We found a new place to board A.J. It’s a kennel without kennels. They call it “cage-free boarding.” It’s a place where dozens of dogs who get to spend all day and all night together. At night the dogs go into a big room lined with beds that they all share. Due to our “no dogs on the furniture” rule, A.J. has never had to share his bed. He has several dog beds and blankets, and they’re all his.

Because of this, when we were looking at boarding A.J. where he was going to be sharing a bed with a lot of dogs, we were (okay, I was) a little concerned he’d have trouble. Without my even asking, Greg repeatedly told me he didn’t care if A.J. slept on our bed. So I finally decided – to prepare him to share – A.J. could start sleeping on our bed with us. Continue reading “Bedtime”

A.J. Gets Comfy

We went to see a show last night. The theater is just across the street from our neighborhood so we walked over. Normally when we go somewhere without A.J. we either drive or ride the bikes, so he hears the garage door when we get home and meets us at the door. Last night when we came home we walked up to the front door so he didn’t hear us. I looked in the window and saw A.J. curled up and sound asleep – on the loveseat. He knows he’s not allowed on the furniture, but he’s obviously decided that it’s okay as long as no one else is home. We really couldn’t do anything other than laugh. What a sneaky little guy!

He’s Much Better, Really

January 17, 2014

This morning we went to the park again. Other than A.J. still pulling like crazy we had a good walk. We saw several dogs, and one even reacted to him, but he didn’t react back. So other than the pulling it wasn’t bad. Then we went straight from the park to the vet’s office so A.J. could get a vaccine. I was hoping he’d be kind of tired from the park, but it turns out I just brought him into the vet’s office totally amped up.

No one was in the waiting room when I brought him in. I didn’t realize how amped up he was until Continue reading “He’s Much Better, Really”

Our First Thunderstorm

August 13, 2013

We had a little bit of a thunderstorm around 3 AM. A.J. did great. He woke me up, but I got up, petted him for a few minutes, went back to bed and we all slept through the rest of the storm. He insisted on getting up at 6:30 again. I was tired, so I just let him out and went back to bed until a little after 7:00. He was fine out there on his own.

When we got back from our morning walk I played with him in the house for a little while, since he can’t get all his exercise outside with his foot still all oozy. Continue reading “Our First Thunderstorm”

Day 2

July 27, 2013

Day 2 with A.J. started around 4 AM. He’d had a lot to drink the night before, so I was on the alert for any movement from him. I woke up around 4 AM and he was up and moving around, so I took him out. What a beautiful night. The moon was almost full so it was very light out, and it was nice and warm. A.J. went potty and we came back in. He settled down quickly, and I went back to sleep. Continue reading “Day 2”

Adoption Day

July 26, 2013

This was Adoption Day. PetSmart opened at 10:00, so we left the house at 9:45 and arrived at 10:05. We started all the paperwork and they brought our dog out. When all the paperwork was done we needed to shop, we had absolutely no dog supplies at all. First we took him outside to walk him around a bit. Greg ran with him, and our dog ran alongside him really well. Continue reading “Adoption Day”

The Adventure Begins

July 25, 2013

I’ve been sick for two days. In spite of that I did some volunteer work, including going to the Humane Society to walk the dogs. I only lasted about an hour at the Humane Society though, I just wasn’t feeling well. So I went home, ate lunch, took a shower, and took it easy for a little while. In the meantime, I’d also been looking at the Humane Society web site, and there was a dog at the adoption center at PetSmart who sounded pretty good. In spite of still feeling kind of lousy, I drove out to PetSmart to take a look. Continue reading “The Adventure Begins”