Down…

Down…? Down how? Down who? Where’s down? What’s down? Just give me that darn cookie wil you! Aww….the wonders of teaching a puppy new commands…

So I decided that Aiden should now learn the meaning of down. He’s got most of the other basic commands, like “sit””, “come”, “quiet”, “no”, and “stay” mind you only for a few seconds, but he’s only 12 weeks right? Well our lesson began with me getting him to sit and then tapping the floor while saying “Aiden down” and him looking at me as if to ask “what are you doing?” So I say it a few more times and he actually goes down! I tell him to stay and then reach for a treat as he jumps up in excitement…what do I do now? So…I proceed to do the same thing, this time holding the treat in my closed hand, tappling the floor in front of him and saying “Aiden down” He looks at me, looks at the hand with the treat and begins to nose my hand, ignoring the fact that I want him to do something for it. After a moment of saying “Aiden down” I decide that maybe it’s a good idea to show him what I want and proceed to take his front paws and placing him into a down…he rolls over! Okay…so what now? I give him a treat because, well he did do something that sort of resembled what I wanted and then I proceed to try the whole process again. Aiden just continues to look up at me with this expression of “why don’t you just give me that darn cookie and we’ll all be fine because I have no freaking clue what, how or who down is!”

Meanwhile, my other three dogs are doing everything I am saying in the hopes that maybe Aiden might get the clue…and saying to themselves “why isn’t she paying any attention to the fact that we’re doing what she wants?”

Finally Ready

So I finally decided that it was about time to bite the bullet and join the fad of blogging. I have tried to stay away from fads all of my life, only deciding to do things because I felt it was interesting rather than just doing it because it was cool. To prove this I will admit that I have not read all of the Harry Potter books, yes! it’s true, I have only read books 1-4. I didn’t actually read my first one until 2004 and then my last one #4 this past summer. Crazy isn’t it?

Well with all the excitement of getting a new dog guide almost 3 years ago and now beginning to foster my first puppy, I’ve decided that maybe it might just be time to start a blog. I’ve enjoyed reading other dog guide users and foster family’s blogs so why not start my own? Here goes nothing…

So Cessna and I have now been together for almost 3 years, I can’t believe how time flies. She has matured so much over the past couple of years, it is amazing the changes people notice in her, she is no longer seen as the crazy dog, but rather the dog with a mission and the dog who loves her job, but also still enjoys just letting herself go crazy at times. She has sure changed my life in many ways, not to say Phoenix wasn’t a great dog guide, but there are some areas in which Cessna is just a little better and I guess she deserves the credit. I wonder if I’ll ever figure out what motivates her to do what she does…for Phoenix it was the food and what he would get out of it, but for Cessna I just don’t know…maybe she just enjoys it? Now for our new addition, Aiden, he is our little bundle of fun and adventure. Aiden is a 12 week old yellow lab, more of a tan colour actually. He has yellowish-brown eyes with maybe even a hint of blue…a strange colour for a yellow I think… We have now had him for just over 2 weeks and have had nothing but fun. He makes us laugh all of the time with his little wrinkley face and paws that are too big for his little body. He is already 26lbs and seems to be growing by the second…I think he is going to be a big one! Our dogs seem to be adapting to him being here, Phoenix has told him the boundaries and Cessna has taught him to growl when playing…not sure if that one’s such a good lesson Cess! Aspen though seems to love him being here, I guess it helps her to not be the bottom of the totem pole like she is with the other two. She has been teaching him the polite way to play and how not to be so rough..awww, I love my golden!

Well I will sign off for now, but stay tuned for more adventures with the rulers of the house.