School and school work has pretty much got me burnt out. On mornings when I don't have class, I prefer to sleep until noon, which pretty much renders the day useless.
Friday, December 11, 2009
So, as you can imagine, Marge and I haven't been doing much aside from walks in the neighborhood, in the field, and on the beach. She's really loving the cold weather - her exercise needs are through the roof and it feels like almost every hour upon the hour she's asking to go out and do something.
Tonight, for the first time in a long time, Marge counter-surfed. What was scary about this time was that she actually reached up to a loaf of bread that was at the back of the counter. In the past, her food steals have been items left out and open right at the edge. She tried to do it again, while I was in the room, but I clapped my hands and told her "off." I think she thought it was funny, as she came over to me with ears back and tail swooping. I just hope it doesn't become a habit - I'm thinking today it's due to the fact that she has not gotten enough exercise and mental stimulation this week.
I would have liked to take her to the park or something tomorrow, since we haven't been there in quite some time, but my father needed my car. So, it looks like it'll just be another day in the neighborhood.
I'm hopeful that once I finish up with school (my last final exam is Thursday), catch up on sleep, and satiate my need for lay-around-and-do-nothing days, that we'll get back into the swing of things.
BTW, I think we're both really missing agility. Tuesday nights feel so empty without my two hours at the field, and I'm not sure that indoor class is going to be all that fulfilling. Maybe I'm just a pessimist, though. Stay tuned to find out what happens on Monday during our first class.
MargeBlog started in early 2009 as a training journal for my newly adopted, skittish Lab mix, Marge. Marge's world was small back then; her fears really limited the things I could do with her. Aside from trips to the park and attending beginner training classes, Marge was mostly a stay at home gal - not because either of us wanted her to be, just because the demons from her unsuitable upbringing continued to haunt her.
Slowly, the fear diminished, her world grew. Now, Marge is a fun-loving, squirrel-chasing, winning Agility and Rally dog who accompanies me to a wide variety of places. Here, you will frequently find detailed training updates, snippets from Marge's every day life at home, and photo-filled posts detailing our many outdoor adventures.
This is more than just a dog blog - it is an actual look in to what one shelter dog's life ultimately became when she found her first and forever home and began to blossom.
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A rescue from Georgia bounced around from shelter to shelter and state to state with her siblings, Marge did not have the luxury of living in a home - my home - until just past her first birthday. A life behind bars had taken its toll on Marge, whose obvious fear of people, noise, and city life in general left a lot for her to learn about how to get by in New York.
Marge is a different dog now than she was back then. It took years of new, positive life experiences, but her fears, which used to consume everything we did, are now only one theme in a great big book of adventures.
These days, Marge enjoys going to training classes, taking trips to agility trials, having play dates with friends, and eating anything that's even remotely edible - not bad for a dog who spent her puppy days in cages.
My time with Marge has been a learning experience for which I am ever grateful. As my first dog, she has taught me and continues to teach me so much more than I ever imagined about dogs, training, and behavioral/fear issues. She's a fun dog with a sense of humor who loves life and learning.
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