Archive for December, 2007

Tut, tut Harry!

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Puppy Chews

Well, we’ve had our first bit of teeny, tiny bit of destruction. But in all fairness, it was all our fault. First mistake was leaving a leather boot within target range, the second was leaving Harry a bit too long. We got quite carried away with birthday present buying (Heather is four on the 31st December) and party food shopping and lost track of time. So lesson learned and we won’t be making that mistake again.

Harry has done so well over the festive season, meeting new people (we had visitors on Friday) and coping with loud excitable children but the real test will be the birthday party tomorrow with even more children and ones that are not really doggified, well not yet anyway (they will be, when they leave).

We been so used to the laid back ways of Midas (well, he is 13) that having Harry has been a bit of a wake up call but in my opinion it’s one that is long over due, as hubby and i do have a lot of excess poundage to get rid of but for now I’ll enjoy whats left of the festive season and start the diet in the New Year!!!!

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all. Hope you have all had a great day. Harry has had a ball, destroying wrapping paper, mugging any guests who have foolishly decided to enter our house while we are held to ransom by the small furry fiend. I defy anyone to think that getting a puppy as a Christmas present (or surprise) is a good idea. We have had a good few weeks now to get used to the turmoil that such a young animal creates but it has still been a juggling match to keep pups needs met and happy children free to enjoy their gifts. But having said all that we wouldn’t be without him and a lot of thought went into getting a new pup, just a pity the schedules clashed. Dogs Trust send out the same message every year but I’ll bet anything come February there will be an influx of unwanted pups being given to the rescue kennels. Its the same every year…………….

Groundhog Day

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Eary Morning

Groundhog Day………..well that what it feels like with Harry’s mouthing, persistent little git. Every morning you wake up, delighted to see the little fella and after the initial excitement is over, ouchhhhhh! There, they are, those tiny pain inducing teeth, and all the time those big brown eyes are looking at you with a waggy tail to boot too! So the day starts off with a loud ahhhhh (I hate using the word no) and walking away and then ignoring him. He does respond so well to the nice, slightly babyish talk that I’m using to tell him he’s a good boy, when he’s licking me instead of biting but every morning, it seems the uninterrupted sleep resets any training that has been accomplished the day before and we are right back to square one. I know he’s only 9 weeks old but the pressure is on (thanks , dear hubby) to prove that all that I’ve learned over the last few years working with dogs (and of course the classes that I help to teach) , means that I can turn a well trained dog out. I had spoke to one client about mouthing puppies and she said with a smile ‘problems ?’ and all I could say in return was ‘Yes, I’m supposed to know what I’m talking about, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t go through the same problems as everyone else,’. Slowly but surely Harry’s mouthing is getting a little better, shorter times until we get the soft licking and if we keep going like this I’ll be happy, as will the kids. I have always found that any particular breeds that are naturally good with their mouths tend to be worse at mouthing and chewing, for example, labradors and cockers. In the meantime I’ll keep going with my method and my mantra ‘It’s just a phase, it’s just a phase, he’ll grow out of it .’ Might keep me sane.

Meet Harry!

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Shake, rattle and roll

Harry at 8 weeks

Here he is, our long awaited puppy.  We have named him Harry , of course, after Harry Potter, what else in our house! Though after having him for a few days now, he has acquired another nickname for when he is having one of his dafter moments, Harry the Horror. Poor Midas does put up with a lot, being bounced on and having his ears pulled and for the most part Midas is very tolerant but he has felt the need to tell Harry off when he is attached to a more delicate region of his body.

Harry has settled in very well the last few days and we have managed to escape the sleepless nights that plague many a new puppy owner but not by design or a secret method known only to people in the ‘business’ but pure and simply, Harry has had company at night in the form of Midas .  I’m sure Midas is ecstatically happy that he is sharing his bed with this little interloper but it is ever so sweet to see them cuddled up.

The cats on the other hand, well, that was a little more surprising. Lily who has always been so forward was quite put out about this change to her home but after a few days Harry has won her round and I can see them becoming good friends albeit with a comic twist. Fizzy has debunked upstairs but she has never taken to change well and will only bless us with her presence at food time and poo time, I think that just says its all.