Saturday, September 01, 2007

Peace is two tired dogs...

Awww, the joys of a lazy Saturday. I shamefully slept until 11 and then after the dogs were fed and pottied we all climbed back onto the couch for another nap - I woke up at 4:00 and realized I'd napped the day away. There are certainly worse ways to spend a weekend - but it was a waste of a beautiful late-summer day. I'll selfishly claim that I needed it - it's been a rather long time since I've had a day to myself - just me and the boys and a nice long nap :-)


I did get out and work with Murphy some, he's always game to play a little. Steady progress towards next weekend. Murphy has been working pretty well these days - his heelwork is decent - steady...it always is though isn't it. If we can manage to leave the baggage outside the ring we just might make it through next weekend. I hadn't been working anything else with him and I felt like I should make sure that he remembered all of the other puzzle pieces. As expected the rest of his open work is nearly flawless, he's got a slow drop sometimes - but he's consistant and I know that he will drop when asked to so I'm honestly picking my battles - if we can get through the heelwork without one or both of us stressing I'll be a very happy camper...

The past couple of nights I've brought Teller and Murphy next door to play with Melody's puppy (a couple of months older than Teller) Quinn. Quinn is one of those dogs that was shipped up from the south for a fresh start. Who knows what Quinn actually is - Melody was told that she was half golden retriever - I don't see any golden in there - something brindle - maybe boxer? Lab? A wee bit of pitt bull or Am Staff? They said that her mother was a golden, my guess is that she may have been half golden, half something else and Quinn the product of quarters...Anyhow, what Quinn missed in her formative weeks Melody has actually more than made up with. The "broken" puppy she brought home at 16 weeks of age - who didn't want to play with other dogs and was pretty leary of people has absolutely blossomed into a stable outgoing and even tempered little (40lb) dog. The only remaining sign that Quinn hasn't always lived a life of ease is the missing hair on her tail where she was likely burned by a muffler when she was a young pup - the hair hasn't grown back and probably won't ever come back - it's like one of those marks that will always remind us that her life started out very different from that of Teller and Murphy's life of entitlement...

Teller is absolutely smitten with her - and they play SO well together...alternating between running full speed and playing bitey face. I always like watching dogs make up their own games - Quinn has dug herself an impressive hole in her backyard, she'd run and lay in the hole and Teller would bite her bottom, she'd then get up and run around ending up in the hole and the cycle would repeat - FOR HOURS. Needless to say, Teller is pretty much passed out cold now - occaisionally stirring to make sure that Murphy and I are where he thinks we ought to be.

Murphy is still my nervous nelly, even though he's just next door from his house he's worried, doesn't settle, doesn't play with the other two - preferring to hang out with the people. He's always been this way I suppose. But I think he's becoming more concerned about his surroundings not less - and that worries me a little. I know that his sister Molly is indeed a worry-wart - it's not unlike her to walk around drooling from stress - the two of them are a drooling riot. Murphy was better tonight than last night on the worrying front - I think part of what worries him is when Teller plays roughly with Quinn - I'm not sure I'm ready to say that I think Murphy thinks Teller will be hurt because I don't think that dogs think that way - but it's the same "something is wrong" reaction that he gets when Teller and Q (the cat) play roughly too...It'd be easy to dismiss the behavior as jealousy - but it's not. Anyway, Murphy too is doing his very best rug impression this evening...waiting to hear that it's "bed time".

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