Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Workin' like a dog

We made it through two days in the office this week. Micron put in some long hours building his new fan base. Hugs & naps all day long, the lucky pup.

The little guy is inheriting some hand-me-downs from Inga. I'm getting some heat about that pink collar. I know hot pink is not befitting of a manly man like Micron, but this falls into the category of "whatever." He's growing like Bruce Banner in a bad mood, so it's not going to fit him in a couple of days anyway. The office crate is still in good shape. He did get a new mat for it; the old mat was worthy of bio hazard disposal [shudder]. Micron moved right into my cubicle world and made himself comfy. He was confident, friendly and not shy at all about taking nap breaks whenever the moment seemed right.

This week we're working on reinforcing good office behaviors: Sit, Down, Wait and Hurry outside. We're also working on the little gremlin game he likes to play where the goal is to grab the hem of my slacks and then shake like hell. Yeah, that's gonna have to stop. Like pretty much right now, little fella.

Because we could, we put him on the postage scale to weigh him on Monday. He weighed in at a beefy 15 lbs 3 oz. This is an 8 week old puppy, people. If he were a kid, we'd be hitting the Husky jeans section at Sears. Truth be told, the fellow is really in great shape. Micron's just a big-boned, healthy doggy. Makes his name just a little ironic though, don't ya think?

Our first week together is coming to an end and things are going just great. What a cool puppy we got here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Mighty Mr. Micron

Meet our newest Super Dog, the Mighty Mr. Micron. Sure, he's stinkin' adorable now, but just wait. This little guy is on his way to be something pretty awesome. Micron belongs to Canine Companions for Independence. He's the second service dog we've raised. Micron will be living with us until he's around 16 months old. Then he will go back to CCI for advanced training to become a service dog. Service Dog College, so to speak.

We're now on Day 2 with this little guy. He's sleeping through the night in his crate. It's just that he thinks 2:30 a.m. is morning. Not a problem, really. Who needs a full night's sleep anyway? That's sarcasm, folks. He's discovering the ugly truth of dealing with someone who is not a morning person. Stinkin' cute is only gonna get you so far at 2:30 in the morning.

You know how you compare your kids? You don't have to admit it to me, but you know you do. I don't mean in a competitive way, like Cleatis is shore a might smarter than Cooter. But how kid #1 likes peanut butter and kid #2 likes cheese pizza. Or maybe that kid #1 slept through the night at an earlier age than kid #2 did. All I want to say right now is that Inga never got me up at 2:30 in the morning. Nope. Never.

So anyway, what cutie. Micron is an eight week old Labrador/Golden Retriever cross (LGX in CCI-speak). When I saw his six week photo, I was sure he smelled like snickerdoodle cookies. He's been in a playful, happy mood since we brought him home last Thursday evening. He and our family dog, Jager, have hit it off quite nicely. Jager's such a good sport about this puppy raising business; what a great dog.

Our amazing adventures the past couple of days have been really not much more than doing the duty outside. Also, basic good behavior things like sitting before getting the food bowl and not grabbing my sneaker laces when walking. Stuff like that. It's going to get more exciting than this, I promise. In the meantime, enjoy the cuteness with me, won't you?

Inga - Update No. 1

Not much to share about Inga's advanced training yet. She's just finished her first week at CCI's North Central Regional Center. I'm told she's acclimating to her new digs and is now bossing around the other dogs in the play area. Yep, sounds about right. I got a peek at her on Thursday when we picked up Micron. She looked great.

She's a smart dog; one of the smartest I've ever encountered. Keep your paws crossed that she does well in advanced training. I'm hoping I raised a Super Dog. Dunno though. She's with the pros now and all I can do is wait to see what happens.

Here we go

Well, here goes nuthin'. My newbie attempt at blogging. Inspired by other CCI puppy raisers blogging about their experiences, I've decided to give this a go as well. I'm painfully aware of my otherwise simple existence in this world, so we'll keep the focus on my adventures as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. I may throw in an occasional thought about myself just to keep my ego intact, but please do skip over that silliness and just move onto the photos of the puppy. That's all we really want here and honestly, I'm ok with that.

I'm anticipating that readers will include both folk involved with CCI and those who may not be familiar with the secret language we use. If I can actually figure out what I'm doing, I'll set up a link to an acronym list.

I'll be talking about two dogs in my posts. CCI Puppy #1 is Inga, a 16 month yellow Labrador retriever that I raised over the past 14 months. Inga is now in advanced training at CCI's North Central Regional Center. I'll put out updates on her progress as I get them. CCI Puppy #2 is Micron, an 8 week old golden/Labrador cross. Most of the posts will be about Micron's adventures as we watch him grow and learn.

Alrighty then, let's give this a shot. Please leave comments as you wish, but I do ask that if you disagree strongly with something I've said along the line, respect my delicate ego and contact me privately to discuss.

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