Thursday, July 1, 2010

Surviving Canine Adolescence

I have been a busy boy this week. Niamh always gets to be Barbara's demo dog at class and events. I am very jealous of her and I whine when they leave me to go off and do fun things together. But Tuesday night was my time. She said that she needed my help for a lecture. Of course I was very excited.

I was a bit disconcerted to find out that the title of the lecture was "Surviving Canine Adolescence" and I was to be the adolescent in question! Barbara wanted to show people things they could do to help their adolescents grow up to be great dogs. She actually told people that I was the most destructive puppy she has ever had!! How demeaning! However I demoed my excellent mat work, which has definitely helped me have some self control.

Look at the nice elephant stuffie I got for helping Barbara. And I got to hear that Miss Practically Perfect Niamh wasn't always so perfect. Barbara said that Niamh was very flakey when she was a teenager!! Ha!

I went to Jordan Lake for a swim and to chase sticks.

It is fun to splash around.

Unfortunately because it has been so hot here all through June, the lake water was very warm and not really that refreshing. But I did get some good playing in and I needed the exercise.

It finally cooled off today so I got to run with my girlfriend Scout.

Don't I have a sweet face?

Scout and I play rough but then we are very sweet with each other too. We will be friends forever!

I've been a good boy this week so it is time to see what I can rip to pieces.


Hero said...

You do have a very sweet face, Ambrose. Your face reminds me of my Irish Setter friend, Corey, who passed away. One day I hope to get another brother who has your same face. Setters and Spaniels are pawesome!

Maggie and Mitch said...

We have that very same lavender colored mat, Ambrose! Do you think our has the same calming powers that yours has? Mitch could sure use major help! We're going to give it a whirl!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

BRUTUS said...

How can your momma ever be mad at that face? And hey - birds gotta fly, dogs gotta chew!

Brutus & Carmen (the Frenchies)

Stanislaw said...

My mom says your face is "squenchy." Whenever she says that to me it means that I'm about to be scooped onto her lap and squeezed and smooched. So watch out!

I think you and I would get along quite well with our wild zoomies and rough play. Plus, I have a thing for racing with the big dogs!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

See Ambrose you do get your turn with Mom. You sure showed the Nimh.. he he..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

That photo of you and Scout is just so sweet, Ambrose. We're sure you are going to turn into a splendid grown-up!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Ambrose!
You did a pawesome job!
I can see you had lots of fun!
The splashing time sure nice!
Yes... you have a very sweet face!
Kisses and hugs

Flo de Sendai said...

Hi !
Wow, you're having a wonderful doggie life we see ! what a fun !
Best regards from Flo, Nana, and Uyanga.

Mango said...

Yuh, you don't fool me for a second. I know all about those pesky teenage dogs. Looks like you liked your swim even if the water was warmish. I suppose that even annoying brothers need special mom time.


P.S. How dare you spread rumors about Niamh. She was NEVER EVER a bad dog, EVER!

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

What a fun time you had, Ambrose. You are growing up so quick. Holly and Zac have had their fair share of these adolescent moments

Love the photo's, especially the one with your friend. That is so cute....and the one of you looking very sweet. You have an adorable face, no one could stay mad at you for any adolescent behaviour, at least not for long...hehe