Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The boys are doing very well. As far as the house rules are concerned, both boys have to sit and wait before I let them outside. Guinness is the pushy one, so I make him wait and give Basil the okay to go first. They both know the routine now and I don't have to remind them all the time now.
The food bowl - we no troubles at the food bowl. Basil has his spot and Guinness has his spot. No matter who I feed first, the other doesn't try to make a run for it and eat it.
"Go get it" or "Go find it" and "come" - this is a game that our trainer plays often. Throw a treat within their line of sight and say "go get it" and then have them come back. It's mental exercise, tires them out and reinforces them to "come". I bought Wet Nose treats and they are awesome for this because they are tiny so the boys won't gain weight for having too many treats.
Prissy pants Basil won't lay "down" on his belly if the floor is cold (tile, linoleum). Well guess what? I had an apple and Guinness went right down! I praised him and he got an apple. Guess who went down on his belly on cold tile floor quicker than lightening after that? Yup. Prissy pants Basil.
The door - The door situation is still a work in progress. Basil is still reactive but quiets down after about 3 sets of "bark bark bark bark bark bark" I tell him "quiet!" and he knocks it off. When he's calm, he sits. Then he's allowed to be greeted. It does work. Our trainer Renee suggested that when we expect company we should keep Basil in the kitchen behind the baby gate but Guinness outside and teach him what is expected of him (sitting in his bed far from the door). I was stubborn and thought I should do the reverse since it's Basil I want to train out of this behavior. But Renee was right. It's a lot more manageable esp when people have already arrived to have Guinness out. Then Basil realized quickly that he gets no attention if he doesn't calm down. I want to practice more. I might start with Guinness. He knows what's expected. He goes right to his bed without being asked to. He can be the model for Basil.
Health - Basil had an ear infection a while back and it seems to have finally cleared up and gone away for good. In the past, they tend to linger. He licks his paws at night still even though we changed his food. I think he just does it out of boredom. Ellie Mae's mom tells her to "leave it" and she stops licking compulsively, so I started doing that with Basil and it works. Basil has gained a little weight since he hasn't had as much activity. Guinness is a good weight though. Basil also has a little raisen size wart on his lip that we're getting checked out. Guinness is in good health and has no allergies. Since changing his food to Honest Kitchen Zeal, his poop and digestion seems much better. His gas doesn't smell bad anymore and he doesn't gas as often. He smells good all the time. His booboo is doing a lot better. It's all healed and eventually his fur will grow out.
Otherwise they are happy. WE LOVE THEM! I don't know what I would do without them!!! I just hug them and love them to pieces everyday.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Our trainer Renee Premeza hosts a radio show on WNJC 1360 AM every Thursday from 10:00 to 10:30 AM. On January 20th, she has invited FBRN volunteer Velma W. for an interview to speak on behalf of FBRN to promote awareness and the work that FBRN does for our dogs in need.
To listen to the show, go to WNJC and you can listen from a live feed via the internet or through your iPhone. It's really simple. You don't need to download anything. Just go here and click on "Click here to listen online" on duxstream.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Now that Guinness is part of our family, he needs a Christmas ornament of his own. We went back to Itty Bitty Barkers on etsy which is where we ordered Basil's ornament from. The artist even put a white spot on the back of it's neck.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Maw and paw found a nasty booboo on my neck last week. It started as a bald spot, then scabbed over, then got all nasty and pus was coming from it. Basil tried to help me and lick it, but it hurt.
Maw tied this hanky around my neck to cover my booboo. Doesn't it make me look distinguished?
Maw took me to the vet and they gave me antibiotics. I will be better next week.
Booboo after it was already healing 1 week.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
On Saturday, our trainer Renee came over again along with Ellie Mae and her mom! We worked on the "meet n greet" when a new dog approaches, leash walking and showed Renee how well we sit in our bed while waiting for new people to arrive at the front door.
Ellie (left), Guinness (middle), Basil (right)
Ellie wuvs to pay wif us!
Some things maw learned. When a dog furiend is coming over for a play date, put the boys on leashes and go out into the back yard. We're not allowed to jump all over the fence and get rowdy. Maw has to take the leashes and walk us far far far away from the fence and give the furiend room to come inside. Then let the leashes drag and we're allowed to go sniff and play! Sometimes we get overexcited and need to be called away and have a little break. Then we're allowed to go back to playing.
Guinness must have had a good experience with Ellie because then he had a great play date with our neighbor Carmel the lab the next day! Maw made sure she wore Carmel out a wittle first. He sniffed all throughout our yard and then we came outside. Guinness did play bows and ran around with Carmel. It was a good positive experience for him. Maw felt so proud.
Next: Maw has to do distance work with Basil while in a down/stay.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Maw and paw went for a womantic weeeeekend in New Hope, NJ. They walked around, had ice cream and went shopping. Deyr were wots of stores selling dog stuff.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
We have been good boyz dis yeer. (Well, I have been good anyway ~ Guinness) We would be berry happee if you brought us sum stuff.
- Paws Dog Boots - Keeps our feet protected during the winter with the ice and salt.
Our friend Brutus the frenchie wears them too!
- Look Out Car Seat - We both love car rides and like lookin out the window.
- Sock Monkey Dog Bed - How kewl is dis?!
Oh, and Santa. Please don't forget the treats!
Monday, December 6, 2010
To get into the Christmas spirit, we put on our fancy hats and went out to get a weel Christmas tree.
Guinness and his hat
We helped dad pick out a tree. Pee hits the spot!
Guinness and his first tree. Like his antlers?
We both had antlers on and everyone kept telling us how cute we were. How boring! Can't people come up with something creative?
Breaking out the decorations!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
We had a photoshoot dis mornin' in da big comfy bed. We think we make better sooper pawdels for Mawtha Stewart's fronchie bed sheets. Now dat Basil modeled in NYC and was all over da papers, he thinks he's more sooper dan me, but I'll show him.
Here we are on set. Francesca and Sharkey have nothin' on us!
Who is this minion? There isn't enough room here for the 3 of us!
Where are my green M&M's?!!!
I'll have a tall non-fat fat mocha chocha chai pawtte made with skim...hold the whip!
It's a rough job being a sooper pawdel, but somebodys gotta do it.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Basil's bedding was gettin' a little funky...smellin'...ya know what I mean? So maw swapped it out with some new pillows and maw's pillowcase because it's super comfy and smells like her.
Dude, roll your big ole a$$ outta my crib.
Who you callin' big!? I'll shmush you!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The boys surprise me everyday. We left them in the kitchen while we went out to dinner the other night. When we came home, we noticed they had pulled their beds to the back of the kitchen where the heat was coming from.
If dogs could go to college, my boys would be in BROWN University!!!