A Puppy, an Owl, and Coyotes oh my!

The one thing I had not done before we picked up our puppy was to be properly trained on how to train a puppy. Puppies come with sets of behaviors, and the secret is to know how to communicate best with the puppy. Our puppy came with boundless energy, an appetite, need to eliminate and an ability to use its teeth via biting/mouthing to investigate everything.

By using a crate to keep her in between breaks including potty, play, and food breaks, it keeps the house safe from biting and puppy elimination, so far. We had finished out the back yard so she would have room to play etc., and she learns a bit more of it each day. Plus a crate serves as her cozy den. While I used to sleep with my cats this puppy will not be joining us in bed.

Our largest issue has been that Paisley didn’t know the difference between one’s hand, toe or nose from a toy, at the beginning. She has learned this is not acceptable, and it has gotten much better with room for more improvement. She has taken to chasing and fetching her ball for up to maybe 5 minutes before she loses interest and fights with the plants in the pots or beds.

Sometimes at night when taking her out back the coyotes will howl from several directions with one pack hanging out in the trees not 200 feet behind our home. It is funny to see her stop play and look in the direction of the howling. We also fenced the yard such that critters cannot easily enter it.

We also have a great horned owl, not sure how great it is but that’s its name, and it hangs out in the backyard and one of the first nights we took her out to play the owl had perched itself on top of the house, and we decided to keep a close eye and stand near so puppy does not take a first and last flight with the owl.

I had two cats for almost twenty years and they are simple. Dogs require so very much more but I am happy to announce I am taken with this puppy like I never thought possible. May your weekend be an awesome one feel free to share this as you like and Be well!

“Not Carnegie, Vanderbilt, and Astor together could have raised money enough to buy a quarter share in my little dog.” ― Ernest Thompson Seton (1)

Puppy Love

Her name was Samantha, and we mostly called her Sam. Came into my young life when I was three and was our dog growing up. Mix of terrier, schnauzer, and poodle she was about 25 pounds and lived to be eighteen. It was the first time I witnessed my father crying when she was put to rest.

A few years later a girlfriend and neighbor had adopted two female kittens from the same litter, and I would watch them for extended periods of time. Immediately after our relationship ended she offered to give the kittens to me but upon my return one weekend she said they had run off. The next day I found the kittens at the local animal shelter, as she had brought them in the day previous stating that they had found the cats abandoned. She was unique.

I adopted them and changed their names to Calvin and Hobbs. Anyone who knew me well knew my cats. Hobbs was dubbed “Lap S*%@” as she never met a lap she didn’t like and when you sat she would be on or next to you quickly. Calvin too would come and greet any visitor, and they were much like dogs but more curious. They would also come when called or stay away when refused.

Hobbs lived an adventurous life for sixteen and a half years, and Calvin was two months short of reaching twenty when she faded out. I still miss them every day and crying for me is only a thought of them away. They were my first experience of true pet relationships. They now reside in an urn on my desk.

I am a cat person first and my wife a dog person first. After my wife had lived with the kitties for a majority of their lives, she mentioned she would like to have a dog one day. We have been in talks about it for years. By the middle of this October, we will have our first puppy together. We have completed a backyard for her to enjoy, though she will live indoors, and the thought of having another life in the house is exciting.

Did you know that dogs can live on vegetables alone? They are opportunistic carnivores and enjoy meat but don’t require it. I know more and more folks are supplementing their dogs chow with probiotics for overall better health. Dr. Mercola offers great holistic advice on his pet website, and it offers a search function to make finding information a breeze.

So I live each day now with the thought of a new life we haven’t met yet, and I look forward to loving another critter and being loved. I know many people who have three to six dogs at any given time, and I am just nervous about the one. We are in the process of choosing a name, rules, etc. and I like it. Wonder if we’ll end up with more than one someday.

Once our puppy has us I will share a pic etc. And about the audio book. What I didn’t know about the Nutritional Truths audio book is that before it is available on Audible, iTunes and Amazon it has to be reviewed and approved on their end, which can take up to two weeks.

So any day now I will drop a blog about recording the book and informing all that it is available for streaming or download. Have a wonderful weekend, feel free to share this and Be Well!

Hobbs and Calvin

Hobbs and Calvin