Friday, September 24, 2010

Some sad news

Just got a call from my AC, kind of knew what it was about when I saw who it was calling. Rocky’s match didn’t work out. He is back in training and will be looking for his new owner in the next class. I am kind of little sad, but I always knew there was a chance of it not working out. I know that the trainers did the right thing by dropping Rocky from this class. Just like you can’t fit a square peg into a round hole, you can’t force a dog to a certain person. I want Rocky to find the perfect match so that they can work in harmony with each other. I am fine with him staying in college a little bit longer to find that person.

I know that there is another puppy raiser out there who will be getting some news about their puppy being in this class and will be just as excited as I was, when I found out that Rocky was matched.

At least I have a little bit more time to work on Rocky’s scrapbook now.

If you happen to spot my Rock Star, be sure to give him some extra love from me!

Exciting News!!!!!

I found out yesterday . . . . . .

that Rocky is currently in class!!!!!!!! I am so beyond excited!!!! Fingers crossed that the match will keep!! Can’t wait to see my Rock Star again and meet his new owner!

It is a good thing I have been shopping for this day the past few months, now to start on his scrapbook!

If everything goes as planned I will be heading to Florida in just a few weeks!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

4 months

Joe turned 4 months old yesterday! Hard to believe he is already that old, seems like just yesterday I picked him up. He is such a good puppy and I have had so much fun with him by my side. He takes every exposure in stride and is not afraid of anything. Joe is a blast to take out and I can’t wait for the months to come with the little Joe!

4 of Joe’s favorite things

1.) his food- Joe is certainly a lab who LOVES his food! He was starting to eat a little too fast, so he got a kong in his food bowl to slow him down. After just a few meals he slowed down enough to where he doesn’t need the kong in it anymore. He still does his happy dance when it is meal time, but has learned to sit and stay while I fix their food and until he gets the take a break command. He certainly is one smart little boy!

2) attention- I don’t think that Joe could ever get enough attention! He is so willing to please; since he knows he gets positive attention when he does something right. Joe certainly wants a lot more attention and is a bit clingier than Colt and Ely were at his age. I think that someone got spoiled in the puppy kennel :-), which of course I don’t mind one bit!

3) playing with his friends- Joe is getting quite popular in the puppy social world! He has puppy play dates quite regularly. Some of his favorite friends to play with are his sister Lexie, his friend Beamer (who looks just like him, except that he is white instead of tan. He is about a week younger then Joe), Rocky’s sister’s, Duchess, puppy raisers got a new personal dog when Duchess went IFT and she is a medium size dog who loves to run and play. Her name is Holly. Joe has also successfully gotten Ely to play with him, which is a very difficult feat.

[Joe and his friend Beamer]

4) going places- Joe already knows what his leash and coat mean! He gets SO excited to be going someplace. I felt so bad leaving him behind when I went to school, because he gave me those pitiful puppy dog eyes (I can normally resist them, but he has such sad eyes, when he wants to, it makes it a little bit harder to keep walking). However when he knows that he is going for a ride he runs to the passenger side door and sits. He is a great rider too, though it is not going to be too much longer till he gets to ride in the back as he is quickly outgrowing the front.

Happy 4 month birthday to Joe and the rest of the L10 litter!

[ Joe and his sister Lexie]

Friday, September 17, 2010

Rocky update!

So I go Rocky’s report card the first of the month and he is doing fabulously! I was super, super happy when I saw he was in Phase 3!!!! His brother Spike is also in phase 3 with him. Those two always loved being together, so I am glad they are studying hard together instead of partying!

Keep up the good work Rocky and don’t get senioritis! I am so proud of my rock star! His trainer said that he was staying on track for training and that they always enjoy taking him out on route!

So Rocky has been gone since April (hard to believe it has been that long!), last Sunday Ely went with me to teach in kids church to get in some of his therapy hours. One of the leaders was looking at Ely and said he looks different; his co-leader then says well that is Ely not Rocky. I guess he was not paying very good attention to who I bring with me. :-) I thought that was a little funny. I don’t know if it is just the fact that the kids at church had seen Rocky grow up or what, but every week I get at least one kid who wants to know where Rocky is. Though the kids love Joe too!

Speaking of Rocky, he has 6 new brothers and sisters (half siblings)! The little yellow ones look just like Rocky did as a baby! So my friend Meagan and I are finally related through our puppies! Rocky’s mom Bella, had puppies with Eve’s (Meagan’s pup) brother, Bentley (who is a very handsome yellow lab!). So Rocky and Eve are related, though it is a very interesting relation :-).

Eve played so nicely with Rocky when Meagan kept Rocky for me last year while I went to Sherman’s puppy raiser day. I am so excited I get to keep track of one of the yellow boys from this litter named Georgia! He goes to his new raiser on tomorrow!

Meagan also has a great blog for her current puppy Ellie, who is a gorgeous 9 month old golden retriever!

Have you ever been looking online or in a newsletter and go hey that looks just like (your dog )!

Well that happened to me the other day, I was going through Southeastern’s summer newsletter that I got in the mail and was reading all the articles. I flipped one of the pages, looked at the picture and go hey that looks just like Rocky! I mean how many pups could have a cute face like that! It is either Rocky or a dog that looks very similar to Rocky. I will let you decide!