If you've been following Annie's story since she arrived at Fluffy Dog Rescue, you will remember that she was dumped at the shelter for being "hyper". She's been here at The Lodge for a little better than a week now, and I've got to tell you that the dog laying flat out on my living floor at 7:06am without a walk, is anything but hyper.
Let me tell you a little secret about Annie.
She's a five year old Labradoodle. That's what they doo.
She's fun loving, sweet, wonderful, sorta cuddly, and a clown. She and Lincoln Winkleman have been tearing up the house, and each other, for the past three days.
A few minutes ago, Lincoln found a toy in hopes of getting her to play with him. Now they are wrestling and running through my house playing keep away with that toy. Yesterday I walked the boys - Lucky and Lincoln - and the girls - Mocha, Te'a and Annie - separately. My walk with the boys was much nicer but Annie is learning how to walk nice on a leash. I employed a few of Cesar Milan's techniques and we're getting there. (If you have Netflix, you can search for Cesar's "Best of" Videos. There are about 17 or so - I thought they were informative and we gleaned a some info about discipline and training from them.)
Each pack of gender specific dogs got about a mile and a half walk. After we got back and I was getting ready for work, Annie and Linc wrestled and rolled and ran through the house. When they were all tired out from jumping and flying and playing, they laid on my bed and Annie cleaned Lincoln. She groomed him like a mother dog grooming her baby.
She's also teaching him not to be such a snarkly little jerk. Sometimes Mr. Lincoln gets a little too big for his naughty boy britches and needs to be taken down a peg... or three. As a human, I'm not about to play quite that rough with him but Annie, with all of her fluffy curls that naughty puppy teeth cant penetrate, has no problem disciplining our little man. YaY Annie! I'm listening to them wrestle in the other room and when Linc gets too wound up, Annie makes sure he understands that he cant. She even walks away from him.
An extra bonus to Annie teaching Lincoln Winkleman how to be a decent dog is that they BOTH get tired. YaY!!
Two more added bonuses: 1. Lincoln is so busy playing and trying to dominate Annie that he forgets to try to dominate my old girl, Mocha. And, similarly, B. Lincoln is so busy doing all that that he has no need to eat the cat. The cat, Hawk, is also quite grateful.
Annie and Lucky are both completely housetrained. Lincoln is 98% housetrained (which is better than Te'a was at this age). I think Linc would be 100% if my darling children would pay more attention and take them out more than once while I am at work. But that's a different blog story.
Hope you are all enjoying your spring break.
Thank You for Thinking Rescue! Thank You for Reading!!