Thanks Jim & Jamie Dutcher for permission to use photo of Lakota.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Jasmine & Otis - United!

Krissi, an amazing dog trainer, came by today and we worked w/Otis (Black Lab/Pointer Mix) on his recall.  He was a champ!  Hot dogs are his new favorite thing in the world!  

We also worked with both dogs - Jasmine (as seen in most of the pictures on this page) & Otis - walking them around the living room - each had a half of the room - we fed them lots and lots of treats.  Their tails wagged.  They looked at each other with curiosity but both were  more interested in the treats.  Yay!  

Lastly, we tethered them in the living room on opposite sides of the room with about 4 feet between them when stretched.  We gave them treat filled kongs.  Otis doesn't like peanut butter - Jasmine does.  They both enjoy chicken, hot dogs, duck & potato, and dog food infused with all of those above mentioned flavors.  They did great!  

We have a long, slow road ahead but I can work on tethering when eating dinner and such and the rest seems very doable.  Yay!!!  THANK YOU KRISSI!!!  Oh!  Krissi also gave Otis a bike ride.  :)  That was such a wonderful sight!  When you consider how often he wants to chase bikes, cars, moose, birds, anything that moves - WOW!!!  What a good boy!  I'm impressed and proud of him.  

FYI - looking for a place to live back east in NY, VT, or Western MA - pet friendly, obviously.  Need to have access to the Capital District, NYC, the Berkshires, and the Green Mountains.  Okay, the last one is for playtime but I LOVE VT and cannot live without its positive effects.  Anyway, if you have any leads on a place - preferably on a dirt road with a yard - fabulous!!!  Of course, month-to-month is fine too provided I'm on the ground floor.  Don't want to disturb the neighbors with the footsteps of dogs.  

To be continued...

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Jasmine is getting some training along with Otis, my dog.  The two of them have not been introduced YET but will be soon.  Right now they are becoming familiar with one another's scents and receiving yummy treats when they see one another from a distance or through the door - positive association.  Both of these dogs are "dog selective" - meaning they don't get along with ALL dogs but they have their friends that they enjoy playing with until the sun goes down.  Both dogs have dominant personalities but they are opposite sex so that is in their favor.  Looking forward to introducing them soon.  Managing them - rotating them throughout the day so they get my attention is quite exhausting.  I also have a cat - don't think Jasmine should be around cats.  She gets excited but I'm not sure I trust her - she may want to play but she may want a treat.  Otis and the cat on the other hand get along swimmingly.  Otter (the cat) keeps Otis in line.

Thank you Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and everyone else who is helping out with Jasmine's welfare.

Love, love me do!

Still needs a good home but in the meantime she  is well-cared for.

All Smiles!

Life is good!