Thursday, February 24, 2011

Introducing Angelic for New Beginnings

Angelic is lots of fun to be around. She has a good sense of humor, loves to laugh and do silly
stuff. Angelic enjoys making movies. Right now her siblings, cousins, and even a few friends are
working on a movie they call Dragon Troubles. Angelic normally likes to act out a dramatic role, like
the super villain she plays in Dragon Troubles. Angelic loves to sing, her love for singing inspired
her whole family to sing in the church choir last year. Angelic likes to make up stories, she writes
them down, tells them to her sisters, and acts them out. Angelic loves to read, and prefers to have
large amounts of uninterrupted reading time. Angelic’s favorite books are The Chronicles of Narnia,
The Secret Garden and The Hobbit. Angelic likes to read and memorise poems. We have a
poem book with silly poems about a house, this is her favorite poem book right now. Angelic loves
cats. We recently got a new dog and Angelic was not sure that she would like owning a dog at
all. She likes our new dog Thor, but still much prefers our White Siamese Cat Sammy. Angelic
helps take care of our families twenty chickens daily. Her favorite parts of the day are personal
reading time and family reading time. Angelic's favorite color is light blue. Her favorite vegetable
is broccoli. She does not like pepperoni on her pizza. Angelic loves pasta and rice. Her favorite
candies are Reese's peanut butter cup and Kit-Kat. Angelic’s best friend moved to Washington DC
over a year ago. She talks to her on Skype, the phone and email.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thor's Best Day

Tumbelina in spite of loving dogs like crazy was having a hard time with Thor.  She was scared of him, because he kept on jumping up on her, and because she could sense I was a bit scared of Thor.  Thor does not normally jump up on people.  But Tumbelina was a special case because she bounces around him and gets him all hyper, then when he wants to play she gets scared and turns her back to him and curls up into a little ball.   Which in dogie language apparently means jump on me.  No fun for Tumbelina, and it made her fears worse and worse...

So...

We called back Elise, Thor's previous owner, and told her we could not keep Thor.  Elise instead told us she knew just the solution and would love to come by today to help us work it all out.

All the best web pages we have read on dogie training talks about treating the dog like he is in a pack and being the Alpha dog over him.  Elise said that if you roll Thor over on his back, hold him down on his chest and lean over him looking dominant it would educate him quite well that you were unhappy with his actions.

While Elise was here she told stories of her three year old son pestering the dog and Thor being nice the whole time.  The most memorable one for Hugs was one where the three year old stuffed a toy down Thor's throat, gaging him with it, and all the while his hand was in the dogs mouth he did not get bit.  Hugs was pretty sure she could trust the dog after that.

After some time Elise had Thor relaxed on the carpet, she asked Tumbelina to come and pet the dog.  Elise told Tumbelina that if she pet the dog when he was calm that it would communicate to him that she liked him being calm.  Elise also told Tumbelina not to play with the dog in the house.  Tumbelina sat there for a long time petting the dog.

But the time Elise was gone Tumbelina decided she was no longer scared of Thor.  She was having him sit and stay, lay down and go.  Thor was so humbled from all the times he was flipped onto his back, and could no longer sense fear in her, so he was obeying every command.

Thor's day started out early with Papa taking him on a walk.  Then Elise and her son visited.  Next we took him too Petco to buy a gentle lead that Elise recommended.  When we got home Papa took him on another short walk to test the new lead. Followed by my standard walk with him.  Then to top it all our Aunt showed up with Dogie Christmas.  Her friend from work sent over all the dogie stuff she does not need any more since her dog of ten years died over a year ago.

The only thing that could have made Thor's day better would have been if we let him chase the darn rooster after he broke into its pen.

We all should sleep well tonight.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Welcome Our New Dog - Thor

Tumbelina found us another great pet on KSL.  She and I have been looking at dog adds on KSL for a year, and by far this is the best add we have seen.  We went to see Thor on Sunday and could easily tell he was a well loved, cared for and trained dog.  We happily took Thor home.  We are very happy with our new dog.  Sammy the cat is not sure he likes Thor, but Thor is sure he would like Sammy, if only Sammy would let him lick him to death... :) lol. The Baby likes Thor.  When the dog was in the car we tried to point Thor out to the Baby.  The Baby would not look at Thor, but Thor was excited to see him.  Thor jumped over the seats to meet the baby.  Only when Thor's HUGE head was in front of the baby did he turn to see the dog finally.  The Baby smiled at him, and we all giggled, which startled the Baby.  Later that evening the Baby was laying down on the couch, Thor came up to see him, The Baby gave him a big grin, then Thor drowned him in kisses...lol.. We will be telling Thor "no kisses" a lot when he is around the Baby. Below is his KSL add.

free
free boxer mix needs to find good home
midvale, UT   84047   -   Jan 23, 2011
he is a 4 year old boxer mix, is very friendly with everyone, is great with babys on up, is great with cats, dogs, ferrets, snakes, birds, horses, cows, and lizards, these are just the animals i have had him around to know, i got him when he was 10 1/2 weeks old, is fully potty trained, indoor and is trained to use the bathroom in one area of our yard, he is trained to stay in the yard with fences open, although he likes indoors when its cold or wet, he has been camping will stay right by camp, follows a dirt bike or quad, he has been on a boat and on our water bikes, he is very happy doing nothing and hanging out in the house but can have the energy to be very active, has never chewed on toys or any of our things, he is fixed, he is a dark brindal with a white chest, some toes are white and a very thin blaze down the front of his nose, i am moving and cant take him with me, he is the best dog anyone could want, i couldnt have asked for a better dog with my son when he was born and has been his best friend for the past few years, please call if you would like to meet him. to a good home only!
I have also included a pic of his dad which was a boxer im not sure what his mother was, my mom has his dad.

thore boxer mix



thores dad full blood boxer

thore playing with his friend willy

another pic of his dad

thore and his dad when he was a pup