Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Potty training

I've started to train REMY, now while I still have two weeks before I start potty training my new puppy. What possessed me to think that I could train a puppy while I have two still in diapers? Probably because I've done it before (but I was much younger!).

Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day -- A Day of Love

To honor our working force, we didn't have a barbecue or a party, and we didn't go to the local rodeo; we worked. We have a little dog, and for the last three weeks, we've been fighting fleas. We washed him and sprayed the house and laundered the bedding (ours and his), yet still the fleas came back. So today—after visiting our new puppy who is not yet old enough to come home with us — we washed the dog again, and vacuumed, vacuumed, vacuumed everything in the house, and washed all the bedding again. Tomorrow morning, we'll give him a Capstar pill (neat, safe pill guaranteed to kill all the fleas on him) and take him and our birds to our son's house while we flea bomb the house and get rid of all the fleas for good (as well as any other hapless bug in our home). It was a day of love because the love of my life, my wonderful husband, did most of the work. That's what you call love!

Visiting our puppy—Sadie—was a nice hour-long drive into the country out to the J Bar T Ranch in Blue Ridge, Texas, where the kind people raise Toy and Miniature Australian Shepherds. Sadie is the result of a breeding between a red-tri-color female (Princess) and a blue merle male (Cinnamon). She is one of three  pups in the litter, all of whom ended up red tris. She, of course, is the cutest one. Here's her picture:
Doesn't she look like a little teddy bear? She is typically puppy-sweet, with razor sharp teeth and puppy-breath. We played with her on the grass; it was her first time on grass and she didn't know what to do at first. She tried to eat it, then decided it felt good to roll and drag her tummy in it, and then best of all to run in it.

Even though it was only 86° today, she is used to being in air-conditioning, so she got hot pretty fast and whined to go back inside. When we took her in, she stretched out on the cold floor and immediately was asleep. So cute.

So that was my day. How was yours?