Artie: I had a huge day yesterday. I'm still exhausted!
My Auntie Gayle took us to the shelter yesterday where I was adopted from. I don't remember being there. I was there only a day maybe and then I went to live with Momma Jen, the Rotten-weilers and Uncle Shay the collie. Then I went Mom and Dad's house.
There is a doggie day care there, so Mom to me there to have play time while she messed about with shelter dogs. She had lots of smells on her when she picked me up. The place is called Hattie Larlham (In Twinsburg, OH) and employs people with mental disabilities. But I don't care!
The head guy told me and Auntie that I did really well and they said, "He can come back ANY time!" Mom was really happy, because as a Cattledog Mom she hasn't heard this a lot cuz it doesn't happen all the time. The Others who came before me could be real bossy with other dogs. Some of us cattledogs are pretty bossy!
Then we went to my cousins' house Oreo, McKinley and I hung out there for a couple of hours.
|Waiting for Uncle Ray to come home.....I don't need to lay on no stinkin' towel!|
|Kinners really likes his butt scratched!|
I play with Oreo and then I play with McKinley! This is how it goes when I am there.....
Then we all went (along with other doggie friend, Dudley) for a very hot, humid, muddy, slippery long walk (6-8 miles) through the woods. Up and down hills, lots of roots and rocks and slippery stuff, through streams and mud. I don't care because I'm a dog! I like the water part. I was a little worried at the pond where the Bad Thing happened but I went in and out with Kinners so eventually it was ok.
I think Dudley got stung by a skeeter; there were a lot of skeeters. All the humans were sweating a lot. Dudley won't go into the water like Oreo, Kinners and I do. He doesn't like it but that's ok! Oreo dips himself, it's funny! I know Mom was really tired but it's GOOD for her. We went back to O&M's house and I got a BATH!!!!!! Eeeeuuuuu!
(Yawn...) Ya know.....I...think...I might....be....a little....bit......Zzzzzzzzzzz.......
Mom: Can you believe it, I think he's STILL tired!
|Artie getting some loving from Honorary Mom, Auntie Gayle.|
I truly hope his sweet, goofy, social nature continues as he matures. I really love his temperament!
When you adopt a dog, even one as young as he was (3.5-5 months), It's a crap-shoot. You have no idea where he came from. How he was raised. A lot of it IS nurture (I think) but nature is definitely in there. I'm thrilled beyond measure at what a nice boy he is and I think we've "done right" by him as owners/trainers. He does get the occasional verbal "Hey!" and "What the he-- are you doing?" and "Knock it off!" but all the rest of his training has been "all positive." Praise, clickers, treats, tug/fetch rewards, luring, shaping etc.
He'll be 2 in September.
Classes and Training Help: L'Chaim Canine.