Saturday, November 29, 2008

Run Piston Run!

Age: 19 weeks
Weight: 52 pounds

Piston showing off his cute little run. Love the way he throws his feet!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Walkin in a Winter Wonderland

Age: 18 weeks
Weight: 50 pounds

This was Piston's first real off leash experience! and what a treat it was! Behind Grampa's place is thousands of State Game Land acres! With a foot of fresh snow on the ground we grabbed the camera and off we went! He really was in his element - full of confidence and ready to explore! His nose was loving all the different animal tracks - deer, turkey, squirrel..maybe even some rabbit! We're really pleased with how well he did staying close by and looking when called! It was the first time we were walking where there was no obvious trail for him to figure out where we were going so he'd have to look to us to see which path we'd take through the woods. If he would get too far ahead, we'd just change thing you knew he was running up behind us. It was a really good experience! Exercise for him and fantastic photos for the wall! :)

Click on any of the photos in the slide show above to be taken to the full web gallery.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Meeting the Cousins!

Age: 18 weeks
Weight: 50 pounds

We took Piston back to the States for the first time since we brought him home. Thought it only fair that he got to celebrate the American Thanksgiving with his new relatives.

Piston got to meet Daisy the Jack Russell Terror..ahem, Terrier. ;) She belongs do David's brother Rick and his family. She is a lean hunting, fetching machine. Piston thought he wanted to play, but all she could focus on was retrieving that toy in classic JRT style! Poor Piston didn't even come close to having a chance what with those big slippers for feet!

Piston also got to meet Jake the Golden Retreiver. He belongs to David's Aunt Cherie and Uncle Tom. He's wasn't so sure he wanted to spend any time with a goofy puppy. He was sure to let Piston know when he was getting a little too close. Once they were outside, Jake was much more tolerant of his want to be shadow. By the end of the weekend, Jake started to relax more and they were able to lay near each other on the floor. Maybe Piston should have offered him his bed! ;)

All in all - it was a good weekend. Even though there were very different sizes and very different energy levels they all got along pretty well. Overall it was a really good experience!

Click on any of the photos in the slide show above to be taken to the full web gallery.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Caught Sleeping Again

Age: Almost 18 weeks
Weight: 47.5 pounds

Another silly sleeping position caught on "film".


Age: 4 months (17 weeks)
Weight: 43 pounds

So yesterday we're in visiting my parents like most weekends. We put Piston out in the backyard to let him run around for awhile. We peek outside to see what he's up to and he's running around carrying something looking proud as can be. Looks to me just like a stick with some snow and ice stuck to it so we think nothing about it and go back to our dinner. Throughout the evening he goes in an out a few times, always grabbing something off the porch or he'd spend lots of time nosing around in the middle of the yard. It was really dark out and my parents don't really have any lights in the back of their house. We just figure he found some sort of raccoon sent that my mom's dog used to LOVE.

Anyhow, end of the night before we head home, we put him back out into the yard to go pottie before we start the drive. He runs around for awhile and then goes back to that same spot. We call him in so we can get ready to he trots with this in his mouth!!!

Just in case you can't tell what it's a pigeon foot!! Its then that my Mom remembers that earlier in the week she looked out into her backyard to see a peregrine falcon "eviscerating" a pigeon. Then they had a little snow the day after and so she had forgotten that the remains were still out there! We then realized that the "stick with the snow" he had been trotting around with was most likely a wing! least he had fun!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

What's That On Your Back?

Age: 17 weeks
Weight: 43 pounds

Piston has got the start of the tell-tale sable Shiloh stripe!

Friday, November 21, 2008

4 Months Old

Our Piston is 4 Months old today!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Big Foot Sighting?

Age: 17 weeks
Weight: 43 pounds

David's hand next to Piston's paw print in the snow. After looking at the photo again, we think it might actually be his back foot which seems to be a fair bit smaller than his front foot...either way, still is a big paw for a 4 month old puppy!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My what a big snout you have!

Age: 16 weeks
Weight: 40 pounds

He's starting to loose that little puppy snout...

But he's still got that puppy look to his face :)

By this time...he was starting to lose interest in my photo taking! LOL!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Look Ma, they stay up on their own!

Age: 16 weeks today!
Weight: 39.5 pounds

Piston woke up this morning and decided he didn't want to be a conehead anymore! Must have been all those pig ears he's been eating!

Be sure to check out the Picasa Web Album for more cute photos: Conehead No More!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Cat Chases Dog

Age: 15 weeks
Weight: 36 pounds

We brought Piston into the house wearing his short lead and left him to wander around. Next thing we knew...Boosh was chasing him around. We figure if his tail was any longer, she'd be after that too!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Digging to China?

Age: 15 weeks
Weight: 35 pounds

Some one got into a little bit of trouble in the back yard....

I think you can see the evidence all over his face...well, nose anyway!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cruising in Comfort

Age: Almost 15 weeks
Weight: 34 pounds

Driving in to see my parents on the weekend has gotten a lot easier for Piston. We just plop his great big bed into the back seat and he's quite comfortable just laying around. He'll will sometimes still get up and move from window to window checking out the world, but for the most part he just ends up going to sleep.