Training update.

I have been working with Ruby quite a bit since the “dog whisperer” came and told us what we already knew. She is an expert at “sit.” She is making lots of progress with “sit. stay.” I can even turn my back to her and walk away and she’ll still stay there. This makes me verrrry proud! The challenge is getting her to do it when it’s not just me and her in the room, and when there is a visitor. She also knows now that when she stands and looks at us and just barks for no reason that she will go in her crate for time-out. So her barking has quieted down a lot! The other thing we’re working on is “leave it. take it.” So if you drop a piece of treat on the floor and say “leave it!” She won’t touch it until you say “take it.” The dog whisperer thought this would be helpful for when the baby arrives and is throwing who knows what in the floor. I think her “jumping on people” problem is getting better too. The “dog whisperer” showed us how to knee her just right when she jumps up on us. Ouch! sorry Ruby! That’s gotta hurt. It seems to keep her from doing it though.

I guess that’s all we’re working on. We just have to repeat these drills until it’s second nature. That’s going to be a lot of repeating. Here she is in all of her “half-trained” glory!


Thank you Skype.

The next best thing to being in Missouri at my parent’s house, or sitting on Shawn and Erin’s couch in Chicago, is SKYPE! All you need is a webcam and some audio, and it’s like you are sitting in the same room with the person that you call. Now I can talk to and SEE my family whenever I feel like it. This will be very very good when baby Reese arrives. Nicole and Steph, you’re going to want to get this! It’s all free. So, even though I live at least 650 miles from everyone I love, with skype, it feels like I live next door. Well, not really, but sort of.


hi-d-ho dog training made a stop by the hall house on sunday night.

we learned some good stuff… actually, a lot of what we learned is common sense… but who has time for that – we would rather pay someone $40 to tell us how to do it! that makes complete sense – right? hmm – not really. anyway.

so our goals are to work with ruby on sitting – which she already does fairly well. from there we’ll work on making her stay. then there’s… leave it – take it.

and i think our big goal is that – we dont want her going ape sh!t when people come over.

if you were to come over right now, ruby would probably do her best impression of the worm at your feet…. after she jumped on you for 5 minutes. BUT… we’re working on it – so dont let that stop you from coming over.

it would be nice though… if dog training was as easy as tristan thought it should be. Yesterday, after being home a few minutes she says… so the dog trainer was here yesterday? why isn’t ruby trained? good question tristan.

poked in the ribs

emily likes throw punches in the middle of the night. i’ve caught an elbow before. last night she poked me in the ribs.

while we’re on the topic of sleeping… and sharing a bed with emily. she doesn’t like her own pillow – she likes mine (which is about 1 inch thick – i really need to find a GOOD pillow). she also likes my side of the bed. i have no problem with this… except when its 100 degrees in our bedroom.. and her body temp feels about 3x that.  i actually wake up a lot of the time and just sit up in bed… and laugh. then tell her to move her ASS! nah i don’t really say that… i might really get punched then.  🙂

last night for example – at around 3am… we were in bed obviously,  i was sleeping – minding my own business… when all of a sudden i feel this finger trying to squeeze between two ribs… EMILY! what are you doing? she’s like… what? i said… you just poked me in the ribs.. jeez.  She had no idea – or so she says anyway. she just remembers me laughing – apparently i thought it was funny…..