Thursday, September 29, 2011

Indy's Graduation

Indy graduated from puppy kindergarten yesterday! He has grown so much in these last 6 weeks, and not just physically. When he first came to class, he was scared of Ella. Last night he was flirting and teasing her, running around staying just out of her reach wanting to play.

Indy's Tricks:
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Wait (=stay)
  • Let's Go (loose leash walking)
  • High five
  • Shake
  • Take it
  • Leave it
  • Drop it
  • Roll over
  • Spin (both directions)
  • Crawl (we just learned this one today)

Indy wasn't a huge fan of his graduation hat, but he got used to it after a while (and lots of bribes!)

We were thrilled that Indy was still happy to be in PetSmart after he stayed in the kennel last weekend. He was still very confident, and didn't seem to be afraid of us leaving him behind. This will make the next time we go somewhere without him much easier.

Intermediate Training starts in two weeks. We are trying to learn as many tricks as possible before then to impress Tara (the instructor.)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


As promised, here are some photos from our trip to Catalina for Alan and Jenn's wedding.

I loved the tile work that is displayed all over the island. Next time we go to Catalina, I intend to bring some home with me.

I'm sure that I've said already the wedding was amazing. Keith and I are so lucky to be blessed with amazing friends who we consider to be family. It has been incredible to have two other couples that we've shared big milestones with, and I know we will have a lot to share with them in the future.

On the way back to the mainland with the Pals, we were luck enough to see a pod of dolphins!

At Jenn's bachelorette party, we decorated shopping bags for her. On mine, I drew portraits of Pita and Indy (this was just before we brought Indy home.) I cannot wait for Indy to finally meet his godparents (Jenn and Alan) in November! I should also mention that I was thrilled that Pita seemed to remember me and was very happy to see me this last weekend.

Coming soon... pictures from our trip to Maine for Marc and Rachel's wedding!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

I think Indy is happy to be home... (Indy at 15 weeks)

I just picked up Indy from the pet hotel, and he is really happy to be home. After running around excited and whining for a while, he finally fell asleep. (And I think I'm going to go join him in a nap!)

Pictures from our Maine trip coming soon!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ryan in the news!

My brother Ryan was just interviewed in an Audio/video/lighting website! Congrats to Ryan!

PS Notice the giant crowds behind him in the photo.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Indy at 14 Weeks

Indy now weighs 11 lbs! He has almost completely outgrown his old crate, so we really need to get him a new one. We had to have his harness on the smallest setting when we got him, and we have had to let it out so much.

The classes of American Eskimo are based on their measurements, not their weight. Indy is around 11-12 inches high at his shoulder, making him on the cusp of the toy-miniature range. (He should end up being a large mini/small standard.)

It is amazing how many improvements we've seen over these last few weeks. Our biggest current problems are biting, distractions (making him listen to us), and barking at strangers. He is doing so well with his crate and potty training. He is even starting to ring his bell to go outside!

Did you take any pictures at our wedding? Please send them to us!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Indy's Toy Box Part II

If you remember, Indy discovered how to climb into his toy box and treated us with a little surprise when he was 8 weeks old. Well I'm finally able to share with you what he discovered at 10 weeks. He only managed to do this twice, and both were on the same day:

Indy's further attempts to get into the top of the toy box caused the toy box to tip forward. He doesn't try anymore.

Indy is getting much better with potty training (although he did climb up on my shoulder and pee on me last weekend....) He isn't ringing the bell, but he is sitting by the back door when he needs to go out.

Keith and I are finally able to get more sleep. Indy is waking us up between 5 and 7 AM now, but won't complain (much) if he's put back into his crate before 6. When he wakes up after 6AM, we'll bring him into bed with us and he'll sleep until we're ready to get up. Keith and I love these cuddle mornings, and I think Indy enjoys them, too!

P.S. He's SPINing in both directions, and is actually getting pretty good at SHAKE. (At least compared to his lesson on Wednesday!)

Did you take any pictures at our wedding? Please send them to us!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Indy at 13 weeks

I have discovered a magical treat that Indy loves - sweet potato and rawhide. In bone form this will keep him busy for well over an hour (letting me get work done!) In disk form, it keeps him busy for 15 minutes or so, depending on how determined he is.

Indy with his favorite new bone

Look at how dirty his paws got! It is hard to see, but he has flecks of stuck on sweet potato all over them.

This week in class we worked on COME when called, SHAKE and LEAVE IT while on a leash. The week before we added TAKE IT, LEAVE IT and DROP IT to his list. Indy and I have been working on SPIN by ourselves. He is getting really good at DOWN and WAIT, but he doesn't always listen to us.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Indy's 12 Week Vet Visit

Today I took Indy to the vet for the second time. At 12 weeks, Indy now weighs 9 pounds and is in good health. He had round worms last time, but the meds they gave him should have cleared them out.

Indy at the Vet

In addition to the standard vaccines, we got the Kennel Cough and Rabies vaccine this week. It is a little on the early side for rabies, but we will need to board him at a kennel while we go to Marc and Rachel's wedding in Maine. Now that Indy has had his first rabies shot, we can finally get his license.

This is a little silly, but I was excited that the new tag is the same shape as the old one. Plus, the rabies tag is green which also goes with Indy's collar really well.

Indy is exhausted after his busy morning.

Yesterday I was all excited because Indy slept through the night... but tonight he did even better. Indy stayed asleep in his crate from 8:40 pm until 6 am! It was so nice to get all of that sleep.

T-Shirts by Keith

I've completely my few weeks long dream of having an online venue to sell my silly drawings as t-shirts! Check out Shirts by Keith on the ChemKnits Zazzle store to find my latest designs. So far I have a sweet Free Parking shirt, a dapper lab humor shirt, and an inside joke that I'm pretty sure only Rebecca gets.

<-- this is the dapper lab humor in case it wasn't obvious...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wedding Highlights Video

Our photographer has sent us some highlight clips from our wedding. This is not all we would get if we decide to purchase the wedding video, but more to help us to decide if we want the video. The video is listed as private, so you will need to enter in a password to view it.
password: aquarium

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Indy at 12 Weeks

Indy slept through the night! 11 PM to 6:20 AM!

Indy about to bark.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Indy at 11 Weeks (11.5)

Next Wednesday we will go to the vet for Indy's 12 week shots. I'm guessing that he is at LEAST 10 pounds now, which means that he's doubled in size since we brought him home.

In class this week we worked on loose leash walking. Indy is still scared of Ella (who is a Chocolate Lab/Weimaraner mix) but has been socializing with other dogs very well.

We have taken some other funny videos that we'll share at some point. (All videos will be added to Indy's YouTube Playlist.)

Slideshow of Indy: 9-11 weeks old

Link to the Picasa Album (This is for you Mom, so you can view them on your iPad!)

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