and other things I say to my puppy.
I love Winn’s huge paws, but good grief it hurts when she pounces on me when she’s hungry. She tends to do this in the morning, after she goes outside to do her business. She will come up to me, crawl across my chest and take one paw and hit my face. Then she will get closer, essentially pinning me down and smother me with kisses. It’s very sweet but too much the first thing in the morning and I’m encouraging her to stop with the smacking!
What’s in your mouth? I must say this 10 times a day.
Where did you go? I taught her to bring in the paper which she loves to do because then she gets a treat. She can be very quiet when she wants to be and will sneak off, cruising around, looking for something to bring to me to get my attention and to hopefully get another treat.
I try to give her other jobs to stimulate her working dog desire to bring me things.
And finally, please, please stay out of the paint! We seem to always have a project going on, and often times paint is involved. Her affinity for paint started when we were at my mom’s house and I wrote about painting with a puppy. This summer we have been touching up the paint around our back deck and she found a plastic container filled with paint that had been placed among other paint cans. I had let her out while I was in the kitchen making my breakfast. In just short of 2 minutes, she made a colossal mess!
Do you catch yourself saying funny things to your dog?
To share their wisdom of course!
“A well dug hole feels great on the belly.” Winn missed the part that it should be in a cool corner somewhere, preferably behind a bush. Holes in the middle of the yard get filled in so that no one falls in and breaks an ankle.“If you wait till they leave the room, you might find something yummy lying around”“Mealtime is the best time of day!”
“The beach is the best place on earth!”“This is how we run with the pack.”“After the beach, we get a bath.” and “When the hair dryer turns on, we get treats!”
There’s a challenge floating around social media to tell your naming story. Since each girl joined us in the midst of family changes, I’d like to share their stories.
Maisie: My daughter had just gone off to college, and we had our two senior dogs Bailey (10 1/2- year-old Newfoundland) and Charlie (13-year-old Newfoundland Labrador mix). Charlie had been diagnosed with a large abdominal tumor and we knew he had limited time but Bailey was still in very good health. I thought Bailey would be a great big sister to a new puppy, however the week before we picked up our new puppy Bailey took a turn and suddenly passed away. We brought home this little bundle and poor Charlie wasn’t feeling well. He passed away 1 week later. Suddenly we went from 2 senior dogs to 1 young puppy. We were starting over again and I kept thinking back to when Bailey was a puppy and my kids were little. My daughter is an avid reader and we both shared our love of books and read together a lot, especially at bedtime. One of our favorites was Daisy Head Maisie and it seemed like a perfect name for our little brown girl.
Annie: My son had just gone off to college and I was feeling the quietness of the empty nest. I looked into Newfoundland Rescue and found Annie, who was still in foster care one year after her rescue. Annie was one of 44 Newfoundlands surrendered from a puppy mill in December of 2014. The paperwork and records were spotty and all that we received for Annie was her 2014 Rabies certificate. Her name was listed as Anne but Paris was handwritten next to it. I don’t know why she had two names or even how it was known that this was her name but she has always responded to Annie not Paris. Assuming this is correct, I found a listing for Paris on a Newfoundland registry with a birthdate of June 7 2006 so that is when we celebrate her birthday. We call her Annie Bear, Sweet Annie and Annie McFanny.
Winn: On January 2nd of this year my very healthy Dad was diagnosed with a large tumor on his liver. I was with him in February for his radiation therapy that was supposed to give him 2-3 years. I hoped at that time that there would be a puppy available for me once they were born, and that I would bring her with me when I returned for his 3 month follow-up appt. I rushed back to his side on March 24th. The litter had been born and I shared my news with him and any new pictures as I got them from her breeder. As my family and I sat around him in the hospital, we shared lots of stories and memories and by far our favorite place was our lake house on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Dad loved his boat and my spot was always on the left side of the bow. Whenever he felt like going for a spin, I eagerly joined him and we would tour around the lake. I told him I would be naming her Winn and that made him smile. Unfortunately, he didn’t live long enough to meet her but to honor him and those happy memories I decided her registered name should be Bearfoot in the Bow.
I know this post ends on a bit of a sad note, but Winn exudes so much joy and her antics bring me laughter when I need it most. It’s impossible to be sad when she is around.
I would love to hear from all of you with your naming stories, human or 4 legged!
Last night Winn and I completed her puppy training class. Of course she passed her test with flying colors and has attained her AKC S.T.AR puppy certificate. (I will send in her paperwork and get an official certificate from AKC with her full name and some bling she can wear when she’s feeling fancy.)
S.T.A.R. stands for socialization, training, activity and responsibility and is taught by a certified CGC (Canine Good Citizen) trainer. It is basically CGC pre-school, and on Wednesday we will start new classes to continue training with that goal in mind.
Maisie passed her CGC test a couple of weeks ago. It took longer than I anticipated because I was out-of-town for most of February and all of April. My absence took a toll on Maisie, and we had to work together slowly to rebuild her confidence. We started training in December with the hope that she would be CGC and Therapy Dog certified before Winn joined the family. For now, I need to focus on Winn and then Maisie and I will decide if Therapy Dog seems like a good fit for us as a team. We still sneak away together when we can and she loves our walks along the lake. She is so well-behaved when we are out and about, which is really the most important thing.So cheers to Winn, let the advanced training begin!