Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Step 2: Oh! I know! Remember how you ordered that big, really cool, expensive bed for the dogs and you somehow ended up with two of them and had to put one in the garage because they just take up so much stinkin' space? Maybe you could get rid of that? You could even sell it and then you would have less stuff to move and more money. Good deal!
Step 3: Wait. Erie might like. Wonder if she'll be able to use it.
Step 4: Better let Erie try it. It might take you a few weeks to remember to let her.
Step 5: Get the bed out of the huge box it's being stored in in the garage. Set it up in the living room and grab some dog cookies.
Step 6: Show the cookies to Erie. Lift up the top of the cave bed and throw it in for Erie to get.
Step 7: Realize that you'll have to do a better job tossing in the cookie because all Erie had to do was stick her head in, not climb to the back.
Step 8: Throw a few more cookies in till Erie realizes how she's supposed to use the bed.
Step 9: Leave bed in the living room the rest of the day. Stare dazedly at your dog on said bed who is being much better behaved than normal as she doesn't want to vacate her position.
Step 10: Bedtime. Place bed in little, tiny, no-room-for-it-space in bedroom because you feel bad taking it from the Vizsla puppy.
Step 11: Go to bed. The puppy will not attempt to get on your bed again. Why bother? You have a hard, flat bed. She has a soft, cushy cave.
Be sure to try it out at home and let me know how it works for you!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
[Erie just behind Rosie in the pool. Rosie has a ball in her mouth.]
A few weeks ago, we finally got her to go in to the pool of her own free will and choice by having her follow her brother, Charlie, but she didn't swim too much. She did a lot of standing on the top step and then jumping right back out and very, very minimal swimming.
[Erie mid-turn. Rosie turned faster than her and took her by surprise. She kinda reminds me of an otter.]
She played with Rosie this week and it took a little patience and some encouragement but she ended up following Rosie in the pool. And eventually she was playing in the pool. And then she was getting in even when Rosie didn't.
[Rosie in front again, still with the toy. They are right by the side of the pool and Erie is just stepping up onto the underwater ledge.]