When you go outside in the morning and found that a mini hurricane with the name of Willow hit your garden the previous evening…
Even if you take her for walks, play with her and give her tons of affection and treats she still has to be naughty. I did found that the days we went out for walks that evening she goes into destructive mode.
Mom took me to Sonstraaldam again this morning. I had such a lovely walk.
In the beginning I did not want to listen to mom. There was so many new smells I just had to chase and smell them all. But I soon realized that if I do not stop pulling mom is going to take me to the car and then we are going home. She told me so.
We had such a great time walking today. George the Cocker Spaniel and his sister was also there. They had another furry dog with them who kept barking at me in her high pitch voice. It was so annoying I could not hear a word George said. I do hope we see George and his mom again sometime.
On our second round around the dam mom stopped a lot to take photos so that I can show you how beautiful it is. I had such a good time that when we had to come home I did not want to get in the car. Mom said if I don’t get in she is not bringing me to the dam anymore. So I got in, I will miss all the Ducks, Geese, Guineafowl and the friends I meet along the walk.
I am going to miss our walks next week when mom and Granddad goes away to take photos and look at the flowers.
Mommy uploaded some of the photos she took with her cellphone. I was a good girl when mom took her photos I sat patiently and wait for her to finish. One of these days mommy can bring her big camera and take even more beautiful photos.
That’s it for now friends. Mommy wants to edit some photos. I am so tired of all the exercise I am going to take a nap.
You will see that the Hallo… Post has changed a bit. I am going to give all the pets a chance. Charlie had enough for now. Today it is Poplap’s turn. Because they are confined most of the photo’s looks the same. I am trying to mix it up a bit to keep it interesting.
I would like you to meet Poplap, our Eastern Rosella. He is a very feisty little guy. He loves dancing and starts singing and making noises when he hears me or my son.
I promised Willow yesterday that we would go for a walk this morning. I am not sure if Willow can understand me, but I think she remembered my promise to her.
At first I just wanted to walk around the neighborhood but then I decided against it. I got her leash and car keys. Normally she runs around and make a game of putting on her training collar and leash, not this morning she came and sat in front of me and her tail was sweeping the floor of excitement.
I drove to Sonstraaldam a place where I love to take photos. This morning it was just me, Willow and my cellphone. Willow first needs to get familiar with the places I like to take photos. This will mean that we will visit there a few times before I take my camera with. I am going to be honest it is hell not to have my camera there, and I see all these amazing shots I miss. But I think it is also important that Willow learn and get exposed to all the new scents and sounds.
The dam will be there tomorrow and I will get amazing shots then.
Willow sniffed and ran and pulled and sniffed the whole time. We went around the dam twice. The first time was so that she can sniff and smell everything. The second time was much more relaxed although she still sniffed a lot she did not pull as much.
I was very surprised that she did not run after the geese. She did want to chase the Guineafowl. But I pulled her back and told her not to. I will never get in a bird shot again if I teach her to chase the birds.
We also socialized with a French poodle and a big White Swiss Shephard. Willow enjoyed this and I wish we are at a stage where I can take of her leash too so that she can go play. We will get there I know and I know it will take some time.
Thank you for joining us on our walk around the dam. Willow says she is very tired now and is going to sleep the rest of the day.
Shadow and I spend some time outside this morning. It took me a while to get him to come down from the cupboard and in the end I had to pick him up and put him on the counter.
I closed the bedroom door so that Willow don’t come and disturb us and to make extra sure I closed the sliding door in the kitchen as well.
We spend about half an hour outside. Shadow smelled and climbed onto everything. Every time a truck pass he scatters inside to the braai room. Then he will come out slowly and look around and start sniffing again. He even played and run around in the garden.
I was so happy when he started playing in the garden. Shadow kept coming back to me so that I can pet him then he was off again sniffing and running.
I made a decision today. I am going to spend an hour a day, weather permitting of course with Shadow in the garden. Willow will just have to be satisfied being locked inside for that time. I love all my four legged children and it is not fair to Shadow, he loses out on a lot of the cuddle time and I miss my boys cuddles and kisses.
Willow have been a very good girl this week. I think she realizes that we do have our play times and the rest of the time she is sleeping either on the bed or next to the bed on a blanket.
The Braai Room is off limits to her on days it is raining a lot. She puts her front paws and face into the buckets and then she blows bubbles. When she comes inside everything is wet… I must replace the roof of the Braai Room but I must first save up enough money to buy all the materials needed to do it.
I love the show My Cat from Hell with Jackson Galaxy. I then decided to try out some of his tips on Shadow and Willow.
We first started with a closed door for about 2 weeks and I put food and water in the room for Shadow. I went in the room at least for 5 minutes every hour. Willow waiting outside the door.
After two weeks I put a gate in the door to keep Willow out but Shadow can roam as he pleases. I kept feeding Shadow in the room. I then removed the dry food so that he have to go to the kitchen to eat. Still giving him his wet food and water in the room.
A week ago Shadow started walking around in the house and I removed the food and water from the room. He now eats in the kitchen. He sleeps either on top of the kitchen cabinets or on his cushion in the room.
Today I opened the gate and let Willow in the room. Shadow hissed ones and then sat next to me so that I can pet him and he purred very loudly. Willow was a very good pup during the exercise. She sat on demand and I rewarded her with treats.
Shadow is much calmer and even ate one of his treats while Willow was near. His body language is also more relaxed. I will do this exercise with them for the next few days and maybe remove the gate permanently in a few weeks time.
I am very happy and grateful that we are making progress.
I made a short video clip to show you the progress. Please forgive the quality and the few blond moments too… I think I will do a film course as soon as I finish with my Gaelic course.
With all my heart, thank you for your ongoing support and taking the time to read my post. I am truly grateful for every view, like, follow, and comment I receive.
Shadow and Willow also thank you for your support, good wishes and compliments.
Willows training is going great. She has mastered paw giving and now she wants to do it all the time.
She loves pasta, rice, eggs, apple, banana and orange. I have to put the fruit up high so that she can’t get to it, because she help herself to apples.
I started training her to get into the car and then we go for drives. When I have to go drop off something at a client or pick up something I take her with. As soon as the weather is better I will go on longer drives and walks. She gets super excited when I have her leash in my hands.
On the Shadow and Willow front. Shadow has started moving around in the house. But as soon as he hears Willow he gets up high.
It’s been a month since I adopted Willow. She has settled in nicely and brings us so much joy. She is 9 months now.
This week she started giving her paw when you ask for it. One down many to go. She sit and give paw on orders. We are still working on the fetch. Now I want to start on training her to lie down on demand.
I have found that Willow do have a will of her own. When she feels like playing fetch she will bring the ball to me or throw the ball at my feet. We play ball in the passage outside.
She loves running around in the garden and entertaining herself with her toys.
She loves playing outside and if you give her a new toy she takes it outside.
This week she was very naughty but like children they test the boundaries. She knows exactly when she did something wrong. She hates being ignored, but in some cases I can’t ignore it when she is naughty for her own safety.
I am busy training her to give paw. Today was the first time that she did give her paw when I asked for it. I tried a few minutes later again and she just look at me….
I took her to the Vet last Friday and she got a clean bill of health and also her last injections. The Vet told me to keep Willow at home for 14 days before we go out again. I am not sure why, but I am rather safe than sorry.
Willow loves attention and she will make sure you give her plenty. In the evenings she will squeeze between Morné and me.
She loves to lick…. Poor Ogies end up wet more than once a day…. Ogies and Willow gets along so great. She will call Willow and then when Willow gets near she will moan and I will tell Willow to leave Ogies alone. The other day I was standing in my office doorway and I saw something very interesting. Willow was lying under the couch and Ogies was sitting on the chair in the sun. She started moaning looking straight at me. Poor Willow wasn’t even near her. When I did not respond, she moaned even louder. I started wondering how many times Willow was innocent….
On the Willow and Shadow front;
They are still not getting along. When Shadow sees Willow he disappears. My heart is braking and I miss my cuddles with my boy. I wish that Shadow will realize that Willow just wants to play. But taken Shadows past I can understand that he is afraid.
Willow has been with us for 3 Weeks. Three very busy weeks. She is like a toddler, when you don’t hear her or see her then you must know she is busy with mischief.
Willow has a fattish with plastic bowls, dishcloths, and towels. I have no idea how I will get her to stop.
I can’t go to the bathroom without her. She will open the door if I close it and then she will come and lie by my feet. If she can’t open the door she will sit and cry until I come out.
Her concentration span is very short and she gets distracted very easily. Training takes a bit longer than I am used to but, just like children, pups have their own pace at developing.
Yesterday while I was busy doing the dishes she threw her ball at my feet. We moved the ball playing to the passage next to the house, it’s under a roof and much dryer than outside especially when it is raining. Also no distractions and it stretches the full length of the house. She gets enough exercise while playing here.
Going for walks is also easier. I found a route with minimum dogs and I also started jogging short distances with her. The short distances is more for me though, I am the one who gets tired of jogging….
My biggest problem with Willow is that I don’t have much information about her past. I am trying to find out a bit more about her first 8 months.