House Training is Fun!

Kona is 15 weeks (almost 4 months old) and she is doing very well with house training. She does still not understand that inside is not an okay place to pee but she doesn’t know any better yet. I take her out every 1/2 hour-ish and she pees and poops outside. But sometimes…and I mean sometimes…after she comes back in, she could just be standing there and she’ll pee.

She hasn’t had an accident in her crate since day 2. That was the first day I was out of the home. As I watched her on the netcam I could see how unhappy she was. First time away from me, on day 2, and alone for the first time in her crate. Well of course she isn’t going to do well. But she has been great in the crate ever since. She doesn’t even whine or bark after I leave anymore. She stays calm and goes right to sleep.

I’m one who will try anything. I ordered one of those bells you hang on the door so this weekend I’ll be working with her to see if she can use that to let me know when she needs to go out. It may or may not work. But for $10 it can’t hurt to try.

I looked into Tecla’s K-9 Academy where I took Sadie for two training classes because I love her methods. People from all over want to be trained by her. They have a puppy class starting next month that I might take. From what they say there is very little about house training and more about sit, down, and come when called. Well I learned those methods with Sadie. So yesterday I decided to try “sit” with Kona. I said the command and got her into position. Gave her the treat. The very next time I said “sit”, she actually sat. OMG!

Don’t tell Sadie I said this but Kona picks up things quicker. Maybe it’s because she’s a puppy and Sadie was older when we went to training, but it makes me so happy to know she can sit when asked. Now we just need to master this bell and house training.

We’ve had so much rain lately that I did buy some training pads and I put them down. She would go any place but on the pads. In fact, I believe the cat peed on one of them. But thankfully I have hardwood floors so clean-up isn’t terrible. Kona sleeps through the night and gets me up between 5 and 6am. I pick the water bowl up around 8pm but might try 7:30ish and see if that helps. I got home each day for lunch so she is in her crate for about 4-5 hours at a time, so overall she is doing great.

She is developing such a wonderful personality. My neighbors think she will be a fairly big dog since she has German Shepherd in her but I’m not sure yet. We have our first real walk this weekend so that will be interesting to see how she does with that. I’m so glad I adopted her though, even if house training is frustrating….in the end, it’s all worth it when I get to cuddle up with her.

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They kept wanting each others bone and finally they decided to get in the bed together and chew. So cute!

 

First Week of First Puppy

I realize this blog might be a bit long, and I meant to blog each day but it just didn’t happen, so here is the first week of my first puppy.

Sadie (my dog) has been wanting a friend. She told me so. Actually, that’s not true, however I have noticed that she really enjoys playing. She first learned by her first best friend, Jasmine. Jasmine showed her the right way to play and it has given her the tools to be able to play with others that same way. Then I fostered a much larger dog and she played perfectly with him. So I decided that Sadie could use a friend. I’ve been browsing K-9 Lifesavers Rescue website for a few months but knowing I was taking a trip to Houston with my mom, it just wasn’t right to get a new dog and then leave.

When I returned from Houston I went to K-9 Lifesavers website and took a look around. Nothing grabbed me. The next week I did the same thing. To my surprise, they had a bunch of puppies in. Hmmm, did I want a puppy? They are tons of work and can I do that? Months ago I did talk about getting a puppy and thought it would be great since a friend of mine was in the pet business. Since my original plans didn’t work out, I wondered if I could manage myself or if I would need to get another pet sitter. Either way I was going for it.

I contacted the adoption coordinator to ask her some questions about Pup Hannah and Pup Josie. She put me in contact with their foster mom Dianne. We emailed back and forth for a couple of days and she was wonderful in answering all my questions. She suggested I attend their next adoption event so I could meet both of them, and to bring Sadie.

Sunday

June 2nd K-9 Lifesavers was having an adoption event in Rockville so we took a little road trip to Rockville. We got there early to beat the crowds and Dianne was there unloading the pups. We went into Petco and used their break room so Josie, Hannah, and Sadie could be off leash and get to know each other. I wanted Sadie to pick. Instead, Josie picked Sadie. She was all over Sadie in the cutest way possible. I filled out the paperwork and took our new little girl home. She slept in my mom’s arms the entire ride home. She was pooped.

She was so good the rest of Sunday. She became Sadie’s shadow instantly. Sadie looked annoyed and I was hoping she would warm up to her eventually. I couldn’t leave the room without her following me.

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Monday

She woke me up at 1am so I took her out and she peed. She then woke me up around 5am (my alarm was set for 5:30) and we went out again and she peed. I went to lay back in bed with the lights on and she curled up in Sadie’s bedroom bed. I couldn’t see her and she couldn’t see me. Literally, every minute she would walk over to the side of my bed and look at me, then returned to the dog bed. She did this for about 15 minutes, every minute. It was like she had to keep checking to make sure I was there. I laid there smiling. Woke up around 6:30 and took her back out and she peed again. I took my shower and then shut her in the room with me while I got dressed and did hair/make-up. She stayed curled up in Sadie’s dog bed. We left the bedroom and went out to give her food and she ate. Then I went to prepare Sadie’s food bowl for when I put the pup in her crate and turn around to three good size pee puddles and a nice soft mud mound of diarrhea. I didn’t even see her do it! And where did all that pee come from? They say pups have small bladders but after that I’m not convinced. So I picked her up and placed her outside so I could clean it up. Thank goodness for hardwood floors.

Get the pup crated, Sadie fed and I’m off to work. Oh and I forgot to mention earlier that I bought a Belkin Netcam so I could watch her while I’m not home. I got to work and brought up the netcam to watch. She whined and howled and cried from the time I left until 11:30ish. Poor thing. I watched her scoot the crate across the floor…lol. I went home at lunch and worked at home the rest of the day.

When I got home I could hear her crying and I went to let her out and noticed diarrhea ALL OVER the inside of the crate. All over the wire crate, all over the white bedding, all over each and every soft toy she had in there, and all over her – like she rolled around in it. I let her out and carry her outside. We go down to the yard and she does her business.

I gathered the bedding and all her toys and put them all in the washer. Then I grabbed the pup and gave her a bath. She was scared when I turned on the water because of the loud noises but she did great. It’s much easier bathing a 15lb pup versus a 46lb dog. Much easier.

The rest of the day was rough. We would go out frequently and spend a good chunk of time outside, but she would still come in and do her potty business. This is why they make puppies so cute, so you don’t kill them…LOL. She could poop all over the place and I can’t be mad at her; she’s only 13 weeks old.

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Tuesday

I decided I needed to work from home. Which I did. She woke me up this time around 5:30am. I spent most of the day taking her out and having her spend time outside. I wanted her to know that the grass is where she does her potty business, not inside. Sadie spent most of the day outside but brought the pup in many times for water and air. I can’t leave her outside in the heat for long periods of time yet. She did much better. She peed and pooped all outside. No indoor messes.

I also placed her in her crate for 15 minute intervals to disassociate the crate with me leaving.

Outside she would run laps in the backyard and then she suddenly stopped, and pooped. Ha!

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Wednesday

She let me sleep in a bit and woke me up around 6:30am. I continued the crate game. I would also put her in the crate and leave the house for a few minutes at a time or go downstairs or into another room. She did great!

She was inside playing and Sadie was outside. She was running from the living room to the dining room, down the hallway, and back, a couple of times. She suddenly stopped by the back door, on the rug, she pooped. Ah ha! Now I know when she runs around like that to take her outside. Washed the rug. I will say that my floors and rugs have never been cleaner. 🙂

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Thursday

She woke me up around 5:30am and I had to go to work today. I figured if it got ugly I would work from home in the afternoon. I took her out and she peed. We went back inside and I crated her so I could shower. Once dressed, I let her outside with Sadie so I could get dressed and ready for work. She played and ran around. I went outside to see if I could tell if she pooped and yes, she pooped twice. Seriously, is this normal? lol We head back in and do the rest of our morning routine. I get to work and check the cam. She was crying off and on but not too bad. Mom left for work and texted me that the pup was crying and Sadie was growling/humming and finally the pup settled down. Sadie was probably saying something like “I am NOT going to listen to this all day so shut it up!” lol

I went home at noon to check on her, praying she didn’t make a mess in her crate. She heard my car and started barking (could hear her from outside) and she was so excited to see me. Without me saying a word, I let her out and we went out back. I sat on the bottom step while she played with Sadie. She eventually peed. I went back inside to get a drink and watched her from the window. I saw her go into her poop stance and I rushed outside so I would be ready to praise her. Once I did she came galloping up to me and I gave her tons of love. We went inside so she could be fed. We went back outside shortly after to make sure she did what she needed to do. I put her back in the crate and returned to work. I checked the cam again and she was sound asleep.

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Friday

She let me sleep in and woke me up around 6:30am. We did our routine and nothing new really happened. I went home a little later as a test and she passed. I had to run to Home Depot to pick up garage sale signs and get the warming rack of the grill I bought because it didn’t come with it like it should have. That took a little time after work so I didn’t get home until 5:30pm and she didn’t make any mess in her crate. She did great! I gave her tons of kisses and praises.

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Saturday

Mom and I woke up at the crack of dawn to put the signs out and haul the yard sale items out to the driveway. It was supposed to rain due to Andrea moving up the coast but I stalked the weather and it looked clear for the morning. We were all set up by 8am and ended around 11:30am due to rain. Not knowing if it would get worse we decided to pack up the cars and take what didn’t sell to Goodwill. Plus it gave us an excuse to end early. We did okay for a $1 everything yard sale but it’s always a tad disappointing as you hoped to have made more.

Sadie and the pup were out back most of the morning as the temperatures were mild. Took them in once we cleaned up for their nap time.

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Originally I was told that the pup was 11 weeks old but looking at the paperwork, she was born Feb 27, 2013 which made her 13 weeks old when I adopted her. Then I had to pleasure of picking a name for her. She came with Josie but my friend’s daughters nickname is Josie so I didn’t want to keep her name. I spent a few days observing and pondering and she is now Kona. She is doing very well and look forward to watching her grow into a wonderful dog. Her and Sadie have been playing more and more with each other as the week went on. One night Kona crawled into Sadie’s bed in the bedroom and Sadie walked in wondering where she was going to sleep. Sadie crawled in with her and I took a picture of it. Awww, how cute!

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Kona – German Shepherd / Catahoula Leopard

Sadie – Catahouls Leopard / Boxer

Sadie’s not a Dog

SAM_0608Dogs chew on things

Sadie doesn’t

Dogs jump on furniture

Sadie doesn’t

Dogs sleep in bed with you

Sadie doesn’t

Dogs eat everything and anything

Sadie doesn’t

Dogs dig in the dirt

Sadie doesn’t

Dogs bark a lot

Sadie doesn’t

Dogs jump up on people

Sadie doesn’t

*Note: These are fun tidbits about Sadie. I’m not at all saying that all dogs do the things listed above. 🙂

Foster Dog Macon – Day 3

Day 3 started out with a different morning routine since I had to go to work. I woke up extra early knowing I would be doing some things differently. Plus my mom’s friend was in town and I had to take her to the airport on my way to work. In the beginning I would separate the dogs during feeding time. Not because either of them are food aggressive, but when Macon is done eating (and he eats much faster than Sadie) he immediately goes over to Sadie’s bowl to finish that off. So lately I prepare both bowls at the same time and put Sadie’s down first and then put Macon’s down. When Macon finishes, I make him sit next to me and wait until Sadie is done. When she is done, I release Macon from Sit and he goes over and licks out Sadie’s bowl. I’ll continue to work on this with him.

I’m also trying to teach him to leave the kitchen when asked. Sadie is very good about leaving when I say “Out”. I just prefer to not have any animals in the kitchen when I’m cooking or doing anything in there. Maybe that’s just me. 🙂

While I wait for my mom’s friend to come upstairs, and while I have my coffee, I sit out back with Macon and Sadie and watch them play together. At this point I’m hoping they play, get tired, and then sleep most of the day. Coffee is done and it’s time for me and my mom’s friend to head out.

So now it’s crate time. My favorite time. He really doesn’t like the crate. It is always a struggle to get him to go in. Finally I manage to get him in and close the door. He starts barking as we exit the house and I feel really bad because I can hear him all the way outside. I know he’ll settle down. Plus I planned on coming home at lunchtime to check on him, let him out, and check on the workers putting my shed up.

It’s lunchtime and I head home wondering if he made a mess in the crate, or somehow managed to escape. I pull up and the workers are in the back yard. I go out back and let them know I’m here to let the dog out on leash. One of the workers is terrified of dogs. I close the gate and head inside. Macon is laying calmly in his crate until he sees me going towards him. I get his leash and we head out back. Just him and I. No Sadie. I didn’t want distractions because I wanted him to do his business. And he does.

Not it’s crate time – again! Push, push, push and finally he goes in. Back to work.

After work I get home and he is so excited to see me. We all go out back and they play and play some more. So nice for Sadie to have a friend. She is LOVING it! I didn’t get them both on a walk like I had planned since I was busy installing a baby gate at the top of my stairs. My house is a split foyer with banisters. I found a baby gate that can be attached to the bannister without having to drill. I realized to do this I need two more arms. Luckily my mom got home and helped me hold it in place while I put all the pieces together. I got two other metal baby gates, one for the hallway and one for the kitchen. Neither worked very well so I plan to return them. I wanted one for the kitchen so they can eat separately or if we are in the kitchen, they won’t be. But it was too tall and the granite counter island thing was too low. The one in the hallway worked except I completely forgot about my cat and there was no way for him to get to the bedroom where his food is. So now I get to package them both up and return them. Maybe all I need is the one for the top of the stairs. Who knows.

We head out back one last time before bed and it was another night with Macon not needing the to be in the crate. I wasn’t sure if the first night was a one time deal or if he would continue to be good at night-time. Took a risk and we tried it again. He slept so well and never left the bedroom. Sadie slept out on her Chaise lounge and I’m not sure where my cat, Sebastian was. I think Macon is settling in nicely.

No photos for today but I hope to get more soon.

Foster Dog Macon – Day 2

I know this is a little after Day 2 but I did promise I’d write about it. Picking up where I left off with Day 1, we slept until about 10am which I was very surprised with. We went out back and I let them play a bit but was still a little worried. So that didn’t last long. I tried to get a few things done around the house but with a Macon shadow, some of that was difficult.

We decided to go for a walk around the block which is .65 miles. I wanted to take Sadie along too so I suited them both up and we headed out. They walked great together. Macon was eager to explore and smell all the new smells. He could have probably gone longer but with his surgery I didn’t want to push him too much. By the end of this walk, both dogs were walking slower and you could tell they were both tired. We headed back inside where they both took naps. I think I actually included some of the photos on Day 1.

IMG_0158It’s all a blur…LOL. I had a meetup event at the dog park and I wanted to take Macon, however the dog park doesn’t really like dogs to be leashed and Macon would have to remain leashed right now. So I left him at home with my mom. She said I didn’t need to crate him, that she’d watch him. So Sadie and I headed out.

To keep Macon from going downstairs, I laid down one of my metal swivel bar stools but when I left, he managed to figure out how to jump over that and head downstairs. My mom took him back up and ended up crating him. Poor guy. He just loves to be around people so much that when he discovered that there was someone downstairs he wanted to be down with her. Sweet huh?

I only stayed at the dog park for about an hour. I didn’t want to leave Macon for too long, plus some of the dog in the park seemed to worry me so with the stress level I was at, I couldn’t handle any kind of bad incident. Sadie was tired anyway so we headed back home. Macon was so happy to see both of us. I took them out back and they played for a while.

After watching the dogs at the dog park, I thought that I just need to let them play and work it out between them. So I had my camera and I took many pictures of them playing. The fact that Sadie and Macon would lie on their backs, belly exposed, was a good indication that they were both okay. Yay! Below are a few photos.

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Now we approach bedtime and I’m wondering if I really need to crate him for the night. We had such a great day and he was such an easy dog, that I thought, let’s try it. Worst case, if he didn’t do well, then I’d crate him at that time. I take Sadie and Macon out back to play and do any deeds that needed doing. We head back in and I get ready for bed. I go back into my bedroom and Macon was up on my bed, heading toward the cat food located on the night stand on the other side of the bed (that was blocked off!). I quickly grab him and try to remove him from the bed. It was like trying to move a smart car. After a few minutes he was finally back on the floor. I finish getting ready for bed and say my good night’s to Sadie and Macon and crawl into bed.

Macon paced the room for a bit, went out to the kitchen to get some water and came right back to the bedroom and settled down. He slept all night – perfectly!

Dog Fostering

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Yep, that’s right, like I don’t have enough on my plate right now. But hey, what’s one more thing, right?

A friend of mine started fostering a dog and I’ve always thought about it but didn’t know how it all worked. My friend’s dog and my dog have been having so much fun on play dates, that her dog is teaching my dog to play. I was shocked to see them both on the floor, intertwined with each other, nibbling on each others legs, ears, and neck – probably everywhere really! I’ve never seen Sadie do that before so I was feeling like a proud mother. 🙂

After seeing them play each time they were together, it made me realize that Sadie could use a friend at home. I’d take my friends dog but she won’t let me. LOL So my friend showed me some dogs that are in need of fostering through a place she knew about and where she was fostering her new dog currently. I found a few that I’d love to actually adopt but can’t do that quite yet so fostering is the next best thing – after all, this helps dogs find a good home.

I had my phone interview with the rescue place last night and we talked for about 45 minutes. The lady was really nice and gave me a few pointers when it comes to housing multiple dogs and she even gave me a suggestion to help teach Sadie how to chase after a ball. So this summer, we’ll be sure to start working on that!

We discussed some of the concerns I have and she put them to rest very quickly. Some concerns were the dog size = crate size, getting along with other dogs and cats in the house, and house-training – mainly because I work 8-5 and could go home at lunch but a puppy would require more frequent potty trips.

So the next steps are for my friend to come over this weekend and do a home check and help me brainstorm where a crate could go. In the meantime I have to get rabies certificates for both the cats. Molly should be easy as she would have had to have them for flying purposes, but Sebastian, being an indoor cat, I’m honestly not sure the last time he’s had his rabies shot. So I’ll need to make a vet visit and get that taken care of.

If all that is a success, then the rescue will match a dog with me to foster. She did say they like to start off new fosters with a relatively mild and easy dog, and then gradually allowing me to foster more challenging dogs later on. What a relief!

I’m looking forward to giving this a try and it will help to have two dogs to keep me busy while waiting during this child adoption process and to provide a friend to Sadie.

Wish me luck!