While my personal blog has fallen by the side, because of an increase in my daily life and my subjects growing into Teens, who don't wish for their life to be displayed for the world to read any longer ~ my puppy blog has been fairly consistent in capturing the life happenings of all things adorably furry. Now that Haddie has been placed, this Christmas my husband was able to publish my blog as a book for the months we raised Haddie, for the posts I shared while she was in Advanced Training, and all-about her Graduation.
I was so thrilled to "finally" receive my first blog book about our amazing Puppy Raising adventure of Haddie Rosa!!! I. Love. It.
Rosa was the other half of Santa Rosa, her birthplace and where the company resides who she so finely has always represented. We thought any male Canine Companions puppy we would include the "Santa" portion of Santa Rosa into his nickname. It never worked, never stuck, scratch that idea.
I am happy that my hubby remembered our lovely nickname of Haddie to include it as the title. It fits us - just as the book fits our journey of our first puppy in training.
Friday, December 20, 2013
I remember there was a time shortly after Kolby arrived in March where it snowed. But I really don't want to consider it his first snowfall, because it never really stuck and it was March; not even winter. Therefore, today I am counting as Kolby's First Snow.
Friday, December 6, 2013
My daughter took these beautiful photos of our Kolby. I will share more throughout the month. The extra bonus ~ Canine Companions took notice of these photos and have asked permission to use them. My girl is beaming; that is a fun compliment to receive at any age, but as a 15 year old, yeah, that is pretty cool.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Kolby and I had an outdoor mall adventure with my best girlfriend from college. It was a frigid 20-something degree day, and we flopped between an outdoor walk and cozy indoor chats. My friend is always up to all things adventurous when it comes to my Puppy Raising. She is the perfect blend of playing defense against the public violations*, and supporting with lots of questions and praise every time we get together.
A few weeks ago, Santa also came to visit our Canine Companions class. He collected food for the local food bank and stayed to get his picture taken with all of the puppies and raisers. Unlike Haddie who attacked Santa with Kisses ~ Kolby was very proper and obedient. I love the look on Kolby's face, looking so wise and on his best behavior, and then also his legs drooping over Santa's lap as if to say, "Santa and I? We go way back."
I am so happy that Kolby is so friendly and was not worried about the big guy with the long white beard and soft red suit.
*There always seems to be "something" that happens when my friend and I are on a Canine Companions Outing. This time it was an unleashed dog who wandered over to Kolby. Granted, we were in the boutique pet store, but we also have a leash law in our State which is to be withheld in all public situations.
This little puppy was Adorable, no doubt, but it was also very social and got right into Kolby's face. The owner did not make a move to get her dog away from Mister, so insert my buddy who swiftly, and with great etiquette, got the violator puppy away from Kolby - bent down to the puppies level (aka: sat on the floor) and talked to the owner while holding the puppies collar.
Then my friend went so far as to help this woman put a pink winter vest on her puppy. My friend is a cat-person by nature, so we both looked at each other and smirked at the clueless owner who was taking full advantage of my friend. HA!
You are a good sport, J!! Thank you for always putting up with anything that happens while we are on outings. Kolby and I enjoyed the training of patience while we watched and waited (wink).