25 Mon, 2011 § 2 Comments

Last week I scored a basketful of vintage maps.


I noticed them sitting on the “free table” in the main entrance of the building where I temp at the university.  I was glowing the rest of the afternoon, which is sort of lame.  I don’t care.  I also dig the wicker pail they came rolled up in.

I’m seeing some fun cartography projects in the near future.

Today, while I’ve been sorting through my new maps, clearing out some clutter & even clipping a couple inspirations from a magazine, Eisley has been my constant shadow.

We are listening to thunder storms in the distance , which stress & freak Eisley out.  She actually jumped in the tub while I was showering today to avoid being even more than a couple feet from me lest the thunder get her.  The pup hates getting wet — usually requiring a little coaxing to get in the bath — but apparently she hates that thunder more.

poor thing.

I sort of want to participate in Ali Edward’s A Week in the Life, so I’m trying to take simple everyday photos, representing exactly what is going on in our lives each day this week — “from the mundane to the profound”.  Though I’m not sure I’ll make a paper album, I’m excited to see if I can pull the images together by other means using text & digital composition…then posting here.

Anyone else want to play?

I’ll post today, tomorrow morning; Tuesday, Wednesday morning; & so on.

p.s.  Did you check out the auction?

Is Yours a “Chewer”?

23 Mon, 2010 § 1 Comment

Nearly every dog I have known has gone or is going though a chewing “phase”, devouring every thing in sight or at least constantly gnawing on something they shouldn’t be.

Knock on wood, but we either seriously lucked out or did something right.

Let’s assume the latter.  😉

Crate Training & Limited Roam-ability

We adopted Eisley at 5 months & immediately began “crate training”; though extremely difficult — more so on me than her — it proved to be a great approach in several ways.  One being she never had a chance to simply roam & lay claim upon the entire house; when she was out of her crate, she was always with me.  Keeping her within arms reach — or at least eye sight — made it possible for me to immediately interfer — or better yet prevent through distraction — undesirable behaviors.

Few Toys Lay About

Actually, only one.  Meet Hubert.

She knows where her toys are kept, how to ask for them & occasionally can streeeetch up to snatch one.  In order to get one of her toys, she has to perform a command such as “sit” [the one of main focus], “paw”, “down”, “spin”, etc.   Seem mean?  She never tires of these toys, left to search for something of more interest.  She also understands we are her source of “chewy & play things”.  Like all dogs, she thrives off of the attention she gets during this exchange.

We Trade

If she ever started to investigate or nibble on an off-limit item, I would gently, yet sternly, tell her “No”, then “Trade” her for a favorite, appropriate toy.  See why it is important she does not bore of these?

True Attention

Eisley gets oodles of attention, whether playing or just hanging out.  Because she is not neglected, ignored or left to her own devices, she does not need to seek attention through “bad dog” behaviors or find means of entertaining herself [i.e. more “bad dog” behaviors].  We also only play fetch, tug-o-war & such upstairs in the bedroom, so she has learned everywhere else in the house is a spot to be calm & content.


Some dogs are simply prone to chewing & getting into things & require extreme measures, but I would like to think our approach helped instill good behaviors.  We have never had a major incident, & I cannot recall the last time she even seemed to think about going for Dave’ slipper.  In fact, Bodhi [our cat] is more prone to eat my stuff; but that is a completely different topic.  Although, a couple weeks ago, she did snag something Bodhi had knocked onto the floor.  I turned to see her playing with a salt water taffy from Dave’s stash.  Can you blame her?  🙂

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