did "heel" twice around the pool running with me. VERY well. Then she played by herself on the grass where she peed and POOPED! When I said "come" she came, and when she tried to pick up rocks and I said "no" she dropped them - amazing.

K

It appears that training "mommy" is coming along nicely. Paws is a good trainer.

Posted by: maisky 04-May-2007, 05:54 AM
"As The Puppy Turns":

In today's episode, the mommy reports:

"Paws looked LONGLING at the door. I really wish she'd bark! Paws just went out and peed and pooed. I of course gave her a treat after each. I read that if we'd attach a bell to the doorknob and train her to ring it by taking her paw and batting the bell before we take her out she will begin to do that when she wants to go out. We ought to try. She is DEFINITLY smart enough!

and a bit later:

I just fed Paws breakfast and fresh water. She took a BIG bite of food and hopped up on her sofa to eat the food. NOW she will have mining to do!"

Get the impression that Queen Paws is in charge of the household?

Posted by: CelticRose 06-May-2007, 02:30 AM
Maisky! I have SO enjoyed reading "As the Puppy Turns." So hilarious and yet so true of puppy training! Please continue as I am so enjoying this and remembering my days of mommy of puppies!

Have fun! I am sure you both are anyway! wink.gif

Posted by: JaneyMae 06-May-2007, 09:06 AM
I'm so very impressed at how well Miss Paws is coming along. She definitely rules the house lol.gif I used the bell on the door for Mathilda and it worked great. Of course the bell is long gone (she ripped it off the door and ate the ribbon) but she jumps at the door and comes and gets me - even if she has to stand on top of me - to let her out. Happy training!

Posted by: maisky 07-May-2007, 06:07 PM
In today's episode of "As The Puppy Turns" we find The Mommy sending a message to her sister:



In a note I wrote to my sister:

Unfortuantely, you don't have a Paws to help you to do EVERYTHING. Paws thinks she can type, read, dig in the garden, carry weeds, haul tools, gloves, EVERYTHING that isn't nailed down!, jumpdown from high places (even though she can't do that yet) - she does it any way!, run across the pool cover, chew rocks and everything else.

And she looks so INNOCENT!


Posted by: maisky 09-May-2007, 06:51 AM
On today's episode of "As The Puppy Turns", The Mommy says:

Paws is sooo cute! She is the Bee's knees. She is the Bee's ankles and Butt, too.

The daddy has invented several names for her, depending on her behaviour: Sweet Paws, Pretty Paws and (favorite) Poopy Paws.

Posted by: CelticRose 09-May-2007, 07:02 AM
Oh, I so LOVE "poopy paws!" It must be so much fun having a new youngster in your household.

I like the idea of attaching a bell to the door for puppy training! cool! Keep us posted!

Posted by: maisky 10-May-2007, 11:37 AM
"As The Puppy Turns":

Mommy sends:

I've been keeping Paws ON THE LEASH every time I've let her outside since you left today. This is because she doesn't seem to come when I call her - YET. So I just figured that she'd come if I had hold of her - make sense? This last time I had her out on the leash she pooed - YIPPEE - and then we walked into the house.

WOW - I LIKE this. Now if I can just teach her to come when I call her. I can't give up.

Writing to the owner of Paws cousin Bayi, The Mommy:

Mari's pup is a bit older than Paws. I wrote Mari about how Paws pees after she comes indoors after being outside for hours. I told her I was just frustrated as could be over that and wondered if Paws would ever grow out of it. This was her response:

Yes Bayli still does it. Some times I think she is just a little devil but they will grow out of it. Mari

Posted by: maisky 11-May-2007, 06:08 AM
In todays episode of "As The Puppy Turns", the Mommy goes out to do some gardening:

Mommy: I just went out to water the plants because they were VERY dry. Of course Paws had to help me. She walked Right into the spray and got thoughly wet. So When we came in I towel dryed her and she did love it. I think she thought I was going to play a game with her at first but when she figured out that I was just drying her off she just let me.

Posted by: Swanny 11-May-2007, 06:31 AM
Hey Maisky, I'm lovin' the puppy reports. Please keep 'em coming.

While Paws is young, you might want to teach her to "shake off" water on cue. I've trained labs and sled dogs to do this, and it's really nice to be able to have your dog shake off 20 feet away rather than at your feet, or inside the front door of the house.

It couldn't be easier. When you get Paws wet she will naturally want to shake off the water. So, get her wet and when she looks like she's ready to shake it off give her the verbal cue "shake off" (I also teach to a hand signal, hand outstretched and "shake it" at the dog). When shes finished shaking, give her lots of praise and maybe even a food treat.

Do it frequently, and she'll soon associate the cue with the behavior. You'll even be able to cue her to "shake off" when she's perfectly dry. I find that's pretty handy when my thick coated Chinook has a bunch of bedding straw stuck in his fur. I can cue him to "shake off" and he doesn't track nearly so much straw into the house.

Swanny

Posted by: maisky 11-May-2007, 10:14 AM
Thanks for the suggestion, Swanny. We will do that.

Bonus edition of "As The Puppy Turns":

Mommy:

Paws had a gay old time on the pool cover this morning while I was gardening. I just haven't figured how to reason with a Chessie about how it isn't a good idea to play on a pool cover. "NO" doesn't seem to cut it. Not when pool covers are SO much fun to dance, slip and slide on! At least she left my gardening tools alone for a change. And now of course she's asleep at my feet.

Posted by: maisky 12-May-2007, 03:52 PM
"As The Puppy Turns": Last night Princess Paws got her first voyage on her royal barge. It took her a while to get used to the open boat: Perhaps 5 seconds. She LOVES the boat. She tried to look out of all sides at once. She examinied the spray closely (not too closely, the leash was on). At full speed, her head was up her nose going at full speed and her ears flying freely. The amazing thing was that for a 3 month puppy she went 2 hours without pooing or peeing! When everyone else ate lunch, she did too - but still she was so taken with the water around her that she didn't do her 'business'!! WHAT A POOCH!

Posted by: Dreamer1 13-May-2007, 09:35 AM
Maisky,

We are sooo enjoying these reports from puppy-land!! Boy, do they bring back memories of our girl's exploits! laugh.gif She's 4 years old now, but still very much a pup at heart. She used to love to "help" me do my gardening - especially the digging part, and would even pitch in and create a few new beds from those pesky grassy areas for me rolleyes.gif . Nowadays I only have to worry during tulip season, as she thinks it's a great game to behead them, in multiple creative ways.

Hubby came up with a few creative names for her, too - most are cute: "Smoochy Poochy", "Sassy Lassy", "Muttious Buttious", and the ever-popular "Dawg".

Please keep recounting her adventures!

Posted by: maisky 16-May-2007, 05:48 AM
In today's episode of "As The Puppy Turns", we have reports from the Mommy:

Remember that Playschool childs swimming pool that was given to us for Paws? Since it is such a hot day, I filled it with water and threw all of Paws 6 balls in it. She takes the balls out one by one and hides them behind a bush. After they are all out she retrieves them to the pool.

You will have to see the photos. They are great!

And later:

jumping in and out of that pool really pooped Paws out! She's is zoonked out!

The reason Paws was wiped out was that the ball movement was all done at very high speed. After putting the balls back in the pool, she repeated the entire process twice. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: maisky 17-May-2007, 06:02 AM
And here is the famous "Pool Puppy":


Posted by: stoirmeil 17-May-2007, 08:02 AM
She's got a gorgeous coat -- so thick and so plushy! I bet when she shakes off water, it's a real flood.

Posted by: maisky 17-May-2007, 08:55 AM
QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 17-May-2007, 08:02 AM)
She's got a gorgeous coat -- so thick and so plushy! I bet when she shakes off water, it's a real flood.

It is indeed a flood. She can pick up half a beach by rolling in the sand. Bugs try to penetrate that jungle and finally just give up. Fortunatly The Mommy has her trained to stand quietly on the grooming table. I get to haul the dirt back outside. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: maisky 18-May-2007, 05:26 AM
"As The Puppy Turns":

In today's episode, The Daddy (puppy slave) takes Princess Paws out for her early morning walk. The Princess pranced out to the middle of the pool (cover still on, not exercise in holiness) and squated to do her thing. The Daddy yelled "NO".
Princess Paws stopped in mid squat and ran off pool cover, wagging her tail in supplication. She then followed The Daddy up to the grass where she is supposed to do these things. Upon his command "go pee", she produced her usual morning flood. When done, she turned to The Daddy and and said "rrrroooooo". This was her first time giving the famous chessie expression of delight. biggrin.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 20-May-2007, 12:48 AM
loving all the great reports on Paws! Sounds she is doing so well! I find the pool thing fascinating cause my Shelties wouldn't be caught dead in a pool. One of them will not even go out if it is raining cause he doesn't want to get his paws wet! rolleyes.gif Irish, the female, couldn't care less, but I know she is not going as far as getting inside a pool! I have had 7 Shelties in the last 23 years and NONE of them have ever liked water and flip out if you even consider putting them in such a situation! biggrin.gif

Posted by: maisky 21-May-2007, 05:40 AM
Over the weekend, Princess Paws decided she was hot from running in the woods. So, she raced down and ran across the pool, from end to end, repeatedly. She took obvious joy in the splash that came with each step, as the pool cover dipped into the surface of the water beneath it. She was drenched by the second pass.

Paws will be in for a surprise next week. The pool cover comes off on the 30th. laugh.gif

We had a breakthrough in communications yesterday. I was in office and Paws decided she wanted out. So she ran over by the stairs and went "woof", softly. It was her first clear vocal request to go out. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: Swanny 22-May-2007, 08:59 AM
Paws could be in for a huge surprise when the pool cover comes off. Be sure to shoot video-tape. It could be worth big-bucks <BG>

Posted by: maisky 22-May-2007, 10:04 AM
I will see about doing that. Thanks for the suggestion Swanny.

In todays episode of "As The Puppy Turns", The Daddy's early morning training is bearing "fruit".....

From the mommy:

I just took Paws out and said to her, "Paws, pee." And she peed! Then I pointed at the steps leading up to the upper tiered area and said, "Paws, poo". And she walked up the stairs and trundled over the ivy and pooed! I was amazed. I told her she was a good girl and told her to "Come" and we went back into the house and I gave her a goodie. MY dog is so well behaved!

Posted by: stoirmeil 22-May-2007, 12:18 PM
QUOTE (maisky @ 22-May-2007, 11:04 AM)

I just took Paws out and said to her, "Paws, pee." And she peed! Then I pointed at the steps leading up to the upper tiered area and said, "Paws, poo". And she walked up the stairs and trundled over the ivy and pooed!

laugh.gif

Try: " Paws, bring Mommy money!"

Posted by: CelticRose 28-May-2007, 07:47 PM
QUOTE (maisky @ 22-May-2007, 11:04 AM)
I will see about doing that. Thanks for the suggestion Swanny.

In todays episode of "As The Puppy Turns", The Daddy's early morning training is bearing "fruit".....

From the mommy:

I just took Paws out and said to her, "Paws, pee." And she peed! Then I pointed at the steps leading up to the upper tiered area and said, "Paws, poo". And she walked up the stairs and trundled over the ivy and pooed! I was amazed. I told her she was a good girl and told her to "Come" and we went back into the house and I gave her a goodie. MY dog is so well behaved!

Sounds wonderful, Maisky, and I am so happy for you! Sounds like you have an extremely intelligent doggie! I bet you all are enjoying her very much, eh?

Now can you come out here and teach my Princess "Irish" Sheltie from digging into trash cans from taking tissues out and tearing them up all over the house when she gets mad at me? Good grief! I promise you Irish rules this house, not me! I know...it is my fault! rolleyes.gif

Posted by: maisky 29-May-2007, 11:39 AM
"As The Puppy Turns":

Over the Memorial day weekend we did some more boating. I thought I would share a couple of pics of Pricess Paws (doggish princess).

First one:

Posted by: maisky 29-May-2007, 11:41 AM
And the second one. Note the expression of puppy ecstacy. We are going fairly fast at this point. biggrin.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 30-May-2007, 07:48 PM
Maisky, you are so funny! I love the title of "puppy ectasy" as Princess Paws does look like she is in doggy heaven! She is growing fast, isn't she?! Beautiful girl and sounds like she is smarter than a whip! Thanks for sharing all your stories. I look forward to more! smile.gif

Posted by: maisky 31-May-2007, 07:19 AM
"As The Puppy Turns":

Today sees the pool cover off. Princess Paws has shown little interest in the pool, which is still green from the winter. She sniffs at it and puts nose in the air as she prances past it. We took Her Majesty to the vet for booster and rabies shot. At 4 months old, she weighs 35 pounds. Whenever we go into the garage, to leave the house, she walks over to the boat and looks at it whistfully.

Posted by: TheCarolinaScotsman 31-May-2007, 05:31 PM
QUOTE (maisky @ 31-May-2007, 09:19 AM)
Whenever we go into the garage, to leave the house, she walks over to the boat and looks at it whistfully.

No doubt, behavior learned from Daddy. biggrin.gif

Posted by: maisky 01-Jun-2007, 09:34 AM
QUOTE (TheCarolinaScotsman @ 31-May-2007, 05:31 PM)
No doubt, behavior learned from Daddy. biggrin.gif

You may have a point there.... tongue.gif

"As The Puppy Turns":

Training of the tiny baby (4 months, 35 pounds) proceeds apace....The Mommy's latest move was to move a chair over next to the grooming table and get Princess Paws to climb onto the chair then onto the grooming table. She already sits and stands quietly on command while The Mommy grooms her. The Princess is very vain, and loves being groomed.

Posted by: CelticRose 02-Jun-2007, 01:28 AM
Oh, such wonderful stories about the Princess. She sounds sooooo inteligent and learns very fast! I bet it won't be long that Her Highness will be in that pool! wink.gif

I, too, have a Princess in my house. Her name is Irish! As most of you know, we got her about 2-1/2 years ago. She is sooooo female! LOL I am used to having male doggies. She also rules the house and me! No matter how much I try to train her otherwise, she does an awesome job of training me instead. rolleyes.gif wub.gif

Posted by: maisky 04-Jun-2007, 03:04 AM
"As The Puppy Turns":

This weekend's activities focused on intensive cleaning of the pool. This is made easier by, when pulling the filter basket, you have a furry back in your face. Paws insists on helping with EVERYTHING. She is very, very curious about the pool. No attempts to enter it have occurred yet. She still seems puzzled by this large pond that appeared when the nasty men stole her trampoline. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: valpal 59 04-Jun-2007, 08:15 AM
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Can't wait to hear about the first time in the pool.

Posted by: maisky 04-Jun-2007, 08:56 AM
QUOTE (valpal 59 @ 04-Jun-2007, 08:15 AM)
lol.gif

Can't wait to hear about the first time in the pool.

I will make sure pool is completely ready then we will start swimming. I intend to make her beg to come in, the first time. One swimming lesson should do it, just to make sure she knows where to get out.

Posted by: maisky 05-Jun-2007, 08:30 AM
In today's "As The Puppy Turns", The Mommy sends:

Richard-
right after you left this morning I mended her BIG toy, and she definitly prefers it to her newer duck toy......
and JUST now I took Paws out and she peed and POOPED on the lawn! so I gave her a goodie that she likes.

The last few days, it has been hard to lure Princess Paws away from the pool area, even to perform her "functions". The Pool is ready, tonight is the night for her first encounter with us in the pool.

Posted by: maisky 06-Jun-2007, 07:45 AM
Today's "As The Puppy Tunrs":

The Mommy writes:

Paws just got a goodie for being cute.

I went into the pool for the first time last night. Paws was really perplexed about what I was doing. She kept walking back and forth along the edge, watching me intently. I got 2 of her balls and put them on the first step (about 4 inches of water). I placed them just out of her reach....She perched on the edge, and tried to lean out to get them. She wanted to come in but was afraid. The expression on her face was priceless. I didnt rush her. She will come in when she is ready.

Posted by: CelticRose 06-Jun-2007, 08:08 PM
Very interesting, Maisky! Once Paws learns "the pool", she will probably be in it more than anyone. I have a friend who has a Golden Retriever and man...does that dog love the pool! My friend laughed one day and said the only one in her household who uses the pool is their dog! The dog was always in it! laugh.gif

I never could get my Shelties to warm up to the idea of a pool. No matter what we did, they hated it! My dogs are herders, not water dogs. But we were trying to train them in case they fell into the pool! They wanted nothing to do with water! They were more interested in herding whatever they could...even if that meant someone on a bicycle!! laugh.gif

Posted by: maisky 07-Jun-2007, 12:16 PM
In today's "As The Puppy Turns", the Mommy does the laundry. Dirty clothes in two mesh bags. One darks, one whites. She shleps the bags to the washer, drops dark bag on floor and dumps whites bag into washer, adds detergent and starts cycle. When she turns around, the bag of dark clothes has vanished. The Mommy races downstairs, and finds dark laundry all over the room and a hole in the mesh bag. Upon questioning, Paws just looks innocent. The whole event took less than a minute. I wonder what happened? unsure.gif

Posted by: valpal 59 08-Jun-2007, 07:48 AM
lol.gif
I love this.

Posted by: Monarchs Own 09-Jun-2007, 01:41 PM
I can really see her innocent look! LOL

Keep the stories coming - they are so cute

Posted by: CelticRose 11-Jun-2007, 12:30 AM
these are hysterical stories! Please keep sharing! biggrin.gif

Posted by: maisky 11-Jun-2007, 08:13 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

The big event finally occured this weekend. I will post a series of pictures showing the fear, the curiosity, the daring of our heroine, Princess Chocolate Paws (Paws)!!

First, the fear.

Posted by: valpal 59 11-Jun-2007, 08:28 AM
Loved the picture. Hope you didn't get too scratched up. It made me remember the first time we took Tilly to the lake. She almost drowned because she couldn't swim. ( she was a chocolate Lab) After I rescued her it didn't take her long to figure it out. From then on you couldn't keep her out of the water.

Posted by: maisky 11-Jun-2007, 08:34 AM
Next-really wanting to do it.

Posted by: maisky 11-Jun-2007, 08:35 AM
Bravery: The first step.

Posted by: maisky 11-Jun-2007, 08:36 AM
Next: The target is sighted, the killer poises to spring to the attack.

Posted by: maisky 11-Jun-2007, 08:37 AM
The graceful entry. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: maisky 11-Jun-2007, 08:38 AM
The prey is seized!

Posted by: maisky 11-Jun-2007, 08:39 AM
And finally, the prey is delivered to The Daddy so he can throw it again!

Be sure to see the whole series, in order. Start on previous page.

Posted by: valpal 59 11-Jun-2007, 09:01 AM
Thank-you so much for the pictures. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: JaneyMae 12-Jun-2007, 08:43 AM
She is truly fantastic!! Makes me proud to be Paws' Auntie! tongue.gif

Posted by: maisky 12-Jun-2007, 11:19 AM
"As The Puppy Turns":

In todays episode, The Mommy reports:

It won't be long before Paws goes swimming all alone. Today she went onto the first step with all four paws. She just stood there laping and splashing at the water and pawing at the water like she'd REALLY like to swim. If I'd thrown a ball she'd surely have jumped in after it. But I thought 7 AM was a tad early!

I think I'll wait till around 1 or 2. She still looks wistfully at the pool whenever she goes out to do her 'business'.

Posted by: CelticRose 12-Jun-2007, 10:55 PM
Hey Maisky! Princess Paws is coming along nicely, is she not?! Won't be long and she will be in that swimming pool doing everything! biggrin.gif

You know I have a Princess doggie as well. Her name is Irish. I honestly did not give her that name. She is a rescue dog and the previous owner named her Irish. But she is soooooooo female and SUCH a Princess. I no longer run this home...she does! rolleyes.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: maisky 13-Jun-2007, 06:18 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

Later in the same day, The Mommy said:

Well it is "Later" now. Jenny and Paws are in the pool having a great time and it is 12:51 and HOT. I guess that Paws is in puppy heaven.

Posted by: maisky 18-Jun-2007, 07:36 AM
"As The Puppy Turns": Remember the shy puppy who was afraid of the water?
Check out this series of 3 pictures to see how her attitude has changed. First, the wild creature crouches in preparation.

Posted by: maisky 18-Jun-2007, 07:37 AM
Next, the spring to attack...

Posted by: maisky 18-Jun-2007, 07:38 AM
Finally, the kill....dont for get to start at the beginning of the 3 pictures.

Posted by: CelticRose 18-Jun-2007, 07:52 AM
Really enjoyed the pics, Maisky! Your pup is very special and I am sure you and your human loved one are enjoying her immensely. Thanks so much for sharing and I look forward to more.

Posted by: valpal 59 18-Jun-2007, 08:08 AM
You won't be able to keep her out of the water now. Thank-you for the pictures. I really enjoy them. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: maisky 18-Jun-2007, 11:38 AM
The boat puppy has indeed become a pool puppy. I will try to keep Princess Poopy Paws fans advised of her antics.

Posted by: Rindy 18-Jun-2007, 01:54 PM
Great pictures maisky!! What a beautiful dog she is.. Nice pool too!!

Slainte

Posted by: maisky 20-Jun-2007, 05:56 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

since Paws has passed the 40 pound mark, The Mommy has taught Princess Paws to jump up on a chair then onto the grooming table for her daily grooming. Last night, Paws made her way, without prompting, onto the grooming table and DEMANDED to be groomed. Here is a picture of a grooming session.

Posted by: valpal 59 20-Jun-2007, 07:27 AM
Signs of a TRUE PRINCESS. Royal11.gif

Posted by: maisky 20-Jun-2007, 08:17 AM
Paws repeated the act of climbing onto the table and "requesting" to be groomed this morning. biggrin.gif

Here is another picture of the grooming process:

Posted by: CelticRose 21-Jun-2007, 09:52 PM
Terrific pic, Maisky. Looks as though you all enjoying Princess Paws immensely! Beautiful girl! thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: JaneyMae 25-Jun-2007, 11:58 AM
She is so adorable!!! I love that she tells Karen when she wants to be groomed.

Posted by: Donajhi 25-Jun-2007, 01:18 PM
Do you give lessons. I have a 125 pound rottie that does not care for the brush.
You have a beautiful baby.

Posted by: maisky 26-Jun-2007, 07:35 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

In today's episode, Princess Poopy Paws decides she wants to swim. She barks at the door. When the Mommy comes and opens the door, Paws points at the drawer with the balls. The mommy holds them up one at a time until Paws has made a selection: a pool ball. The Mommy then opens the door, lets Princess Paws out and tosses the ball into the pool. Paws races to the pool, steps daintily on to the top step and then launches herself at the ball, halfway across the pool. In a few seconds, Paws puts the ball on the top step and proceeds with her training regime for her Olympic trials.....6 high speed laps around the perimeter of the pool. When a lap reaches the 10 foot stretch of steps, she crosses them in two bounds, taking joy in the splashes. All is right in the Princess's world, with The Mommy watching her from the kitchen.

Posted by: valpal 59 26-Jun-2007, 08:01 AM
Would love to be there watching her. Hubby has fallen in love with her. smile.gif

Posted by: Swanny 26-Jun-2007, 10:00 AM
Maisky, I'm impressed. You and your wife are doing an wonderful job of raising your new puppy. Chessies can be a challenging breed, but you guys have the touch. Good job - now go get yourself a biscuit.

Swanny

Posted by: maisky 27-Jun-2007, 05:33 AM
QUOTE (Swanny @ 26-Jun-2007, 10:00 AM)
Maisky, I'm impressed.  You and your wife are doing an wonderful job of raising your new puppy.  Chessies can be a challenging breed, but you guys have the touch.  Good job - now go get yourself a biscuit.

Swanny

Woof! *wag, wag, wiggle*.

As The Puppy Turns:

Yesterday, The Mommy sent: "Paws looks ALL TUCKERD OUT and all she did was swim a bit a few times and lie in the sun alot!! She is now lying on HER sofa with her legs in the air. I sang to her and kissed her on the nose but she really didn't respond accept with a snore." Fortunately, The Princess revived when The Daddy got home and swam with him.

This morning The Mommy sent:

Paws just got out of the Beauty Shop and is all ready to meet Mr. Right but instead is burying bones in the couch and digging for them. Now she is begging me for a second goodie.

Posted by: maisky 28-Jun-2007, 07:44 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

Last night, while swimming with The Princess, I observed a new behavior. When she got tired of retrieving the ball, she got out of the pool, went over and got her other 2 pool balls, one at a time and dropped them in the pool. Then she got back in, and collected the balls one at a time and deposited them in one of the skimmer holes. She then proceded to pace me, while I swam laps, swimming right alongside of me, giving me an encouraging lick on the face from time to time.

Posted by: valpal 59 28-Jun-2007, 07:59 AM
Such a good girl to put her toys up and then be your swimming buddy. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: Lady of the Loch 28-Jun-2007, 11:34 PM
aww, what a beautiful dog!

Posted by: maisky 29-Jun-2007, 07:59 AM
Here is the latest picture: Who says that dogs can't fly?

Posted by: JaneyMae 29-Jun-2007, 08:45 PM
I love it!! She sure has gotten used to the pool!!! Hope to see her for reals one of these days!

Posted by: maisky 03-Jul-2007, 06:30 AM
I really look forward to seeing you again, sis. I weighed The Princess at the pet shop last night. At 5 months she is 52 pounds. She is lean because she gets soooo much exercise.

Posted by: JaneyMae 03-Jul-2007, 11:58 AM
Incredible! She's only a baby and 52 pounds!! She is going to be a monster when she's grown - a very spoiled monster. Later!

Posted by: maisky 04-Jul-2007, 07:37 PM
"As The Puppy Turns": The Princess has graduated to spending minutes at a time unsupervised in the back yard. Paws has taken to playing by herself with her ball. She drops her ball in the pool, then goes in after it, all on her own. She swims around the pool herding the ball. When she tires of the ball, she herds the chlorine dispenser.

Posted by: maisky 06-Jul-2007, 07:12 AM
"As The Puppy Turns": Today's episode sees a small but important change in behavior by Princess Paws. When I left my desk this morning to do my Buddhist practice, I accidentally dropped a slip of paper from my shirt pocket with some important information on it. Instead of eating the piece of paper (previous behavior), Paws picked it up and brought it to me, delivering it into my hand. She was, of course, lavishly praised for this action. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 06-Jul-2007, 11:26 PM
Maisky! I may not always respond, but I always read what is going on with Princess Paws. She sounds like an extremely intelegent and fun dog to watch in everything she does! Thanks for keeping us posted and continue to do so.

Posted by: maisky 09-Jul-2007, 06:42 PM
"As The Puppy Turns": The Mommy sends:

I was outside playing ball with Paws - throwing the ball into the forested area of our backyard. Paws was happily retreiving the ball. Then she was gone for 30 minutes chasing one ball and I couldn't figure out why so I told her to just forget it. She wouldn't so I came inside the house. When I went back out I noticed that she was looking up at the tops of trees so I went into the forest with her. I finally found what she was after. The ball I had thrown had lodged itself in the crotch of a tree just above what she could reach!

SMART PUP!

and later:

Paws is swimming. Her ball landed in the pool - she went after it. It sank an she swam in circles wondering where it went so I gave her a ball that floats to keep her happy. Now she is playing with the ball by herself.

And a third message:

First she dug a hole from our yard to Ferrels and then she gave Ferrel her tennis ball. I filled in the hole and piled up rocks at the fence. GRRRRR.

Posted by: Swanny 09-Jul-2007, 09:17 PM
Maisky, did Paws come form sporting or field trials lines? Her inability to "forget it" is one of the traits of working Chessies. The are noted for being obstinate retrievers. She can't just 'forget it' because every strand of DNA in every cell in her body is telling her that she MUST retrieve it.

To keep the wee Princess from digging out the same hole again, bury one of her turds in it. She'll smell the poop and dig somewhere else instead.

Swanny

Posted by: maisky 10-Jul-2007, 05:21 AM
Thanks for the suggestion Swanny, but big rocks work well. We have LOTS of big rocks.. biggrin.gif

Paws parents and bloodline as far as I have records for include Show and Field champions. All of them. Both sides. The reason we picked the kennel we got The Princess from is that they advertised breeding for "intelligence and disposition". Paws Pups will be a hot commodity. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: Swanny 10-Jul-2007, 06:29 AM
Well Maisky, it is sure sounding like you chose wisely. She is just coming along beautifully. You deserve to be very proud of the wee Princess Paws.

Swanny

Posted by: maisky 10-Jul-2007, 01:05 PM
"As The Puppy Turns": In today's episode, we see a major advance in the socilization of the Princess. We had a pool party, with kids in the pool. Here is the Princess in the middle of a game of keepaway. When she couldnt get the ball this way, she got out. ran around and stood on the edge by where the kids were tossing the beach ball back and forth. Timing it carefully, she launced herself from the edge of the pool and intecepted the ball in mid air.

Posted by: valpal 59 10-Jul-2007, 02:15 PM
It looks like she was having a blast.
Thank-you so much for sharing her with us.

Val

Posted by: maisky 10-Jul-2007, 04:23 PM
Here is what happens when one of the kids gets in the way:

Posted by: maisky 11-Jul-2007, 08:09 AM
Here is my favorite picture of the set. This is the result of having toooooo much fun at the pool party.

Posted by: Swanny 12-Jul-2007, 01:21 PM
biggrin.gif A tired puppy is a well behaved puppy biggrin.gif

Posted by: Donajhi 12-Jul-2007, 02:58 PM
Great pictures, thanks for sharing.......... smilie_tux.gif

Posted by: valpal 59 13-Jul-2007, 08:57 AM
lol.gif
Loved the picture.

Posted by: maisky 16-Jul-2007, 07:20 AM
As The Puppy Turns: Another pool party on Sunday, 20 guests with Princess Paws as the center of entertainment. She riveted attention as she launched herself off the edge of the pool after "the beachball of death", in an attempt to destroy her arch enemy. She did this many times. She also greeted each guest. And gave a demonstration of her technique for riding her "slave chariot". Picture attached.

Posted by: maisky 16-Jul-2007, 12:32 PM
At the end of the pool party, both The Mommy and Princess Paws were worn out. Here is the result:

Posted by: CelticRose 16-Jul-2007, 08:11 PM
I absolutely love it! Thanks so much for sharing, Maisky as I always love your stories of Princess Paws! keep them coming!

Posted by: stoirmeil 17-Jul-2007, 10:01 AM
QUOTE (maisky @ 16-Jul-2007, 01:32 PM)
At the end of the pool party, both The Mommy and Princess Paws were worn out. Here is the result:

That is about the cutest thing I've ever seen. What a great opportunity for a shot!

Wow -- look at the feet on that puppy. She's going to be fair size.

Posted by: valpal 59 17-Jul-2007, 10:49 AM
What a great picture. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: maisky 17-Jul-2007, 11:18 AM
As The Puppy Turns: In today's episode we see an appearance of "princess puppy teenager". Last night, The Mommy completed repairs on one of Princess Paws stuffed squeeky toys. When presented with it, Paws delightedly squeeked it, then proceeded to tear a hole in it and began to tear out the stuffing. The Mommy scolded her and took the toy away to prevent getting stuffing all over the room. Princess Paws was very upset at being deprived of her toy. She jumped up and down and whined for a moment, then squated and peed on the floor. Very deliberate. Then the Princess couldnt understand why both The Mommy and The Daddy yelled at her. She retreated to her Royal Throne (couch) to pout.

Posted by: valpal 59 18-Jul-2007, 08:01 AM
yes.gif I remember well. Cody loved stuffed animals and would always tear off the same back leg he was missing.

Posted by: CelticRose 19-Jul-2007, 02:40 AM
Oh too funny, Maisky. I know it wasn't at the time. but too funny how our furry pets let us know they are not happy with us parents! My Irish manages to get paper towels or kleenex and tears them up in front of whereever I am last! biggrin.gif

Posted by: maisky 19-Jul-2007, 12:30 PM
As The Puppy Turns: In today's episode, The Mommy writes:

Paws alert!

Jenny is grooming Paws right now. Jenny has gotten 3 combfulls of dead hair off of Paws and is on her 4th. Jenny asked me if this is normal! When I told her yes she seemed surprised.

Paws found a plant in the woods and dug it up roots and all, dragged it down to the grassy area to chew on it. When Jen and I began to yell at her for doing this, she grabbed the thing - roots and all and took it back into the forrest. Paws hid until I told her she wasn't in trouble and to come out. When she came out I just told her I loved her, and took her down to find the ball and threw it into the pool so she could go swimming again.

Puppies are a pain!

Posted by: maisky 20-Jul-2007, 08:17 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

Last night, when I went to eat dinner, Paws was left in her lower lvl, free access area where her food and couch are. She was wet from swimming. When The Daddy finished dinner, she was standing at the top of the steps by the gate, looking nervous. On decending the steps, he noted a wet spot on one of The Mommy's new sofas. The Mommy, right behind him, saw the spot and ran over to the princess (now cowering in the corner) and dragged her over to the couch. She spoke sharply to her. The Princess knew she had messed up. After the scolding, she retreated to her Royal Throne (HER couch) and pouted. She is getting very good at pouting. Knowing she is breaking the rules doesn't seem to deter her from doing it. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: valpal 59 20-Jul-2007, 08:26 AM
yes.gif

Posted by: maisky 23-Jul-2007, 07:00 AM
biggrin.gif As The Puppy Turns:

The Princess latest love is the jacuzzi. I heat it up most evenings for my wife and I. The Princess has started to join us. Last night she was the first in. She swam over and dropped her ball in the jacuzzi and then oozled her way across the barrier and stood on the jacuzzi seat waiting for us to join her. The early Chessys, as part of their judging, were placed in tanks of ice water to check their tolerance. I dont recall jazuzzi tolerance being part of the testing.

Posted by: maisky 25-Jul-2007, 07:17 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

My wife is undergoing a minor doctor visit that has required 2 days of no solid food. As usual, she takes it out on The Daddy. laugh.gif

The Mommy writes:
Paws Alert!

I took Paws out to do her business and she peed on the grass like a wonderful little princess. Then she came back inside and deposited a load in the middle of the floor like an uneducated male!


Posted by: maisky 27-Jul-2007, 07:41 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

Our friend with the 4 teenage kids came over last night for a pool party and bbq. Paws, of course, played in the pool with them for as long as they were there. They left about 9 PM. The Princess collapsed on her throne (couch). I was affraid that The Daddy was going to have to carry her up to bed, but we finally coaxed her into going up to her royal bed. biggrin.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 28-Jul-2007, 05:12 PM
Maisky! I may not always reply, but I reading your posts re Princess Paws! She sounds like a wonderful dog in many ways. Keep us posted on her future activities!

Posted by: JaneyMae 29-Jul-2007, 07:41 AM
How funny! You've told me some of these stories but not all - I love them. Wish I could get back there to see you and meet my neice-puppy!!!

Posted by: maisky 30-Jul-2007, 03:01 AM
Janeymae, we wish you were able to join us, too. We have grandkids (and oldest daughter) joining us next saturday for a week. I anticipate much swimming and playing and wornout young ones. This will be The Princess' first experience with such young kids. They will, therefore, be closely supervised when they are all together. Sadly, we cant take The Princess with us when we visit the Philly zoo and the amusement park. Rank descrimination!

Posted by: maisky 31-Jul-2007, 07:27 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

A sad, sad day is in the future. We have made an appointment for a day in early September to have the pool covered (ahead of the massive fall leaf dump). We have agreed that we will not tell Princess Paws about this terrible tragedy before hand. Alas, sadness must decend upon us all, even the Great Princess!

Posted by: valpal 59 31-Jul-2007, 07:40 AM
Poor Princess Paws. That will be the world record pout. sad.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 02-Aug-2007, 02:10 AM
Maisky. Ever thought about writing a book about your adventures with Princess Paws? I bet it would be great!

sorry about the pool for her, but perhaps you can find something else for her to enjoy in the meantime.

Posted by: maisky 03-Aug-2007, 09:27 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

Starting Sunday morning, Princess Paws will have a pair of new chew toys for one week. The Daddy's grandchildren, ages 3 and 7 are coming to visit. We anticipate a fair amount of time with the children and the Princess keeping each other entertained in the pool. This will be closely supervised as The Princess is now bigger than either of the kids.

Posted by: maisky 07-Aug-2007, 06:16 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

As the third day of kids being here dawns, we can report that Princess Paws has preformed famously! Paws gets along very well with the kids and has spent many hours with them in the pool already. Life is good for The Princess! thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: valpal 59 07-Aug-2007, 08:26 AM
Please give Princess a "Good Girl" and a treat for me. smile.gif

Posted by: maisky 08-Aug-2007, 07:08 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

As The Daddy writes this, Ashly (age 3) is playing with Princess Paws. Paws is trying to hid under The Daddy's chair. This isn't working well. Paws is totally gentle with Ashly, just trying to keep her ears away from the baby. She exhibits no agressiveness at all. biggrin.gif

Posted by: maisky 13-Aug-2007, 11:04 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

After a week with The Grandchildren, Princess Paws is resting with quiet laps around the Royal Swiming Pool. Following are a few of the Pictures that The Mommy and The Daddy took. We will start with a picture of Princess Paws playing with The Grandson, as The Daughter watches.


Posted by: maisky 13-Aug-2007, 11:06 AM
Here is The Princess being captured by a savage pool shark!


Posted by: maisky 13-Aug-2007, 01:24 PM
Princess Paws broken for riding.


Posted by: maisky 14-Aug-2007, 05:06 AM
Here is one of The Daddy's Grandson, Sean, grooming The Princess. Sean and Paws became good buddies. The Princess remained leary of the 3 year old (except in the pool) for the entire visit.

Posted by: CelticRose 15-Aug-2007, 11:14 PM
The photos of Princess Paws and pals are great! She looks like such a good dog.

Posted by: maisky 16-Aug-2007, 05:22 AM
QUOTE (CelticRose @ 15-Aug-2007, 11:14 PM)
The photos of Princess Paws and pals are great! She looks like such a good dog.

Paws is a total sweety. Now that the other puppies have left, she is back to being the center of the universe. She goes about her daily routine of having the ball thrown into the woods for her to find and swimming when she wants (5 or 6 times a day), plus playing in the pool when one of us goes in. We have our early morning cuddle on The Royal Throne each day after I take her out. Life is good for The Princess. biggrin.gif

Posted by: valpal 59 16-Aug-2007, 07:58 AM
I love reading the adventures of Princess Paws. It has made me want another dog. We can't at the moment because of Max. He has accidents in the house alot so it would make housetraining another dog extremely difficult. Thank-you for sharing her with us.

Posted by: maisky 20-Aug-2007, 11:42 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

The Mommy has been out of town for 4 days now. The Princess misses her terribly. The evidence of this is clear: pooping on the floor after JUST coming in from being out. Being an obnoxious little bitch (correct usage) toward The Daddy. Refusing to eat her doggie food.

I love her, but it has been exasperating. Good thing The Mommy comes home tonight. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 20-Aug-2007, 06:04 PM
LOL! I tell ya! They know how to get us back, don't they? Is Princess a Mommy dog? I know when Daddy is out on call, they will wait in the front room and look for him till he returns. Hmmm..... I wonder how they act when I am out of town? I have to ask daddy. unsure.gif

Posted by: maisky 22-Aug-2007, 08:40 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

The Mommy came home on monday night. Tuesday she was apalled at The Princes's regressed behavior. We had high hopes it would be better today. Here are this morning's progress reports from The Mommy:

1. It's raining out, but Paws has gone swimming!

2. The TWERP was sitting on MY sofa. After she got off when I spotted her after comming down stairs, I told her to go sit on her sofa. So she got on her sofa and peed! GRRRRR.
I'm going to take her outside.
K

3. She got on my sofa again. But THIS time she was sneakier and got up on the other side of the long sofa so I couldn't see her from the top of the stairs.

I think I'll cover the top of the sofa with the tiger pillows so that she can't get to the sofa easily.
K


As you can see, Demon Paws is alive and well!
The Daddy

Posted by: maisky 23-Aug-2007, 08:35 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

The Mommy reports:


Paws Went swimming at 7 AM. When she finally came in I dried her off as best I could. Then I let her downstairs. After putting in washes I went down the stairs and I saw her sitting ON TOP of the extra cushions that were laying on the sofa (supposedly as a deterrant!!!) that she isn't allowed on! I yelled "OFF PAWS!" and I missed the last step of the stairs. I twisted my ankle and fell on my ____. I scooted over to the wall to protect my ankle and I was in a bit of pain. I wanted to wait a moment and make sure my ankle wasn't broken. The dog was running around excitedly and barking. I just told her everything was ok because I think that she was worried about me. I'll be ok - my ankle is only tender and I'm sure it will swell a bit.

Posted by: Rindy 23-Aug-2007, 10:35 AM
Oh no maisky, I hope your ankle gets better soon.

Slainte

Posted by: JaneyMae 23-Aug-2007, 03:04 PM
Your poor master! Hope Karen is okay very soon, afterall, someone has to keep up with your baby lol.gif lol.gif

My Mati is broken hearted because she is home alone now that I'm back at school. I hate it too sad.gif

Posted by: valpal 59 24-Aug-2007, 08:44 AM
Hope her ankle is better.

Posted by: maisky 27-Aug-2007, 06:44 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

Princess Paws has finally settled down and is behaving better. The Mommy is broken, but hopefully her vet can fix her. The Princess behavied very well at our Pool party on Saturday, only dunking a couple of people that tried to get to her ball before she could. rolleyes.gif (her tryout for the Penn State waterpollo team is next week).

Posted by: maisky 30-Aug-2007, 09:18 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

Little Princess Paws (60 pounds at 7 months old) is in a training class. The Daddy is blown away by how well she is doing. She sits at his side and watches the instructor demonstrate the lesson. When it is her turn, she performs flawlessly. Even the other dog owners are amazed about how serious she is about the training. She doesnt cut up and play with the other pups until the lesson is finished and it is social time. When the basic obedience training is finished, I think I will enter her in a bartending class. beer_mug.gif

Posted by: valpal 59 31-Aug-2007, 08:16 AM
You must be so proud of her. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: maisky 31-Aug-2007, 01:54 PM
QUOTE (valpal 59 @ 31-Aug-2007, 08:16 AM)
You must be so proud of her. thumbsup.gif

Im especially proud of her when the young women pass by the class (in front of the pet shop) and say "isn't she CUTE?" rolleyes.gif

Posted by: maisky 04-Sep-2007, 03:23 PM
As The Puppy Turns:

The day of doom has arived. The Royal Swimming Pool has been covered until April. The Princess sniffed at the cover and looked confused. The Mommy and Daddy are doing their best to keep her spirits up. We are throwing her favorite balls up into the Royal Woods, for the Princess to retrieve. There will be a lot of cuddles this week. unsure.gif

Posted by: valpal 59 05-Sep-2007, 09:36 AM
Poor Princess Paws. A girl just wants to have fun. biggrin.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 05-Sep-2007, 07:40 PM
What a character Princess Paws is. I hope what your writing us, your keeping a written daily diary as I see this becoming a quite an entertaining and best seller book! Mom and dad are quite entertaining as well! biggrin.gif

Thanks for all the stories, Maisky. I really enjoy them very much.

Posted by: JaneyMae 07-Sep-2007, 01:12 PM
How is my neice doing? Sure would like to meet her! How are the obedience classes coming?

Posted by: maisky 07-Sep-2007, 06:50 PM
QUOTE (JaneyMae @ 07-Sep-2007, 01:12 PM)
How is my neice doing? Sure would like to meet her! How are the obedience classes coming?

The Princess is doing well. Her coat is gradually starting to look like a Cheseapeake's should. The pool friz is starting to settle down, thanks to the daily grooming done by Paws favorite slave, The Mommy. The Mommy has been nominated as Doggie Slave of the Year!!

She is doing well with her classes. The daddy is being taught to give all the right commands for what the Princess feels like doing. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: maisky 12-Sep-2007, 07:42 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

The Princess has rediscovered the pool cover (Royal Trampoline). The folks who installed it did a good job of stretching it over the pool with plenty of play in the springs. The cover is very strong and very tough (fortunately). Princess Paws takes great pleasure in jumping on it and playing ball with herself on it.

Getting enough exercise for The Princess is a continuing problem. At the advise of her Personal Trainer, The Mommy and The Daddy are going to buy a treadmill for her. If they are nice, The Princess might be willing to share it with them.

Posted by: CelticRose 12-Sep-2007, 09:58 PM
I have heard really good things about using treadmills for dogs so they can get their proper exercise. Mommy or daddy has to be close by to prevent any accidents though.

The Royal Trampoline is hilarious! laugh.gif

Posted by: maisky 19-Sep-2007, 06:48 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

The Princess is finally recovering her Chessy Coat, now that she isnt in the Royal Pool for hours a day. One of her favorite activities is being groomed by The Mommy. Here is a recent Pic or two.

First:

Posted by: maisky 19-Sep-2007, 06:55 AM
And a view of Princess Paws coat....she is 8 months old today.

Posted by: maisky 19-Sep-2007, 07:04 AM
And one of The Mommy and The Princess in mid-groom.

Posted by: valpal 59 19-Sep-2007, 08:19 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO PRINCESS PAWS!!!!! happybday.gif

Thank-you for sharing Princess Paws with us. Hubby even asks if there are new updates on her. You have given us the itch, but we are not sure that we want to scratch it yet. LOL

Posted by: maisky 21-Sep-2007, 06:20 PM
QUOTE (valpal 59 @ 19-Sep-2007, 08:19 AM)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO PRINCESS PAWS!!!!! happybday.gif

Thank-you for sharing Princess Paws with us. Hubby even asks if there are new updates on her. You have given us the itch, but we are not sure that we want to scratch it yet. LOL

Thanks Valpal! The key to your decision making, is to decide ahead of time what breed you want and what you want them to be. Impulse buying may work for shoes, but is a really bad Idea in dog selection (just like hubby selection). You want to make sure both are smart enough for you to train. tongue.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 22-Sep-2007, 08:04 PM
Maisky! Still tremondously enjoying the "Princess Paws" escapades! Keep them coming as they make my day! thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: maisky 24-Sep-2007, 03:05 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

Princess Paws has graduated from Obedience school. The Daddy is now trained to do all sorts of tricks. In a few weeks she will start an Advanced Obedience class where she will work with The Daddy off the leash! There will be an obstacle course and one in recognizing different sorts of cats (and other vermin). biggrin.gif

(Ok, ok, so I lied about the vermin recognition.)

Posted by: maisky 02-Oct-2007, 06:01 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

Her Royal Dogness is becoming more fierce and much braver.

She encountered and vanquished a formidable foe last night....A DRAGON (toad)!!

She found it on the lawn above the Royal Trampoline (swimming pool). Paws immediatly sounded the alarm! *woof* (softly) and sprang backwards to the attack!

She then crept forward to where the terrible monster waited. Coming within 3 inches of the beast, she caused the beast to leap! Princess Paws again lept backward to the attack, sounding another alarm *woof, rrroooo rrroooo, woof* (softly).

This scene repeated until the terrible dragon (toad) dissapeared into the rocks by the lawn and Princess Paws emerged triumphant from battle with her tail flagged and a swagger in her step!

Posted by: valpal 59 02-Oct-2007, 08:43 AM
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I bet that was a sight to see.

Posted by: JaneyMae 08-Oct-2007, 12:53 PM
Someday I want to play with my neice-puppy. She is such a character! lol.gif

Posted by: TheCarolinaScotsman 12-Oct-2007, 01:57 PM
Just got an e-mail from my wife that was marked HIGH PRIORITY. The entire e-mail below.


Missy has had her morning meds around NOON and her walk just before that at which time she peed and pooped.


Wow! Marriage just doesn't get any better or more romantic than that. wink.gif tongue.gif

Posted by: Rindy 12-Oct-2007, 02:18 PM
LOL laugh.gif TheCarolinaScotsman at least now you know... thumbs_up.gif That is so funny...

Slainte

Posted by: maisky 14-Oct-2007, 01:24 PM
QUOTE (TheCarolinaScotsman @ 12-Oct-2007, 01:57 PM)
Just got an e-mail from my wife that was marked HIGH PRIORITY. The entire e-mail below.


Missy has had her morning meds around NOON and her walk just before that at which time she peed and pooped.


Wow! Marriage just doesn't get any better or more romantic than that. wink.gif tongue.gif

WoW! Trained as a doggy slave, but still in need of some beatings from his wife.. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: TheCarolinaScotsman 14-Oct-2007, 02:35 PM
QUOTE (maisky @ 14-Oct-2007, 03:24 PM)
WoW! Trained as a doggy slave, but still in need of some beatings from his wife.. rolleyes.gif

You bet cha. The pecking order in my house is Momma is number 1, Missy is number2, and I'm "What the hell is he still doing here".

Posted by: JaneyMae 02-Nov-2007, 08:47 AM
Gee, that's the way it is at my house!!! I'm #1, Mathilda Peabody is next, and we both are wondering why that man is still there taking up Mati's place on the couch and in the bed? lol.gif

Posted by: JaneyMae 02-Nov-2007, 08:52 AM
Maisky, Loved the stories of your shopping trips with Miss Paws. How's she doing?

Posted by: maisky 09-Nov-2007, 03:32 PM
As The Puppy Turns:

The Princess is in the midst of her first heat....She backs up to her personal staff in hopes that ONE of them will be smart enough to help her out. She has been watching doggie movies on tv, with LOVE in her eyes at the handsome males. The poor dear isnt due for an "arrainged marriage" until after her second birthday. The lot of Royalty is hard!

Posted by: Swanny 10-Nov-2007, 09:46 AM
Ah, poor dear. There ain't no lust like young lust, eh? <BG>. Are you standing guard over her potty breaks with a loaded shotgun, or do you prefer a rifle?

Swanny

Posted by: maisky 11-Nov-2007, 09:17 AM
QUOTE (Swanny @ 10-Nov-2007, 09:46 AM)
Ah, poor dear. There ain't no lust like young lust, eh? <BG>. Are you standing guard over her potty breaks with a loaded shotgun, or do you prefer a rifle?

Swanny

We have the luxury of a large back yard with a 6 foot tall chain link fence all around. The ground along the fence is too rocky for even a gopher to dig. She is SOL for a "visitor" in the yard.

The Princess has a new love and fascination: The toilet flushing. She rushes in to watch....staring intently the whole time. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: stoirmeil 20-Nov-2007, 12:08 PM
QUOTE (maisky @ 11-Nov-2007, 10:17 AM)

We have the luxury of a large back yard with a 6 foot tall chain link fence all around. The ground along the fence is too rocky for even a gopher to dig. She is SOL for a "visitor" in the yard.


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You would think so -- if you never saw our old guy Jet climb the things, when I was a kid.

Maybe razor wire?

Posted by: Irish Stepper 23-Nov-2007, 11:16 PM
QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 20-Nov-2007, 02:08 PM)
QUOTE (maisky @ 11-Nov-2007, 10:17 AM)

We have the luxury of a large back yard with a 6 foot tall chain link fence all around.  The ground along the fence is too rocky for even a gopher to dig.  She is SOL for a "visitor" in the yard.


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You would think so -- if you never saw our old guy Jet climb the things, when I was a kid.

Maybe razor wire?

Haha! My husky Sambucca wouldn't even blink twice at a 6 foot chain link fence. He climbs it just like a ladder! We had to replace our fence with a 6 foot privacy and we use an invisible fence as well to keep him away from the perimeter. Sometimes huskies are too smart for their own good... rolleyes.gif

Posted by: maisky 24-Nov-2007, 07:10 AM
Perhaps The Princess greatest defence was the GREAT services we have in our small town. No lose dog will stay that way for long.

Posted by: Swanny 24-Nov-2007, 10:30 AM
QUOTE (Irish Stepper @ 23-Nov-2007, 08:16 PM)
Haha!  My husky Sambucca wouldn't even blink twice at a 6 foot chain link fence.  He climbs it just like a ladder!  We had to replace our fence with a 6 foot privacy and we use an invisible fence as well to keep him away from the perimeter.  Sometimes huskies are too smart for their own good... rolleyes.gif

Climbing husky? Check this one out -

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Posted by: maisky 24-Nov-2007, 06:57 PM
Now that The Princess first heat is over, we decided to replace her throne, which was, frankly, disgusting. The holes in the cushions, the stains and the SMELL. Therefore, we bought a new sofa for her. It will be delivered on Friday. We also got a sofa cover for it. I wonder if it might be a bit over the top to buy a NEW sofa for your dog?

Posted by: TheCarolinaScotsman 24-Nov-2007, 11:12 PM
QUOTE (maisky @ 24-Nov-2007, 08:57 PM)
I wonder if it might be a bit over the top to buy a NEW sofa for your dog?

I don't know about over the top, but it does show who's "Top Dog". biggrin.gif

Posted by: Irish Stepper 26-Nov-2007, 02:05 AM
Oh My Swanny! That even looks like Sam. No doubt that crazy dog was after a squirrel or something. That is way too funny! lol.gif

Posted by: valpal 59 26-Nov-2007, 04:28 PM
QUOTE (TheCarolinaScotsman @ 24-Nov-2007, 11:12 PM)
I don't know about over the top, but it does show who's "Top Dog". biggrin.gif

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And we just thought ours were spoiled rotten.

Posted by: maisky 02-Dec-2007, 04:10 PM
After spending most of the day frolicking in the snow, Princess Paws is getting a well earned rest on her new throne. She likes it! She even lets The Mommy and The Daddy sit on it with her! rolleyes.gif

I weighed The Princess on her 10 month birthday on Monday. 70 pounds now. Up 10 pounds in a month.

Posted by: Irish Stepper 02-Dec-2007, 11:29 PM
Well it's good to know that she allows you to share her throne with her! laugh.gif wink.gif

Posted by: maisky 14-Dec-2007, 01:00 PM
The Princess has a new pastime. She browses on The Mommy's desk for fun things to eat, such as magazines, pens, plastic store cards, etc....she isn't too picky, she is happy to help out by pulling almost anything she can reach off and shredding it. The Mommy might accept this behavior better if The Princess didn't COMPLETELY ignore The Daddy's desk, which is right next to The Mommy's desk. The Daddy has dog treats, potatoe chips and other edible things on it in glorious disaray. The Daddy finds this hilarious. The Mommy does not. unsure.gif

Posted by: maisky 16-Dec-2007, 05:35 PM
Another weekend of snow and ice. The Princess loves it. She spends as much time as she can in her yard and woods. She frolicks in the snow, plowing it with her nose to get ALL of the scents. Life is good when you are royalty! tongue.gif

Posted by: Nova Scotian 19-Dec-2007, 06:23 PM
We just added a new addition to our family. A West Highland Terrier pup. He's 8 weeks and just a ball of fir. I've had Westies all my life and just love the breed. We're trying to crate train him now. It's all fun but demanding since we have a 6mo baby in the house.

Posted by: maisky 23-Dec-2007, 07:51 PM
QUOTE (Nova Scotian @ 19-Dec-2007, 06:23 PM)
We just added a new addition to our family. A West Highland Terrier pup. He's 8 weeks and just a ball of fir. I've had Westies all my life and just love the breed. We're trying to crate train him now. It's all fun but demanding since we have a 6mo baby in the house.

Congratualtions! I wish you great joy in your little fuzzy bundle of terror....errr......JOY!

Posted by: dawsrobe 27-Dec-2007, 10:51 PM
I could not have imagined what has transpired in the last three weeks before it happened.
Three weeks ago tonight MacDougall had a heart attack in the car; a place he loved to be. Moments later I drove into a bridge on a dark country road. The next night we buried him in my Dad's backyard (he thought it was his paradise).
I've had his successor, MacTavish, a 7 week old BC, for the last three nights. MacDougall broke my heart, and MacTavish is attempting to save it... the dog that tried to save Christmas. So much life in such a little body. Where would we be without puppies.

Posted by: CelticRose 28-Dec-2007, 12:18 AM
Many congrats! Nova Scotian! I love Westies too. Never had any, but they always seem so cute and very smart! Have fun with your new Scottish Highland fur ball!


dawsrobe! Oh how my heart breaks for you during this time with the loss of MacDougall. Sounds like MacTavish is going to keep you occupied in the land of puppyville though! Keep us posted! wink.gif

Posted by: stoirmeil 28-Dec-2007, 02:39 PM
Oh, now the maisky daddy will have to help the Princess send messages of good cheer and hell-raising to these new little celtic furballs -- she will have lots to tell MacTavish and the Westie about -- oh, I dunno, which kind of mail has the best flavor, for one thing.

Awfully glad to hear about the two new laddies. Personally I think a fresh wiggly pup can bring in Christmas better than anyone except Santa himself. May you have many happy years together. biggrin.gif

Posted by: maisky 30-Dec-2007, 06:06 PM
QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 28-Dec-2007, 02:39 PM)
Oh, now the maisky daddy will have to help the Princess send messages of good cheer and hell-raising to these new little celtic furballs -- she will have lots to tell MacTavish and the Westie about -- oh, I dunno, which kind of mail has the best flavor, for one thing.

Awfully glad to hear about the two new laddies. Personally I think a fresh wiggly pup can bring in Christmas better than anyone except Santa himself. May you have many happy years together. biggrin.gif

Stormy and Santa? Kinky!

Posted by: CelticRose 10-Jan-2008, 03:06 PM
We got a new Celtic furball, too! A nine month old Sheltie pup, named Riley. It was not my idea to get a third dog, but hubby started it and it went from there! All it takes is one look, ya know? biggrin.gif As it turns out this little guy needed a home. He came from a very reputable breeder in AZ, was sold to a family who was too busy to give him the attention he needed. Luckily he has been housetrained already and no accidents here...yet! It is fun having a pup around again. Brings a lot of excitement and energy into the home, whether we all feel like it or not! hahaha. The other dogs are taking to him well and he likes them. He may only be 9 months, but he acts like an old soul. He is probably one of the most inteligent Shelties we have had and we have had 6 others in the last 23 years. He is smart as a whip, picks up on things real quick and you can even see it in his eyes. Well maybe I am bragging a wee bit too much here. wink.gif But we're pretty excited right now.

Posted by: valpal 59 11-Jan-2008, 09:53 AM
CR---Can't wait to see pic of new puppy. Congratulations. Already housebroken is a good thing.
I asked if you had gotten the puppy in The Gathering Place, so disregard. Read it before I got here.

Posted by: gwenlee 11-Jan-2008, 07:52 PM
CR-congratulations on the new addition, can't wait to see the pictures.

gwenlee

Posted by: Nova Scotian 11-Jan-2008, 07:59 PM
My Westie is doing very well. He is a typical Westie but is learning the house breaking and the crate training.

Posted by: Rindy 11-Jan-2008, 10:35 PM
Celtic Rose and Nova Scotian and dawsrobe that is so wonderful you have new dogs. I would love to see pictures of all the new dogs.

Riley is a wonderful name CR. Did you name him?

Nova Scotian what is your Westies name?

dawsrobe my mother and father had a Scottish Terrier named MacTavish. They called her Tavy for short.

Hope all of you post pictures.

Slainte

Posted by: maisky 12-Jan-2008, 05:51 AM
I am sooooo happy for my fellow dog slaves! It is always nice to get a new owner to keep us on our toes and keep our training fresh!

Posted by: CelticRose 12-Jan-2008, 09:46 PM
Maisky, I was thinking about you today. We all kind of took over your puppy thread. Hope you don't mind! wink.gif

Rindy, We did indeed name our new pup "Riley." I tried so hard to come up with a good Scottish name but hubby wasn't liking any of the names! rolleyes.gif I got out my Celtic name book and he loved the name "Riley." Good ole Irish name, eh?! LOL

He is a very good dog, but puppy, puppy, puppy and so curious about everything.

He doesn't like to be left alone without human and when we are gone this is what we get. A grand toilet paper party through out our house. This photo reveals only a wee bit of what he did but at the same time shows how so proud he was...LOL

I know as a responsible dog owner, trainer, etc. I shouldn't be laughing...but hey! Let's have some fun and laugh at our furball friends as they are so entertaining! laugh.gif

For some reason my photo to upload is not working. Gotta figure out why. Photo soon!

Posted by: maisky 14-Jan-2008, 04:16 AM
I'm totally delighted that my friends are making use of this thread! I love sharing puppy stories.

Rose, I think all pups that are raised properly (in the house with the rest of the pack) go through the TP Toy phase. It is soooo cute and exasperating. I wish you great joy with your new owner! beer_mug.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 14-Feb-2008, 03:44 PM
QUOTE (maisky @ 14-Jan-2008, 05:16 AM)
I'm totally delighted that my friends are making use of this thread! I love sharing puppy stories.

Rose, I think all pups that are raised properly (in the house with the rest of the pack) go through the TP Toy phase. It is soooo cute and exasperating. I wish you great joy with your new owner! beer_mug.gif

Thank you, Maisky! How is Princess Paws doing?

Well my Riley is the "Life of Riley" alright! Very smart, but very stubborn! Gets himself into a lot of mischief! The one thing I am trying hard to train him on is no jumping. He gets so excited that he jumps....no....flys through the air! I am afraid he is going to pull his back out! Plus, hubby thinks it is so cute when he comes home to an over-excited jumping in our face dog. My hubby thinks Riley just loves him like crazy! rolleyes.gif Nope! We can't have that as I don't want him jumping on others. So I am trying to curb that habit by making him sit and greet me, shake and then he automatically rolls over for a good belly rub! Now that is much better! Riley sure likes to annoy my older dogs though. His most fun is grabbing them by their tails and dragging them so they will play with him! Thankfully, my other Shelties are good about it but I am sure when they look at me they think...mom. What and why did you do this to us?! biggrin.gif

Posted by: maisky 16-Feb-2008, 08:10 PM
The Princess is on her throne, watching tv at the moment. She shares the couch with us if we ask nicely. She rules the household.

I am sooooo happy for you Rose and I am really happy for Dogshirt with his new owner!

Posted by: Dogshirt 17-Feb-2008, 06:01 PM
I have just posted pics of Otto in my photo album. It's been a beautiful day here so I took these this morning. Right now I have to get him back out in the sun for as long as I can, makes the evening MUCH quieter!


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Posted by: stoirmeil 17-Feb-2008, 09:05 PM
Otto looks terrific! He has a lovely head, and those silver markings are interesting too. Nice feet, strong-looking -- does he like to dig? I don't suppose you have badgers, but how about gophers or groundhogs? smile.gif

Posted by: ctbard 03-Mar-2008, 02:32 PM
Just saw your pup, he's quite a handsome lad. And he does look like a digger.
My airedales excavate my backyard, I have no grass and giant pits everywhere.

Posted by: maisky 04-Mar-2008, 06:39 AM
I am very happy for you with the beautiful pup, dogshirt. Indeed, he looks like a digger. You cant tell though. My last chessie was not a digger or a jumper. My new one is both. It is a running battle to keep shrubry in the ground. The Princess newest game is rolling her balls under the gates to the outside. Last night I did a sweep outside the gates, which are kept paddlocked, netted 8 balls. Next weekend I will bring home some paving stones to plug the gaps. In six weeks the cover comes off the Royal Swimming Pool, so we wont have quite the issue with "other" activities.

Posted by: Dogshirt 04-Mar-2008, 10:08 AM
Hi all. Sorry to take so long to get back, but my company is restructuring and there has a lot of loose ends to tie up. The housing market has STARTED to pick back up after a 3 month dry up, but we are not building any more until we sell some of our inventory. So I am currently unemployed for a while. But since I haven't had any down time in 5 years I'm looking forward to a little "paid vacation"!
Otto has dug a couple small holes in the yard and can really make the dirt fly, but
his main thing right now is running. Through the house! Down the hall! Round and round the yard! AFTER THE CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RUN CAT RUN! I'm not sure he wants to catch our cats as most of them are survivors of the sled dogs and can put up a good fight, but he THINKS he wants one anyway. But I haven't seen many cats in the yard lately either! wink.gif
One of the cats killed a mouse yesterday and left it in the yard, so I showed it to him. He "killed" it VERY thoroughly. Then he got mad when I took it away, but I prefer he not eat them as they are a source of tapeworms. And we do have badgers here, but I don't think we're there yet. But I'm ready to start on mice, gophers and packrats. The packrats can get pretty big, about 18 inches with the tail, so that should be a good workout!
And with my down time I'll have more time to spend with him.


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Posted by: ctbard 07-Mar-2008, 10:50 AM
I think my dog Aengus killed/ate??? a squirrel in my yard, when I let him in he had blood speckles all over his face, neither he nor the other two dogs were bleeding, and there was no hurt animal in the yard, soo, soemthing happened, and Aengus had that guilty look on his face.

Posted by: CelticRose 07-Mar-2008, 05:41 PM
Well Riley pup is still a handful.

I have had seven Shelties in my life time. Never have I ever encountered a pup who likes to chew, jump or dig! He does it all and more! Eck! Riley has been more than a challenge, but a joy in so many ways! I just to learn how to work with him. Problem is that he is soooooo stubborn! He does what he wants and when he wants. Mommy has been a very bad trainer.

Posted by: valpal 59 20-Mar-2008, 08:13 AM
Maisky, How is The Princess? I hope she is doing well.

We get to bring home our new baby tomorrow. I'm getting so excited. biggrin.gif We still haven't decided on a name for her yet. The man we are getting her from is calling her a chocolate lab. We have had a chocolate lab and she is not dark enough to be chocolate. She looks like she will be a darker yellow. It doesn't matter, she will be very much loved. Will post pictures as soon as I take some.

Posted by: CelticRose 21-Mar-2008, 05:16 PM
Valpal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your getting a new pup?! I am sooooooooooooo excited for you! I bet you can hardly wait. Want to hear all about him from day one till eternity! Can't wait to see photos!

Many congrats! I am sooooooooooo happy for you! Yay!

Posted by: maisky 24-Mar-2008, 05:56 AM
QUOTE (valpal 59 @ 20-Mar-2008, 08:13 AM)
Maisky, How is The Princess? I hope she is doing well.

We get to bring home our new baby tomorrow. I'm getting so excited. biggrin.gif We still haven't decided on a name for her yet. The man we are getting her from is calling her a chocolate lab. We have had a chocolate lab and she is not dark enough to be chocolate. She looks like she will be a darker yellow. It doesn't matter, she will be very much loved. Will post pictures as soon as I take some.


VALPAL! I am soooo happy you are getting a new owner! You deserve only the best, one that will cuddle with you, let you play with her, clean up after her and jump to her beck and call! Hurray!

Posted by: valpal 59 24-Mar-2008, 12:51 PM
I brought our baby home Friday afternoon. OMG!!!! Rob and I had forgotten what it is like having a young puppy in the house. We had always had older dogs when we would get a new pup. She is a sweetheart and a terror. Her name is Bailey. She is the color of Irish Creme. Her color is between the yellow and the chocolate. She is a typical Lab and is pigheaded and so lovable. I don't know if I will get thru the crate training. Her crying breaks my heart, but we are standing firm, so far. LOL We have only had a few accidents, she has picked up going outside to potty quickly. I will post pictures soon.

Posted by: Rindy 24-Mar-2008, 02:34 PM
Valpal- I can't wait to see the pictures of your new puppy. What a great name Bailey is for a Lab. Congratulations!

Celtic Rose- How is Reily doing at this point?

I can tell spring is in the air. My dog Ninja a Schipperke has been going wild-every time he gets out into the yard. Comes in and has a berserk running fit..and he doesn't want to come in as often. "yipee for me!" we have squeaky stuffed animals all over. Just like a child put them in the box and after every time let in he is sure to get one and squeak it run, then drop it here next to my desk. I love him so much wouldn't know what to do with out him despite all the pain in the rears he is.. laugh.gif


Slainte



Posted by: maisky 25-Mar-2008, 07:27 AM
ValPal. You are soooo fortunate. I wish you great joy with Baily.

Princess Paws has welcomed the coming of spring by being outside every minute she can. She patrols the yard constantly to protect from dangerous squirls and birds. She ignores the small birds, but crows and hawks flying over set her off. She follows them across the property to make sure they dont intrude on HER turf. The Princess is as yet unaware that April 25 is the date for the pool to go into service for the season. She will no longer be able to race across the top of the pool in pursuit of birds and squirls.

Posted by: valpal 59 25-Mar-2008, 09:32 AM
QUOTE (maisky @ 25-Mar-2008, 08:27 AM)
The Princess is as yet unaware that April 25 is the date for the pool to go into service for the season. She will no longer be able to race across the top of the pool in pursuit of birds and squirls.

I'm sure it will not bother her for long. She will be too busy keeping the pool stirred up so it will help the filter keep it clean. LOL

Bailey is still exploring her big backyard. She is just starting to feel comforatable enough to venture further out from the patio. She seems amazed that the big house and big yard are all hers.
She figured out last night that she could bark. The look on her face was priceless.

Posted by: maisky 27-Mar-2008, 07:36 AM
QUOTE (valpal 59 @ 25-Mar-2008, 09:32 AM)

She figured out last night that she could bark. The look on her face was priceless.


They are soooo precious as infants. Her shyness will pass and she will turn into the proper hellion she is capable of being.... laugh.gif

Posted by: valpal 59 27-Mar-2008, 08:50 AM
We took 3 steps back night before last. Bailey just didn't want to be in her crate. I NEED SOME SLEEP.

Posted by: stoirmeil 27-Mar-2008, 07:14 PM
QUOTE (valpal 59 @ 27-Mar-2008, 09:50 AM)
We took 3 steps back night before last. Bailey just didn't want to be in her crate. I NEED SOME SLEEP.

I know you must have heard this before, but -- have you tried a little radio turned low on all-night talk shows? How about recording yourself reading her some stories and playing back some kind of continuous loop? How about Lassie Come Home, or Greyfriar's Bobby?
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Posted by: CelticRose 28-Mar-2008, 01:38 AM
Valpal! So very excited to hear you got a new pup kid! I will admit it is a lot of work and I have to keep an eye on Riley every second. He is a mommy dog and whenever I leave the house he gets so destructive! Argh! He turned a year old the other day. he has calmed down some, but when he wants my attention or gets mad at me he has a way of getting back at me. He finds things to destroy and I am at a lost as to how this boy finds these things to begin with!


had a very upsetting evening. I bought doggie stairs so my dogs could climb it and go on our bed. Nikki, the eldest, wanted to come down from the bed. I tried to teach him to walk down the stairs and for some reason it caused him great pain and he whined and cried big time! I felt so very badly more than you all can know!


Posted by: valpal 59 28-Mar-2008, 12:54 PM
CelticRose, I am so sorry about Nikki. Maybe the angle of going down the stairs put excess pressure on a joint. I know all of our older dogs had more trouble going down the stairs than they did going up. When they would cry from pain, my heart would just stop and tears would start flowing.
We are going to try something different with Bailey and her crate. For right now we need to use the crate during the day, as both of us work, and let her sleep out of the crate at night leaving the door open if she wants to go in. I realized that it was too many hours for her to be crated day and night. As soon as she is fully housetrained and knows what not to chew on she will have run of the house.
Spike is starting to accept her. They were chasing each other thru the house this morning.

Posted by: valpal 59 29-Mar-2008, 09:04 AM
Let me introduce you to Bailey.

Posted by: maisky 30-Mar-2008, 07:54 AM
ValPal, what a beautiful baby! I am sooooo happy for you!

Posted by: Rindy 30-Mar-2008, 11:12 AM
Valpal, Bailey is such a cutie! I am very happy for you. So cute!


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Posted by: fionadunbar 05-Apr-2008, 06:44 AM
my puppy sparky was good as gold he ran away once and i found him at the back door so he had run around from home . He is such a good boy he's almost a goody 2shoes

Posted by: ctbard 05-Apr-2008, 07:51 AM
I think Airedales must be the hardest puppies in the world to train, I always had rotties before and they were a piece of cake to train, Airedales are wicked, every carpet was chewed, every piece of furniture gnawed on, trenches dug in the back yard, small trees dug up, pulled up patio blocks, my yard looks like a war zone.
all the lower windows are nose printed and spat on, they even tried to bury the pug in a hole in the back yard.
But, I love them dearly. (:

Posted by: Patch 12-Apr-2008, 11:46 PM
As a puppy, my dog developed quite a history. Most of his destructiveness was over when I got him. He had torn up two chairs and a love seat and torn the wiring from under a motor home. That was how I came to get him. I probably saved him from an early demise. They could not keep him in a crate and it would still be locked. I hid and watched him one day and he would spring the corner enough to start through and push and twist till he was out. I am suprised he didn't break any bones. I had to wire all the corners every 6 inches to keep him in. The only thing he destroyed of mine was my glasses. (and a few shirts) I never found part of them. I have to keep all inside doors locked yet as if he can he will drag shirts off the hangers and chew the buttons off of them. (only when he feels lonely.) My back yard is full of buttons. Several years ago I had sleep apnea and had to use a BiPap breathing machine. until I found a brand of dog food that agreed with him he had a really nasty gas problem. I would close him out of the bed room. During the night he would get lonely and bump the door till it opened, come in and curl up next to the air pump for the breathing machine. Usually it wasn't long till he passed gas which was immediately pumped into the face mask. WHAT A NASTY WAY TO WAKE UP! I think I could actually levitate! The poor dog couldn't understand what was wrong. He eats the best dog food now and the breathing machine is gone. I have a lot of stories about his tenure with me.

Slàinte,   

Patch

Posted by: maisky 13-Apr-2008, 08:57 AM
Two weeks until the pool cover comes off. I thought I would take a few pictures of THE PRINCESS before she develops another year long case of "swiming pool firz".
First one:

Posted by: maisky 13-Apr-2008, 08:58 AM
And the second. She is now 14 months old and a 75 pound athlete.

Posted by: maisky 13-Apr-2008, 09:01 AM
And the third and final one. She set a new standard the other weekend. She at a pair of my daughter's socks and a pair of her bloomers. Threw them up 3 days later.....sigh

Posted by: valpal 59 06-May-2008, 01:30 PM
HELP!!!!!
If Bailey doesn't stop eating my new plants, she will not live to be a year old.
We have never had a dog as destructive as Bailey is. Most of it I can live with, but she has eaten some expensive plants. Can't she eat the cheap ones? NOOOO!!! Yes I know---don't buy expensive plants. LOL
Sometimes I don't think it was fair to Bailey to have us for parents. We both HAVE to work and are not home enough during the day. We both spend the evenings with her and I take her to one of my best friend's house to play with her dogs on Saturdays. I know she will grow out of this eventually.
Don't get me wrong, I love Bailey with all my heart. She is very loving and will be very smart when the brain kicks in. I'm just feeling guilty.

Posted by: ctbard 06-May-2008, 02:11 PM
I had a rottie that ripped up our vinyl floor when we were out, how he even got an edge to start pulling, I'll never no.
My younger airedale, she's about two, ate a new bra and a book the other day.

Posted by: Patch 06-May-2008, 06:20 PM
My brittany at two years old ate my glasses. One lens is still missing 5 years later.

Slàinte,

Patch

Posted by: ctbard 12-May-2008, 09:31 AM
My pug/bulldog turned a year old last month, she just doesnt seem to have the intelligence as my airedales, she really isnt that bright, she's such a happy dog and loves everyone, she just isnt the sharpest knife in the drawer if you know what I mean. I think the smaller breed they are, the harder it is to house train too.

Posted by: Dogshirt 12-May-2008, 03:36 PM
Otto is now 8 months old and has decided to do EVERYTHING that Harley didn't!
Harley didn't like water externally unless it was WAY hot, Otto likes to play in the sprinkler and THEN lay on the couch!
Harley didn't jump or climb unless in hot pursuit, Otto climbed over the fence this weekend and went out to harass the sled dogs in their yards!
I'm not sure if he knows he only ways 13 pounds, or doesn't care. Harley didn't care, but he was about 10 lbs heavier and a LOT older. I think dachshunds just think with their mouthes, shoot it off and talk trash and if it goes south then the fight is on! They just don't seem to be afraid of anything! But I guess if I had to go down the hole after a badger that I'd have an attitude too! tongue.gif
Mean time I'm building a taller fence to keep the blockhead in!


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Posted by: CelticRose 12-May-2008, 09:05 PM
You know the saying that misery loves company......well no offense all. I have my own issues with Riley! Man! He toilet papered my house again the other day. Then a box of tissues was left on the floor and I could hear him from the other room tearing a tissue out each and ripping them apart. By the time I could get in the room, it had torn tissue all over the room! unsure.gif

Today I went out and bought a large container of those trainer treats so I could train him to do new things. Well I went in the other room for about 30 minutes and he managed to get that container, rip off the lid (how the heck he did that I'll never know) and ate 3/4 of the treats! ARGH!

I keep buying him toys to keep him occupied, especially those rope toys. He is just so full of energy............and affection. With the latter, how can one not love him despite it all? cool.gif


Posted by: maisky 13-May-2008, 08:22 AM
Indeed, the pain is worth the reward! They are pure love for their "pack".

Princess paws is in ecstacy with the pool open. She goes in occaisonally during the day, but mostly waits until my owner and I go to the jacuzzi in the evening. Then I throw the ball in the pool and she leaps off the side and grabs the ball on her way in. The splashes are MUCH bigger this year! laugh.gif I will try to get a picture of her doing her dive.

Posted by: valpal 59 13-May-2008, 09:15 AM
I don't feel so alone. LOL I was beginning to think that Bailey is just totally out of control. She also has lots of toys, which help, but she still tears up things she is not supposed to and she still eats the occasional plant in the flowerbed. She doesn't seem to be afraid of anything either. Actually she thinks she is a cat. We are working on trying to get her not to bite too hard and to come to us when we call her. I have to remind myself that she is just a baby. Will post new pictures as soon as I get them downloaded.

Posted by: ctbard 14-May-2008, 09:36 AM
Always teach your dog to come when called if nothing else, my 3 dogs got loose the other day, my husband didnt latch their gate.The older dog just stood in the gateway looking perplexed, the year old pug/bulldog just wandering foolishly in circles in the drive-way, but the 2 year old bolted, by the time I got her she was exhausted and foaming at the mouth, but, she did listen atleast to my call, could have been disastrous.

Posted by: valpal 59 19-May-2008, 10:08 AM
New picture. She thinks our bed is hers.

Posted by: CelticRose 19-May-2008, 06:21 PM
Oh Valpal! What a beautiful photo!!!!!! I so understand your training woes. It is hard, isn't it?

ctbard, I really need to work on Riley to come whether he feels like it or not. If he doesn't want to, he feels, if nothing else, it is all a game...argh.

Otherwise, he is a HUGE mommy dog. He has big time seperation issues and has to be with mom at all times. If I am laying down in bed, he jumps up on the bed and lays on top of me like a bear rug.

While the other dogs go outside to play, Riley has to be inside with mom. I am sure I am doing something wrong to cause this severe attachment.

Looking for suggestions here. Thanks!

Posted by: ctbard 19-May-2008, 07:26 PM
QUOTE (valpal 59 @ 19-May-2008, 11:08 AM)
New picture. She thinks our bed is hers.

What a cutie Pie! How the heck to you attach picture's? I can"t figure it out!

Posted by: maisky 20-May-2008, 06:14 AM
Valpal, I wish you great joy with your beautiful baby! The pain of puppy raising fades, the joy remains!

Posted by: maisky 04-Jun-2008, 09:30 AM
As The Puppy Turns:

In today's episode, we encounter "The Great Escape".

I brought a friend over to the house (a chef) so he could cook dinner for us. We parked in the garage and I helped haul his stuff in the house through the family room. After dropping the stuff upstairs in the kitchen, I let Princess Paws into the laundry room so she could go down to "her" couch in the family room.

About two hours later, The Princess came up to the gate between the laundry room and the kitchen. She looked guilty. sad.gif

I joined her in the laundry room and noted that she was wet. As it had just started raining, I became suspicious. So, we went down to the family room and discovered that the door into the garage was open.

When I went to close the door, I realized I had not closed the outside garage door when we arrived, giving her a clear path to the outside world. This explained the wet condition of Princess Paws coat: she had been out terrorizing the neighborhood when it started raining.

I asked her where she had been. She just looked inscrutable and changed the subject to rising rice prices in Asia.....a bad sign.

I guess I will have to be more careful in the future. If i leave the outside garage door open and dont latch the inside door, the locked gates and guard towers in the back yard don't do much good. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: valpal 59 04-Jun-2008, 09:36 AM
So glad she came back home safely.
Bailey's brain hasn't kicked in yet. She would have gotten ran over or lost.

Posted by: Dogshirt 04-Jun-2008, 09:53 AM
Yesterday while I was burning scrap wood left from past jobs, Otto got out of the yard(AGAIN!! disgust.gif ). I was going to put him in the house, but decided to give him a chance. He spent the whole afternoon hunting mice in the piles, came when he was called, and wore himself out. I only put him back in the house when my wife went out to feed the big dogs.
It was a good day. biggrin.gif


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Posted by: Dogshirt 04-Jun-2008, 03:49 PM
LATE BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!

Today while I was loading piles of scrap lumber(Too windy to burn today), Otto made his first kill! There was a big fat vole(meadow mouse) under the last piece of plywood. Otto charged right in and grabbed it. From the way he yipped I think he got bit, but he made it dead anyway. Then every time I told him what a good dog he was, he would go make SURE it was dead!
Now I'm sure he has all the instincts he needs to follow in Harley's pawprints! biggrin.gif


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Posted by: stoirmeil 05-Jun-2008, 09:11 AM
Strong-minded young things, both of them. I'm glad the Princess didn't get out when she was feeling the call of romance, although now that she's discovered a way that works sometimes, I'm sure she'll test it more often. She should never play poker, though, if she wears her guilt on her sleeve like that.

Otto sounds like he's all business about his job. It always amazes me to see them just fall into their working and hunting natures as if they've been taught. He deserves lots of praise -- tell him what they say: "Vegetarian" is the Oglalah word for "lousy hunter." He'll bring you home a badger some day.

Speaking of that -- I mentioned to some students recently that school officials have trained border collies in rural Scotland and England to be kindergarten recess helpers -- my kids were shocked and disturbed by this. That's what happens in the inner city where most of dogs they see are overwrought pit bulls and police K-9's. They can't envision a lively little collie rounding up kids and keeping them from wandering off without biting them. It's a pity.

Posted by: ctbard 05-Jun-2008, 09:37 AM
QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 05-Jun-2008, 10:11 AM)
Strong-minded young things, both of them. I'm glad the Princess didn't get out when she was feeling the call of romance, although now that she's discovered a way that works sometimes, I'm sure she'll test it more often. She should never play poker, though, if she wears her guilt on her sleeve like that.

Otto sounds like he's all business about his job. It always amazes me to see them just fall into their working and hunting natures as if they've been taught. He deserves lots of praise -- tell him what they say: "Vegetarian" is the Oglalah word for "lousy hunter." He'll bring you home a badger some day.

Speaking of that -- I mentioned to some students recently that school officials have trained border collies in rural Scotland and England to be kindergarten recess helpers -- my kids were shocked and disturbed by this. That's what happens in the inner city where most of dogs they see are overwrought pit bulls and police K-9's. They can't envision a lively little collie rounding up kids and keeping them from wandering off without biting them. It's a pity.

Speaking of collies running around rounding up kids, when my husband and his sisters were little, they had dobermans, and the dobies would babysit the kids in the yard, they wouldnt allow them to go near the roads or wander out of the yard.

Posted by: Dogshirt 05-Jun-2008, 10:59 AM
When I was a kid my dad thought it was fun to put our dachshund pup in the playpen with my brother, it kept them both out from under foot. The result was dad had to put the dog out to discipline my brother. I doubt that he would have kept Dave out of the road, but NO one was going to touch the kid without a fight!
Once down at the river we had put Dave down for a nap in the car and the rest of us were throwing rocks at a log floating by. Hansel went crazy, barking and running back and forth until we showed him Dave in the car. I guess he thought we were trying to sink the kid!


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Posted by: maisky 05-Jun-2008, 11:42 AM
After last weekend's pool party, Princess Paws has a new name: "THE PAW". We had several teenagers in the pool with The Princess. The started playing "keep the ball away from Paws". After a little while she figured out two strategys to get the ball.

1. Get out of the pool and wait for the smallest kid to get the ball. Jump on him. Repeat as needed.

2. Wait until one of the kids has the ball and use her paws to dunk him....hence the name "THE PAW".

Since The PAW is a 75 pound athelete and an amazing swimmer, these techniques worked well.

Posted by: valpal 59 06-Jun-2008, 09:56 AM
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Posted by: CelticRose 06-Jun-2008, 05:38 PM
Pretty funny and terrific, Maisky.

Lately, I have been on a mission my subdivision. It has been so windy in our town and it tends to open up several garden gates where many furry friendsy get out and run all over the place.

I came across this brown Pomeranin twice this week. Tried to catch that furry fellow the first time, but failed. But caught him the next day by slipping over a collar leash over him. He had no collar or identification and so I was all ready to take him to my local vet to see if he was microchipped, but the furry boy, named "Bear" ran to his home and I caught him there. When I tried to pick him up, he tried to bite me........people think large dogs are dangerous...but these wee furry friends will bite you in a heartbeat, if not more.

Luckily I found his home. Told them he had been out a couple days. Of course, they wanted to argue with me so I managed to keep my mouth shut.

Found another dog right after that that belonged to one of my neighbors and was able to put him in his yard and lock his gate to the yard.

People! Listen to me! It is hotter than hades out there. Animals get dehydrated very quickly and why the heck do folks not put collars and identification tags of them is beyond me. I don't care if you already have microchip on them. People don't care as they will steal your dog in a heartbeat. Worse, your dog will be out in the wild, subject to cars, coyotes, dog fights, cruel people and heat stroke.

I am not trying to sound all righteous, but when we take a furry friend in, it is our responsibility to give them a good and safe home.........eh?

My soap box for the day! LOL


Posted by: Dogshirt 06-Jun-2008, 08:01 PM
thumbs_up.gif Give'em hell! Take care of them or don't have [email protected]


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Posted by: stoirmeil 07-Jun-2008, 06:35 PM
QUOTE (Dogshirt @ 06-Jun-2008, 09:01 PM)
thumbsup.gif Give'em hell! Take care of them or don't have [email protected]


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Can't figure this reaction myself -- do people just get embarrased because they've been caught being careless, so they try to bull through it? I went into a supermarket once and had a customer paged by their license plate because they left a young dog in a closed car in a hot parking lot, and the poor animal was passed out on the seat barely breathing -- barely responded when I rapped the window. The woman did go out with a bottle of water when the manager told her he would keep her loaded cart to the side for her, but she had a few choice words for nosy me because I bothered her while she was shopping. sad.gif

Posted by: Swanny 08-Jun-2008, 09:21 AM
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do people just get embarrased because they've been caught being careless, so they try to bull through it?


Yes, that is a very common response. Although everyone makes mistakes, few of us are truly 'happy' admitting that we've screwed up.

So, you won't hear it from the owner, so I'll stand in her stead. Thank you for doing what was needed to save the dog's life. You did good!!!! thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 09-Jun-2008, 03:41 PM
Good for you, Stormeil for saving that dog's life! My gosh! People continue to amaze me!

It is very simple............be a responsible animal owner. Is that too much to ask people?! I have to think some just don't care or not educated when it comes to animal care.


Posted by: stoirmeil 10-Jun-2008, 11:22 AM
QUOTE (CelticRose @ 09-Jun-2008, 04:41 PM)
Good for you, Stormeil for saving that dog's life!

Oh, I wasn't being any saint about it -- After I described the pup's condition to her and she told me she would be going out with her groceries "in a little while," I asked if she would prefer for me to call the police or just bash in the car window with a rock. That was when the manager stepped in and offered to set her shopping aside while she took care of it. So I guess he was part of it too. smile.gif

The pup was one of those big dark plushy-haired mixes with the huge feet, maybe some Newfie cross -- I was imagining having a fur coat like that on in that probably 120-degree car and I wanted to belt that woman into next week. I guess that takes the shine off the halo, but she wasn't hearing a polite suggestion.

Posted by: Dogshirt 10-Jun-2008, 05:00 PM
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Oh, I wasn't being any saint about it -- After I described the pup's condition to her and she told me she would be going out with her groceries "in a little while," I asked if she would prefer for me to call the police or just bash in the car window with a rock. That was when the manager stepped in and offered to set her shopping aside while she took care of it. So I guess he was part of it too.

The pup was one of those big dark plushy-haired mixes with the huge feet, maybe some Newfie cross -- I was imagining having a fur coat like that on in that probably 120-degree car and I wanted to belt that woman into next week. I guess that takes the shine off the halo, but she wasn't hearing a polite suggestion.



The differance 'tween thee an' I is that I WOULD have knocked her into next week and taken my chances in court! I think that out here in the west we STILL take our animal friends a little bit more seriously. We still work cattle with our friends, run the sled, and all the myriad things that dogs help us do, and so are perhaps still a bit closer to them than places where they are considered to be MERE property!



Posted by: stoirmeil 10-Jun-2008, 05:45 PM
QUOTE (Dogshirt @ 10-Jun-2008, 06:00 PM)
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Oh, I wasn't being any saint about it -- After I described the pup's condition to her and she told me she would be going out with her groceries "in a little while," I asked if she would prefer for me to call the police or just bash in the car window with a rock. That was when the manager stepped in and offered to set her shopping aside while she took care of it. So I guess he was part of it too.

The pup was one of those big dark plushy-haired mixes with the huge feet, maybe some Newfie cross -- I was imagining having a fur coat like that on in that probably 120-degree car and I wanted to belt that woman into next week. I guess that takes the shine off the halo, but she wasn't hearing a polite suggestion.



The differance 'tween thee an' I is that I WOULD have knocked her into next week and taken my chances in court! I think that out here in the west we STILL take our animal friends a little bit more seriously. We still work cattle with our friends, run the sled, and all the myriad things that dogs help us do, and so are perhaps still a bit closer to them than places where they are considered to be MERE property!

Yes, that's one good way to look at it. He was going to make a braw, great workingman's working comrade, with those feet, if anyone would ever put him to work, and if he survived the heat. A friend and a worker. What I was reacting to was something more like the bone-headed negligence bordering on child abuse, a little closer to my line of experience. Same difference -- not a toy, not a decoration or a diversion, and certainly not just "property".

Posted by: Dogshirt 10-Jun-2008, 06:20 PM
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Yes, that's one good way to look at it. He was going to make a braw, great workingman's working comrade, with those feet, if anyone would ever put him to work, and if he survived the heat. A friend and a worker. What I was reacting to was something more like the bone-headed negligence bordering on child abuse, a little closer to my line of experience. Same difference -- not a toy, not a decoration or a diversion, and certainly not just "property".



Darlin', you and I MUST get together for a drink sometime, we think much a like and could take over the WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!! tongue.gif


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Posted by: maisky 11-Jun-2008, 06:00 AM
QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 10-Jun-2008, 11:22 AM)
Oh, I wasn't being any saint about it -- After I described the pup's condition to her and she told me she would be going out with her groceries "in a little while," I asked if she would prefer for me to call the police or just bash in the car window with a rock. That was when the manager stepped in and offered to set her shopping aside while she took care of it. So I guess he was part of it too. smile.gif

The pup was one of those big dark plushy-haired mixes with the huge feet, maybe some Newfie cross -- I was imagining having a fur coat like that on in that probably 120-degree car and I wanted to belt that woman into next week. I guess that takes the shine off the halo, but she wasn't hearing a polite suggestion.

Stormy, I like you better all the time! Well done and well said!

Posted by: valpal 59 11-Jun-2008, 09:02 AM
QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 10-Jun-2008, 12:22 PM)
Oh, I wasn't being any saint about it -- After I described the pup's condition to her and she told me she would be going out with her groceries "in a little while," I asked if she would prefer for me to call the police or just bash in the car window with a rock. That was when the manager stepped in and offered to set her shopping aside while she took care of it. So I guess he was part of it too. smile.gif

The pup was one of those big dark plushy-haired mixes with the huge feet, maybe some Newfie cross -- I was imagining having a fur coat like that on in that probably 120-degree car and I wanted to belt that woman into next week. I guess that takes the shine off the halo, but she wasn't hearing a polite suggestion.

It does not take the shine off of the halo. You were much nicer about it than I would have been. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: stoirmeil 11-Jun-2008, 10:42 AM
QUOTE (Dogshirt @ 10-Jun-2008, 07:20 PM)


Darlin', you and I MUST get together for a drink sometime, we think much a like and could take over the WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!! tongue.gif


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Heh heh -- if Barack and Hilary leave anything for us. JUST KIDDING!!! But to what the trust and friendship of a big, smart dog will do for a human soul, if you give him a chance -- I'll drink to that. beer_mug.gif

Posted by: DesertRose 14-Jun-2008, 04:59 PM
Spoke to the owners of the Pomeranian puppy last night about him getting out. Get this...he has no collar or tags, beautiful dog and has never been microchipped. I risked being an enemy for life asking the latter question. Their response was: well he gets out by digging underneath the gate and then comes home when he is hungry! These people have real attitudes and probably would have told me to go to Hades if I even tried to suggest better protection for their dog. No matter. I was livid! It was all I could do to keep from foaming at the mouth! Excuse me dog owners! Dogs may get out, but they may not come back due to others stealing them..........worse yet........getting hit and killed by a car! I can't believe people don't even think of these things.

Posted by: ctbard 15-Jun-2008, 07:31 AM
A few years back we kept having a husky show up in our yard, he had tags, so I would call the owner to tell him I had him, the owner would act like I was crazy for keeping him there til he came and got him, he would say, just let him loose, he"ll find his way home, and id he doesnt, its his own damn fault, well one day I was driving home, and there he was, in the road, hit by a car and killed, what an idiot, if the owner would have just had a fenced in yard, tied to a run, something, now, that beautiful, friendly dog was gone.

Posted by: DesertRose 16-Jun-2008, 03:18 PM
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That just totally breaks my heart to read your story, ctbard. But it is the harsh reality of what could and does happen to our beloved animals who are left loose. I can't believe people have these attitudes and it makes me so stupid angry. Honestly, animal control knows me very well. I am very well inclined to call them next time I see that pom dog out. I am all for protecting the dog from irresponsible parents....even if they have to pay a fine. I just hope that animal control would not report who was the snitch cause I have to see these people at church...eep! unsure.gif

As far as my pup, Riley. Oh he has been so naughty lately. He has once again toilet papered my house, tore up my living room when we went out for two hours. the latest destruction was our Direct TV remote control. Now out of all the remote controls we have, he picked that one! Had to contact Direct TV and get a new one! Hubby gets upset, but I just keep saying...your the one who wanted a new pup! Of course, it is my responsibility to train him you see. Other than that, Riley is a wonderful dog and he is staying here for us to work with him.

I don't believe taking in animals and getting rid of them just because they have naughty behavior. I see it as my responsibility to train him. The chewing and destruction has been rather challenging though...sigh.


Posted by: Patch 16-Jun-2008, 03:54 PM
Last fall in a heavy rain storm and near dark I met a tiny dog walking toward me as I pulled from a stop sign. I almost didn't see it. I stopped and the dog walked under my car. I got out and picked him up. I was going to knock on the door of the nearest house when I noticed a plastic tag with something on it. I went back to the car for better light and determined it was a phone number. I called, described the dog and asked if it was theirs. They said they had one like it but it was in the garage. It was old and nearly blind. They looked and someone had left the door open. It had traveled 13 blocks some of which was on the town's second busiest street. I took it back to them but if it hadn't been for the phone number on the collar it would have taken longer to resolve. Also the outcome could have been very bad. My dog used to try to get loose but as he has aged and my position of the Alpha male has been reinforced, he hasn't made an attempt for quite some time.

Slàinte,    

Patch    

Posted by: ctbard 16-Jun-2008, 04:03 PM
QUOTE (DesertRose @ 16-Jun-2008, 04:18 PM)
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That just totally breaks my heart to read your story, ctbard. But it is the harsh reality of what could and does happen to our beloved animals who are left loose. I can't believe people have these attitudes and it makes me so stupid angry. Honestly, animal control knows me very well. I am very well inclined to call them next time I see that pom dog out. I am all for protecting the dog from irresponsible parents....even if they have to pay a fine. I just hope that animal control would not report who was the snitch cause I have to see these people at church...eep! unsure.gif

As far as my pup, Riley. Oh he has been so naughty lately. He has once again toilet papered my house, tore up my living room when we went out for two hours. the latest destruction was our Direct TV remote control. Now out of all the remote controls we have, he picked that one! Had to contact Direct TV and get a new one! Hubby gets upset, but I just keep saying...your the one who wanted a new pup! Of course, it is my responsibility to train him you see. Other than that, Riley is a wonderful dog and he is staying here for us to work with him.

I don't believe taking in animals and getting rid of them just because they have naughty behavior. I see it as my responsibility to train him. The chewing and destruction has been rather challenging though...sigh.

My younger airedale loves toilet paper!!! I can"t keep the bathroom door open, ever! she will eat the entire roll! And sh"es almost 3 years old now!

Posted by: Dogshirt 16-Jun-2008, 06:46 PM
Otto has decided he likes pop up kleenex. As fast as he pulls one another is there for him. Emptied a whole NEW box that my wife had in the truck. THEN he shreds them into quite the mess. MONSTER!


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Posted by: Patch 16-Jun-2008, 07:47 PM
My dog will eat TP too but worse yet, when he is alone for a while he will "bump" the bedroom door and sometimes he gets it open. If he does he will get in the closet, pull down my shirts and chew the buttons off of them.

Slàinte,    

Patch    

Posted by: ctbard 17-Jun-2008, 05:01 AM
Mine also likes to shred my clothes, always my favorite t-shirts and new bra's for some reason.

Posted by: Patch 17-Jun-2008, 08:33 AM
When Sparky (my dog) gets at my shirts, I pick one that isn't fixable and tie it to his collar and make him walk "on" it for a couple of hours. That seems to keep him away from the shirts for several months. My back yard is full of buttons and at times white TP "eggs". He is a people dog and has to be near me all the time. I think that is why he misbehaves when he is alone.

Slàinte,    

Patch    

Posted by: ctbard 17-Jun-2008, 09:54 AM
QUOTE (Patch @ 17-Jun-2008, 09:33 AM)
When Sparky (my dog) gets at my shirts, I pick one that isn't fixable and tie it to his collar and make him walk "on" it for a couple of hours.  That seems to keep him away from the shirts for several months.  My back yard is full of buttons and at times white TP "eggs".  He is a people dog and has to be near me all the time.  I think that is why he misbehaves when he is alone.

Slàinte,    

Patch    

So are you saying I should make Pixie wear one of my bra's when I catch her with one of mine?? (:
Yes! I get the toilet paper eggs in my yard too!!

Posted by: stoirmeil 17-Jun-2008, 02:07 PM
Gahhh. Don't complain -- someone will get the bright idea of breeding for a toothless dog. There are already dogs bred down so small they have to be delivered by caeserian, just because they fit so nice in a pocket . . . sad.gif

I wonder -- what if there were a toy that was a good scrap of leather with smooth toggles of drilled, sanded bone really lashed on there with rawhide, for that grab and pull urge? Would it be a good substitute for a shirt with buttons, or just a choking hazard? But anyway, there's no substitute for a roll of TP all over the house.

Posted by: Patch 18-Jun-2008, 06:04 AM
QUOTE (ctbard @ 17-Jun-2008, 04:54 AM)
QUOTE (Patch @ 17-Jun-2008, 09:33 AM)
When Sparky (my dog) gets at my shirts, I pick one that isn't fixable and tie it to his collar and make him walk "on" it for a couple of hours.  That seems to keep him away from the shirts for several months.  My back yard is full of buttons and at times white TP "eggs".  He is a people dog and has to be near me all the time.  I think that is why he misbehaves when he is alone.

Slàinte,    

Patch    

So are you saying I should make Pixie wear one of my bra's when I catch her with one of mine?? (:
Yes! I get the toilet paper eggs in my yard too!!

It works for a while with my dog though, in your case, it might raise some eyebrows if unexpected guests drop by. He is good at removing the buttons usually without damaging the shirt. I think he gets his smell from the shirt and he sneaks around like he lost his last friend till I take the shirt off of him. My brother has a small Collie mix and whenever he scolds her he has to make sure the bedroom door is closed or she will sneak in and relieve herself on their bed. I sometimes wish I could know what animals are thinking.

Slàinte,    

Patch    

Posted by: ctbard 18-Jun-2008, 07:57 AM
QUOTE (Patch @ 18-Jun-2008, 07:04 AM)
QUOTE (ctbard @ 17-Jun-2008, 04:54 AM)
QUOTE (Patch @ 17-Jun-2008, 09:33 AM)
When Sparky (my dog) gets at my shirts, I pick one that isn't fixable and tie it to his collar and make him walk "on" it for a couple of hours.  That seems to keep him away from the shirts for several months.  My back yard is full of buttons and at times white TP "eggs".  He is a people dog and has to be near me all the time.  I think that is why he misbehaves when he is alone.

Slàinte,    

Patch    

So are you saying I should make Pixie wear one of my bra's when I catch her with one of mine?? (:
Yes! I get the toilet paper eggs in my yard too!!

It works for a while with my dog though, in your case, it might raise some eyebrows if unexpected guests drop by. He is good at removing the buttons usually without damaging the shirt. I think he gets his smell from the shirt and he sneaks around like he lost his last friend till I take the shirt off of him. My brother has a small Collie mix and whenever he scolds her he has to make sure the bedroom door is closed or she will sneak in and relieve herself on their bed. I sometimes wish I could know what animals are thinking.

Slàinte,    

Patch    

My Pixie steals ANYTHING, clothes, food, candlesticks, cd's, NOTHING IS SACRED.
Books, magazines, statues, I tell you, ANYTHING!!! yes, she has toys, yes, she gets lots of attention and is loved dearly. She was very close to my parrot that just died, so she's alittle off since then.

Posted by: valpal 59 18-Jun-2008, 09:42 AM
After reading the last posts I do not feel alone. Training Bailey is like trying to get a brick wall to move. LOL Just picked her up from the vet. Getting her spayed didn't help the attitude at all. So far the worst things she has done is eat 2 small holes in the new bedroom walls and pull up plants out of my flowerbeds. I keep hoping that someday she will mellow out. She also plays way too rough and has most of the firewood scattered all over the yard. Actually Spike loved it that Bailey wasn't home yesterday or last night. I think he would have been happy if she had never come home.

Posted by: Patch 18-Jun-2008, 09:55 AM
Animals have personalities just like people. My dog was a two year old TERROR when I got him and when I had about decided it wasn't going to work, my brother suggested that I "become the alpha dog" I had to treat him like the alpha male would in a pack. It took a while but now he watches me and gets his clues from me. If I get angry, so does he. When I am done eating, he eats. When I am gone, he guards the domain. We are just one little happy dog pack. The only time he does anything wrong is if I am gone for 6 or 8 hours. I can't really fault him too much for that except, at the price of shirts, I wish he would find something cheaper.

Slàinte,    

Patch    

Posted by: stoirmeil 18-Jun-2008, 11:34 AM
QUOTE (valpal 59 @ 18-Jun-2008, 10:42 AM)
Getting her spayed didn't help the attitude at all.

You think it may take a little while for those leftover hormone levels to level out?

I think Patch has a good idea -- maybe you have to act like Alpha Dog Mom with her, because it seems Bailey's more like a dog's dog and less like a kid than your others, at least while she's young. Actually, since you have other dogs, I'm wondering if they don't show disapproval toward her when she acts out -- she really is in a pack.

Posted by: valpal 59 19-Jun-2008, 10:42 AM
QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 18-Jun-2008, 12:34 PM)
Actually, since you have other dogs, I'm wondering if they don't show disapproval toward her when she acts out -- she really is in a pack.

We don't have any other dogs anymore. We had to put the last of our old dogs to sleep on Christmas Eve. All we have now is a cat, Spike, and Bailey.
For the 29 years we have been married, When we would get a new puppy we always had an older dog. That made things much easier. Not this time. It also doesn't help that hubby and I both work and are not home for most of the day.

Posted by: stoirmeil 19-Jun-2008, 11:17 AM
QUOTE (valpal 59 @ 19-Jun-2008, 11:42 AM)
We don't have any other dogs anymore. We had to put the last of our old dogs to sleep on Christmas Eve. All we have now is a cat, Spike, and Bailey.
For the 29 years we have been married, When we would get a new puppy we always had an older dog. That made things much easier. Not this time. It also doesn't help that hubby and I both work and are not home for most of the day.

Yes, I remember now. That was so sad . . . I think I had you confused with CelticRose and her shelties. It is a lot harder with the one young dog alone, when she has that forthright nature.

Does she have a nice roomy crate? Some of the time when you're not home that might help. I used to think that was awful, but reading what real serious dog owners here have had to say, I think differently about it now.

Posted by: maisky 19-Jun-2008, 11:29 AM
QUOTE (ctbard @ 18-Jun-2008, 07:57 AM)
   
My Pixie steals ANYTHING, clothes, food, candlesticks, cd's, NOTHING IS SACRED.
Books, magazines, statues, I tell you, ANYTHING!!! yes, she has toys, yes, she gets lots of attention and is loved dearly. She was very close to my parrot that just died, so she's alittle off since then.

Princess Paws holds The Daddy's desk to be sacred. She will touch nothing on it, even food or dog treats. The Mommy's desk, right beside The Daddy's is fair game. She especially likes ball point pens and scraps of paper, but ONLY from The Mommy's desk.

The 'eggs' she leaves in the yard include tp, but also The Mommy's socks. Yes, whole socks. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: ctbard 19-Jun-2008, 02:40 PM
QUOTE (maisky @ 19-Jun-2008, 12:29 PM)
QUOTE (ctbard @ 18-Jun-2008, 07:57 AM)
   
My Pixie steals ANYTHING, clothes, food, candlesticks, cd's, NOTHING IS SACRED.
Books, magazines, statues, I tell you, ANYTHING!!! yes, she has toys, yes, she gets lots of attention and is loved dearly. She was very close to my parrot that just died, so she's alittle off since then.

Princess Paws holds The Daddy's desk to be sacred. She will touch nothing on it, even food or dog treats. The Mommy's desk, right beside The Daddy's is fair game. She especially likes ball point pens and scraps of paper, but ONLY from The Mommy's desk.

The 'eggs' she leaves in the yard include tp, but also The Mommy's socks. Yes, whole socks. rolleyes.gif

I once saw one of my earrings glittering in a pile of pixie poop, needless to say I just left it there.

Posted by: Patch 19-Jun-2008, 04:08 PM
She certainly has an impressive digestive system. It would be interesting to be able to read their minds wouldn't it?

My dog ate part of a pair of glasses right after I took him in. I found everything but one lense and since my brother said it wouldn't show up on an X-Ray we took a wait and see attitude. In 5 years, nothing happened to the dog and I never found the lense.

He likes cheese and will eat a whole pound if the opportunity presents itself. Then he gets terribly constipated and when he is in the yard trying to remedy the situation he looks mournfully at me like "please help!"

It is too bad he can't figure out "cause and effect."

Slàinte,    

Patch        

Posted by: stoirmeil 19-Jun-2008, 04:18 PM
QUOTE (Patch @ 19-Jun-2008, 05:08 PM)
She certainly has an impressive digestive system. It would be interesting to be able to read their minds wouldn't it?

My dog ate part of a pair of glasses right after I took him in. I found everything but one lense and since my brother said it wouldn't show up on an X-Ray we took a wait and see attitude. In 5 years, nothing happened to the dog and I never found the lense.

He likes cheese and will eat a whole pound if the opportunity presents itself. Then he gets terribly constipated and when he is in the yard trying to remedy the situation he looks mournfully at me like "please help!"

It is too bad he can't figure out "cause and effect."

Slàinte,

Patch

When you find the cheese gone, offer him some ground meat scraps with prunes cut into it so he can't sort it out. There's always boot conditioner too, like mink oil -- they love themselves some mink oil. biggrin.gif

Peope aren't so good at cause and effect either. I always think that one pint of ice cream isn't really going to hurt and I'm always wrong, but too late.

Posted by: Dogshirt 19-Jun-2008, 05:08 PM
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Peope aren't so good at cause and effect either. I always think that one pint of ice cream isn't really going to hurt and I'm always wrong, but too late.



But it tastes SOOOOOOOOO good doesn't it? tongue.gif


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