December 6, 2007

Lizzie witha ball

Lizzie with her ball- she’s very, very prey-driven and LOVES chasing and killing her ball and tug toys….


Photos, as promised!

December 6, 2007


Lizzie with a tug

Lizzie chewing on a toy

Oops.. Bad blogger!

December 5, 2007

Lizzie has been home nearly two weeks and I *still* haven’t posted pictures. However, I just dropped off four rolls of film at the drug store, so there should be some tonight. Lizzie had her puppy eye check today and everything was normal (Yay, and thank you Dr. Paulsen for being very quick and very complimentary of her nice manners, evne if I *do* think she was lulling you into a false sense of security and planning something awful for you for having the TERMINITY to shine LIGHTS in her EYES…) Housebreaking is going great, as is crate training, and she’s been on best behavior here at the office in her crate as well.

We’ll be starting puppy K with Jan Webster (PetSMART regional director) in two weeks and puppy agility with Bonnie at Paws For Applause Agility at the first of the year. Lizzie is doing very well with her basic obedience and has learned sit, touch-targeting a hand or a target stick, and is working on down. She’s finishd the first level of Sue Ailsby’s “Training Levels” program and her profile and training info can be viewed on the Training Levels tracker. Blog posts will be mirrored over there.

Lizzie is home!

November 25, 2007

(Crossposted to TrainingLevelsblog)

I picked Lizzie up from her breeder’s house at 4PM on Saturday afternoon with my friend Lindsay in tow (to hold the crate/supervise puppy) while I drove back to the house. After a brief detour at Petsmart (my ‘ultralite’ lead turned out to be too heavy- the leash itself is fine, but the clip is too heavy-and we didn’t find anything better, so I’m using Malcolm’s show lead right now), we made it home about 6.

Did introductions to Malcolm (my smooth collie) and Grady (Lindsay’s Dalmatian service dog, who is exceptionally kind with puppies) which went very well. Lizzie is a brave little soul and COMPLETELY fearless when it comes to taking things away from Malcolm…. She pulled his favorite toy (a stuffed sheep which has long since lost it’s innards) through the babygate and took it into her crate- quite a feat, as it’s as large as she is!(As she should be, he’s a marshmallow, and I give it about 3 days before she has him entirely pwned from the far side of the baby gate.) She’s okay with picking up metal items (I bent a spoon into a loop for her but it’s really heavy- I need to just go ahead and order scent articles for her.)

Because of the weather, her coat, and the currently FLOODED state of my greenway (as in, 6″ of standing, very cold water), I picked up some puppy pads tonight. I’ve never had to use paper pads before, but it’s that or concrete- there’s a blocked storm drain at the end of the greenway that should be cleared by tomorrow but there’s water tonight and I seriously doubt that the maintenance guys will show up on Sunday of a holiday weekend… I called Mom’s garden supplier guy and he’s going to try and find me a sheet of sod to put on the patio as well but I don’t know how likely that is, coming into winter here. Lizzie is not thrilled about the puppy pads and refuses to use them in the house, but is okay with them on the patio (with a sprinkling of potting soil on top. Apparently dirt is okay, but paper is not. Funny girl. At least it’s dry dirt! I may use a box with sod in it, sort of like a giant litterbox on the porch, if this rain keeps up. Oh well. Benefits of a 4# puppy, I guess.

She cried a little in the kennel on the ride home but settled down quite well once we got back to the house- and she wasn’t carsick at all. She’s woken up twice since I put her to bed at 10 and asked to go out. The first time she went right back to sleep (it’s been a big day!) but this time she’s working on a nylabone in her crate. I suspect she’ll need to poop soon- she only peed the other times- and then I”ll turn in for the night.

Pictures soon- she’s super-cute and loves to tug and is just brave and confident and pushy and WONDERFUL.

Just a few more weeks!

November 20, 2007

Lizzie will be coming home at the end of the month and I’m so excited. Her eye exam is scheduled for December 5th at the Animal Eye Clinic in Arlington, and she’ll be starting puppy obedience in January and handling class in February (more for me than her, I’ve never had a dog that didn’t figure out the whole conformation thing in short order, but *I* am not so sharp- and even if I never show her due to the markings, I figure the practice will be good for me.) The puppy crate and baby gate have been set up for a week now in the kitchen to accustom Malcolm to staying out of there, and I’ve even found the MOST adorable collar and lead. 😛 It’s dark brown with a cream overlay with dark mauve-y pink flowers and green leaves on it. And yes, any readers from GSWorld- I *did* buy her a raincoat. 😛 But only for photos. Bwhaha. I live to humiliate my dogs. I’m pretty sure you will be able to hear Malcolm’s calls of “WOE! WOOOOOOE. COLLIE ABUSE!” from space on Sunday when I take our annual holiday card photos, as he is being forced to wear a scarf and Santa hat. Lizzie is escaping this year’s photos on account of the fact that if I wait till she’s home to take them, I won’t get them mailed until new year’s.

A picture, as promised!

November 7, 2007

Lizzie, four weeks and a few days

Ack! I’ve been lazy

November 4, 2007

about updating this! Sorry guys!

I got photos of Lizzie from her breeder a few weeks ago but just went out to take my own yesterday, so they’ll be up tomorrow. Lizzie is a feisty little thing and I think she’s going to be an absolute blast to train with.

The puppies are now 5 weeks old and beginning to act like puppies- mouthing, barking, yapping, and starting to really run and play with each other. They squeak, they pounce, they’re learning to eliminate away from their sleeping area, and EVERYTHING goes in the mouth at this stage. I took two toys over for Lizzie (one came home again with me as Kari was concerned it would get dirty ;P) but the other is a soft rubber chicken which squeaks. I field-tested it with Indy the Destroyer Of Squeakies and it was not punctured in two weeks of play, so we’ll see how it holds up to sharp puppy teeth. Lizzie was les interested in that then her white or cream brother was, but she really liked her tug toy, which is excellent. She’s very interested in things that move and which can be pounced on- hopefully she’ll maintain this quality into adulthood, as prey drive can be a wonderful way to motivate a dog.