Archive for August, 2006

Wow, what a dirty day all around. I took the kids to dig steamer clams for dinner (of course they didn’t eat them) and we all came home covered with mud from the clam flats. Then after the delicious clam and linguine dinner that Michele made we fed the dogs. Taz is still not feeling 100% so she ate cottage cheese and rice for dinner again and it was the end of the cottage cheese container so Zach held it for Scout to lick out.

Now, most dogs you would think would start to lick at the lip of the container and work their way to the bottom…no, Scout just dives in and pushes his head in as far as possible. He is such a goof ball :D .

Of course after he did all this cottage cheese diving he needed a bath…stay tuned…

It’s official, I think, maybe not? we’ll see… I mailed Scout’s papers to AKC and ASCA yesterday and they have his official name for his registration:

Sealevel Propwash Red Boyscout

I guess we will hear back from them soon enough with the official word… ASCA required some side photos for their files, one left and one right…here he is.

Tonight was Scout’s first puppy class (my second) and he got a good work out. We practiced attention, sit, sit stay, and loose leash walking. We have the sit down and the attention pretty well also, but we need some serious help with the loose leash walking. All the neighbors keep telling me how much bigger he is getting, we just don’t see it. I would guess he is around 20 pounds but that is a guess, we will find out next Friday at his vet appointment. I just hope he gets the loose leash walking soon or he will be tough to hold when he pulls.One thing I did decide in class was that I need 3 hands. We were practicing the sit/stay and you have him sit on your left, hold his collar with your left thumb and put treats out on the floor a foot or so out of his reach and tell him to stay. Then when he does stop pulling for the treats just click the clicker and give him a treat from the right hand while holding him with the left hand, stand on your head and spin clockwise at the same time…I just need three hands!

He seemed to travel better this time, not so nervous in the car and he just settled down in the crate. It might have been the fact that it wasn’t the usual car crate abut his regular house crate (we have three different ones). All four of us went to class so I had to turn the crate sideways in the back of the car instead of flipping down the seat and putting it front to back, he could not see us this way so maybe that was key?

Lot’s to practice this week…

Sorry, it’s been a while since I posted anything. Things have been hectic here lately. I am back to work so time is an issue. And we have been having company on and off for the last few weeks. At one point we had 8 people, 2 birds, and 3 dogs. It felt like a zoo.

Anyway, Scout is doing fine, he is 16 weeks old this past Monday and he has had two rounds of puppy shots and will get the third on August 25th. He is growing like a weed, at least that is what all the neighbors say when we go for a walk. I guess Michele and I don’t notice it since we see him all the time. One thing we have noticed is that his adolecent coat is starting to come through on his back, it is much coarser that the puppy coat and the red is deeper, a good thing is that he has kept his amber/green eyes and maybe they will stay that way (fingers crossed).

Tonight is the second class in a six week puppy class and it’s the first one we get to bring Scout along. I’ll post back as to how that goes. He has for class mates: a Jack Russel Terror, Lab mix, Boxer, Chinook, and two other that I cannot remember right now.

I’m getting tired of having to stand between the two dogs at meal time. Scout is such a pig, he inhales all his food and just dives into Taz’s bowl to try and finish off hers as well. The sad thing is she is letting him do it. I think it might be wise to start feeding when the other is outside? Just a thought. Of course Taz doesn’t eat every meal so that makes the food that much more important for HER to eat.