Sunday, March 31, 2013

What is spring like in the desert?

Annie and I are not our usual spring-duck selves, what with a Big Dog needing Big Walks during the day.


Jake was sweet right from the start, and a little fixated on our locations at all times. After a few days he started to wag. Today, Annie reports he acted downright doggie on their walk, grabbing a stick and getting twiggy with it.

What're you doing next, Prickly Pear?
I'm going to DisneyWorld!

Do any of you put boots on your dogs for hiking? How about your dog's dogs? What kind?








We've taken him a few places, and he has very good manners. The only problem we've seen is that noises scare him, and then he beats feet getting outta there. He's had some playdates, all of whom proclaim him a dud playmate. He just wants to sit on us.

Taxonomy, tax offa me - I need help with this plant's name.

(not) Palo verde

 
Everything looks like a snake this time of year.


I added all the blocks - how does it look in there?

We're starting to feel New Mexico's enchantment wafting across the border, and we'll succumb to her silky, sandy siren song soon.






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34 comments:

Maggie W said...

Wistful quack...

The Good Luck Duck said...

I know. :/

Texas Yellow Rose said...

So the chair is keeping the coach from rolling down the hill . . . well played. ;)

Soaring Sun said...

When you get used to the big dog walks, they will put a spring in your step. Okay, I'm gonna groan at that myself, you don't need to.

Kate said...

BLINDED BY THE COLLAR

He's found a place he knows he's safe (your laps) and it might take him a bit to feel okay enough to venture. Which you knew already, but the thought of him spending his life in one of your laps does kind've amuse me.

Donna K said...

Oh shoot - Texas Yellow Rose beat me to the comment! Anyway - re: dog booties. We have some for Poppy but they are hard to keep on. Go to PetSmart and try on different kinds to find what might work for Jake. (try them on Jake, not yourselves) Probably younger dogs don't need them but if you are hiking in some really rocky or stickery places, it might be a good idea to have some on hand. Jake looks like a very sweet dog.

Merikay said...

I've had two wonderful yellow labs in my life. Each was an individual. One was an old soul and almost human, the other was an air-head dog child. Loved them both, but I wouldn't want to share an RV with all of their shedding. I'm not much of a housekeeper. If we ever meet, I will be happy to take him for a walk if you will let me!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Merikay, I've never lived with a lab, but I'm finding this one very sweet. He does shed, but with six cats a little more hair is just *shrug*. Annie keeps us from utter squalor with her vacuuming. You can walk Jake anytime!

Donna, trying at PetSmart is a good idea. Plus, it will be funny to watch him walk around the store in them. If I were on my own, I'd stride crosslots through the desert, but that doesn't work with him with the cactus barbs everywhere. We already had a cholla scene.

Ha Kate! It's a good thing we like the big galoot, because that amuses me, too.

Sue, there's enough groan to go around with that one.

Betty, "Safety First" is our only motto. That, and "No Mottoes."

The Odd Essay said...

Our daughter in Texas got "rattlesnake" shots for her dogs after Jack got bit on the face by one. Jack survived but had a rough time of it for a while. Don't know how much they cost or how effective they are, but you might want to check with a vet?

The Good Luck Duck said...

Didn't know there was such a thing, Sharon. I have thought of rattlesnake aversion therapy, though. That would be him seeing me seeing the snake, and watching me freak out.

New Age Nomad said...

Congratz on the new dog! I've heard very bad things about rattlesnake shots giving dogs seizures, so do a lil research. Candys was bitten, and made it through fine. Have fun in New Mexico

Sherry said...

Disneyworld?? You are coming to Disneyworld?? I can meet you there and Annie and Jack too. Is New Mexico on the way??

Soaring Sun said...

Whispering, singing, hypnotically suggesting, "New Mexico...New Mexico...New Mexico..."

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Ducks, the rattle snake shots only give you a little extra time to get to the vets (30-45 minutes) I didn't get them for Stumpy because I was an hour from the closest vet. There is rattle snake avoidance training that is well worth the $$$ and will help them away from all snakes. It'sdone with an E-collar (shock) so may seem harsh, but if it saves their life it's worth it. Yes, Stumpy has gone through it.

Jake will adapt and hopefully will forget any trauma he's suffered, in the past, with your loving care. He may always have issues, but one day he will believe he's yours forever and will relax, some,and enjoy being a dog.

Stumpy and I can't wait to meet him. Hopefully in NM, in the spring, if not before!

Gaelyn said...

The question is, does Jake want to go to NM?

Steven said...

That last picture ... I need to level with you. Really.

Grace said...

Silly you! The pink flower is a Fairy Duster. Pick a flower and dust a few fairies. There must be some hiding out there in the desert somewhere. And I doubt that's a Palo Verde but I don't know what it is so we'll just let you be right. I bet Jake is just sad because he didn't get any ice cream. Maybe at Disneyland? Grace (in Tucson)

Brenda A. said...

So.....had you been drinking prior to taking that last pic? Either you were a little wonky or your rig is even more unlevel than ours!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Brenda: prior, after, during.

Grace: I knew someone would catch the "palo verde." I sat out here just now saying "that's not a palo verde." I think it might be Mormon Tea? ephedra? or not. We're not sure.

Steve, are you on the level? 'Cuz I'm not.

Gaelyn, he said yes, and then he howled "Trooooooooth'rConmumble!"

Cyndi, Grace and Steve (the Grace above, not the Steve above), put their dog through that training and said it was very effective. Will you and Stumpy be hanging out in NM for a while? By then, maybe Jake won't be such a bad date.

Sue, I always suspected you of siren activity.

Sherry, the cactus is for-sure on his way already in costume. You could meet him... Is there a westward skeedaddle possible this spring/summer for you two?

Berg, I read a little, and found that it's not everyone's favorite. Cesar doesn't really like them. It sounds like a crap shoot. I'd like to see him clearly averse to meeting the snake in the first place, like with aversion training.

Judy and Emma said...

I think we should trade dogs. Jake seems too laid back (sit down) for you two, but would fit me just fine. :)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Emma needs an entire crew to manage her! What a ball of doggie energy! We would be sleeping all the time we weren't walking her.

Steven said...

You've always had a view askew.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Tilt-a-World.

JO said...

Getting ready to head out I see. Yep getting hot now.
I'm leaving for Tombstone, Tues. then up to Bisbee for a day. No no van yet staying in a cabin just outside Tombstone.
If you gone before I get back hope your trip goes well and hope to see you next winter or even over the summer somewhere.

Phioxee said...

that looks like a touch-me-not flower. (Mimosa pudica) ;-) i cnt imagine my dog wearing boots during hiking. lol.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Phioxee, you're right. The leaves look like it, too, but I'm used to seeing mimosas in the US Southeast as big trees. Never as tiny shrubs in Arizona! Cool. We're afraid Jake will just lay down forever with boots on.

Ooh, Jo, have fun in Bisbee! I like that town a lot. If we don't see you in Tucson this spring, we'll see you down the road! Thanks for everything!!

Chuck n Geri said...

New Mexico....not really new and not really Mexico....come for the Chiles!!!
Glad Jake working for you. We're in Truth or Consequences with 2 smaller dogs and teh hot springs are great!

Happy Trails said...

Hopefully you will make it to New Mexico before Chuck and I make our move to Florida! I am so happy Jake is happy! Labs are great dogs! Not usually cat chasers! Come visit us in Truth or Consequences... Elephant Butte State Park is only 6 miles away. There is also a boondocking area near there, also part of the State Park and I like it better than the actual State Park campground. It's easy to find and your rig will fit no problem! eMail me if you are interested!Don't miss City of Rocks State Park near Deming. See our blog about both! Geri

Me and My Dog said...

Jake looks like a great dog!!! My Katie is a dud at play dates, too. Just hangs out, ignoring the other dogs, or growling at them if they get too close. There have been a couple of dogs she has played with, chased around, etc., and I love it when she does that.

I love New Mexico! Their state parks are so affordable. With the State Pass they are free for dry camping sites and by the lakes. My spring/summer stomping grounds. :)

Happy Trails said...

A new thought! If you do come to Truth or Consequences NM, we will loan you our river floats and you can float down the Rio Grande! We'll even offer to pet sit, drop you off, pick you up and bring you back!

Tesaje said...

Yay Jake. For some reason, you adopting Jake makes me really happy.

Re the booties. I got some for my dog after she had a seizure and was dragging her foot. For most dogs, most of the time, their feet are just fine barefoot. But if there are a lot stickers or cut glass and things like that, booties can save you a vet visit. They are hard to to keep on an active dog. If they did miles of running on asphalt, they could help.

Jake sounds like he's still uncertain and fearful. That may abate with time or you may have a problem with it and need to do some work with him. Sounds like you are the best thing ever for him. Just be aware that his sticking really close to you might change suddenly when he feels more confident.

Not all dogs like to play with other dogs. Fearful dogs can't relax and trust or may have been isolated and never learned to play with other dogs. There's a whole dog language they have to signal that this is play and I won't hurt you. If they don't learn that, they don't understand that the other dog wants to play. That's why current dog training emphasizes socialization of dogs.

Too bad you are so far away. My collie has convinced some very fearful non-dog playing dogs to play with her and changed everything for the other dog. She's like a therapist for the dog. And has a blast doing it. (can you tell I love my dog?)

My dog doesn't have a dog but she does have a cat.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

I know it takes time but it is good to see Jake is slowly getting you trained... ;c)

The Good Luck Duck said...

I'm a slow study, P&M.

Aw, thanks Mary. It makes us happy, too. The last couple of days, Jake has been hanging out with Franklin "Whitey" Jackson and acting really doggy, so that makes us glad. Maybe it's because Jake is in his own territory, so more confident? I dunno, but I like it. Maybe our pups will cross paths. Yours can introduce ours to her cat.

Geri, what an awesome offer! Thank you! I'm going to email you about the boondocking spot. I think City of Rocks is on our way, right?

Barbara, I don't understand what makes the difference between dogs. Canine chemistry, maybe. The other dogs Jake met have been friendly and nice, but no dice.

I'm getting excited about NM!

Anonymous said...

when are you leaving for new mexico? hopefully ill see ya before you head out. Lucy

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