Wednesday, 29 May 2013

New found freedom - and responsibilities

A lot has been on since I last blogged, but I know many of you keep up to date on my Facebook page. I have grown up a lot, have some new found freedom, and more responsibility. Plus I've started puppy training classes. I'm four and a half months old now, longer legged, more mature, less crazy and loving all the new things I am able to do. Oh, and mummy Lucy's got a new camera, and guess who's the best and favourite model

New experiences

I've been experiencing lots of new things; meeting ducks, chickens, goats, sheep and a pony; going to a dog show; hearing gunshots; going into shops; dog training and much more. I've ignored the animals, not interested in them (might be different if they moved fast though) and didn't bat an eyelid at the gunshot. At the show I loved watching the dogs doing flyball and the fast moving dog display. I'm maturing also which shows in my responses to different things.

My new found freedom

I have started being let off my lead. What a joy it is to run and play without anything attached to you. I have met so many new friends who I have been able to play with properly, and I love it. I was first let off in Hylands Park, then we've been to Hockley Woods a few times. I've never been happier. My recall is perfect; except when there's another dog around, then it takes a lot to get me back again. I am already getting better though, courtesy of cheese as my reward!

New found responsibility
I have a lot more responsibility now. For the first time in over five and a half years, Lucy went out without mummy Kate or a carer - all thanks to me. That's the difference I have made to Lucy's life. I know I have to behave when we're out alone and I do as I am told, walk carefully to heel, and make sure mummy is ok; if she feels unwell and needs to stop, then I just sit at her side until she recovers. Sometimes I get to sit on her lap too, although I know not to ask or beg anymore. Lucy is so proud of me and really hopes the assistance dog charities (Dog A.I.D. and Support Dogs) reopen their books so I could be trained as an assistance dog for her. What a difference a dog makes!
Off out by ourselves
I've started dog training classes now, I've been to two already. The first one was a bit overwhleming, but the second one was great. It is a bit confusing sometimes as there is a Wolfhound puppy called Molly in my class too! I can sit, stay, heel, come, leave, wait, watch me (make eye contact), up, off, and probably other's I'm forgetting. I'm learning paw at home and down at dog training, but I'm no good at the down. I just cannot get the hang of down being associated with actually laying down, no matter how many times I hear it. But Lucy is proud of me all the same and I'm learning fast. When I'm offlead, I will come back when called and sit in the heel position without being asked.
Practising sit and watch me
Practising stay
Sit and stay
I've been living with Lucy and Kate (and Vicky) for 10 weeks today. What a 10 weeks it's been.
Love Molly x


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Lots of outings

It’s been a while since I last ‘blogged’, I apologise for that. I’ve just been so busy and Lucy hasn’t been all that well so I have been looking after her.

I am now 15 weeks old and I weigh 6kg; maybe a little thin, but it’s better than being fat! I don’t always eat very well. The vet is very happy with me. I don’t much like having my ears cleaned but Lucy do them, and my eyes regularly; it’s very important to avoid infections. I’ve had a few baths too, which I really do not appreciate.

My training is coming along. I am good with leave, most of the time; I can fetch; in the garden I will come when called; I am learning paw, heel, wait and watch me (when I must look at Lucy/whoever asks so they have my full attention) but I’m still hopeless with down. I start puppy training classes at Billericay Dog Training School on Monday 13th May. I have also learnt to bark when Lucy is awake and her door is shut to let mum/the carers know to go in there, even before she rings on the house phone once (which I wait all morning for). I tell them off too if they don’t open her door quick enough!
I’ve been helping mummy Kate out in the garden too, although I don’t think she appreciated my help. I have helped her weed, plant and sweep – although I don’t like the broom, I think it’s an imposter.
We’ve been on lots of walks. We go to Thundersley Common a lot, and I’ve met so many new friends. We’ve been to Pets at Home too, the sea wall on Canvey Island and Priory Park. I’m having so much fun. I love long grass; it makes me want to run and jump and play. At Priory Park I heard a band play in the band stand; I was scared at first but soon got used to it. They played a James Morrison song and a Michael Jackson one too. Unfortunately I got scared by a man who kept pulling me by my legs, but that was soon forgotten.

I’ll try and update you with some of the funny stories and adventures. I’m still living up to my name!
Please visit my facebook page for photos, I'm having trouble with blogger and uploading my photos :( (of which there are hundeds!)

Love and woofs,

Molly Mischief x

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Seafront Walks

It's been a long time since I last wrote because mummy Lucy was in hospital and really not well so couldn't type this for me. She won't get better unfortunately, but we hope this will prevent the problems she was having with her Ileostomy stoma. She's trying hard to get out with me when she can, which is great. I love walks with Lucy as I can sit on her lap! She calls me her navigator as she says my ears stick out like indicators.
Yesterday we went to the seafront at Chalkwell and met some lovely people who thought I am very cute (of course!). Mummy Lucy was really happy because they talked to her, as if the wheelchair wasn't there. I had to walk some of the way which I didn't like, I kept dragging mummy Kate back to Lucy's wheelchair. Lots of people kept saying "aww, puppy!" at me. It was quite windy so we were cold walking one way, but when we turned around we were with the wind so it was much warmer. Mummy Lucy and mummy Kate stopped to have a drink on the way back, and I found some crisps on the floor by the cafe which were yummy. Mummy Lucy kept trying to stop me eating them but I'd sneak them when she wasn't looking. There were only a few, surely they can't hurt?
I met some children too, one of whom kept letting me kiss her head and giggled. Her name was Erin, and I think I made a friend in her. She didn't offer me her dummy though.

When we got home I went straight into the garden and did a wee. I'm getting the hang of that, but I often forget myself and go in the house. I do go in the bathroom when I can, everyone else goes in there, so why can't I?

This morning I helped mummy Kate weed the garden; it was great fun. She said I was a pleasure today as I didn't go mad first thing this morning, I was a good girl. I really enjoyed it, even if I did get a bit carried away at times.

In the afternoon we went for a walk along the cliffs and I walked the furthest I ever have. I kept chasing Lucy still, trying to get back on her lap, but she didn't cave in every time today. She says I have to walk some of the time. We met a Springer Spaniel, also called Molly. She was brown and white, and beautiful. I kept trying to play with her, jumping and dancing around her. She didn't play back though. Her owner and her daughter gave me lots of fuss and said how beautiful I am.

Then we met a lady with a black show Cocker Spaniel called Miley. I tried even harder to play with her! I kept pawing and prancing and standing on my back legs, anything to get her to play, but she just barked at me. The lady was really nice and said I was so cute. Lucy was really happy because she asked why Lucy was in a wheelchair; Lucy always says she loves it when people ask because it opens their eyes and its good for awareness of her conditions.

I didn't go to the toilet at all while we were out, I don't like going in public. So I held on till we got home and went in the garden. It's too exciting to wee!

I'm now falling asleep on mummy's wheelchair, my second favourite place to sleep (my favourite is Lucy's bed).

So that's my update for today. I hope everyone got to enjoy the sun. Well done to everyone who ran in the London marathon.

Molly Mischief xxx