Saturday, January 26, 2008

Things That Keep Me Occupied

The Puppy???!!!
Well ----- this is a long story — You know how it is.... I looked up and saw these beautiful brown eyes looking at me.... The tail was wagging, he licked my hand ---- well you can guess the rest - he joined us on January second and has not yet been with us a month but he has become a integral part of our lives and has changed our home as much as the arrival of any new baby.

"When the Man waked up he said,
'What is Wild Dog doing here?'
And the Woman said,
'His name is not Wild Dog any more,
but the First Friend,
because he will be our friend
for always and always and always.'"
- Rudyard Kipling

I began to think the poor little doggie would be called Puppy for the rest of its life - we simply couldn’t choose a name that we thought really fit. Our family, grand children and friends all made suggestions from Blackie to POTUS from Bandit to Mr. Darcy. We made a long list, looked up origins and meanings and after a week of searching we found a name for the puppy. His name is Kody. \k(o)-dy\ is pronounced KOH-dee. The origin of the name a bit more difficult because there are two possible sources In the Gaelic it means helper or guide and in English it means helper or assistant.

One of the first essentials, after getting him to a vet for a health exam and shots, we recognized that we needed HELP. We tried to educate ourselves - bought "Pomeranians for Dummies", which is actually very helpful. We tried to learn about clicker training; read some material by Ian Dunbar, the founder of "Puppy Kindergarten" What distress - he told us we should have been planning for this puppy long before he arrived in our home - we should have taken classes so we were prepared to be good parents and trainers. Somewhat like our experience when we had our own children - we had no idea of the nearly insurmountable mountain of ignorance we had to overcome. Never-the-less here we are with a puppy. Now!!!!

It seemed urgent to find a skilled, patient and knowledgeable puppy trainer.
I called a couple of places listed in the phone book - After going through the list, I recognized that I am the problem - if I were not so ignorant I would not have bought a puppy where we did - (Well, we bought him at a Pet Feed Store... Quite frankly, I probably would never have gone looking for a puppy if I hadn’t kept seeing such beautiful and cute puppies every time I went into the Feed Store. ) I should have selected him weeks and weeks earlier, I would never .... I should.... I shouldn’t ... Why didn’t?...Well, we didn’t. we are.

By this time - I am ready to let the puppy have the run of the house and lock myself in my closet.

A kind acquaintance suggested the name of a wonderful trainer - but we discovered she is about an hour and a half away. She kindly gave us a lead to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

We finally found a wonderful trainer. Barry McDonald, a retired English teacher is rescuing us from a life of poop and pee.... He is competent and gentle with Kody and the rest of us also. I think he may have more difficulty training us than Kody :)

Barry has only been coming for three weeks. Kody knows his name, he will sit on command, down on command and stand on command. He loves to play a version of fetch with three balls (which keeps us busier than it does Kody) and actually usually pees and poops in the proper place Hurrah!!!

My dog
"He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever - in case I need him. And I expect I will - as I always have. He is just my dog." - Gene Hill


Blogger Changes in the wind said...

Yahoooooo so glad to hear from you and that not only all is well...all is really well with a new puppy. Contratulations....what a cutie!

8:44 AM  
Blogger SLW said...

Well that certainly explains your absence of late. What a darling! Our first dog was named Kodi also, a feminine variant or short for Kodiak bear, which she resembled.

Welcome back, and enjoy every minute of the fun and frustration.

11:33 AM  
Blogger KAMDOU said...

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12:34 PM  
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3:00 PM  
Blogger nina said...

Beautiful quote, wiping tear.
What is it about a dog...I guess we all long for complete and selfless love.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Sky said...

now i see where you have been - falling in love all over again!

i want one! kody is just so adorable - how old?

i get very close to getting a puppy and then worry about the housetraining with only hardwoods and new carpet (which has not one stain of any kind on it). then i think about puget sound, the land of winter rain that lasts until april and wonder if i have really lost my mind! pee and mud, off white carpet and me a crazy woman. but my heart begs, "GET ONE!" and my husband would be thrilled. gotta figure this out.
:) in the meantime i will enjoy yours and hope you will post many photos.

6:28 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Just when I was beginning to worry about you, you show up with a puppy! It's nice to have you back and the new addition to your family is adorable. Keep the pictures coming.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Carolyn H said...

I've had a soft spot for Poms all my life--my grandmother had one back when they were twice the size (if not more)of the ones they breed today. The size change sure hasn't hurt their appeal, though.

Carolyn H.

11:30 AM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

Kody (love the name - well chosen) is soooo cute! How could you resist?! Good luck with the dog whispering! :)

4:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it's sounding like Kody is one lucky pup. So pleased you are enjoying Kody in such an involved way.

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12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful name for a sweet little guy! He is so cute, and I think has found himself a great home. Hope to be seeing more photos of him as he grows.

5:30 PM  
Blogger ...deb said...

Oh, what a suprising delight. I will clip Hill's words for my husband. We just lost our dear dog last month and are grieving. Seeing a puppy is just about as good as getting one. (We are in hunt mode.)

Yes, perhaps you started out a bit wrong-footed, but you've made all the right corections and have a love to boot. Congratulations!

7:56 PM  
Blogger pepektheassassin said...

Endment, what a sweet little newcomer to your family! I know, there is nothing like a dog to keep you good company. I can tell you already love this little creature like a family member (which he is).

Take care. Love your posts.

4:34 PM  
Blogger pepektheassassin said...

And, thank you so much for your comment about my brother. I appreciate your kindness. Did the link to his music work? I hope it works, short tho it is!

4:36 PM  
Blogger KGMom said...

Awww--who wouldn't lose their hearts to that little ball of fuzz.
I hope you will post some more as you learn how to be a good master to "first friend." (Most apt).
I have never started with a puppy--and we have had 5 dogs over 40 years. Some day I may have a puppy, and am looking for all the help I can get.

10:12 PM  
Blogger GreenishLady said...

Oh... he's so beautiful. I've been feeling that "broody" feeling lately - and know that another dog is not, not a practical possibility in my life right now, but seeing Kody, I think "Aaaw..." He's a lucky little fella to find himself with someone who will care for him so well.

8:06 AM  
Blogger lené said...

What a delightful companion you all have adopted into your home, Endment. Congratulations. I especially enjoyed reading the Gene Hill quote. It brought tears to my eyes with its truth. Hugs to Kody for me. :)

11:21 AM  
Blogger mm said...

A lovely post. How wonderful, Endment. Congratulations. A trainer sounds like a good idea - so you can enjoy each other's company to the maximu.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Tamar Orvell said...

i miss my kitty terribly. thank heavens she is alive and well... yet in america and i am in israel. i love my bihemispheral life yet miss my kitty when i am here, and she is there. your post is beautiful. thank you.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I had to make myself read the entirety of Gene Hill's essay. I'm so vulnerable when it comes to these friends and tears easily flow as memories flood back with the truths stated here.

May you enjoy many happy years with precious Kody. My husband has a couple more years before retirement and then we'll be experiencing the challenges and joy of "puppy hell" once again.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh oh oh OH!!!!

So sorry I am late to the party but here are my joyous, heartfelt and exuberant wishes for you and KODY!!! Oh happy day--- it is all good. SO good--- it really is simple-- be consistent, they love routine-- and all they want to do is please you so if you are clear about what you want him to do, he will do it.

CONGRATULATIONS!! the joy and love you will get every. single. day. is so worth the adjustment period.


7:09 PM  
Blogger Wenda said...

Aw Kody, what a handsome little fellow you are!Congratulations on your new home!

3:06 AM  
Blogger threecollie said...

What a wonderful puppy! And thanks for the quote, which sent me looking for some Kipling to read. I love Kipling and don't read him enough.

5:25 PM  

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