October 2nd 2006 8:52 am
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It's been a crazy few months for Remy (and me too). Spring-time was great, Remy and I went on a couple camping/hiking trips and had a ball. Remy is a great trail companion and LOVES the outdoors. Around June, things started to quiet down a little, but then I ended up getting a job and moving to Chicago. Remy didn't like the long ride over, but our first stop when we got there was a dog park, within walking distance of my new house. Needless to say, Remy liked his new home right away. Also, Remy's (human) mom Kristin, who had been away in New York the last year, moved in together with us too, so Remy was just basking in all the attention. The next day, we found a HUGE dog park 10 minutes away, with a pond, trails through the woods, etc. Of course, this is pretty much Remy's new favorite place on earth. He's even starting to swim out into deep water after other dogs and tennis balls now!
After giving Remy a few months to get used to his new surroundings, we decided it was time to get Remy a brother, while he was still young. After looking at a few of the local pounds and shelters, we didn't really find what we were looking for, but one day during my lunch break, I stopped by Heartland Animal Shelter to look at a dog I'd seen on petfinder. He was friendly, but wasn't exactly right either, but on the way out, I noticed a cute little puppy named Hilo calmly looking at me. He was younger and smaller than we were originally looking for, but very cute. I decided to take him out and I knew immediately he was the one. We came back to the shelter the next day with Remy and they played and got along great right away, so that was it, we took Hilo home that day.
Remy's loving having another dog around the house. The two are constantly hanging off each other's necks, wrestling and romping. He's got to get used to sharing toys still, and we'll have to teach him just because there's a new dog doesn't mean the rules all go out the window, but things are going great so far.
March 31st 2006 8:04 pm
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It's been months since the last time I wrote about Remy. Lot's of things been going on. Remy had a wonderful time during his first Christmas, although all the extra treats and food the grandpa and grandma gave him did a number on his stomach for a few days. Mommy Kristin also got him a really cool DNA helix chew toy that he loves.
He's also started chasing light reflections and most recently my laser pointer. He get's so worked up over it that in fact I had to put the thing away permanently because he'd pace around the house looking for it for hours after I got done playing with him.
Also, he contracted a canine form of cold sores, for a little while he had some nasty looking blisters on his lips. The vet checked him out and said to just wait it out and a couple weeks later they went away on their own. You gotta stop sticking your nose in gross places Remy, lol.
Remy also attended Advanced Obediance Training, and finished with flying colors. He now walks very well on leash and given some motivation, i.e. treats, he will heel off leash as well. Since graduation, Remy's been attending daycare at the same place about once a week to break up the long work week in the crate.
We're getting ready to do some hiking and camping now that the weather's getting bearable again. We've been doing a few day hikes lately and I guess the wolf in him is maturing because he will chase anything, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, even deer!!! I just hope we don't run into any skunks. We're planning on doing a overnight hike next week. I got him a little backpack to carry his own food and water in, we'll see how that goes. I have a feeling I'm going to end up carrying it after all is said and done.
December 5th 2005 8:42 am
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After looking, sounding, and acting like he wasn't going to make it through the night after surgery, Remy woke up early the next day, hopped off my bed and proceeded to frolick about like nothing had ever happened. If anything, he was more hyper than ever from being cooped up all day. I'd say the little guy will be just fine, as long as I can keep him settled down long enough for the incision to heal up.