She’s A Faker!

This is almost too funny to share! Sometimes, with great urgency, Finn will jump at our back door, and I had always thought that it was because she really, really needed to go out. Alas, I have found out that I have been duped! Many, many times! It seems as though Finn has been fake-squatting! She jumps at the door, not because she needs to go out, but because she just wants to go out. And sometimes I am just thinking she needs to go out, and so I say over and over “wee wee” and she squats. Well, I have been checking the area of said squats, and it seems that she HAS BEEN FAKING IT for at least a week! And I know there has been no wee wee because I am feeling the earth!

Crazy dog! Anyone else encounter a faker from time to time? There haven’t been any accidents in the house, so it’s not like she’s been neglected, she just really wants to go out! and I don’t give her treats for going wee wee outside anymore, so she isn’t looking for a treat. I guess to just be outside and sniff the air or something? To look at the birds and squirrels?

Oh, Finn!

Sagamore Hill

As promised, I took Finn on a walk to a new place this week.  I decided on Sagamore Hill, the summer residence of our fine President Theodore Roosevelt.  Now a National Historical Park, the building is closed for a two-year renovation, and we can’t wait to see what it will be like when it re-opens!

On to our walk!  I packed extra treats, but we didn’t even need them!  When we got out of the car, Finn just jumped right out and was ready for anything.  Good thing, because we ran into these – three wild turkeys!  Finn definitely wanted a piece of the action!

Here is the summer house, and proof that Finn was there!
And finally Teddy Jr’s house which he built there in 1938.  Finn was definitely curious about that big truck.  We watched it pull into the main parking lot and drive all the way around to this little building.  Wonder what they’re doing!
I’d say she had a good time!

Separation, Part II

I wanted to let you know how Finn was doing with her separation anxiety.  I had posted about some several failed attempts here.  She was munching on our poor little carpet, and throughout the summer, the state of our carpet had gotten worse and worse.  Several people had told us to crate her, since she hadn’t really been punished in her crate, and from time to time she wanders in there.  But leaving her home alone in the crate for upwards of 8 hours a day just didn’t seem fair, in our eyes.  Throughout the summer, Finn would have some good days, where she didn’t touch anything, and then some bad days, where she actually starting munching on our molding!  We went and bought some sour apple spray to deter her from this and it was just diluted rubbing alcohol.  I could smell it when I even just sprayed it.  No wonder why Finn stopped munching on it.

Then, we went away for a couple of weeks and left her with the dog sitter.  Before we brought her home, I bought this pink bin to keep all of her toys in.  Either at night or first thing in the morning, I pick up all of her toys and put them back in there.  I told myself it was because I wanted her to know where everything was, but really I was tired of stepping on the random pig’s foot while I was barefoot!

It’s been a couple of weeks now, and I thought for sure she would have taken a crack at the plastic bin, since it’s new and colorful and crunchy, but she hasn’t.

I can’t separate her behavior from my imagination, but I think she kind of grew up while we were away.  We’ve left her for a nice chunk of time several times now since we’ve been back, and she seems to be doing fine!  When we return, she’s been sleeping or playing.

We still use that spider web toy, I put it down before we leave and I pick it up the instant I walk through the door.  The funny thing is that she never ever ever plays with it, even though it’s awesome and rubbery and sqeaky!  It’s always in the same spot where I put it down.  So I think she knows it’s not really a toy but just something that signals this “we’re coming back” idea.

So…maybe she just learned we are coming back.  And I try my hardest not to make a big deal for a few minutes before and a few minutes after I leave and come back.  Could it be…she’s *gulp* maturing???  Could it be…that I am getting less anxious about leaving her and she senses that it’s ok to be alone?

Either way, that molding by the door is getting replaced this weekend, and we’re hoping to put down the new carpet within a month!

We’ll either be going a walk somewhere new this morning or taking Finn back to the very beautiful Prosser Pines, and we’ll let you know how that goes!

More? In the Orphanage, You Want More?!

It’s like we never feed her!  They are for you silly!  Oh Finn, it’s a rough life you have there. 
Thank you for your comments on our last walking post.  The next time we go for a walk in a new place, I’ll try to pause more and have some different treats available so it’s a little more fun!  And, we’ll obviously let you know how it all goes!

Noteworthy Archive Award

We’ve been dusted off!  Thank you to Chancy the Gardner for going back through our archives and finding some of them entertaining!  We’re passing on the award to Yuki & Rocket, who I’ve been following for just a short time now, and when I saw the post of the some of the grooming challenges there, I couldn’t help but chuckle.  
Hope you enjoy it too!
PS – This is our 100th blog post!  
Thank you to our loyal followers who enjoy Finn just as much as we do.

Friday! And Some Advice Please…

Well, I decided this morning to take Finn for a walk in Prosser Pines, the largest collection of white pine trees in the area.  It’s raining, it’s woodsy and I just thought it would be a good time for both of us.

What does the largest collection of white pines in the area look like? Well, I’m glad you asked…

Pretty!
I tried to get Finn to sit for some nice pics, but this was the best we could do.
Somedog wasn’t paying attention.
And then she did what she pulled on me once before.  She walked in with me and after a few minutes of sniffing and walking, she turned around and just brought me back to the car.  I don’t get it.  
That would be the open area parking lot behind her.  Any thoughts on why she gets in these moods – I thought she would love exploring new places, but now I’m not too sure.  Should I just be sticking to our usual walks around the neighborhood?  That doesn’t seem too exciting at all, right?  

Give Me A Slice…Please

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