We have been on vacation to a winter wonderland and left the two four legged's with amazing sitters since Tuesday.
Cora went to her vacation home, the breeder that won her a National Champion Title and raised her for her first two years of life, and helped her whelp her first and only litter. She loves Cora as equally as we do, and we always know she is in perfect care - plus she gets to play and snuggle with other beagles, Cora's favorite furry friends.
Haddie spent her five nights with a fellow CCI Puppy Raiser. He has us beat in experience as a PR, but he also has us beat in the area of dog-training and know-how in general. His background is deep and wide in the area of dog training; including training for Police K-9. I feel very fortunate to have found this contact and connection.
And that's really what you need when you venture off for a vacation from life routines. Haddie is not my dog, she has a long list of To Do's to accomplish, and knowing that the sitter will not "mess it up" is a huge, big deal. We knew that Haddie was in excellent hands and we were able to "forget about her" during our stay in the mountain snow, skiing through the pines.
We picked up both dogs this afternoon. Cora was all tail wags and beagle bays. She was excited to see us, and wagged her tail at the two remaining beagles as she left our friend's house. She is right at home in both houses, but was ready to get back to house number 1.
Haddie ... well, Haddie came to the door with her ears back and a curious look on her face. As if to say, "You again?" She seriously looked confused, which made me giggle. I know she will be just fine headed back to California in a year. It didn't look as though she missed us at all.
She settled in at my feet while we got the scoop from our new friend. He mentioned that she did great, played her heart out every day with his two CCI dogs, and his two German Shepard's, and his friend's dogs who were over visiting for New Years. The house was packed with well behaved, panting, and smiling dogs. I think there were about seven furry heads peaking over the doggie gate in the entry way, with a short little dachshund in the rears. He is a brave man.
His observation is that Haddie works when her leash is on, and would not work if her leash was off. He commanded her to Jump on his grooming table in the garage, and apparently she just looked at him. He corrected her, still nothing. Again. Nothing. He decided to clip her leash on as he wasn't going to lift her 50 pound-plus body up to the table, and she jumped. Hmm.
He had a few other examples that showed she is leash-on = work mentality. He didn't think it was a huge deal, but we'll work on getting her to do as she's told with or without the leash.
Haddie received a shower upon coming in the house, and then she's been snoring ever since. She is one t-i-r-e-d puppy, but oh so adorable! It feels good to have them both home.
What a fun way for both doggies to complete their 2011 and ring in the New Year!