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Picture Post of Toby-day (today)

Stuff happened today, so I don’t really want to write, at risk of not keeping an ‘upbeat’ blog. So here’s just a picture log of today’s adventures.

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morning cuddles

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lunch & watching a puppy nap

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Our first walk! Literally 5 minutes around the close we live in. He was good & a little scared.

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Puppy sitting & watching Wall-e (again) while trying to do piano work

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Puppy naps on my lap

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Doing piano work with a sleeping puppy on me

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Puppy face

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Toy gnawing. Better than my hand.

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I also had naps with him today.

Full story of today; why I’m so ‘tired’ (warning: it’s much darker than the things on here): http://strugglingbutstillfighting.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/youre-aching-youre-breaking-and-i-can-see-the-pain-in-your-eyes/

Twitter posts: https://twitter.com/k_lizzabeth/status/521400576870191108 + https://twitter.com/k_lizzabeth/status/521398690716872705

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Some writing and pictures of Today

Ugh, I’m tired tonight, so this’ll be a short and picture post.

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(not this short though; here’s some more words coming)

So, it’s been a exciting day! Pretty much, anyway. We broke more rules by going in my mum’s work – a pharmacy – and showing her colleagues the pup, and they were smitten… as is everyone who sees him. Can’t blame them. They don’t have lots of bite marks on their hands. But can’t complain too much – we are making progress (distant cheering for Toby is heard from Carys at Uni). He’s gone toilet on the paper and outside a couple of times when I took him today. And we’re working on gentler biting, using something that Katie And Cookie, a couple of therapy dogs from Twitter, linked me to – something called Bite Inhibition. It looks really good, so we’re learning that. Also, we went to the pet shop after mum’s work, and Toby had his first vaccination, as well as a check over and we were given flea treatment for him. The vet, Alex by name, was very nice and I loved watching her work – because this is my dream; a Veterinary Nurse. So yes, he was good on the exam table apart from BITING. So, while mum signed forms and did adult stuff, I went and found some toys for him. Nylabones! Recommended from Growing Up Guide Pup itself. So there we are, driving home with dry food to start on, Nylabone toys and a vaccination certificate. What fun. Back home, mum and the boys went out to Crealy to use up our free 7 day pass, seeing as they may as well. While they were away, I cleaned up while Toby slept, then when he woke from his nap he and I chilled in the living room with films on. First it was Wall-e, then Monster’s University, and then I put the Lego Movie on. We didn’t just sit and watch these, of course; they were just on in the background to listen to. Did watch most of Wall-e though, because that is the best. Toby chewed on his nylabones, chewed on me, got some scolding, did some good toilets and some not on the newspaper, and had some naps either with me or on his own. Puppies can be a handful. I made dinner for the others for when they came back and then sat on the floor and chilled with Toby. Tonight I showed mum the things I have been doing with him, and we showed off the obedience we’ve already got – which is coming when called (most of the time), and ‘sit’! He’s learnt quickly. We’re working on ‘down’ now, but that’s proving harder. Right, it’s bedtime now, both for the pup sleeping under my feet again, and for my yawning self. Shower and a bed, me thinks… hopefully I’ll get up early and see to my babe. He’s still gorgeous.

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Car journeys

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At the Vets!

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Watching Wall-e and playing and naps on my lap

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So tiring being a puppy…

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References:

The conversation I and the Therapy Dogs had on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatieAndCookie/status/520899546969550848

The site they showed me: http://www.thelabradorsite.com/teaching-bite-inhibition-to-your-labrador-puppy/

Toby showing off ‘come’ and ‘sit’: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=902853403059348

Today’s journey in pictures!

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Being introduced to the children for the first time this morning, sitting beside mum

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Cuddles from my grandad when he came to pick my brother up

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Being a good boy at the council place while I answered questions

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Riding back home in my arms

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Being a good boy and playing with his own toys while I made was on the computer

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Getting used to the harness

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Looking for clues after I made cakes (it wasn’t exactly a murder, but maybe he wants to be a sniffer dog?)

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Being introduced to the hamster (neither animals were at all bothered)

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Snuggles on the sofa and watching Father Ted (Irish comedy that is hilarious)

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Falling asleep in my arms (again.. aw)

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Trying to figure out the sliding door at my grandma’s house (this was adorably cute to watch but kind of teasing so we moved)

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Exploring my grandma’s where I let him, also understanding the reason and use of the lead (which he wasn’t keen on, obviously)

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Settling down at my grandma’s

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Being adorable in close-up photos

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And, finally, falling asleep at my grandma’s

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Also ‘helping’ me cook dinner – falling asleep at my feet while I cooked, that is (very helpful)

So… today’s been eventful, a day of new experiences – both for me and him! We met lots of new people, and he wasn’t bothered about car rides or, well, anything really. The children scare him a bit, but who isn’t scared of little children. He was kind of doing okay in toilet training, but then he doesn’t do okay, and the same with biting. He seems to get mouthy at night time; my hand is in the process of attempting to be chewn off again, for the second night in a row. Hopefully we’ll address this soon and get it corrected. We’re already setting down ground rules. He needs a LOT more toys, though. Maybe that’s the problem. I’ll get him some more ASAP, but not too many. Hopefully that’ll help. Eating is good, at least – kind of for both of us (thanks, Toby). He’s still gorgeous, even though his teeth are VERY sharp. We’re both learning.