Sunday, October 31, 2010

Elementary, my dear Watson

Happy Halloween!!
Mylie and Watson dressed up as Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Watson. Watson was named after the Watson in Sherlock Holmes, so it made sense to dress them as Sherlock and Watson.

The costumes were kind of a disaster. Watson didn't mind the tie, but he wasn't too excited about the mini top hat. Mylie's Sherlock hat was too big for her, so she couldn't really see. She also didn't like the pipe, but we don't encourage our dogs to smoke anyway. The lack of opposable thumbs made it impossible for either of them to hold the magnified glass.

Their costumes lasted about as long as it took me to snap a few photos.

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Watson and Mylie's fall photos

Our friend Lisa Gunderson ( took puppy pictures of Mylie last year, so when we got Watson we had to have her back to take photos of him. She is fantastic and got great pictures of Watson, plus a few of the two together. Thank you Lisa!!
Here are some of the highlights. You can see all my favorites on facebook.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Walking with Grandpa Jeff

Mike's parents watched the puppies this past weekend, and they decided to take Mylie and Watson for a walk. Since Watson is still so little and he's still growing, we're not supposed to take him on long walks. The rule of thumb is 10 minutes per month of age, so Watson can go about 25 min max now.

Grandpa Jeff didn't let that stop them, he just put the little guy in a hunting backpack, and off they went. How funny is that? Watson seems to like it :-)
Thanks Jeff and Jeanette for watching the puppies!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Naughty Watson

We've decided Watson is advanced. "gifted and talented" as Michael's sister, Neenee would say. Watson has been doing  everything more quickly than Mylie- he learned his name, he comes when he is called (most of the time), he jumps off high places, etc.

When Mylie was a puppy she developed an obsession with shredding paper. Toilet paper, checkbooks, homework, paper bags, you name it. Watson hasn't shown any tendencies towards a love of paper shredding, but I discovered him in the photo below this week, almost as if Mylie said "hey Watson- you know what would be super fun?? You go grab the TP off the roll and bring it in the living room so we can play!"
so he did...
The funny thing is, Mylie used to do the same thing as a puppy (except not when she was as young as Watson) and now knows better, but she sure enjoyed watching Watson. The best part is while I was scolding Watson, Mylie swooped in and grabbed all the left over pieces to start shredding in the corner.

Watson is also "gifted and talented" because he discovered a way to escape from the kitchen. We used these baby gates for Mylie to block her in the kitchen and now we've started using them for Watson too if we want to contain him while we're home, but not in his crate.

I was writing a paper upstairs, and all of a sudden, up comes Watson! We couldn't figure out how he escaped so I put him back in and hid to watch. Here's how he does it...
first he peaks over the gate to make sure nobody is watching...

then he just climbs right over!

Finally, on the list of naughty things Watson has done this week, he's been chewing on my shoes. This is going to be a BIG problem if we don't nip it in the bud. Mylie wasn't a huge shoe chewer, but she did chew up a couple pair. Watson has such little needle teeth he can't do a ton of damage yet but I've been seeing random shoes laying around the house so I know he's been up to trouble... Here he is with my Ugg boots. I'm pretty sure he would have crawled inside if he could fit! I think the cutest part is that he had to bring it back to Mylie's "bed" to play with, instead of staying by the door.
...and for those of you wondering why Mylie sleeps on fleece blankets now instead of her monogrammed bed, it is because she's ripped the stuffing out of two beds now and she is going to sleep on fleece blankets for awhile until she can learn to stop ripping apart her bed :-)

I wish I could have gotten a picture, but yesterday when I came home I let the puppies out and sat on the front step. Watson snuck up behind me and ATTACKED my pony tail like it was something that needed to die. He was yanking on it and shaking his head all while Mylie is practically climbing on my lap for attention since I had just arrived home. I tried to pull away but Watson hung on to the pony tail for dear life and I lifted him off the ground. It was quite funny, but it hurt and Watson pulled out chunk of my hair and completely messed up my pony tail.

Both Mylie and Watson have been enrolled in obedience school at Dog Works, in Eden Prairie. Mylie went through Puppy Kindergarten and Total Puppy classes there, and now Watson starts Puppy Kindergarten on Tuesdays with me, and Michael will take Mylie to Basic Obedience class on Wednesdays. We'd go together but it doesn't work with school schedules this semester.

Watson and Mylie had their photos taken this past weekend and I will get the pictures soon. I can't wait to see them all. I will post my favorites :-)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Weekend up on the north shore

This past weekend we went up to Lamb's resort on the north shore of Lake Superior. Every year for about 30 years, Michael's family has been going up to Lamb's. It is a giant family reunion for Michael's mom's side of the family. Each family rents their own cabin and we take over almost the entire resort. This was the first year that Michael and I rented our own cabin, and we invited my brother Gooch, and his fiance, Ericka to stay with us.

We left on Thursday and we fit 2 dogs, 4 people, and all our luggage (including a dog kennel) in the back of the Camry and headed up north.

We had wonderful weather! It was so warm Mylie and Watson went swimming in Lake Superior (brrrr!) They were just fine. Mylie loves to swim, and Watson doesn't like to be left out so he waded into the water a little too.

Unfortunately though, Mylie chooses the worst times and places to go swimming. We were trying to take a Christmas card picture with Michael's family when Mylie ran off right into the water. Here you'll see the first picture with a dry Mylie and the second with a soaking wet Mylie.
before (dry mylie)
after (wet mylie)

Later, Mike and I were trying to get our own family picture with the puppies and Mylie jumped off the rocks into a very deep part of the lake between two sets of rocks where the waves were huge. The waves crashed over her head and we couldn't see her. The undertow pulled her in and we were all very scared. Mike ended up jumping in to save her, clothes and all. He was soaking wet and freezing cold, but everyone was safe.We actually do have pics, but those are on Ericka's camera- i'll post them later. 

My brother Gooch's goal was to catch a trout with his bare hands. He succeeded :-)Mylie also went fishing, except she didn't catch anything. She wasn't afraid of putting her head completely under the water though. Can you teach a dog to fish? Maybe we'll have to work on that.

It was a wonderful weekend. There are more pictures to sort through, so I may  have to do a follow-up post with more highlights.