Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pooches: California Winters

We took a few awesome neighborhood walks on Saturday because here in SoCal, January can be quite harsh.  It was a beautiful, sunny, 70ish degree January day.  I know, I'm bragging and I shouldn't because some of you out there are probably knee deep in snow.  Let me know if you want to come visit Los Angeles...we have an awesome air mattress!

The pups were quite excited to take advantage of the great weather though, especially since it had been raining for a few days.

"I am SO bored of sitting on this couch..."
 When we started to put on treat bags, they knew exactly where to sit.
"Leap frog on 3!!! Just kidding...we're sitting pretty so you'll take us out."
Then, they gave us their best super cute puppy eyes to get treats.


Maggie is especially good at these faces...especially because of her giant ears.


The time had come to finally walk!!  Thank goodness!!  This was our first real walk together since both Nigel and Maggie have been working on their polite leash walking skills.  For Maggie, we pretty much don't exist while on walks unless we're giving her a treat for sitting and waiting at the corner.

"Squirrel...you are MINE!"
We worked on some 'sits' together.  Nigel is working on taking his treats gently because he's got some chompers that can really surprise you.


Then, we practiced for synchronized dog walking...complete with head movements.


Maggie did her best impression of one of the Queen's Guards.


Nigel tried to make her laugh but alas, she just looked bored and continued to stare straight ahead.


Then, they practiced more head movements.  We thought they may be practicing for some doggie flash mob that they haven't told us about yet.  Kids.

OPPOSITE SIDES FACING IN! GO!!
FRONT AND BACK!
OPPOSITE SIDES FACING OUT!
Overall, it was a successful afternoon.  The pups were pretty beat and slept for a while afterwards (which is always lovely for us!).  Nigel complained a little about his darker and thicker coat because he gets warm faster but he made it back to the apartment (we told him we wouldn't carry him).

Maggie also hit a milestone of sleeping in her crate almost the whole night with the door OPEN!!  This was huge since she has only either slept in the bed (before Nigel) or in her closed crate.  It was also one of the first nights she just went in there to sleep without us asking.  It was pretty great.

We enjoyed our weekend with these two wrestling crazies.  Hope everyone relaxed too!!

12 comments:

  1. Maggie's ears are the best! I'll trade you weather. You can have our rain and I'll take your sunshine. Fair trade, right? :)

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    1. Hmmm....I'll consult the pooches but I think they may prefer the sunshine... :-) We'll try to loan some to you though!!!

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  2. You do have some nice weather... our has been pretty nice too which means more walks!

    Give Maggie a way to go for sleeping with the crate open.

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    1. She was doing SO well for the first few nights but lately has been playing the "wake mom up at 3.5 hour intervals and try to jump in bed" game! So, maybe we'll close the door for a little while longer. But I was proud of her for even getting through a few nights!

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  3. How lucky for your pooches! Tess & Ed are belly deep in snow! They have been jipped in the walk department as it's been in the teens the past week or so. But today is supposed to be 50 and tomorrow 60 - so I'm sure they'll convince us to take a nice, long (rainy) walk. Good thing they've got their raincoats!!

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    1. Oh goodness, Maggie gets upset when there's a light drizzle. I shudder to think of what she'll do if we ever move somewhere with real rain!

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  4. Maggie's ear are 100% ridiculous...in the best way possible:D I love the CA winters also, though it's not quite as warm up here!

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    1. I may have pushed my husband to adopt her because she had giant, awesome ears. Good thing she turned out to be really awesome because I was really just drawn to her ears.

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  5. They have yet to complain abut the awesome weather. Who can blame them, right?!? Maggie has been jumping into the bed at some point in the wee hours of the morning but she's very good about being gently guided back into her bed. She's so cuddly that I want to snuggle in there with her!!!

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  6. BAH! Having a big eared pittie myself I truly appreciate her ears, and her statue expressions when walking! They are both SO cute! I love to brag about our high winter temperatures, don't feel too bad :)

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    1. The ears are the BEST. She really is a statue while out on walks...until she sees a dog, squirrel or cat. Then all bets are off.

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  7. Wow...those ears. What a gorgeous dog. There is so much cropping of the ears out here in New York, that when you do see big standing ears like Maggie's, it's really a sight to behold (especially when they're translucent and the light is streaming through). Enjoy the weather!

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