A wonderful update from Two TG Alumni!! How cool is that! Yvette
Hello Mama Yvette, Papa Dave and Turtle Gardens Community,
As I write this, Dash is wandering around the house looking for a very special place for his squeaky, Demi is pretending not to see where he’s chosen, and Bijoux (Dash’s Lady) is passed out. We spent the morning at Trout Lake so they could run off their zoomies.
Dash turned 3 on January 5th. Its seems like 3lbs of puppy turned into 30lbs of dog in a blink. Demi (formerly Debbie, sister of Dolly and daughter of Sparkle) has grown from an 11.5″ back length to a perfect 14″ and is topping the scales at 11lbs after a haircut. I guess she wasn’t quite full grown when you blessed us with her.
Dash’s temperament is still the same. Confident, willful, bossy, greedy, jealous, friendly, sweet natured, lover of everyone and everything except crows and squirrels. He is a prince and he knows it.
Dash has grown quite fond of his little sister Demi. He washes her face every night before bed and tolerates her cannonballing him when she’s frisky. Dash and Bijoux left her alone when she first arrived.
Demi was so fearful. I am pleased to tell you she is no longer a fear biter and we trust her around people, most importantly babies and children. She watches Dash and Bijoux happily greet people and now will cautiously approach visitors for a good petting, though she keeps her distance from strangers when we’re out and about.
Demi has blossomed and has fully adopted us, taking cuddles from and initiating play with her cat and dog brothers, her man, her uncle and me.
Last month, Demi started running with Dash and Bijoux at the dog parks. It was so wonderful to see her confident enough to not only be out from under foot, but enjoying the wind through her hair. I love watching the dogs run, its truly a beautiful sight. Demitasse has terrific recall. Dashiell, not so much. Dash’s attitude is pretty much a “Yeah, I heard you, but I can still see you, so what’s the problem?”.
We walk with Bijoux, the Basset Hound, Monday to Friday mornings and keep her for the day 3x a week. They are a very good pack. Dash & Bijoux are definitely a bonded pair and they are inclusive with Demi now that she wants to be with them. We have occasional play dates with other dogs. Dash & Bijoux will intervene if the visiting dog makes Demi nervous. Meal time has been pretty hilarious of late. They get meat on top of kibble and Demi will gobble up her meat then will try to stick her face into the other’s bowl to try to get more. When only kibble is left, they all trade bowls. Dash tortures Demi by slowly and methodically eating his meat one piece at a time and won’t let her in his bowl until the good stuff is gone. He has never been very food driven, as if he is sure hunger is something he will never know.
Demi has learned a lot from Dash and has figured out that she can be a princess. When The Man comes home, even if he’s only been gone for 10 minutes, she will follow him around until he gives her a piece of duck jerky. If he is not forthcoming with said jerky, she will give an obstinate, “Woo! Woo!”. Its their thing. Demi has gone from staring at us from a hiding spot to climbing on our laps for cuddles and kisses, giving us a paw when she wants a chew or treat, and nose butting us when she wants to wrestle.We’re so pleased she’s realized being happy is a lifestyle choice. She is excited to go on walkies, sometimes trying to get into Dash’s harness as we’re putting it on him, just to make sure we don’t forget to take her. She had some separation anxiety at first (chew damage on door), but now is fine knowing the cat is in charge when we’re out. She makes a sweet sound when she yawns, and makes silly noises in an effort to talk like people. Her favourite night time sleeping spot is on my face.
I almost signed off without telling you that we picked up a vibration training collar for Dash last summer, when he stopped paying heed to “Hush” when barking at squirrels in the yard. The little bugger figured out how loud he could bark without setting it off within moments. His terrible twos are on the wane and he seems to want to be a good role model for his kid sister.
Thats all for now, except for our eternal gratitude to you for our little darlings.
Les, Anna, Mister Big Guy, Dashielle Bowie and Demitasse/xox