Hi Cloud Catcher,
Just took this photo of Henry a couple of days ago, it is so gorgeous I had to share it with you!
David David Whitehill and Michael Lemmon
Hello again Cloud Catcher,
Hope you had a wonderful trip to the USA to see your Mum and got back safely to beautiful Cloud Catchers. Popcorn continues to fill my life with happiness. It will be three weeks tomorrow since we collected her from you. She certainly doesn't lack in confidence and thoroughly loves playing with big dogs who belong to friends of ours. She has attended 2 out of 6 sessions of Puppy Preschool which is set in a safe environment for young unimmunised puppies. She is a quick learner, but can't seem to pull it off during the lessons as she is thoroughly distracted by the other dogs and simply wants to play. I have spent the last 3 weeks exposing Popcorn to all sorts of people and experiences. She is taking everything in her stride with hardly any fuss.
Poppy especially loves the car; she's eager to get in and then curls up for a nap. It was important to me that she develop in to a happy traveller as I enjoy long driving trips. I am happy for you to use/share any of my Poppy updates and happy to write a bit about her crate training as you requested. I wouldn't be without a crate! I know Popcorn is not up to mischief throughout the night and it is a great toilet training aid. Poppy has never released her bladder in her crate which is filled with a snuggly thick dog bed, a stuffed toy and a chew toy. In the early days we also used a "Snuggle Buddy" which is a stuffed toy with a heartbeat and a heat source (developed to help puppies during their first few nights away from their litter mates).
We only used that for the first week that Poppy was home- it's hard to say whether it helped her or not. Popcorn's crate is in my bedroom and that is where she will probably continue to sleep long term. The crate has gradually moved further away from my bed though, to be positioned more conveniently in a corner of the room. Popcorn is happy enough to go in to her crate last thing at night- there is usually a treat tucked in there somewhere! During the first 3 nights away from Cloud Catcher's she cried about 2 or 3 times a night. I knew she was toileted and safe, so I put all my inner strength into ignoring her very sad sounding cries. To my relief her crying only lasted under a minute when ignored. On a couple of occasions, Popcorn's crying was more insistent and lasted longer than 2 minutes; at these times I would poke my fingers through the crate door. Poppy would lick my hand, this seemed to reassure her, and she would go back to sleep.
There has been no crying at all after the 4th night home and she stays in her crate from about 1030pm until 545am- at which time she whimpers to let me know she needs the toilet. After the trip to the backyard has been completed, she then comes on to the bed with me for cuddles until the alarm drags us both up at 630am. It is a great routine and is one I am happy to sustain. Ignoring Poppy's crying during her first few nights was very very hard to do, but I am positive it has been well worth it in terms of her behaviour training, toilet training and my love of sleeping! I have attached a couple of pics of Popcorn and her crate as well as a couple of photos I took last night to show you how she's growing. She is absolutely beautiful.
Poppy gets her 12 week vaccination next friday 16/10 and I can't wait to be able to visit parks, beaches and dog off-leash areas with her. The fun is going to step up a notch I reckon! Thanks again
Cloud Catcher- I am in love with this little ball of fluffy energy; best decision I ever made. Poppy gets a lot of admiration from strangers, everyone wants to pat her! I hope all Popcorn's litter mates are equally as happy (Dusty X Tanner born 24/7/2009).
I hope we bump in to some of them one day!
I'll keep in touch!
Hi Cloud Catcher
I've been trying to find the time since Lucee's second birthday to give you an update on our beautiful Doods.
Graeme and I have now retired and the doodles could not be any happier. Lots of walks, visits to the local parks and beaches and of course dog obedience and we have now started with dog agility.
Sorry for the photo overload but I thought I would just let the photos tell the story.
Hi Cloud Catcher,
Just an update on little Ivy and some more pictures including her dads. I can't believe Ivy is now 5 months old, wow time has flown, she is growing up so quickly. I think back to when she arrived and she was a little over 2kg's, she has now more than doubled in size, we weighed her the other day and she is now 5.2 kg's.
We finished puppy preschool a little while ago and she passed with flying colours - she pretty much remembered everything from her training at home. Next we are going to start her at obedience training. We are lucky that our council provides free obedience training for new puppies. We have booked her in for the next session starting in September. It will be a great opportunity to learn new things, brush up on her skills and meet new play mates. Ivy also attends puppy day care one day a week.
We think it's a great opportunity to get out of the house, play and socialise with other dogs. She loves going there, each Wednesday when we leave the house she knows exactly where we are going and when arriving at day care she can't wait to get out of the car. She leads us into the building and then she is off to see her friends, no good bye to dad at all mind you!! Ivy had her first haircut last week. The grooming agreement you included was very helpful. Her grown up hair has started to come through so we decided to get all her puppy fur clipped off, leaving her adult hair so she is not as fluffy as she was before. Still as beautiful though. We have just come back from a long weekend at the beach. It's too cold to swim but Ivy loves walking along the beach and digging in the sand - as you can see in the pictures.
We are planning a holiday early next year and thought we might head up to Sunshine Beach near noosa for a few weeks. We love Noosa and the Sunshine Coast and I have heard there is a great doggy beach up that way. Ivy loves digging in her water bowl at home and drenching herself and the house so I am sure she will love the water at the beach. I hope this isn't a silly question but do puppies know how to swim or is it something you have to teach them? I wont hold you up any longer because I know you have other little babies to look after.
Chat soon. Ben
Hi Cloud Catcher,
Just a bit of background as well if you like. Monty lived on the boat with us for 18 months. We were based in the marina at Airlie Beach and we were selling yachts. He used to come to the office with us and he was our “receptionist”, welcoming everyone who came in. He built up quite a reputation and was well known. And of course, he always came sailing with us. The orange jacket he is wearing is a life jacket, just in case he fell overboard. He is a very good sailor though and never has as yet.
When the boat keels over, he just makes himself comfortable between the cockpit table and the seats, and then when we tack, he just gets up and moves to the other side. All very nonchalant and matter of fact. We are now living in Manly (Brisbane) for a while and he is getting to be just as well known along the board walk where we go every day. He really is a striking looking dog, especially when he has his full coat, and always attracts heaps of attention.
We haven’t given up sailing, and will go back to Airlie regularly to sail on the boat. And of course, he will be there too. When we “ordered” him from you, we asked for a dog with attitude. Well, he has heaps of it! But in the very best way possible. He knows how to do “cute”, “lovable” and “It wasn’t me”, extremely well. We love him to bits. And I’m sure the feeling is mutual.