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March 17, 2008

Working Dog

On Friday, Zippy accompanied me to work for a few hours to share his cuteness with the entire office. And he handled it very well! He had no accidents, charmed everyone. He was so excited to explore everyone and everything - and just hated when I had to keep him keep him in my cubicle when exciting sounds were happening all around the building. Especially because there was construction going on down the hall.

It was almost too much for him to take, but I'm sure he wouldn't mind going to work again! Below are a few photos from the day. Also, while Erik and Zippy were playing on the couch, I broke out my litle camera and got some lo-fi video footage of them. Stay tuned for more video (hopefully better quality when we use a proper videocamera!). Anyways, photos and video below!

Zippy on the Lookout -Zippy scouted for my boss while I surfed the net for fancy doggie clothes... not really.

"Can We Go Home Now?" - I know Zippy, I feel your pain!

Hey! No Sleeping On the Job! - Zippy was totally tuckered out by all the exciting new people & carpet to sniff.

March 07, 2008

The Evaluation

Today I took off of work early to go fetch Zippy from home and drive him over to nearby Issaquah for his very first meeting with a trainer from a place called Riverdog. Zippy has a few issues that we all need to work through to make him even more comfortable in our home and on his walks, and our vet recommended this place highly. Also, I just found out today that two of my co-workers took their doggies to Riverdog, and they both rated the experience as "Awesome".

Zippy not only got a car ride out of the deal, but he also had the chance to freak out while seeing other dogs through a glass door for about an hour :) We didn't get a chance to tour their entire facility, but we chatted with a trainer at length about Zippy and us and the few things we'd like to work on with him (freaking out while out on walks whenever he sees another dog, and then just basic obedience to give him some fun mental stimulation).

The trainer recommended either some private training (Zip MIGHT not be ready for the regular group classes yet), or a special program they have there called Training C.A.M.P. That's where we would drop off Zippy every day while we're at work for a couple of weeks where he would get one-on-one training, a variety of fun activities and stimulation throughout the day, a chance for carefully-supervised play with other doggies (if he plays nice!), and some restful crate time and nourishing food time. It's like a super-fun doggie daycare, but with the added benefit of a professional trainer working with him on conditioning and some very basic obedience (plus, we get training too for an hour every week with him!).

We're giving some serious thought to both options (both C.A.M.P. and private training), and hopefully we can find a way for Zippy to work through some of his "issues". Once we can establish a) what his behaviors are, and b) how to successfully manage those behaviors, Zippy's going to feel a lot more confident with us (we hope!).

Your gift for reading through this post are several fun photos of Zippy on his ride to Riverdog!

March 03, 2008


After dinner Zippy jumped up on Julie's lap and stood snuggling with her. This was cute. Then he started leaning. Aw, how cuddly, right? Then his head dropped onto her arm. At this point, we were nearly overwhelmed by his cuteness. Then he started snoring. Really? Snoring? Indeed. You see, he was standing on all fours, leaning against Julie, sleeping.

We have a weird dog, and it's awesome.

March 02, 2008

Photo Roundup from Week 1

Zippy's had a big first week here at his new home! Here are some photo highlights of his first week.

Zippy settling in comfortably

Zippy has really gotten himself comfortable in our home in what we think is great time. His first few days he was a little shaky and a little stiff with us, but now he's quite relaxed with us.

Poor Baby!

Unfortunately, one of us cannot be with him all day on the weekdays, so Zip's having to get used to being in a crate. The first couple days were hard - heartbreaking for us, actually - but we've setup a private webcam so we can watch how he's progressing while we're at work. Over the course of only a couple days, he's really gotten to be a lot more relaxed... at least until the upstairs neighbors start making a bunch of noise midday! We hope he'll get used to them as we have.

Zippy's First Bath (with us, anyways)

Drying off was pretty fun, too!

Post-Bath Blankie Time

More relaxation

Did I mention Zippy was settling in just fine? Yeah, hee hee.

Can I Come Up???

Zippy loves to sit on our laps when we're sitting at our computers, or on our couches... pretty much anywhere!

The Look of Love

I think the one just above is my favorite picture yet. Zip is just such a loving little doggie. He's loves to snuggle.

One fun little ritual we've found Zippy has is his "morning routine". Zippy sleeps with us at night, curling up between me and Erik all night long. In the morning, when we're first waking him up he rolls onto his back, paws in the air, and wriggles around for us to rub his belly. His mouth opens up (what might be referred to as a "bitey face") and he makes little playful moaning sounds. He does this until we finally get up, and then he races to go out for his morning walk with Erik. It's really the most wonderful thing, having such fun cuddle time with him in the morning. he always seems in such high spirits!

March 01, 2008

baby's first check-up

Today we loaded Zip into the backseat of Julie's MINI and drove down to Bellevue for his first vet check up (first with us, at least). Our appointment was with Dr. Chan at Companion Animal Hospital. Zip was a little antsy from the car ride, but that was nothing compared to a building full of strange cat and dog smells. Rather than risk an 'incident' we picked up him and cradled him until we were called into the examination room. Everyone was oooing and ahhing about how cute Zippy is (not that we were surprised).

Other than being a little nervous, Zip was really good during the exam. He got poked and prodded but was an angel to Dr Chan. Sure, he wanted nothing more than to get out and "play with" some cats, but he was still really good.

By the time we got him home he was super tired and took a long nap on our bed, with the occasional stretch and grunt thrown in, for good measure.