Puppy walking

An adventure in looking after a puppy until it is old enough to be properly trained as a guide dog for the blind.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Yesterday, Rockwell got his new, bigger crate. Once it was set up, I had to take the leaf out of the dining table so I could get around the room. When Peter got home, he said, “that’s not a kennel - it’s a garage.” It was missing its door too, which kind of defeats the purpose, but they’re delivering it tomorrow so I’ll be able to test it out when I go to teach Thursday afternoon.
In his bigger crate.
Rockwell sniffed it all over when it first got here but then ignored it until after dinner. Then he went inside all on his own and stayed there. So we’re happy he considers it his new sanctuary.
I think he's relaxed.


At 10:55 a.m., January 10, 2006, Anonymous EnergyPaws said...

We have no dining room table! No room in our little bungalow for three feeding stations for bullmastiffs. And as far as crates go.. well just imagine three crates at 42 inches long (soft sided thank goodness!) Fortunately, we have a huge yard and the dogs are mostly couch potatoes in the house.

He's getting so big!

At 11:18 a.m., January 10, 2006, Blogger Bluegrass Mama said...

I had to stop by after seeing that you mentioned me in a comment on Introverted Exhibitionist (and getting a good laugh from same comment, BTW).

That is one big dog! What a great thing you're doing, though I'm sure it will be hard to say good-bye to him when the time comes.

At 12:29 p.m., January 10, 2006, Blogger M-Fax said...

its the same one I got when I flew with boss...........huge ass crate.......

At 1:15 p.m., January 10, 2006, Blogger JuliaR said...

EnergyPaws - three mastiffs! I saw the pictures but I don’t know how you manage. Good thing big dogs are couch potatoes. Our “dining” table is usually covered in papers anyway. :)

Bluegrass Mama, thanks for stopping by! We puppywalkers always get asked “how do you give them up?” and I say “we all cry!” but it’s a good deed so it’s worth it. And if you think he’s big now, wait until he stops growing! He was only 55 pounds at 6 months and I figure he has another 30 pounds to gain. I don’t know how tall he’ll get though.

MFax, he was getting too big to stuff into his first crate, and “stuff” is the appropriate word. Now I hope he’ll be more comfy when we have to leave him there for a little while.

At 3:24 p.m., January 10, 2006, Blogger Sam I Am said...

Your space is what I use to have,My humans got me a poptent,
I have more room to.You look handsme,yet again ..Rockwell looks like our baby Diesel,He also is a yellow lab.

At 4:45 p.m., January 10, 2006, Blogger Freda said...

Hey Rockwell,

Bark about comfortable! I'm gettin' sleepy just lookin'. Must feel reeeeally good.



At 4:55 p.m., January 10, 2006, Blogger Furkids In Hong Kong said...

Wow, I want to just pounce up to you and kiss you on your cheeks on that second pic.

Good going Rockwell!


At 5:33 p.m., January 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jules!
Aren't those amazingly big? Glad to see Rockwell take to it! Happy teaching!

At 5:48 p.m., January 10, 2006, Blogger David said...

You sure have a nice big crate now for Rockwell. He will no doughbt be able to stretch his legs and easily turn around it.

Check out my new blog and Brin's puppies; we have been very busy around here for the past week and a half.

David and the Gang

At 10:37 p.m., January 10, 2006, Blogger IndyPindy said...

Ha! Rockwell lays down in some wierd positions, just like Indy! Indy got a new crate recently too, he loves it. Every time he's gotten a new crate he can barely wait to go in. He loves laying in there when he wants to rest, like after day camp.

At 9:36 a.m., January 11, 2006, Blogger JuliaR said...

Hey Sam I Am, a pup tent sounds nice! I want to make sure Rockwell stays in the crate if I leave him alone and I would worry that he might chew his way out of a tent. :) And I agree, he IS a handsome boy.

Freda, Rockwell barks back! There isn’t even a blanket in there and he still likes it. But I will put something soft in for when leave him for a little while on his own.

Cream, Rockwell would probably slurp you back!

Hey “Anonymous”, who are you calling “Jules”? If you know me, you know better.

David, glad you have a new blog going! I think I saw the very pregnant Brin over at Keelin’s blog (which doesn’t appear to be there any more?) so I am SO glad to see the puppies. I’ll be visiting regularly to check on them. Lots of pictures please!

Indy, I am glad Rockwell likes his crate because it makes it easier to leave him there if I have to.

At 11:13 a.m., January 11, 2006, Anonymous zoom! said...

Awww. How cute is that?? (Big puppy, by the way.)

At 11:22 a.m., January 11, 2006, Blogger Chen said...

Rockwell sleeps in such a cute way :)

At 11:34 a.m., January 11, 2006, Blogger JuliaR said...

Zoom! I fear he is only going to get bigger! Uma weighed about 80 pounds but she was closer to the ground. We'll see how tall Rockwell gets.

Chen, all dogs I know tend to sleep upside down part of the time. They do look funny!

At 12:00 a.m., January 12, 2006, Anonymous marc said...

man alive, I cracked up when I saw him sleeping there.

great picture!


At 9:37 a.m., January 12, 2006, Blogger JuliaR said...

Marc, thanks for stopping by! I think all dogs sleep upside down at times, don't they?


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