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Jake – the wonder lush dog

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

RT declared weeks ago that when the new house was finally “dried in” we would celebrate with a bottle of wine.  I can think of better ways to celebrate, but that’s what RT wanted to do.  So that was fine with me.

This past Saturday was our celebration.  The house was officially dried in with tar paper on the roof.  Although the roof shingles weren’t added until Sunday and Monday, the tar paper was enough to dry it in.  The rain could pour down, and the inside of our house would remain dry.

On Saturday I was recovering from strep throat, and the thought of sipping wine was definitely not something that appealed to me.  So I had RT pour only a couple of sips into the glass for me.  RT insisted it must be a whole family celebration.  So he poured a few drops of wine in Jake’s dish, and a few drops in Tripper’s dish.  Tripper is our cat.   Tripper licked the few drops unenthusiastically and left to explore outside.

Jake, however, has definite lush tendencies.  he sniffed the wine and then licked it tentatively.  You could almost see the wheels in his brain turning.  “Hmm this is interesting.  Let me try a little more.”  And he licked some more.  Soon it was all gone.  Jake looked at RT as if to say, “I want more.”  RT poured a little more in his dish.  Jake licked every drop.  RT and I were laughing as we watched him lick every inch of the bowl over and over to make sure he got every single molecule possible.  Then he looked up at RT expectantly - more?  Nope.  No more wine for Jake – our little lushy dog.

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Jake the wonder dog – important milestone!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Two nights ago our dog, Jake, reached an important milestone.  First the background: We got Jake in October at the age of 6 months.  A couple weeks ago, with some major “encouragement” from me, RT moved Jake from the floor right beside our bed to the bathroom floor a few feet away.  The few feet made a difference.  No longer was Jake’s constant movement, licking noises and scratching so sleep-inhibitingly loud.  However, the noises were still audible.  And RT was still getting up two or three times during the night to let Jake out.  So even though moving Jake to the bathroom helped, it didn’t end the problem of being awakened constantly throughout the night.

So two night ago, RT moved Jake’s dog bed and kennel to the other side of the house into the kitchen.  First night – Jake whined a little bit.  I told him to “hush!”  And he did. RT enjoys laughing at the way I tell Jake to hush – but as long as it works, he can laugh all he wants to.

The next night, Jake slept all night long.  At least we didn’t hear him if he awakened.  And we didn’t hear him if he decided to lick or scratch himself.  More importantly, RT and I were able to sleep all night long.  Blissful, restorative, calming sleep. 

As someone who had a year-long struggle with sleep-deprivation recently, I understand how important sleep is to a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.  So I am THRILLED that Jake is out of our bedroom finally and that all three of us are getting a good night’s sleep.   ZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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Attention, Pet Owners! You Have POORER Health!

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Aha!  I knew it.  Dogs are NOT good for you, after all!

I’ve never been much of a pet-lover.  However, RT really wanted to get a dog.  So we got Jake three months ago.  Since then I’ve had my sleep messed up virtually every night (since RT insists that Jake sleep on the floor next to our bed) by dog odor and dog noises, there is black dog hair EVERYWHERE, Jake actually has started jumping on top of my car with his muddy feet – keeping it a muddy mess.  I’m dreading all the scratches that are inevitably under all that mud.  (Note: There are indeed some significant LONG scratches on the hood of my car. I just ordered a car cover to use until we get a garage so the dog can’t get to it.) He still pees on the floor occasionally (ok – rarely, but still!) scratches the doors horribly, and chews any bit of paper he can find into shreds all over the floor. 

I was so naive at first – I just never considered that RT having a dog meant that I would have to sleep in the same room with a smelly dog every night.  I can deal with the other stuff, but not being able to sleep well really messes me up.

Now there is research to show that, despite all the supposedly wonderful benefits of having a pet,  perhaps having a pet is not such a warm and fuzzy experience all the time.

By Amy Norton
NEW YORK (Jan. 10) – While research has suggested that pets can offer people health benefits, a new study from Finland finds that pet owners tend to be heavier, less active and in poorer health than those without a pet. 

However, that doesn’t mean pets are bad for us, the researchers note. Rather, people most likely to have a pet, such as middle-aged and home-owners, also tend to be more sedentary and thicker around the middle.

Researchers at the University of Turku in Finland report the findings in PLoS ONE, an online journal published by the Public Library of Science.

A number of studies have suggested that certain people benefit from living with a dog or cat — a pet may help lower blood pressure and heart rate, for example, or ease stress, loneliness and even dementia-related agitation in the elderly.

But whether pet owners as a group are a healthier lot has been unclear. The new findings suggest they’re not.

Using survey data from more than 21,000 young to middle-aged Finnish adults, researchers found that pet owners were generally more likely to be overweight and to view their own health as poor.

This was largely because pet owners tended to be middle-aged, have less education and more health-risk factors, explained Dr. Leena K. Koivusilta, the study’s lead author.

And despite having Fido to take for walks, even dog owners typically got little exercise.

This is likely because they were often home-owners who could simply put the dog in the yard, Koivusilta noted.

The fact that pet owners were in poorer health does not mean that furry companions aren’t a health boon in some cases, she told Reuters Health.

“In my opinion,” Koivusilta said, “pets provide us all with a vast potential for health promotion, and this has indeed been shown when some special groups have been studied.”

Pet owners, according to the researchers, may just need to make more of an effort — such as walking and playing with the dog instead of showing him the way to the yard.

Okay, the study doesn’t prove that Jake isn’t good for me. It just has to do with people not getting out and walking their pets.  I’ll continue to TRY to be a good sport about Jake.  Really, though, TO ME, dogs are just gross!
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Jake’s Fall from Grace, part two

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

When I told my daughter about how good Jake had been this past weekend, she said that her husband always says the first three days with a new puppy are like a “honeymoon” and the dog shows his/her true colors after that.  Of course I didn’t believe that!

Remember how I wrote that Jake barked/cried for about ten minutes the first night.  After that ten minutes of fussing, he went to sleep and slept straight through the night.  The second night he didn’t bark at all.  The third night he was exhausted from his “accident in the crate” experience (see previous post).  And once we had him, the crate and the carpet cleaned from that, he slept well all night.  So last night was his fourth night with us.  Note the number.  Four is the number AFTER three.  He got through the 3-day honeymoon.  Then came last night.

Last night, he barked/cried straight through until 4:00 this morning.  Around 11:00 p.m. I moved to the sofa in the family room – wrapped up in my down comforter.  I could still hear the noise but it was muffled in the distance.  I woke up around 2:00 a.m. and decided to go to the bed in the guest room.  Guess who was already there?  RT.  So RT and I slept in the guest room – with the door closed.  Jake slept  -no – I take that back – he “spent the night”- in his crate in our bedroom – with the door closed.  The two closed doors did little to quiet the noise he made.

Three days ago RT told me that he planned to never raise his voice with Jake.  He was going to train him with quiet authority and gentleness.  Ahem!  That idea went out the window last night around midnight.

  This morning, after a night of virtually no sleep, RT has a different take on how to train Jake.  One victory is that we didn’t give in and take him out of the crate.  He has to learn that’s where he sleeps – at least until the house-training aspect is completely in place.

I told RT that we had things backwards last night.  Jake was in our bedroom, and we had fled to other parts of the house.  Tonight, RT and I will be back in our own bed, and Jake will be in his crate in the other end of the house.

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Jake’s Fall From Grace

Monday, October 16th, 2006

I should have knocked on wood yesterday afternoon when I declared to my son and daughter-in-law that Jake (our new puppy) had been PERFECT.  We hadn’t lost a second of sleep because of new puppy whimpering.  We hadn’t had a single mess to clean up.  He’s six months old, and I foresaw housetraining as a breeze.

Soon after uttering those words, RT and I went out to eat with Joey and Meleah – leaving Jake in his crate in our bedroom.  We got home a couple hours later.  I walked into the house and knew instantly that our streak of puppy luck had run out.  The house REEKED of doggy poop.  I had walked into the house via the side door, and Jake was in his crate in the back of the house – a LONG way away, and yet even from that distance, there was no mistaking what had occurred.  The odor was so strong I was afraid that perhaps he had gotten out of the crate and managed to spread “mayhem” throughout the house.  Fortunately, he had remained in the crate.  So at least the damage was semi-contained.

RT took Jake, the crate and the new bed and puppy toys (which had been in the crate) outside.  It took over an hour to undo the worst of the damage.  Apparently the “accident” occurred soon after we left because Jake had had time to thoroughly stomp it everywhere – knocking bits and pieces on the carpet outside the crate and working it well into his new bed and over his toys.  RT scrubbed the crate.  The new bed is still sitting outside.  I don’t want to waste the $20+ we spent on the bed, but then again, the idea of putting it into the washing machine is more than I can stomach.  The toys will be thrown away.  RT put Jake in the jacuzzi and gave him a good bath.  My mother will say, “Carol, the jacuzzi can be cleaned!”  And that’s true.  Still, I will never use that jacuzzi again.  When we build the new house, we’ll have a tub in the barn for animal needs.

While RT cleaned up Jake and the crate, I cleaned up the carpet in the bedroom.  I picked up the pieces of poop that Jake had knocked out of the crate and onto the carpet, scrubbed the carpet with cleanser and then sprinkled baking soda over it to TRY to get rid of some of the odor, and then turned the AC to below 65 degrees in order to get the air circulating more.  Despite all that, I still smelled dog poop all night long.  Even now, I get a whiff of dog poop every now and then.  I wonder if it’s real or simply phantom poop smells?

RT insists that it’s HIS fault – that he should have given Jake more time after eating to take care of business before we left.  Live and learn, I guess.  In our almost 3 days of owning Jake, RT says that he has figured out Jake’s schedule of elimination.  According to RT, Jake does #1, then #2A, #2B, and #2C. Don’t even ask me what he means by that! He tells me we were lucky last night because Jake only did #2A in the crate.  He did #2B & #2C when RT walked him later.

Today Jake’s having a great day, though.  RT took him to work with him, and Jake sat at his feet during a two-hour meeting.  Then RT took him to the vet to get a check-up and all the needed shots.  The vet said that Jake would probably be around 50 pounds when he is fully grown.  He is 34 pounds right now.  RT and Jake came home for lunch – which I fixed since I’m on fall break.  RT insists that Jake will go with him to work each day.  I guess that’s the advantage of owning his own business.  There’s no one to tell him he can’t bring his dog to work.  I wonder how long that will last?  RT loves Jake so much, it could very well be a permanent thing.  And that’s not a bad thing.  

I still have high hopes for Jake.  However, there will be a pad under the crate from now on.  Here’s a photo of Jake and Ron on the airplane yesterday.



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Jake the Wonder Puppy

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

As promised, here are a couple photos of Jake, our new British Labrador puppy.  This first photo shows him retrieving a “dummy” that RT threw for him.  He’s a labrador and so he LOVES retrieving things.


Jake will be quite the traveler because we’re leaving in just a little while to fly to my mother’s in Georgia for a few hours to give my niece (The daughter of Beth of Blue Star Chronicles) a family send-off.  She is moving out of state.  This will make Jake’s second and third flight in his first couple days of living with us.

This next photo shows Jake with RT.  RT took a couple photos of me with Jake, but they didn’t turn out too well.  So we’ll stick with these two photos for now.

This morning, I was sitting in the recliner when RT came in from walking Jake outside.  Jake ran in, took a leap and landed in my lap!  Needless to say, we will have to stop him from such shenanigans!  -)   It was sweet, though.

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Jake is here!

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

RT and I flew to Grand Junction, TN yesterday and got our new British Labrador Retriever, Jake, from the Southwind Kennels.  We mulled over several possible names and finally decided on Jake.  It’s short, masculine and easy for the dog to learn.

We spent HOURS at the breeder’s, working with different dogs – deciding which one would be the best fit for us.  Initially, I wanted a black lab that had a spot of white on his throat.  However, “Blaze” (as I nicknamed him), was not very cooperative, wouldn’t let us pet him, and wasn’t very sociable.  We wanted a dog that was calm and companionable.

At first we weren’t interested in Jake – can’t remember why – but he chose us.  And the more we worked with him, the more we saw that he was exactly what we were looking for.  He was calm, he enjoyed being petted, he was obviously intelligent and eager to please, he heeled, sat and retrieved very well.  The calmness was the most important trait, though.

We figured the big test would be the plane flight home.  RT’s plane is a small 4-passenger plane – very noisy without earphones, and of course we didn’t have doggy earphones.  We also didn’t have a crate for Jake.  So he sat in my lap.  We were wondering how he’d handle the noise and the unfamiliar experience of flying.  He was WONDERFUL!  He sat in my lap with his head stretched out on my arm.  He didn’t flinch when RT cranked up the motor, didn’t flinch during take-off or landing.  He was absolutely perfect.  And that thrilled RT since he wants Jake to accompany him in the plane for some of his business trips. 

Last night Jake was a little nervous when we first settled down for the night.  We put him in his crate in our bedroom.  He howled and barked off and on for about 10 minutes.  Then he settled down and slept all night.

This morning – he STILL had not done either “business” since we’d brought him home.  We knew he must be quite uncomfortable by that time.  We had walked him often before bed last night and first thing this morning.  However, he would not relieve himself.  Finally, though, he took care of both businesses in the appropriate spot.  Another milestone passed.  -)

Jake is solid black, he was born on April 17, 2006 – which makes him almost 6 months old.  I’m glad we chose an older puppy.  I think he’ll be much easier to train.  RT took him over to the land awhile ago, and I’m about to head over there to join them.

The photo above isn’t of Jake.  It’s a photo of a British Lab I found online.  However, you can see photos of him HERE at the kennel website.  I don’t know which of the four dogs is him, though.   I’ll take some photos today to post here at THE MEDIAN SIB.

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