Monday, June 29, 2009

Out of the Frying Pan...

For some strange reason this weekend, Chibi decided it would be a good idea to sleep/rest/relax in the fireplace...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Leaving the Doggies In Jail

Well, eventually it would have to happen. We had a weekend trip and were unable to use our normal friendly "watch the doggies" resources.

We boarded them at our local vet hospital (where they are favorites among the vet techs). We also opted for the "bathe the dogs before we take them home" option for a few extra $. (who wants doggies who have vet/kennel smell at home).

When we arrived to pick them up, one of the techs said, "Sumo doesn't like baths does he?" We replied, "no, not really, why do you ask?"

About an hour before we arrived, one of the techs heard another struggling with Sumo in the grooming area. The noise stopped, she saw the other tech walk from the area soaking wet with the request, "can someone come help me please?". After another 10 minutes with some help, they both walked into the reception area soaking wet.

The key lessons from this weekend. The dogs are fine for a weekend at a boarding facility, and Sumo doesn't like baths (at all) :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Minor Achievement

Well, we'll take the wins where we can get them. Ever since Chibi was a puppy, we haven't been able to let her go pee/poop outside without supervision (and on leash). Mostly because our backyard has TONS of ground cover and we are visited by many many many several many cats that deposit a bunch of cat mines in the ground cover.

Chibi would always bolt away from us, not come back in, and come in after eating a good share of cat poop. Seeing as we can't have that, we always had to take her out on leash to pee/poop in back. With repetitive training, she no longer tries to bolt on leash at least, but if left to her own devices, would go look for cat mines and return with very unpleasant breath.

Sumo however, has been much better about going out the door, IMMEDATELY turning right towards the grass, doing business and returning on demand/call. Mostly because he's terrified of the pool and won't walk towards the ground cover because it means passing by the pool.

The last few times, we have been able to let him go off leash and do business and then he'll run back in the house with no distraction. YEA!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Ever Wonder What Your Dog Sounds Like...?

I'm sure that I'm not the only one who has imagined what my dog's personality, voice, thoughts would be like if they "could" talk...our family has been watching clips from "Up!", and we're convinced that if Sumo could speak, he'd be Dug the dog...especially when we walk him, and his biggest distraction..."SQUIRREL!"