It was a beautiful day at the beach! After our walk we went and got ice cream and then we relaxed the rest of the day.
Monday, April 12, 2021
Millie Mae's been doing well on her walks and she has a lot of energy so I decided to take her on my jogs. We worked up to it over a few weeks where I'd jog with her for a couple miles and then see how she was doing for a couple days. I wanted to make sure I wasn't overdoing it with her and checked her paws to make sure she was holding up ok. On Thursday (April 8th, 2021) I finally decided to give my regular jogging route a try with her. The route takes me from our house to the southern end of the neighborhood and it's a little over 6 miles to my cooldown spot and then I walk the last half mile to the house.
I was so impressed that Millie Mae made it! We took a couple walking breaks where I would check on her, and I picked her up at one point when she was lagging a little behind, but I could tell she wanted me to put her down. On the cooldown walk she was pulling ahead of me and we did a full speed sprint for the last couple hundred yards, she loved it!
The rest of my workday, Millie was pooped. I gave her a bath after our walk and she was happy to relax the rest of the day. She's not usually a very cuddly dog, but after her bath she let me put her in my lap while I was working.
Millie Mae has been learning a lot lately. We're still working to get her to use the puppy pads consistently, but she is much improved and rarely makes mistakes. We've worked on the basic commands like sit, stay, come. We've recently been working on more complex things like lie down, roll over, shake, and sit pretty (we used "beg" but I think she thought we were saying "bad" and would always look sad).
Andrea took a video of me working with Millie Mae over the weekend.
Monday, April 5, 2021
Connor was a hungry boy and wanted the steak and eggs. It was a big brunch meal and we snapped a pic of him and his plate before he dug in. We expected there would be leftovers, but he pretty much finished it all. He didn't finish all the eggs because he didn't like the sauce they put on it, but otherwise he loved his lunch. We also got some donuts to share, Grandma Alice got quiche, Grandpa Rick got Croque Madame, Paige got pancakes, and I got the beef brisket. Andrea just shared a bit from each of us.
When we got home, we snapped a few family pics with our puppy and the kids were cute about putting on their Easter rabbit ears.
The weather was beautiful and cool, so Paige, Millie Mae, Grandma Alice, Grandpa Rick and I went on a long golf cart ride around the neighborhood. I operated the pedals and Paige did most of the driving. We looked at some of the houses under construction and went down some of the roads that Grandma and Grandpa had never seen.
We played some "Sleeping Queens" and dominos for a while after we got back and then we bid Grandma and Grandpa farewell so they could get home to feed their dogs and let them out.
It was a fun Easter celebration and we're thankful we got to spend a beautiful day together with family.
Millie Mae's been walking more lately and doing well on the leash. During the tennis tournament on Saturday I took her for a long walk between matches and we ended up walking over five miles. I carried her briefly a couple times when I was worried she was getting tired, but she actually seemed to enjoy it and wanted to be put down.
Afterwards, she was tired, and I got to have some rare snuggle time with her.
On Saturday, April 3rd 2021, the kids participated in a Level 7 tournament. It was super convenient since it was in our neighborhood. Connor played first and his first match started at 8am. I brought him to the tournament and brought Paige up so she could start at 11am.
Paige's friend Yasmine came to the tournament and afterwards Andrea took the girls to Barbara Jeans for lunch.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
On Thursday, both kids played line 1 singles for their tennis teams. The match was in our neighborhood on a fairly warm day and I went with Millie Mae to watch them. Andrea was pretty busy as she is the tennis mom for Paige's team and was pretty busy getting the kids organized. The match was the second one that the kids played for their middle school teams and both won 4-0, 4-0. Great work kids!
Millie Mae is getting bigger, cuter, and more mischievous every day. She has learned a lot of tricks like come, sit, stay, lie down, roll over, shake, settle, and "sit pretty" which is "beg". We changed from saying "beg" since I think she thought we were saying "bad" and would look very sad while we were trying to make her do the trick. We can tell that Millie's a smart cookie, although she definitely isn't as eager to please as some other dogs we've worked with. I hate to always compare her to Chloe, but once Chloe figured out what you wanted, she was eager to please. Millie Mae likes her treats and will perform if you have treats. If you're trying to get her to listen to you while she's busy, or while she wants to do something else, tough luck.
I've been giving her a bath each week and she doesn't enjoy it, but tolerates it nicely. She has also gotten better about tolerating her nail trimming. Millie is getting to a point that I believe she may actually enjoy going on walks. She doesn't cry or whine during the walks and will "heel" and come next to you if you give her a tug on the leash. I've also been working with her to sit when we stop, and as long as there aren't too many distractions, she does really well.
The last couple weeks, Millie has become a sneaky pooper. She will go on the puppy pad most of the time, but she will also sneak off and poop random places. Connor found some behind the couch the hard way while the Gobles were in town. Ryan was chasing Connor around the house and Connor stepped, barefoot, right in a big turd which was on the carpet behind the couch in the family room. Amanda thought it was one of the funniest things she'd ever seen, and if you've ever seen the way Connor reacts when he has to pick up one of Millie's poops, you would understand how traumatizing it was for him.
We are still working with the kids to get them to help out more with Millie. They can do a lot, but only with a lot of direction and on demand, which can get exhausting.
On Thursday March 18th, 2021, the Gobles flew to Florida and spent a few days with us. The kids were off of school for Spring Break and although the weather turned cold and wet while they were in town, we enjoyed their company and had fun with everyone. On Friday we went to lunch at TPC and then we went to the beach club to enjoy the only sunny day in the forecast during their visit.
We had so much fun with the Gobles, although it was a little cold and a little crazy with all the driving around town. It warmed up just as they had to leave and it was a little disappointing they couldn't have better weather while they were here. They flew out early on Tuesday morning, March 23rd.