February 11th, 2018

Beyond the Ocean's Edge

Graduation

Big day yesterday. Coco "graduated" from his puppy training class. Truth be told, he failed the final "exam." However, he bribed the trainer with kots of sloppy wet kisses and unbridled affection, and so recieved his certificate of completion anyway. While he didn't do that well with the behaviors that were taught, he did great with the socialization aspects of the class. I've truly never seen a dog so eager to meet people (and other dogs). As soon as he realizes we are at the store (a large well-known pet supply store where the classea were held, his tail starts going a mile a minute, and he's trying to rush up to the nearest people, just knowing they'll pet him and make a fuss over him. And when actally in class he is so interested in the other dogs and their "parents," that he has a hard time trying to pay attention. With the way the training area is set up, people can look in over the side, and of course he sees those folks as well... further distracting him from the task at hand.

He is by no means a "dumb" dog. He has his own agenda and doesn't let anything interfere with it. His basic stubborness might also be charactaristic of his breed. Everything I find on dachshunds suggests that they are indeed independent and determined to have their way. So he may not be a dog who follows every command instantly, but he'll be one that succeeds because of his charm and personality. As long as he is so glad and excited to be around people, I don't think he'll have much if a problem.

Coco's graduation, complete with cap... no gown, however!

Finushed reading Twin's THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER a coyple of days ago. Seemed to match up fairly close with what I remember seeing on the old "Wonderful World of Disney" TV show, back when I was a kid. I think it was made in the early 60s and Guy Williams (tv's Zorro and later a star of Lost In Space) played Miles Hendon. Haven't started it yet, but earlier today I picked up a copy of THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Arthur Conan Doyle... another from the fairly extensive collection in the basement. I remember reading this a long long time ago, as well as a couple other volumes of stories about the great detective.

Hope everyone has a grat week ahead!
Dave