Yarrow is 34weeks old. She still loves Freyja best. Freyja is not sure how she feels about that. We’ve been doing more work on fitting in small spaces. Yarrow loves the box. She looks much bigger trying to fit in little boxes now.
Yarrow has been desperately trying to convince my son’s 8year old tiny dog that they should be best buddies since the day I brought her home. Well, it finally happened, Blue has decided that maybe Yarrow isn’t so bad after all. As long as Yarrow isn’t running around like a ninny anyway. Blue and Duke (our American Bulldog) were very close, since Duke passed she just really hasn’t been fond of any of out other dogs. She gets along fine with Freyja but they aren’t friends. I think when Yarrow is calm she reminds Blue of Duke. They sure are cute cuddling together.
Hard to believe my puppy is so grown now. Got news from my cardiologist this week. He confirmed my POTS diagnosis and also told me I tested positive for MALS. I need more testing but I will most likely need surgery. I don’t know how that will effect our training. Hopefully it won’t complicate things too far. I also dislocated my shoulder this week (thanks to EDS it popped back into place) which left me with some lingering pain and nerve issues in one arm. It has made handling the dogs harder. We will get through though, we always do.
Playtime is equally as important as training to a young and growing dog. Yarrow loves running and playing with her sister Freyja. Now that the weather is getting cooler (high 80’s and 90’s instead of 100) it is far nicer for running in the yard. I finally admitted to myself that my children had outgrown their swing set 😦 We sold it to a very nice family for their small children. Not for much, but every little bit helps when you have sky high medical bills. I put it into the collection for Yarrow’s board and train (hoping she can go in January around her first birthday). She will be going to stay with a friend who runs a wonderful program. Anyway, the yard seems much larger now, though I did keep the jungle gym. Climbing is fun for everyone.
We took another short trip to Petsmart for a weigh in and to continue exposure to people and other animals. Yarrow did even better this time than she has in the past with ignoring other dogs and people. Though she is definitely entering adolescence and having some issues with distraction, bouncing, and just general foolishness when we are out (I know I have not spent nearly enough time training her lately either) she did really well for being in a petshop. Scale says 52.4, so she is still growing though she has slowed a little. I am feeling pretty good about her making weight. She also seems to have put on about an inch in the last week, she looks suddenly tall standing next to Freyja.
While we were out we decided to try an outing in vest. We went to Lowe’s so it would be low pressure. We weren’t really shopping for anything, just looking at Halloween decorations and bathroom fixtures to finally fix the boys’ bathroom. It did take a little while to get Yarrow calmed down enough to walk across the parking lot without pulling. She was still very excited from the petshop (next time we will do our “formal” outing on a different day from petshop trip, LOL). However she did very well once we were inside. She is very serious in her vest. She had no fear walking beside the cart, or next to the Halloween decorations. She walked up to the life sized witch and gave it a sniff (gave her a little leeway on that as it was a display model in a garden store) and looked up at all of the inflatables when I pointed to them but seemed completely disinterested. No sign of fear.
We checked out shower stalls, new vanities, and tile. Then took a walk through the cement section with no concern on Yarrow’s part. I was feeling pretty worn out so we headed back to the car. I do think we found the bathroom fixtures we wanted. Yarrow was far better than I expected. Laid at my feet when we stopped, ignored people who pointed at her, and walked next to me politely most of the time (good for a dog who hasn’t had nearly enough heel work on leash out of the house). I am hoping to do more work in Lowe’s and maybe Half Price Books in the next few weeks.
We decorate early for Halloween in our home. Halloween is my favorite Holiday, I would keep my deorations up year round if I could. Tim lets me decorate early because it makes me happy and helps pick me up when my health is doing poorly (like it is right now). This month I’ve spent most of my time with a cardiologist, working on a new diagnosis of POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) and Gastroparesis. I’ve been very busy and not feeling very well either. So training has not been my primary focus. Yarrow is still coming along well. We plan to start short PA outings (to places other than pet shops) now that her vest has arrived.