October 26th 2007 9:42 am
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The title is in reference to a few things: my owner’s finally gotten a job, we’ve finally gotten this entry typed and posted, and my owner’s finally bought my bag of Innova EVO!
Last Friday my owner had something called “orientation” and was gone for most of the day (which had been a pattern last week). After that (Monday night, more specifically) he’s been waking up from a nap usually around 2:30 in the morning to leave at least an hour later to go to work and then comes back home before the morning’s over, but so far never at the same time. I just sort of hang out for the most part during that time when he’s gone (Wednesday he was so sick he couldn’t go to work, and Thursday he had the day off, but today he was back at work and actually got out on time). So far it hasn’t been bad. I’m let out before he leaves and then once he gets back, then he gets breakfast and feeds me -- it’s been working well so far. Still not thrilled with his talk about getting my nails clipped by a professional and taking me to a new vet though…apparently he’s thinking of scheduling an appointment next week or something…
I can’t tell you how much more I enjoy Innova EVO compared to Purina ONE! I’ve been eating it since this past Monday, and since my owner was sick last week and is still getting over it I decided I’d cut him some slack in putting off buying the food. My owner says I seem to be more satisfied by it and has noticed my skin’s a healthier pink color -- he said it was pink before, but it was more an “irritated pink” than a “healthy pink,” whatever that means. He thinks it’s too early to say if it’s helped with my licking, which he hoped it being grain-free might have at least some effect. On the other hand, he says my coat’s already become softer and Oscar’s has been softer since he began eating only Innova EVO -- he thinks it might also be helping my weight loss, which was another thing he hoped for. He says he’ll try and find some way to exercise me as well so I’ll be in even better shape and feel better (he says it’ll do the same for him x) ). He’s thinking of driving me to the park later today and see how well I do there without the overwhelming walk there -- I’ll let you know how that goes later.
Now that I’m done with the “finallys”…the baby Caleb has been visiting a lot and I continue to feel more comfortable with him. I’ve even been walking over to say “hi” and “good-bye” when he’s leaving! My owner’s very glad to see that, and we’ve found that I’m even more comfortable with the baby Caleb when my owner’s holding him. I’m not exactly sure why, I think maybe because I know my owner won’t let him do anything that would upset or spook me or anything.
Speaking of getting upset or spooked, Saturday my owner and I worked out in the yard -- that’s about the only time I ever feel any real comfort out there. He said I'm the best work dog he’s ever seen and that he doesn’t care if the family doesn’t believe him; he knows I’m a working dog because he can see I adopt that mindset, he says his family doesn’t know because they doubt it without seeing it. Gotta admit, it feels good to work, and I made the job all by myself! =D It’s a combination of “sentry duty” (guard duty or watchdog duty basically), supervisor, and helping when I can and how I can (he doesn't like it when I do that when he's picking up after us dogs in the yard though...). I helped trample the plants he was cutting down, made sure no one snuck up or did anything they weren’t supposed to near the house, and I checked the plants at times (and the tomatoes he was pulling). I even got to eat a tomato as a reward! We did a good job and the yard looks nice now from what we did. =D I even felt less nervous when a pack of kids with their mom walked by the yard while we were working!
I've also made it my job to guard my owner’s food sometimes and make sure Oscar doesn’t eat it without permission. He tried getting into the yogurt the other day but I wasn’t about to let that happen on my watch, no way, so I barked at him and made him stop! It only took one bark and he got the point -- I love you like a brother Oscar, but there’s lines that I won’t let you cross. My owner didn’t mind, and he found it a bit amusing (I think he was proud that I protected his yogurt too, especially as I never try to eat his food myself) -- he pet me and put the yogurt away and then petted us both.
My owner apparently found out that I’ve been being more assertive for myself when he’s not around and Sasha’s bothering me (but I’d still rather he just handle the situation when he’s around, since he’s my pack leader and all). He said his brother Josh told him I’d been putting Sasha to the ground when she bothers me too much and when he came up and told me he kept telling me how proud he was that I was handling it on my own when he’s not around. =D Now to just get that darn puppy to actually listen for any length of time…
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