November 15, 2009

This is my new pup...isn't she beautiful?! Right now she's four months (a bit old, I know), but she's already a monster.

A monster with no name. Any ideas? I'll just put the thought out there.

After school yesterday I made it back home with my dog supplies purchased from the Northern...$158 worth. All crappy stuff really, but stuff I need. Fortunately, the guy who gave her to me also pitched in a huge bag of dog food. For those of you up around the Arctic Circle, you know how much that stuff is worth if you don't have it sealifted in. Maybe next year!

Ok, a four-month-old puppy who has run free outside all her life is not going to adapt very quickly to a collar let alone a collar and lead...this is a given. It took so long just to get the thing around her neck! She is very good - not aggressive at all - bit still rather timid. After a go around the house a few times with the lead (and her just walking around dragging the leash), I was set to take her all calculations, she was good to go. Nope. I was out for about an hour that first time waiting, without luck, for her to do her business. She was quick to go once we returned to the wamth, though. Grrr...

As you can see in the pics, this dog is in serious need of a bath and a brush - two things that I'm definitely not going to try until we have a better rapport. She'll be beautiful when she's cleaned up.

She, she...she still needs a name.

Today was a bit better; I'm still cleaning up a lot of indoor crap, but at least I was able to get out for a few walks! How many of you northern bloggers out there have adopted a dog and know what I'm going through? I will be happy when the whole thing is passed.

As for the 'dog mixing'...Scarlett is a bit territorial, but it's getting better. Gryphon, on the other hand, is ecstatic to have a new playmate to dominate. I'm being super-careful with them - the little one could get hurt quite easily - but with some practise I think things can work out. The crap of it? The fact that I have to lock up the two wee ones to work on any obedience training for the puppy. I suppose that'll be when they get to eat...I can't leave their food bowl on the floor anymore.

The snowmobile? I've got a line on an Arctic Cat 570. Unfortunately, since I'm buying it at the local Co-op, I need to be a member first. You become a member if the board approves you. The board may not meet for a few weeks at a time. So, ya, still walking for me. Crappy.

Well, I guess I should head to bed...another night with two dogs on the bed and one on the floor!


Allmycke said...

How about Qimmiq?(dog in Inupiat)
Just go easy on the bathing bit - dogs need the protection of the "fat" they have naturally in their fur. If they are bathed too often, the glands produce extra fat and that's when the dog starts smelling "doggy".

bea's blog said...

SHE is soooo cute!
What about Aputsiaq (Snowflake) to give her a very Northern name?
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