Sunday, October 12, 2008

Eureka!

I've always wondered why when Loki plays with Pong (or generally any other smaller female dog), he flips himself and puts himself in a vulnerable position with his belly up, gets mad, and runs under the table to hide. Obviously he has the physical advantage, but he never uses it!

Luckily, this study confirms what I've always thought!

Boys are silly!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Dog or Human?


In response to Dennis's post... I present you with another human Vizsla.

If anyone is curious as to how he draws the blankets up to his neck, the answer is simple - he just walks in from the other side throwing up the blanket with his head until he gets comfortably inside the blankets, curls up, and slowly sticks his nose/heads out as the temperature under the covers get too hot.

Right now, Loki is next to me with only his nose sticking out. His head is resting on my leg making it very hard for me to write my essay... and for some reason, his entire leg is extended across my leg.

Oh wait. He got out. And now he's panting.

Silly dog. Doesn't he realize that if it's too hot, that he can just get out of the blanket?!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Microchip

Called the pet hospital in NC and found out that they did indeed put two microchips in due to the whole mess with American scanners being unable to read European microchips. Now I can rest at ease knowing that this monster is 100% mine and that he didn't have a secret life before coming home with me and Jason.

I am proud to report that Loki's feet are finally paid off. It only took me two weeks of working part time to pay for everything. Ha. There's a Chinese saying that those with big nose are prone to power and money, but money flows easily from those with big nostrils. Let's see...

Yep. Those are some pretty big nostrils. 

His feet seem to be returning to normal. We bought a muzzle to prevent him from biting but only used it the first day we had it. Everything's still a bit red, but at least he's not mutilating himself anymore. Hopefully this allergy season passes quickly. Mine have been acting up like crazy and I really don't want to end up in the ER again with asthma problems. 

Monday, September 8, 2008

Vet Appointment

Well, the vet appointment on Saturday went well (I think).

We (went with a friend who wanted to check out the Animal Hospital) spent less than 5 minutes waiting after we checked in. Didn't have to fill out any new patient paperwork because I gave them all the information over the phone while making the appointment.

After we got into the room, we spent no more than 2 minutes waiting for the vet after the pet nurse was finished. Amazing - the shortest wait I've ever had.

When the vet got in, she explained to me the tests that she wanted to do to figure out if there was a cause other than allergies causing the itchy feet. Ran the tests and they all came back negative for yeast and mites. Unfortunately, she found a bacterial infection so Loki was put on antibiotics. Gave us a prescription for these special wipes that are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial so that we could prevent future infections.

I asked her about a cyst that we found in NC under his armpit. (The vet in NC told us to just have it checked out every once in a while). She gave me a very confused look after touching it and said that it was probably a microchip. I returned her confused look and told her that the vet in NC said that they implanted the microchip between the shoulder blades. A quick scan revealed that Loki actually has two microchips... Odd. I know I put one in, but the other one?? Pet store? Breeder? I have the numbers - one is European and one is American but I have no idea how to look up the information based on the numbers. I guess I'll have to call the vet in NC up and see if they actually put two in... although I do not remember signing the paperwork for two.

The animal hospital was actually amazing. From appointment making to actual appointment to follow up... the service was well worth the price ($60 for an office visit). I was on the phone with an emergency tech without even being put on hold when I called in this morning about antibiotic side-effects.

As for the allergies, the vet said that they had a dermatologist in-house that could help me do the testing and the de-sensitization, but he'd be on the shots for the rest of his life. By the way she said rest-of-his-life and asked me if there were any problem areas for him, I think she was just hinting that I should just keep a better look-out. Stayed with the time-old recommendation of Benedryl and sent us on our way.

Grr. Problem dog. He's lucky he's so cute and that I like him so much. The money I made from working this week covered only half the cost for this visit.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Allergies

We have an appointment here on Saturday morning for Loki's allergies. They've been getting really bad now to the point where his feet are completely raw and red (from him biting). His eyes and mouth have also been getting more and more swollen, and yesterday, he started having a reverse sneeze fit.

Anyway.

Until we get some medicine, here's what my mom and I came up with to prevent Loki from biting his feet.




Umm, plan 1 failed obviously. But it sure was amusing while it lasted!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Your Dog is Worth it too, Day

Woke up at about 8:00 AM to drag Loki to this thing.

Tons and tons of fun. Stayed for about 3 hours before we got way too tired and decided to leave. Went with our best friend/worst enemy Pong. Stole all the following pictures from her blog.

There was... dock diving (which Loki didn't even attempt to try since he's petrified of water).

And tons of free samples.

(My loot was just about equal to Pong/Jenni's except we got Merrick's instead of Bil-Jac).

Free stuff for the humans too... (except Jenni got much more make-up than I did... no fair =( )

Got a big box of Milkbones from the Milkbone stacking competition. Apparently, in the time that I went to put our loot in the car and the time I got back, Jenni got herself stuck in a Milkbone stacking competition... Go figure.

Best friends forever? (Or maybe enemies...)

Loki started to get a bit sluggish so I decided to carry him. Yeah. that worked for about 10 seconds.

There was much more stuff to do there, but after loot collecting we all just got too tired to continue with anything else. Walked a few circles for a while then just headed home.

Saw a few Vizslas. Loki was definitely the largest/huskiest of them all. His head/snout was also much wider than the rest though, so I think it's just his bone structure.

Yeah. Loki's big-boned. That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

Friday, August 8, 2008

Current Pictures


I thought I'd upload a picture and a video just to get some opinions on whether or not Loki really needs to lose some weight.



Losing Weight

So.

We've been told by our agility trainer that Loki needs to lose some weight.

He's 57.5 pounds and a bit chunky for a Vizsla. I definitely grab more skin/fat off his neck/shoulder area than I really should be.

Honestly, I don't understand. He gets more than an hour of off-leash running at the dog park each day. We don't overfeed him - he gets 1 pound of raw in the morning and 1.5 cups of Innova Evo at night. Maybe he just has slow metabolism. Who knows.

My solution is to teach him how to use the treadmill. We've made decent progress so far. Loki's no longer afraid of the machine and will even sit on it when it's not moving. He's shown curiousity for the machine while it's on, and I've taught him to put one paw on it while it's moving. I can't figure out the next step though. Short of dragging him on the thing (and possibly scarring him for life), I'm out of ideas. Been doing a bit of reading online about how to train, so it's possible I'll have some video footage in a few weeks. Stay tuned...!

For now, you all get these two new pictures:

(Don't kill me for the bowtie Jason!)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sweet dreams

I've always wondered what kind of dreams dogs have. I mean, they always seem so good. There's sleep barking, tail wagging, feet twitching... Sometimes Loki falls into such deep sleep that he starts snoring as well.

Anyway, I finally got the sleep barking/puppy hiccuping on video! I've always wanted to get a video of it, but it's never lasted long enough for me to get the camera out.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Whoops...

So I guess I haven't been updating this thing enough (or at all). Even though I finished my summer classes (yay, 12 credits in 6 weeks!), I've decided to audit a class.

Loki's been busy with agility lessons and being a general monster around the house as well.

Lessons... have been slowly getting better. Loki is apparently the kamikaze dog. He's been able to conquer every single piece of equipment on the course but approaches them with such speed that we're just plain afraid that he'll choose to jump/fall off the A-frame or off the doggy walk midway through. Actually, today was his first day on the doggy walk, and he chose to run right off the side and on top of the tunnel that was underneath. Unfortunately, we have to keep him on the leash for most the lesson because his attention span is only the length of 3 obstacles.

He likes to practice at home. He does a "table up" onto the kitchen chair and another "table up" onto the kitchen table. He does a push while on the chair and pushes the entire thing over. At this point, we're all just wondering when he's going to do a "walk" on the deck railing.

We don't go to the dog park anymore because the weather has gotten unbearably hot/muggy and by the time I get back from class, it's dark. I have to figure out a productive way for Loki to get his energy out before he explodes. For now, Frisbee/soccer balls are going to have to suffice.

His skin allergies are getting so bad to the point where I'm considering doing the allergy test. He has not been rash-free since we first moved from NC no matter what we do. Some weeks are better than others, but this week, his entire belly is covered in hives and rashes. I try wiping him down completely after each romp outside, putting aloe/Benedryl on his belly and feeding him fish oil. The vet said the rashes were definitely contact allergies, but I think I might need to get a second opinion especially if nothing she said helped.

Well, that's all for now. I need to get pictures up soon... maybe when life slows down a bit though...

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pet groundhog!

Just HAD to update about this.

This groundhog has been terrorizing my grandparent's garden for the past few months. After letting Loki go after the groundhog a few times, then sniffing out the groundhog's living area (under the huge pile of dead logs, sticks and branches behind the woods), we finally caught the groundhog by strategically placing the trap (with two rotting peaches) right outside its door.

Loki was going NUTS over this thing when we caught it. I had to place him in an abdomen wrap with his leash because I didn't have the gentle leader on me and he was literally dragging me through the backyard to reach the groundhog.

Anyway... here's his new pet (which will be promptly released into the township park tonight).

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Busy with school!

8 hours of day is way too much for me to handle, so I promise we'll start blogging again on July 3rd! Many many things to update everyone on, so keep posted!

Friday, May 30, 2008

New vet.

I've been looking for a new vet for Loki since I moved from NC. Well, when I say looking, I mean thinking about whether I wanted to drive the 2 hours down to Red Bank, NJ to see a holistic vet or whether I wanted to stick with a regular animal hospital. Unfortunately, it became apparent that Loki would need to see a vet on Wednesday after I found a tick crawling on him (not latched yet) and when I started noticing these little red rashes and bumps on his belly.

I finally decided to use the local Banfield hospital because they were cheap and I only wanted to determine whether the bites on him were ticks or not.

By some weird stroke of luck, one of the vets (and the one that we happened to see), turned out to be a holistic vet. We spent a while talking about natural flea & tick prevention because I was frustrated with the ineffectiveness of Revolution. Also spent a while talking about how to best feed Loki and how to best administer his boosters (and which ones are necessary!).

Needless to say, I'm thrilled that now I only have to drive 30 minutes to see a good vet (that supports raw!). Hopefully we don't land ourselves in the vet office again any time soon, but it's a relief knowing that there's someone there for us that actually understands where I come from (and that I can trust) when I ask whether Loki really needs all the pills each time he gets stress diarrhea.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Yummo Chicken Hearts

Quick plug because I love love love this product.

Our trainer introduced us to Oma's Pride dehydrated treats at our second lesson. Loki is in love with these treats and will do just about anything to score a piece of chicken heart. As I mentioned in the last post about agility, I never thought I'd be okay with walking around all day with chicken hearts in my pocket. They don't even feel or smell like chicken hearts! Actually, the best part about them is that they don't cause any sort of belly upsets during the day which means no more farting in my face!

Okay, well. Update on agility. We've conquered every piece of equipment but the doggie walk. Loki has been decent off leash considering the abundance of horse poop all along the side of the barn. The stallion seems to either be really fond of Loki or really just wants to protect his hay. I swear, I've never seen such expressive faces from a horse before.

Loki hasn't picked up on the concept of patterns yet. Oh well. We tried getting him to do a jump then the tunnel, but that didn't work out too well. Most likely because I kept yelling "come'ere Loki!" while he was midway through, causing him to somehow turn around inside the tunnel and coming back to the entrance.

I swear. I don't know who's getting trained here. Me or Loki.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Loki!

Loki is now a year old!

Born on 05/24/07 to Sir Sidney Lancelot and Nathan's Sassy Sadie and saved from the pet store on 07/28/07.

He's come a long way since we first got him. From an awkward bumbling puppy to a graceful (most of the time) beautiful dog. Sure he still drives me insane, but oh well!

We're headed to a doggy bakery today to pick out some treats and toys for him.

Here's a puppy video that I haven't posted before. It's long and not really interesting (unless you just like watching puppies play).




Boy, this video makes me miss Jason even more. Two days ago marked the end of Jason's first month in Iraq. Hopefully these next 6 months pass by with the same speed as last month.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Trip to the Zoo

Our trip to the zoo started off like any other zoo trip.

Saw a goat.

And their babies (note the chicken?!)

An emu.

Another chicken.

But things took a turn for the worse when we were the ones being stared at and stalked by a coyote.

So Loki decided he needed to get back to being the hunter rather than the hunted.

Poke poke, I need you to stand up so I can point at you! (Honestly, I didn't even know he was going to do this otherwise I would've stopped him. One second I was taking a picture of him staring at the baby deer and the next second he was poking it.)

The deer turned around and gave Loki a dirty dirty look. So Loki backed away.

And Pong Pong took over.

Loki didn't want to miss out on the fun so decided to rejoin in staring at the baby deer.

Since the deer wasn't coming out to play, they decided to wait patiently. We, of course, dragged them away. Next plan... take the dogs on a walk through the rest of the park!

So they walked... until Pong got tired.

And was carried for about 5 minutes.

By both people.

Loki wanted to jump in the water, but since that stream looked cloudy, we went off in search for the next one.

Loki jumped right in.

And Pong jumped to the little island in the middle of the stream (can be seen in Loki's picture.)

While waiting for their feet to dry off, we sat around the parking lot determining our next move. To the dog park it was!

Sorry Loki... not through the trunk...

Ahh... perfect ending to the perfect doggy day. (Then the humans all went to Olive Garden to treat ourselves after being outside and entertaining the doggies all day.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

How?!

How in the world did Loki knock all the pillows off the couch and arrange them so comfortably around himself?

Agility

Today was our second day of agility lessons.

It's actually pretty cool having our lessons on a ranch in a barn. After successfully climbing the A-frame on his own, Loki was able to meet a gelding, a stallion, a dwarf horse and a burro (dwarf donkey).

It was actually pretty funny because before our lesson, Loki and I were walking around looking at the donkey and the dwarf horse. Since he'd never seen a donkey (or a horse!) before in his life, he was first scared, then decided to point at it. He was a bit nervous about meeting all the animals, but after he was able to catch a whiff of each animal from our trainer's hand, he calmed down. To meet the horse, he had to stand up on his hind legs and put his paws on the door which was an amazing sight in itself - Loki and a horse staring at each other nose to nose. I really wish I got a picture of that.

For training treats, we're using freeze dried chicken hearts. I never really thought I could ever be so casual about stuffing 5-10 chicken hearts in my pocket... It wasn't too bad though. They felt a bit like styrofoam and just smelled... like dog food I guess.

Today's progress was pretty much... hmm... well, Loki successfully went up and down the A-ramp on his own as mentioned. Continued to be relaxed around the see-saw (command push). Started working on jumps but stopped when he started tripping over the third level. I guess most the time was spent on the A-ramp which was a bit hard because Loki just didn't want to get up on his own.

More to come next week!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

'tis the life

We actually have a grassy backyard now, so lately Loki's been discovering how nice it is to lay down on the cool grass. He completely shuns his outdoors bed (or rather, two old patio furniture cushions that I tied together). Oh well. As long as he's happy. (Yes, that's a 30 inch bully stick. It STINKS.)



Meanwhile, Glitter plots her latest escape.


Glitter has gotten out twice over the last two days. My parents and I have developed a system where we let Loki loose (with a 30' lead still attached to his collar) to "chase down" Glitter. It's worked really well so far. Loki will chase her and pin her to the ground. As soon as he's sure she won't go anywhere, he'll back off but continue staring at her until we catch up to the two of them and pick her up. The first time, he trapped her at the base of a tree. The second time, he chased her right up to my neighbor's front door and cornered her until we caught up.

I'm really paranoid about letting Glitter out because Jason and I have already saved her from our roof (in NC) more than three times. If she somehow gets onto a neighbor's roof, I'm sure they wouldn't be too happy. I'm also paranoid because our block is right off a busy road where the posted speed limit is 40 (meaning people in NJ go at least 50) and there's only one house separating our's from that road. Maybe we'll eventually let her out again, but definitely not while I'm staying in NJ.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Food Aggression Part II

To start this post, I need to give a special shout-out to the parents of Dennis, Tucker, Trixie and Trouble the Kitty. When I first mentioned food aggression on here, they jumped to our rescue by sending/recommending various resources. I based everything that I did with Loki regarding his food aggression on the training schedule they recommended but did not follow it exactly (the training schedule stressed teaching Loki that us approaching him while eating would result in something good).

I'm going to go more in detail about how we got Loki over his food aggression for anyone who's interested. I mentioned feeding him in his kennel, a week with my friend's Bulldogs, and feeding him through the glass door, but that really wasn't just it. All that follows really wasn't planned. It was just improvisation but still based on the whole "human approaching = good" philosophy.

The first step we took was to try and go through the whole schedule in one day. Wrong - so very wrong. Good thing no one got bit.

So, we went back to the basics and started with something we knew he wasn't aggressive towards. Since he wasn't aggressive towards dry food, I decided to take away Loki's dry food away occasionally and throw in a few scoops of wet food. In the end, Loki just decided he never wanted to eat dry food alone, so the dinner meal just became Blue Buffalo wet + Solid Gold dry. I don't know why, but for some reason, after we used wet food for training, Loki was just never aggressive towards it again except with other dogs. He got over that quick when he stayed with my friend's Bulldogs.

For the raw, I let him get comfortable with the positioning of his food (he wanted to eat standing between me and the bowl, so I let him. He did not react when he ate in this position - only when I forced him to eat with the bowl between us.) I helped him feel more secure while eating by placing his bowl in the back of his kennel with the door open. When we did this, he would occasionally try and take the chicken outside the kennel.

If I stood up, he would high tail it back to his kennel (his safe place). I would follow him and toss a treat into his bowl. If I stayed put, he would eat in front of me while watching me very carefully. I would toss a treat at him every once in a while. Eventually, he just became comfortable with eating his food in his kennel with the door open and eating his food in front of me as long as I was sitting down.

The next step was to get him to be comfortable eating with me standing up. Each time I'd stand up, he'd run back to his kennel with his food, which tells me that he feels safe in his kennel but not with me standing. I couldn't figure out how to fix this, so we just started feeding him outside on nice days.

Since we have a glass sliding door, I simply started off watching Loki as he ate. Then I decided that I would teach Loki that me standing up and approaching the glass would result in something good. Each time I got up, I would take a drumstick from the counter and drop it in his bowl. At first, he'd take his food and step away each time I opened the door and finish the food before investigating. However, lately, he's just been dropping the food where he stood and coming to investigate the bowl immediately.

Yesterday was the first step to see if the through-the-glass-door reaction would work the same indoors. After we decided we'd need to take the pork knuckle away from him, I went to the treats cabinet and took out a jerky treat. Hid it in my pocket until I got close to him again. Tossed the treat into his bowl (he took the bone out of his bowl and was eating it on the blue blanket). He left the bone to investigate what the new thing in his bowl was, and in that time, my mom took the bone. Throughout all this, there was no growling or nervousness over humans being close to his food (there were 3 of us about a foot away from him watching him eat the bone). He simply ate normally and waited patiently for his food after it was taken away.

I guess the next step is to see where there are still holes in the food aggression and to get Loki to "drop it" on command. I'm sure that the training isn't 100% foolproof. In fact, I'm sure there are more holes in it than if I just stuck with the actual training schedule as mentioned in the book. However, I'm just glad that I was able to get Loki to this point (where I could take away his food at all) in this amount of time.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Is this boy spoiled or what?

So obviously that whole, "dog stays in the basement when you come back home" thing just went out the window. Now Loki spends most his day just following me wherever I go in the house.

I guess my parents couldn't even say no to those big... yellow... eyes.

He's beyond spoiled now. My mom saves the bones and meats for him after she's done cooking. Today, the meat of choice was pork knuckles. At first, we just gave it to him whole because we figured he wouldn't try to crunch down on the thick bone. Wrong. So, we took it away to remove the meat (well, my mom did. I just sat around and took pictures) (notice I said we took it away! With no struggle! Raw meat! He's cured!)




My parents also let him in the carpeted areas of the house now (as long as that big blue blanket follows him around).

Meanwhile... Glitter sleeps safely out of Loki's reach on top of my dad's fish tank.

I'm starting to wonder if they'll ever leave. I mean, why should they! My parents treat them like royalty!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Proud to report...

Loki is now over his food aggression! He will no longer growl or snap at me if I approach him while he's eating. He will simply leave his food alone and walk away. If he already has a piece of chicken in his mouth, he will carry it back to his kennel and will finish it there.

Unfortunately, we're not up to the point where I can take food from his mouth yet. I don't know whether or not I want to work on that seeing as how I do not ever want to grab raw chicken from his mouth. However, I might have to one day... so I guess here goes the next stage in training.

I think what really helped Loki was his 1 week stay at my friend's house with her 6 bulldogs. He ate his meals in his kennel while the other dogs were roaming around. At first, he growled and snapped from within his kennel but by the end of the week, he was eating calmly because he realized no one would take his food.

At home, I now feed Loki in his kennel with the door open on rainy days, and on the backyard deck (watching him through a glass door) if it's a sunny day. He doesn't react when he sees us face to nose height through the glass door... so I guess he's somehow learned that we won't take his food.

I guess something we did clicked with him because Loki is now a normal dog once again. Finally...

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sleepy Loki

Of course with all that energy draining that's been going on, Loki has been sleeping like a rock after he gets done with our nightly training. Check out the poses:






Yes, that's Loki sleeping on top of me in the first picture. I'm sure it's not that uncommon for all you V folks.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Energy

I'm starting to learn juuuust how much energy Loki has. Hopefully it's not all puppy energy and some can be attributed to being Vizsla energy though. Although, looking at Loki's new friend at the dog park (a 3 year old female V), the energy level seems to go down significantly with age.

Anyway. Here's a typical day for Loki and I in NJ. Keep in mind that I am currently on vacation and am waiting to go back to classes on the 27th.

Loki:
  • Wakes up at 6:30 AM
  • Gets fed his raw meal and let out by my father around 7:30 AM
  • Terrorize the birds, bugs and squirrels and plays with various (dog) toys outside for 2 hours
  • Comes back in, waits patiently in kennel/naps until 11:00 AM when I finally wake up

Loki & I:
  • Follows me around the house until I let him out again to stalk the birds, bugs and squirrels for 30 minutes while I eat lunch at 1 PM
  • Takes a nap on the couch while I talk to Jason online or just look up things on the internet
  • 4:30 PM every day we go to the dog park until 6 or 6:30 PM depending on how busy it is there (if the dog park slows down, I bring Loki home)
  • Get let outside to eat his kibbles meal and terrorize more wildlife while we eat dinner
  • Comes inside for his daily training session with my parents and grandparents (using treats and fresh fruits... oranges and grapefruit are the fruits of choice for the season)
  • Go back outside with me to throw around a floppy disk thing for an hour
  • Comes back inside for more training with my mom
  • Settles down on couch aside my mom (supposedly, he's not allowed upstairs. Only in the basement and in the backyard. I guess my parents changed their minds!) and naps until I go back to the basement and hop on the computer
  • Sleeps through the night in his kennel
For about 3 hours every day, he's extremely active - when we're at the dog park and when I'm throwing around the floppy disk. It just completely amazes me how he doesn't slow down one bit while we're at the park and never even wants to leave. He'll come check up on me once in a while and will come when called but when it comes time to putting the leash on... well... let's just say I'm the only owner who has to drag their dog out of the park. Most dogs let their owners know when they want to leave - even if the owner doesn't want to leave just yet.

I love vacations. I'm sure Loki does too. I feel really bad for the past 8 months though... we never really let Loki use his full energy potential. Sure he got his walks and wrestling with Jason and once a week playdates but he could've been so much happier.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Loki vs. the Ant



Loki has been doing... a decent job exterminating all the ants at my parent's place. Too bad the ants usually win one over him though. Each time he tries to eat an ant, he usually licks it up, only to have it crawl all over his mouth. He'll sit there for two seconds trying to get the ant out using his tongue and when all else fails, he'll drag his mouth along the floor. The ant will fall out of his mouth mangled and covered with spit, but will also come back to life within the next 5 minutes (when Loki will repeat the entire cycle).

This time, I guess Loki won one over the ant because I didn't see it fall out of his mouth. Maybe he finally got that little meal he wanted. It was odd this time because Loki dragged his mouth along the floor to pick up the ant. Strange.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Days of our Lives (@ the Doggie Park)

I trust the dog parks here in NJ much more than I trust the ones in Jacksonville. Why? Because people actually treat their dogs as part of their family here, as opposed to in Jacksonville where so many puppies die from Parvo and adult dogs have illnesses that go untreated. So, one of the things I was most looking forward to about NJ was going to the dog park since we've never been in Jacksonville. I never thought a dog park would be so full of drama though.

Yesterday, someone apparently called the police due to an incident that happened right before I entered. From what I heard, there was a dog fight in the big dog section between a Pug and a JRT with the JRT instigating (I thought, pugs and JRTs weren't big dogs??). Some guy (completely unrelated to the dogs in the fight) decided to take it upon himself to step in and remove the JRT. By remove the JRT, I mean picking up the JRT and dropping it over the fence then immediately jumping in his car with his dog and driving off.

The dog took off into the woods and the owner was left circling the park (in her Jaguar... I had no idea those things were off-road vehicles and had all wheel drive!). She called the cops after it happened and it was pretty hilarious watching 2 cops (on foot) and a woman (in her Jag) try and catch that dog. It eventually came right back to the dog park where some girl let the dog in to wait for the owners and cops to catch up.

Today, I saw a pretty odd scene and I'm really not sure how I would've reacted in the situation. There were two yellow labs standing around the water fountain. One lab started humping the other with the owner standing by and not doing anything to stop the action. The owner of the humpee (for lack of better word) grabbed the humper and slammed it to the ground (which unfortunately happened to be into a big puddle next to the water fountain). The collar on the lab came off and at that point, the owner of the humper came over and had a few choice words for the humpee's owner.

Now, I understand that it's a dominance thing. I will not allow Loki to hump another dog though. I think it's rude behavior. Loki has yet to be humped (he's too quick and agile) so I don't know whether another dog humping him would bother me. I do know that I probably would have been very upset that another person touched my dog like that though.

With all that goes on at the park... I'm sure it's just a matter of time before I'm put to the test. I'm really hoping actually that with the agility club that Loki and I are joining, the dogs are allowed to play with each other a bit from time to time. That way, Loki gets his socialization and I can avoid the sort of conflict mentioned above.

We're baaaaack

And with lots of pictures!

Before Jason left, his family came down for a weekend and his brother brought along their pup, Dakota. Dakota's a rescued Beagle mix about 3 months younger than Loki.

We couldn't figure out where we could go with the dogs, so we just decided to go to the beach.


Yeah. Only the crazy people went in the water. It felt like 55 degrees that day due to the wind.

Obviously beach means bath, so like two little kids (rather, cousins!) Dakota and Loki got a bath together.


Here's Loki passed out with Jason's other brother:


Anyway. For then next 2 weeks, Loki and I were caught up with packing and moving. But before we knew it, we were in NJ!

Loki couldn't keep himself out of trouble, so he landed himself in jail once again.

Obviously he was too cute to stay there, so, FREEEEEDOM:


Still in the mids of unpacking, so I'll update later on this weekend with tales from the dog park (the police were called to the dog park last night!) and with an update on Loki's agility lesson which will hopefully happen some time next week.