By Nephew K:
Today McBaine learned how to “break.” (“Break” is learning how to come out of a sitting position.) And he had a tennis ball to play with. As for Rosie the cat, he is getting used to him.
By Nephew X:
He learned lots of new things and I hope he will be a very good search and rescue dog.
It’s me again. The trainers at the Working Dog Center are doing amazing things. They told me that they tried McBaine out on the “balance beam” which has metal rungs bolted to it (think of the handles on a gymnast’s pommel horse), which the dogs are supposed to step over. Little McBaine got to the first rung, and it was too tall for his little paws. He was just too little to make it over the rung. So… after a moment of thought, he crouched down and wiggled UNDER the rung! What a great problem solver! Pretty soon, he’ll be crouching like Socks:
For now, his primary job is to get stronger, learn to obey his trainers, and PLAY.
Friday evening, I went to pick up our new puppy. He was so excited, he could hardly sit still. So many new sights and sounds! When I got home with him, I introduced him to my partner J, nephews K, X, and V, and daughter A. The puppy loved all the attention. Then he went outside to use the bathroom (YAY!), and went straight to sleep… Until midnight, when he woke up again. After another bathroom trip, he whined for 2 hours and kept J up the whole time.
And now, nephew K shares his impression:
I am nephew K. I am 12 years young. The dog is really good. Today we made him walk around the house. He used the bathroom twice inside, then we let him outside to use the bathroom, and we gave him treats. Here is a picture I took at the end of the day, when he was tired.
Who could resist this face?
First, I should say, I’m a cat person. Growing up, I had no fewer than two, and at times as many as eight cats in our household. I’ve had dogs too, but never for very long, and never the kind of dogs you consider part of the family.
Now, to the exciting news. We’re getting a puppy. Not just any puppy; we’re getting a puppy who will train to become a “working dog.” He may become a bomb-sniffing dog, a police dog, or even a search-and-rescue dog someday. At the moment, he is primarily one thing: cute. Look at that face!
We spent most of yesterday puppy-proofing the living room, but we’ve still got a long way to go. My partner, who will hereafter be referred to as J, is filled with dread as she looks around at the house. It’s full of STUFF–craft materials, books, games, music–all kinds of things for daughter A and nephews (K, X, V, J, and C) to read and make and do. But it’s also a potential puppy chew-fest waiting to happen. Together, we’ll keep you informed as we find out…
- What gets cleaned up in time, and what is destroyed.
- What puppy thinks of Rosie the cat, and what Rosie thinks of the puppy.
- Whether daughter A enjoys the puppy, or finds him scary/annoying.
Don’t miss the next episode of… Cat vs Dog!