Canadian in Candia

December 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday – Puppy’s First Christmas

Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , — Miriam @ 12:00 pm

Cooper Noel 2009

Cooper Noel 2009

December 22, 2009

Cooper’s Idea of a Down Stay

Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , — Miriam @ 8:00 pm

While I was home I had the opportunity to visit two friends who are about to welcome the newest member of their family in January. Their current child, a black lab mix named Cinder, is feeling a little left out lately. So we brought Cooper over so they could play and burn off some energy.

When we brought them in, we had to put them into down stays so that they wouldn’t damage anything. Well Cooper’s idea of a good location to do a down stay was glued right up to Cinder. I think Cinder was a little embarrassed to be seen with a pup with a funny haircut wearing clothes.

Holidays

September 12, 2009

Smart enough for loopholes

Filed under: Dogs — Miriam @ 11:25 am

So my computer is only slightly fixed. I purchased an adaptor that keeps the computer alive but will not charge the battery.  And I’m trying to catch up on two weeks of two grad school classes.  So I will be back soon… I hope.

In the meantime I decided to share an adorable example of my poodle’s intelligence.  Cooper isn’t allowed on couches.  But while I was studying in my large room he decided that this cart was not a couch and therefore fair game. I turned the laptop slightly and caught him in the act with the webcam.

Cooper on the cart

Cooper on the cart.

Then I informed him that a cart was still furniture. He probably used the couch to get up there anyways.

September 3, 2009

This was going to be my Wordless Wednesday

Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , , , , — Miriam @ 8:43 am

But then I think I fell asleep.

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August 27, 2009

Doggy Daycare

Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 10:39 pm

With Adam’s foot injury, Cooper hasn’t been getting his normal daily mileage in.  So I decided to take him to our local doggy daycare for the day.  I know they have a good reputation, and we already go there for training so I didn’t even check out the facility. I just dropped him off and let him be a fool for 9 hours.

When I picked him up he was being a crazy joyous mutt. I’m told that dogs normally pass out on the ride back home. Well our ride back home was only 1/2 mile. So he ran around his yard for a bit afterward.
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And then glorious fatigue set in.
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Beautiful magnificent fatigue.
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And I took full advantage to get some pictures of us together.
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He’s getting so big so fast.
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Cooper does need a haircut, but at least I don’t give him insane haircuts. Example, the people who cut and dye their dog’s hair to look like camels, pandas and butterflies. I can’t imagine those dogs getting to enjoy chasing a ball through a muddy field. Oh the joy they express when they get to do that.

August 26, 2009

Down by the Ponds

Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , — Miriam @ 11:44 pm

One of my aunts has two pretty little ponds in her backyard. Going on a tangent my town has 7 mosquito pools that have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephelitis so I don’t know if I would want to have a pond in my backyard.

Back on topic, I was outside taking pictures of the details of the ponds and surrounding gardens.  Little details like this:
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And this vase fountain:
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Well my pup isn’t one to be ignored. So as I was taking pictures of the fountain, he popped up
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He’s such a ham. He even let me do a portrait of him before running over to me and demanding love.
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I love my poodle 🙂

August 18, 2009

Obedience Doggy

Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 10:10 pm

Cooper 5 monthsCooper and I have started him on the path to higher puppy education. We started the Basic Manners Class I at Pet-Agree in Candia tonight.  We’ve been doing basic obedience exercises with Cooper since he was 8 weeks old because I strongly believe that a trained dog is a happy dog.

But we were having problems with obedience with distractions such as other dogs, people and horses.

And I plan on doing competitive obedience with Cooper.  At least to the Companion Dog level. So we had to start somewhere.

So far I’ve been impressed with the class and the instructors. I’m glad to be back in a classroom of any kind.

August 14, 2009

The Swamp down the road

Filed under: Dogs, Photography — Tags: , — Miriam @ 2:00 pm

I just got a new 50mm f1.4 lens for the Pentax *ist because I’m shooting a low light wedding in September. I’m pretty excited but I’ve barely had the chance to use it.

I brought it along on my daily walk with Cooper the other day. I was testing out the camera by taking pictures of the swamp. Then Cooper spotted a frog. I caught this picture right after the frog jumped.

Our Local SwampI need to find some other opportunities to practice with the camera before the wedding. I may be shooting the wedding as a wedding present, but I want to do a good job (the pictures will be their memories of the event).

If anyone in the New England area (or in Quebec the weekend of August 22-23) wants to play model for me, let me know. I’ll take pictures of you for free.

August 13, 2009

Public Service Announcement

Filed under: Dogs — Miriam @ 9:00 am

This is a Public Service Announcement from Miriam and Cooper. Be sure to cut up your 6-pack rings/yokes to help reduce sea animals getting tangled in the plastic rings. You may save a beautiful sea creatures.

Cutting up 6-pack rings will also prevent Cooper from having to go through the humiliation of getting his ears tangled in them too.
Cooper with 6-pack rings
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Look at how sad Cooper looks tangled up, and his life doesn’t even depend on not being tangled.
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Of course he’s probably sad that his mom is taking pictures instead of helping out.

July 28, 2009

Predatory

Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 4:43 pm

I figured I would make a quick post while my parents get ready for dinner. So this is one I had started writing up while I was in Saratoga.

The biggest difference between Huskies and Poodles which I have noticed has been the predatory instinct. Huskies are a fantastic breed, smart, beautiful, athletic, but small non-dog animals that run away are generally considered food.

Enter Cooper. As I write this i’m in upstate New York visiting a friend who has two bunnies. In preparation for our arrival she has caged her bunnies in the pantry of the house. The metal “playpen” extends a little bit into the hall. Cooper can’t seem to differentiate the bunnies from the cats. He wants to visit them, but also seems a little scared of them. I think if it were up to him he would just snuggle.

The bunnies for their part are constantly thumping to warn the humans that a dangerous animal is in their midst. They can’t seem to tell that Cooper is a gentle dog that would only try to play with them. Mind you if there was a husky in the room they might have been right. My last husky was the world’s most gentle and sweet animal. But he would go to great lengths to catch wild bunnies to “feed” his pack.

As much as my huskies were marvelous dogs and I would still get another someday, it is much more relaxing to know that my dog isn’t going to make a meal out of my friends’ pets while I’m asleep in the next room.

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