Saturday, August 07, 2004

Yesterday was pretty gross. We fed Mojo some new dog food and some steak, and one of them gave him the runs in a big way.

We were downstairs, then Mojo suddenly bolted upstairs. That was strange. He came back down all happy, so we knew he pooped. What we didn't know is he dropped a stinky pool of fetid liquid on the bathroom floor. Yuck! Lucky for us he knew to run upstairs to his bathroom. But I guess his bowels weren't quite in control. And man did it stink. Luckily he was on the floor, not the carpeted hallway.

Then an hour or two later he went up again with ithe the same result...except this time he dropped some on the carpet. Yuck! We got the oxy-clean out and sprayed liberally. Hopefully the landlord won't notice :(

He's stabilized today, and we're not really sure if it's the dog food, the steak, or what. The steak had a lot of spices on it (we did put it under water before we gave it to him). The dog food is new. We're not going to test the dog food, and we don't have any more of that steak, so we'll never know.

Went to petsmart and the park today. He also got to ride in the sherpa for a trip through marshalls. He's got a new harness now, because he broke his main collar (chewed off the plastic part) and he tends to make gacking/choking noises with the light blue one. The harness is harder to put on, but it prevents him from choking.

The park was fun, we did a full circuit. He was kind of tired by the end, and looked like he was ready for some more. We tried to go around again, but he only went a hundred feet or so before he flopped onto the grass, a sure sign he didn't want to go anymore.

He also got bathed. He's been barfing a little too, which makes his breath smell something awful. He got a mini-bath yesterday, and a full one today. He's gotten pretty used to bathing, etc. How about that?

The only real issue he has is those dang eye hairs. It seems that every time I look at him he's got hair in his eye, sticking to his eyeball. That can't be good.

We've scheduled him for a doggy daycare temperament evaluation on monday. We drop him off, and they evaluate him for 4 hours to see...if he's a mean dog? We're not sure what's evaluated, but it'd be nice to be able to drop him in daycare and leave him to play with other dogs. As long as they're not big dogs he'll be OK.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Mojo loves golf balls. I was rolling a bunch of them around tonight, and he was chasing them all over the place. They fit in his mouth just so - then he runs back to me, sometimes holding it, sometimes dropping it.

What's even better is when he chases a ball then hits it while chasing it. The ball just sproings off in another direction, and off he goes after it.

It makes practicing putting really hard, though, when the dog keeps stealing your ball.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Mojo's doing something I haven't seen before. He was in our bed, with his dingo. He put the dingo on the bed, then started wiping his face on the comforter, in the direction of the dingo. Weird!

When I told Ela what he was doing, she was like "yep, that's what he does to hide is dingo." On the beanbag chair (one of his usual places to hang out) he hides his toys by folding the loose parts of the beanbag onto them. So what he was doing on the bed was trying to bury his dingo! Hah!

It's really funny to see. It also goes to show why two sets of eyes are better than one; Ela's been watching him do this for days (weeks?)

Mojo's been doing something he's never done: going off to another part of the apartment to take a nap. Before, he'd always want to be near us, no matter what. Now he's old enough (or dog enough?) to wander off. Right now he's two floors down in the entryway, sleeping, and has been for hours.

Oop, I just heard his collar; he's coming up. Lots of noise outside, so I guess he woke up.

Anyway, it's interesting.

We saw a bunch of agility trials yesterday, which has inspired us to keep going on agility. Seeing a real agility competition again made us realize how different it is in puppy agility. The ring is physically much bigger, there's a lot more distractions, obstacles, and ways to screw up. Plus, it's more fun. It's funny, though, that you prepare all that time for maybe 2 minutes in the ring.

We have 5.5 more months before Mojo can compete, so we've got lots of time to learn how to do those dang weave poles. With all the other obstacles he's seen, he's fearless.

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