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.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Back in NJ

Boy do I have a lot to update everyone on.

But before I can, Loki and I have to unpack.

Yes. I said Loki has to unpack. We couldn't find any of his toys, Solid Gold, treats or towels yesterday so I guess I need to either find those all or re-buy everything.

(Mommy says re-buy everything. Daddy (through the phone and all the way from Iraq) says Loki has enough toys and supplies and for mommy to get off her lazy butt to unpack.)

Pictures of Loki's lush set up to come later. This dog literally has 2 bedroom apartment to himself (my parent's basement). We kicked my brother out yesterday (traded my 36" TV for his basement space) so he has it all to himself. Too bad he's still restricted to his crate when no one's home!