Kathy and Stephen took me out today to find a very elusive trail. Tomorrow will be my first time for a multi day service dog operation.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Today I took Stephen and Kathy for a Seven AM meeting at Lydgate park. The weather was great and there were two different terriers there for me to smile at while they barked at me. How something that weighs 8 pounds soaking wet thinks it is dangerous is beyond me.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Today, Stephen and Kathy got their two person trike out and we went for a run on the bike path. I like the pace of the bike and the chance to see and smell the ocean. I did get a bit winded though so when we got home, I rested for a bit.
Later, we went up to a scenic overlook to enjoy a coconut. Kathy drinks the milk with a straw and I eat the coconut, (shell and all if I can get away with it).
Finally, we went on a structured walk at Kelia and posed by the sign dedicated to Andy Irons.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Sure thing. We spent his first 18 months trying to find food he could tolerate and have firm “output”. We went through a bunch of highly recommended food, including a visit to one vet who insisted we make all his food from scratch. In the end, it turns out he handles Costco’s Nature’s Choice (Blue bag) Salmon and Sweet Potato the best, with supplements of high quality home cooked meat. Everything else resulted in pudding poop. He eats two cups of kibbles twice a day with meat supplements and treats at bedtime, (tooth cleaning types). He’s still on his Nu-Vet supplement. We now have a lovely fenced in backyard romping area, where he galumphs through the ivy with joy, and we are blessed with a private dog park nearby.
Yogi loves to run hard, loves chasing balls almost every single day of his life. We’ll find out Tuesday how much he now weighs. Yogi is an incredible athlete. I’ve never seen anything like what he can do in that his reflexes are lightning fast, he leaps through the air, and his agility, oh wow. I’m looking at this rendering of his photo from one of our trainers, and it looks too tall and skinny. I’ll have more data after he goes for his health certificate to fly on Tuesday.
Yogi is the same height of the other Rottweilers in his training classes, but his musculature is more defined, (the dude is cut), and he is fast. He’s got a bit of that adolescent Rottweiler bravado going on, and is more than happy to challenge dominance plays. He doesn’t start it, but makes it clear he could finish it, and we don’t want him going down that path, so when big boys pass by in the dog park, he has to hold a sit stay, on lead. We are ambassadors of the breed, and we’re not raising him to be a protection dog. That’s already built into his DNA. If we need it, we’ve no doubt he will be equal to the task.
One of his best friends is a rather enormous English Mastiff, Stella, and he’s utterly smitten with her. They just groove together in class.
Yogi has a regal demeanor and elegance about him, and people notice that. Thank-you for pairing us with him.
Now that I think of it, I have a photo of Yogi’s last canoe training exercise. Perhaps this one will give you a better perspective. He’s not going to be a gladiator sized Rottweiler. And that’s ok.