Tulip had her second puppy class yesterday. We had to miss one because of a gastric issue—hers, not mine. Let’s just say whatever she ate came out of the back end at the speed of light and it came out whether or not we were out outside or just inside her crate in the middle of the night. That’s a whole other story.
Before any puppy class, we’re instructed to not feed her breakfast and bring 109 tiny snacks. I couldn’t bear the thought of her going hungry so I gave her a tiny bit of rice and chicken and it was enough to whet her appetite for approximately 50 of the treats (I forgot the rest of the treats there on accident.) They want the dogs to be ravenous so they’ll listen and be rewarded with food. Most dogs are food motivated which makes complete sense because I am too.
Not to brag, but Tulip did great. She can sit, bump hand, and lie down but still has a problem with DROP THAT or GET DOWN or PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP BITING ME. We’re working on those. This Saturday coming up is a leash class and WE ARE NOT MISSING THAT ONE either.
We did a little bit of puppy socializing and let me just say that in the last class, Tulip was the one running away from other dogs and cowering and flipping over on her back into the submissive post. This time, however, she was all, IN YER FACE, OTHER DOGS and it was comical to watch. She threw all of her twenty pound weight around until a couple of the other dogs hid. I was so proud concerned that she might be too rough.
B&B Canine even had their agility activities set up, and Tulip went up a big hill then back down several times. We wept with pride (or maybe allergies but probably pride). Once class was finished and we were on our way home, she practically passed out in the back seat and didn’t even get up when we stopped at the drive through for coffee.
Since we had a concert to go to later, we had planned on taking a nap in the afternoon (see: old) to be able to stay up past 10:00 p.m., which dovetailed nicely with Tulip passing out taking a nap too. Our little dog-ter was exhausted from all that learning and playing and quite frankly, so were we, so even that medium coffee with cream wasn’t enough to keep us up.
Christine Cacciatore is a multi-published author who lives—and loves—to write. Together with her sister, Jennifer Starkman, she has published the magical novels Baylyn, Bewitched and Cat, Charmed, with the third book Elise, Evermore coming out soon. On her own, she has written Noah Cane’s Candy, a sassy holiday short romance and Knew You’d Come, a spicy paranormal romance novella. Also, Chris ventured into the Kindle Worlds Mary O’Reilly paranormal series and has written Trouble Lake and Grave Injury. They’re the perfect books to curl up with any time of year but especially Halloween…because they’re chock full of ghosts!
Chris is a member of the In Print Professional Writer’s Group in Rockford, IL and the Chicago Writer’s Association. In her spare time, Chris enjoys writing, reading, and coloring in her grandchildren’s coloring books with the good crayons. Chris is married to a devastatingly handsome man she met on eHarmony, has three children and a gigantic black dog who helps her pack lunches in the morning. She also has five of the most beautiful, intelligent grandchildren in the world, and their antics keep her in stitches.