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Doggy Diaries (Encore): Ruger’s One Year Update

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My oh my, how time flies. My little guy turned one last month and he’s filled out into such a handsome boy, can’t you tell?

Here he is at 4 months, the night he came home:

First Family Photo Ruger

He’s been such a blessing (despite his often craziness) and he’s definitely become quite the companion.  Loyal, sweet, loving, cuddly, playful, adorable.  Just adorable.

In case you were wondering, he still squats. That’s my boy!

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And just for the heck of it, since I know you want some more cuteness:

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Doggy Diaries: Loyalty

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Having a loyal dog is so important to me. A dog that will stay by my side where ever I go.

We took Ruger to the river again this past weekend and now I’m sure he will be a loyal dog. He was off his leash all weekend and he made sure to stay close all on his own.

I’m not convinced dogs understand or feel love, but it seems like he knows we really love him and that he loves us too. He’s a loyal dog.  That’s my boy!

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Doggy Diaries: Bad Dog

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Ruger has decided that even though he has a big backyard to run around in and lots of toys all his own, that the hose is now a toy.  First he chewed off the nozzle handle.  Now there are holes in the hose. 

He also likes to pull the end of the toilet paper roll until it’s unraveled, then he chews the paper into thousands of little pieces.  So much fun to pick up!  Oh, and our painted brick platform in front of the fireplace, yea he likes to chew the corners.  Good dog, go ahead and swallow that lead paint, that’ll show you!

Needless to say, he’s been quite a handful. 

On the positive side, Ruger does obey pretty well when we give him commands and when hubby let him outside off his leash the other day, he stayed where he was told and went right back inside without running around the block first! He’s actually pretty good for a puppy.  And at least he’s so darn cute, right?

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Doggy Diaries: A Sleeping Puppy is a Good Puppy

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We’re keepin’ it real today.  As cute and as fun as puppies are, there’s a huge wave of relief that passes over me when Ruger is sleeping peacefully.  Because when he’s awake, the craziness ensues and you just never know what’s gonna go down.  Anyone else feel that same way, or is it just me?

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Doggy Diaries: Water Dog

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Pretty sure this picture says it all.

But since this is a blog and last week all I gave you were photos, I should say something, right?

This past weekend we took a short trip to the river and brought the pup.  He loved the water. Pranced, played, sat, swam.  He even jumped off the boat into the water to swim with us as we floated down the river.

Can’t wait to bring him again soon!

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Doggy Diaries: Photo Journal

Today I’m going to let you see what Ruger has been up to in our first ever photo journal.

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As you can see, lots of napping and playing.  What a life!

Have a great weekend and I’ll meet you back here Tuesday!

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Doggy Diaries: Adventures at the Dog Park

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Obviously this photo doesn’t really correspond to the title of this post.  It was not taken at the dog park, it’s from our backyard.  But I simply don’t have a photo of my little guy at the dog park and I think him squatting while he pees is a little funny.  Isn’t he just adorable?

On the topic of the dog park, I’ve taken Ruger probably four times now, with some ups and downs.  The first time I took him, it was actually a little sad.  He was totally like that awkward new kid in school who doesn’t know where he belongs and has no friends.  I let him loose in the big dog area first, where he was bullied and trampled by two huge German Shepherds.  Since he’s still petite, I figured we could give the small dog area a try.  He ended up being a little too excited for the little dogs and I could tell one owner was a little protective of his precious little one.  So I put Ruger back in with the big dogs for an unsuccessful last attempt for him to make friends.

The following weekend, I took him back and he had a great time!  He found a friend who was the perfect sized playmate.  They rolled and tumbled for half an hour and loved every second.  I felt like a parent, so proud and happy that her little boy had made a friend.

The next time we went, he also had fun and was able to find a few dogs his size.  But again, there were a few that followed him around a little too closely and literally would not leave him alone; nipping at his legs and trying to play too roughly.  But all in all, not a bad experience!

Fast forward to last weekend, I took him back hoping for a good experience and all was going well until about thirty minutes in.  There were a few bigger dogs that seemed to be ganging up on him.  Not that he is small by any means, because there are a lot of dogs in the big dog area that are actually small, but I think they know he’s just a baby.  I let him feel it out on his own a little, you know, letting him learn the ropes and toughen up.  Well just a few minutes later I see him on his back on the ground being attacked by a huge boxer.  I run over just as the poor guy got away and was whimpering as he ran to my side.  My heart dropped. Luckily he only got a cut above his eye, a loose baby tooth and a small scratch on his belly.  Suffice it to say, we headed home soon after.

Ruger’s got a little growing to do.  He’s in that middle stage where he doesn’t quite fit in just yet.  But he’ll get there.

On a much more positive note, he and the kitties are doing better together and he has also started following directions more often.  Hooray for progress!

What’s been your experience socializing puppies at the dog park?

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