with over 20 years in this amazing place. it's never dull. i hope to enjoy years of exploration here.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
felt guilty leaving them crated for a good chunk of the day today. had skills lab. did give them extra play time and did a loop of Baxter Bog before crating them. i'd debating splitting the skills lab and running home part way through. then i kept thinking i'm nearly done. being in Resource pool i have to attend a much longer skills lab day than many. there are specific ICU and ER skills labs on the same day. thankfully Peds hasn't gotten it together enough to do an abbreviated skills lab on the same day. it took me 5 hours.
Blossom is still hit and miss on the dog door. Ivy is all into it. Tusker has made a first run through on his own, but hasn't really gotten the hang of it yet.
they were running too fast for the black and whites but still fun.
mostly i have my iphone with me with the pups so apologies for poorer quality shots. just snap shots. the puppies did a lot of running today after i got home. i puppy proof and then they discover some other adventure to explore...i've no doubt this will happen for the next several months.
skills. we are still working on sit of course....everything is level one in the learning process. have added down to their list. today we were working on the loose come, at my place that turns out to be a "here puppy" sort of call. it hadn't occurred to me before Blossom that it was helpful to have 2 "come" commands. a more loose, dogs are in the yards and i'd like them inside vs the real "come" which is a non-negotiable command...come or you may get killed by a moose or run over by a car. too often we ruin the real come command the dogs aren't consistent with it.
so i would wait for them to get distracted by each other or some twig in the yard and then i'd call out for them....they were getting the hang of this. i'd then have them sit and do a down at times. of course, we are also still learning "gentle" when it comes to taking treats.
they are improving on walks. goal has been to get them used to being on leash and collar, also to keep them from chewing leashes and/or each other. they do get excited by everyone we meet so the fine art of walking on a leash is something again we will build on as the training continues. it takes a great deal of effort to get a well trained/well behaved dog. i think often people just look at Blossom and how good she is and they assume she is just naturally that way.
it does help to have a dog with a favorable temperament for sure, but they all do need consistent training.
also working slowly on settle. where they go lay down in a spot and chill. that is a new one, not always easy for puppies. also wanting to focus more on them going into their crates rather than me putting them there. they are growing fast. i won't be able to just haul them everywhere soon.
tomorrow will be vaccine day. i have an appointment already at my vets but i'm really feeling like i will make the last vaccine appointment at a new vets office. Monday again i tried to call twice to find out if they needed me to pick up more ab's for Ivy. no call back all day. i had to call again this morning. the front desk person apologized, which is a theme. Ivy's last urine culture came back negative and all her labs were clear so we will just watch her closely and hope the infection doesn't return.
several friends gave me recommendations for their favorite vets in town. it may be that i end up testing out a few or i may get lucky and make an appointment and all goes well. seems like the practice i've been going to is really just too busy to give the personalized service i guess. i always seem to hit the firewall of their front desk. do i want to be treated special...yes, i do. i take good care of my pets and i spend some hard earned money at the vets. i do expect to be treated like my business is valued.
Ivy gets told by Pogi what proper cat/dog interactions should be. love her face in this. above visit with puppies by friend and her kids. they may be doing the sibling puppy thing again some time this summer. she made me feel better at work one night as she has had sibling pups and done just fine with it.
always laughing at work, especially in the ER....if you come in and tell us you have allergies to tylenol, ibuprofen and tramadol. we are on to you...you are probably drug seeking. i loved one this last stretch. a non-narcotic anti-inflammatory had been rx'd and the patients family was all, "we can't have this, what is it, i've never heard of it. he's allergic to it". so first trying to convince me of some allergy to a drug they had never heard of and then when that wasn't working the tactic turned to how expensive the this unknown drug would be.
people lie and manipulate. tough to trust anyone some days after encountering this at work so often. it can be frustrating, but it is also a bit entertaining how often people say these idiotic things and believe nobody is on to their game.
Ivy keeping her distance from Pogi.
i did the ER skills stuff last and i know i was getting cranky by then. i don't want to overlap stuff . i'm on a need to know basis. i work several different units so i do not expect to be an expert at all. if i have a pacer issue, i'll be calling the charge for assist. overall, i think i do pretty dang good taking care of a variety of patients.
the web cam out a Round Island had a pretty exciting day. while i was at skills fair it looks like some whales came by. fish and game said they were grey whales..it is the spring migration so that makes sense. pretty cool! the walrus were actually off island today out feeding. rough seas yesterday. actually some beautiful scenery yesterday. i feel like i've been slacking off, the regulars are so good at answering questions for the newbies. it's pretty cool actually. i for sure lurk though.
Ed has also been on there to answer questions so that's great. i will try and post a few pics again of the island that isn't seen by the cams. helps them have perspective.
travel out to the island could be a bit cheaper this year if anyone is debating it. fuel costs are down so the boat ride out of Togiak looks like it could be more manageable financially. the more friends you get the better.
walked a bit of Potters with a friend. made it to the lookout with the pups. they got sleepy there though so we rested a bit before heading back. beautiful scenery. no complaints about chilling here a bit.
Ivy framed by Blossom's fur.
they are getting taller and heavier and Tusker is getting curls. Ivy is getting little tufts of hair. will be interesting to see how their coats turn out.
they were so cute, nappy time.
i try to wear them out every day. of course, wearing them out also means building up their strength and endurance. haha. it will be getting crazy. i will get my upper body work out as we train.
did a gym/swim day yesterday. felt too guilty after leaving them all day to do that again. the puppy play pen area has been breached every time i've attempted it. thankfully, potty training is going pretty great overall. always a little slip up here and there, but crates have been mostly dry of late.
loved that both pups snuggled up on me..Blossom was behind me resting as well. she's been sore. i need to get her in for a check up. hate seeing her age. she's the best pup and i'd really like her to live a few decades. i know that isn't possible but i want her to have a long and happy life!
not a bad view!!
the city is greening up. i love the color of all those baby leaves. just an amazing green.
my newspapers are stacking up. haven't had time to keep up on the news too much. the Presidential race is just embarrassing and depressing.
the puppies are still on a day schedule. they seem to wake me about 6 am for a feed and potty run. i am able to get back to bed again though after this for a bit of late so that helps. better to just try and adapt a bit myself so i can get sleep. eventually, they will adapt to my life more. puppies eat extra meals. i use their kibble as training treats to keep the fatty treat amounts down. when i get bigger distractions i'll need more enticing treats though.
back to work tomorrow night.
thankful for: A. getting the dang skills lab done for the year. such a drag. i try and remind myself that it's easy money. B. that i am not a drug addict. what a drag of a life it would be. C. that these puppies are seeming to be fairly excited learners
have lived in alaska since 1995, lived in ketchikan for 6 years and here in anchorage since 2001. it's a wonderful place and i enjoy getting out nearly daily for a walk/hike/stroll or ramble. enjoy the pics