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Day 82 - Bummed

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Just a quick while the terrible 2some have their breakfast and play.

In the last 24 hours I have been reading a lot to try and understand why they do what they do as they have been fighting more seriously and I had been paying more attention (even to the point of being protective) to Feather who has had a bit of a cough and who Katie seemed to be picking on.

As it turns out because Katie is the alpha I have to give HER more attention, feed her first etc and suddenly the fighting has dwindled overnight.

They are both happier generally . Instead of wolfing down their food they now take time to enjoy it (I guess at the shelter its every dog for themselves) and just seem less stressed and don't jump at every sound.

Thinking about having to give them back on Saturday is making me tear up even as I write this which is ridiculous - I have only had them 5 days!

I could keep them for longer but I can see they are starting to get a little bored - even though the apartment is big and the walks each day are helping - but most of all I simply could not afford to pay $10,000+ to ship them back to Australia when I don't even know what my steps back there are.

If I hand them back now they at least have the chance for adoption and this will be higher because I can give really good reports on both quite honestly and that should help a great deal.

Just from writing this I know its the right thing to do to give them back ... bummer!

Err - oh - and this is supposed to be health and fitness website not a doggie one! Well today we did about 3miles jog/walk - and no escapes this time - although ducks appear to be on the menu:) Got back and we ALL flopped down in a heap.

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P.S. Sorry non dog owners - this will probably not make a great deal of sense.I can not believe it - no word of lie - as I got up from this blog and walked out into the living room Feather was crouching down doing her business ON the newspaper - for the FIRST time since I got her - she finally got it right! WOO HOO! No fair - at least if she continued to stop and drop wherever its another reason to hand them back. Grrr!

P.P.S. Just spoke to the kennel and they have to keep the puppies out for another week - there is someone who could take them if need be but looks like I have them for a few more days at least - and someone is possibly interested in taking Katie so not all bad news!

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SARAWALKS 2/24/2011 9:38AM

    Aw, too bad you have to give them up. emoticon But now you know you are a GREAT puppy dad! and it sounds as though they will find good homes. Won't it be fun when you are back and can choose your own pups -- or should I say, they will choose you, because probably that's how it will be... emoticon

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RAVENSTORM27 2/24/2011 9:34AM

    Well view this a valuable foster parenting experience that will prepare you for real parenthood when you return to Australia. Honestly, the tone of your blogs changed overnight when you got those pups. I can tell what a positive effect they've had on you.

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TENNISJIM 2/24/2011 7:27AM

    Thanks for sharing. I love cats and dogs and they become part of the family. I definitely can empathize with you when you have to give them back or when they are adopted. Enjoy your time with them now.

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TWOTIMESS 2/24/2011 7:19AM

I understand how you're feeling. If Katie can go straight from your house to her new house, that'll be great. Bonus for you to keep them a bit longer!

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NEDYFAY 2/24/2011 1:06AM

    It's amazing how much you come to love young animals even in just a short period of time, especially if they are adorable like every puppy/kitten/baby rabbit/the list goes on forever is. I think it's nature - because it's cute we don't want to kill it, rather we want to protect and nurture it and ensure its survival.

All babies have it - the animal ones and the human ones. Huge body for their heads and big eyes. Survival mechanism, I tell you. The cuter you are, the higher the chance of survival...or something.

When we move I will start fostering cats. And I know giving them up will be hard. BUT - like they say on the website; in doing this, I will have helped cats who would most likely be put down otherwise. If it's the same with your Feather and Katie, you've saved two lives!

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JHADZHIA 2/24/2011 12:58AM

    Well done with your parenting! You can be proud of the job you did when you give them back. I know its really tough, so sorry :(( Just be sure to be a regular down at the shelter, helping walk the dogs and exercise them -they will love you for it and you can also check on your fur babies to see how they are doing!

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TRISH579 2/23/2011 10:57PM

    David, even though it WILL break your heart, you are doing the best thing for them. Think about it: they are puppies who are leash trained, house broken (well, almost) and are PUPPIES, after all. And it's all because of your loving care. They are prime candidates to be adopted. You've done good, chum! emoticon

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Day 81 - Personal Trainer - tick!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

So after being on clean up crap duty, getting the kids fed, running them around for 10 minutes to wear them out they do the usual crash and burn.

Clean up the place, open all the windows and doors to air out the overnight doggy smell, had breaky and had a bit of time working before for their second ever walk.

Packed them in the car - crate works best - and headed off to the park. Way less stress than yesterday and you could tell they were excited as the leads went on - no walkies without a lead for these 2 - although I WAS starting to think I should test it to see if they would be OK....

The park is large man made one with a lake in the middle, beautiful weather and the pups were having a ball.

Got 3/4 of the way around, Katie got tangled up in bush with Feather and for a split second I dropped Katies lead by mistake.

Whooooosh! She was off and clearly attempting to break the world record for the 100 metre dash.

SO Feather and I were in pursuit - I don't run - I just don't - but regardless of this fact we were both running through park me yelling Katies name and her disappearing into the distance completely oblivious to me yelling PG-13 obscenities after her.

She stopped about 300 metres away so I stopped knelt down and started calling her - yep - nuh. Off like a flash, exited the park and ran for the street - very VERY quiet neighborhood which is gated so wasn't too concerned about cars as the speed limit is 8 mph.

Ran and walked and jogged and finally spotted her about 200 metres away - and off she goes again - quickly losing hope and thinking if she gets through the cul de sac fence at the end of the road thats it - no way I could catch her.

Finally got to the end and she was sitting under a Range Rover just watching me pant and puff my way up the street.

She was all smiles and wags and very pleased with herself. If she could have spoken I reckon it would have been along the lines of "See - its not that hard - now give me 10 push ups!".. I think I growled at her - literally!

So I think this counts as about 2 miles walk/jog - thanks to the new personal trainer.

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JHADZHIA 2/24/2011 12:14AM

    Wow!! That was quite the adventure!! Lesson learned about dropping the leash ;))
Too bad there wasn't a fully enclosed off leash area you could go to. Its fun playing with dogs off leash..
Do rack up those fitness minutes! Dogs are wonderful workout buddies!

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JEAN111766 2/23/2011 12:25PM

    That was GREAT! Thanks so much for the visuals! I laughed out loud as I pictured this happening ;)
I could use a personal trainer like this ;)

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DUTCHPETE641 2/23/2011 10:02AM

    I was "dogsitting" my brothers dog once and he decided to take off in the park as well. Must be instinct to be that stupid!

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TWOTIMESS 2/23/2011 9:32AM

    Apart from chasing after her, I'm sure your heart must have leapt into your throat when she took off like that. I usually sit down and call my dog, otherwise he does what your pup did - run! They think it's a game and the longer you chase them, the longer they'll run - great game! Track your run and see how many calories you burned, LOL!

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RAVENSTORM27 2/23/2011 9:26AM

    Can you truly NOT have a dog after you return home at this point? Thank you for this hysterical post...I SOOOO needed it!

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NEDYFAY 2/23/2011 8:54AM

    You chased her! It was a game! You are the bestest dad EVER! Yaaay!

(If a puppy can ever think in completed sentences, this is how I imagine them thinking. At least you got an awesome workout and your babies love you even more!)

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Day 80 - its a miracle! A new weight loss aid discovered!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Seriously - how the heck do parents do it once their kids get to toddlers and are racing around the house. Then again nappies are handy!

Yep - puppies seem to be the new weight watchers solution - well for me anyway.

The pups are going great guns and not barking or howling or anything (a definite bonus in an apartment) . They sleep (or don't wake me up anyways) through the night and Katie (the black and tan one) does her business exactly where she should every time - a perfect child. Feather (the blonde one) has decided that stopping and dropping wherever she stands is perfectly acceptable and shrugs off any cold shoulder I give her!

From the time I wake up to the time they collapse after being fed there seems to be a never ending clean up duty in place. The only time I get their full attention is when the food bowls start rattling:

And after we have had a quick playtime to try and keep them awake for awhile the food coma sets in:

and I get about 90 mins to squeeze in some me time.

To anyone who has gotten 2 puppies at the same time with no preparation - I salute you!

So yes - keeping me busy and only just hitting my calories for the day - this could be a great loss week I think!

Got them out for their first walk today - and a jog here or there thrown in - so exercise done for the day as well - who knew ducks and falling leaves could be so fascinating to those puppy heads!

I have turned into the puppie owners version of someone who NEVER stops talking about their children!

So all good in the hood.

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NEVERMIND2010 2/27/2011 1:44AM

    They are ADORABLE!

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DUTCHPETE641 2/23/2011 8:30AM

    You have to admit though, they are soooo cute!

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KLS777 2/22/2011 6:28PM

    They are really cute! 2 puppies at once is a huge handful! Sounds like they are doing well (Besides the accidents!) It seems that are really enjoying them! Bandit is my alarm clock, if I don't get up at 5am to the real alarm clock, he is jumping all over me by 5.20am, so no sleeping in for me!

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JHADZHIA 2/22/2011 6:24PM

    You know what they say about blondes.. Way to be a puppy parent! Keep up the cute photos!! Your apartment and life will never be the same again!!

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NEDYFAY 2/22/2011 3:31PM

    They are SO cute!

And don't stop talking about them, please! I hate hearing about children, but puppies...bring it on. With pictures.

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JULIETEXAS 2/22/2011 2:03PM

    emoticon Loved your blog, makes me miss my dog back home in Texas. She is with my parents while I am overseas. Keep on keeping on!


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BRWNNTWN 2/22/2011 2:00PM

    ROFL! I had two human babies in nappies at the same time - my husband ONCE dared to comment on the state of the kitchen and ask em what the heck I was doing all day - He never criticizes me anymore! (and the scars are kind of sexy)

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GWENAEL 2/22/2011 11:40AM

  Lovely puppies! I have 3 big dogs, and they are only 3 months apart, so technically I got to have 3 puppies at once!

Have a great day!

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UTSKI7 2/22/2011 11:03AM

    ah the chores of puppy parenting... keeps you hopping :)
Just love seeing them explore the big new world around them where everything is an adventure.
They are too adorable :) Have fun!

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TWOTIMESS 2/22/2011 10:50AM

    They are so cute! Notice how people stop and chat with you when you're out walking the pups. It's a great way to break down social barriers! Yup, your weight loss is assured!

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MUVFASTA 2/22/2011 10:42AM

    Awwwwww! But they're so CUTE!!! LOL! I have to agree with everything you said. I actually have a BIG puppie, well, bigger than I thought she would be. Her name is Harley and she seems to resemble your feather in the stop and drop department. She's gotten MUCH better though. I also have a 9 yr. old Yorkie. She was sort of rescued from my daughter. She was always complaining about her going where she shouldn't. I have had no problem with her at all. My hubby has grown very attached to her. Anyhoo, animals can be quite the challenge but oh so worth it. Mine have become my exercise companions in more ways than one. And talk about unconditional love! They sure can deliver! Enjoy them!!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/22/2011 10:42AM

    What cute puppies, and they are definitely a handful, have fun and so great you are being a foster dad. emoticon

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MICHARM 2/22/2011 10:27AM

    Enjoy your puppies...you are a brave person to do 2 at once!!!!

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Day 79 - Boredom - the devils playground!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Finally - am consistently eating well and doing some exercise without it feeling like a minute by minute struggle!

It would seem that dogs and I have something in common - when they get bored they chew things - and so do I.

Unfortunately their chewing habits tend to be much healthier than mine and do not include high carb high calorie items!

As you may know I am fostering 2 pups for a week from the local shelter - a virus outbreak so they needed to get the puppies out ASAP.

Unfortunately my apartment is big BUT does not allow pets so they will have to return on Saturday which I know already will be difficult for both of us.

So your daily cuteness overload:

They have actually been really well behaved and are already doing their business where they are supposed to and generally keeping the noise level to a minimum.

Had a friend over last night to look after them for an hour while I went out to get some doggie supplies and healthy snacks for moi.

After 40 minutes I got a phone call with the dogs barking in the background and her telling me they hated her LOL.

As soon as I got home peace was returned to the house - seems they are not quite ready for visitors yet!

Seems they are a great way to get my mind off unhealthy habits - will test them today to see if they can keep up with a BL Cardio workout :)

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JEAN111766 2/23/2011 12:32PM

    So hopefully you can continue to visit them and walk them? They are too cute! a shame you can't keep them :(
Love the pics! they are adorable!

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UTSKI7 2/22/2011 11:08AM

    Those babies are so very cute!
They say 100 people in 100 days to socialize a puppy... not sure if that works 100%, mine have always been rescues and older.
Good luck with the little angels, too bad they have to go back Feather seems very focused on you.

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THENAMESLISA 2/21/2011 6:18PM

    The pups are so CUTE!

I eat out of boredom too (well, that's ONE of the reasons).

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SARAWALKS 2/21/2011 3:30PM

    AAAWWWWWWWWW, you should keep them! They like you! AWWWWWWWW!
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DUBAIGIRL 2/21/2011 10:51AM

    OMG THEY ARE SO CUTE! wish I could have one but also live in a flat. and my cats might eat them, ha ha!

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PLANKWALKER 2/21/2011 10:40AM

    Just adorable! I'm pleased that you've provided a good foster home, even if briefly, for those pups. Thumbs up from one who adopted our dog from a loving foster family!

I sure am glad they are teaching you something too - bonus!

-- Phil G.

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RAVENSTORM27 2/21/2011 8:37AM

    Animals can teach us so much about ourselves, especially when we share a space with them everyday. I just hope that you don't miss them too much when they return! But at least as a volunteer there you can check in on them until they find a good home.

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WENDYJM4 2/21/2011 7:17AM

    HI David, They are adorable. You are doing great by looking after them.

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JHADZHIA 2/21/2011 7:15AM

    Awesome cuteness! Good for you training them so quickly. Nothing like a pup to keep you busy in a happy way :)

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TENNISJIM 2/21/2011 6:56AM

    They are so cute and adorable. You are doing a great thing sheltering them.

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NEDYFAY 2/21/2011 5:42AM

    Oh lord, I just died a little from the cute.

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DUTCHPETE641 2/21/2011 5:35AM

    Oooh, so cute!

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TARIANGIE 2/21/2011 4:43AM

    So great you could take them even for a short time. They are so cute.

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TWOTIMESS 2/21/2011 12:10AM

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There's NOTHING like the joy an animal brings to us! "Your" pups are getting cuter by the minute, they look so alert and healthy!

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Day 77 - Err - so much for the no dogs plan ha!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The shelter rang me this morning to say they had had a Pavo outbreak and were hoping I could foster 2 pups for a week as they are trying to clear out as many dogs as possible so they can clean the place out and get rid of the virus.

So yes - I have 2 pups for a week.

And I have been so entertained I haven't been fixated at all on food - they are an awesome distraction.

Maybe someone could guess at what they are - I am thinking muttleys but...?

This one is Buddy - planning his next move I think...

And this is Feather - comatose after her feed.

Bought them home, had a 2 minor number 1's and one number 2 accidents and since then they are both religiously using the newpaper I have laid down - can't believe how fast it was...

So yes have been very active chasing the dogs around and have not been at all thinking about over indulging at all.

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JEAN111766 2/20/2011 3:58PM

    Awesome! Maybe you should keep them ;)
Dogs make great family members with very little stress!

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    Oh god they are so cute, I would never be able to give them back!!

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LOOSEIT57 2/19/2011 6:44PM

    They are soooo cute

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JULIETEXAS 2/19/2011 5:33PM

    emoticon What a great thing to do, animals are a great way to get us out of our own heads and just be in the moment.


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KLS777 2/19/2011 3:37PM

    LMAO! Great job taking on the puppies, there is nothing crueller than seeing a dog suffer from parvo virus, it is a terrible fate for them! They are too cute, have to agree with the others, Alsation cross, and Lab cross? Maybe not, it is hard to tell when they are small. You are doing really well only having a couple of accidents, they must be fairly smart puppies, good luck and have fun and enjoy them!
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UTSKI7 2/19/2011 2:14PM

    EEEp! those babies are way to adorable!!!
Glad you have such a wonderful distraction I hope these two are and stay healthy!
Buddy looks like my Shepherd/husky did when he was a pup,
Hard to see the detail on their fur... have fun!

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ONECOOKIETWO 2/19/2011 1:51PM

    These puppies are WAY darling my friend!

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ISLANDBETH 2/19/2011 1:11PM

    So cute and so much fun!! :)

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JHADZHIA 2/19/2011 12:19PM

    That is wonderful of you to take them on! So much fun too! Too cute!!!
top one shepherd cross bottom looks like a lot of lab in him.

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NEVERMIND2010 2/19/2011 12:17PM

    Aww...two puppies! How fun! What are their names? Check how much it's going to cost to fly them back to Oz.... LOL!

Hey, thanks again for the videos - I had forgotten that Jodie Prenger was a contestant on TBL Season 2 until we started watching! My kid and I saw her last year with John Barrowman in Belfast. I've only watched the first 3 episodes; it was a rough-ish week. The one coming doesn't have a lot of promise, either. :(

Enjoy "your" puppies!

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TWOTIMESS 2/19/2011 12:14PM

    Having the puppies for a short while is good for both you and them. As you said, you're returning home soon. Will that be for always and ever? Then it will be great to adopt at home. The pound puppies are going to miss you! Where's the peektures?

Ah! The pups are so cute! The blondie looks a bit labrador-ish and the top one has a bit of Alsatian? How old are they?

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