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    You'd have to live in the Deep South and be a country girl to appreciate this I think as city folk might look at you like you lost your marbles from being the hot sun to long... Love this
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    Well I spent a good part of this week in cataract class and meeting with the surgeon, they should be calling next week to schedule the surgery! Couldn't believe how much extra the lens for astigmatism were, at least under my insurance, so won't be getting those- dr says mine isn't that bad anyway so that works for me! unfortunately they are backed up for several months for the surgery so, unless there's a cancellation, it will be some time before I have it done and yep it will be done one eye at a time. They do both together now but that scares me too much and I have some damage to one eye so the surgeon said best to do them separate.. I'm ready to get it over with now so I can hopefully see clear again!
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    Cato: So Mum hasn't been blogging like she said she would, has she? So I told her off. She still needs to catch up lots and lots of adventures. Including my terrible tum!!! But she says 'I can't blog every day, Cato. No time. But I am going to try and blog when I can. And sometimes that means we may be able to do more than one blog in a day. So that means we will catch up.' Humph. That just sounds like Mum is being tricksy, doesn't it? I think she should bloggify every day, and tell you about all our walks and stuff. It is like when she says, 'you had a big breakfast, so you don't need a big dinner.' That is bad tricksy logging, isn't it. It is more loggical to say 'have a big breakfast and then have a big dinner, cos your tummy is expecting it.' Isn't it? Mum just ain't loggical sometimes.
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    He's a great dog really! As for small breeds go, he is not yappy at all! (okay maybe sometimes but not really) He is great with my daughter, even when she's doing bad things like pulling his tail (which is always corrected) its just the potty training. oh and he hates baths lol. the rock thing sounds great maybe i'll put some little plants too lol! He loves kicking his leg up on them and peeing!! I'm thinking of buying him a raincoat for light rain. They look so darn cute in the pictures. I came home from my little shift today and both my daughter and Teddy both ran to me wanting me to hold them. He was there before she even realized I was home. That's a great feeling because I thought for sure he wasn't going to be the same with me anymore. It has been a rough couple of weeks. I'll have more posts on here about Teddy don't worry!!
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    Our surgeon requires you go to a class, it's conducted by their technicians. It was actually very good, it went through the procedure and all of the dos and don'ts for before and after the surgery, the types of lens that you have to choose from and the costs, etc. They also went over the forms you have to fill out before surgery since nothing makes sense then! Lol! They let my hubby come which was great since he now knows I can't clean, cook, do anything but be a woman of leasure for ummm I'm thinking they said months maybe even a year, especially the no cooking and cleaning part!! Of course he'll probably say he missed that part! Just kiddin, but I just might try to get by with that! it really was great so he knows what to expect too and what I really can't do. Unfortunately I can't lift the kids or bend my head down for a few weeks so he really will need to learn to groom them and now he knows that for sure... thanks a million of your prayers bb, that means the world to me! Hugs
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    What an answer to prayer- I got a call today and they had a cancellation, my first eye will be done next Thurs!!
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    AWESOME!!!! Hahahaha! I just showed the jeans pic to Mr C, and his instant response 'it looks like a serial killer's back garden!'
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    Sorry you have to wait so darn long.....now that you have made up your mind, I'm sure you want to get it over with. Hope you don't have to wait that long for the second eye.
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    Hope you don't have to wait to long, thinking about you
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    Hello Auntiees! This is Foxy park in the sun. The daffydillies are all over though. Tara saw William again. We have seen William a lot lately, haven't we? She is shaking her head here. I spect she thinks he like it, or something. She is very silly. this is a Rowan tree with a Rowan flower thing. and this is Jack. He is much nicer now. Although his Dad can't get him to chase balls any more. He used to. We used to watch. But now he doesn't. Mum thinks he only used to do it cos he was a puppy. He is half Llasa and half something else. He used to bounce on me and scare Tara. But he is all grown up now. Mum says this is the end of the pink stuff - Yay! And the beginning of the blue stuff. That is Woosteria. There is a lot of it about. Mum and Auntie Jane always sit at this bench, and natter. and natter. and natter. They were talking about Auntie Jane's dad and stuff this time. We never met him. And our trip to Grandma and Grandad - tomorrow!!!!! It woz a bit hot for me to be excited, and Tara wozn't listening, or she would have been very excited. She loves her Grandad almost as much as William and our Dad. I woz showing her how to lie in the middle of the path and make all the humans and paws walk around us. They usually stop and say hello to me. Of course Tara mucks it up sometimes cos every time a big paw comes along, she gets up and jumps up onto the bench with Auntie Jane and tries to climb onto a lap to get away from the scary paw. Except they aren't really scary, cos they don't scare me! Mum says you need to see the Hosta again. Cos it is bigger. I dunno. seems a waste of a pic to me...
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    Tara.....I LOVE that picture of you looking up with your casual summer pony and purple bow. Looks like a fun day was had by all!
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    Especially like the Beech hedge photo......I've never seen anything like that.
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    Beautiful photos! Looks like you and Tara had so much fun!
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    Hi Aunties, i wanted to share some stuff with you since today Piper has been here 2 weeks! Yeah Really! Well anyway, it's been cold here and raining and ya know Piper doesn't have a lot of hair grown back yet... soooo I tried to lend her a little hoodie to wear to stay warm... yeah didn't work too well, she's Real little and umm this just shows.. pink Really isn't her color! So I had mommy order her something to fit her! Ya know we can't get her much yet cuz she's still real skinny an mommys trying to get weight back on her...so hopefully if mommy does her job right anything we get now won't fit soon! And yep she is filling out some! Anyway I'll let Piper show you!! Aunties LOOK, I ain't Never had nuthin Like this! Yeah I Know, you can't see me real well can you?? Maybe better here?? Well it's a Jean jacket with a hood! I sleep a lot and it sure helped me stay warm sleeping today! I just got it in this mornin and good thing cuz it's Cold!! But I Just Had to show you!!! Well yeah Here then! I learned Real quick that mommy takes Waaaay too many pictures and I just run from her! Mommy says she hopes this isn't blurry... everything looks blurry to mommy these days... hope you can see me ok! This is Real special! I have my own box for my stuff now!! And Maybe, just Maybe mommys gonna take me shopping this week!! Piper Oh Aunties, it's Missy again! Did you see Pipers little pony?? She doesn't have enough hair for piggies yet so I had mommy give her a pony instead! And Look what else!! I'm showing her how to lay on the table! She's Never needed the noose or nothin, she's learning quick and me an mommy are Real happy how she's doing with her groomin! Ya know I am cuz I'm teachin her!! Any way I have BIG news today!! Did I mention today it's 2 whole weeks Piper has been here??! Well ya know that we've been layin kinda sorta together some? See.. and today we Played!! It all started when I let Piper come join me helpin mom and dad fold clothes on the bed! We look pretty innocent here huh?? But see Piper, she's the Lookout!! Yeah then we wrestled and I tunneled under the covers and did sneak attacks! Daddy couldn't believe we undid All the clothes they folded!! Yeah we did!! So we left and went and wrestled on the bed in the other room! Mommy and daddy were sooo happy and well we were too till I decided I didn't wanna play no more! Piper doesn't Really know when to stop playing but she finally figured out I was done! I think I might like this playing stuff, it was kinda fun and boy was daddy and mommy happy! Hope you have Fun playin this weekend too! Missy hey Aunties she Finally Played with me!! I want to Play More!! Hope she does too soon!!Piper
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    Isnt it fun to watch them playing together? Willie says tell Piper how lucky she is cause it took Sassy Mae a whole year to play with him!
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    All it took was a little bit of a positive attitude and things are almost smooth again. I'm glad I reached out on here (and to a few fellow small dog owners on my facebook) I was at wit's end, pulling my hair out. Somebody said, "I'd give him away!" and while that is a quick fix, that is the WRONG fix. Not only would my daughter be absolutely devastated, but so would Teddy. Who wants to go to a shelter all because you didn't do something right and just couldn't figure out what it was. Things are far from perfect, but they are going well. I stopped putting him in the crate during the day, only at night. Just that small gesture did SO MUCH for us. Putting him in the crate I feel made his anxiety sky rocket. Not only was he afraid of going outside, but putting him in the crate made him feel like he didn't belong with us and thus came on even more anxiety. I had him on the leash yesterday tied to the crate which gave him a decent amount of room to play. He was even still able to sit on my lap on the couch when my daughter tired him out. Yesterday I started a job at a local restaurant for just a few hours a day, a couple days a week, to make a little extra summer fun cash for vacations and what not. My mom came to watch my daughter and Teddy. She wasn't aware of the issues with the potty training. When I came home he was roaming free through the house. It was the first thing I noticed when I came home and instantly panicked thinking I would find little surprises and puddles through the house. I told her what was going on, and she said, "Really? He's just been in here playing. I took him out while you were gone. He was running around marking all his spots and doing whatever business in addition to running around and exploring." I was pleased to hear that, but worried thought maybe his outside anxiety was associated with me. I took him outside myself right away expecting to see the scared, shaking pup I was getting so used to seeing. But he was running around all over the place chasing every little squirrel, cat, duck, bird, geese, blowing in the wind leaf, etc.he could see. And he did his business. I'm still not letting him sleep in my daughter's bed again just yet. I don't want to give him all his freedom back at once and overwhelm him. But when it was time for bed, he went into his crate his self (I always leave the door open because that is where I keep his food and water. If left in the kitchen my cats bully him a bit about it) and went to bed. Sometime soon my husband is suppose to put a fence up around our backyard. When that happens, I will definitely let him play out there at night before bed. And PipsMom that's a great idea about the blotting his pee on a pad! I tried using puppy pads on him when we first got them, but he would just rip them to shreds. He doesn't really bother with them anymore, but I had no idea how to train him how to use the pads. It's something I would love to do for him when it rains outside. Summer is coming and with that comes a lot of nasty storms. I don't want to go back to where we were a few days ago. And who wants to pee in the rain anyways?? I am going to try this approach and let you guys know how it goes! Thank you everyone for all the advice!
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    and (i have made this mistake!) make sure that the good part (fun/games/play/treats) happen after the toilet event. so don't wait for the poo event, give a reward, take him inside and pop him into his crate. Because if you do that, you are really just rewarding the event with going back into the crate. try and make the best bit (walk/cuddles/playing with your daughter) happen immediately after the successful poo, and last for long enough that the crate isn't associated with the end of play. what has happened with me, is that we all go outside for a last widdle before bed. Now, I'm tired. This is the last thing i do before going upstairs. I am looking forward to that lovely moment when i lay my head on the pillow. I'm not really interested in standing in the dark, in the cold and the wind and maybe rain, while two little monsters sniff every blasted leaf and twig. not so the dogs. For them, going outside is interesting, sniffy, fascinating. It is a vitally important final anti-cat patrol. A chance to put in a massed pack show to impress any monsters, to mark their territory... And it all ends when they widdle. Because as soon as they squat or cock, the boring human Mum goes inside and ends the fun. so of course they delay the pee as long as possible. Just like kids begging for 5 more minutes of a story... nowadays, i use a slightly different technique. we all go out. The sniffing. The patrolling. The endless investigations. I wait until i have seen the required squatting but then i don't call them in. Instead, i quietly go inside and clean the sink. Fill the kettle ready for the morning. Switch off lights. Sit at the desk and turn off the computer... and they gradually realise that Mum has disappeared. And she is shutting things down. And she will be going upstairs any second, and if we don't go inside too, we may get left downstairs! by ourselves. All night! and suddenly they come blasting in through the cat flap and rush up to me asking to go to bed. i'm not proud of myself when i say it took a long time to work this little routine out. At one time I used to have to chase Cato round while he teased me with toys. And Tara used to absolutely refuse to come to the back door... But now, they want to come to me, so they dont get left behind.
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    So here's an update. Right after my last post, I decided to try quick walks more frequently. He peed and pooped within 5 minutes of being out there. It started to rain , not hard just yet, and that worried me but he seemed okay with it. I took him inside though because his job was done. And again I praised him like never before. I decided to try to leash approach again, so he did go outside today both times I took him. I just care bare to see him in his crate. His crate used to be a happy place he went to sleep at night, but now he looks miserable.It's big enough for him to walk around in, he has his bed, food, water, favorite toy, and bone (he LOVES his bones), but none of that matters. I feel like this time he thinks being in the crate in the day time it just a punishment he doesn't fully understand. So to bring the positive back into OUR lives, I'm letting him play, just on the leash (it's a 16 foot one so he's got a lot of room) He's happy, my daughter is happy, which makes me feel happier. So fingers crossed and here's to hoping. I mean look how miserable he looks
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    I'm wondering if he has been affected by the bad experience - pouring rain, wet, cold, Mum's impatience, all combining to give him some bad associations. they are so much more aware than we realise, and unconscious body language, tension on the lead, frustration, impatience, etc can leave a very lasting impression, no matter how we try and hide them. Emotions like fear, anger and irritation are things they smell. but you can create new positive associations to overlay the bad ones. Fun, pleasant, exciting, enjoyable ones.
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    That's such an adorable jean jacket and top knot Piper And that's one special photo of the two of your laying side by side together looking up at your Mom. So happy you both had a blast in your parents clothes That must of been so fun!
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    Oh, what fun that looks! i guess Piper is finally getting the hang of living in your shadow, Miss Missy, eh? And learning how to play. Maybe she'll be OK once you get her properly trained...
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    I just wanna lay in the Sun and enjoy the flowers! Missy An I just wanna have Fun! Oh an mommy's teachin me to chase sticks! I don't get the big deal though...you just lay and chew em up after ya chase em, huh?!Piper Sooo daddy's had places to go yesterday and today... so it's been girls day and mommy took us out to a show yesterday! Well it was Supposed to be a walk and we didn't know it was gonna be an X-rated show but it Was!! Mommy said it was called 'Turtle Love'! Yep Right in our yard! And Piper got to meet, err at least see, Touché! see?! Here they are Auntie Julia! Well me an specially Piper didn't know What to think, being that close to them an all! I kept tellin Touché to stop, but course he didn't listen to me! Wow when he Did stop though we heard that Loud Crash like Auntie Julia told us bout and saw Touché running into her, what a Loud bang those shells made! So yeah we left... and found Another friend! Hey has anybody seen Lizzie the Lizard? She was just here a minute ago! Mommy kept tellin me to look under me but she's Not there, Is she?? And Piper was No help at All.... Piper-- what's a Lizzie and Why do I care??? I'm just gonna lay here and watch you run around Missy! Well me and Piper are still tryin to learn to like each other... sometimes I even let her sit in My window seat with me now! Missy My daddy's gone again today, mommy had us watch horror movies and yum she made us popcorn!! We were supposed to go with daddy an have an Outting today but mommys foots still all swollen from that tick an she can't walk very good... so here we are... Another 'girls day'! Hope you enjoy your weekend!Piper
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    Thank you Auntie BB, I Love my yard! but no Piper doesn't help... she just runs around being silly.. she's still trying to figure things out I think.. at least that's what mommy says.. thank you for the kisses! Here's one back!Missy
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    Wow that was awesome timing to see the turtles in action 🐢🐢 and to getting a picture of it! Great job Missy and Piper Missy you have such a lovely garden! Is Piper helping you care for it ? 🌻 So cute seeing you both as Daddy's little girls waiting for your Daddy's return We are sending you kisses across the miles 💋💋
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    Turtle porn......with the kids watching. Tsk tsk tsk.
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    Bristolle Noel- your sister sounds sweet Missy.and you're already standing up for her! Wow that's great. Me and Dolly have been playing alot, maybe she's not so bad either, but, I still don't like her
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    Hi Aunties, Missy here! Yesterday was our April Outting and I get to tell you bout it cuz well I planned it! Here we go! So I Really am trying to be nice Aunties and specially to win my daddy back! so I asked mommy to put Pipers hair up like lots of you girls with black & white hair do, with piggies! I watched mommy the whole time and made sure she did it right, I think she did! And, of course, I'm ready to go but... where are they? So we started our day at my favorite restaurant, it was Pipers first time at a restaurant- what a good way to try to makes friends huh? Sharing mom & dads egg & Vermont cheddar cheese breakfast! Yum! And Yes we were very good girls there! We even made friends with a lady there! Oh yeah... it didn't take long for Piper to lose one of her hair bands so mommy had to take her hair down... it's Ok, she really doesn't have much hair grown back yet, dr said probably 6-8 weeks at least.. we'll try again later! Here's where I picked to go- it's called Fountainhead and yup it has some historical stuff but it's also Real big, probably take lots of times to see it all! Hey look what Piper found, a cool bridge! I was with dad and so she got there first... Ooh geez, a break already! Ok well me and Piper waited patiently... I dunno know why mom & dad can't just go out here with us! Well after our little detour we Finally found the trail! Here we go... but Look there is a Problem.... Piper can Not go first, we need to regroup! Ok Much better! First sniff! Ya know, I just wanna mention this here... Piper Doesn't sniff... I mean who Doesn't wanna sniff?? I don't understand her.. so she's better off with dad anyway, he's a point a to b type person like her! Me an mom are just gonna sniff here a bit! Oooh Looky an old cemetery from the 1700s! Piper did come to look but she didn't wanna stay long... told ya... No sniffs... Here's a picture of more of it cuz I Know we all Love cemeteries! It was pretty out here but look how bumpy the path is.. It was hard walking for daddy so Piper helped him, a lot he said, so that was good! I had to help mom too cuz she found a tick between her toes this morning so her footie kinda hurt too.. but I'm Real glad Piper helped daddy so he could enjoy the Outting I planned! See how purdy it was out here! ooh look what's under me!! Here maybe you can see it better now! I gotta hide this from Piper... she'll just roll on it, kill it and try to make us have it for dinner! she does that All the time, it's gross! Here's some more of what we saw! They have a very nice lake there! And a dock for fishing! Maybe we can go, wouldn't That be fun!! Oooh Look Aunties we went 18 miles!! Not Hardly!! The whole trail is 18 miles, we just did the beginning but the sign still gave us credit didn't it?!! It was a good Outting I planned, wasn't it Aunties! I'm sad it's over, I wanna go again! Best part was I was Lead, oh Yeah!! Ok, we're ready to go now! Geez we haven't even gotten outta the park and look who's asleep Already! Ahhh, mommy can't find her again, cept that Little piece of hair! Hey I'm Awake now! Where'd my daddy go and Why'd we stop Here! oh yeah I wanted to show you my New collar! Piper It was a Great day and I'm off to plan next months outting- for My Birthday!Missy And I'm off for a Looong nap, I'm Beat!Piper Oh Yeah Aunties... I was Real good on our Outting, Wasn't I? But ya know I'm Still Not her Friend... I'm just gonna stay hidden here by mommys chair and hope she leaves! Missy
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    I know Auntie Marlene, I always call it a 'bog' and mommy tells me no sweetie it's a 'blog'! thank you for understanding what I meant!!Missy Oh yes my color is 'red' mommy and daddy say it looks very nice on me! I'm glad I share that with you, you are sweet and cute! and yes Missy adores pink and she does look good in it doesn't she?! Oooh Yes I went to a restaurant for the first time yesterday and I Loved it!! I would Love to go with you! But oh my I don't know bout holding paw pads, after all we just met!Piper
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    Awww you cutie 💕 Piper, you are too funny you so sweet little girl I read your first sentence to my Mom and she chucked so very much We are impressed with that fun comeback! 💕 You are that whole wonderful package 📦 aren't you sweetie We noticed your pretty red frame and leash siggy's. I have to ask is Missy's theme colors pink and yours will be RED? If so, let's do a high five on that one because my theme colors are RED too A date is when a furboy knocks on your front door and takes you out to a nice restaurant and we talk and eat delicious food. Then if you like me, then we hold paw pads 🐾🐾 I hope you say YES I will be pacing at my home 🏡 until I hear your answer sweetie:
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    My first thought was it looks like a bunch of old guys lined up at a urinal........trying to "go" and passed away while trying.
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    I'm so glad you had a good birthday and your cake looked so good!
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    Oh foxy is always fun! Love seeing it and all the pretty flowers! Wow you have been seeing William a lot lately, he is very handsome, hmmm maybe he's following Tara! you two look very nice laying there in the path, love your bow Tara! Looks like it was a great day!
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    Cato, I love the way your mind works........perfectly logical! We will take anything we can get.......cuz they are always gems. Mom's time spent on walks is more important than her reporter duties!
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    Hey Aunties, guess what?! Member last week I was sayin how daddy had some things he had to do and it was girls day and well we had the other blog bout turtle love? Well the next day, it was girls day again, and mommy took us for a walk and guess what we saw when we opened the door? Touche! so I quick got Piper so she could meet him proper! Well little Piper didn't know What to think!! mommy let her get kinda close but told her to be careful that Touché might pop his head outta that shell! Piper didn't stick around too long! WOW Aunties I ain't never seen nuthin like this!!Piper but not me! Momma let me give Touché a big ole kiss, I just Love him sooo! I know Touché would Never snap at me! Missy ps sorry it took mommy soooo long to put this up, I kept tellin her to!
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    In the link it appears he's had his eyes removed.What a sweet boy. I fostered a Tzu in that situation who was such a character. I feel sure he will have a wonderful happy, interesting life ahead of him with a quiet understanding family. I just can't remember his name......driving me crazy. When I remember I'll be back........... Snickers! It was Snickers - how could I forget!?!?
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    Tara: I remember this one, cos of my amazing mountaining see!: Mum had cut my piggy tails. cos she said they were too long. And I was back to a boring pony. In purple. And we woz on North Beach cos Mum felt bad about me not being able to mountain on the new groiny bit on the main beach. Cato didn't like the squishy seaweed stuff under his toeses. But I ran backwards and forwards and bounced on him til he chased me. Haha! There were more interesting sniffy mountains too. and there were slopes and ramps and stuff too. Look at Cato! He was leaping up. Of course he was only copying my athleticalness, but he didn't do badly. For a short-arse wimpy boy. I have sand on my face. And my foots are soggy. And Cato bent my bow. It woz a good walk. Mum's boring ripple stuff This is Cato going around. He does that a lot. I go through or over instead. And this is when he found the sniffy rope. It was AWESOME. I wanted it, but he got all funny about it. I think he wanted Mum to take it home for him. His boring rope wasn't nearly as good as my lovely log. Mum says it came off a pirate ship, and since I climbded on it, that makes me a Pirate too. A Ninja Pirate. Mum says you have to see this pic of the funny wall. Curved. She says it is for when there are storms and it is something to do with breaking the waves. I know. Boooooring! That's Cato standing on top of the bendy wall looking down. He didn't realise how high he was, or he would have got in a tizz. Mum says this is for you, AuntieCrystal. It was starting to rain a bit. So we promendadoed for ages, and got wet, but then we went to the nice French place, and Mum had a hot choc and we had a sit down and a snuggle and some treats.
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    Ahhh what a great beach walk! Sorry you lost your piggies and just have a pony now Tara, but it does look nice and love your bow! Love the curvy wall thingy, think you could do your ninja skateboarding there Tara?!! Great job on the lookout Cato, you sure were up high!!
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    Oooo love the beach walk, that curvey thing looks like a one of those Roman fighting arenas ....Perfect for you Tara as your a fighting Ninja and the crowds adore you of course Aren't you so proud little brother is climbing more now and jumping too! Your such a good teacher Thank you for my picture, Love the gull against the sky too....I'll do something real special with it soon
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    Thanks for the hug 🤗 I was upset, but James was so upset with himself too. He's ok today...
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    I'm sorry. I know how it feels. A few years ago I saw a neighbour's kitten in their garden, and thought 'odd, but the door is open, so they must be introducing it to the outside world, under supervision'. Days later, I found that a visitor had left the door open, the kitten had got out and was later run over on the road. I felt terrible. But... all you can do is make a reasoned decision at the time, based on the info you have, at the time - which is exactly what you did. Have a hug.
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    I have no experience with pee pads but did a home visit once with a woman who had 2 Doxies (and wanted to re-home them). She used pee pads and put a softball sized rock on it which she said attracted them to the pad. One was a male and you know how they love marking things they can lift their leg on - LOL So glad you have worked this out. A pox on the one who said "I'd give him away"..........good thing she didn't have a child with a bed wetting problem. I remember being at a dinner with several people and talked about my big male Boxer having a $3300 procedure (TPLO) to repair a torn cruciate ligament. One of the men said he'd take him in the backyard and shoot him. GACK!!!!
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    Sounds like you're already making a positive difference! Baby steps -- it's always in baby steps. I personally think shorter more frequent trips outside will be the way to go, at least for the time being and if you can work it into your schedule. I know it can be challenging to work on house training a dog when you've got a baby, toddler or preschooler in the house. Been there done that! But taking him out more frequently should work toward two goals -- The first one is that it of course gives him more opportunity to do his business in the right place and the second is that the more you can repeat his exposure to the outside in an upbeat, positive way the more quickly he should get over whatever fear he developed. It's like when you're working on obedience training -- a few short training sessions are almost always better than one long session. If he's food motivated I'd also get some really yummy, special treats that he only gets when he's outside. To begin with I'd treat him just for being outside, to help making the association with outside being a wonderfully good place. As he (hopefully) gets over his fear of outside you can then phase the treats back to where he's getting them when he does his business and then gradually you can phase them out completely. Like Crystal and Vicki said, you probably want to work on a potty plan for rain. Many dogs do just fine using pee pads when the weather is bad but going outside when it's nice. Sounds like he'd be a prime candidate for putting a pee pad by the door when it's raining.
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    Confession -- I sometimes let Yogi "go" on our front porch if we're having long term heavy rain. His breeder was a show breeder who let her dogs out onto a concrete run. So he was always used to going on concrete. Our porch floor is concrete and it's long (except for the garage it runs the entire length of our house). I let him go on the end near the garage. If I'm feeling motivated I take the flower watering can and wash the area down afterwards. But I don't always do that. An occasional pee from one smalllish healthy dog doesn't cause any noticeable odor. It's not like the porch is closed in--it gets plenty of air flow from three sides. So no odor. Plus I'm sure plenty of wild critters visit (squirrels, chipmunks and birds during the day and who-knows-what at night) and probably many of them are using it as a toilet, too.
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    I have snakes.......do you wish you had them too? LOL They are garter snakes and look so pretty when I accidentally flush them out of a bush with the sprinkler.
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    I wish I had turtles and lizards in my garden. You're both so very lucky...
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    Oh I just Love Touché Auntie Angel, I sure hope she has babies this year! I never did see them last year but I'm on baby Touché watch again! Ooh and we got to see Touché up close yesterday, hope mommy puts those pics up for you to see soon! Lizzie is very pretty isn't she?! But she's tricky too, hiding under me like that, silly Lizzie!! Missy
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    How lucky are you to see them courting!! 😉 A few months from now the female will be laying eggs.. We have tortoises bashing shells here too... it looked like a wonderfu day with all the beautiful sun shine. Oh I can see Lizzie the Lizard, she's very pretty.