Saturday, May 31, 2008

Water, brooms, rakes and cuddles

So intense...

Is there any wonder my back is buggered!

He is about to hit double figures, a whole 10 months of age! I thought I'd write down some of the quirky things he does that makes up who he is at this stage of his little life.
Sonic loves water. If there is a puddle or pool of water anywhere in the vicinity he has to jump in it. If he gets hot the paws go in the water bucket and he submerges his head under while drinking. Not a day goes by that I don't have to change his water bucket and I'm sure I don't need to mention that chasing water from the hose is very high on the list of fun.
He is still totally obsessed with me sweeping or raking. Should I attempt to do either I have to deal with much puppy screaming and herding of said rake or broom. We have come to a compromise these days in that as long as he lets me sweep or rake as soon as I've finished he is allowed to kill the broom to his hearts desire. The compromise seems to be working fairly successfully at this point. I like to think of it as control training...I don't know if anyone watching would agree.
He is pretty cuddly really which is a bit unexpected. If my partner and I are sitting on the lounge together he is very likely to curl up between us for a cuddle. I remember Kriszty telling me that Sally was a bit like that and loved to curl up on the lounge with you. He has this thing too where he loves to sniff your face. It's quite bizarre to watch but he is totally fascinated by it. Strangely enough I think that Kriszty and Gillian mentioned that Secret and Billy do it too.
Training is good. He's in love with the collapsible tunnel, doesn't fall off the puppy dog walk nearly as much as what he did to begin with and has the bend grid down pat. His two on two off on the dog walk is sometimes good but then he'll drop his bundle and get all flustered about it. I think I just need to do more of it with him and up the reinforcement.
I think he's about Riot's height now but I haven't gotten around to measuring him again. Because he's so slight he doesn't look that big but when he's walking alongside Riot he realise just how tall he is. Just as long as he doesn't go over 54.6cm all will be well!

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