August 7th, 2005

bat lady

dog training book

I was wondering if people in this community can recommend their favorite dog training books to me? I figure with a boston's unique energy level, this would be the best place to ask. Things are going well with me and Fizzgig (formerly named Wilbur). But he still has a stubborn streak and I need to start training him for real. He just does'nt understand that not everyone wants to play with him and his toys 24 hours a day. Some quiet time is nice sometimes. I figure I should probably train him to do things like "sit" and "stay" if possible. I'm still not convinced he can master the sit command though, he'll likely fall over (for anyone new here or does'nt remember, he has a neurological disorder). I asked at the petfinder.com message board for training advice for a neurologic dog, but did'nt get much response. One person recommended the NILIF (Nothing in Life is Free) training technique, but I just don't think it would work for him. I'll probably go to Border's Monday morning to pick up a book if anyone recommends one. He does understand "no", "drop it", and "wait". So, he's got that going for him.

I also wanted to apologize that I have'nt been posting much. My baby cat Pooka died last week. I call him my baby cat because I hand raised him from 1 week old. He was only 3 years old. It's been a difficult battle to keep him alive since March and we finally lost the fight. When I came home after euthanizing him, Fizzgig was so gentle and loving towards me. He was so snuggly with this concerned look on his face and his ears back. It's like he knew I was sad and was worried. He's my first dog, and it's so different than a cat's reaction when I cry. Some cats get scared and have actually hit me (I think it's funny and it only cheers me up). Some cats get overly concerned and snuggly, some cats internalize it in themselves and get upset on their own. He handled it totally differently.

I have no pictures of Pooka except for one roll of film taken as a kitten. I just was'nt expecting to lose him so early. So, in light of this, I've gotten a disposable camera and I plan on getting the pictures developed on a CD to upload to photobucket. Many many pictures of my animals will be taken, so expect some photos of the silly Fizzgig puppy coming soon.

Lazy Sunday play

Because we're bored this Sunday I took pictures of Elliott when I let him play out in my walkway. He likes to chew on the old tree stumps and any leaves he can find becomes Elliott's latest snack. The crunchier the better!





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