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Everything you did and did not want to know about what I see and think.

Posted Sunday, May 31st, 2009 by James Kitchens

"You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'"

- Dave Barry


As most of you know, we got two puppies about 5 weeks ago.They have been doing incredibly well since then. But as well as those five weeks have gone, the next two will be the true test. That's because for those two weeks, they will be in McHenry, IL at a place called 1st Place Dog Training getting an accelerated version of training. Sure, I could have probably taught them enough. Or we could have taken them to a nearby place once or twice a week. But with two of them, and not enough time right now, I figured a quick "boot camp" might be in order to get them trained for the basics and a bit more.

Don't misunderstand, they've done nothing wrong. In fact, they have been great. But I know from past experience that a dog that can stay on command or come to you on command is a worthy goal. In fact, it can save their life one day if they ever get into a tough situation or escape the house or yard or any number of other situations.

I can not tell you how many times we have been driving and seen stray dogs with tags. We have always pulled over for them and found their home. One time the dog had wandered literally 8 miles through the Chicago North Shore suburbs (from Glencoe to Wilmette). We have also found no less than 9 of our neighbor's dogs out roaming around. No clue why our nearby dogs get out so much.

I have to admit, though, that I am already missing the furry friends. Not Furley, the dogs. Although, I guess I do miss Furley too. Claire has already had one bout of tears when she once again figured out that they were not coming home tonight. Try explaining the concept of "two weeks" to a 5 year old. Talk about a foreign concept. It's worse than trying to get Gator to spell correctly. Or apparently getting Mrs. Bakes to use commas, colons and other punctuation.

We also managed to time the training for our trip to Ohio next weekend. So that was nice. For the merely curious, we are going to Troy, OH for the Strawberry Festival and Carey will be running the 10k race they have on Sunday morning. Me being the lazy and "suddenly" out of shape bastard that I am......will not be running the race. Good thing I'm not 38 years old or anything. Otherwise it would be hard to get in shape. Or so I'm told.

So that's the Pupdate. They're doing great. They're at training now for two weeks. We're going to Ohio for a weekend. And Claire is sad that Lila and Milo won't be back for some unclear length of time. Well, so am I even if I do know how long two weeks actually is on the calendar.