Thursday, October 30, 2008

Caught Sleeping

Age: 14 weeks
Weight: 33 pounds

Another strange sleeping choice after a busy afternoon.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

First Dusting of Snow

Age: 14 weeks
Weight: 32.5 pounds
We got our first little bit of snow last night! There really wasn't much to phase him and I don't imagine it will stick around very long. He just trotted around the yard checking out all of his usual spots.

I think the snow brings out his coat colour very nicely!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Music Critic? Music Fan?

Age: Almost 14 weeks
Weight: 30.5 pounds

Going through some old MP3 albums and thought I'd play some Aerosmith.... I'm not sure Piston was too keen on the idea...either that or he was just doing his own version of air guitar.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

3 Months Old!

Our little puppy is 3 months old today!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Toy!

Age: Almost 13 weeks
Weight: 26 pounds

As part of my birthday gift, my friend included a new toy for Piston from her dog. (Although, I'm not sure her dog really wanted to see the toy go!)

At first he thought it was just a little too big - but once he realized there were all kinds of little bits to chew on (like the ears, the hat, the broom) he was far more interested! If that weren't enough....he then figured out there was a squeeker in it! Oh boy!

There is also a bunch of photos in the web gallery: New Toy

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Playin with the Kitty

Age: 12 weeks
Weight: 25 pounds

So today Boosh (AKA Tank) decided to come out for a visit and check out the new addition to our home. Didn't go quite as well as Piston might have hoped...

Not willing to admit to fear, Boosh decides to try it again. This time taking a slightly more defensive position and determined to stand her ground. Again...Piston is left disappointed once Boosh decides that she's made her point!

Not one to dwell on the negative, Piston takes the opportunity to grab one of the kitties toy mice and happily enjoys chewing it in his cool spot in front of the back door.

I always get a charge out of his bark at the end of the video. He'll always bark at any toy/treat if they happen to make their way out of his reach before he was finished chewing!

To see more of Boosh (Tank) take a peek at her Picasa Web Album: Boosh

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Age: 12 weeks
Weight: 24 pounds

Poor Piston just trying to munch on what's left of his pig ear...

Escape Artist and Funny Sleeping Spot!

Age: 12 weeks
Weight: 24 pounds

So this morning, David wakes up and rolls over to look in Piston's crate to greet him....then asks me where he is! I sit up real quick and look in his crate, sure puppy!! Then we see a little puppy back end hiding behind the crate sound asleep!

We had been hauling the crate downstairs for daytime so he could eat his food in the crate, and then back upstairs at night to sleep in. I guess while carrying the thing upstairs last night the side door must have come unlatched. So sometime in the middle of the night the little puppy realized the door could be pushed open and out he snuck and then stretched out on the carpet.

We had no accidents in the room and he didn't once come over to wake us up. Impressive!

On a side note... here's one of his latest strange napping places:

Monday, October 13, 2008

Water Play

Age: 12 weeks
Weight: 23.8 pounds

Seems our little puppy has a thing for water!

Once the weather gets warm again, and he's had all of his shots I look forward to taking him down to the Grand River! I bet he'd get a real kick out that!

You can tell from the photo above that we had just gotten back from one of our woods walks because of all the little "stick tights" stuck in his fur!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Walking in the woods!

Age: Almost 12 weeks
Weight: 24 pounds

For our daily walks we've been taking Piston to the woods behind our house. There are some wonderful trails through there! You could zig-zag all over the place or find yourself a nice big loop to take. The woods are used for walkers and mountain bikers, so you can find some pretty good single track as well as good double track and then the wide walking trails.

Piston walks pretty good on the leash. We'd walk on the quicker side and that would put him into that lovely trot these dogs are known so well for - this speed would also keep him in a really good heel position.

He was never particularly keen on stopping tho. After about 15 mins of walking we'd stop for a few minutes to let Piston have a "sniff" break the way Cesar suggests. It never seemed to come across as a good thing for Piston. He'd start to whine and fuss and then keep trying to pull on the leash in all different directions like he was saying "lets get moving. enough standing around". Trying to send soothing relaxing vibes wasn't really working. So we'd make him sit (which would often take quite some time before he'd pay enough attention for that) and then once he was in a comfortable sit we'd start again. (Didn't want to give him the message that his whining and pulling was what made the decision to start walking again).
After the walk....he sure was all tuckered out!

As usual, we have a bunch more photos in the Picasa Web Album: Woods Walk

Saturday, October 11, 2008

We've got a Conehead!!

Age: Still 11 weeks (But almost to 12 weeks)
Weight: 22.6 pounds

He just couldn't wait any longer! He needed to get those ears up so he could REALLY hear what we were up to!

Don't forget to checkout the Picasa Web Album for all the extra cute photos: Conehead!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Ears are coming up!

Age: 11 weeks
Weight: 22 pounds

He's been home just a few days and those fuzzy little ears are starting to come up! Ma(Shiloh) said they were nice small ears and so they'd be up in no time! Boy, she wasn't kidding!

Okay, Okay....we're just foolin! His ears aren't that far up yet, they just come all the way up when he leans his head back to look up at us. The flop back down soon after.

That being said, he is carrying them higher than just a few days ago. So we could still be getting close!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

First few nights and days at home!

Age: 11 Weeks
Weight: 22 Pounds

First night went surprizingly well!! He slept quite comfortably in his crate. He really only whined for a moment or two off and on throughout the night. Nothing serious though. He'd usually complain a litlte bit, shift his position and then head back to sleep or chew on the pigs ear we gave him. Because of the renovations we are doing around the house, we are actually just sleeping on a mattress on the floor - so that put us really close to the crate and maybe that's what helped make it easier.

The next night was even better! He slept soundly all night through! Never made a peep! Wow!! Maybe this is one of the advantages of taking home an older puppy! Either that or we've found a dog that can sleep as hard and as soundly as I can!!

Daytime has been fun! We've done a fair bit of romping around outdoors. He's certainly not a real high energy, go getter puppy - but we like him that way. He's quite content to munch on a toy or stick for quite some time before deciding there might be something more interesting on the other side of the yard.

MaShiloh was right...he is a talker!

Also take a peek at our Picasa Web Album for more photos: Playin Outside

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Piston's First Bath

Just after dinner at my parents place we thought it would be a good idea to give Piston his first bath! I can remember reading/hearing somewhere that it's always a good idea to give a puppy a bath as soon as you can after taking them from their litter mates. That way you are sure that you get rid of their scent and he wont be as inclined to miss them. Out of scent, out of mind I guess?

Anyhow, Mom's got a bathtub with the hand held shower in the basement. It rarely gets used so no need to worry about getting it messy! I was surprised at the amount of dirt that came out of what looked to be a pretty clean puppy!

All in all, the bath went quite smoothly - just some whimpering and whining but not too much fight After the bath he adjusted quite well and didn't hold a grudge - must have been the treats!

We've posted the photos to our Picasa Web Album: Piston's First Bath