Thursday, August 11, 2011


I sensed Autumn's early stirrings this morning as cooler night air left a heavy dew on the morning grass.  My favorite time of year is just beginning and soon I will be hearing one of my favorite nature sounds..... Crickets.
Another good night with Eve as she continues to comfortably fit right in with the Bunch.  It's like she has always been here.  We were soon out on the morning trail for another great start to the day.  There must be a little Hound in her because she likes running with her nose to the ground tracking dozens of new scents, seemingly all at the same time and all in different directions.  Resuming these morning walks has been good for all of us including little Cora.  She doesn't like getting her paws wet in the dew laden grass but once we're on the forest path she is good to go and ready to rumble.  
Eve has been crate trained but that is not our way of training so today began some changes.  Eve has quickly become very affectionately focused on Kelly and I which told me we may have some problems with leaving her alone.  Noticed that if one of us goes outside she will frantically run from window to window.  To confirm my suspicions, Kelly and I climbed into the Jeep this morning and with Eve watching intently out the window we drove away.  Of course we didn't go far and seconds later I dropped Kelly off at the corner.   She walked back to the house tippy toeing up on the front porch to peek in the window to see what was going on.  Just as I suspected.......there was something going on alright!!
It had only taken Kelly 2 minutes at the most to walk home and in that time Eve had pulled my laptop computer cushion off the top of a counter, snatched a bag of dinner rolls off the kitchen table plus devoured 3 out of 10 before Kelly could get in the door.  A scolding was in order and I knew it was a situation we were going to be spending some time on, right quick.  Kelly had some errands to do in Goderich so while she was gone Eve and I began working on her problem.  We want her to have full run of the house or Motor Home just as Max and Checkers did when we are away for any length of time.  With a bit of of positive effort and retraining she will be just fine.  I remember Max was the same way as a pup. 
This afternoon was basically a repeat of the day before as Eve and I headed out on the forest path again for more trail maintenance.  Not as many bugs in the forest with the slightly cooler weather.   Soon there will be no pesky bugs at all.  Eve stays close and we keep a close eye on each other at all times.  I did find out that she does not like water.  There is a stream in the forest so I figured Eve might want a drink.  Within about 6 feet of the shallow creek she stopped and would not go any further.  It was obvious she was very fearful of the water.  Good thing we own an RV and not a sailboat.  She is such a sweet girl.  I have been doing some leash training with her as well and she is doing great with that.
THE LAST PARAGRAPH:  Eve is the main focus of our lives and attention right now so my posts photos over the next little while may be a bit doggy oriented.  And, in case anyone was wondering, Eve came to us with the name, Eve.  But, you all know what I am like with nicknames:))
GROANER'S CORNER:((  Doggy Dictionary
LEASH: A strap which attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go.
DOG BED: Any soft, clean surface, such as the white bedspread in the guest room or the newly upholstered couch in the living room.
DROOL: A liquid which, when combined with sad eyes, forces humans to give you their food. To do this properly you must sit as close as you can and get the drool on the human.
SNIFF: A social custom used to greet other dogs, similar to the human exchange of business cards.
GARBAGE CAN: A container which your neighbors put out once a week to test your ingenuity. You must stand on your hind legs and try to push the lid off with your nose. If you do it right you are rewarded with margarine wrappers to shred, beef bones to consume and moldy crusts of bread.
BICYCLES: Two-wheeled exercise machines, invented for dogs to control body fat. To get maximum aerobic benefit, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards. The person then swerves and falls into the bushes, and you prance away.
DEAFNESS: This is a malady which affects dogs when their person wants them in and they want to stay out. Symptoms include staring blankly at the person, then running in the opposite direction, or lying down.
THUNDER: This is a signal that the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably, panting, rolling your eyes wildly, and following at their heels.
WASTEBASKET: This is a dog toy filled with paper, envelopes, and old candy wrappers. It is important to evenly distribute its contents throughout the house before your person comes home.
BATH : If you find something especially good to roll in, humans get jealous, and they use this degrading form of torture to get even. Be sure to shake only when next to a person or a piece of furniture.
LEAN: Every good dog's response to the command "sit!," especially if your person is dressed for an evening out. Incredibly effective before black-tie events.
BUMP: The best way to get your human's attention when they are drinking a fresh cup of coffee or tea.
GOOSE BUMP: A maneuver to use as a last resort when the regular bump doesn't get the attention you require ... especially effective when combined with the sniff. See above.
CHILDREN: Short humans of optimal petting height. Standing close to one assures some good petting. When running, they are good to chase. If they fall down, they are comfortable to sit on.
LOVE: A feeling of intense affection, given freely and without restriction. The best way you can show your love is to wag your tail. If you're lucky, a human will love you in return.



only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right
now...... AL.


  1. Nothing like a few trials and errors to keep you on your toes! At least she stays near you when on a walk. Emma doesn't do that at all if off leash.

  2. Separation anxiety. That's a hard one to deal with. Our Skitz does just fine as long as Scooter is with her. But if she's alone in the RV she just cries and cries and cries. It's heart breaking. Eve is still so young you should be able to work with her and she is super smart.

  3. Good luck with the training. She seems intelligent enough to figure out what you want and what you won't accept.

    My son's Dobie has always loved bread. As she grew they started putting it on top of the fridge, until Chili found out she could jump high enough to reach the bread and knock it down.

  4. I like the sound of "Eveie." Single syllable names sound harsh.

  5. Looks like your having fun with Eve.

  6. Sounds like Eve is settling right in with you all!! I wonder if possibly her fear of the water has to do with her unintentional ker plunk in the frog pond the first day she came home. Glad to see that she as motormouse are so bonded...can't wait to watch the progression...

  7. She's feeling anxiety at losing hr former home and humans, I think. It will take time, but she'll calm down.

    Very loving doggy!


  8. Only 3 out of 10 dinner rolls??? I bet if she had another 5 minutes, Eve could have done much better than that.

    You guys have the love and patience to set her straight, so I know it won't be long and she will be a model dog. Can't wait to hear more.

  9. oh Eve..I warned you that with the good comes the not so good!..computers and buns on the counter are not a good thing...
    so for now hang in there..your people will reason to get yourself into trouble! for our former golden retriever..she was a known counter food stealer..angel food cake and muffins were her favourite!
    hopefully day four will be a good one!!!

  10. I'm going to look forward to reading the antics of Eve (and Al) every day!

  11. Enjoying reading all about Eve and her acclimation into the Bunch. Three dinner rolls in just a few minutes - must be a record of some sort!

    LOVED the groaner tonight.

  12. I think you have an active, intelligent dog that is a working dog. If you are not around to give it something to do, it will find something to do. You will have to exercise the devil out of the dog prior to any attempt to leave it alone. Hopefully she will settle into your routine and calm down.

    I think you found the reason why the dog was crate trained. You should not give full reign of the house until she proves herself.

    We had a dog we ran on the treadmill to burn off some energy. This worked pretty good most of the time. One short leave in the motorhome however, and our tried to dig its way out destoying the carpet at the drivers door.

    Good Luck and have a tail waggin day.

    Crazy Legs Al.

  13. Been running a bit behind the last few day and just got caught up on the Bayfield Bunch. Sounds like the word is treating you guys mighty good. we are so happy that you guys have a new best friend and addition to TBB.
    Take care
    Red and Jeanie

  14. We have trained several dogs and crate training is the way to go, expecially if they are left alone in the house. It is not cruel, the dogs actually find security in a crate. Insecurity leads to trouble. After awhile you can test the waters...but in the beginning it's safer for both sides. Expecially if this is what she was use to at her old home. Good luck. She will come around.

  15. Nothing wrong with doggy blogs...

  16. Al -- you have a fun and loving and probably sometimes frustrating chore ahead of you, but you'll get 'er done. Yeah, "Evie" sounds good. The Groaner was spot on, and must have been written by one or more of our former furry pals!

  17. Eve is a beautiful pooch and I am sure it won't be long before yoou get her trained to just the way you like. She is so sweet... Have fun with her!!!

  18. Not being one to tell other folks what to do (honest), our dogs have all loved their crate. They have the crate pad, fluffy pads, couple toys, snacks and, in the winter, a crate cover to keep them cozy and warm. Once they're old enough to be left home alone loose, the crate door is never shut. It is still their bed of choice (and it's bulky and in our bedroom taking up a fair amount of space -- sigh). Bedtime they get a snack in the crate, hop out, get a drink, up on our bed for a while and back down and in the crate for the night.

    I sometimes think a crate is one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread! But, repeating myself here, they are bulky and we don't have a motor home that we'd need to squeeze one in. With a crate cover, maybe an end table?

    Happy hiking with your newest buddy and Cora and, of course, Kelly, Peggy

  19. Eve reminds me sooo much of Abby. Sometimes a rescue dog will have separation anxiety, it is our biggest problem with Abby even after five years. Also, when we first got her she was afraid of the water. Mo taught her to swim by going in the water and the separation anxiety overcame the fear of water and she finally went in. Of course, now she is a great swimmer. Abby is probably blue heeler and cocker spaniel, so some hound in her as well, but she swims like a retriever and gets extremely excited when she sees water. It's good to catch up with you again, Al.