These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Dogs. What Else?
My newest baby, Joey, is a daddy! Here is one of the little cuties, born last Thursady. I got this picture from the woman who runs the rescue shelter. The woman put "Little Momma" to bed on Thursday night and in the morning, there were four little black puppies, three girls and one boy!!
Joey, of course, has no idea he is a daddy, and since the babies will be adopted out, I won't tell him, so shhhhhh. Don't give it away! We'll let Little Momma 'splain that to him! I have a feeling that he will be glad just to have her at his side again in August.
On the home front, I'm now using the dragging-leash technique to help Sam get used to the leash. I expected it to be a rather slow go, but it is unbelievable!! When I put the leash on him and walk away, he just sits. And sits. And sits. And sits. And sits.
The idea is for him to get used to feeling the leash without being tugged, and after I walk away, hopefully to eventually come to me. But he just sits. And sits. And sits.
As you see here, he is being held captive by a squeaky toy, dropped there by one of the other dogs!! He has been sitting there for over 30 minutes, and those front legs are beginning to get tired and slide away from him a bit! But that little stiff neck hasn't relaxed yet!
In case you might think I'm holding the leash......
Max is resting in the background, and Joey in the foreground close to where my feet we just before I stood to take the photo.
"Hellllllllp me, helllllllp me!!!"
I'm still struggling to get Sam to take treats from my hand. There isn't any treat good enough to entice him to do that. However, if I can put one in front of him and keep the other dogs away from it long enough, he will nibble a bite or two. So I try to always provide him with the goodies in hopes that he will eventually learn to take them from me. That will help with training him on other obedience things.
So last night I gave Sam three little bites of a treat on the bed. He just ignored them. Or rather, he pretended to ignore them, casting sneak glances at them but not touching them. Then Max discovered that Sam still had some goodies! He began inching across the bed toward them. Once he got close, he started making the funniest little yips I've ever heard. Before I could get the camera, he had stopped the yipping, and the two boys were having an argument about the ownership of the tidbits!
A couple of short videos of the, uh, discussion about the importance of eating treats when they are served. It's a bit shadowy, but I didn't want to turn on a light and spoil the flow of the debate!
My life is SO much fun!!!