Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Quick Update

Rosemary and Thyme waiting their turn at Vet Check

Boudreaux being cuddled by Matt

I don't have much time, so this will be a quick update.   Besides, Blogger is being RETARDED and is not wanting to upload photos.  Grrrrr.....

Eric had his first pre-Iditarod vet check last Thursday and I was able to work through lunch and take off early to help.  It was pretty neat getting to see a little bit of "insider action" for the vet check -- I had never been to one before.  I held almost every dog while they had a jugular stick, then Eric usually held them on the table for their EKG.  I think that everyone came away with a clean bill of health.  You can see that Rosemary (left) and Thyme (right) were anxious for their turn!!

I took my own dogs out early on Saturday morning.  I was actually planning on taking them out on Friday night, but I accidentally fell asleep at 7:30 PM and then woke up at 2:45, a very confused chica.  I couldn't figure out whether it was day or night!  After I got my bearings, I set the alarm for three hours later, then got up and loaded the dogs to take them to the trail.  I am still struggling with having them slow down and putter out in difficult conditions, like deep snow or small hills.  I am doing my best to try to work with them through this, but I will admit that I am scratching my head a little on this one.  Everyone's advice has been the same -- stop them before they begin to slow to a stop, and rest them until they are READY to go again.  I have been doing that, but it just doesn't seem to be working.  Hmm.  Oh well, we'll figure it out together.

I got the chance to check on the puppies again on Sunday night.  They are now 4.5 weeks old and are still growing like weeds.  You can see that Boudreaux had his picture snapped while he was being held by Matt.  He has such a cute, expressive face, and absolutely does NOT mind being held.  I really like that...granted, it may mean that he turns out to be lazy :)

Tonight, I sit here wondering what the heck is up with this weather.  It has been almost 40 degrees ABOVE zero for the last few days, and as you can imagine, we've had considerable snow melt.  Sad.  Things are messy and the dogs are wet.  I feel sorry for them.  I brought Balu in tonight to have some personal time.  During this indoors time, I found out that he likes scotch.  He wanted some, as a matter of fact, and I had to tell him unequivocally NO, that he was not old enough.  9 years old is hardly the age to be drinking scotch :)

Until next time!


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