Saturday, August 31, 2013

First "big girl" grooming session

The groomer said Bella did very well today.
I couldn't believe my eyes. She looks so grown up.
Chaz was glad to see his friend back home.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Bella the neat freak

Bella gathered all of her toys in a neat pile in the middle of her play pen all by herself.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Growing up too fast

Bella today
15 weeks
Just a few weeks ago
7 weeks
She's not a baby any more.

Friday, August 16, 2013

First "big girl" bath

Bella is too big for the sink now so I bathed her out on the deck like John and I used to do with Toby & Jessie.
She did pretty well.
After being towel dried, she was already half-way dry. Her fur is amazing.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bella's first day of school

Well, we finally attended our first day of puppy school yesterday.
Bella did well and she loved it.
But it was touch and go at first.  She did not want to leave the house so I had to carry her to my van. Then she didn't want to get into the carrier. That took some persuading. But she was very good on the ride over.
But then she didn't want to get out of the carrier. That was a small struggle. I had given up on the boots I had bought her before we left the house but I was able to find a spot right next to the sidewalk so she didn't have to walk on the hot macadam. I placed her on the sidewalk but she wouldn't walk. This was all new territory to her and she was having none of it. After some persuading, she took her first tentative steps toward the store and then as she gained confidence she walked right up to Petco.
Unfortunately, the automatic doors threw her for a loop.
I'm sure she wondered why on earth the walls moved!
But we managed to get through and then she felt better. She walked right up to the area that was sectioned off for our class and seemed to relax. As the other dogs arrived, she was quite friendly and warmed up to them.
In our first class we learned "Look at me", how to walk on a leash, and "Come". Bella did well and enjoyed the socialization time afterwards too.We have homework to do, lots of practice and we are looking forward to going back next week.
I didn't get any pictures during class but here is my little school girl all tired out at home after class.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Dog in Boots

I bought Bella boots to wear to go from the car to puppy school tomorrow and I thought we should practice today. Not sure this is going to work but we'll give it a try. She's more interested in taking them off.
And she weighed 20 pounds today. No wonder my back hurts.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Three months old

Bella is 3 months old today. She had a completely potty-trained day yesterday - first one with NO accidents. A milestone. She is on her way to outgrowing her second collar.
She gets her last round of puppy shots tomorrow and gets weighed again. Taking bets on her weight - I think she is up to 20 pounds, judging from my aching back.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sean is still a little boy

And he loves to be cared for. He loves it when Riley grooms him and will actually go up to Riley, snuggle, and put his head right underneath Riley's nose, asking to be cared for.