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And Sasha?

And Sasha?

After my last post a couple of people have asked about Sasha…

Β Sasha is absolutely fine! She’s camped out in Crispy’s room warm and snug and comes out to eat at night when the the dogs are asleep (I couldn’t take a picture of her right now coz they’re both asleep). Faith has been in to visit a few times and gets hissed at and backs right off, so I don’t think it will be long before Sasha has re-established her spot as “top dog”Β πŸ™‚

In praise of the old girl :)

In praise of the old girl :)

I’ve been posting an awful lot on here about Faith recently, and I just wanted to say a few words about how awesome Holly is.

She has been part of our lives (and has pretty much had us to herself) for more than ten years now, and though part of the reason I wanted to bring Faith home was so that they could be company for each other, I knew that it would not be easy for her to adjust. And in less than two weeks she has gone from tolerating this new interloper to playing with her in a way I haven’t seen her do in many years. For example, the first few days if Faith jumped up on me to welcome me home Holly would jump up too and snap at Faith to make her back off, but now I just get knocked down by having two furry beasts jumping on me happily together.

Faith discovered many of the toys that Holly hasn’t played with for years, which of course meant that Holly had to take them away from her and hoard them (thankfully Faith has been very good about deferring to Holly anytime Holly wanted anything Faith had), but over time this has developed into an hilarious game of “hide the toy”- Holly hides them, then when she isn’t looking Faith sneaks in and takes them back out. And in the last day or two they have started actually playing chase around the apartment for an hour or so in the evening: tails-up-and-wagging, occasionally barking, chase. Some of the time Holly is chasing Faith, and some of the time Faith is chasing Holly πŸ™‚

And one last observation… I’ve been letting Faith off leash a bit in the woods, and she’s getting better at paying attention, but it’s made me realize how totally rock-solid Holly is. I just don’t even think about it- all the times we’ve been walking around the woods, and sometimes I’m distracted with a camera, and now distracted by another dog, she is just there, right with me and never giving me cause for any worry.

I’m so happy they seem to be really getting along now, if Faith can learn a little of Holly’s awesome steadiness, and Holly can regain a little youthful playfulness by having Faith around to play with, I think they can make an amazing team πŸ™‚

Frozen sea

Frozen sea

We went to run around at the beach at lunchtime (had to meet a contractor first thing). It was up to 10F but the whole bay was actually frozen- not enough to walk on, but the water was like a slushy.

it’s so difficult to find anywhere to walk with the dogs that isn’t totally covered in salt- I can’t really take them on our usual evening leash walks around the neighborhood because even with the Musher’s Wax the salt is just too much for their delicate paws! We may finish the day with a last quick run to the woods if we can get there before dark.

Our dogs

Our dogs


I just got back from the Humane Society in New Rochelle where I signed the paperwork and paid the adoption fee. Faith is now officially our dog πŸ™‚

Sunny, cold woods

Sunny, cold woods

It was 1F this morning at 7am, but by mid morning the guys upstairs were done drilling through 20″ of solid stone for the new Guild Room heat-pump system (more on that later) and it had heated up to 9F with a wind chill of -4F (that’s a nice round -20C) so I decided to head out with the girls…

Both got a good layer of Mushers Wax on all 4 feet (great stuff for pooches paws in cold weather!) and I put Faith in a n old coat of Holly’s that is way too small for her (she’s quite a lot longer and taller than Holly) but it did the job to keep her core warm. Holly’s coat from last year is a little tight, so she looked a bit like a sausage, but she also stayed nice and comfortable πŸ™‚

We did the regular loop around the woods at a brisk pace, and with the huge strides Faith has been making in recall at the beach (and with the added confidence of the Whistle tracker) I even let her off leash for some of it- and she did really well! never going out of sight and coming in for a treat every time I called her πŸ™‚

Now we’re settled in and cozy at home, nicely tired out and ready for a nap πŸ˜‰

Will you come when I “Whistle”

Will you come when I “Whistle”

We’ve been doing a lot of work with treats and attention while at the beach, and Faith has gotten much better at coming when called. But I’m still a little nervous of what will happen when I eventually let her off leash in the woods.

While I was there the other day (with Faith on a 30 ft, orange leash) I ran into some people who also had one dog on a leash and one off, and they told me that for their untrustworthy dog they have a GPS tracker called a “Whistle“. I looked into it when I got home and decided to give it a try as it has a 90 day money back guarantee (hopefully Faith will be trustworthy by then and I can send it back πŸ˜‰ ). It arrived yesterday and after charging it we went to the beach this morning and to the woods this afternoon to try it out.

It’s a small (less than an ounce) grey block that clips securely to Faith’s collar and contains a wifi antenna, a cell phone chip and a gps receiver. When Faith is at home (and it’s in range of our home wifi access point) it stays in low power mode, but when it loses the wifi connection it starts to check her location every 6 minutes and I can track that location on my phone on a satellite map. And if we’re out in the woods and I lose sight of her I can put it in “track” mode and it updates her location every minute (as I did for this walk to test it). This uses a lot more battery so it’s not something you want on all the time, but it’s nice to have.

It’s not perfect (as you can see from a couple of odd blips on the map), but it’s actually mostly accurate to within about 100 feet, and if you zoom in on the map it shows both her location and mine in relation to her. The battery is supposed to last 5-7 days between charges and it pings my phone to remind me when it needs charging.

There is a small monthly subscription for the cell service, so hopefully we can phase it out fairly soon, but I think for now this will add some very nice extra piece of mind πŸ™‚

Chilly beach

Chilly beach

Another run at the beach, this is such a great place for training and Faith is getting much better at coming when she’s called πŸ™‚

Boy is it cold this morning, 23F, but nothing on what it’s supposed to be tomorrow morning… 3F! I don’t know if there will be an early morning walk tomorrow.

But it was very nice to come home to find Jackie had a pot of hearty oatmeal on the stove (her school has a 2 hour delay this morning) ❀️

Sunrise at Playland

Sunrise at Playland

Well this is very nice, and we’ve got the place to ourselves πŸ™‚

Cold, 25F, but not windy.

A little later some other dogs (and people) showed up and there was some excellent chasing and tussling which led to two tired doggies(who are slowly getting to know and trust each other) after breakfast…

Life’s a beach

Life’s a beach


Was planning on going to the woods today, but Mary texted that she was going to the beach with Athena at lunchtime, so we tagged along so they could meet Faith πŸ™‚
(Didn’t get a picture with Athena, so this is just Holly and Faith)

Faith meets the sea

Faith meets the sea

After yesterday’s scare at Saxon Woods (see the other blog here for details) I needed somewhere where Faith and I could work on recalls, and Mary reminded me that in the winter Rye Playland Beach is open to dogs- it’s wide open, full of other dogs, and enclosed πŸ™‚

So we headed there today at lunchtime and had a blast! Holly of course found a tennis ball and had a lovely time (got to be careful not to work her too hard!) and Faith met the sea, chased Holly (and chased and was chased by lots of other dogs), and I think we made some real progress on the recalls, even with all those delicious distractions (I think the bag of cut-up kielbasa left over from last night’s dinner in my pocket helped a lot!).

Apparently it’s open for dogs until April and, though I don’t get many steps on the beach, I think we will alternate between here and the woods for a little while πŸ™‚