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Friday, February 27, 2009

Wonderful Weather & Fozzie update

Well I have been told off today that I haven't updated my blog for 2 weeks.So I thought I had better do so. Today was fantastic, temperatures up to 15 degrees,so my childminding friend and I did a lovely walk around Virginia Waters. She had 3 children and I had one,she had one dog and I had 4 so it sort of balanced out..

We decided ,as the weather was so great ,to do the long walk right round the lake, 6 miles I think it is. I had taken Fozzie as I have a lower section on my pushchair that he can sit in when he gets tired...ha ha.
We then decided to go to the garden centre(actually at Virginia Water) and have lunch.That added another 2 miles!! We sat outside as it was so warm. We chilled out for about an hr there and then let the kids play in the playground area for a while.
We couldn't believe it when we checked our watches when we got back to the car/van..we had been there for 5 hours !!!!!!!!
The dogs had all had a great time & little Fozzie..well he didn't rest as much as I had hoped,but he did get some .!!
Here are some pics taken with my mobile phone.


Well Fozzie had his first proper Competition Obedience lesson last week. I have got some video ,but to be honest its probably not the most exciting video to watch as he did lots of small static exercises. If I can edit it down I may put it on here at a later date.
He was a brilliant boy especially as he was quite tired. We had been down to visit my best friend down in Devon for the 3 days previous and he had been a very busy boy,not to mention also doing some lovely walks. Jane has 9 dogs,including a 9 mth old puppy herself ,so Fozzie was pretty much on the go the whole time we were there.

In the last 3 weeks he has started to panic bark ,particularly if he hears a dog or strange noise in the distance. I do try to ignore it as much as I can and I have been told that this is sometimes a stage they can go through at his age. I really hope he'll grow out of it.He is so confident that it surprised me.
He is at long last almost house trained. His bladder control is much better and he will always *go* when we put him out, he hasn't had an accident indoors now for 5 days !!!!!!!!!! The last time he pooed indoors was the night after we came home from Devon. I found out later that he had consumed a whole bucket of Chicken food..gulp (Jane has chickens in her garden also !!)

As far as his proper diet is concerned ( lol) he is now 95% raw fed and doing exceptionally well. In fact so well that I may have to cut his rations now as he has started to get a bit porky.

I haven't taught him any new tricks in the last 2-3 weeks. He started to offer lots of behaviours at obedience training and my trainer thought he seemed slightly confused,I guess there is only so much a puppy can take in.
So its just been play,play,play and little bits of his Obedience work for the last few weeks.

And lastly his coat is growing...phew. I was beginning to think he wasn't going to be hairy,but its changed a lot over the last week.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I took my boys for one of their fun swimming sessions yesterday. Fozzie wants to be a big boy now, or so he thinks ( well he is nearly 4 months old.. .lol lol) and to join in all the fun from the start.You should have heard him barking excitedly and creating trying to get into the water before I was even ready. We wanted to put him in a life jacket to start off ,it was real struggle getting it on because he just wanted to get in the water. I want him to be confident in the water and with the big boys charging all over the place & jumping in, I didn't want him to be scared .. Well I shouldn't have worried at all.As is usual with Fozzie ,he was totally 100% confident..nothing seems to faze this little chap.He was extremely strong & quick in the water for for one so young.
We decided to take the life jacket off him right at the end , just for a few minutes to see how he coped and as you will see..NO problem.
Sorry the video is a little blurred in places..the lens kept steaming up !!

Swimming Feb 2009 from Rosie Ison on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Co-ordination & Balance

Firstly just wanted to say that Disney has sort of accepted Fozzie into the gang. Disney's still not 100% sure of Fozzie,but at least they can all be in the same room and walk around with each other. Disney never really accepted Chip, so I am really pleased that it hasn't taken too long for him to tolerate Fozzie.

Fozzie went on a co-ordination & balance course yesterday.
http://agilitydogsfitness.blogspot.com/ It was held literally 5 minutes from my house ,how great was that !
Fozzie is one of the youngest pupils Hannah has had on a course,he was 5 days off being 4 months. I knew he'd be confident because of all the things he has done so far in his short life,but I think Hannah was quite amazed at just how confident he was & what good co-ordination he had. He's a great little dog. I was expecting him to be tired when we got home,in fact I was really hoping he would be, because I was going out to a party and leaving him with hubby to look after. I left him securely tucked up in his crate with a nice full tummy and with his mates in the same room. When I got home about 3 hrs later it was clear he hadn't been tired at all,he had protested the moment I went out that I had confined him to quarters, and had spent the entire evening charging around ,annoying Woody & Chip and causing mayhem. Hubby had bought a DVD to watch,However I get the impression he hadn't watched much of it..lol

Here is the video of his Balance & Co-ordination class.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Yesterday we had snow,the most snow we have had in about 20 years in this part of the country. It was truly a winter wonderland & the dogs had so much fun. The bad part about it was the snow balls that attached themselves to Disney & Woody's legs,at one point they could hardly walk. Each time we have bought them back in we have had to place them in a warm bath up to their stomachs to get all the snow balls off. Fortunately Chip & Woody didn't get any . How I envied everyone with short coated dogs on this occasion !
I love this picture of the boys all together taken today in the sun. I have also added a little video I took yesterday at about 7-30 am showing how much fun they had, poor little Fozzie he tried so hard to keep up with the big guys.

I have just come to the conclusion after looking at everyones blogs, that I must be a terrible owner !! I never put coats on my dogs,whereas other bloggers are buying such beautiful ones to put on their dogs...Oh I am bad
The Boys having fun in the snow Feb 2009 from Rosie Ison on Vimeo.