Sunday, June 28, 2009

Teething

Poor little baby girl is losing her puppy teeth and not feeling good :( She's been trying to devour my hands, so got her some ice cubes instead and now she's wolfing those down instead. Freezing up some bread for her to munch on later.

She's also had a bad reaction to some ear cleaner, so her ears are very sensitive today, and we will not be using that stuff again. Feel so bad that she's so uncomfortable!

She wants to go play outside, but it is so hot, and I don't want her to get her ears back in the water quite yet, so going to try to keep her entertained inside for now....

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wiki Goes Swimming


Note: I suggest watching videos without volume as my parents were talking in the background.
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Wiki went swimming all by herself today for the very first time. She went in with some help from Grandpa for a little bit, and then with the incentive of a Water Wubba, she started doing some real swimming. She is not delicate about it. LOTS of splashing! But she is very brave and has a good time. Now that she has gotten lots of practice, and can probably outswim me, she is one pooped out little puppy.

(In other news, she also lost a baby tooth and looks to be on the verge of losing some more.)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Father's Day Picnic

Wiki went to my family's annual father's day picnic/multiple birthday celebration. We stuck her on a long lead and let her roam around, play ball, run the park, sneak some bits of hamburger and hotdog...she was a pretty happy camper. Next time we just have to figure out how to get her to understand the frisbee. Here are a couple shots my dad took:

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fruit

We have lots of fruit trees in the backyard. Wiki is particularly fond of apples, but she'll eat pretty much anything she can find. Here, she tries a nectarine for the first time. Of course she has to carry it underneath me for protection. Wouldn't want any big hungry bears to come steal the fruit away.

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In Memory of Stick

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Wiki found the greatest stick ever in the backyard. A few days later, she snapped in half. But before that, we got a lot of good fetch out of that stick.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Post-Bath Exhaustion



Wiki got a bath, which she does not like at all. It was her first one since the day she moved home, so definitely needed it. She looks and smells very nice without all that extra dirt! Then she ran around the house tearing up recyclables, made it up to my bed, and conked out. She's been snoring away and looking so adorable.

Wiki Stalking Hunter and Echo: Videos

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Wiki the Piranha Dog, Stalking Hunter and Echo: Stills







Friday, June 5, 2009

Safe Place



Wiki loves the couch. Apparently she thinks it is going to protect her, because she jumps on it whenever it is crate time, and she brings all her little outside treasures up to the couch for chewtime. It's pretty comfy, so I can't blame her, and look how cute she is...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Conspiracy Theories

My parents are off in Hawaii this week, and I am at home with the three dogs and the cat. Apparently they are ganging up on me. Or have all been possessed by demons. I swear, I thought we were all going to have a nice relaxing week chilling out by the pool, but I have felt anything but relaxed.

Echo and Hunter have killed a frog and an opossum. (The latter involved incessant barking at about 1:00 AM.) While playing with Wiki, they knocked down a houseplant on a stand. During fireworks this weekend, they got scared and ripped up some bedding. At agility class, Hunter peed on my foot.

This morning, after I got almost no sleep, Wiki decided to try to wake me up by smacking me really hard in the eye. I felt sick, so tried to make it to the bathroom to throw up, where I woke up sometime later on the floor. I then made it back to my room, which Wiki had covered in all sorts of fun stuff in my absence, stuck her in crate, and passed out again on my bed for a short while.

Later in the day, I looked outside and saw a brown kitty. Then I realized it was my white kitty, covered in mud.

Not sure what they've got left to throw at me this week, but I would be fine with just burrowing in a hole somewhere and not finding out.

It's a damn good thing they are all so cute.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Wiki Meets Jadyn



My aunt Jane came over with my cousin Jadyn today. Wiki was very scared of Jadyn at first, she had never met a baby before, but after a little while she was giving kisses and they were playing ball together...sooo cute.

Also notice the round rope toy with Mickey and Pluto on it; my grandma Sharon bought it as a present for Wiki and she absolutely loves it (even though I am really not a Mickey person).

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes



Tonight, I discovered that Wiki had hidden away two pairs of shoes and a pair of socks. I think she was still working on the socks to achieve symmetry when I realized what was going on and stopped her. She has since been trying to grab large mouthfuls of socks as fast as possible in hopes she will get hidden away and I won't catch her. It's so hard to be mad when she is so flipping cute.

Big Update

I know I have been a bad mommy lately when it comes to updates, pics, and video. But Wiki is not a huge fan of me spending time on the computer, so I have been sticking mostly to the basics (email + facebook).

We have been pretty busy. Went to San Diego recently for my brother's college graduation. Wiki was not a fan of the car ride down, screamed most of the way, but was WAY better on the way back. I think the trip really helped her with her shyness. She was totally spoiled the entire time by lots of people who love puppies. Wiki did an amazing job in another house, no accidents the entire time, ran around with her toys and back and forth between house and yard like it was nothing. She got her first taste of barbecued chicken and would probably take that over kibble any day.

Back at home, Wiki has started sleeping in my bed every night. She is a very excellent sleeping companion. When it starts getting to be about bedtime, we crawl up on the bed and turn on the tv. Once she falls asleep, that is my cue to do the same and get as much sleep as possible (still never enough). She doesn't tend to wake me up in the night to go out, but I wake up on my own and force her out of bed to go potty quickly and return. She is so funny, though, and absolutely hates leaving the bed. I can't blame her! Then, we are up every morning at about 6:00. At that point, I do my best to let her run around and be crazy while I watch sleepily from bed until she returns for a nap about an hour or two later.

I recently started some classes again, so we have been spending a lot of our days with her wandering the yard while I do my reading. I have been trying to take her on some walks as well to ensure that she gets time with just me (minus books), and once she is done fighting about putting the collar on, she seems to really enjoy it. She has also been a really great sport about people that want to pet her and tell her how pretty she is on the walks.

Back in my room, she has discovered an excellent little endtable hideaway where she often goes to play by herself or nap. I need to make my way in there and clean it out soon....she carries all kinds of toys back there, and lately has been bringing nature inside as well. I think there are sticks and leaves and bark hidden away, which are always tons of fun to clean up.

We had a little bedroom rearrangement recently because Wiki was also spending a LARGE portion of her day pulling all my clothing off the shelves (I use a giant bookcase as a dresser). Crate has been relocated to fit in front of the botton shelves, and the pajama pants (which are her favorite to munch on) have been put where she cannot reach them. Wiki is not super happy about this arrangement, but I certainly am. (Though, it has been one of those difficult parenting things where you try to scold, but mostly can't stop laughing. Especially when she is hiding under the bed with the pants and has that naughty look that says, "I know I shouldn't be doing this, but it's SO much fun.") She has figured out how to get all her own toys out of her toy box, so I'm hoping that pulling them out one by one will keep her busy enough to focus less on pulling my pants and shirts down one by one.

Hmm what else.....Wiki saw the giant heron in our yard the other day, and I think it scared the crap out of her. I let her out for potty time at 6:30 am but noticed that she had just stopped dead in her tracks. When I walked out, I saw the huge bird and understood why. That thing is way bigger than her, not exactly a candidate for her to hunt quite yet (though she tries very unsuccessfully with the little birds). As soon as I walked outside the bird flew away, puppy and fish seemingly unharmed.

As far as training goes, we are mostly working on the same things. We have sit and down pretty much perfect. Crawl and spin are really great and consistent, too! Bow is definitely getting there. She has a pretty good recall, but we haven't really put that one to the test yet; I only say "come" in situations where I know I can enforce it if she doesn't listen because I don't ever want it to be optional. We have started adding in stay, shake, roll over, and peekaboo a little bit. We also use the commands "leave it" and "off" pretty regularly outside of training, though I can't say I have really spent a lot of time in more controlled situations making sure she knows exactly what they mean, but she's got it pretty figured out in a practical sense. Wiki will basically do anything for a treat, which makes the whole thing much easier and more fun.

I think that's pretty much the bulk of things going on here. Long winded enough as is, and I lack picture updates, which is generally all I expect people to look at, anyway. I need to get an updated weight on her soon, and I'll try to get some pics and video again in the near future. For now, Wiki has come back to bed for naptime...so I'm going to join in!

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