Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Puppy Pics

Good morning all!

I am sharing photos of the puppies this morning... thought you'd smile too, seeing the photos of the 2 week old babies all sleeping in a pile...

There they are.... 8 black babies! Erin is GREAT! She provides puppy pictures everyday, and occasional videos. It is so cool to watch these little guys grow and change almost daily.  They are named as the "Big Bang Theory" litter and we've been told that Leonard is walking- not just struggling along, but WALKING around the pen already. Raj is likely to be the first with his eyes open as the "glue" is starting to dissolve. I now understand the value of going through a breeder who is dedicated and LOVES what she does. Erin doesn't breed that many litters a year; she focuses on raising the puppies and giving them the best possible start to their lives. By the time my cutie comes home, she'll have been introduced to fetching and retrieving duck feathers and she'll be used to be around all the agility equipment. SO COOL!

Anyway, check out her page...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I guess the news is out....

Yup, thanks to the wonders of facebook and relatives who talk to my mom, she now knows my "big secret"... the biggest change of my spring. I've not said a great deal until now, because I was waiting to make sure it was absolutely going to happen. But, yes, it is...

I'm getting a puppy. My puppy was born just over a week ago to a breeder (an AMAZING breeder) in Northern BC, and this is my dream dog. She's a little labrador- she should grow to be Spike sized, so a tiny bit smaller than Sophie. She comes from amazing hunting lines and her momma is an agility superstar.

Yes, the timing is not ideal. But, puppies happen when they happen. I've been reminded that several times over the last while... it's never going to be a "good time" but when the puppy is there, sometimes you have to jump and take the chance.

So, more about her.... she is 1 of 8 puppies born to Verona and Ace... Verona is a tiny little Black Labrador. Ace is a not much bigger Yellow Labrador. These dogs are built for speed. And, smarts... they are the ideal agility lab. :)  I will not know which is my puppy yet- not for weeks yet, but all I know is I'm getting a girl. And, she's BLACK! YEAH!!

Why??  Well, my thoughts made it clear to me that it actually might be the right time... Sophie is retired, of course. Murphy is my wild card; she may never be anything more than a beloved pet. She is training agility but it's 2 steps forward, 3 backwards with her and I have no idea where it will go.  By the time my puppy is old enough to run agility, Spike will be 9- staring down the backend of a career together. So, I need a dog to run. And, this litter fit the bill.

So, sorry mom you found out there the wonders of facebook. But, now you are in the loop too...

I'll try to get some photos up in the next few days; Erin has given us permission to share our babies photos with the world.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Love that Spikey...

I'm very proud to announce that Spike and I took our second certification exam with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program and we have been approved to work with children!  It's the first step in my campaign to take him to work with me, to hang out with my special needs students. :)  Makes for a great weekend!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I'm seriously going to miss her....

So, Maggie moved in last Sunday.  I think Tuesday (or was it Wednesday?) I had received an email from a family who was interested in more information. I emailed back and gave my phone number. We talked for an hour, the lady sent in an application.  I've been emailing back and forth all week, filling her in on Maggie's quirks, her health and all other relevant news.  She emailed back and told me she's not concerned, she wants to give her a stable home for the rest of her life and that Maggie will be able to hang out with her little children (HEAVEN to Mags! She lives for kids!).  I thought Maggie was moving next weekend, possibly but got the official news this morning that Maggie is moving out TOMORROW!

With that, I wish my chocolate lovebug all the best.  May you know love and joy in a family who accepts your quirks, helps you heal and allows you to play and be goofy the rest of your days. You landed on your feet, my girlie and I'm going to miss you!!  :)  Tears of joy for Maggie... she FINALLY found her final home.  I'll miss her, but know that she's going to be some happy!

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Cat, ur, the Maggie came back almost the very next day.

Yup, it's true. I've lost my mind. Maggie has moved back in. It's like the last two months of quiet have vanished as she waltzed in, grabbed the biggest bone she could find and settled into MY place on the couch. And, the barking resumed.  Maggie barks a great deal. Like any time she wants something. Or someone else is getting something she thinks she might want (attention, a bone, a meal).  Any suggestions to helping curb a 9 year old, spoiled rotten, only dog Maggie's barking for attention issues are very welcome.

All that being said, I'm happy to have my girlie home again.  We'll figure it out, I'm determined. Surely I'm smarter than a labrador?!?