Sunday, September 26, 2010

Carla is in Love with Pizza

Well, Jarett left a pizza box on the desk chair. Why you may ask. Who will ever know? But Carla being the pizza lover she is sure didn't ask any questions.

There is the pizza box as we left it.

Oh, nope nevermind, the pizza is ALL GONE!

And look who was the only one that could have possible get to it. Well other than the cat but he wasn't the one looking a little fatter today.

Here is Carla still checking out the pizza box playing innocent.

Hummm, I don't know who it could have been.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Halette's Six Things for Six Months

I know I have not done any other post about Halette turning any other age. I am going to start here so I don't forget the things that made her special to me. So here it goes.

1. Halette's droopy lower eye lids and narrow face. This must be a Dylan thing (her father), as Waffle and Freya who are also Dylan pups have the same eyes. To me, this make Halette look goofy, which expresses her personality.

2. How well she checks in with me while we are on outings. She has been a really good puppy from the start. Although I can say that innocent stage has come and gone, she is still very much a young pup who is very grown up.

3.Halette loooooves her red Kong. She will carry it anytime, anywhere around the house.

4. The way I can tell what she is dreaming about. She must always lay on her back, sleeping with her crazy eyes partially open. Her dreams are so vocal, I can only imagine what she is getting away with inside her head that she is not allowed to get away with while awake.

5. While running through her commands before dinner, I tell her "okay" and she takes off running towards her food with no traction on the ground. It seems to take a second before her feet push her off the ground.

6. Halette comes to many forms of her name. We were told one way when we picked her up, another when we dropped her off, so we alternate the three. Hal ette, Halette like Pallet (this was the way the person in the kennels told us when we first picked her up), Ha lette. I don't know. It seems like everyone says her name different. I do have to say she seems to be happiest when I say it Ha-lette.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Halette's Trip

Yesterday we took Halette to Ikea. Now this was the second day going there since the fist day we forgot her Jacket and we had to drive all the way back home. Ikea is such a great exposure for the dogs due to the high traffic, heavy smells and food court.

Halette is sitting patiently while riding the elevator up.

We took our trip to Ikea later in the day so we were starving. We made a pit stop at the food court. Halette was guided by her sense of smell. With her head up in the air her noise guided me to the front counter. I see more restaurants in her near future since she isn't supposed to be distracted by the smells. In the photo you can see the piece of lettuce that was harassing her.

Walking from the elevator to the kitchen there was a hallway of mirror. I was impressed with Halette's lack of reaction... until she noticed that other black puppy just off to her left. I walked her up to her refelction and before you knew it she tried to paw at herself. We worked on it showing her that I was in the reflection as well. Got her attention and ended it on a good note.

Until we got to the TV's. They conveniently have the TV screens at GD puppy height and wouldn't you know it, just as we were passing they were showing a flock of birds flying around. I haven't even noticed that she reacts to real birds. Halette is a techno child being raised on a healthy dose of TV and she prefers the birds on the tube.

Here is another mirror. Can't you see this puppy is stalking Halette? What is she supposed to do just act like the elephant isn't in the room?

Halette is looking at me in the mirror as I give her the command, "Let's go".

Another great thing about taking my pups to ikea is all the different surfaces they pretty much have to accept. Although I have known some dogs who refuse to walk on different surfaces. Here we are in one of their hundreds of models. This one is of a studio appartment. I told Halette to kennel into the shower stall. What a good girl and notice the bumpy tile surface under her feet.

Again here are some different surfaces. Shiny to dull.

Halette is ignoring the writing and arrows on the floor. She didn't care if there were picture, writing or trash on the floor.
I even took her through the kids section. They have a little tunnel with plastic flaps you have to walk through. She just followed me right through.

If you have not been to Ikea, well...... you should go because it is like nothing else. Upstairs is where all the show room displays are and the eating area. It all eventually loops back around to the elevator and that is where that darn mirror hallway is. So just to see how Halette would react I took her through again. She did it great. I do have to confess, she did notice herself again but I can quickly get her attention.

Here we are downstairs where all the shopping comes into play. We went to buy more things for organizing. In this photo I am showing Halette the noise these bottles make when pulling off the lid. The lids make a suction and a popping noise that grabbed Halette's attention.

We even worked on stairs. She is really good about walking up and down open, closed, shiny, bumpy stairs. She got a dubble wammy here with the shiny and bumpy stairs. They were a bit slippery under her feet, but she seem to think this was fun.

And..... here is her habit I don't know how to stop. When she first starts walking down the stairs she tires to slid down them like a wheel barrow, front feet peddling, back feet dragging down behind her. Halette will almost always do this after a long nap. She a multitasker stretching while accompanying me down the stairs. Even though I may think this is funny, it isn't. I thought it was something she would grow out of but not that she has done it on a outing I am going to get serious and stop her from doing it.

All in all we had a great time. I have been there many times before so I knew what we were going there for but just to play around we took Halette through all the models upstairs anyway. She is such a little weirdo (in a loving way). I feel like she is a little behind in her socializing because of her stay at guide dogs while she was sick so this experience was a much needed outing. I can't believe for how little she has been out, how well behaved she is. Her distractions are minimal and she doesn't pull on the leash, always checking in to see where her mama is.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Carla is in Love with the Jungle Gym

While I have know that Carla would make a great agility dog for some time now, it isn't an option right now, so for a alternative I rollerblade with her to the park. I know, I know, who rollerblades anymore? I am a nerd and I know I shouldn't let her be hard on her joints and what not being such a big dog, but she loves it.

I only let her play as long as no one else is around. She loves running through the tunnels, over the bridges, up the stairs and down the small slides. I only let her down the slides every once in a while because I am scared to death of injuring her. I don't recommend anyone else do this. I do keep it to the stairs and tunnels most of the time. Oh, and I do not do this with my GD pups.

Carla at the top of the playground smiling.

Carla on a platform.

Monday, September 6, 2010

To Grandmama's House We Go

This weekend we took Halette up to Santa Cruz for a little family BBQ we threw together at the last minute. I love my Grandma like no other and we had a blast.

Some challenges we face were long long car ride, children running around, shoes/toys laying everywhere, food on the ground and open stairs. Halette exceed my expectations on those obstacles.

What we learned from this experiance was to work on our recall out in the yard. This I discovered when she was eating the dead rose petals. They seemed to just pull her in and jump right into her mouth. I am sure it isn't sweet sweet innocent Halette's fault because you know it never is.

I don't really know why the rose petals were what she wanted to eat, but hey we're all different.

I think it is time to clean the lens on the camera. Halette sitting nicely for a photo.

Halette yawning. The best photo I took all day was taken right before this one but hey that delete button was just calling me to the dark side and wouldn't you know it my thumb listened.

Jarett and Halette about to go down the open stairs. Why on earth I didn't get an action photo of that, I will never know.

Jarett holding Halette right after dinner.

Halette posing on the wooden stairs.

Halette sniffing the air. I just put this photo up because she it shows how different she look
my other pups. I don't really think any of these are calendar worthy but we tired and we will have to try again.

I know some of you asked for more photos of Doga, unfortunately Jarett was working with one of our leaders dogs so I am lucky I got the photos I did. It is something new we were learning and I don't know much about just yet. I will ask if our leader if she can go over it with me again this time maybe solo so I can get more information and better photos.

Some things came up for Tenaya our golden that was just cc'd for hip dysplasia. She has three really great possible futures ahead of her. We are anxiously awaiting to hear back to see what option is going to play out.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September Training Meeting with Halette

Tonight we had our September training meeting. I was planning on having Jarett take photos or visa versa but we always end up working with other dogs so unfortunately we don't have any photos of Halette during training. Tonight we focused on loose leash walking. Halette did Great.... with me. She was a little to happy to be working with new unusual people. I think it is safe to say happy when I look over and she is trying to behave but couldn't help but have a little wiggle in her step. Jarett and I are the only puppy raisers in our town. Just one town over we have quiet a few other raiser, but with the distance our pups don't get to work with other people that often. I do have to say she impressed me with how well she behaved walking on the leash loosley and with dog distraction.

Halette passed out on the floor after out training.

Every month we go over new or stale material. This month we learned some Doga. Doga is movement and stretches much like yoga but (and I am going to be a little obvious here) for your dogs. We learned some basic stretches and massage that would not only make them feel good but help them become accustom to our touch.

Here I am doing some Doga with Halette. Here I have placed her on her back and I am doing circle movement with her front paws.

Halette avoiding the camera.

I try to get photos of other bloggers dogs litter mates so here is Stockholm.
We went around the room and were asked to share any problems we were having with our dogs. When it came to Stockholm the only complaint I heard was he walks behind his raiser. She seem concerned. I told her that I had a dog that would walk behind me at times and it was fine they just matched her someone that went her speed. Ha.


I am just going to throw in a picture of Carla because I can't ignore her and she is just too cute.

Halette and Carla after dinner tonight. Halette loves her new bed. Carla just likes to lay her butt on it.

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