Saturday, April 11, 2009

Osa and Sailor Hanging out

Osa and Sailor hanging out in the bedroom - Sailor in his crate and Osa just watching him and wondering what he's up to (this time). He probably stole one of her treats. They are so cute! Osa now looks like a small dog (even though she's 55 lbs) next to him. Happy Easter everyone!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Gentle Leader

Sailor is 80 lbs and is definitely our big boy now. To make it easier for all of us, instead of a chain, he wears a "Gentle Leader" which is great as we don't choke him and he doesn't drag us like you see so many choking dogs dragging their owners around. With his size, the trainer, Libby, recommended it (in fact recommends this for all dogs over the old chain and collar method) and it works great. He doesn't really love to wear it, but does okay - it's not like it's on him all the time - just for walks and places where he needs to have a leash. He does still wear his collar with identification all the time.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Good Buds

Sailor did the funniest thing the other night. Todd was laying face down on the sectional towards the TV and Sailor decided he wanted to lay right next to him the same way. Then he decided he would chew on his pig's ear. He's looking comfortable although he's almost as big as Todd now and sure takes up a lot of space!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


There is a pet grooming tool called The Furminator which is a brush and some attachment that gets thru the layers of fur to eliminate the old layers. Sailor has 2 layers of fur since he's "waterproof". Todd thought he would get Sailor used to being groomed but who knew that he would have SO much excess fur and not be bald after it was all brushed out. He sure doesn't seem to have a problem with it. . . .Todd didn't even finish him - this was just the beginning. What a fur ball!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Graduation Day

Sailor graduated from Puppy Pre-school with flying colors (an A+). I think he may have been the class favorite :) but don't all parents think that about their "kids"!

He graduated right after we got back from vacation but I was waiting for the photo and certificate. He has already started in Intermediate training with the same trainer, Libby and will learn Stay and Heel and stuff like that. He's a quick learner and is already starting to sit when we stop while walking him (but that may be cause he's just lazy!)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Walking on the Trail

Our puppy pre-school teacher, Libby, told me once that Newfies really don't like walking that much. That is for SURE true with Sailor. He'll walk for a while, then abruptly stop and Todd will have to almost drag him to get him started again. If Osa is with us, she walks up front and then he'll follow her which keeps him mosying along. These pics are on a trail in Victoria close by our house and used to be railway tracks back in the day. Lots of people bike and hike on it. The trail goes all the way from Victoria to Hopkins or something like that - maybe 25 miles or so. . .