When she wants to, Fable has an incredible ability to focus. The challenge is getting her to focus on what you want her to focus on. Thankfully food is good at helping her focus most of the time, so GDB’s food protocol for training is a great tool for Fable. Sometimes when playing with another puppy, she likes to freeze in place and have a stare down with the other dog, then one of them flinches and the chase game is back on full blast. This weekend we are puppy sitting another puppy in training named Odie. They love playing together but he doesn’t like her focus game. Odie gets intimidated by her hyper-focus. Hopefully Fable will be sensitive to his feelings and not play that game with him anymore.
Fable at the Great Salt Lake Marina
Fable is doing fabulous. She is growing and learning and mostly doing great. She is a super sleeper and loves to play and has lots of energy. That is one of the challenges with her, lots of energy. She gets her jacket on Monday and then she will be official to get out and start socializing. That will help lots on using up her energy. Going new places wears puppies out not just physically but mentally too. She had her 12 week shots on Monday and is a healthy puppy of 20 lbs.
We have a GDB Halloween party coming up in a few weeks and I’ve tried to figure out what costume to do for that. I did some research today and I finally have an idea that I really like. It is kind of traditional to dress the pups up with something to do with their name. We haven’t done that much but I wanted to this year with a name like Fable. I thought about doing something with Aesop’s Fables but didn’t really like that too much. But then I found this image via Pinterest and got inspired.
unicorn mask on Ravelry.com
Someone in Japan made it and there are no instructions but I think I can figure it out. I’ll do it in black. Fable will be a black unicorn. She will be so cute. I can’t wait to get started on it. Don’t think I have any black yarn though so I’ll need to get some.
Fable – 13 September 2014
Fable is trying her hand at writing fables this week. Her biggest challenge is coming up with the moral to the story. If she didn’t have to come up with that there would be a lot more fables to tell. I’m wondering if she should just write her stories and see if someone else can help her with what the fable teaches?
The Ice Cube and the X-pen – by Fable
I was so hot and panting this afternoon after a fun romp in the big grassy place. My new mom put me in my x-pen and then gave me a special treat. A rectangular toy with almost no color and it was so cold! She called it an ice cube. I loved the way it shot across the wood floor every time I punched it with my paws. It is the best feeling watching it sail across the floor. I hit is so hard that it broke in two and then I had two toys. Double joy! But oh the anguish when both my ice cubes got stuck behind the back of the x-pen. I couldn’t help but cry out in my disappointment. Then joy of joy, mom crawled into my x-pen and saved my ice cubes. I had so much fun playing with them. Then I realized that my new toys kept getting smaller and small and first one disappeared and then the other. But it wasn’t as painful as when I could see them but not reach them. So all pups and dogs out there, enjoy your toys while you can. You never know when they might disappear, like my ice cubes did today.
The Stairs – by Fable
I learned to go up the stair within 24 hours of being in my new home. That was way easy. I watch my big sister Emma and used my natural jumping ability. It only took a few tries to master that direction. But down, that was getting me. I couldn’t even bring myself to go to the edge of the first step. I tried but something always stopped me about a foot back. No amount of self talk would get me to move. My mom would pick me up and carry me to the bottom step and set me down so I could practice. That wasn’t bad. Then we progressed to two steps up and that took lots of positive self talk to get my feet to move. I wished big sister Emma was here so I could watch the way she went down stairs. I didn’t pay close enough attention before she left for Doggy College.
This morning my papa decided to help me with the stairs. He put me on the top step (not the way mom did) and helped me put my front feet on the step below. My back feet naturally followed. He did it again and again until we got to the bottom of the stairs. After I took care of my business outside, we went back upstairs so I could eat. Then Papa went outside to water the grass. I wanted to go with him, so while he was gone, I took a deep breath and walked to the top of the stairs. Then I put my front paws down on the step below. It was kind of scary but I tried not to think about it too much. I’d just practiced this stair thing after all. I could do it. So I tried again and again and when Papa came back inside he was so surprised and pleased to see me waiting for him at the bottom of the stairs.
Next time you have to do something hard, remember what I learned on the stairs today. If you take a big obstacle one small step at a time you can do more than you think you can.
Emma: No word yet other than that she made it to San Rafael. At this point no news is good news. The initial evals for breeding takes about two weeks. Banta is our only dog who made it passed the first two weeks of breeder evals. Dune was the shortest with only two days.
Introducing our ninth puppy in training for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Fable. She is confident and curious but not overly stubborn. She loves playing with Emma. Fable is currently sleeping with a fat tummy full of food. I know we got the best name in the litter and it looks like we scored a great personality too.
With a name like Fable I might need to come up with a series of stories about her life as she grows up. I’ll have to think on that and see if inspiration comes.