When I saw my neighbor plowing the end of his driveway with his heavy duty snowblower and he looked like this:
I knew it did not bode well for me with my itty, bitty snowblower. And I was right. The snow was so wet, it was like trying to push your blower through a slushy. The icy, wet mixture completely clogged the blower paddle and shoot so nothing was spitting out.
I was about ready to sit in a snow bank and cry, thinking of how much pain my shoulders were going to be in if I had to shovel my very wide driveway completely by hand when, Tada! My neighbor took pity on this elderly woman and blew out my entire driveway for me while I shoveled the steps and hard to reach spots.
It amazed me the drastic change from having almost all the snow melted away to having up to 6 inch snow drifts in some spots.
Java was in her element but Latte was a bit reluctant to head outside. I mean the poor girl came from Kentucky and has only been here for a week. But she adapted.
I am thinking that the suggestions that Latte may have some Welsh Corgi, Jack Russell, and perhaps some Sheltie in her might have merit. Are any of those breeds known for tooting? Maybe that and the hiccups are just a puppy and adjusting to new food and surroundings thing.
I’ve had such easy going dogs – no chewing on furniture, socks, shoes or anything but their own toys; no scratching at doors or cupboards; they went into their kennel, bathtub or wherever I wanted them by simply pointing; and they slept without whimpering all night long.
Don’t get me wrong. She’s not bad. She’s pretty typical. It’s my other dogs that have been freaks.
I’m kind of excited about learning more about clicker training and improving my training techniques with both dogs, but it’s difficult with being gone at work all day. I’ve been running home at noon this week but I can’t keep that up every day so I’m looking for doggy daycare to use until she’s able to go for longer periods of time without relieving herself. Right now, she goes about every two hours!
If anyone has any recommendations about books or videos on training puppies and dogs, I’d love to hear about them.
The class I took with Java helped me understand a few things but there were many things we didn’t actually practice enough and so it just didn’t click with me (pun intended).
Plus I’m debating about whether to get a smaller crate for Latte that I can use in the car. It’s between that and a waterproof cover for the back of the Mini, but the smaller crate might also be better for crating her at night and during the day.
The Java sized crate I have might be too big. I just wish I knew how big Latte’s going to get. It’s hard to spend a lot of money on something the dog may possibly outgrow in a month.
I appreciate Java’s efforts to wear Latte out so she sleeps at night but I still end up taking her out a couple times during the night.