Slice Of Life

Slice Of Life, is a Weblog (BLOG) that I write, in which I try to tell some sort of story about something, or someone in my life. Sometimes it's happy, sometimes not, sometimes informative, sometimes...... HA, gotcha, did ya think that I was going to say not? Don't know me very well, do ya? :=) I will try to update the BLOG from time to time, whenever I can.

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Location: Chandler, Arizona, United States

My personality is outgoing, I use to be a wallflower, until I realized that it was all the outgoing people that were having the most fun. It was a tough conversion, but nobody I know today would even remotely consider me to be a wallflower. Basically, when I was young, my parents taught me that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything. I haven't quite found the "anything" part to be always true, but it has inspired me to always try to do, and be, my best.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Chocolate Stuff

Chocolate Dog is doing very well. Julie Dog has accepted him, after some initial "What The Heck Is That" attitude. I think she does not feel threatened or intimidated, because Chocolate is a male (different sex), and he's currently smaller then she is.

Chocolate had his first Vet visit. He was a little timid during the visit, probably due to the unfamiliar surroundings. He made friends with the Vet though, when she gave him his first Vet visit - doggie treat. With him, treats do wonders for friend making :-) He weighted 15 lbs, and he got his updated shots, including the rabies. The Vet says he's healthy, and he tolerated the procedures well. I just stepped on the scale with and without him, and 2 weeks after the Vet visit, he is now 18 lbs (+3 lbs) :-)

The biggest effort has been housebreaking. He learned to use the Doggie Door to the back yard, in 1 day, but he initially did not get the idea to go to the toilet outside in the back yard (sigh). Fortunately, after the first day, he had his "accidents" mostly in the kitchen, on the vinyl flooring, instead of the carpet in the rest of the house. So, even though I cleaned up his carpet accidents right away, I'm still eventually going to need to steam clean the living room and hallway carpets. The method I'm using to housebreak him, is the same one that worked with my other dogs, which is, I use a dog transporter crate, that I confine him in at night, and we go outside to the back yard FIRST THING in the morning. I have been leaving him and Julie outside during the day when I'm gone, and on the weekends, I go outside to the back yard every hour, he follows me, and usually does his toilet business then.

I think he's getting the idea, since this week on Thursday, I saw him go outside through the doggie door and do his business outside all by himself, and yesterday (Saturday), I left him and Julie inside, with the doggie door unlocked, when I went Christmas Shopping, and 5 hours later I came home to NO messes :-)

So, he has another Vet visit on December 28, to get his second set of distemper shots. He now accepts me putting on his collar, and he walks on the leash mostly following Julie when we go outside on walks, and Julie and he seem to be buddies, so, all in all, Julie seems to have accepted him, and I think he's progressing faster then either Julie or Max did when they were the same age...

Good Doggie :-)


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