Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2004
Dearest Jo Anna & All The Wild Things,
Well itís about time for another update. I know that itís been
a little while since I sent one, but Big Dog and Lady Dog have been keeping
me very busy lately. I am now five months old, weigh 34 pounds (I
know because Lady Dog keeps track of these things) and am losing my teeth
left and right. Lady Dog teases me by calling me names like ďthe
toothless wonderĒ, but I know she loves me because she keeps giving me
lots of chew toys, frozen strawberries and frozen broccoli stalks to help
ease teething pains.
Lady Dog says itís been too hot lately to go out and bicycle or to rollerblade.
It actually got to 104º F. the other day. We all just found
a nice shady spot and didnít move. Lady Dog does make sure that I
get my exercise everyday though. She drags me out at 5:00 a.m. when
itís still cool and, depending on how awake she is, we walk one or two
miles ever morning.
Weíve also been playing with the garden hose and going down to the
river a lot. Iím not sure what these two-leggers think is so great
about going down to the river, jumping into water thatís over your head,
and ďswimmingĒ, but they insist on doing it. As you can see from
the attached picture, I gave it a try, but in all honesty I couldnít get
back to the shore fast enough. Iíll take the garden hose over the
river any day. I didnít like swimming, but the inner tube, now thatís
another thing. I have decided that by myself or with Big Dog, thatís
the way to enjoy the river.
A couple of weeks ago, Lady Dog came home from work and was she
ever happy. She was all excited because Roseburg now has its very
first Dog Park Ė Happy Tails. So as usual when Lady Dog gets
excited about something Ė off we went. The first time we went there
wasnít anyone there. We had the whole park to ourselves. So
Big Dog entertained me while Lady Dog went off and hid (thereís lots of
trees and bushes in the Park) and I got to go and find her. We had
lots of fun. The next time we went I got to meet Laredo and Hurley
and some other little dogs that were out enjoying the day. Hurley
is a Siberian like me only heís already grown up. Laredo was a malamute
mix and he was so BIGGGGGG that he was scary. I decided to play with
little dogs and leave the big boys to roughhouse without me until Iím a
little older and bigger.
Well, she kept warning me and I didnít believe her, but here I am going
to school. Thatís right, Lady Dog has us going to obedience classes.
Weíve gone twice and even though Iím doing everything Iím supposed to,
it doesnít look like sheís going to change her mind any time soon.
Even though I have to sit, come, stay, and heel, itís not all bad.
They have agility equipment at the class and I got to go over jumps, go
on the dog walk and over the teeter totter, and through the tunnel (my
personal favorite.) Iíve even made lots of new four-legged friends.
Thereís Brittany the Dane, Bronx the Boxer, Socks the Corgi-mix, Sadie
the border collie, a couple of shepherds, a jack-russell terrier, and thereís
even another Zen whose the same age as I am, only he doesnít look like
me. Big Dog and the Lady Dogs (mine and the other Zenís) are making
arrangements to meet at the Dog Park where we can run and play without
disrupting the whole class.
Big Dog is on a big project at the moment. But I do get
lots of time to relax in my new ďCoolerooĒ hammock bed. Boy it sure
is comfortable on those hot days. Hope all is well and that the Wild
Things arenít too much so. I do think about home and the nice cool
surroundings, especially when we get those HOT days here. But the
ice cubes never seem to run out. Lucky for me.
Well I have to be going now. I wish you and the ďwild thingsĒ
all the best.