Interesting moment in the universe today, was waiting at a stoplight to turn left, the light turns green, the car in front of me doesn't move. Time passes, I start to contemplate the 'polite tap' on my horn. Finally, car starts to move, and just as they do, a car going the other direction blasts through the intersection at high speed, running the light. Had the car in front me gone when the light had turned, there is a good chance me or him would have been in the intersection when that car ran the light at such a speed (which was CRAZY, I've never seen someone run a red like that, the light had been red for quite a while, so it wasn't an 'orange' situation, that shit was RED and had been red.) Thank you, universe, for putting that older couple in front of me today - and I will be more patient in the future.
Navarre went on a field trip today! Tammy took him and Fred to the lake - a lake with lots of children! Guess who likes kids? I've never actually had a dog that LIKED children. Fenwick thinks they're okay, but they all scream and get upset because he plays too rough. London thinks kids are fine, but he doesn't really ENJOY them, and sees them as he sees the rest of the world, potential suckers to throw toys for him.
I really am enjoying Navarre's gregarious personality, other than Fenwick I don't have any dogs that are really social like that. People, and pretty much all people, make Navarre HAPPY. He just loves to see them and greet them and give them kisses. I know this sounds sort of like a DOG, but I don't live with goldens and labs, this sort of outgoing universal friendliness is novel to me. And it's not that my other dogs aren't friendly, but they only really 'enjoy' hanging out with their own people, the rest of the people they pretty much ignore. So just really fun to see him so confident at Tammy's house, just made himself at home, did good with their dogs and Tammy is his new best friend. Really good experience for him, traveled well, played in the water and didn't run off into the forest TOO far. Apparently that was his game today, stealing sticks and running away to go hide them. No swimming yet, but I'm optimistic, he's not offended by water, he just needs to grow up a bit. And maybe have someone go in with him.
Navarre is getting BIG, the consensus is that he was super tired yesterday because he spent the whole day growing and is now way larger than he was. Today he's back to himself and feeling sassy. We're coming up on 2 weeks with him and he's really fit in well. I just love his personality, which is a bit hard to describe. He's a strong dog, but sweet. I wouldn't call him goofy, but he's not exactly serious either. He's pushy and very confident, he's comfortable in his own skin and doing his own thing. He's independent, but also very social - he's not insecure at all. Definitely not sensitive, very insensitive really - but he's not edgy or sharp. I have yet to see him notice or react to any negative tones - and I have tried to tell him sharply to leave a cat alone - he could care less. Training will have to be his idea, that's for sure - he's not going to do anything just because I said so. The lack of sensitivity will be fun, but also more difficult. While he has been pretty respectful of the other dogs and cats, it's only to a point, and getting told off only makes an impression for so long before he's right back at it. For instance, when the dogs are eating in their crates he will go right up and try to get at their food, and they will tell him to back off, and he just barks at them and tries harder.
Still, so far the dogs are really lenient with him, though he made poor London yelp today as he decided he wanted to head him off and grab his ruff - London is a sensitive creature, he did not like! Navarre did stop at that point, but possibily only because he lost interest. The cats have adjusted way faster than I thought they would, especially considering Navarre can still randomly jump on them or chase them. He's doing better, mostly because I think he's found them not very entertaining. The cats seem to have decided he's not a threat though, and will come lay next to him, sleep on the bed with him and generally treat him like any other dog in the household.
Yes, Navarre still sleeps on the bed - and he does fantastic. I keep waiting for him to start becoming an issue, but he just seems to accept it's time to sleep and makes himself comfortable, often moving around to different spots, but not trying to have any parties. In the morning he's really cuddly and sweet and loves to just hang out and snuggle. No more accidents overnight, and he seems to let me know when he needs to go out - but often just sleeps through the night. Even if he does get up around 5-6am, he goes out, immediately potties and is happy to go back to bed afterwards.
He's really adjusted well to the routine, such as there has been. He's cool with the tether, as long as he has enough toys to entertain him. He's been pretty good on the housebreaking front, he tends to go outside and immediately pee - though poo is a little more complicated as he wants to do it farther away. He seems to know going outside is good, but still working on that inside ANYWHERE is bad. And, yes, I know our green shag rug looks like grass - IT'S NOT. Actually, there are some benefits to Navarre growing up not on grass, he's perfectly happy to pee on concrete or rocks or dirt or bark or whatever - he has no substrate preferences.
I think we have figured out what he wants to eat - which is REAL FOOD. Give him real chicken, steak and eggs and he's an offering fool. Any sort of processed treat, cheese, kibble or even Anne's tuna brownies he's like, 'I guess I can eat it.' I haven't actually gotten a chance to work with him with steak or chicken, so will be fun to see what he can do! However, even with just tuna brownie infused kibble, he's really starting to turn on to training. Today we worked 'get in' and 'get on' with two different boxes and a large balance disk. He's been introduced to all of them, but finally today he was offering both getting in the baskets and getting on the disk confidently. So I put them in a row and he would go from one to another - what a good boy! And waving is now his default, really need to work that other paw now, he's become left paw fixated. We've also worked some crate stuff, so he's now going happily into a crate, but I haven't done anything else with that. He does still retrieve, but also has a strong inclination to go hide his prizes, so we'll see what happens there. So many things to train with puppies! I just love that.
Back to the coast tomorrow with just London and Navarre, plan to do more beach romping and hang out in Yachats for the La De Da parade. So very tired of the sun and the heat, and still more than 2 months to go of this. Can't go to the beach every weekend though. Sigh. I did find it funny that dogs in classes this week were super spunky despite the heat - I think they're just bored because it's too hot to do anything.
My dogs are enjoying the kiddie pool and not doing much either - too hot to run around or hang out outside. Though London getting wet all the time is not a great thing, he smells MUSTY. Not sure what to do to help with that, I think he just doesn't dry under all that hair now, and his groin is shaved and everything. Another big grooming for him today, and took out a lot of dead hair. Not liking the old dog fluff, that's for sure. Did start London on a new joint supplement, supposed to see results rapidly so we'll see how it goes at the beach this weekend. Haku and London have been on a little obedience break, but we'll get back to it next week. I have yet to attempt training other dogs when puppy is around, that will be a challenge, I'm sure - I'm sensing he's not going to like that and will protest loudly.
Navarre contemplates the water
Random video found on my phone - some dusk video footage of Navarre and Dove playing: