Happy birthday, Story!

I can’t believe Story is five years old today. We got her right after we got married (which also doesn’t seem like nearly five years ago). We (or at least I) put sooo much thought into what breed to get for our first dog. The ACK describes the Westie as “a small, game, well-balanced hardy looking terrier…possessed with no small amount of self-esteem.” It is absolutely true! Story is one of the friendliest dogs I’ve ever known. Especially now that we have shy Kate, it’s clear how different dogs’ personalities can be. Story has never met a stranger! She is also the very best cuddle dog. Very rarely do I sit on the couch without her on my lap.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of her from the last five years. Happy birthday, my favorite Westie!

20140329-223831.jpg

20140329-223854.jpg

20140329-223912.jpg

20140329-223935.jpg

20140329-223959.jpg

20140329-224027.jpg

20140329-224042.jpg

20140329-224058.jpg

20140329-224105.jpg

20140329-224122.jpg

20140329-224135.jpg

20140329-224310.jpg

20140329-224320.jpg

20140329-224337.jpg

Kate 365

She’s back! I guess there won’t really be 365 puppy pictures of Kate after all. I’m going to try to post one every week for the second half of her first year.

20140111-204730.jpgIn case you were wondering, Kate’s surgery last week went fine. She seemed so sad when we picked her up from the vet and moped around all night, but the next day she acted like nothing ever happened. In the photo you can see the spot where they shaved the fur off her leg for the iv.

In other news, I successfully walked Story and Kate together for the first time today. I’ve been trying out Story’s training collar (it’s the pinch kind) on Kate with great results. I was leery of using it with her since she’s so sensitive, but that thing is magical. It only took her a few minutes to realize that if she didn’t pull on the leash nothing unpleasant would happen, and now she’s well on her way to becoming a model loose leash walker. And now that she’s not jumping all over Story they’re a breeze to walk together.

Kate 365 – 4 months

It’s almost a week late, but Kate is four months old now! She’s grown so much: she weighs about 18 pounds and Story can walk right underneath her. We don’t have to keep an eye on her constantly for fear that she’ll eat the house any more, and I think it’s safe to say that she’s completely housetrained (knock on wood!). She’s still painfully shy around strangers, but sooo affectionate at home. As far as training goes, we’ve been working hardest on the ‘stay’ command lately. Currently I can stroll around the yard or disappear from sight for up to 15 seconds and she won’t budge. Yesterday I spent all afternoon raking up leaves the the front yard and she “helped” me by having a great time pulling sticks and small logs (!) out of the bushes to chew on. She should start losing those sharp little puppy teeth any time now…

Here are Kate and Story cuddled up under the blanket a few nights ago. Kate was obviously fascinated by the noise Matt made to get her attention. Story, on the other hand, was unimpressed.

20131106-224519.jpg