Progress

Apr. 23rd, 2010 09:13 am
drewan: (simon)
This morning Simon graduated to the laundry room! Until today when we're not home he's been spending the day in Kinney's old kennel, which is huge for little Simon. He's not fond of it, and I fear we haven't done a good job of getting him to like it.  I'm not going to worry about that one though... I'll focus more on working with him to use a dog carrier for trips. But today he gets the whole laundry room, and a pillow too!

So far we've only seen him try to mark in the house once. I think within a week or so we're going to see how he does in the house alone. He sleeps all day anyway, so he might as well be comfortable.

And don't worry, I'm not going to be riding with Simon in a soft side bag. I've found many good rigid side backpacks and such online. I'm not even sure if he'd want to do that. We'll see. I don't even have a working bicycle right now.

Simon got more play time with Tinker last night. This time I was smarter and brought Tinker into our enclosed back yard. They ran and ran and ran. Just when I'm not sure if Simon is running in fear or fun, Tinker will stop and Simon will circle back and take a running nip at Tinker. They finally calmed down and just started to patrol the yard together. It was nice to see them more relaxed with each other.
drewan: (Default)
Would this be an acceptable way to carry Simon on a long bike ride?

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Yesterday Simon got to meet one of the neighbor dogs. Tinker is a 8 month old Golden Retriever (I think) who will eventually become a service dog. He's living with our Northern Neighbors until next February when he goes off to Service School.

I was just about to take Simon for a walk when I noticed that K. was home and out with Tinker. I called over to her to see if it would be okay for me to bring Simon over. She was a bit hesitant, but I came over anyway. Simon kind of ignored Tinker for a while, but Tinker was VERY interested in Simon. Finally Simon started to run and Tinker chased. I got a little worried at this point, but Simon turned out to be a speedy little dog and managed to stay ahead of Tinker for the most part. They ended up running across three yards, which probably wasn't good. Maybe we need to let them play in our closed yard next time.

Later when Joe was walking home from the bus, I bought Simon out again to meet him. Tinker was out again, now with T, which is strong enough to really hold Tinker. He kept Tinker in one spot while Simon came over. Tinker just laid down and Simon climbed all over her. They started to wrestle a bit, which is when I took these pictures.

Simon and TinkerSimon and TinkerSimon and Tinker

I know I'm probably projecting a bit, but  I think Simon really likes other dogs. Our last dog Gabby really didn't care about other dogs, so it's nice to see that Simon is more social.

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