Friday, August 12, 2011

Two Months Later...

Raven doing Pilates

It is two months since we brought home our new puppy and she has certainly changed our daily routines. Mornings before work and evenings after supper are spent exercising and training her. The only time this summer I had time to blog and was when we were away on vacation. What we invest in her early training will pay off handsomely as she is becoming a big dog and must learn to behave. She rewards us with love, affection, total devotion and many good laughs. Yesterday I noticed her trying to imitate me as I did a Pilates routine on the floor. She knows the red mat and the lady talking on the TV mean I will be doing some strange moves and she wants in on the action.

The highlight of the day is a romp at the leash-free dog park. She no longer hides under the bench but rushes out to play with her friends. It is in this environment we are teaching her to "come!" when called, and like a child in a playground, she chooses to ignore us sometimes. She is improving though.

Raven thinks the recycling bin is her toy box and she takes out every plastic container and amuses herself by flattening and throwing them about. We let her get away with it and are thankful she hasn't taken a liking to treating our shoes in the same way. She is at the peak of teething right now.

Pets are lots of work, but everyone in this household knows the benefits outweigh any inconvenience.

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.  
George Eliot

Raven at 12 weeks and 21 weeks...She has grown out of her red collar and gained a lot of confidence


  1. I guess dogs are great when trained, which is partly what makes me a cat guy. :)

  2. I think any four-legged pet is good for companionship. Cats are better for many people...I just have never had one and don't understand them.

  3. A beautiful Dog. Its great you are spending time now training it..makes a much more pleasant dog to be around.

  4. Oh yes, they are work but no good thing comes without work it seems! Good to hear from you. It has been busy this side too.

  5. The effort will definitely pay off in the future. I loved all the photographs. It is fun to watch Raven growing up.

  6. I have seen many changes in here the few times I have meet her. She has a great personality. I love how Raven has taken up a new form of exercising...maybe she can start her own video series ... Pilates for Dogs. She is certainly a beautiful dog. word verification for this post today is "doging" - lol

  7. I love this progress report.
    And it certainly resonates with our experience--the hole of grief caused by the previous dog's death filled by the love for a new dog in your life.
    And the mischief and stages to go through.
    You are so right--much love in return.

  8. Raven is a beautiful dog. Training is very important and will make your life much easier later.

  9. What a nice pet. He's a beauty and great with the pilates! LOL!
    He's really grown and changed in two months.

  10. What a pretty pup, and seems to have a great personality, too.

  11. Ruth, is that really you on the floor excercising?? Looks like a teenager to me!!!

  12. Beautiful - look forward to more.


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