Monday, June 4, 2012

Last weeks happenings

Last week, Keith, Newport and I stayed at another raisers house to "kid-sit" her daughters, and her two puppies in training. She has a 10 month old male black lab named Cabo, and a 5 month old female black lab named Alita. Keith had a ton of fun playing with her dogs all weekend, and was a perfect puppy on all the outings we took them on. We went to the movies, restaurants, Target, and a big Mall that had a carousel! Keith was very well behaved the whole time! He even slept on a tie down again at their house!
Keith by the carousel at the Mall
Keith and Cabo at dinner
Alita at her first movie!
Keith, Newport, Cabo, and Alita
On Monday, Sydney and her two puppies in Training, Carrie and Partner, came and stayed for a few days! Partner is her newest puppy. He is a 11 week old male Golden Retriever and SOOO cute! We took Keith and Carrie to the Bass Pro Shop, the Mall, and hiking in Knights Ferry! Keith did great everywhere we went, and wasn't afraid of the animals at Bass Pro Shop at all!
Keith and Carrie at Build a Bear
Newport hiking in Knights Ferry with us
While we were hiking, Sydney got a call from her leader saying that Carrie was on the June recall. It's sad, but I know Carrie is going to do great in training! Whoever gets her is going to be getting a VERY good dog :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Allergies and Adventures

Well, since I haven't posted in awhile, I am going to do separate posts, so I don't have one huge post. First things first, Keith update.

Probably the biggest thing that has happened with Keith lately is that he had a major allergic reaction to something unknown. On Sunday (Mothers Day), Keith and I went to the grocery store to get my mom some flowers and a card. We didn't go anywhere else that day, not even a walk. Around 12pm, I notices a few bumps on his head. I texted my leader and told her that Keith looked like he was getting hives. She said to watch him and let her know if he gets worse. At 1pm there were a few more bumps, but he seemed normal otherwise. I left home to go to a BBQ at my Uncles house, and my mom stayed home to watch Keith. 3 hours later, she texted me saying Keith was a lot worse and to get home right away. I raced home, and was greeted by a foreign looking dog. Keiths face had swelled up so badly that he looked like a totally different dog. His eyes were swelled shut, his cheeks were huge, and his nose was the size of a baseball. I frantically called my leader and she instructed me to take Keith to the Emergency vet right away. So, I loaded Keith into the car and raced there (probably breaking a few speed limits and running a few lights on the way...) Oh, and this was all at 10pm Sunday night I might add. They took Keith in the back right away and gave him a steroid shot and a benadryl shot. They told me to leave him there for a few hours to make sure the reaction didn't get worse. I left for 2 hours, and came back at midnight. Keith had responded well to the shots, and I could take him home. I was so incredibly relieved! But, the next morning, I took him out of his crate, and the swelling was back :( We took him to our regular Vet, and he gave him another steroid shot and some prednisone tablets. We still aren't sure what caused it, but whatever it is, Keith is HIGHLY allergic to it. Glad to say he has been healthy and happy since then!
My poor swollen boy :(
Over the rest of the week, Keith took it pretty easy. The medication was making him want to drink a ton of water, so he was having some accidents. He did go to the movies and a puppy meeting, and had a few playdates with another puppy in training.

This past weekend was a very fun and busy weekend for both Keith and I! On Friday evening, Keith and I went up to the mountains to have dinner with my grandmother. Keith did extremely well. He had to sit in a very cramped place, and he was a trooper. On Saturday, Keith and I went to the Relay for Life with my mom. It was such a good experience for Keith. Lots of noise, people, and smells, and he did wonderful. EVERYONE wanted to pet him there!
Keith at Relay for Life
This is what Keith walked for :)
Later on Saturday, Keith and I joined our puppy club at a Fire station for a Girl Scout Doggy Day! 3 local girl scouts put on this event for us to earn their silver award. They had all sorts of distractions and fun things for the dogs, and Keith did very well and had so much fun!
Keith and I on a bus they had for us to walk on
A running vacuum cleaner to walk past...Keith wasn't frightened at all!
Doggy Day group picture!
Keith's certificate!
On Sunday, Keith and I got up bright and early at 4:30 A.M. to go with my mom to a half marathon an hour away. This race was in honor of a runner who died from cancer. It was called "Randy's Run", and all the runner wore orange hats, shirts, and ribbons in honor of Randy, as that is the color he always wore. We were there until about 11:45 A.M., and Keith did so awesome! We walked around and then patiently waited at the finish line for all the runners to come in.
Keith at the Start line
Just waiting around :)
Waiting in the car for awhile...
We don't really have any adventures planned for this week, so we will see what happens!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Patches and Ponies...

Newport's patches for his Therapy Dog vest came in today!!
Newport's CKC patch
One side of the vest
Top of the vest
The other side of the vest only has the Therapy Dog crescent patch so far. We are still waiting for the official Therapy Dog Organization patch to come in that will go above it. He will also be receiving a CKC Id tag with all of his and my info on it in case he gets lost, a bandana from the Therapy Dog Org., and an ID badge with his head shot on it :) This should all be coming within a few weeks. I am also going to get him a new collar to match the vest....the blue anchor one he has now clashes with the red vest lol.

I also took Keith to a horse barn today! Before puppy raising, I rode horses for about 8 years. I gave it up to puppy raise though. While I really miss riding, I LOVE puppy raising even more. Keith did fairly well. He was a little scared of the horses, but who can blame him? They must look huge and scary to him. I will definitely be bringing him around horses more often before he's recalled. I forgot to take pics of Keith at the Stable this morning :( so here's a cute picture I took the other day when Keith and I went for our daily walk! On our walks, we practice different commands so the walk stays fun and is never the same. I take him on a few different routes, and we practice some obedience at every corner or lamp post. Here is Keith in a down stay!
Keith on a walk

And Keith slept on a tie down successfully last night! I was super proud of him! (The last time he slept on a tie down at home, he chewed on my bed, but this time he stuck to his Nylabones and slept soundly all night!) Weirdly, Keith sleeps perfectly on a tie down when we do over night babysits....silly boy :)
Keith on the tie down last night!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Flashback Friday!

When I was raising Newport....
Newport at 4 months old in Monterey
Newport's first day at home!
Newport and his sister Nisha at Funday 2011
Newport meeting farm animals