I’ll Be Home For Christmas


Well today is the day that Arya and I are heading home to San Diego, California. It’s going to be a long 23 hours of driving and I hope she is ready for it. We spent all morning driving around and saying goodbye to all of our friends.

It’s going to be so different moving back home. We will be moving into my parents house, until I get on my feet so Arya and I can have our own house. Now at my parents house, there is a crazy Boxer named Peanut. She is a little over 2 years old. Peanut will be the perfect friend/roommate for Arya.

They both have so much energy and they will hopefully wear each other out. Arya seems to have endless amounts of energy and sometimes I don’t have the time or stamina to assist her in releasing that energy. Hopefully Peanut will help me and give Arya a good work out.

For some reason, I am really nervous for these two to meet. I am nervous because the fact that Peanut has so much energy. I am fearful that she may make Arya worse, but at the same time, I know Peanut is a good wel behaved dog. She would help me keep Arya in check by setting a good example around the house.

Another fear is that the move will be too stressful for Arya to handle. After all she is still just a puppy. But I have faith that she is strong and can handle it. I know Arya will miss her friends from Oklahoma, but she will make new friends and we still have each other. Do you have any tips to help Arya adjust to our new life?


Stop, Drop, and Roll

It’s official. Arya has added some new tricks to her repertoire. The last time I created a “tricks” video for Arya (First Five Tricks For My Puppy), she knew 5 tricks; sit, stay, come, lay down, and okay. She was a master at sit, stay, come and okay, but she needed help with lay down.

Now, Arya will lay down with just my command (no assistance). Not only has she perfected lay down, she has added 3 more tricks; including rollover, catch, and high five (with both hands). I am so proud of her!

When I want her to catch something, I have to say “catch” before I toss/throw it. For some odd reason, if I do not vocally command her to catch, she will just sit still and watch the object hit the ground. For rollover, she will lay down and then I vocally command her to rollover and I use a hand motion (twirling my wrist).

The trick that I am most proud of is high five because she will use both paws. If I put up my right hand, she gives me her right paw. If I put up my left hand, she will give me her left paw. Of course, sometimes she puts up the wrong paw, but I just say “no” and she will give the correct paw right away.

She is so smart and I just want to keep adding more tricks to her repertoire. I have tried speak, but she is having a hard time with it so I think crawl will be next.

Our First Winter

IMG_4744With Arya turning a whopping 20 weeks this week, we will be experiencing our first winter. Arya got to play in snow for the first time last week and she loved it. She was eating ice, rolling around in the snow covered grass, and even digging in the snow. Arya had a blast.

As a symbol for our first winter, I went to Petsmart on Monday and bought her a special teddy bear. I named it Ted. These teddy bears were on 50% off and so adorable. I could not resist. This teddy bear (as seen in the picture) is actually a beige dog. What makes it symbolic of our first winter is the scarf. The red scarf has a snowflake and the year 2013 printed on it.

Of course, Ted a squeaker in his chest. Once Arya found that squeaker, she would not stop biting it to hear that obnoxious squeak. But after the first day, Arya must have punctured a hole in the plastic squeaker because poor little Ted was no longer squeaking. After only 2 days, Ted had one ear torn off. Arya was a little too happy to have a new toy. She walks around with Ted in her mouth, shaking it back and forth. Sometimes she will lay down with Ted’s ear in her mouth, and using her paws, she will push the body away. Almost as if she is playing tug-o-war with herself. She even throws it in the air, runs to get it, and then shakes it again. Needless to say, she is extremely rough with this poor teddy. But when I wanted to take a picture of Arya with Ted, I noticed something was missing. Arya had already torn off the other ear!

I am happy that Arya loves this new teddy bear but at the same time I am worried that Ted won’t make it through the winter. Arya is very rough with Ted and I have a feeling she will be tearing out his stuffing sometime this next week. I guess that’s okay though. Its better than her tearing up my shoes or my pillow.

Wrestling at the Park

IMG_4594Arya and I finally went to the park again. It had been about three weeks since our last park adventure. I had been busy with school work and Arya had her surgery, so I had just been taking her to the softball field on OCU’s campus.

But this park visit was special, because Arya had a friend there to play with. That friend was Cabella, or Bella for short. She is my friend, Jen Davis’, dog. Bella is a two year old mixed dog. We do not know the breeds, but she looks very similar to Arya’s mother (Arya’s mother was an Australian Shepherd, but not pure bred).

At first, Arya was scared and nervous of Bella. When Bella would walk away, Arya would walk/run behind her, but as soon as Bella stopped walking, Arya would turn around and run away. This happened for almost five minutes. Then Arya slowly became more and more playful. It was adorable! Arya mimicked everything Bella did. If Bella ran, Arya ran. If Bella chased a ball, Arya chased a ball. If Bella chewed on a stick, Arya chewed on a stick (as shown in the picture). Arya just followed Bella everywhere she went.

If I called Arya over to me, she would run towards me. About half way, she would stop and look at Bella. If Bella was not following toward me, Arya would stand still until I called Bella to come as well. Arya behaved so well and I was very proud of her.

When it came time to leave, Arya and Bella ran to the cars. The only problem was when I opened my door, Arya would not jump in. She just sat down and kept staring at Bella. When Bella got into Jen’s car, Arya still did not get in. I had to pick her up. Once she was inside, Arya just stared out the window and whined. She was so sad and I felt bad for separating the two.

Arya has done so well with every dog she has met, but I think the next step is taking Arya to the dog park or doggie day care so she can be socialized with all different types of dogs. The real question is: where should I take her?

Time To Get Fixed

As crazy as it may seem, Arya is now 17 weeks. I can’t believe that I have had her for 11 weeks already! I remember our first day together like it was only yesterday. Its sad to think about, but she has come to that special age to be fixed. So today, Arya was spayed.

When we got into the car this morning and the poor thing had no idea what was happening. She was so happy to be going for a drive. Arya was more excited today than when we normally go to the park. I felt so guilty, but her mood changed quickly.

IMG_4536We were on our way to the hospital and she did not sit down. She stayed standing, slightly leaning toward the dashboard. Normally Arya stares outside the car at everything that passes by, but this time, she stared intently through the front windshield. It was as if she knew something serious was going to happen.

I dropped her off at the hospital at 7:30 am. She was good and followed the vet assistant to the back without any tugging or pulling on her leash. I signed all of the paperwork and headed home. The whole way home, I just kept hoping that everything would go smoothly. I was told to pick her up at 5:30 pm. How was I supposed to go ten hours without driving myself mad? My only answer was to stay busy. I went to class, did a little grocery shopping, ate lunch with a friend, watched softball practice, and even read a couple chapters in my book. After all that, I finally decided it was time to go pick up Arya.

When the vet finally brought Arya to me, her face was so sad. I could tell she was in pain. But the cone she had on was possibly the cutest/funniest thing I had ever seen. She was running into corners, tripping over the cone, running into doors, and she even got her head caught as she tried to jump into the car. I knew I should not have been laughing, but I could not help myself.

As soon as we got home Arya fell asleep. I mean, it was less than five minutes after we got home that I found her curled up in her bed. She looked so sad. I attempted to take photos of her post-surgery, but that cone made it impossible. I also felt horrible taking pictures when she looked so miserable.

Looking back on the day, I still can’t believe that at just 17 weeks and 21 pounds, my little girl experienced this life changing surgery. But thanks to her amazing veterinarian, she will hopefully have a speedy and successful recovery. She has grown so much in our time together, and I cannot wait to see the wonderful dog she will become.

Transformation Thursday

IMG_4419Since the first day I brought Arya home, we have never spent more than six hours apart. For the first time this weekend, I spent two days with out her.

Me and a few friends took a weekend vacation to Arkansas. I was without my baby girl from Friday night until Sunday afternoon. This trip had been planned for three weeks, but the reality of spending a weekend without her didn’t sink in until the moment we parted.

Bobbi, my old softball coach, was the person I asked to watch Arya for the weekend. She is a dog owner and her dog, Zoey, is extremely well-behaved. On Friday, I dropped Arya off at Bobbi’s house. The fact that I would be without her still didn’t seem real. When we arrived at the house, Bobbi and Zoey met us in the front yard. The dogs played together in the grass while Bobbi and I took Arya’s supplies inside. I brought her kennel, dog bowls, dog food, a few toys, her treats, and of course her leash.

After my car was emptied, we brought the dogs inside. I sat and talked with Bobbi for a few more minutes, but then it was time for me to leave. I said goodbye to Arya and started to walk towards the front door. Arya followed me. I told her “no” and that she was staying, but she just sat down and tilted her head as if she was confused. I bent over for one last kiss from her. Then I told her to stay and slowly walked out the front door.

I think she knew what was happening because she started whining and scratching the door. It was very hard not to turn around. When I got into my car, it hit me. I realized that I was leaving my baby girl for the whole weekend.

I decided the easiest way to get through the weekend would be to not think of her as much. I was doing really good. I didn’t talk about her too much, I didn’t get sad too often, and I didn’t text Bobbi all weekend to check in on Arya. Everything was going smooth until Sunday around 10 am. Bobbi sent me a picture (posted above) of Arya and said, “She misses her mama!” After reading that message, I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to see her. Just a few hours later, I was on the road, heading back to my baby girl.

When I got to Bobbi’s house, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Arya seemed to have gained almost five pounds and looked so much bigger. Arya and I don’t spend enough time apart so I don’t really see how fast she is growing. Seeing her everyday makes it difficult for me to see her transformation; until I look at old pictures. But this weekend, I finally got to see how fast she grows; even if it was only for two days.

Top Five Toys for Your Puppy

IMG_4397When it comes to toys, Arya has so many options to keep herself occupied. I have her toys everywhere on my bedroom floor. It’s pointless for me to pick them up because she always finds them. When she finds out where I hid them, she pulls out each toy one by one.

Here are the top five toys I would recommend for your puppy to keep them happy.

1. Rawhide Bones are a must. They are not only good for your puppies teeth, but these bones keep them occupied for hours. Flavored ones are also available (Arya likes the chicken ones).

2. A rope. For some reason, every dog that I have met seems to be obsessed with ropes. I don’t know if its simply you playing tug-a-war with your furry friend or the strings on the end that are so fascinating, but they work.

3. Tennis Ball. You do not need a tennis ball per say, but you should have something similar; meaning round and bouncy. Balls are easy to throw or kick when playing fetch. It’s also just cute to watch puppies pounce on the ball with her paws.

4. Kong toys. The Kong brand is not important, but the concept is. For those of you who do not know what Kong toys are, I will explain. These Kong toys are simply toys (most often round and made of rubber) that you can stuff with treats. These toys keep your pooch occupied while also helping with their cognitive development.

5. Anything with a squeaker. Yes they are annoying to listen to, but these toys are not for us. There is something about that high pitch squeaker that makes puppies go crazy. Arya loves to hear that noise. She gets so much energy and seems to not be able to control herself as soon as she hears that special squeak.

What other toys do you give you puppy? Although Arya doesn’t need anymore toys, I love spoiling her.