The "dog beach" as we call it, has recently been renovated. Bathrooms put in, a volleyball court put up, more parking (finally), and the walk down to the beach was slowly corroding so they have brought in large rocks to rebuild the "wall". They have also made nicer pathways to get down to the water, more dog "busy" bins (now you people who claim not to have busy bags, so cannot possibly pick up their dogs busy, have. no. excuses. thankyouverymuch.)
When we arrived, we walked the main path down to the beach. Only to find out that the tide was in and there was no beach!
So to let Dave watch Collin wade in the water, I had Dave sit...
Then we went to a separate area (mainly used for fishing purposes) so Dave could swim.
And guess what the little stinker did? First thing, he walked into the water and peed.
So all Dave wanted to get wet was his feet.
No matter the coaxing, toy throwing, (Collin had to go out and retrieve Dave's toy :) or "good-boy" calling, he was not about to swim. But that water was pretty warm, so I don't blame him. Oh well. Maybe next time. Dave really seemed to enjoy the sand though.
Dave wanted to be right beside Collin. Collin brought his "slingshot" and was searching for rocks.
We came home after an hour or so at the beach and sand-covered Dave went right onto the deck to get a bath. After a good rub down with warm clean towels, Dave then proceeded to climb into his crate with his warm, fuzzy blankets and sleep almost 4 hours straight. Mmmm... that's my boy!
Dave met my massage therapist... who was also a sponsor for this years walk-a-thon!
After my massage appointment, mom, Collin, Kaitlyn and I all went shopping around town for bedding for my room... Dave did so great! He walked through Goodwill (during my massage), Bed, Bath and Beyond, JCpenny, AND a feed store. No accidents, and lots of attention! Dave helped me decide on what kind of bedding I wanted... this green is pretty, but not quite what I'm looking for...
Dave went on his first elevator ride in JCpennys... He rode like a pro!
Collin and Kaitlyn held onto super sleepy, not wanting to walk another step, Dave, while mom and I looked around at bedding in JCpennys... apparently, Kaitlyn is done shopping too.
After shopping in Brandon, and successfully finding what I was looking for, we headed home. Well, kind of. We just couldn't resist the sign in front of the feed store that said "Chicks and Bunnies for sale". So we stopped in to see them... yes, we are getting chicks in the near future for their eggs.
Dave went to the Booses house for the weekend so I could paint my room without worrying about a black dog getting into my white paint. It made it so much easier having Dave away for a sleepover!
From what the Booses told me, Dave did great and was a big hit at church on Sunday. That's my boy!
Here is a small sneak peak of the finished product after 3 days of straight painting and some new bedding...
Dave went to the vet this morning and he weighs 33.7 pounds! He has gained 14.3 pounds since he came to live with me... that's just over a month people! He has long lanky legs, but a cute stocky build. He looks so much like his mom, Meg. I really hope he continues to look like sweet Meg!
And our Area Coordinator reminded me that soon I will have to send in Dave's 4 month Eval... he's just growing up way too fast!
So, forget the week update on Sundays.. this week it will be a Tuesday update. The reason being - you'll find out on Thursdays post.
Monday- It rained. All day long. So Dave, Collin, and Kaitlyn all entertained each other inside. Dave LOVES C and K. He is happy to see me, but when C or K comes in the room, he is so happy, he can't seem to contain himself.
Tuesday- Dave went to the vet to get his next round of shots. Dave weighed 28.8 pounds (he gained 9 pounds in three weeks... boyhowdie!) and seemed to remember the vet and vet assistants just as well as they remembered "their Dave-Man"! He did great. Even when other dogs came around, Dave sat right beside me and just watched them.
After the vet, Dave and I went to the Library. The Librarians absolutely LOVE my dogs that come in. The front, check-out desk is right across from the entrance so the librarians checking-out people books, all scramble to see how Dave does with his sit by the door before Dave and I enter. Every time they say "Hey, he's getting better, and bigger!!"
Wednesday- I had a massage session, so Dave stayed home to play with C and K. As I recall he played for a long time, and crashed right before I got home. So as soon as I walk through the door, it's playtime again!
Thursday- We lost power at 11:30 due to the hurricane storm that came through. I say "hurricane" because it sure seemed like it, but it didn't last as long. It was pouring, lightening, thundering and the wind was whipping at 50+ miles an hour. It was pretty bad. (our neighbors green house tipped over and our recycle bins flew/floated almost a block away) So we stayed in the dark house, only braving the storm to shove Dave out the back door to do his business, and dash inside to dry off.
Everyone gathered by the front door to watch the rain flood the streets
Dad was late getting home from work because of the storm, (and we still did not have power) so we had him pick up take-out for dinner.
We happily ate by candle light and got ready for bed early. Oh, and took all of our freezer food over to a friends house who had power.
Friday- April fools day! (I got someone and someone got me with an April fools joke!)
Dad had taken the day off so we could paint, work on the (now overflowing) pool, do some yard work, but due to the weather, and not having power (STILL!) we stayed inside... again. We played dice, went to our friends house to do some laundry, played more dice and was invited by some friends, to their house for dinner.
I really wanted to take Dave outside to play in the rain, but it was lightening and thundering pretty bad, so we opted not too. I like my puppy "un-fried".
We heard the TECO trucks working and cutting down trees, but about 5:00pm, with no success of turning our power back on, they left for the night. *Que angry eyes*
Saturday- 8:25am I woke to the sound of the fish tanks filter churning, and felt cool air blowing on my skin. Yes. Power. Yay for electricity. Boy the things we take for granted!
I took a nice WARM shower, and got Dave ready for his first night away from mom! He was going to church the next morning with some puppy raisers in our group.
11:00 Dave and I met the Whiteheads at a local bowling alley to swap dogs. I got Randy, a 7 month old Goldadore and they happily snatched grabbed Dave's leash and eagerly walked him towards their car... *sniff*
Randy did great with me! He walks SO well on a leash. People in Winndixie were shocked thinking Randy, the large and lanky, 70 pound puppy I was walking was actually Dave! (Even our puppy group had to think twice before asking if Randy was Dave! hee hee hee :) I explained that Dave was gone with Randy's parents for the night. Winndixie employees were happy to know that Dave was still small :)
Sunday- Our puppy group had their first meeting for the month of April. We met at the Manatee Viewing Center. Randy was SO happy to see his parents... Dave could have cared less to see me... he seemed to say "are you serious mom, you wants hugs and kisses, but there's my kinda dogs here!".
Dave did great on everything. The concrete was pretty hot for my bare feet, so knowing Dave's puppy feet were going to be sensitive, we only walked a short way down the tidal trail. Dave was already worn out from sleeping in church earlier, :) so we mostly talked to other puppy raisers.
Dave is a happy, go lucky, sassy, stubborn, toe licking, sweet sleeping, log sawing, cuddly, food LOVING, eager to please puppy that everyone loves! I can't wait to see how he progresses in his training and can't wait to see just how big he'll get!