Lots of people have told me that they just love puppies and really miss that time when their dog grows up. I guess I am not one of those people. I loved my puppies and I believe that all puppies are cute, but as I look at Vivian and Ike, I don’t long for the days of puppyhood. Perhaps it is because I can still remember getting up in the night, or cleaning up after I ignored a puppy cry for one minute too long. I just think adult dogs who can do stuff with you are so much fun. And this summer we are having fun!
So far in June Vivian has enjoyed a lot of new adventures. She has gone fishing a few times, visited the nursing home and walked the bike path. She enjoys sharing an ice cream cup with Ike and is happy to go for a ride to town, even when it doesn’t involve ice cream or boats. She still loves playing in the hose as much as she did as a puppy, and last night Greg brought home a new swimming pool for the dog yard, so we will see if she likes that or if it just reminds her of a bathtub. I am sure as soon as she sees Ike spend some time in it, she will be all about the swimming pool. Vivian loves her big brother Ike!
Vivian loves a game of keep away with Greg. She will grab a stick, he will pretend he wants it and then she flies around the yard at full poodle speed. There is just something so beautiful about a standard poodle running full on; I am going to have to get the video camera out again and capture it. The good news is that all that recall we worked on worked, so she always comes back despite how much fun she is having.
Of course the big news of June was that Vivian took second place in the Outward Hound photo contest. Thanks everybody for voting, I have now retired my pageant mom hat. I will not be starring in a reality show called “Poodle Moms” although I know a lot of poodle moms that would make it interesting! What about a reality show about dog shows ? I wonder if anyone has run that one up the reality TV flagpole? This Real Housewife of Swift would definitely watch that!
Anna July 4, 2000
Next week is the fourth of July. Anna had a love hate relationship with the fourth. She loved walking to the point and seeing all the festivities and the kids who came up and asked “Can I pet your big poodle?” however she hated the fireworks. Vivian and Ike probably won’t be going to town for the parade if it stays this warm, but they will enjoy having us home midweek and my guess is that there will be a trip to town for a hot dog and ice cream because after all the theme of this summer is FUN!!
Over the past month, I have really seen Vivian mature. She turned one and it was as if she decided, “I am a big girl now!” Oh, do not get me wrong, she has her moments of sheer silliness and continues to aggravate Ike when given the opportunity but signs of maturity are seen on a daily basis.
Do you remember all those early posts when I talked continually about recall? Well, we got her there. She comes when called each and every time now; yesterday when I was playing ball with her Greg pulled into the driveway. If a poodle’s face can light up, hers did. “Greg, Ike!! They are home!!” is what she was thinking I am sure as she turned to run toward the pick-up truck. “Vivian, come!” I called and around she turned running back to me, all the while looking over her shoulder to make sure the truck did not turn around and leave her again! So it was not the prettiest recall, but she came to me and that is all that mattered.
It is fun to have a poodle that hangs out with me outside without having to be on a lead. We do have a fenced area, where the pups go out in the morning or when we are not outside with them. I am not a big believer in tempting fate and we do have wildlife around here that I do not think they need to tangle with.
Another grown up fun thing that Vivian has learned about is fishing. She went for the first time a couple of weeks ago and was a rock star fishing poodle. She wore her shocking pink life vest without complaint and was intrigued by the seagulls and other boats. I was afraid she might try to jump out and walk on water over for a visit, but she stayed in the boat and after a few hours, she lay down and took a nap next to Ike. She looked so cute in her life vest that I put her in a contest sponsored by the life vest manufacturer, Outward Hound. Voting continues until Sunday and right now, she is in a three way run for the money with Rocket and Miss Paisley.
Finally yet importantly, we have a new groomer in town. Vivian had an appointment on Tuesday and she was so shaggy! Mary, the groomer did a fabulous job and Vivian, being a typical poodle was very happy with her new do. She knew she looked good. I was just pleased that she was so good for Mary! We are hoping to go visit the nursing home for the first time in the next few days. You cannot let a great haircut go to waste!
Exactly a year ago Anna died. I still mess up sometimes and call Vivian, Anna. I still miss her and her quirks. Anna taught me so much and Vivian is a better poodle because of that. I would have said a “better dog”, but Vivian does not realize she is a dog.