Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dewey's Week with Al and Rita

Just got back from vacation. Thanks to our friends Al and Rita Young for taking such good care of Dewey while we were away. Here are some of their comments and pictures from the past week:

By Al and Rita Young
Dewey is like a dear old friend. No matter how long the separation things just start up right where they left off.

Dewey Update 03/15/2014:
Dewey slept until 7:30 this morning!!
Our granddaughter Amanda is visiting and helping Dewey practice his commands. Later today we will get past the "pet me" command (shown below) and move on to the more practical ones. Dewey patiently waiting to come upstairs with me.
Amanda did a great job with Dewey. We worked out a few procedural things and she continued on with the sit, down, stay and come commands. Finally on a down command Dewey rolled over and demanded a tummy rub.

We will do some command work later today. Now it is just straight up lovin!

Dewey's visit has been a real treat. His puppy raisers are on the way home from their vacation and will pick him up later today. He will be 1 year old next month and will probably be off to puppy college during the summer. Then a guide dog for a vision impaired person. I/we are so happy that we have been able to play a small part in his life.

Friday, March 14, 2014

House Cup Day

Before spring break, we have a thing called the House Cup.  And during the House Cup we play some games.  One of those games is Chubby Bunny and it involves marshmallows. 

A photo of the Publix Big and Fluffy marshmallows that we used.

Lots of fluffy marshmallows.  Essentially, you need to continually be able to say, "Chubby Bunny" as you stuff the marshmallows into your face.

Lots of interesting faces were made!

 There were four rounds of this game.
Dewey was not sure what to make of this game.

 Dewey remained calm throughout most of the afternoon of games.  He is not much of a marshmallow fan.  We did take the coat off for petting purposes, as it was House Cup.

Dewey looking relaxed.
 Ms. Beitler came in to check on things and got to give Dewey a hug.  Or is that Dewey giving her a hug.  You never can tell with Dewey!

Dewey and Ms. Beitler.

Dewey sniffs some marshmallows.

Round two students pose with marshmallows and Dewey.

Marshmallow fun.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Party in the Driveway

By Fred
Trainer Jen suggested that we do some work with Dewey so that he begins to think about the car as a happy and fun place. So today we had a little party in the driveway. I sat in the passenger's seat, and he sat just outside while I gave him some stinky salmon treats.

No pressure. He was glad to just sit there (Dewey is a very content little guy). Just him and me and some kibble that smelled like a fish's butt. And we sang some songs.
I like fishes' butts
And I cannot lie
When those butts get in my eye.

And then we went back inside. I won't be surprised if the neighbors report me as being unbalanced. I've got to think of more songs...