Sunday, January 20, 2013

Penny and Sofie

Last week I spent several days in small town Ohio babysitting my grandchild, Sofie. Friday Hubby and Penny came down for the weekend. It was a little hectic. Penny understood "leave it" when it came to toys on the baby's play table, but Sofie. 13 months old, would hand the toys to Penny and she just couldn't resist that. It was a fun weekend. One of the things we did was go to the Cleveland west side market. They had everything there. Mary who loves to cook had a marvelous cookbook called "1000 Mexican Recipes." This morning we had chili rellenos with scrambles eggs and bacon. Marvellous.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bad Puppy Trainer

Today we took Penny into Costco, which we have done several times before, only this time she did a big dump in the center aisle by the wine. I had all my cleaning supplies with me and even used a Clorox wipe on the floor. The manager was there and called out the big cleaning machine, Hubby called it a Zamboni. On top of that we were so shook up we forgot the wine. The night before, at obedience class, our puppy counselor talked to us about Penny's behavior at the vet.  We knew she had been terrible, but didn't know the vet wrote a long email to our puppy counselor saying the dog was out of control. I came home and went off of my weight watchers diet and had 2 glasses of wine.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Penny Update

Penny, our puppy we are raising for Leader Dogs for the Blind,is getting much bigger.  She is a 45 pound golden  retriever. She is a real challenge.  I think she is settling down a little more.  She walks on a loose leash beautifully unless she is distracted.  She goes down and sits nicely, unless distracted.
Housebreaking was a breeze. We have had some trouble with her being "mouthy."  When she gets excited or distracted, she tends to bite our hands, never breaking the skin.  She also eats anything she can get her mouth on, furniture, plants, especially pieces of cloth, Kleenex, or napkins. She also barks when she gets excited or distracted.  Did you notice the frequency of the word distracted? We take her to obedience class every Tuesday where we are often the focus, as the other dogs in class distract her. We have her until September 1st of this year, by then it will be terrible to have to give her up.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year

Wow, I didn't realize it had been that long since I posted. I guess I will have to add a New Years Resolution to post more often.  Every year I make the same New Years Resolutions.  You know, lose weight, exercise more, play the piano more, read more, the usual. I am certainly not bored, but maybe boring. Maybe I will make a New Years Resolution to think of a more exciting resolution.