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Who Can Resist Her?

You cannot resist the cuteness!

You cannot resist the cuteness!

We are still amazed at how well Stella is doing!  She’s had no accidents in the house….aside from a couple of whines or yips she sleeps nicely in her crate.  She finally started eating regularly and if there is a god, solid food will put and end to the puppy runs!

Rob’s been working on her training and is quite convinced he could give Caesar Milan a run for his money.

Working on "Sit"

Working on "Sit"

 

Good Sit Stella!
Good Sit Stella!

Did I mention that she’s very “active”?   Like 4 shots of espresso active??  Well she is!   Quite a change from our little Couch Potato Sadie, who would blissfully nap the day away on her bed or her favorite chair.

Stella could almost qualify to be labeled “hyperactive”!   She loves to go for walks and is getting quite good at walking to the left of me.  She only occasional tries to dart in front of me.  Her walking manners are very important!   I walk the Blvd alot and it will be much easier if she is not wrapping the leash around my ankles and tripping me.
 
When we bought our house we loved the enclosed front porch and Rob envisioned himself sitting out there on a Sunday a.m….sipping his coffee and reading his paper while Sadie napped quietly at his feet.
Now it has become Stella’s indoor running track.
She loves to run back and forth on the porch chasing the “babies” that you throw for her.  She’s not so good at the bringing them back to you part.  She generally runs right by you and into the house.  Then she’ll race through the living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway….and back out to the front door.
Did I mention she has quite a bit of puppy energy?
 
Then…..she generally collapses on the bed we keep in the hallway for a little rest before she starts it all over again!   It’s not easy being 8 months old and so unbearably cute!
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Less than 24 Hours til Stella!!!!!

Stella!At this time tomorrow….we’ll have Stella!  Late yesterday they loaded her and a bunch of other dogs into a van for the long drive North.  We meet the rescue people at 9am tomorrow!!!  I have no idea what to expect.

Last weekend I cleaned and bleached out the kennel for her.  Last night I went shopping and got her a little chew toy that you put treats into to entertain her, a waterdish that hooks onto the door of her kennel, a new pretty collar, a little pack of liver treats…yum…liver treats!!!

During the day I got to worrying about what her first weekend would be like.   It’s going to be a busy one.  We have friends in town….people coming over for RibFest Part II Saturday night….not the most mellow of weekends for a little dog who’s been in a van for two days.

In a google search for calming a dog I found this….Doggie Downers:

Comfort Calm

Remember that old skit from the days when Saturday Night Live used to be funny?  Puppy Uppers and Doggie Downers?

Puppy Uppers/Doggie Downers

I’m going to drug her.  Not really drug her….it’s like giving her a cup of SleepyTime tea, but not quite like giving her a capful of Nyquil.  Maybe we won’t need it at all.  Maybe she’ll be tired, but calm and happy.  Happy to be in Maine!  I’m going to bring them with us just in case.

I told Rob my plan when I got home and immediately he snorted, “Uh, do you think Caesar would DRUG a dog?”  Why as a matter of fact ROBERT:

Caesar

Your “Hero” DOES drug dogs….he also if you have not been in a PetCo or Pet Quarters lately, sells dog food, beds, leashes, shampoos, enough already Caesar…Relax!!!!!

So anywho…that’s my plan…to have the Doggie Downers on hand just in case for her first busy weekend at home and from there go back to good old exhausting her with exercise to get rid of the puppy energy.

I’m super excited!  It’s going to be a great weekend!!!!

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