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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flickr-logo-png <–Check out Macon’s photo collection!

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!

A Weekend of Meetups

Have you heard of meetup.com? Well if you haven’t you should check it out. It’s a website for all interests. If you are interested in photography and want to join a group in your area, there might be one. Or like me, if you love dogs, you can join groups that are dog friendly. I actually created a group of my own for dog lovers and this weekend was a super busy weekend of events.

Friday night we had Yappy Hour at the Wine Bin in the next town over. They hold this event the first Friday of every month. The wine is there on a donation basis and the best part if you can bring your dog. This isn’t the best photo as it was taken on my phone camera.

Saturday was DogFest 2012 where a ton of vendors setup in a huge field and pass out free dog food and dog treats, and some dog toys and other gadgets. My dog Sadie was so overwhelmed by all the other dogs that by the end of the event, my hands were sore from her pulling on the leash. There was one vendor who is looking for part-time dog walkers so I plan on emailing them to find out more information. When I got home I crashed, literally falling into a TV coma. I couldn’t move, I didn’t want to move, I didn’t care about moving.

Sunday (today) there was a Bark-B-Q event at the dog training academy where Sadie and I attend training. This was a free event so I had to go, plus they had demonstrations on Rally and Noseworks. I am currently in Rally but I was really interested in seeing advanced Rally. And Noseworks was very cool. The dogs get a scent and they have to go and find it buried in various items in the parking lot. So this demo intrigued me and plan on signing up sometime after Rally I.

So now I am relaxing and writing my blog community sharing this busy weekend I had. I plan on staying on the couch and catching up on TV for the rest of the night.