We wanted to give you an update on Willow, who is doing great and is such an awesome addition to our family. We received the kennel club certificate, thank you. She had her second haircut today and did great! Here are some pictures of her before and after her haircut.
Waylon continues to thrive. He has come to work with me at the nursing home twice and basks in all the attention. He is fully house-trained, which is more of a challenge in a condo, but he has figured it out and we have learned his signs!
We go to Point Pleasant Park on many occasions to romp with the other dogs off-leash. He was a little apprehensive at first. He wanted to join in the fun, but had no intention of leaving my side, his protector, I assume! Now he runs and plays with confidence. He is quick to come when given a call or whistle. As he runs back to my side he’s got a happy go lucky wiggle and his entire hind quarters shake with his tail!
We have met more Fairhill Farm poodles at the park. There is Jazz who is a black standard, about 7 years old, and keeps up with Waylon very well, and Gordon, also black 2 1/2 year old, who really gave Waylon a good run! It is so nice to meet some of the fhf older dogs. It’s funny but the poodles all seem to know one another, and play together so well. They are certainly fast!!
Waylon made his second visit to the vet for his vaccinations. He now weighs in at a whopping 35 lbs! I knew he was getting heavier – but not that heavy! I am used to lifting my three year old son who is close to 40 lbs, so Waylon didn’t feel too heavy. The vet is very pleased with his weight as the ribs are quite easy to feel. We still have him on the Medi-Cal food, which he happily devours!
I must try to take some pictures to forward. Whenever I catch Waylon sitting still and looking like the proud boy he is the camera is not handy and then he’s moved onto something else as quick as a flash!
Jake seems to grow by the minute. He is becoming more sure of himself and starting to have a mind of his own, but is still a sweetheart who loves everyone. He knows how to make friends with every kind of person, from the vet technician to students at the university, and every single dog he meets.
We’ve had lots of snow so he’s in his element. He stayed with friends while I traveled to Vancouver and had a great time playing with the girls (see photo). In the back yard he goes diving for things under the snow. Could be a chipmunk or “eau de deer” or just a stick. Everything smells interesting.
In the house he knows how to cover my feet for maximum contact and warmth. Sleeps all night in a crate next to me, doesn’t fuss when I move from room to room, and doing his “business” outside goes without saying. We recently started meeting up with “The Gang” at the local dog park/baseball field. He was cautious for the first day, tentative the next, and now runs with the big dogs chasing frisbees. He’s careful to acknowledge their seniority but doesn’t hide behind my legs either. His social manners are impeccable, which I attribute to you, Kathryn. The vet commented, ” Hey maybe it’s time I got myself a poodle!”
Here is a photo from a few days ago walking on the old mule towpath of the Erie Barge Canal. It’s gray and dreary, but beautiful in it’s own way. Jake doesn’t care about wind, sleet, snow or rain, as long as he’s outside and has snow to dive into and kick into the air. Difficult to see in the photos but if you use your imagine you will see a sweet face with soulful eyes and wet nose.
Barbara & Jake of Syracuse
About the Erie Canal: This is a lovely part of the world with a very interesting history. The canal allowed Syracuse to become a thriving city since it was midway between Albany (on the Hudson River) and Buffalo (on Lake Erie). The barges got weighed here and the weigh station is now a museum. Freight could travel up the Hudson from NY City and then through a series of locks all the way through the Mohawk Valley by way of the Canal to Lake Erie and then on to Chicago. Some of the old locks still remain. It’s peaceful walking at all times of year and it’s a great place to watch the seasons change. Jake will follow in the footsteps of my beloved Chelsea who loved to walk there as she got older because it’s flat, but also full of things to sniff and see.