Fun In the Sun

Red Labrador Retrievers reunion.

Cessna is really hard to take pictures of, so we rarely get any good ones to post.

Canyon sure does like that toy!

Canyon, Cessna and Rogue joined Huib and I in Waterloo.

Even the old guy wanted in on the summer fun.

Still a Mommy’s Boy.

This was a really neat picture Huib got.

Swimming, Swimming

Here are some of the pictures I promised you all, from Rogue’s first swimming adventure.

Rogue isn’t so sure this is a good idea…

There she goes!

Guess she wasn’t a big fan…

Looks as though our little Rogue puppy is more of a land lover.

Guess she’s all ready to go…

Rogue Pictures

here are a few pictures of Rogue to get you all started. Huib finally got a chance to upload pictures from the camera. I’ll try and share them this week.

hey Daddy! Can I drive?

Rogue really wishes her breeder could have chosen a cooler day for the reunion.

Wonder if Rogue knows we can see her…

It’s hard being a puppy…

I’ll post more pictures when I get a chance.

Her Name Is R-O-G-U-E

Over the past month I’ve had several friends and family members ask how rouge is doing.

Her name is Rogue!

Not Rouge!

Maybe it’s just a slip up of the fingers, but for some, it seems to be a pretty frequent mistake.

She may be a Fox Red Labrador, but her name is still not Rouge!

According to a definition I found via Googgle, “Rogue” means: “One who is pleasantly mischievous or frolicsome; hence, often used as a term of endearment” (Webster, 2011).

From our first couple days of having our little butterscotch puppy, we knew we’d picked the perfect name for her. She’s not like any other puppy we’ve ever known. And she’s definitely not going to be like any other service dog either.

She doesn’t seem to be afraid of anything. She seems curious about the world around her. And, she isn’t concerned about telling us what she doesn’t like (i.e. being restrained, crated or denied food).

So, please try and check your spelling before asking how my little Pupparoo is doing, okay? Because I’m really getting annoyed with the Rouge questions.

I’ll now stop ranting, and return you all to our regularly scheduled topics.

Three Months Old

On Wednesday, July 13th, Rogue turned three months or 13 weeks.

To celebrate this milestone, here’s 3 things she knows, 3 places she’s been and 3 breeds of dogs she’s met over the past month.

Rogue knows how to:
• Sit (now practicing in public)
• Wait (still extending the length of time)
• Come (still perfecting of course)

Rogue Has Been to:
• Larter River Provincial Park in Larter Lake, Ontario
• St. Jacob’s Market in Waterloo, Ontario
• All over Toronto, Ontario

Rogue Has Seen:
• A 5 month old Gordon Setter
• An Akita of an unknown age
• A 12 week old Dalmatian

I’ll try and do this for each month, so that everyone can see some of the things she’s learning and doing.

We’re Back!

Sorry for the long time away, but we’re now moved in and back online!! Thanks to Bell Mobility and their Turbo Hub, that works on the 4G cellular network, we’ve got even better internet than before!!

On June 28th, we packed all our belongings into a U-Haul trailer and drove to our new home. It’s only half an hour from our other place, but it sure took a while to get everything settled and all the utilities reinstalled.

Here’s what you missed while we were offline.

Rogue had her first three swimming adventures. We visited friends “down south”. And, we attended Red Labrador Retrievers’ Annual Reunion.

Since we no longer have direct lake access in our backyard, we had to find other swimming locations for the dogs. Huib did a bit of searching and found the perfect place, Larter river Provincial Park. There are a few different swimming opportunities there and best of all, it costs nothing to enter!

The first time we went, the dogs had a blast retrieving their new water toys from Christmas – a bright orange water dummy and a purple Jolly Ball. Phoenix just walked in the water, while Rogue would only get her paws wet before running onto shore for some exploring. We brought our cooler with drinks and snacks so I could read and Caleb could swim and collect rocks for his sword. It was a bit breezy though, so we didn’t end up staying much more than a couple of hours.

The next time we went, we brought the canoe. The water was still pretty choppy, so I refused to go with Huib and Caleb. I stayed on the shore with the dogs and read, while the boys attempted some fishing. Aspen didn’t really like the idea of Huib being out in the canoe without her, so she insisted on swimming along beside them until they pulled her in. Canyon and Cessna swam out once in a while to check in, but spent most of the afternoon with me on the shore, so I could throw their toy. Rogue was put on leash attached to the cooler so that I knew where she was and Phoenix just walked around, coming with me when I entered the water with the toy. He didn’t think I could handle being out there without him I guess. The neatest part of the whole trip was when Phoenix actually swam out to the canoe on his own. Huib and Caleb were paddling towards the shore and just happened to look out and see Phoenix swimming towards them. Once they said hi, he turned around and returned to me on the shore. Huib thinks he felt they had been out too long lol!

In Waterloo, we stayed with Karen and Wizard. Karen still has her foster from Lab Rescue so we weren’t able to do too much in the house, so we stayed out as much as possible. When we arrived on Friday, we first stopped in Guelph so Rogue could see Dr B. She was given a clean bill of health, but was a little wimpy when Dr B had her staff restrain her for some blood to be taken. Dr B. wants to follow a limited vaccine protocol to reduce the chances of Rogue becoming incontinent after spaying when she’s 6 months old. Therefore, she will not get her rabies vaccine until she’s older and instead of having her second set of puppy vaccines, we had titers done. She has sure grown a lot in a month, now weighing in at 19.4lbs or 8.8kg!

After the vet, we met up with another service dog handler for coffee. It was so great to see how well Patina had matured and settled into her work. I had gotten a chance to watch Patina learn the various skills she’d need to successfully work as a psychiatric service dog and grow from a tiny 14 week old puppy, to a beautiful (soon to be) two year old. Rogue had a bit of trouble settling during our outing. She wanted to play with Patina and found the patio environment to be a little too distracting. After coffee, we headed to Waterloo, where we met up with Karen and Wizard for a romp in the NCR baseball diamonds and later a dinner of sushi.

The following day, we woke up early and took Canyon, Cessna and Rogue to the St. Jacob’s Market. Karen and Wizard also joined us. At the Market Canyon showed off his newly acquired leash manners and behaved amazingly well for me. Huib focused on walking with Rogue while I got Cessna to work and had Canyon walk on my right. We really haven’t focused much on heeling with Canyon, but it seems as though he’s figured it out himself. He led out a bit like Cessna, but never put any tension on the leash. As long as Karen or Huib warned me of dogs coming our way, I had no issues redirecting either dog and found the trip to be quite exciting. We didn’t really buy much, just a taupe colour harness for Canyon (I would like to start teaching him scent work) and some turkey pepperoni sticks for Cessna and us to share. Rogue was a bit pully, but for the most part Huib was impressed. Around the end of our trip, Karen suggested we take everyone over to a set of open metal stairs for practice. The stairs are like metal grates with open backs and sides so we weren’t too sure how Rogue would do – she showed us!!! She bounced along with Huib and didn’t once consider the fact she was walking on something most dogs would find terrifying. Canyon even wanted to give it a try so I held Rogue’s leash and Huib took him up. He walked up with confidence until the third last step, paused a moment to assess what he had just done, and then continued walking up and then back down. Canyon never ceases to amaze me with his eagerness to try new things…

After the Market, we headed to Maidstone for Red Labrador Retrievers’ Annual Reunion. It wasn’t a great event, but given the circumstances surrounding Chris’ fall and then recovery shortly before, it wasn’t too bad. I think we’ll go next year, but if it’s similar, then we’ll probably forgo the rest. At the reunion, we got to see several dogs from other litters, such as a one year old female from Cheyenne. Rogue got to play with her brother Coal, who’s still with his breeder, and we saw Snickers (aka Sunny) from a distance. I wish we had gotten a chance to see some of her sisters, maybe next year they’ll come. After a couple of hours, we said our farewells and took a leisurely drive back to Waterloo. On the drive we picked up tons of fresh veggies and Huib showed me what wheat and barley looked like when still in the field. We really didn’t do much of anything after we got back to waterloo because it was late and Karen’s foster from Lab Rescue really isn’t great with other dogs.

On Sunday, we started our trip home. First we stopped in Toronto to pick up Caleb, Phoenix and Aspen. Caleb has been staying with us since June 15th, but has decided to come stay until the second or third week of August. Our next stop was the Bass pro Shop where we picked up a dehydrator and jerky maker, along with some fun travel mugs and a slingshot for Caleb. Then we stopped at Costco in Newmarket before heading to Bobcaygeon.

In bobcaygeon, we visited Amy at her cottage. She had two friends staying with her and Dave, so we made it a pretty short visit. While there, we met her new puppy, Waverley, and gave the dogs a chance to swim. Waverley is a female Dalmatian and seems to be a lot more timid than Rogue. Amy isn’t sure if it is the breed or breeder, but says Waverley seems to take a lot longer than her other dogs at getting used to new people and dogs. Waverley is just under a week younger than Rogue, but seems to be a little smaller and finds Rogue to be overwhelming lol! Monroe, Amy’s current LFC foster, really liked Rogue, but couldn’t play since she had just been spayed a few days before our visit. After dinner, we headed home.

This past week has been pretty uneventful, since Huib has had to work mostly night shifts. He’s had the entire weekend off though so on Friday, we went into New Liskeard with Cessna and Rogue to do some grocery shopping, as well as, to pick up some fencing supplies. Rogue has now started to walk on all outings so, we’ve had to really think about her relieving schedule and how to teach her about walking on a leash and leaving things alone on the floor. This was really our first official indoor outing where she’s walked the entire time, so we were able to see where exactly we’ll need to focus our attention. I think we’re going to pick up a walking harness to teach her leash manners so that she does not get used to pulling on the collar and so that she doesn’t sound as though she’s choking to death. Both her collar and first puppy coat are getting to the end of their ability to adjust, so we’ll have to get new ones ready for her soon.

Yesterday we did some rearranging and started to put up the fence for the dogs. Their fenced in area will be quite large with a ramp that goes from the deck into the area for Phoenix and a large gate for bringing in the riding lawn mower and any other supplies. Caleb and I helped Huib measure out, and hammer in the posts. Then, Caleb helped Huib attach the fencing to the posts, while I went inside with the labs (they also don’t enjoy the mosquitoes!). I’m really going to like having a designated area for the dogs to run, especially when Caleb goes home and I’m alone with them all. When the fence is all complete, we’re going to purchase some plastic stuff that goes along it to make it seem as though we have a wood fence (I’ll try to post pictures).

I will get Huib to help me load pictures from our last two weeks on to my laptop this evening and post them as soon as possible. Rogue has begun to darken a bit, so updated photos are needed here.

Rogue Pictures

Huib finally had some time off work, so labelled some of the many pictures we took of our little Rogue puppy. Instead of presenting all of the ones we have
(there are over 50), I’ll just pick some of the better ones.

As you can see, we’ve been quite busy with our little girl.

Right now, we’re taking a bit of a break though because she developed some red ring-like spots on her underside. We think it might be ringworm, but cannot get into a vet here in Northeastern Ontario until Tuesday afternoon. In the meantime, we’ve been giving her daily baths with a herbal shampoo (found the recipe online) we made from 8oz of Castile soap, 15 drops of oregano oil, 15 drops of tea tree oil and 15 drops of clove oil, and apply an anti-fungal cream we got from the pharmacy that treats Athlete’s Foot, Ringworm and something else that I can’t remember. When we started, the spots were about the size of a quarter, but since Wednesday evening, they’ve shrunk to the size of mosquito bites. I’m going to call our vet in Guelph and see what dr B says since the spots will most likely be gone completely by the time we get to Tuesday.

Rogue Update

Rogue is now 10 weeks old! She’s been with us almost 2 weeks now and has settled into our lives so easily, that its like she has always been a part of the family.

Here’s what we’ve been up to since day nine.

Day Ten

• slept between Huib & I, as well as on pillows until 6:00am
• sat immediately when Huib asked before putting down her bowl
• chased Canyon & Aspen while I played fetch with them
• climbed the 5 steps outside to reach the water bowl I’d brought out
• no accidents until just after lunch when she missed the puppy pad & peed on the carpet
• sat when I asked for a “sit” before giving her lunch & then dinner
• came immediately 3 out of the 5 times I called her while outside (the other 2 times, she came after a minute, but not directly to my hand)

Day Eleven

• slept until 7:00am before needing out, then slept another 2 hours
• still being asked to “sit” before getting her meals
• slept while we ate lunch at Pizza Hut (people must think we eat out a lot lol!)
• rode in cart at Food Basics (new people, strange sounds, strange smells)
• ate dinner in her new crate (made sure to watch & let her out as soon as she was done)

Day Twelve

• cried off & on while in crate overnight, but stopped when I said “Rogue, enough” & slept until about 5:30am (had 2 accidents in crate overnight)
• ate breakfast in crate, barked/cried after done, so we waited until she was quiet for a few minutes
• had a 2 hour nap with Huib (he worked nights)
• played a bit of tug with Canyon
• played with Canyon in the yard at the new house
• watched Huib & Caleb paint (wanted to help so went on tie down)
• fell asleep while Huib finished sanding & plastering the kitchen
• peed at the door of new house, couldn’t get there fast enough to get her outside
• played with the rest of the pack while Huib mowed the lawn

Day Thirteen

• slept in crate until 5:30am, whimpered just a few times before falling asleep, slept another 4 hours with us in bed (no accidents)
• ate breakfast in crate, before coming out we started working on “wait” (I’d begin opening crate & close it if she moved, called her out when she stayed in one spot)
• jumped on to couch without assistance
• hid under couch for a few minutes after Phoenix barked at her
• watched Huib use the power saw to cut baseboards for our bedroom
• chased Cessna while Caleb threw the toy for her
• napped while Huib hammered nails into the baseboards
• ate dinner in crate & sat quietly until Huib let her out
• still not coming when I call her & jetting off when I come towards her (think it’s because she knows I cannot see to grab her)
• responding well to “Rogue, enough” when we don’t like something she’s doing (chasing cats, barking/growling at others to play, scratching/pulling at carpet, etc)
• independently walked up steps again without too much coaxing (not allowing her to do down)

As you can see, Rogue is experiencing tons and doing quite well. I’m beginning to think this whole reporting her daily adventures is kinda boring for everyone, so I think I might switch to just reporting the more interesting things or doing a weekly recap – what do you think?

Just Over A Week

Rogue has been with us for just over a week. So far we’ve just been working on name recognition and house training. Even though she doesn’t always come to us when we call, she will look over in our direction, so I think name recognition is well on its way. As for house training, it’s definitely a work in progress. We’ve started keeping her on a leash and then only letting her off when she’s just come in from relieving. We’ve put puppy pads by the door to give her an idea of where she needs to be in order to go outside for relief and so far she seems to be using them most of the time when she needs to go and we don’t notice. She’s still having accidents inside, but they seem to be “I really had to go and it just happened where I was” as opposed to “gotta go find somewhere to go”. Once she’s reliably going to the puppy pads when we’re not noticing, we’ll start making the pad smaller and then phase it out completely. I’m really not a fan of the puppy pad idea, but I’d much rather her go on it, instead of going just anywhere she pleases.

Here’s what we did on days seven through nine…

Day Seven
(We really didn’t have much of a chance to do anything since Huib worked nights)

• Slept about 5 hours before needing out and then slept another 2
• Slept under the coffee table while we watched Harry Potter & The Deathly Hollows in surround sound
• Had just 3 accidents – 1 pee & poop just off puppy pad and another poop in a spot she had had one the day before

Day Eight

• Slept 5 hours before needing out, wouldn’t settle after returning to bed (thought she was just being silly so ignored her) – ended up being that she needed out again & had an accident on bed (hate when that happens!)
• Settled under the table quickly while we ate lunch at Weezies
• Walked about a block on leash in “downtown” Kirkland Lake (truck to Dentist’s office)
• Slept under Caleb’s chair while we waited for Huib to finish (sounds of drill, saliva suction, strange smells & saw/met several new people)
• Carried through hospital while Huib looked for his supervisor (met a person in a wheelchair, went on an elevator with speech that announces floors, strange smells & met some nurses)
• Briefly visited Dad & Dawsen, she was a bit overwhelmed at first, but quickly got used to his pushy greeting
• Rode on bare metal wire of child’s seat in Canadian Tire shopping cart (met people & strange smells)
• Had an accident in the truck (really loose stools), Caleb took her immediately over to the grass & she finished
• Rode in cart & then Caleb carried her through grocery store (carts moving around, new people, strange sounds, strange smells)
• Stopped at Canadian Tire gas bar & she pooped again on the grass (non-formed)
• Played with Canyon for about 5 minutes, he’d pretend to grab her neck while she bounced around
• Played with some toys & walked around while Huib helped Caleb saw some hard wood

Day Nine
(we didn’t get much of a chance to do stuff because Huib was called in the night before for a patient transfer & didn’t get back for 18 hours)

• Woke up at 5:30am & refused to return to sleep
• Played with Canyon for a bit outside while on leash
• Continued to corner cats & bark/growl while wagging her tail
• Started learning “sit” (I held the leash while Huib clicked & I treated when her bum went down; then Huib began saying “sit” whenever her bum started to go down; then we said “sit” & she did it on cue 2/3 times)
• Played with Caleb for a bit off leash outside
• Helped celebrate Canyon & Aspen’s birthdays with a mini vanilla cupcake
• Fell asleep in my lap while we watched Austin Powers Gold Member

Since today is still happening, I’ll stop there. I hope it isn’t too boring for everyone to see what sort of days Rogue has.

She’s honestly such an amazing puppy. The only issues we’re having are the usual puppy ones of house training, self-control and nipping. I’ll try and post some pictures from her second day and beyond as soon as Huib gets more than a few hours off from work and/or sleep.

Rogue’s First Day

When we first arrived, Huib and I sat on the couch watching the puppies interact.

Whenever I paid attention to one of the puppies, the other would try and get some loving too.

Cheyenne is an amazing mother. When she comes out to visit us, she begins rounding up her puppies.

Rogue was such a good girl on our drive from Maidston to Guelph.

We made a few stops on our trip to London from guelph.

When we brought Rogue home, she smelled of puppy urine and other ickiness, so she got her first bath.

Aren’t puppies so cute?

Bedtime…


We ended up letting her sleep with us on the air matress.

I will try and post pictures from her second and third days with us soon!