July 22nd 2011 12:59 am
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It's been a while since Charlie's last update, but he's been really busy so please forgive him. He has been growing like crazy, learning to dig, and started training for his future career as a professional footballer. You can see why his days haven't allowed for blogging.
From a mommy's perspective, I have to talk about how happy I am with his vet, Gülşah. We take him about once every week and a half to get his puppy shots/meds/etc but also for food and playdates! Gülşah hnm is a very popular and respected vet, along with being sweet to all her patients, so lots of people choose to board their animals at her office. She wants to help Charlie with his socialization so she invites him to come as often as he wants to play with whoever is vacationing there at the time. She brings out the best match for Charlie, monitors their play, and teaches US what he should/should not be doing with other pups. Everyone in the office just loves on Charlie. When we leave it's usually with food, treats, or a new toy.
The result is that Charlie just LOVES going to the vet! This makes us very happy. For starters, the office is right around the corner. While this means he goes nuts everytime we walk past because he wants to go in, that also means if, heaven forbid!, he got out of the yard, there's a pretty good chance he would end up there. Its a safe place where people love him and know where to send him back. Also, it makes us comfortable knowing if he needs to be boarded, he'll be in a place he likes. We want him to have positive experiences at the vet so it's never traumatizing.
Charlie promises to contribute more of his thoughts and experiences to the next blog. Mommy doesn'T like when mud filled paws are tapping away on the laptop so for now, his updates will just have to wait :o)
July 3rd 2011 2:25 am
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It's another beautiful Sunday morning in Charlie's garden. All the work has been completed and he's able to romp, dig, sniff, and nibble to his little heart's content. We are trying to teach him the appropriate places to do things (his potty area, his digging area) At first we were a little concerned that he's been sleeping so much more, but then we realized he is FAR more active during his awake hours. Of course he'll need more sleep!
Mommy's been experimenting with some doggie recipies to help add variety and nutrition to Charlie's diet. He's NEVER served table scraps (aside from his sneaky swipe of Daddy's meatball sandwich). But that doesn't mean all human food is bad. After all, his wolf ancestors ate from nature, not a bag of food from the vet. I've researched lots of good veggies for him to nom upon. Apples are still the champ, but carrots, leafy green spinach, near-frozen melon, and strawberries are becoming staples. Sometimes some tomato paste gets stuffed in his Kong. I love that he sees these as treats! I don't want him to be eating the processed animal by-product nuggets from the supermarket. We are waiting more natural baked nom treats from Nana in the US!
We've also been preparing homemade Frosty Paws! It's probably his favorite snack. Start with non-fat yogurt (because thats all Mommy buys). We did one with a little cheese, honey, and peanut butter. Another favorite is with strawberries, a little crumbled cheese, and again PB. On the first try we put them in a small ice cube try. Not the best idea since he pretty much inhaled them without even chewing or licking! On the next try we put it in a small bowl with a little water, then froze. This worked great! Charlie was able to lick the frozen yumminess and it lasted a lot longer! Since then we've been doing the small bowl method.
So nutritionally I think we are right on track. At about 22-23 pounds, the vet said he's the most fit husky she has ever seen! We credit that to his 15-20 minute walks 3 times a day and daily romp sessions with his best friend, Korsan (a 9 year old Jack Russle being boarded at the vet, same size but Korsan knows the right moves and teaches Charlie)
Our focus now has turned more to dominance issues. We've got some things under our control. For example, he is a superb walker on the leash. He has accepted that mommy owns the walk, with an 85% "no pull, no zigzag" success rate (after all he *IS* a curious 4 month old pup and can't be expected to nail the walk everytime). He is starting to learn that even though the food bowl is on the floor, he has to sit and wait until Mommy says "ok". We also make sure he doesn't enter the garden or home before us. These things are ok, but there are some other behaviors that are little more concerning. We want them under control before he completes puppyhood.
As Charlie naps on his mommy's feet in the garden, he hopes that everyone enjoys a beautiful summer day! He's also open to any yummy food ideas anyone would like to share. Mommy is open to any helpful "control the dominant husky pup!" tips anyone would like to share as well ;)
June 19th 2011 12:49 am
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Happy Father's Day to all the Doggy Dads out there! Especially to Charlie's Daddy and favorite jumping buddy, Ersin :)
It's been a month today since we brought Charlie into our life. On one hand, I can't believe its been a month already, and on the other hand I can't believe it's only been ONE month! I am truely amazed at how much he's grown, how much he's learned, and how we have all bonded. We talk to other dog owners in the neighborhood. We tell them all of Charlie's tricks and talents, and they can't believe is just 4 months old!
But he's not all brains and beauty ;)Despite all his many smarts, he reminds us everyday that he's still a clumsy puppy. He's still working on how to use his breaks (had a nice encounter with the wall last night during his pre-bedtime dash around the house. don't worry, he's fine!) Not to mention how much he LOVES jumping on the air mattress. I think when our new bed comes, we'll keep a small, mostly inflated air mattress out for him. He just loves running and jumping on it.
He still tries to play big tough man but it's obvious he still needs his mommy and daddy. For example, when his kong is just out of reach he gives a pathetic whimper until someone gets it for him. We have been letting him work out a lot of problems on his own, though. He's still not a fan of us leaving (even just the room) but the howling doesn't last nearly as long. We just let him work it out on his own and in a few minutes he's happily nomming a toy.
So we are off into month 4 of Charlie's life and month 2 of our family life! We have all learned soooo much in the past month. I think we got the basics down, now it's time to get into the advanced puppy topics. I'm going to start researching doggy nutrition and how to alternate his dry food and a few homemade meals each week. Also, more natural snacks (so far frozen apples are a hit!)