Saturday, December 31, 2011
Where has the year gone. It seems like yesterday when I brought this wiggling little black and tan puppy home just before Christmas, but that was 3 years ago!!!
We have been blessed with a great winter so far. I can't remember when we have had such warm temps and no snow (ok a little skiff here and there but nothing to speak of). It means no wrapping up in sweaters or putting boots on for our walks - Zacky he is so happy about that.
A lot happened in 2011, we lost our dear old cat Cuddles and I still miss her and Zack's best buddy the Labradoodle Dylan and our friends moved away so there was a lot of "goings". On the plus side we have got to know our neighbours better from four doors down when they got their new standard poodle Paisley and Zack and Paisley and Constance and I are regular walking buddies now which makes a nice break from walking alone.
Zack and I continued with his agility training but in August decided to call it quits for a while. Lack of focus was the problem. However, we may give it another go in 2012. In October Zack passed his testing and became a St. John Ambulance Certified Pet Therapy Dog and we have been visiting the seniors lodge since November and I think Zack has made quite the impression there. He is a super therapy dog which makes me proud.
Luckily got through 2011 without Zack killing any rabbits. He came close on two occasions but thank god there was no carnage. I dread the day. When off the lead he is normally really good but I have no control over him when he sees a bunny or maybe when he is chowing down on a poopsicle. My favourite thing to do with Zack tho is to go for a long walk in the fields and see Zacky enjoying himself the way dogs should.
I am looking forward to 2012 and we already have a new class planned to put Zack into. It is beyond basics, a lot of distraction training (which Zack needs - i.e. .bunnies!!!) and even tricks. That should be fun and give us something to do on a cold winter evening (whenever that comes - but oh look out it will).
I am so thankful to have such a wonderful little dog in my life. He truly makes every day special.