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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Tue, Jun. 3rd, 2008 12:00 pm
Starting to recover from the weekend...

This weekend was...well, mostly not fun.

The bad stuff:

Moving. Moving and moving and moving and more moving. We got the van from work on Saturday and started to load it up that day. We took shifts. I started, loaded up a bunch of stuff, while David took Dahlia to the dog park. We grabbed lunch at Heid's (mmmm conies) and got ice cream (Dahlia got a doggie ice cream sundae -- vanilla ice cream between milk bone dog biscuits!) and then I went to the dog park with Dahlia while David packed things up.

We, amazingly, packed the whole van full of stuff and took it over to unload it. Luckily, Brandon was there to help out (such a godsend!) and we got it unloaded in quick order.

Sunday we drove down, without Dahlia this time, and tried to pack up as much stuff as we could. All together this weekend we managed to get all 4 bookshelves out, most of David's books, half of the typewriters left (I think there are maybe 10 left?), many of our dishes, David's big chair in the back (the one from the living room is already over there), David's CD holder and the one that held our DVDs and cookbooks, along with a smattering of other stuff. It was a successful weekend and I'm just starting to recover from all the associated aches and pains.

The sort of bad:

Dahlia is still having some threshold issues. But I'm realizing it's not exactly a threshold. She has trouble going past our friend's couch. And the doorway into the next room is still 3 or 4 feet away. I'm starting to think it's the big halogen lamp that's right beyond the couch. She's looked up at it a few times and then kind of stepped back behind the couch. She did eventually make her way into the other room, but it took her awhile (and it took for all of us to be in there eating -- I guess her love of us and perhaps more so, the food!, got her past it). I want to move it next time we come there before she comes in and see if she goes through more easily.

The good stuff:

Dahlia played fetch at the dog park! I was really excited. I threw a tennis ball a few times and she actually got it and brought it back to me. It's the first real fetching she's done. I hope we can get her to do some more at the dog park next time we go.

David said she's like the awkward child when playing at the dog park...like she just doesn't get what's going on. She'll run into a group of dogs and they'll scatter and start running and then she just kind of stares after them all confused. Eventually she just wanders off. It's like she doesn't get that the running thing is part of PLAY. And that their running away is an invitation to chase them. I don't think the poor girl has EVER played. Eventually, after watching enough, she sort of got the hang of it, but it took a LONG time to get there.

We felt HORRIBLE for leaving Dahlia home on Sunday. We took off at 11:30, grabbed something to eat, and didn't get back until after 6:30pm. She was SO HAPPY to see us. She wiggled around, rolled over onto her back for belly rubs, and still kept wagging her tail while on the ground. It was so funny and so awesome to come home to such a happy dog. And the best part of it? NOTHING out of place in the house, no mess, nothing. We took her out and she immediately did her business, so we knew she had to go, but she held it for well over 8 hours (she last did any of her business around 10am or so...we took her out right before we left, but she didn't go). We were so proud of her and so happy!

Yesterday was just a normal work day, but when I got home, I ended up taking some pictures of Dahlia (like that's a surprise), so there are a few behind the cut.

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Waiting for Daddy:
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She looks SO MUCH like a black golden retriever here:
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Paw:
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Sad-eyed look - "Mommy come pet me"
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One of David's pictures:
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saioboepedge
saioboepedge
colleen
Tue, Jun. 3rd, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)

SOOO cute! I want a puppy now! However, Scott and I agreed that we need to wait until the kitties reach kitty heaven..which could be another ten years, for all we know. But we'll have a dog one day!


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Tue, Jun. 3rd, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)

Why are you guys going to wait? I mean, if you both want a puppy, why not get one? Or even better, get a slightly older dog and avoid all the puppiness! lol


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saioboepedge
saioboepedge
colleen
Tue, Jun. 3rd, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)

Well, because we have two cats that don't do well around dogs, and we're trying to start a family. We want to wait until Oreo & Mugsy are in cat heaven before even looking, and when we do get a dog, we're going to get a cat that does well around them. That way, both of us have our own pet. :) *laugh* That just sounds funny.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Tue, Jun. 3rd, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)

Got it...I wasn't sure if you knew how the cats would react to a dog or not at this point. Sometimes they can be fine with a dog and sometimes they can't. If they're skittish around dogs, it makes sense to not get one yet...especially puppies as they just want to play and probably won't recognize any sort of kitty warning signal to back off! Puppies are rather obtuse that way.

And it makes sense to get a couple together...I'm sure there are lots of dogs and cats and local shelters that get along with each other. I know on petfinder, they generally list if dogs are good with cats and vice versa. A lot of shelters will let you bring an animal to meet a prospective companion and see if they do well with each other. It can work even better if you get really young ones from what I understand -- a puppy and a kitten if raised together can be great friends!


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stubberella
stubberella
Lisa Eskra
Tue, Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)

I totally agree about her looking like a black golden retriever! I really rather like the black better. =)

She has dainty paws. Definitely not like Faith's omg monster paws!


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red_voodoo
red_voodoo
Roll me in sugar and call me afuckinjellydoughnut!
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)

She is so beautiful.

I always hate leaving our dogs when we go out, but their excitement to see us when we come home is lovely...:)


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