This blog only gets about three readers, but they’re all quality! One of them, Hanson Anderson of Weird Dude Blog, made this out of Kiwi’s Doggles collage, and I love it. 🙂 Click for big.
I have two cameras. An older model Nikon Coolpix that takes crappy pictures, but it’s point-and-shoot, and a fancy Nikon D40x that would take great pictures I’m sure, if only I’d read the directions for it. Well my Nikon’s flash pics have always left me lamenting the $700 I spent on that camera. The Lightscoop won’t fix all flash photos, but for residential home snapshots it works like a charm. Best $30 I ever spent. Behold! (Click the pictures to see them as God intended – BIG!)
I vacuumed Kiwi just once to see how she’d like it. Turns out she loves it, and now I can’t get my housework done.
Kiwi eats in a frenzy. To combat this, I’ve gotten her a slow feeder, AND I’m teaching her impulse control by making her wait for her food until I give the “get it” command. She can wait, but sometimes her taste buds cannot.
Today marks the 2 month anniversary of me bringing Kiwi home. I’m sleep deprived and my house smells like pee, but we’re making some progress.
Thought I’d put together a few seconds of video to compare sizes. When Kiwi came home, she was smaller than Murphy. Now, Kiwi is about triple Murphy’s size.
Murphy’s puppy coat is soft and slightly woolen. This pic was taken a few weeks ago, and you can see the coat. But judging from huge amounts of black fuzzballs all over my house, she is losing her puppy coat and I’m starting to see some waviness in hear coat. I wonder how long it will be before she has her sleek adult coat?
She has barked like crazy the last 2-3 days, embracing her natural talent of being disruptive. I wasn’t happy with her last night – I let her out to walk, and she came right in and peed on my carpet right in front of me. I already have her on a dog cranberry supplement, and trained to ring bells when she has to go potty, so I’m concerned with her inconsistent housebreaking progress.
Yesterday, Kiwi went out into public for the first time. Because of her immunity problems, she had to wait until she was 18 weeks old to go anywhere in public other than the vet office. We went to get my oil changed. The Big O staff were nice to her. Other than trying to chew on one guy’s shoelaces, she was well behaved. She did whine a lot. But she didn’t jump or lick or bite. She didn’t pee in the store. I was relieved. While we were waiting, we went to a nearby pet store, where she will be taking obedience classes. Classes don’t start for a month which I’m upset about. She really needs training and socialization.
She has mastered down, sit, shake, and wait. She needs more work on leave it, and recall. She comes when I call her unless she has something better to do. She also needs work on riding in cars (it upsets her still) and not trying to bolt out the front door.
She weighs 26.5 pounds.
I don’t even want to think of the amount of dog crap that is lurking in the multi-layered strata of snow that has accumulated over the past five weeks. It’s OK now that the top layer is relatively clean, but when it starts to melt I bet I’ll be doing a lot of paw-washing until I can get it all cleaned up. UGH!
Until that dreaded day comes, let’s enjoy the beauty of it!