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Tooey had a taste of river water at a local park in Portland early this morning. As far as we know, this was her first exposure to water (other than baths, and they don’t count). We were curious to see what she’d do.

down to the river -- where's the squeaky Wubba toy?

down to the river -- where's the squeaky Wubba toy?

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nice water entry

oh, there's the wubba

oh, there's the wubba

bringing it in

bringing it in

happy wet dog

happy wet dog

doing it again

doing it again

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Tonight, the DVD in the Netflix envelope was broken. There goes tonight’s plans. But wait, isn’t there a hunt training DVD we can watch?

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While Cooper is off a hunt school, Tooey is learning the “Back” command in the comfort of her new home.

I wonder what she’d do if we put on “Best in Show”.

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Took Tooey to the vet yesterday for an initial checkup. She weighs just over 53 lbs, has a microchip, and checks out perfectly healthy. The vet gave her the required rabies shot (in the Portland area, the main danger is from rabid bats), as well as some advice about what to look out for in regards to:

  • feeding raw meat,
  • checking for potential infections after Tooey’s heats,
  • determining proper claw length, and
  • possibly avoiding unnecessary vaccinations by using titers (blood tests) to check for immunity.

It was a busy visit, and afterwards, Russ got another great photo of her:

Tooey at 8.5 months

Tooey at 8.5 months

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This post goes back in time a bit, to last Saturday. Because Andy and we (and Tooey) were all going to be staying at Colleen’s house, Andy volunteered to bring Cooper out for the day, so we could visit. Such a kind offer, and we took advantage of it.

We spent part of the day in Colleen’s very large yard, letting Cooper and Tooey meet and run around. At first, Cooper was being very ungentlemanly, pushing Tooey around, trying to show her who was boss. Tooey tried to signal that she was perfectly willing to let Cooper be the top dog, but it took him several minutes to get the message.

But that lasted only a little while, and soon they were running and playing together. It was a joy to watch.

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Cooper (in front) and Tooey (in back)

Tooey chases Cooper

Tooey chases Cooper

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Introducing Tooey (aka Stanegate Second Thoughts):

Tooey -- (c) 2009 Russ Dodd

Tooey -- (c) 2009 Russ Dodd

Tooey was born on December 9, 2008, so she’s still a puppy. You can see her pedigree at IWSdatabase.com.

So far, she seems like a very sweet girl, very motivated by food (so much easier to train when they’re motivated by food), a snuggle puppy, and constant companion. She’s housebroken already, and willing to be up on the grooming table to be combed and trimmed (a good thing for an IWS).

We’re working on car sickness. While we were driving the 200 miles to home last weekend, she soaked my pants leg and two towels. This morning, after just a couple of days of working on it, she voluntarily hopped into the car and we drove several blocks while I was throwing her pieces of kibble. We got back home with a dry mouth — so that’s progress!

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Duck Dog -- (c) 2009 Russ Dodd

Duck Dog -- (c) 2009 Russ Dodd

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Today we finally got to see Cooper work. The question in my mind is: Has this month of missing him been worth it?

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marking where the duck falls -- out about 90 yards

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going out to get the duck

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bringing back the duck

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holding the duck

I think all of us would say, “Yes!”

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celebrating the retrieve!

And now for a little commentary. Some parts of what we saw are not amazing: Cooper has always loved birds, so his being willing to pick up a duck is not amazing. For some dogs it is — as one of my fellow bloggers points out, ducks are oily and they stink. Not all dogs think ducks are wonderful at first –for them it is an acquired taste. Cooper has never had this problem.

Also not amazing is his willingness to go find and carry the duck (or a ball or a toy). He’s always loved going and getting things and carrying them around, starting with the newspaper the morning after we got him at 9 weeks and continuing with the tennis ball from the flyball box.

But here is what IS amazing:

  • Cooper marking the duck. He’s never been interested in looking out to find something. He’ll quarter back and forth, searching for something on the ground, and if we’re throwing a toy or ball, he’d look at our throwing arm. But looking OUT THERE for something is new.
  • Cooper bringing the duck back to Andy. He’s always been much more interested in coming in close enough to show us whatever he went out to get, but then running off and doing some victory laps with it. Seeing him bring the duck back to Andy and sitting at Andy’s heel with it was a real joy. (Although, once he veered off and tried to bring it to me and then to Russ — we had to turn our backs, and Andy had to call him over. But only once.)
  • Cooper letting Andy take the duck. Before this, assuming we could get Cooper to come within arm’s reach with whatever it is he’d gone off to get, Cooper would turn his head or generally resist giving us the thing. Andy is very persuasive, slowly petting Cooper’s head several times as Cooper sits at heel, and only then gently reaching over Cooper’s head and down over his nose to take the duck.

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