Isaac vom Geistwasser

A BLOG about a DOG

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Isaac was successful at checking Chad’s 240 lbs to the ice this AM when we were out playing hockey. Not only did he get him on the ice he won the puck from him. The following picture was taken after Chad had his skates off, but is fairly representative of what it looked like after Isaac took him out!

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Just past 10 months

Isaac has made it just past the ten month mark, he’s still pissed that we forgot to celebrate. He is currently laying on the floor of my freshly cleaned office chewing a Nylabone.

Two night ago he got his undercoat blown out with the dog blower and then got a hardcore brushing with the furminator….hairy beast.

Duffeyclan.com Expired

welp duffeyclan.com expired on the 24th (forgot) so DNS is resolving to register.com for certain ISPs. I paid the bill so over the course of the day things should start working as DNS tables are propagated.

I also realized I haven’t updated the site in a couple days….

Not dog related

While cleaning my office I found a business card and googled Rev Mad Jack and found the following… (met him when I lived out west and used to visit him when he was located downtown).
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Near mishap

Isaac has been housebroken for all time, even when he wasn’t housebroken he had very few accidents in the house. He was in our bedroom today while Kerry was folding laundry and I was shaving and I heard Kerry yell “NO”!. He was hunkering right behind her to take a dump. I rushed him outside (he held it and moved fast). He had the the runs.

He found a hackysack on the floor last night and snuck it in his crate and ripped it apart. It didn’t appear that he consumed any of it, but I suppose that could be what’s going on with his belly.

OH he’s mad that he’s not getting any dinner….

Comfort food

Isaac seems to love his food more than ever now that the mercury has dipped in the negative double digits.

Bathroom

Soon Isaac will need to learn to use the toilet or a litter box. Earlier it was -22 (not windchill). It is currently -13 with a windchill of -31…. last night at around 12:00 AM her ran to the door to go out — I opened the door — he stared out the door — looked up at me — then he just walked away.

It’s freaking cold

Isaac has enjoyed the snow up until the past couple days. He goes out does his business, eats a little snow, and head right back for the door. When he does try and stay out (when kids are ice skating or I’m shoveling the drive) he does the 3 leg dance.  As I type this it’s -6.3 outside…… that’s just too cold!

UPDATE: Just checked weather.com and it’s colder than google claims!

Neal: [riding in back of pickup truck in freezing cold] What do you think the temperature is?
Del
: One.
Dog: Woof! Woof!
Neal: Give me the glove.
Neal: Ow! Just nipped. Little part. Ooh!
Del: Give him the goddamn glove!

It's freaking cold

Isaac has enjoyed the snow up until the past couple days. He goes out does his business, eats a little snow, and head right back for the door. When he does try and stay out (when kids are ice skating or I’m shoveling the drive) he does the 3 leg dance.  As I type this it’s -6.3 outside…… that’s just too cold!

UPDATE: Just checked weather.com and it’s colder than google claims!

Neal: [riding in back of pickup truck in freezing cold] What do you think the temperature is?
Del
: One.
Dog: Woof! Woof!
Neal: Give me the glove.
Neal: Ow! Just nipped. Little part. Ooh!
Del: Give him the goddamn glove!

Pathetic

Training has become pathetic these days (busy with the holidays, illness, snow, and whicked cold weather). I’m a slacker and Isaac doesn’t seem to mind.

He likes the snow

…and I like the new camera (shooting RAW and Post Processing with Bibble)

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In case anyone cares
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Volume of food

Changed the amount of food I’m giving Isaac. He been getting 3.5 cups of Fromm Surf & Turf, but started looking a little skinnier than normal so I’ve upped him to 4 cups per day. Haven’t had him on a scale in awhile so I’m not sure of actual poundage.

The hair is returning to his nose where he had the mite and we aren’t using the cream any more.

We haven’t been to Indian Creek Schutzhund Club in FOREVER….

It snowed again…

Isaac enjoyed last nights snow! He especially likes eating it, though I’m not sure he knows the yellow snow exception yet. Took this with the new Nikon D60

Slumber Party

More Visitors

In addition to those listed in this post, Isaac got a few more visitors over break.

New Years Day after the Cliffords left Aubrey came over for the afternoon and was picked up by Ciara. Then in the middle of Batman the Dark Knight Jennah and Samantha showed up to spend the night (Kerry has pictures of this). Isaac continued his line of good behavior around all the kiddies.

Max was hear on Saturday and Saturday night, oh and Bengi made an appearnance Saturday afternoon. It seems the only day we were left alone was on Sunday 1.4.2009. Isaac watched Max take a bath, while Max covered his ‘package’. It seems he thought Isaac was going to bite it, he left it alone.

Isaac had a lot of visitors

Isaac had numerous visitors over the holiday season, and behaved perfectly. A lot of them were little kids and it was good to see he wasn’t terribly interested (not scared either) in them. He is kind of aloof with people he doesn’t know, not standoffish or scared, he just doesn’t feel the need to gush over people (other than Noah and Kerry). He is very aware when someone comes to the door, but will go lay down or come while the door is answered and people enter the house (he’s alert and poised to go and check it out). When released he goes in for a few sniffs, but doesn’t jump and gush all over them.

  • Mom, Dad, Robin, Josh, Ciara, and Aubrey for Christmas Eve dinner
  • Brian and Lorene Coffey showed up on two separate occasions
  • Chad and his two daughters were here on Sunday Night after Christmas.
  • Kari & Jeff (2 kids and their dog buddy) and her brother Brian & Melisa (4 kids) Monday night for dinner. When they all showed up Bethany got dropped off by her friends mother, daughter and son (it was an insane zoo and he was fine). There were 14 people in the kitchen and entry way and a new dog and he wasn’t stressed at all. Oh and Jack and Noah were playing roller hockey in our driveway.
    • He met buddy in the front yard when they arrived and allowed him in the house easily, buddy is a ‘little’ terrier mix and wanted to play until he realized what running with the big dogs means (Isaac left him with a ‘leave-it’ when I could tell buddy was getting a little touchy.
    • Brian was able to play with him and get him to use his mouth a little as the evening wore on. (normally only Noah and I elicit this type of play). Not many outsiders rough-house with him
    • He brought Kari his favorite chew toy for some ‘fetch’ and tug of war. Eventually I gave her his hose and he played fair and well with her (though he always went back to his pillow and made her call him to bring the hose in, he was definitely testing if she’d just let him have it).
  • Marissa had 8 friends from high school over (stayed until 1 AM), they were rowdy in the basement outside his room and he was quiet when crated with all the noise and activity up and down the stairs.
  • New Years Day for Brunch Debie/Husband, Daughter, and two foster kids.

During all these events Isaac was allowed to interact as people arrived, but was also crated during meal time or when the activity level was too high. He always complied and was quiet in his crate. Other times when told to ‘go lay down’ he would ’stay’ on his pillow in the living room while people were milling around (after being aloud to investigate). He is also always willing to present his favorite chew toy to people so they can toss it for him.

Though we have slacked in official SchH training, Isaac is ensuring his place in the house with good manners and social skills. Though he may have fallen behind in ‘real’ training, his behavior in the house around all the kids and strangers is good to see (kids are evil creatures) and is probably more important in our situation than SchH training at this point. Other than the 7.5 to 12 week socialization period I am treating the 7 – 14 month (or until sexual maturity) very seriously with strangers and other kids. This will be the time that his personality may change or he may react to situations differently than when he was a ‘puppy’. So far so good…….