Today we were having our usual picnic lunch with Bill when Banta rolled around on the quilt and I realized she was in season. She had made it this long and somehow we thought she might make it back to GDB before she had her first season. No such luck. Now we have 28 days of “house arrest” she can’t do any socializing. She can’t go on any walks. She has to relieve in the back yard instead of our normal spot on the driveway. The two dogs that have common fences with us are both intact males so we will have to make sure that they don’t get motivated to try to climb over the fence. Doug, a black lab, doesn’t actually live there anymore but he visit often. Charley, a beagle, is mostly out just during the day. I went over to Target with Casey while Bill took a nap and picked up some size 4T-5T pull-ups to help keep the mess from getting all over the house. It will be less than 2 weeks when Banta is able to go back to her normal activities until she gets on the truck for GDB.
Yesterday I sent this photo to Apex’s handler and gave her an update on Banta and introduced her to Casey. It was one year since we put Apex on the truck to go back to GDB. It is so much fun to hear how Apex is doing. Here are some excerpt of what she wrote:
Tonight after puppy class we decided to go to Mimi’s for dinner. Bill needed to go back to work and it has been a while since we ate at Mimi’s. This was Casey’s first time in regular restaurant. Banta settled right down as the veteran puppy in training that she is. Casey had a much harder time. She spent most of her time trying to find something interesting on the floor. They have patterned carpet and I think this confused her. She is still struggling with the garbage mouth thing. Sometimes I call her “Hoover” because she is so determined to go after things on the floor.
Banta and I went to the General Relief Society Meeting tonight. This is actually Banta’s second time in the Conference center. She got to go to the Tabernacle Choir 100th Anniversary Concert while she was on a puppy swap earlier this year. That was a long four hours. I think she remember that because she got a little bit restless a bit before the end. Our sets were in the balcony and we got to sit on a row with extra leg room which was really nice. We didn’t have anyone sitting in front of us for several rows. So when Banta sat up she could look around the whole conference center. She seemed to think it was very interesting.We stopped at Crown Burger on the way back to the care for Onion rings.
Today we went to the traveling exhibit that the Boy Scouts of America has put together to celebrate their 100th anniversary. It was set up in the parking lot west of South Towne Mall. For the end of September it was very hot and Casey’s black fur and young age made it a bit hard on her. Banta handled the heat fine. They both enjoyed lots of attention from visitors and volunteers alike. We saw a short movie projected on the roof of a dome tent. Walked through their museum and got our pictures taken doing “virtual” white water rafting. We walked around a bit more but Casey had had enough, so Bill headed back to work and us girls went home.
We have been having adventures with diarrhea for the last several days. It started with Casey and then Banta joined in too. So today we all took a trip to the vet for meds and a bag of Science Diet i/d food. Keeping two dogs feed chicken and rice is very time consuming. As you can see from the photo below Casey thinks the i/d is great tasting stuff. They both gobbled it down in the usual labby style. I was a bit concerned about how to get their pills down them. With our pet dog I would wrap it in peanut butter or cream cheese and it was no problem. But with puppies in training that isn’t really appropriate. But it ended up being rather easy. They happily gobbled it up with their food. I was afraid they would taste it and spit the pills back out.
We took the girls to the State Fair today. It was lots of fun. Banta and Casey got to see some animals that they have never seen before (pigs, sheep, cows etc.), meet lots of people and experience new things. We went first thing in the morning because it was going to be hot and we didn’t want it to be too crowded for Casey. While Bill and Casey were watching a presentation on knives, Banta and I got to chat with that big purple robot dude. Banta wasn’t very interested in him and he tried to get me to let him hold Banta leash while I took a photo.We also had lots of opportunities to chat with regular people about GDB. It was a good day and we were all tired when we got home.