Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Mojo's 13.25 lbs, as of a minute ago.

Monday, August 09, 2004

More pictures!

A nice side view of the Mojo.

Here's a side view with him lying down.

We got him two new toys today: a hartz tooth scrubber and a blues clues dog, to replace his beagle. He ripped off the beagle's ear a few weeks ago, but the big problem was he was eating the stuffing. At one point he was heaving a lot, like he had a ball of phlegm in his lungs. Lo and behold, he hacked out a small ball of stuffing. If he ate the stuffing it wouldn't be a problem, but inhaling it is.

Here's Mojo looking at the scrubber. He already knows what it's called, and we only used the word "scrubber" two or three times. Ela got him to really chew it by sticking lamb sausage parts in between the rubber things.

Another really hot day here in PDX, and Mojo was down on the tiles again. He's down there now, sleeping.

Oh, and that is a post-it note stuck to his butt.

Sometimes we tease Mojo terribly.

A few days ago we opened a package: it's was an ultrasonic bird repeller (don't ask). Along with the repellers there was an owl head that you stick in a harness. Basically the birds get scared off by their natural predator, the plastic owl.

Anyway, I decided to freak Mojo out by chasing him around the apartment with the owl head, all the while making weird owl-like noises. Boy did he freak out. He was growling, barking, and running away (and towards) the owl head like crazy.

When Mojo sees something he doesn't understand, he barks. He also will lunge towards it, bark a few times, then lunge away, the bark, then maybe run around it in a half-circle and bark. Then he'll go up to it, then jump away, bark, etc. If nothing happens, he'll slowly stretch out towards it, then bark, then jump away, etc. He'll get closer & closer until he can sniff/lick the object/whatever it is.

He did this to a pile of leaves a few days ago, and it was really hilarious.

The problem with the owl is it kept chasing him, because it was attached to me. Plus it (I) was making weird noises. After around 20 minutes, I figured it was time to get Mojo renormalized to the thing, and let him sniff it etc.


The owl head, and Mojo barking at it. This was at the end of the session.

He got close, but kept his distance. Look at that stretch!

The daycare was a success!

The first few hours of daycare is an evaluation, to see if your dog is mean, violent, anti-social, etc. For the first two hours or so Mojo just sat on the bench in the dog area. Other dogs would come up & sniff him, and he'd sniff them back. Eventually he got bored, I guess, and went off to play with the other dogs.

This is great, because now we have somewhere to put him if we go somewhere. They do boarding as well, with the average stay time usually being about a week or so (though there's a dog that's been there for a month).

He seemed to be in shock when we picked him up, like he was saying "what was that?" He peed on their mat on the way out (oops) then pooped outside. He ate when we got home, and he's been asleep since. Is he tired because of stress? Or was it a lot of activity? Probably both.

He was fine with the bigger dogs, according to the woman there, which is a good thing. We were thinking of just giving up on getting him big-dog socialized, and living with the fact that Mojo + big dogs = bad. But when he's got enough time to get used to them (off-leash), he seems OK. We're not about to let him run free in the park, but at least if he's supervised it's OK.

Mojo, chilling out in barkzone. That's him on the bench in the center of the frame. The other dogs are in the foreground, doing something or another.

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