This post was "Fake It Till you Make It" in my head for the past couple of weeks but then I saw this saying on Facebook just before I went to bed last night and I thought
"That is definitely more me"
My life has had a lot of Face It Till you Make It over the past few years, primarily in my professional life.
On November 8, 2013 the corporation that I worked for did what I now call the "Big Purge" They removed over 600 people from their full time jobs in one day, including that of an amazing women who I worked with, Kathy. I so wanted to leave with her that day but I was not at all in a financial position to do so. I just knew then that I would work hard and the day would come that I would get my chance to change my situation but until then, I would work hard and CHOOSE my attitude.
My day came 3 weeks ago!! In July, I applied for a job in Student Services at a Technical College in our town. Just the change in drive time was going to have such an impact on my day from 26 minutes to 6!! The opportunity to work as part of a team of professionals again was more than I dared to dream about!! I got an interview and channeled my inner Badass--- https://jensincero.com/ -- I envisioned my new tea cup on my desk. I concentrated on what it would be like to work WITH students instead of watching them shop. I envisioned walking into my new boss' office to ask her a question instead of "logging a call" and waiting for days for an answer.
...I just DECIDED that I was getting that job.
I KNEW what my daily life would be like and
I HELD on until it became my new reality!!!!!!
Oh yes! You better believe it!! I got that job!!
I started this week and it feels like a lifetime ago that I worked at my old job.
I miss the people there but I feel such a sense of relief to be free from that company.
The POS system at my old job required temp and weather to activate a new day.
Everyday since the Big Purge,
I put Zero for the temperature and Cloudy for the weather condition.
On my last day, I was literally SHAKING when I clicked 85 and Sunny!!!!
At the end of August we lost a dear dear friend. Mike was our friend, drinking buddy, my husband's hunting and fishing buddy, supporter of all DIY projects, advice giver, amazing father, great husband to an equally amazing women, teacher, and so much more. The day we learned that Mike had left us was Move-In day for new students at the school I worked at.
Somehow, I did my job that day. I talked to people. Ran the register. Kept the store supplied and clean. I even balanced the register at the end of the day.
When it was time to go home, I had no idea where I had parked because the lot I usually park in was blocked off that morning and I was in shock. Eventually I found my car. Got myself home and was able to begin my grieving. Only a few people knew what was going on that day and that's the point.
You really DON'T KNOW what is going on in the lives of people who you know.
You really DON'T KNOW what is going on in the lives of people who you just encounter during the day.
Wasn't there a Seinfeld episode about the person who always answered
"How are you today?"
With a string of ailments and complaints???
That cashier at the gas station very likely has to go to the bathroom but they have to stand there and watch your kid pick out the flavor of gum they want.
Your co-worker may have just met the person of their dreams but you didnt ask them about their weekend.
The car riding your bumper on Hwy 65 at 7:38 am may have worked all night and is now late to take a final.
So...........Just remember as you go about your day and encounter other people.
You have NO IDEA what they are
Facing or Faking or Making.
Actually, Leighla is home from Medical School already. When we went for Emma's white coat ceremony and orientation, she was acting like her back legs where giving her pain to the point that she was quivering when she squatted to go to the bathroom. Our first concern was lymes so we all agreed that she needed to get home to the vet. The vet did the necessary tests and confirmed that the source of Leighla's probem was living with 2 Millenials!! The dog park, runs, daily walks and steps to Emma's apartment were more than this lazy princess' muscles were used to! .........and so, she's home, right now laying by my feet and Emma is without her roommate but hanging in there. Working SO SO hard but also a little lonely.
Before Willow's puppies left we had a few people out to see them. They were just meeting us, discussing getting a puppy and meeting our adult dogs. One family has never had a dog before and after doing a lot of research, the parents had decided to jump in. One person had just gotten a BIG job and had been thinking of it as a reason NOT to get a dog but some colleagues suggested that it may be the perfect time so she HAD to leave work. (Dont freak, she is a HUGELY intelligent person and will make the decision based on more than that........come on!!)
These little ones are all in their new homes now. It's been 3 days and we have not heard anything anything from their families so we are hoping that all is going great. I did get a photo of Charlie sitting on the couch with his 2 cats!! It always amazes me how quickly the puppies transition to their homes and new lives!! It is not always easy on the new owners and we really know that.
I am so tired most days that I can not even make it through the day. At the beginning of the summer I downloaded an app with a determination to do a 10 minute workout each day after work. So EVERY single day so far this summer, I do my work, close the shop, lock the doors and I set my phone alarm and then
I TAKE A FREAKIN NAP!!!!
Oh yes, I am not joking for even a second. I have never ever opened that workout app. I have an old sweatshirt that has a big ol blob of ink on it that I use for a pillow and an old blanket in my file cabinet that got spilled on and I lay down on the cement floor and I take a nap and it is the most totally amazing time of my day!!!
Self Care People!!!
If you have a new pet or are going to get a new pet, you HAVE to make sure that you have a way to safely put your pet away so that you get a break. I do my best to get our puppies used to a create while they are here but it is a different dynamic when they are alone in a new place. Knowing that the days that you bring home a puppy are going to be just as difficult as they are AWESOME and you are going to be tired. You have to figure out a way to rest. EVEN if it's on the floor under your desk..........
I love the look on Ottis' face in this picture.
SAVE ME NOW!!!
I have so much respect for people who come to visit us and are really thinking about the reality of their lives as they make the choice to get a dog or not. We honestly love to just be HOME. We do occasionally do things but to be quite honest, I just want to be home. Im not really interested in going out all the time. Im a great cook and dont even mind the clean-up. I am not a movie goer......if I am going to be expected to sit still that long, I am going to need some wine and a more comfy chair so...........Netflix/DVR/Amazon Prime all work just fine for me!!!
A night at home WITH our canine family is a treat. If you're getting a dog, that HAS to be your mindset too.
This is my niece and the puppies that my brother and his wife raise.
The day this photo was taken, we were all just sitting in the living room hanging out petting puppies. The rest of the kids were there and we were just "being" It was so great.
YES this is a family business.
My brother and his wife have Red Labs
My mom and dad have Brittany Spaniels.
My sister..........knits! (the smart one)
Not saying you need a dog for an excuse to stay home, relax, be with your family but.............why not??????
That is what my angelic 3 year old SPAT at me one day. What she meant is,
"Mind Your OWN Business"
"If it's not your business, it's not your fault"
is what popped out of her little Red, Angry, Raging toddler body.
This saying, along with
"I cant, I have that Thing at the Place"
given to us by the equally amazing Sarah Jane Buresh
has continued to increase in value as the years have gone by.
Recently I have been searching online for more puppy training and dog training websites, advice and experts to help me with my younger dogs River and Nala and also to help with advice for people and their new puppies.
As a dog owner, there is nothing I want more than to enjoy my time with my dogs and to know that the families who get puppies from us can do the same.
But, let's face it...... Just a easily as this little angel turned into a little monster, your puppy can turn from a fuzzy cuddling friend to a piranha puppy in an instant!
There are as many different online and local sources of information when it comes to puppy/dog training as there is advice on parenting. I feel like the best way to handle all of the information is to listen with an open mind and then do whatever the hell I you think is best.
So, this is where I tie in that quote.. Listen, Learn and then let everyone
"Mind their own Business" and you do what you are most comfortable with and are capable of.
Here are some resources that I refer to on a regular basis:
On Facebook there is also a Poop School page that helps with breeders who are pre-training their puppies and also individual puppy training.
Solid K9 Training: Bonkers
OK: Jeff is very very direct.
He is very experienced and has a lot of free content on both Podcast and YouTube. Again, this is a situation where you would listen, watch and do what is best for you.
Here is my experience with the topic he is discussing: Bonkers
Nala is our 1 year old poodle. She is doing a great job learning to settle, leash pulling is improving but she is a very excitable high energy poodle, which is why we love her. She has developed the most ANNOYING habit of totally freaking out when I am getting the dog bowls ready for mealtime. I add a supplement to their food so it takes a while to serve up and prepare 5 bowls. The ENTIRE time Im doing this, Nala has started jumping up behind me in the kitchen and barking like CRAZY. I did everything I had heard and knew to do, ignore her, put her on a leash and hold it to the floor etc etc but over the past couple of months this behaviour has only escalated and become a huge stresser for Nala and for me.
The moment she sees the food bowl, she goes nuts.
I wasnt helping her and that was making me nuts.
Monday morning I was preparing the bowls and she began her show.
I had just watched Jeff's video on bonkers over the weekend.
I reached into the cupboard and grabbed out a plastic cup and SLAMMED it down, just beside her. She stopped the freak out and ran into the living room.
(Jeff would say aim for the dog. I will not do that.)
Tuesday morning Same thing
Wednesday and today I got the food bowl out. Nala stood in the dining room. Calmly watched me prepare the bowls. Waited for me to set her bowl in front of her and ate eagerly as usual. I praised her like CRAZY!!!
Honestly, I got a little choked up, I am so relieved that this worked.
I have been trying for several months to change this behaviour that I felt was totally stressing out both of us and in about 3 seconds for 2 days........it's done.
Every second that you spend with your pet will have an impact on them.
Whether you are going for a walk, watching TV or at a training class, you are the only advocate that your dog has.
Always protect them and do what you feel is the best course of training for you and your dog.
It is Your Business
It will be Your Fault!!!
I know this post might be a little early but there were fireworks going off last weekend before the puppies left and I decided this would be a perfect topic to discuss.
Dogs are naturally scared of fireworks. The sound and vibrations effect them differently than humans and they just plain do not understand what the hell is going on. It is our job to protect them from injury, too much anxiety and worst of all running away.
Duke is the most scared of thunderstorms, fireworks and guns of any of our dogs. He never had a bad experience, he is just naturally scared of that noise. His preservation response is to flee into the deepest room in our basement. Our part in that has to be to make sure that he has access to what he needs to protect himself. By that I mean, I dont leave him locked in the mudroom, outside or in a crate when there is an event like fireworks, a thunderstorm or shooting going on.
He NEEDS to be able to flee to a safe place and relax.
Plan for your dogs protection during the fireworks.
It is just as important as planning the grocery list and beer run!!!
Be safe out there!
And so does your puppy!!!
That's the Stanley Cup on the TV in this photo but 99% of the time, it's the Kardashians. I just leave it on for them every morning while were playing and cleaning. Im guessing they recognize Kris's voice as much as mine!.
Yes, it is so true,
I admire these strong, beautiful women.
I am sure that we can do some investigating and find all kinds of reasons why I should not like them, but here's why I do and how I got started on my Kardashian Kick.
Last March Emma was spending a week shadowing and visiting the medical school that she was so wanting to get into------and DID!!. I had just had the website made and was looking forward to learning how to manage and create our pages so I took a few days off too and we headed to Nowhere'sville Missouri, checked into the Noname Motel and our Mother Daughter week was off to an amazing start. Emma left for the hospital and I pulled out the laptop to get started on my website journey.......NO WIFI!!! It was raining, cold and I had nothing but basic cable to occupy me. The Kardashian marathon sucked me in in a second. I knew who they were. I had heard about Kim's sex tape and marriages and Khloe's relationships with creepy athletes but that' about it. Immediately I realized that I was meeting some amazing strong, independent women. These people have more money available to them than most countries and it is clear that there is nothing more important to them than their family. They are involved with their kids. They have built themselves into successful business women. (I heard the other day that Kim can get up to $300,000.00 for ONE instagram post!) Yesterday I was watching an episode where Kourtney had her kids at an event and then took them out to lunch. The lemonade was sour and she asked if he wanted a new one. Nope, his little sister told him to just add some water and it would be fine. That cannot be faked. I am a waitress and a mother, taking a kid to a restaurant can be terrifying. These 2 literally could have asked for anything and gotten it and they knew to just figure it out.
This is the photo on my vision board!
Clearly NOT a Kardashian target market. My goal is to own no clothing other than some bibs and never have to leave my farm other than to go visit my family.
I know that the Kardashian women became famous for their beauty, shock and awe publicity and social media posts.
Ive noticed that Kim's average instagram post gets around 5MILLION likes and the First Lady of the United States of America barely gets 200 thousand. Obviously some priority and awareness issues out there.
That doesnt change the fact that I admire them for their hardworking, strong independance and even more for the fact that they are trying not to raise spoiled assholes for kids.
This is my TOTAL makeup collection. I have an old eyeshadow that was on clearance in my store for 79cents, coconut oil with frankincense, mascara and paint my nails once in about every 4 moths. Clearly not making any cosmetic company rich!
According to a simple google search, Kim's company has made over 100 million dollars in revenue in the last year. She is also raising 4 children, a loving wife, an up and coming activist, a great sister, loves her mom and has a great sense of humor.
It's unlikely that anyone of us will ever know what it is like to have the eyes of the world on us or enough money to buy or have what the Kardashian's do. Most of us have no desire for that either but what we can have and achieve is
(I have a tick crawling down my leg right now)
Kids who are not jerks
Compassion for others
This is our Macey. She is no longer having puppies but she is still very involved with them. She watches over them. She teaches them to play and disciplines them when they start playing too rough. She is happy to help with the family however she can and we so appreciate her.
Go out and appreciate your people and pets today!
There is a pond in front of our house and as soon as the peepers start singing, we know that we have survived another winter!! I was so happy to hear them last weekend that I wrote it on the calendar and also got choked up when I walked outside and heard them! I yelled for Todd like the house was on fire............
Just wanted you to know the peepers are back.
Spring for everyone is always such a fun time. Relief that winter is over and the sun is coming can have a profound effect on everyone in so many ways.
Spring for us brings birthdays, our anniversary, hopes of driving to see family without bad road conditions and yes.........................PUPPIES!!!!!!
These little ones are from Leighla's litter who were born on April 6th. They are little chow hounds and have doubled in size in 8 days. I have not had to help Leighla feed the pups but I have been feeding her A LOT!
The first couple weeks before the puppies open their eyes, we really try and leave them alone as much as possible. I check their little razor claws daily to make sure that they dont need to be trimmed and there is a little neurological exercise that we run them through daily that takes about 45 seconds, otherwise.........they are just eatin and chillin
--on the heating pad of course!!---
Another fun project that comes with the
Peepers is the Poopers!!
I like to think of it as just a nice way to enjoy some quality time outside. Watching the dogs play, hearing the birds and animals start to come back to life!!!
I am surprised at how many of my little plants are starting to peek through under the snow.
It wont be long and we'll be out mowing green grass and the little puppies will be out running around!!
Im going to head out and take Willow and Macey for a little walk. Willow is sequestered to the mud room right now. She is in heat so just another fun factor in the strategic planning of who is where around Doodle Land right now!! Embrace the chaos I guess!!
Have a Happy Happy Easter. Be Safe. Enjoy the Loved Ones.
I will be for SURE!!
One of the things that is the most fun of raising puppies, is meeting the people and learning the new life journey of the new puppies that we are raising. The first thing that people say to us is "Isnt it hard to let them go?" Yes, we miss them but we usually know whose puppies they are from the very beginning and it is so exciting to share a puppy's milestones, struggles and achievements with their family. Also, if you EVER have the opportunity to see a little kid pick up their puppy, DO NOT PASS IT UP!!! I cry everytime!.
This is Cooper with his new boy Pete. Pete didnt think that he would ever have a dog because his dad has asthma. His dad came over and visited the puppies a few times and decided that he was not going to react badly to a doodle so in came Pete, very hesitant young man not to thrilled to have an entire litter of newborn puppies in front of him......Until his dad told him to pick the one he wanted!
This is a photo of our Macey the night that she got here. Macey is the most awesome, gentle and quiet dog but she had a rocky start. She was purchased as a puppy from an awesome golden breeder near our hometown, her family got divorced, the new girlfriend wasnt a dog lover so she put Macey on our hometown radio's Swapline (if you're not from a small town-it's a call in for sale hour "Hi my name is Chuck and I've got some bald tractor tires that I'll trade for 3 chickens, 3 bales of hay and an apple pie" --That kind of thing!!
Anyway, Macey was on the Swapline and my dad heard it. He thought that it was the lady next door who tied her dog to a tree and he wanted to get the dog out of that situation. I was home for the weekend and he had me call. Well, it wasnt the dog he was thinking of but it SURE got me thinking. As I drove back to Wisconsin, all I could think about was that dog. I called my Mom, she went and looked at her and brought her to their farm. My brother in-law then brought her to my Sister's house where she stayed for a few days before her husband brought her to Wisconsin and I met up with him and she FINALLY got HOME!!!!!
This is our
She was originally going to a family with a couple of little boys but then she got injured and ended up staying with us.
With an injury at this young age, we didnt know if she would be ok as an adult or not and didnt feel right sending her off to a family.
Willow has become a great family dog for us even though, again, we didnt plan for her!!!!
This is my friend's pit Ali with her granddaughter.
Having this breed of dog, I can say for CERTAIN, was never on my friend's list of thing to do in life.
Through someone at work, she heard about these little basically abandoned puppies and she immediately stepped up to take one in. They were supposed to be Mini-Pits, but quite obviously the "mini" part was left out!!
He has become the best child supervisor and friend!
The Poodle breeder who owns the stud dogs from a few of our litters was looking to re-home Leighla. The family who bought her as a puppy, decided that an energetic poodle wasnt for them.
I had seen her posts on Facebook about Leighla and I just kept telling myself, NO!, you do not need another dog. But I REALLY REALLY wanted to meet her.
One Saturday, she put on another post about Leighla still looking for a home. Emma was literally driving by their farm right about the same time. I called Sandra and then Emma and arranged for her to stop and see Leighla.
Well, as you can tell---they immediately bonded and now Leighla is heading to Medical School in July to be Emma's study budy.
This is one of my Mom and Dad's Brittany's
She lives in California now. Her owner called my dad while vacationing in Australia!! His wife saw a photo of her, she has a perfect heart on her forehead, and decided she was Theirs!! They called and said please hold her, I'll send you the money and come and get her when we get back. Of course my dad was leary of the story but the money came, they kept on checking in on the puppy and just as planned, the guy hopped on a plane from California as soon as they got back from Australia and picked her up. Clearly, she is enjoying life as a great family and hunting dog!!
Lastly I am going to introduce our
Nala came to us just before Christmas this year. She is an Apricot Standard Poodle and came to us, originally born in Missouri, from my cousin in Mississippi.
This winter my cousin called me and said that they were getting transferred back to England
(he and his wife are in the Navy) and that they were going to have to give up Nala. Their contract with the breeder said that they got first chance to take her but but if they didnt want her, would I give her a home.
--remember, I JUST GOT RIVER too-
Without a Moment of Hesitation
I said YES!!
Nala had 3 kids, other dogs to play with and a loving caring owner in my cousin and his wife. She is an awesome energetic little dog. She has adapted so well to living in Wisconsin--loving the SNOW! I know how hard it was for my cousins to give her up and for their children to lose their puppy.
We are working extra hard, on their behalf, to make sure that she is happy,
healthy and safe.
Last week I was going to meet someone here at the farm who was interested in one of Leighla's puppies. She wanted to meet Leighla and River and then decide if she was going to get on the reservation list. Over the weekend, she was at a ball game and someone sent her a text of some puppies to cheer her up. She asked a few questions and it turned out that her friend was getting a puppy from that litter and that there was one available. She said Yes!! When she called and told me the reason that she wasn't coming to visit, I was so happy for her and their family. I feel like these relationships with our dogs are in so many way meant to be and wether you find your canine companion from a rescue, a breeder, a facebook ad, a sign on the road...................whatever it is,
It is your story
It is your new pet
Yup, it's true. My aspirations are to be as chill and awesome as my Poodle!
I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I got 2 adolescent dogs at the same time...... ............................................IN THE WINTER ...... IN WISCONSIN!!!!
I knew having a male around here with these females would be a challenge but that we would figure it out, but it's come with some interesting challenges.
Throughout it all, Leighla has this habit of just sitting away from the chaos, striking her famous pose and silently watching.
Her eyes say to me "Girl, you just shuffle all these dogs around and when you get your shit together, Im here for you!!"
Im listening to this amazing book right now. It's called Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I love her honesty, bluntness and ability to bring up topics that I thought only I worried about. Im listening to it on CD and her voice is strong, determined and full of brutal honesty...she occasionally laughs at herself in the recording and it is GREAT!! If you are looking for a moral boost, I highly recommend it. Here is a link to her lifestyle website. https://thechicsite.com/
She is a Christian women and does quote scripture so if that would be something you dont want to hear.....Tufff!! Read it anyway.
Here's what happened this week at the Doodle Domain! Leighla and Macey are in heat. River, being a young male went TOTALLY insane! He was drooling, heart was racing, humping everything, pacing and literally shaking. In the evening, after about 25 walks up and down the glare ice driveway, I put him in his crate. He barked and barked and BARKED at one point, Todd went in there and yelled at him.......he actually took a breath but that was the longest that he was quiet. So, ice cleat clad boots back on and up and down the driveway we went. When we came inside I sat down beside his kennel and started hand feeding him treats. He finally started to calm down! (by this time I was sure he was going to have a heart attack) I didnt dare move so I grabbed Todd's overalls, used them for a blanket, pulled his sweatshirt off the chair and used that for a pillow. Yes, I slept right there, spooning the dog crate. Hello glamorous life!!!
I saw this photo on Facebook last week and I the phrase "Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it" immediately came to mind!!
Some days I think we all feel like this hawk. The trick is to find the Joy in life, Grace to be patient with others and Appreciation for the ability to Fly!!
We bred Leighla to River on Monday and we hope to have some puppy news around the first week in March. The puppies will be due on April 5th and be ready to go home on June 5th. Stay tuned to the Upcoming Litters and Available Puppies pages for further updates.
Well, the sun is up so I am going to get bundled up and go take the RivMan for a walk and let Nala go play in the snow. The temp is down to -11 so we wont be out for long!!!
Stay safe out there!
I dont know about you guys, but here we are already starting to get cabin fever and we have some dogs who are getting it too!!
It's not easy to get yourself moving in the dark mornings or to stay motivated in the evening when it's dark all the time.
Add in an energetic dog and it's even more of a struggle!
We usually start our day before the sun is up, so my jackets and caps are all equipped with headlamps or small flashlights. It helps to obviously see around the yard but also, if Im walking one of the dogs it's a good warning to oncoming cars.
You can get these at Fleet Farm, Cabellas, Amazon and probably even Walmart.
I am told that having these on in town or housing development can attract some unwanted attention if you're not careful!!! Just be aware of how close to the neighbor's house you get and use at you're own discretion.
Here in the country, Im pretty safe!
Here are some ideas of ways that you and your dog can pass the time and stay occupied during the winter days and nights:
Dogs tend not only to shed in the winter but to get a lot of matts in their fur. Sit down on the floor and enjoy some quality brushing time with your dog.
Don't gag--- the picture is gross but so is a dog with an ear infection. My poodles seem to always have dirty ears or even ear infections. I dont know if they just have weird ear canals or what but Im always cleaning their ears. We also trim nails a lot. Not that their nails always need it, but they can earn a treat if they sit still and when they need it, it's not a huge battle,
............well unless it's Duke!
As you can see from the action shot here, there is always room for improvement when it comes to training.
In the evenings, we try and keep the dogs engaged in some games like "sit stay" retrieving or just play. I remember one night last winter it had been cold for days and we were all going CRAZY, I just geared up and took the dogs outside and jogged in circles in the driveway with a pocket full of treats to keep them chasing after me.
Of course, Duke did it for about 5 seconds and then stood in the middle of my route and barked at me for not giving him treats too.........but hey, he was also entertained!!
Read books with your dogs!
Here's Molly after she had given a clear sign to her family what she thought of their Goldendoodle training research!!
It is true that after work, we definitely want some chill out time. Make that time more enjoyable by giving your dog some kind of exercise or a short quick training session. 3 minutes can be long enough to get the dog thinking about something other than destruction!
......although at this puppy stage, they are always looking for the next good thing to sink their teeth into.
I find myself more shocked if I catch them NOT getting into trouble!!.
Our favorite teething product is a kong stuffed and frozen or marrow bones from the butcher shop. We keep them frozen and only let the dogs play with them for a little while. I also re-stuff the bones.
My kong/bone stuffing is: Pumpkin, kibble, peanut butter and oatmeal. I stuff a bunch of old bones and toys and keep them in a bag in the freezer.
It works great for times like right now. I just caught Nala counter surfing in the kitchen but she now has a bone and is hanging out beside me instead of chowing on the leftover pizza box!! ......Win Win
Include your dog in your holiday decorating!
Our dogs and puppies are a huge part of our families. Here you can see that Sweet Pete definitely has an opinion of what the family decorations should look like, he even added his own signature look this piece!
Our dog Hank used to LOVE popping Christmas bulbs. He would take them off the tree, pop them in his mouth and walk away like nothing had even happened.
Last night I could hear Duke barking like CRAZY while I was outside with River. I thought he was just mad because he wanted to come out too, so I didnt go see what was happening. He was yelling at Willow who was eating my reading glasses!!! Willow is almost 4, she hasnt chewed up anything forEVER but I guess the glasses were just suddenly too must to resist??????
Is it Spring yet????
Go for a ride!!
Another thing that we are trying to get better at is taking the dogs with us when we are going for a short trip or running into town. We did a couple of things last summer and we were half way ther and said, "We coul have brought one of the dogs with?"
It not only gives them something to do but it helps them get used to riding in the car and not being terrified that they are always going to the groomer or the vet.
Todd had a little road trip to make today so he brought Willow with. She got to go for a ride, do something fun and new. She got to be around different people ........and Im still made about the glasses so it got her out of my way for the day!! Win Win WIN!! ha.
Anything you do will help your dog behave better and your winter evenings will be more enjoyable.
Also, going for a 3 minute jog around the driveway with the dog just might get you out of doing the dishes!!!!
Most of all... the winter will go by faster if you and your dog are keeping busy.
We've been looking for a sire to our puppies for some time. With all of the different combinations of Doodles, it took some research and some genuine guessing to decide what male best suited who we are and what puppies we want to raise.
Because of the great temperament, intelligence, long lifespan and just overall great awesome doggie-ness..........
We found an English Golden Retriever to call our own!
River's dad is a 5 year old gorgeous, stout and quiet mannered dog. He was imported from Serbia and is now living in Michigan.
We can see the intelligence, calm manner and awesome conformation in this young guy already and are excited to see him mature and grow with our family!!
We just hopped in the truck and zipped right over to where he lived and picked him up. I mean who doesn't just go on a 1300 mile road trip to get a dog??
Well, if you had tasted the pasties that we had along the way, you too would seriously consider it!!! Also, Emma--- Nothing like surprising your daughter and asking her for dinner on a Saturday night!!!
River is just 7 months old so he has some growing and maturing to do. We are going to start him off right away in some puppy classes in order to get him caught up on his socialization and instill proper behavior. Todd is waiting for this rain to stop and is excited to get him out in the DNR land to check out his bird nose! Already, he and Leighla have been getting to know each other. They have been out running around the pasture and Leighla seems to think that he is her personal play mate. It is going to be so great to have the parents of our puppies be friends and know them both so well.
Now the work begins:
River was definitely not a Puppy Culture puppy. He seems to have basically spent the first months of his life in a kennel. He has great bloodlines, has been properly vetted and fed nutritious food and supplements but he has not been socialized or humanized at all. Every second that Todd and I have spent with River in the last 36 hours has been a learning experience for all of us and a very very profound realization that the way we raise our puppies is so dam worth every second of our time. River seems to be especially responsive to Todd. I am quite certain that he has never met a man before and it says a lot for his temperament to be attentive to a man. We are basically starting with him as we would our 3 week old puppies by allowing him startle recovery, escape route back to his kennel when he gets scared or needs some time. We hope that by introducing him to Macey and Leighla we will speed up his learning process and increase his confidence.
Today I put him and Leighla out in the pasture and I truly believe with all my heart that I saw that dog run for the first time in his life. What I also witnessed was without a doubt a huge smile come over his face. I was absolutely in tears. He and Leighla took off running, he looked back at me and gave me a look that I will never forget. Now, more than ever, I believe in our process and mission to raise a great family dog.
.........speaking of the little dude, I have to go check on him and get ready for work.
https://www.puppyculture.com --- The training protocol that we follow. (try our best to anyway!)
My farm is my favorite place to be. Cant wait to share what's happening here.