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February 2nd, 2003


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08:35 pm - Puppy weather
For no good reason, I was awake in the early afternoon today. The nice thing was that I got to watch the snow starting. Big, fluffy flakes dropping straight down. laurel mentioned something about lighting a fire in her fireplace and it looked like a good day for just that.

My dog loves this weather. She just got back in from a short jaunt outside. She goes out, peruses the local terrain, sniffs the air, perhaps barks at an errant squirrel or other intruding noise. Then she settles into the white carpet covering the bit of deck we have in the back yard. She sits in classic sphinx pose, head up and alert as she's slowly coated with bits of white flake. By the time she's ready to come in, she's got a nice little coat of flakes collected on her guard hairs. We've taught her "shake" for when she comes in to remove the majority of them near the door. Still, a few cling, making her damp to pet for a bit before they melt and run off.

For this reason, and that she like frolicking in the snow, this is puppy weather. At least it is for my values of puppy.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Mary's Eyes--Gaelic Storm--Tree

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From:minnehaha
Date:February 2nd, 2003 06:55 pm (UTC)
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I have a fire in my fireplace.

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From:eleanor
Date:February 2nd, 2003 07:09 pm (UTC)
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OK. tell me how you taught the "shake" command, if you would.
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From:jbru
Date:February 3rd, 2003 07:11 am (UTC)
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It starts with a "come." Then I grab her ruff (she's part husky and has thick hair about her neck) and give the command "Brandy, shake" followed by shaking her ruff. She does the natural thing of continuing the shake I started and gets copious praise.
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From:eleanor
Date:February 3rd, 2003 07:14 am (UTC)

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Thanks much. We don't get all that much snow here, but Morgan could find a puddle when it hasn't rained in a month -- she's part lab.

My childhood dog would wipe her feet on the mat before coming inside. Nobody actually taught her, and we figured that she just watched the humans and did what they did. That dog was a fur person.

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