He’s Our Huckleberry

Here are the latest pictures of our puppy. I think he’s probably hovering around 40+lbs. at this point. It could be more, could be less. He’s taken to eating rocks recently so who knows how much he really weighs… This is Doc obeying the command “Down”. The picture below is Doc doing the command “Come”.
It’s been a rather exciting few days for Doc, actually. Wes and I took him to Marymoor on Sunday and let him loose in the off-leash dog area there. It is a veritable Mecca for dogs. There are literally acres of space for running and fetching, swimming areas, and probably other cool places we didn’t discover. I have never seen so many dogs in one place before.

We took him there for two reasons: 1) we wanted to check it out and 2) we wanted him to get schooled in “Dog Etiquette”. You may not think that’s necessary but believe me, it was. He was the rudest little puppy you ever did meet. When he got to play with other dogs he spent most of his time pawing them in the face and climbing on them. Not anymore! He tried doing that to a German Shepherd and spent the next few seconds pinned to the ground. He hasn’t tried it since.

We met up with Doc’s aunt and uncle there (Wes’ brother and sister-in-law) and their dog, Koa. We call Doc and Koa the “canine cousins” and it’s really fun to watch them play together. They’re both retrievers and Koa is showing Doc the ropes of retrieving. He’s gotten much more ardent about fetching since coming under her tutelage.

Koa also showed Doc how to swim this weekend and Doc took the plunge (literally. His whole head went under for a second. I was very scared) and finally started swimming! He even fetched a tennis ball in the water and brought it back! I was so proud I thought I might burst. This opens up a whole new realm of possibilities, I can’t wait to see him develop a love for swimming.

All in all, I think Sunday may have been the best day of Doc’s life. It was very rewarding to see him enjoying himself so heartily.

I also had a good weekend as well. I made homemade chicken and dumplings for Wes and his Dad and I think the meal turned out really well. I also served up some fresh (though not homemade) pumpkin pie and ice cream for dessert. We enjoyed this while watching a movie with our new HD DVD player, the purchase and enjoyment of which may have been the highlight of Wes’ weekend.

This new DVD player completes an HD journey that Wes set out upon way back in March. We bought a snazzy new TV but Wes lamented the fact that our DVD player couldn’t produce a good enough picture. So we bought a new one, albeit one that wasn’t HD. Then Wes decided it was time, sold the two old DVD players and bought a new new DVD player: the mythical HD DVD player.

I have to admit that when the right confluence of circumstances occurs (HD TV, HD DVD player, and HD DVD) it is a very nice picture. I know Wes thinks so too, so hopefully we’ve come to the end of that particular rainbow. I’m not sure how many more remotes I can bear to learn about…

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