We have been very busy, Gracie and I, working on the cat thing. Chasing cats is so much fun for her, and not very much fun for the cats, and with the help of our trainer K., we are making progress. Two photographs as evidence:
Pretty good, right? And truly, Gracie is making progress on letting the cats alone. I can call her off chasing most of the time, even with Gilda who is the most fun to chase. Lest I paint too rosy a picture, however, there are times when Gracie still finds the cats irresistible – especially if she hasn’t had a lot of exercise or training on a given day. Bored dog definitely equals a bad dog. But compared to how she has been for the last two and a half years or so, she’s doing at least a solid B+. (That’s up from a straight F-)
We have more work to do, and we have a new foster dog coming to join us on Sunday so we’ll see what kind of crazy that throws into the mix, but we’ll get there. Marley and I still haven’t completely gotten over having to let Leelu go…it still hurts a lot…but we’re going to jump back in the saddle and try to help another pup who needs a soft place to land. There are so many of them out there in need.
On the cat front Amelia and kittens are doing great. The kittens are only 11 days old and they are very close to (and one is over) their two week weight. Amelia is a great mom. Another week or two and the kittens should be toddling around a bit and will become a bit more fun. Right now all they do is sleep and eat but they are fat and happy, just as they should be at this age. I have decided that the darker tiger (the one in the middle below) is a girl and the other two are boys. I got 4/5 right with last year’s litter…we’ll see how I did with this year’s crew. Kittens this young are notoriously hard to sex.
The only other semi-animal news is that Marley and I will be headed to Massachusetts for a week’s vacation in late October and we’re considering taking Gracie with us. Bodhi will stay home with Marley’s youngest son in residence for the week; traveling for a week is too much for him at this point in his life. He got to go to Stone Harbor with us for a few vacations over the years, so it is Gracie’s turn this year. We will be headed to the Boston area to visit with Marley’s kin, and I’m hoping maybe we’ll get to meet up with some of you who read here along the way.
And that’s the animal report for now. New kitten pics this weekend I hope, and maybe pics of our new foster pup too. Never a dull moment.