Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy 3rd Birthday to Chimi

Today, marked Chimi's 3rd birthday! He received a Pet Smart gift card from his puppy raiser family plus graduation pictures. In honor of Chimi's birthday I put the graduation pictures in his scrapbook. His puppy raisers made a scrapbook of his puppy days as a gift for me. It is a gift I will treasure and add too. I enjoy scrapbooking and Chimi does not seem to mind the scraps that fall on him beneath the table as I cut and paste. I purchased Chimi two more durable supposablely indestructible dog toy balls with the gift card. In honor of his birthday I also purchased some reading material recommended by my KSDS Trainer - The Dog Listener not The Dog Whisperer. I have a lot to learn about dogs. This material will reinforce my KSDS lectures and training. Reading is my favorite way to learn. After church I also gave Chimi an out of harness rest of the day rest. I think are bond is strengthening. His tail is high and waging more and his eyes have a light. He still gives me that "Lady, you are really confusing me!" look but not as often
We are working on fake, funny falls to get us both over the fear of falling together. It seems to be helping. I fell on him about a week or so ago and scared the snot out of both of us. I was afraid I had failed all our training already. My KSDS trainer a sured me I had not all I had to do was make falling exciting again so it would not be so scary. For those of you who have ever seen, heard, or read "The Fall of Anne" you know how ironic those instructions were!
Another wise friend, exhorted me to give Chimi as much focused attention as I expected from him and to stop worrying about what other people are thinking. Chimi and I do not have to be on stage for those around us. The more we are focused on each other the less we will be distracted by what other people see, say, do and think. And the more I focus on Chimi the more he will focus on me. With that noted I am signing out to spend some bonding time with Chimi. The cats are almost back to normal. Chimi and I have been making ourselves at home together for two weeks now.

5 comments:

Lisa & Runza said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Chimi!!!

Lora said...

Anne, you & Chimi are doing great and are a GREAT LOOKING PAIR! I will call one day this week & come make the pic to post on your site.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Chimi!

Kelsey and Spike said...

Happy Birthday Chimi! :D Hooray for May birthdays.

FarmGirl4Jesus said...

Hi! My name is Miriam, and I'm raising my first puppy for KSDS, my pup is a male Golden Retriever, he's almost 4 months old and his name is Mosier (mo-shur). :)
I am very happy to of found your blog! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne!
I want to wish Chunga a "Happy Birthday!" I work at the bank where Chunga started his training in Iowa. He and I were great friends, sometimes a little too good and he would get in trouble for not listening. I made him his "Chunga Bag," which is in a a picture in his book given to you by his original trainers. He loved to carry anything at the bank, peoples lunch, purses, keys. Does he still "talk". If I didn't pay attention to him as he came throught the office, he would "talk" to me! Love that guy and so happy you have him to love and help you. Deb in Iowa