We’re halfway through August, all of our big summer plans are behind us, so I can’t help but feel like summer is winding down. We haven’t had enough real heat for me to be longing for autumn – not yet, anyway.
I’m enjoying this quieter time though. I actually feel like I’m finally getting caught up on things. Luke’s nose work class officially started August 1st, but I knew I’d be running late because of my trip to Maine. Then when we had the issues with Sheba right after that, I just couldn’t focus enough to get started. That is the great thing about taking a Fenzi Dog Sports Academy class at their bronze level – I can take my time at it and it doesn’t matter if I’m behind. We started this last weekend, and Luke is doing well so far! Details to come.
Sheba’s most recent scare seems to be behind us for now. She’s been doing great; and she seems to take to heart the concept of “living life to the fullest”. I’ll be sharing some fun pictures and videos of her doing just that over the next couple of weeks as the Summer of Sheba winds down. We hope it leads into the “Autumn of Sheba” as well. September can be hot here in NH so we still have a few weeks of swimming weather left!
It wasn’t until after Luke came along and I started learning more about training dogs that I began working more with Sheba and Cricket to walk better on leashes. My walks with Sheba now are just pure enjoyment, whereas she used to be a puller. Her pace is sometimes brisk, sometimes a bit slower, but best of all she enjoys it completely. She picked up quickly on the fact that she can get a treat if she pays attention to me.
Now she is all about getting those treats. She frequently stops and looks at me, and I sometimes have to tell her that she needs to walk more than two steps before she gets another one! I give her a treat and then her pace picks up as if each treat gives her a little burst of pep. Other times she’ll walk forward a few steps, very slowly, and stop and look at me again. Of course, most times I indulge her, and I’m going to need to keep bringing more treats every walk!
Some Thank-Yous that are due:
I appreciate everyone’s kind comments on my last post about Sheba and her most recent vet visit, after which I was having a bit of a meltdown. We are officially done with tests for her now, even if she turns up new symptoms. From here on out it’s all about enjoying the time she has left with us.
Thank you to everyone that helped in my post about Samantha and the litter box issues the other day too; whether it was advice, commiseration, or just well wishes! We have a couple of new things now that we are going to try and we’ll fill you in as we see how it goes.
Last but not least, we won some fun giveaways recently:
A ZigZev headband from the gang at My Dog Likes. ZigZev has many headbands to choose from, in lots of great colors, but of course I had to get the pet-themed one! This headband is really comfortable. The material is lightweight and wicks away moisture, and it does not slip around either. Zev is the company cat, and each Zevband is handmade in New York. A portion of every sale goes to helping out shelter animals, and of course we love that.
We won a Companion Candle from the crew over at Barking from the Bayou. Sam insisted I get the Black Cat candle, she thinks I need more cat stuff (I’m not sure I need any more dog or cat stuff)! This candle is an all-natural soy candle and smells wonderful. I think there is a piece of jewelry inside there, but since the candle can burn for 100 hours it might take a while before I find it!
I’ve mentioned before how fussy our Samantha is. I took a risk when entering to win some Zuke’s cat treats from our friends at Cat Chat with Caren & Cody. But I knew if Sam didn’t like them, then I would pass them along to Cousin Nina. Surprise, surprise, Sam loves them (sorry, Nina)! The bags we received are salmon and tuna flavors, so that helps, since fish is Sam’s favorite. Maybe Sam just loves them because she knows they came from Cody – she has a bit of a crush on that handsome boy.
Thank you to all of our friends for these great giveaways! Do you enter giveaways on blogs? I’m not usually a very lucky person, so if I can win stuff, so can you and you should try! We love giving stuff away here at Wag ‘n Woof and hope to have some more giveaways of our own coming up soon.
How do you plan to enjoy the rest of your summer?