Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rusty goes swimming

Monday, July 26th was Rusty's 6 month adoption anniversary (he has lived with me 7 months total)! I decided what Rusty needed in celebration was some water therapy. :)

Today was our first appointment with Cindy Hickman of Aquadog Spa in Kent. Really great place, I liked the spa tub quite a bit and the room was open and dog safe. And Rusty made me proud by not marking in the building. As a side note, he also hasn't tried to mark any of Nim's accidents. Considering this is the dog that lifted his leg on my wall, that is impressive.

It was almost a little emotional (in a good way) to watch him go through this session. He has come so far and I have put him into so many new experiences. He was pretty high stress at first in the appointment, but you can tell by this photo he relaxed into it wonderfully. Then he was interested in making eye contact with me and interacting with Cindy. Cindy did a great job reading him and letting him work through the experience.

And as it turns out Rusty can swim - actually pretty well. The spa tub is a good size for him to swim a lap but not overdo it.

This is another great option for Rusty's aging body. Next appointment we will introduce Nim to the pool as well. Dobermans are not exactly known for their love of water or swimming so this should be interesting.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bear in the apple trees

I wish I was a better photographer and these had come out better. It was also dusk and in the dark part of my yard, so it was a no win.
I could hear the tree crashing from my detached office and once I walked out the door I knew what it was, so I got my ladder and got on my main house roof to try and get better photos.

There are two apple trees (at least) right behind my fenced area and behind the main house.
Then I could also hear better once I got on the roof and realized there was more than one so I got back off my roof and sat on the stairs next to the office door. Nim could also hear them vocalizing (it was actually very neat, I have never got to hear that) between each other from his kennel in the house and that was some pretty low barking coming out of him. Rusty on the other hand probably a. couldn't hear them, or b. simply didn't care (doesn't show any house protection). I am sure he just slept through it.


Today while frantically trying to deal with my homework I suddenly lost my Internet connection. I reached down to restart the computer and when I looked under my desk:

X-pen was set up in the office shortly thereafter. Nim is not pleased.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Right now Nim's top toy is a toss up between the fluffy above and the small squirrels out of Rusty's Squirrels in a Tree.

Turns out he is worse than Rusty when I knit...but we will keep trying. :) Last night was only the first night he was aware that I knit.

I keep trying to get the cats used to Nim. I came around the corner and was almost ran over by the two running cats and Nim slowly ambling behind them. This is one of many times I miss elder kitty (Chloe) she would have taken care of training Nim in under 12 hours.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Introducing Nim

The permit driver (who is now licensed)/high schooler (one more year) turned 17 on Saturday, July 10th. In celebration of her birthday, I took her with me to pick up my brand new puppy Nim! (No older sister of the year award for me!) She got to hold him on the drive home (just prior to this photo he threw up):

Nim was born May 12, 2010 and I am very excited to have him. It has taken me this long to write about him just because we are still trying to find our schedule. Not to mention, the first two nights of kennel training were pretty brutal. He will be the 4th dog I have crate trained (the quilting doberman (Odin) as a puppy, and two seniors) and he definitely win the award for best temper tantrum.

First moments in the house, and he checks out the toys:
Yesterday (Tuesday, third day of car riding) I decided it was time to settle on a car riding system and I decided to introduce him to his first harness. He did well with it. And aside from the very first time in the car; no more car sickness so far.

On Tuesday he had first day of puppy school and his vet visit.

After puppy school and vet visit, there was no waking him...

Still no waking him...

Today, it is day5 of Nim and we are getting more of a system going. You will notice a lot of the photos are of him sleeping. Don't let this fool you; it just happens to be the only time I think to get a photo.

This afternoon, under my desk:

I am looking forward to the hiking partner he is going to be.