Archives for November 2008

Eleven Months


Today Aiden and Libby turn 11 months. It hasn’t been long since Libby arrived, but it has been almost 9 months since Aiden came to our home. He has grown so much and matured even more. Given his size and maturity level people often think he is over a year of age. We had a bit of a rough period, but he seems to have gone through it and is moving along in his learning now.

We are not yet sure who our little guy will help in the future, but we believe he will make a wonderful companion for a young child. He has such a calm and laid back disposition and his personality is full of charm. I sometimes wonder what he will be like as an adult, seeing as he is already so mature and well behaved.

I am glad we will have Aiden until after his first birthday, but I also know that January is not far away. If for any reason he does not make the cut though, he will be welcomed back with open arms.

Libertie Belle Has arrived



On Saturday afternoon Aiden’s breeder arrived with his litter mate, we have named Libertie Belle or Libby for short. Libby is a very petite girl, very slender for a lab. She is the colour of vanilla ice cream with carmel mixed into different spots like her ears, the lower part of her bum, and somewhat on her back. She has a pink nose and light brown pigments around her eyes and mouth (I think). Libby is so different looking from her brother who is dark caramel in colour, very tall, long and thick. They get along beautifully though, she doesn’t allow him to push her around and he doesn’t protest when she wrestles him to the ground.

Libby has been with us for just over 24 hours now and seems to already be settling into the group. She doesn’t bother the older ones and she understands that enough is enough when Aiden climbs up onto the couch or under the desk for a nap. It is so cute to watch Aiden and Libby play together and I am sure after a while the others will begin to join in on the fun.

For now we are working on leash manners and not jumping up on people, but soon we will move on to learning some of the basic obedience commands such as “down” and “stay”. She already seems to know “sit” and “come” but they too will need to be worked on in order to make sure we can firmly trust that she knows them. Even though it has only been a short time since she arrived I can already tell that she will be a good student and with her high desire to please I think she will be very successful and a wonderful companion for us.

She’s Five!

A week ago today (October 30th) Cessna turned 5. It is hard to believe we’ve been together for three and a half years now. She has matured so much in the past year, I guess females matured later than males because I remember the “light bulb” turning on a lot earlier for Phoenix. Cessna has been a wonderful companion for me and I know our next few years of working will only bring us closer.

Cessna has been doing advanced obedience classes and has been excelling in her lessons. Her work has improved tons and she seems to be enjoying the lessons. She is doing so well that the dog trainer I am working with asked me to inquire about getting a copy of her Canadian Kennel Club registration papers. I wrote her program head and today was given the green light to begin competing when I feel ready to do so. I was quite nervous about asking, but am absolutely thrilled with the answer. I think Cessna will like the challenge and that she will not only get better in her primary job, but also excel in her competitions.

I don’t know many dogs who have this continuous desire to learn, but no matter what I ask of her, Cessna continues to step up to the challenge with her usual excitement.

“… it takes a strong-minded human to appreciate a strong-minded dog!”