Puppies and videos and classes, oh my
Good morning! Welcome to Idle Eyes “Morning Puppy Pics.” This morning’s pics are brought to you by squirmy puppies and shirtless bloggers. Harvey hasn’t taken to the camera yet….but he’ll learn his daddy is a photo whore and must have lots of pics.
This post is only happening because Harvey finally tired out from morning play and is now snuggling with Dad in bed, giving me a few minutes to myself to blog.
I did a video to post yesterday but I have either forgotten what I once knew or updates have screwed with my settings because I could not figure out how to post it to WordPress (wrong format) and could not figure out how to convert it to an acceptable format. Sigh…I am not very tech savvy, so once I learn how to do something, I REALLY need it not to change on me or I’m screwed. It is now pointless to post, even if I could figure out how, as it was a Saturday/yesterday specific post. I’ll figure it out when I have time and do another, as I want to post a video tour of Breen Acres.
Yesterday was one week from the day we adopted Harvey – 7 days (now 8) of pure puppy chaos and joy. It is amazing how much attention and time he takes up: we do practically nothing but play with him, train him and watch him for potty needs. We do squeeze in some TV time with him napping on or next to one of us, but everything else I try to do: draw, blog, crochet, clean or spend time organizing my comic collection – all get interrupted non-stop by a puppy who insists on being the sole focus of my/our attention. It is my own fault for giving it to him. I will need to learn to live my life and do the things I want and need to do, even with a pining, adorable puppy constantly demanding my attention. He continues to do well with housebreaking (only 2 slip-ups in the past 5 days) and crate training (goes right to bed with no crying or fuss at all) and sleeps through the night until about 6:00 am. He only barked once, at night, in response to a loud surprise thump, and it was the cutest thing I have ever heard. Just one, quick loud yap. That’s it. Otherwise, he has not barked at all, so far.
Yesterday was his (our) first Puppy Training Class. There is currently only one other dog/family in the class and they could not come yesterday, so it was just me, Jeffrey and Harvey with the trainer for an hour or so. We talked a lot, asked a lot of questions, and then learned the proper training techniques to get him to learn his name, to look at us and focus his attention on our eyes and face, and to sit. Our homework is to work with him at least 10 times a day in 3 minute intervals, so that when he comes to class next week, he will immediately respond to his name, sit and look at the trainer or us when she (and we) prompt him. I am nervous now, as I feel like our commitment to his training is being tested, so I want to make sure we work with him. Of course, the bigger reward is having him obey us and come when he’s called, so that’s the real incentive. Still, the pressure’s on. She seemed very impressed with his good behavior and obedience considering he was only 13 weeks old and had only been with us for a week. It was hard not to glow with pride. Next week, we will test the skills he learned this week and then we will work on laying down, proper leash walking and introductions to other dogs (if the other pupil shows up.) We had a great time and can’t wait to go back. He also seemed to be the most popular puppy in the store (our training class is at one of the local Petsmart stores in Latham, NY., which is also where his vet is – Banfield Pet Hospital). EVERYONE came up to see him and ask about him and cooed and melted. And everyone LOVES his name. They always laugh or grin or gasp when we tell them what his name is. I won’t lie…I love the attention he gets.
In other news…well, there is no other news. Harvey has been our whole life since we got him, so I’ve done pretty much nothing else. Today, we’ll take him to get his picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
I know. I know. There are so many things wrong with that statement I just don’t have the time or energy to get into it. All things being equal, we wouldn’t be doing it. But there are three reasons we ARE doing it:
A.) The photos are raising money for the HeartsHerd Animal Rescue and Shelter organization that we helped out, once before, by bringing a group of friends to their bowling event a few weeks back.
B.) The photos are being taken at a dog grooming salon that we want to check out as we plan to have Harvey nail-clipped and fur-trimmed, as needed, and need to find a place to do it, so this will give us a chance to check out the business.
C.) A good friend, who is also friends with the women running it, suggested we go and offered to make Harvey a special outfit for his photos, which she proceeded to do even before we committed to going.
So, we’ll play the schmaltzy gay couple with the tiny, adorable puppy, and go put our dog in a homemade outfit and have his pic taken with a person dressed in a bunny suit. She sent a pic of what she made:
How cute is that? Now he just needs a Spo original, and he’ll be all set!
Hope to blog more as time allows. Be well, have fun, stay sane and remember: you take the good, you take the bad you take ‘em both and there you have the facts of life.