Thursday, August 7, 2008

My Baby is Growing Up

My little pup,Orion, had a growth spurt while i was out of town! I didn't think it was possible, but he's gained weight & gotten longer! They say they don't stay babies forever & now i can see what they mean! Small Fry is going to be 14 weeks old tomorrow!

We have been teaching O-town (as i like to call him) a few things all dogs need to know to make it in this big bad world. Obviously, the potty is outside. He's done really well with this. I think he might grow to teach some other OLDER dogs a thing or two.

He's also been learning a "trick"... sit. I think he has a real grasp on that. If he can perform the command in the midst of chaos with the other dogs running around for treats, i think he's doing well. He does know where the treats are kept, but he hasn't become a "Jake" (always barking for moremoremore).

One of the harder challenges we have with Orion is climbing stairs in the house. He mastered going up the steps on the deck & front porch, but hasn't gone down them. In the house, he hadn't gone up or down the stairs at all. He would just stand at each platform & whine to be picked up. If we didn't carry him along with us, he'd just find a place to lay on that floor & sleep.

Today we had a breakthrough! He climbed the steps without Aaron & I even being around. We had been trying to get him to climb a few at the top when the other dogs were upstairs so he'd do anything to play with them. It finally paid off! All of the sudden, he was there playing at our feet. Aaron looks at me & asks if i brought him upstairs.

HUH? i didn't even know he was downstairs.

So, he climbed up all by himself. It's a big day for this little tyke. Now if only i could figure out how he's going to learn the going down part. He has yet to tackle that anywhere... i think he has a fear of heights. It's a long way down the little guy!

And for those of you about to suggest a trail of treats down the stairs, it won't work. I tried that one... he's a smart cookie!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Hotlanta... in the rearview mirror

Well, i have been back from Hotlanta for a couple of days now. I was there for work - my organization puts on an annual conference & this year's was in GA.

The conference went really well. As usually there were people who loved it & people who thought it was a waste of their time. What's that saying - you can't please all the people all of the time - yeah, we have that problem :)

We worked a lot, but i had more downtime than when i worked for Snakey Snake. That was a nice change from what i am used to. Who would have thought a little extra rest at night would be good for the next day?

We didn't have a chance to see many of the 'big' attractions while in Atlanta, but we did see the mall right behind the hotel. We tried Ted's Montana Grill & PF Changs. Ted's Montana Grill is owned by Ted Turner (for those of you who didn't know) and it's just another way he's trying to take over Atlanta. You can't go anywhere without seeing Ted Turner this, Ted Turner that.

There is a PF Chang's in Richmond, but none of us had been there before, so we tried it while we were in Atlanta. I thought the food was really yummy & the prices weren't too bad either.

We left Atlanta Sunday morning to arrive in Richmond around 2:15pm. The journey through the Atlanta airport took forever! So those of you who have to fly out of there, make sure you heed the warnings on how much time you need. It was a little over an hour for us to get from checking our bags, through security to the actual gate where our flight was leaving. That's a far cry from what it's like to fly out of Richmond!

I started sneezing on Sunday & haven't stopped. i think it's safe to say my allergies/sinuses have gone haywire. This is why it's great to be home, right? Speaking of home, i would have stayed home today with my ills, except that while the big kahuna is on vacation this week, I am 'in charge'. I don't know exactly what that means... i tried to get us out of the office early, but that didn't go over very well. Guess i'll know by the end of the week if the title is going to bring anything exciting for me :)