Monday, May 11, 2009

First and Second Days with Eola

Eola is settling in nicely! When toys are out she gathers them all around where I'm sitting and switches toys but is always close by. If I have to leave her in another room she freaks out but she's insecure still and should improve with time. She's also pretty calm in the house (unless I come in the room then she's got springs in her feet and a smile on her face) although she is a major chewer! She reminds me of Iverson in a few different respects and the chewing is one of them. She doesn't chew inappropriate things, even leaves socks where they are, but give her a bone and she's definitely a power chewer! In fact she's chewing on a bully stick now while Evett is looking on, lol.

Saturday Eola had fun getting to know "her" new toys /wink/ for the next six months anyway. Here she is enjoying some of them!
^She absolutely loves tennis balls! She has three here and many times has them all together and plays with them all at the same time

^Her Wubba^

^Discovering the Jollyball^
She also had some quality bonding with both of us... Alex was feeling gross yesterday and used her as a pillow. She was very calm and just laid there and let him love on her.
Eola had stress diarrhea Saturday and even woke me up in the middle of the night needing to go out! So she had to skip dinner on Saturday (poor girl loves her food! and was still on three meals a day... until I got her that is). On Sunday I fed her the normal 1.5 cups twice a day just added some pepto and water to it to help settle her stomach. It looked really nasty! But she liked it!

After meeting and lunch we took the girls (that's wierd to say) on a quick outing. First we went to the shelter to get a GL for Eola (didn't want to use the blue one on her). The receptionist was extremely rude (I don't know who she is, the weekend gal since the girl I know has worked there forever and is really sweet) so we went and looked at the critters for a few minutes. Then I bought Eola this:
Yes, it's a purple GL! No, I'm not addicted to headcollars. However, she is a major puller and a bit of a spaz at times so the added control the GL provides is very nice for exercising her as she's has a higher energy level. We are definitely working at getting her to walk correctly on a martingale collar but the GL is necessary at this time due to my joint pain (as of yet undiagnosed).
This is Evett as we were getting leave for our outing yesterday.
After the shelter we went to Stewart Park to the nature trail. It was pretty hot so we didn't get to walk too terribly long before the girls made it apparent they were done so we headed back. It was a nice experience though and they were good ambassadors with their GLs on /wink/
^Evett crashed after we got home^
^Evett's cute in the GL although Tab has it for Elly right now^
This morning Eola got just plain kibble, no pepto added /grin/ She did a very nice "wait" and endured the photo taking
At the "okay" though she dug right in! It's so nice to have a hungry puppy again! She eats almost as fast as Iverson so we'll be doing what Karen did with her and adding water to float the kibble and slow her down.
We went on another outing today. On the way Eola found Eclipse's duck in the backseat and used it as a pillow (The duck will be going to Mary for Eclipse next time we see her. Eola will get a different duck, probably a goose)
We met up with Tab, Coreena and Max at DC farmer's co-op for me to get some more Brewer's Yeast and Garlic tablets for the dogs and the guys took off to go disc golfing. Then we headed to the vet to get weights on the girls! Eola weighs in at a nice 40.4 lbs (sans jacket), Evett is a stocky 41.4 lbs and Elly is a very hefty (going on a diet) 50 at a mere 5 months 1 week old. After that the soldiers being deployed were being escorted through town so we decided to expose the pups to the honking and yelling as they were going right by the vet. It was very sad to watch them leave (my brother-in-law, Emily and Aiden's dad left today) although I'm not patriotic at all I know the effect of someone leaving on the family.
Here's Eola before they reached us.
Evett being stunning
Then Tab dropped us off at Stewart Park so we could again walk the girls. We only had one GL between the two of us so Eola started out without it. She did really good to begin with but then starting getting too far ahead again... When she doesn't have to stay right by your side she is extremely attentive and checks in very often which is nice.
We went and filled up our water bottle for the walk since it was a hot day again. At the drinking fountain there's a kid's one that's lower and I had Eola do an "up" on it and let her drink right out of the fountain. She was snuffing in it and had a good time, got her nose all wet though! The purpose of this picture was to get that (we missed her actually drinking from the fountain) but I really like the way it turned out!
We walked the nature trail the other direction today (only as far the shade went) and it takes you right by the freeway. They didn't react at all to the semis or anything and were very relaxed. Notice Evett's tongue.
While Coreena worked with Evett on loose leash walking for a minute (she walks well but has her moments) Eola took a break and I took a photo /wink/
Then Evett decided to take a break too, again, I took a photo /grin/
We walked for a little over an hour and towards the end Eola was wanting to go lay in every spot of shade (yes, they had plenty of water, it was just hot), so we got a photo of her longingly looking towards the shade

The girls are taking a nap right now but I'll feed them dinner soon. A tired puppy is a good puppy!

Ally & Coreena w/ Eola, Evett, Teddy & Kira


  1. Glad you are all getting off to such a smooth start. Hooray!

  2. Sounds like she's doing really well! She's such a pretty pooch. I love the pink collar and purple GL!