Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas morning is for....

Posing on the sofa with the Holiday collar I have to wear.......

Being told to sit....still....while there is so much to sniff and I want to get treats!!!!!!

Now we have to pose for more photos, and our stockings are right there with all the family's.

Playing while we wait for the family to get out of bed....jingle, jingle!

Christmas morning is for being thankful we have a loving home....and wishing all pupparoos had one like ours.....

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas!

A friend sent this to me in an email and I just had to post it here....

Merry Christmas everyone!  I think I will be off for a bit with family coming and all the last minute extras to do.  Hope you and your families have warm, loving times together for the holidays.

xxxxxoooooo  from Ellen, Stewie and Tucker

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ho Ho Ho! Where are the biscuits?

Mom....Look what I found for you to wear for Christmas guys!  You are going to look sooooo cute!  Cute little Santa hats just your size.

Stewie.....Oh no holiday stuff to wear.  Maybe I can go run off before Mom tries to put it on.  

Tucker....Hey what's that?  Oh fun, something for me to chew!  Yeah we can play right?  Yeah..come on Stewie!  

 Mom.... Honey help me with the hats.  You do Stewie and I'll get Tucker.

Dad....It won't stay on.  Oh here now it's on.  Take Stewie's picture. 

Tucker.... Hey what is on your head?   Hahaha!  Look how funny you look Stewie!!!  Hahahaha!

Stewie....What do you think YOU look like?  I want to go to my bed and hide.  Dad save me....please....

Dad....I'll hold Tucker so you can take his picture.  Smile!

Stewie....I sure hope we get some biscuits for this.  I think I should get a gazillion for sure.

Tucker...What's a gazillion?  I don't like this thing on my head.  What is it?  Hahahaha!  YOU look so funny Stewie!!!

Stewie....What do you think you look like you, you, poop eater!

Tucker....What?  You don't eat poop?  

Stewie...NO!  Well....kitty tootsie rolls are ....good.

Tucker....What did you say? Where do you get kitty tootsie rolls?

Mom....Okay hold still you guys!  Let me take your picture!

Stewie....Make sure you smile so we can get this done.

Tucker....Do we have to do this again?

Stewie....Every year....

Mom....One more time!

Stewie....I really do like the holidays because I know on Christmas morning there will yummies in my stocking!  I know Mom and Dad like us to look all festive so I'll do one more picture....cause I love them.

Mom.... Next time I'll put the Jingle collars on with the hats then we can take pictures of them in front of the tree.

Stewie....Oh no......!!!!

Happy Howlidays everyone!!!! 


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Liebster Blog Award...whew we!

****I was all set to finish this today when I read via Dachshund Nola that a fellow blogger had a horrible home fire and that five of their sweet angels died.  I don't know this blogger or their story but I want to remind each of us to give our poochies and extra hug tonight.  Say a little prayer for the Kisa-Bull family as they grieve for their loss of home and poochies.  I am sure that if we could we would all send them a hug. 

Wow oh wow!!!!   Now I find that I have been awarded the Liebster Blog Award....   A huge thank you to Leslie over at her blog Bringing up Bella for passing this on to me.  I recently started this blog Pupparoos! after Tucker came into our lives.  I have been blogging for awhile on Blogspot but I needed some happy-go-lucky style to keep my spirits up.  Little did I know what this blog would open up for me.  I have met such incredible poochies and their families, learned about other breeds, about other rescue poochies like Stewie as well as felt the sorrow of those whose poochies recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge, those who have had a potential medical crisis, those lost and now found, and most of all, how many pet lovers there are and how warm and kind each and every one of them are!

Drum roll......hear is how the Liebster Award works:  

Liebster means “dearest” in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve. As with any award, there is a bit of ceremony involved. In order to accept the award, we must do the following:
1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award
3. Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.

4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs

Each day I seem to open up a new blog that I want to keep reading about.  It may be the photos that are shared or it could be a story.  I have discovered that there are a lot of poochie and kitty lovers out there who share some pretty special stories.  So hard a choice to make but here goes......

1.  Lassiter Chase and Benjamin the Shelties.... When I first started my Pupparoos! blog I was looking for other Sheltie blogs.  Low and behold I find one with a pup real close in age to Tucker.  I have enjoyed following Benjamin's growth and what he is doing but also I have enjoyed the real life happenings in their home.  What is really uncanny is how much Lassie and Benji look alike!  So head on over puppy lovers....

2.  Eva the Sheltie.....This was the very first poochie blog I started to follow...yes she is a gorgeous Sheltie.  But there is more to the gorgeous Sheltie, it is her story that really got me reading this blog.

3.  Tanner Trains the Family....Having had Goldens I know how fun loving they are.  I think reading this blog reminded me of learning how Golden's think when we had our Golden pups.  I got such a laugh on the post from November 29, when they were out on a walk and Tanner's mom accidentally fell down into the mud on her tushy.  See I know how strong a big dog is and I certainly have had similar situations.  Tanner and is family make me smile when I read their blog.

4.  Run~Jump~Herd~Heal.....Another one of the first blogs I started to follow.  I was interested in learning about herding as I wondered if this would be a fun direction to go with Tucker.  Yet this blog is diverse in content and I am learning about agility, puppy classes and yes, about Corgis!  They are so cute with their adorable ears all perked up.  Such expressive little faces.

5.  Brando and Bogart.....Maybe it was the sweet photos of these beautiful Cavalier King Spaniels that brought me to this blog.  I mean look at their faces.....ahhhhhhh.....I just want to scoop them up for some puppy licks.  I'm looking forward to getting to know this blog, hope you visit them.

Thank you so much Leslie at Bringing up Bella for passing this award on to me.  I would love to include you too for having such a enjoyable blog to visit.  I really enjoy reading about how your rescue poochie Bella, found her furever home and how now she has a second life with a special family. 


Kreativ Blogger award, oh my!

     Bright and early this morning I find on my blog that my new friends from Urban Hounds has given me the Kreativ Blogger award.  I was tickled pink and very appreciative to receive it.  Having this blog has opened up a new direction with my blog writing.  I have been meeting and getting acquainted with other poochie and kitty blogs which always makes me smile, laugh, and learn about care, training and loving our furry friends.  There are some amazing furfamilies out there!

     So I see that I am to let you know ten things that you don't know about Pupparoos!.  Then I am to pass on this award to six other blogs.  Here goes!

1.   Stewie came from the ARF Rescue.  My middle daughter had adopted him and often would bring him over to hang out with our two poochies Annie and Jessie while she was at work.  I came to love this little guy who was initially scared of men and submissive towards the rest of us.  But being here to play, run, make buddies opened up this little Pupperoo.  My daughter sensed that he was much more happy with us and to make a long story short, Stewie moved in full time with us.  He still gets to see his first buddy, her kitty Agador, from time to time at Christmas or if we kittysit.

2.  Tucker is our fourth Sheltie that we have had since my hubby and I were married 34 years ago.  I saw my first Sheltie at the Golden Gate Dog Show in San Francisco and I was head over heels in love with the breed.

3.  Tucker's registered name is Shooting Star Harvest Moon Aglow. 

4.  Tucker loves to leap straight up in the air and quite high.  I don't think he knows how high he can go which is a good thing.  He is a VERY happy poochie!

5.  Stewie always sleeps by making a blankie bed that he can curl and cover himself with.  Sort of like a cinnamon roll bed.  He doesn't like the cold.

6.  I have two other blogspot blogs that I actively write upon since 2008.  I love to write as well as to do photography.

7.  Stewie loves to watch TV, especially Animal Planet shows.  Every night after dinner he expects us to go to the "Man Room" and sit with him for some Telly Time.

8.  If I could, or that my husband would tolerate this, I would have 5 Pupparoos.   I don't know why 5...maybe it was from watching the old PBS show "All Creatures Great and Small".  They seemed to have many poochies living with them and really I just love dogs.

9.  I am a big horse lover.  I began riding when I was 8 years old.  I have had 5 horses since that age.  I rode mostly Western Pleasure, Gymkana and trail riding.  I hope someday I may have a horse in my life again.

10.  My hubby and I love to go for hikes on the wonderful trails in our area with our poochies.  I can't wait to take Tucker out on them too! 

Now to pass on to six other GREAT blogs!

1.  Dachshund Nola .....I just recently found this adorable blog about Nola and her family.  I have a soft spot for Dachshunds because Stewie, we think, has a bit of Dachshund in him.  Her photographs always are so cute and oh, they are going to have puppies in there house! 

2.  Sara's Blog...Shelties!  I am quite in love with Shelties and these two, Oreo and Chewy are SO smart!  Sara has done many "Tricky T-day" videos that really are amazing.  I like seeing what I might learn from her with poochie training.  

3.  Two Collies and a blog I just started to follow.  Marquie does such lovely photographs of her poochies Lassie, Petal and Ella.

4.  BZ Goldens and I go way back.  Between Shelties and Goldens...sigh...I melt.  Not to say I don't love or like other breeds (please!) but having had two of the dearest of Goldens, and still mourning the loss of our Annie this year, well....her two Goldens do these wonderful photo shoots that fill that Golden void I have.   I almost feel I can reach out and touch them in her incredible photos.

5.  Stella and Rory from Down Under....Hey they are from Down Under!  Do you know how far away that is from California?    They are so cool and now I get to learn about Great Danes which I knew very little about.

6.  Just me, Meeka....Yes...a sweetie of a Golden.....maybe it was seeing an older Golden with the face getting white that caught my eye.  Maybe it was the facial expression...she had me hook, line and sinker.

Really there are SO many blogs I am loving to read each and everyday.  I wish I could give each and everyone of them this award!  

Monday, December 12, 2011

Playing with Stewie

Stewie and I were playing!  Mom tried to take pictures of us with that black box that sometimes flashes bright in my eyes, but we were flying in that big room.  Sometimes I would chase him and then he would chase me.

Then we would stop and dare each other to run some more.  Stewie is quick!  Mom was laughing at us and having fun too.

I'm daring Stewie here....come on, I bet you can't catch me!  We didn't run under the tree so we didn't get in trouble.  

I think Stewie is liking me!

Mom took this picture of me to show you my long whiskers and eyebrow hairs.  They kind of curl in a funny way they say.  How would I know?  Don't all whiskers look like this?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tucker under the Christmas Tree

So that's what they've been doing in the room I've never been in.  I can run fast in here and there's lots more places to go under and around!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mornings with a bone

Mom likes to sit at her computer to read and write in the morning.  She brings me over to sit at her feet and gives me this chewy big bone and she has a Latte that she makes.  The bone is suppose to keep me occupied and quiet.  She keeps the leash on me so I can't go anywhere else.  It's okay because I like to be near her only the blue pad is getting too small for me now.  It is Stewie's pad and even though there is another pad I could lay on I like his.

Stewie gets a bone too but he doesn't have to sit down on this pad like I do.  He gets to run to Mom and Dad's room and chew.  I don't really think that's fair and I want to go too.  But I haven't gotten the whole "housetraining" deal down yet.  I'm learning and doing really well but they don't think I am ready. 

I really, really want to go running all over the house.  Sometimes during the day Mom and Dad let me go out of the kitchen and I get to go running all over the place.  Going under the bed is cool!  I can see everything but no one can see me.  Dad and I like to play the games that I make up too.  I can see the kitties who hang out in Mom and Dad's room and sometimes Luna kitty will let me get up close to her cute face.  Sometimes she makes weird sounds that get me excited because I think she might play with me.  Then she tries to hit me with her kitty claws.  I don't like that.  Sometimes I try to get Stewie to run around with me and he sometimes will but most times he tries to play with just Mom.  I keep trying because I want him to be my furever friend. you think Stewie wants to be my furever friend?  Mom....can we go outside?  Can we go for a walk?  Mom....can Stewie come too?  What?  I'm bored chewing on the bone.  All this thinking makes me want to do something fun!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pupparoos and the hens

We've been taking Tucker to the chicken coop so that gets to know our hens and they to get to know him.  He watches them closely, waiting, observing.  You can see the instinctive herding thoughts filling his mind.  They stare at him just as closely.  Stewie ignores them.  He learned along time ago to keep his distance as they weren't going to play.  But that chicken poop is sure tasty (icky, icky icky!!!!!)!

Oh and I snapped this photo really quick because the two of them were being all sweet and cozy with each other........

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tucker's manners

Oh me, oh my....Tucker must be in the terrible puppy stage.  

He is getting stronger and of course doesn't realize it.  Let me just say that it still is cute all the puppy antics and exuberance, just that there is a good time and then there is the not so good time.

I'm taking the food manners head on.  Feeding time is not cute anymore.  Now Tucker is getting really good at sitting and the "don't touch" of having to wait till I say "take it" that he and Stewie can eat.  No the big problem is getting the food out of the bins in my pantry.

Tucker goes ballistic with the vertical jumping in place.  Like he is a puppy pogo stick.  Then as I am trying to open the bin top he starts trying to stick his nose in to grab food.  Not cute.  When he was little he couldn't see that high, but now he is all paws and pushy.  Oh, and the barking at the same time with all of this.

At first I would hold him off with my one hand while I scooped out his and Stewie's food but now the claws and noise is unacceptable.  Mr. Stewie sits so calmly, watching what is going on.  He looks confused and annoyed with Tuckeroo.  Me too.

Lesson one:  Stay calm (me).   

Lesson two:  Food is earned by good behavior.  This is going to be a huge challenge for Tucker.  My goal is for him to sit, just like Stewie, while waiting for a meal.  

For a few times I put him in his puppy pen to fend him off but that didn't stop the annoying barking and jumping around.  Now I have been holding him by the collar and asking him to "sit, stay".  So it is one thing to ask him to sit which he does quite well but to stay in a sit is a lesson in progress.  This is my goal though.  Now I sometimes confuse the command with a "sit, don't touch".  This is a quandary for me, because I don't want him to touch it either till he is released to do so by my "take it" command.

Yes, it feels like Tucker is challenging us to see what he can get away with and if we will allow it.  I realize I need to step up with tethering him with me.  When I am busy around the house it can be easy to put him in the puppy pen and not have to think about watching him.  Problem is that he doesn't have the chance to learn from being tethered to me, of what he can do or not do.  He may think he can chew that chair leg (not), or bark (not).  With him near me I can set up a positive of what he can do.  Provide him that pad to lay on and give him something he can chew.  If I am going room to room he comes with me and learns about the house as well as he has to do what I am expecting him to do which is to follow around me, not the other way around.  I am the "Alpha"

I know I have written about this previously but if you have any advice you can share of this stage of raising a puppy to be a welcome family member I would really like to hear about it.  Wish us luck and smooth training!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Shopping, treats, training, Puppiness

I took Tucker down to a shop in our town called Molly's Pup-Purr-Ee to find Tucker a new harness.  The young woman in the shop was enjoying herself thoroughly with him.  Getting Tucker to sit and giving him a treat.  He was excited to get treats and attention.  Well of course!

I picked out a royal blue and green plaid harness with the style name of "Yarmouth Plaid" made by Up Country.   Yarmouth is near where my daughter's fiance's family have their family run motel so I like the link of names.  Not to mention I have a thing for plaid on Shelties.  Our Jessie had a red plaid harness and he always looked so dapper in it.

I feel much better using a harness with Tucker in case he slips out of the collar while we are out.  Everything away from home is new and exciting but can be questionable too.  He doesn't seem scared just that he may not know what an object is and jerk away.

I have Puppia harnesses for Stewie that fit quite well for the small guys or girls.  Collars slip right off Stewie's wide neck.  Once we were walking in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and I looked down and Stewie was nowhere in sight with the leash.  I looked back and he was standing there puzzled and confused.  That scared me so that I decided a collar was not for walks, but only for the tags.  Puppia makes so many cute harnesses and patterns that is impossible to choose. Of course I can say the same for Up Country.

It's been so long since I did Dog Training Classes that I wonder if they have changed in 11 years.  I see so many poochies with Gentle Leaders or other types of harnesses versus Choke Chains.  I am really excited to start the training classes in early January.  I love seeing all the different types of dogs and their owners.  I wish we could have done the Puppy Classes but it's not that big a deal.

In the shop today a Boston Terrier came in and then a small white pup.  Tucker was happy as could be.  I think he would have loved to stay there and hang out.  I didn't bring Stewie since it can be enough to handle Tucker at this point without having the potential tangle of leashes in a store.  I'll bring Stewie another time.  

I think Santa Paws will be bringing a new collar for Stewie for Christmas.  But shhhhhh don't tell!

Barbara Woodhouse

So now we are set for some more walkies.  Did you ever watch the TV series "Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way" back in the 80's?   Tim and I use to watch Barbara Woodhouse's show every time we could find it on the TV.  We loved to hear her call everyone to "Walkies!".  I wonder if I can find that series on Netflix?   Just to hear her would give me a big smile.  It seemed like all the doggie owners were in dire need of training and the doggies would look at them confused.  It really is the dog owner/trainer who needs the training!  If every dog training class would take a movie of their class and play it back as part of the lesson I am sure it could be invaluable to everyone.  How do we talk to our dogs?  How do we stand?  Our body language says as much to them as it does to another person.  How often do you see a meek person who decides to pick a breed that they haven't a clue about let alone train?  The trainer picks up that dog's leash and instantly the dog responds.  

Let's face it.  Pups at 4 to 6 months can be quite full of themselves just as they have begun to grow into the body they will have as an adult dog.  The large dogs get strong and the little ones unmanageable.  If they haven't had any training beyond that age you have a pup into a dog that gets shoved into the backyard who becomes even more unruly.  So sad.

Me wild?  Huh?

A biggie that I need to work on with Tucker is when I am getting his and Stewie's food out of the bins in my pantry.  Tucker goes crazy to have it as soon as he can.  He jumps, barks, repeat....oh boy.  I have put him in his puppy pen to keep him        out of the pantry but he still is jumping up and down and barking.  He is getting pretty good with waiting after I have the food and put it in front of him.  He waits till I say "take it!" though I wouldn't say he is 100% willing to do this.  Any suggestions?   I'm thinking I need to get him to sit before I even open the bins or put food in their bowls.  Stewie is such a gentleman, sitting patiently.  He knows the ropes quite well.  He looks at Tucker like he is some crazed dog who is living with him.  

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Tuckered out after a walk

Whoo hooo!   We got to go for a real walk with Tucker!!!  On Thanksgiving Tucker got his third shot so we could officially stroll among other poochies.  

First walk was in the neighborhood which is semi-rural.  Stewie was as usual, happy as could be to take a walk and actually tail wagging happy to have Tucker walking side by side with him.  I had both dogs with two leashes and I had to do a bit of changing leashes between my two hands.  So cute to see Tucker sashaying along with Stewie.  He would look over every once in awhile as if he was saying "Wow, where are we?"  We walked for about 20 minutes then headed home.  We saw my husbands truck get ready to turn up the steep driveway and Tucker started getting excited.  He knows his Daddy's truck.  He barked in greeting and of course he got a welcome response.

Yesterday my husband and I took him on the paved trail in our town called the Ironhorse trail.  Ages ago it was the old train route till they removed the rails and made it into a trail.  Tucker was with me and Stewie with Tim.  Now this trail can get busy with bikes, baby strollers, joggers, skaters as well as walkers.  Tucker definitely got all of that as well as children and adults that wanted to give him lots of puppy love.  I felt bad for Stewie who was sadly overlooked.  Normally on a walk he gets lots of attention.  

What Tucker had a fear of was the bikes that zoomed by.  He didn't expect the whoosh of them and would stop or do an about face behind me and stare.  He got a bit better towards the end but this is something we can work on to get him use to sights and sounds he has not been around.  We passed the high school football field which had a loud kids football game going on which he didn't care about. 

On the bright side it was a lovely Fall afternoon, just the perfect temperature for a stroll.  He sniffed to his hearts content and loved being out with Stewie who led us along.

I need to get him a harness for these walks as I worry he will slip out of his collar if he does a quick back up on me.  I tried on one we had but it was too big and Stewie's Puppia harnesses are too small.  

He was such a good boy in the car sitting next to me on the back seat with he and Stewie.  He just lay there or sat up wondering what we were going to do.  We can't wait to get back into our long hikes like we use to do with Annie and Stewie.  Tucker has a whole new world about to open for him of sights and smells!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #2

What do you play with?

Seeing as how the kitchen floor is strewn with Pupparoo toys all the time, I thought it would be a good idea to have a place to put them at the end of the day.  Tucker however, felt that this was just a new toy to chew on and could have cared less of his toys inside.

He chomped it, dragged it around, sat in it, stared at it and then chewed some more.  I have one of these in our "Man Room" (the TV/den room) and he chews on that one as well.

I was looking for new "real" toys for the pups too.  Tucker loves this bottle!  At first he didn't know what it was but it was fun to drag it around as it clunked on the floor.  You can add treats at the bottom where it unscrews open.  I use his puppy food, and the idea is for them to figure out how to get the treats out.  Let me tell you, this is a toy you can't leave down all the time.  He gets crazy with it!  He won't let it be.  He sees the treats, he smells the treats, he must have the treats!  He already is getting the idea that if he puts it in a doggy bed he can get it upside down or tilted and the treats trickle out.  Then he proceeds to pull the pad off the bed searching in desperation for his prize.

Stewie doesn't seem interested except for the treats.  It is more Tucker's size and I thought, should I buy two of different sizes or just the one.  In the end I thought I would see if Stewie would do anything with it or ignore it.  He ignores it for now.

Since Annie died, I have a hard time getting Stewie to play like he use to.  He doesn't want to play the games we use to play with the stuffed toys.  He and Annie loved playing "keep away" and "fetch" with their toys.  I hope that in time he and Tucker will make their own games together.

He isn't to happy with Tucker's "herding" games, which is to herd Stewie.  All those with herding dogs know how it is deeply instinctual to do this herding up of balls, people, anything that moves.  Also Tucker is getting faster when he runs so Stewie is figuring out not to run so he doesn't get the dreaded nip and run.  Poor little Stewie....

Stewie doing his sun meditation on the deck

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My daddy sure is great!

My daddy is sure great.  He likes to play with me on the floor with my toys.  I really like my purple spider which has a loud squeaker and long wiggly legs.

Daddy likes to take me outside to run and jump.  I go so fast, around and around in circles then jump and stop.  We go to the chickens who I don't know if I like them or not.  They stare at me and I stare at them.  

I run in the leaves back and forth.  They are so deep I have to leap and run!  I try to get my brother Stewie to play but he still doesn't want to.  How do I get him to play?  He shows his tiny white teeth at me and gives me a dirty look.  I keep on trying because I know he wants to play, because he wags his tail at me and sniffs me and I sniff him.

He knows something that I know now.  That when mommy feeds us, I have to sit quiet which is REALLY hard to do.  She tells me "Don't touch" when she puts our food bowls down.  Oh I want to eat it so bad that I can hardly sit but I am trying because Stewie sits still and waits till she says the magic words "Take it!".  Then we jump on our food!  Yowza!!!!  

I have so much to learn but lately I don't always want to.  I use to come when mommy called me and I would get a treat.  I really liked that!  Now I get distracted by a leaf, or a smell or I just don't know, I don't want to come.  I heard mommy say to daddy that they can't let me "get away" with any shinanagins.  What?  They said I may be behaving like a little kid seeing what I can get away with, like not coming when they call.  Huh?  There is SOOOO much to see and smell though!  The thing is, that they get me anyway.  I have to come in when they say so.  

I wonder if my brothers and sisters have to do what I have to do?  Hhhhmmm....well it's time for me to go to bed.  What?  Dad says I can watch a football game with him.  Yipppeeeee!

Friday, November 18, 2011


Yesterday was sunny in the morning.  A perfect time for a kitty sunbath in the living room.

Quiet time, and low and behold, Leela came out of our bedroom where she hides!

Luna worships the sun......

Wait...who's watching us?  Oh my kitty whiskers, it's him!  The yapper!   Maybe if I hiss he'll go away.....Sissssssss!  Go...go...go chew on a bone and leave us alone.  Oh bother, I'll just ignore him. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #1

I love to be in Dad's lap

I've never done Wordless Wednesday so here is #1 of many more!

Monday, November 14, 2011

In and out

I think that Tucker looked so funny with the doggie door.  Half in and then half out he just thinks this "toy" we set up just for him is great fun!

Tucker could do this all day if we let him, but as I have said before, he is not trustworthy with his house training.  He will GO out on the deck if we don't watch him like a hawk.  

Stewie's opinion is less than enthusiastic of Tucker using "his" door.  I think he preferred it the way it was as an escape door before we taught Tucker to use it.  Sorry Stewie!  Every time Stewie goes in or out Tucker follows him.  

So that Stewie doesn't get thoroughly annoyed with the little (oh...Tucker is bigger) guy, I give him an out of the kitchen pass to run off to the rest of the house where Tucker is not allowed to go freely.  

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Teach me and I'll teach you!

Today Tucker is 12 weeks old.  These past 4 weeks sure went by quickly!  We all have learned a lot about each other and puppy love does cast a spell to make us bond.  Who can resist those puppy dog eyes?

Last week I brought Tucker into the Vet's office to hand over his fecal (another story), bring in the shot record since we gave him his shot and also to weigh him.  At 8 weeks he was 6 pounds, 10 ounces and at 11 weeks he was 8 pounds and 8 ounces.  Nice going Tucker!  

So what have we both learned?

Tucker has learned to sleep in his crate all night long.  (Thank you....)

Tucker is learning to sit, come, wait, take it and down.  Some better and some need more practice.  Treats make it so fun.  We all chuckle at Tucker when we say "Tucker come!" as just before he gets to you he does this hysterical leap in the air.  I don't know if he thinks this is part of the come or what.  

Tucker is learning that brushing him is going to happen.  He isn't wild about the brush but we try to make it pleasant as we can.

Tucker is learning where to pee and poo though he has a ways to go.  Still he has been really good in the house but the back deck is an issue.  Well, it is outside...confusing for him I think.

What have we learned?  You can't leave the potatoes and onions in their baskets on the pantry room floor.  Who knew Tucker would have a thing for sweet potatoes.  So now I have to figure out how to deal with this because that door is always opening and it is in our kitchen where we like to let him play outside his puppy pen (after he pees /poos).  

I did set this photo op up.  I had to because it is so cute of him sneaking the sweet potato to Stewie's bed.  He does it very quietly and it is heavy that sweet potato!  Ahhhhh.....

Tucker waiting to take the sweet potato
Tucker with his prize!

We learned that you have to be on your toes to get him outside to go potty even when you just want to sit down and relax.  No ifs, and, or buts about it.

We learned that Tucker needs lots of play time of running, jumping, sniffing, and more running.  

We learned that cuddle time is very important too.

We learned that it will take time and TLC for Tucker and Stewie to get to accept each other.   Tucker wants to be a buddy really bad but Stewie is slower. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Luna checks out what that yappy dog likes

Luna decided to loll in the tunnel when Tucker wasn't out on the deck.  She liked it!  It was warm inside, and perfect for rolling around in...ahhhhhh.  Not bad for hiding in too.

Then again, the rail on the deck gives a nice sunbath option, a great view and safety from the pupparoos!  This has got to be a Classic Luna pose.