Pet-Peeves: not being allowed to chew whatever she wants
Favorite Toy: Luca, her brother
Favorite Food: everything
Favorite Walk: right now, it's through Manasquan with a treat stop in B.C. Woof. However once the weather changes and the tourists go home, we can start going to the beach again...
Best Tricks: launching herself at Luca, taking a chomp, and running away before he realizes what happened!
Arrival Story: Luca, my first love and first PWD, got a baby sister. I always thought that he would be jealous or upset with sharing his playtime, toys, etc. However, after fostering a kitten for several weeks, I realized that Luca would love having a companion. I called Luca's breeder with loads of questions and she pointed me in the right direction. Since she didn't have any litters in the works, she recommended a woman who did. We drove out to Indiana to pick up this precious girl and she fell for Luca right away.
Bio: Kimlyn's Nautical Storm Surge: Nautie.
It took weeks to come up with this name; although only hours once I met her! She's quite a handful, full of spunk.
Today was the first day I swam!! After falling in the pool last summer--it looked just like the 4" puppy pool Kathleen got me, so I just walked right off the edge and sank-- I guess I was a little gun-shy or something. So today Luca and my human relatives were at the pool for the first time this season. It took about an hour before I realized I could do it too. I kept putting my face in first, off the steps and didn't lead with my head up. I make this weird grunting noise while I paddle. Kathleen wasn't too sure if I was exerting myself too much or gulping pool water; but she let me figure it out on my own anyway. One thing that I don't quite have down yet is that I can't swim ON Luca. He doesn't seem to like that too much. If I can jump on him on land, what's the difference??
Next time we go (hopefully tomorrow!) we'll take and post pictures.
Well anyway, Kathleen was very excited that for once, I was being NAUTICAL like my name, instead of NAUGHTY. :)
Man, do I love snow. We got a pretty big storm here right before Christmas and I had a ball. The Nor'easter created drifts which were bigger than me in some spots of the backyard. But honestly, I didn't notice. Kathleen, Luca, and I played outside for 2 and a half days. It was great on Monday because Kathleen had no school. Then on Tuesday we all played for two extra hours in the morning.
Wednesday she had to work--but that was her last day before Christmas break. Boy, were we all spoiled.
Christmas was pretty cool, too. I went down to Aunt Lizzy's house on Christmas day. Luca stayed home because it was easier to manage just me with Annie (my 3 yr old cousin), all her new toys, all the guests, and Lizzy's dog. I was a pretty good girl. Although Kathleen usually has guilt over leaving me or Luca behind, she's still likes to spend time with us individually.
Santa brought me an agility chute to share with Luca. I can't wait to set it up. Speaking of Santa, because of the snow storm, we didn't get our picture taken with him. However, we did get loads of beautiful pictures of all three of us playing on the beach together. Aunt Colleen, Uncle Bruce, Conor, and his main squeeze Jenny came into town for a surprise visit. Jenny had never seen the Atlantic Ocean before so we took the Minnesota crew over to Island Beach State Park. Erin and Aunt Colleen took tons of photos of your truly, and holy smokes, do I look gorgeous! During vacation from school, Kathleen took us back another time to play. It was great. She also got the new pass for 2010 so I know we'll keep going there. Yippee!!
As for my training...
Knock on wood, it's been a really long time since I had an accident in the house. I happily go into my crate with my peanut butter Kong when Kathleen's ready to leave for work. My attention is great while I work. I'm biting much less frequently and much less hard. Sometimes when I get super excited I just can't help it and I try to take a chomp. In school, well, I'm learning. Sometimes I like to bark at the other dogs when they bark at me. Kathleen really doesn't like that. She doesn't understand it because I really like other dogs and always want to play. But there's this one Austalian Shepard that doesn't seem too friendly. He growls at me --and any other dog-- and I just won't put up with it. I try to tell that tail-less weirdo where he can take his growling. But I get corrected for poor manners.
My teacher taught the class "spit the cookie" three weeks ago and I wasn't catching on--another thing Kathleen didn't understand. She knows I'm real smart and get things right away. Well, it turns out I'm having some dominance issues--duh!!! Of course I'm not willing to give up my throne as queen. Apparently I don't like the hovering thing and back up with Kathleen tries to stand directly over me.
I'm just testing the waters to see how much I can get away with; not much since my teacher told Kathleen.
Well, Luca's calling my name to go play, gotta run...
Oops, I forgot to mention how much better I have gotten about my crate. When I hear the crinkle of the treat bag, I get so excited that I run into my crate. This is an improvement that Kathleen and I both like and appreciate. :)