The joy of being thankful!
- After weeks of rain and the coldest October temperatures ever – today was sunny and warm! And the forecast is for at least two more days of the same.
- The secure outdoor run on Fort Peepage (now re-named Fort Crowage as we have two roosters and you can imagine how that sounds) is completed and the peeps love it.
- The peeps, who should probably now be referred to as cluckers (question – if I let them go broody, will that make them mother cluckers?), rewarded me with their first banty-sized eggs the day we finished the outdoor run. (Do hens who feel safe and happy lay more eggs?)
- I took Charlie to the local pet food store yesterday where he let three new people feed him treats without snarking at them. Granted I did have to coach them on the “no look, no touch, no talk” protocol – but since he accomplished this even while being in a strange place after a somewhat stressful car ride – I am THRILLED. We’ll be back for more of this shortly.
- Audie showed Charlie how to hunt and kill mice today. English Shepherds 2 – mice 0. And one crazy baby-killing dingo Kelpie happily playing cat-and-mouse games with pathetic, tattered little mouse corpses. I’m just happy that a few less of the vile, disease-riddled little bastards will invade my house to ruin food purchased for those of use who are meant to live here.
- Charlie is now going into his kennel when I just point at it and say “kennel”. He cheerfully eats and sleeps in it without a bit of fuss. He lives in the house full-time now.
- In other developments, Charlie is now able to ride in a crate in my van without barfing, panting or otherwise freaking out. I have to admit that most of the credit for this goes to Audie. I have an XXXXXL soft crate (big enough to put two friendly Leonbergers into at the same time) that I have now put into my van. I’ve been taking Charlie and Audie for short rides together in it (like down the driveway and back – 1/2 mile total trip) for a week or so and that seems to have done the trick. Audie loves to ride in the car. Car rides mean adventures. Hikes, ice-cream, visits to friends, trips to the bank or the store. Swimming. Herding. Car rides rock. It only took a few rides with the perpetually cheerful Audie (who, btw, Charlie idolizes) to make a 180-degree change in Charlie’s attitude. Being able to drive him around to meet new people should significantly accelerate my ability to teach Charlie that people are a cool – or at least neutral – thing, rather than an entree.
After a fine day of work outside in the sun I’m relaxing with a glass of syrah while a pack of tired, happy dogs nap on the floor around me – Life is good.