Monday, April 27, 2009

Where in The World is Sawyer?

I realized that I've been sorely lacking in the pictures department, so I figured it was about time I put some new ones up! After all, the best part about a puppy is the fact that it's so darn cute, right? Anyway, one of the things that Helping Paws focuses on is getting the puppies used to lots of sights, sounds, smells, etc. And while Sawyer is still too young to be taken anywhere pet dogs aren't allowed, he has definitely found lots of places to explore.

He's explored the snow...

Made a few trips to the vet clinic, (it helps when your dad is a vet)...

Reached new heights...

Discovered the bathtub...

Tried to help out with chores...

Gone to prom, (or at least the pictures beforehand)...

And he always makes himself feel welcome wherever he goes!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Where Has The Time Gone?

The time with Sawyer here has really flown by. For me personally, I've been so busy with school, friends and a new puppy that I feel I've barely had time to breathe, but it's been a lot of fun so far. He's learned a lot very quickly, for instance he will consistently hold eye contact with me for 8-10 seconds, he's already learning to walk on a loose leash and he's gotten a lot better at responding to his name (unless of course there's a really interesting smell on the ground in front of him). However, I think my parents would agree that the greatest improvements have been in his bladder control. While he's definitely not potty trained yet, this past week there have been a few instances when he went to the door when he had to go out instead of spontaneously leaving presents for us on the floor. It still is nowhere near perfect, but he's definitely making strides in the right direction.

ps - I know I've been lacking in the picture department, so I'll try to get some up this weekend.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Back to the Daily Grind

This past week we've definitely gotten into a routine with Sawyer. His day generally starts around 5am when my dad gets up and takes him out, plays with him, trains etc. before he leaves for work. Then, I get up at 7 and entertain him until I leave for school. He spends his mornings at home with my mom and his afternoons with my dad. When I come home from school I try to get my homework done as quickly as possible in order to spend time with him in the evenings. And, finally, he usually goes to sleep for the night around 10:30. Luckily, Sawyer makes sure that this routine never gets old. He's always finding some way to amuse, (or frustrate) us. Stay tuned for the next post, titled "Sawyer the Gymnast Puppy."

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Yay For Sleeping!

Big news: Sawyer officially knows what it means to sleep through the night! Of course, it's an easier concept for him to understand than to carry out, but he's doing rather well, (or at least so I'm told by my parents, I sleep through the night regardless of his barking). Tuesday night was our first success, I don't think he got up until around 4, and this morning he slept until 5! I know this is still pretty early, but it's a big change from his first night here when he was whining every half hour.

Here are some pictures from Sawyer's adventures in the great outdoors!