Tuesday, May 25, 2010

All About Annie

Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since Annie came to live with us. She is now 10 weeks old. We are so amazed with everything about her.

We have puppy agility classes scheduled for her, starting July 21st, Handling classes starting July 20th, and Kinder Puppy classes starting in a couple weeks! She will keep us busy, or should I say keep hubby busy!! She is his puppy.
She knows, "sit", "down," and "stand." Last week with mostly luring, but this week, she will do sits and downs with just a voice command! She now knows and responds to "here", "come", and "leave it"! Being a typical puppy, she will start to bite our pant legs, hands, and anything she feels she wants to chew or pick up, but now when we say "leave it", she will stop what she is doing, and come and sit in front of us!! Really responding well.
She loves her food, and lets just say, feeding time around here with five dogs can get a bit crazy and loud! She screams at the top of her lungs if she knows food is being prepared for her. We felt it would take her a long time to learn to sit before we put her bowl down, but...this past Sunday she started offering the sit first!! Wow! We are just amazed with this little girl.

We took her out over the weekend for some good socialization to a few safe places, and to both of my husbands stores, and everything was positive. For one, she wasn't startled, nervous, or overly interested in any of the sites, smells and sounds. She visited with many people, including children. She walked so beautiful on her leash and held heel position with 100% focus on hubby the entire time. Even better, when hubby walked her into the lobby of his gun range, she kept focus on hubby, and continued to heel beautifully, without worrying about the sounds. A very confident and happy puppy she is.

We have her crate with the gate open all day inside a 2 foot play yard in our living room, so when she can not be right with us, she is safe there, especially when I have the daycare children. Well...Sunday, she discovered she can climb out! She only attempts to climb when we are preparing food (again, food CRAZY). I caught her before she got all the way over, thank goodness. Since then we covered the top and she can no longer climb out! She is going to be a challenge, that is for sure.

The other dogs love her. Bandit is just smitten over her and is always hovering, and will paw at her if she isn't moving, wanting her to play with him.
Jarie gets a bit crazy. They both will get eachother started with the Zoomies, but for now, with her being so small, we limit Jarie's time with her, so she doesn't over do it, and hurt the puppy.

I apologize for some of the poor quality photos. Unfortunately the week before Annie came home, I was out taking photos and had fallen and not just injuring myself with quite a few bumps, scrapes and bruises, but I broke my camera. It was not fun shopping for a new one, and I am still trying to figure out how to get a decent photo with it. That too, is also the reason I have not updated sooner.

All is good here, and now I am off to check in with all of my blog friends.


giantspeckledchihuahua said...

Ha! I knew the update would be worth the wait! What a little cutie! A puppy is just so much fun...and yes, a lot of work! Especially those genius types!

Berner dog is doing great, as soon as I have got a car that will make the trip he's at the vets and then time to get serious about his happily-ever-after forever home.

Far Side of Fifty said...

She is just as cute as she can be, I am going to enjoy watching her grow. Border Collies are so smart..it is amazing..their understanding of words is awesome..We have never had such a smart dog...sometimes I think that he is smarter than both of us put together. I am going to add you in my Blogs about Dogs Favorites on my sidebar. Great idea with the classes..Chance has been to many classes! :)

Sam said...

Wow, I can't wait to watch her grow up. Sit, down, and stand all in one week? You're a great trainer with a smart dog - a great combo :)

Stacy Disarrayed said...

so adorably precious!!!!

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, What a cutie she is and so very smart-a good thing and a challenge I'm sure. Sounds like your hubby has such a good handle on her though. So glad you didn't get seriously hurt when you fell.
Glad you are back into the swing of things. Can't wait to see more photos.
Hugs, Noreen & Reggie

DayPhoto said...

Oh, Tammy she is just beautiful! And cute and smart and fun! I'm so happy for you and your hubby! I'm glad the other dogs like her and enjoy her company. That is good. Thanks for the photo update, I'm enjoying watching her grow.


Fireblossom said...

It would take a heart of stone not to fall instantly in love with your Annie!!! She sounds so remarkable, and smart! To say she is a cutie is probably the understatement of the year, look at that face!

I'm sorry to hear that you fell. Please be careful!



♥Caroline♥ said...

awww annie is adorable!!!!!! how did you pick her name?

it sounds like she is going to be a busy puppy!!!

you got a real cutie there!

Carolina said...

Isn't she just the cutest and smartest pup? She must be. Your husband must be thrilled to have such a beautiful girl who already adores him ;-)

Keep both feet on the ground my friend.

Anonymous said...

what a blessing.. just like our newest addition, Sam :)

elsie said...

awww, so so cute!! the frizbee gives good visual of her size!

Jane said...

Oh, I love puppies. Give us an update when you can on her status!


Tracey said...

Annie sounds like such a smart girl....she sure is precious too!!
Sorry about your fall :( hope you are all better.
Tracey :)

jay said...

She's gorgeous, and it sounds as if she's quite bright and eager to learn too! She's going to be a smart dog!

So sorry to hear you fell and hurt yourself, also that you broke your camera. It always takes a while to get used to a new one, doesn't it?

Betty said...

Wow, I missed this post somehow. I think Annie may be the cutest puppy I've ever seen...and, the smartest! You are doing so well with her; I just know she will be at the head of all her classes. I think you are doing really well with your new camera...keep those pics coming...we love them! Take care.