Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 | Gryffindor, Ozzy | Comments Off
Yup, our little boy is growing up fast! Ozzy is 4 months old today, and is weighing in at around 46 pounds. This “little” guy, (who is only about 10 pounds lighter than Beowulf at this point) has been wonderful for us. Not only has he been a somewhat easy puppy, but he’s really helped us heal after Gryffin. He’s obviously not a replacement, but he is a special guy in his own right, and he makes us laugh every day.
To give you an idea of how big he’s getting, here he is at about 8.5 weeks and maybe 16 pounds wearing Gryffin’s fall collar.
And here he is tonight.
He was definitely wondering why it was taking me so long to give him the yummy dehydrated beef heart.
Check back Thursday for something fun!
You know, it occurred to me that I’ve been posting lots of pictures lately, but I haven’t given too much detail about life with Ozzy. I’m sure you all love the pics, but I think I’ll just talk about him and how he’s doing. It may come out as one giant stream of consciousness…my apologies in advance if it comes out as goo.
Ozzy is a fantastic dog. To be honest, I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak. He’s a well-mannered (well, usually), happy dog. He has a fantastic appetite, hasn’t chewed on stuff he shouldn’t (unless Indy counts) yet, and has been very easy with house training.
Actually, I jokingly mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I should rename the blog to “The Daily Swizzle” because on average, that’s all we get. We’ve had a few multiple-accident days, but he will go for four or more days without having any at all. He knows he’s supposed to go outside, and he has very good control for a Swissy. He just hasn’t figured out how to tell us he needs to go. We are pretty good at watching his signals, but we don’t always get him out in time. Of course, it happens during or post play, right when we are trying to usher him to the door. He’ll get there soon, I think. (Or is it I hope?)
Ozzy is doing very well in our household in general. I do believe I’ve mentioned before that Indy loves him, but it’s important to note that I believe Beowulf, the old curmudgeon, actually enjoys his company. I have caught them cuddling and – gasp – playing just a little bit.
His socialization is going quite well. We have completed four weeks of Puppy K, and I believe he is the star of the class. Perhaps that’s what happens when you actually work with your dog on the basics before class starts, and when you work with him daily when it’s going. I could be wrong.
There is one thing about him that worries me. While Gryffin was a great dog for obedience because he WANTED to please us, Ozzy is just plain smart. The obedience comes quickly, and he enjoys it. But I have a feeling he’s doing it because he wants to and he likes it, not because it makes us happy at all. The reason this is worrying is because this is how Alex was-extremely smart, frequently extremely obedient, but cunning beyond belief. While I say I’m worried partially in jest, it’s not all funny-although I don’t believe this is the end of the world. Put Alex’s mad skillz into a dog that will likely end up near 140lbs and tall enough to graze counter tops, and you can see why we might have issues. I guess this means training, training, and more training.
In other news, the small puppy (we brought him home at eight weeks and around 13lbs) is no longer small. He’s around three and a half months old, and weighs in at 37lbs. Our vet met him this week and believes he’s around a quarter of his eventual size. We initially thought it was possible that Ozzy may end up on the smaller side, but we have since revised our opinion. Please send help.
That’s all for now. I hope all three of my readers have a fantastic weekend! Stay cool!
Friday, August 6th, 2010 | Canine Cancer, Gryffindor, Indigo | Comments Off
The Bark for Life that Indy and I will be walking is coming up! It’s Saturday, August 21st, and we are really looking forward to it!
In their words:
The American Cancer Society’s “Bark for Life” is a Relay for Life fundraising event that honors the care-giving qualities of canine companions.
Last year, Indy and I participated in Abby the Pyr’s memory. This year, we’ll be walking in Gryffin’s honor, in addition to all of our friends and family, furry and human, that have been effected by cancer in some way. Putting it mildly, cancer sucks. Heck, I’m tearing up just writing about it.
So here’s the scoop. This particular event is being held at Fullersburg Woods. If you would like to join us, we would absolutely love it! You can register for the event here. If you are unable to join, but have the ability to donate to our cause, you can do so via our secure site here. Every dollar helps.
To be honest, money is great, but if you are in this area, I’d really love it if you joined us. To give you more incentive, in addition to the walk, the event will also have:
• Dog/owner look-alike contest
• Best bark contest
• Pet photos
• Pet-product vendors and services
• Dog wash
• Pet trick competitions
• Canine Therapy Group
• Pet communicator
Last year’s event was fairly small. I would not be at all surprised to find it the same way this year. Please help us make it a great event!
Friday, July 23rd, 2010 | Gryffindor, Indigo, Ozzy | Comments Off
You’ve likely read before that Swissies are very hard to house train. Or can be. Indy took about 9 months before she was slightly reliable outside of a crate. Similar (or longer) for Gryffin.
Well, Ozzy seems to be a bit better. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Yes, he has accidents. But his signals are clear, and sometimes he even…get this…tells us he has to go! Especially this week.
It’s interesting, as I think the process has improved quite a bit this week, and it was never really bad. We’re clicker training this time around, which we’ve never tried before. And it’s working – with the other dogs too. But on average, he’s having one “oops” a day. It’s never been poop – only pee. And he’s never gone in his crate. (Although I suppose there’s always a first time.)
So I have high hopes for him-maybe he’ll be reliable before 9 months? Could he be one of those rare, not super hard to house train, Swissies?
Saturday, April 10th, 2010 | Gryffindor | Comments Off
Or morbid if I mention that today would be Gryffin’s 7th Birthday? He would officially be a senior as far as Swissies are concerned. I wish he got the chance.
For his remaining litter mates, I hope you all had a wonderful Birthday today full of treats, belly rubs and practical jokes.
To everyone else:
Life is short. Play with your dog.
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