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Tikka’s first trip to the Seaside

by on Oct.29, 2009, under The Family

Sunday morning and while I bathed Tikka was in the Kitchen with all her toys, the kids in the lounge playing ….

Or so I thought!!!!!!!!!

Actually Tikka was in the kitchen……..but so was Mr Corky, who was being rather naughty!!!.  He was sat on the side “pawing” objects onto the floor…..straight into the jaws of Tikka!!!

 

A packet of fruity polos, a calendar, two school forms!!!!! all devoured…..Mr Corky was caught in the act just pawing my mobile phone down for the poor, eager pup to play with!!!

 

A long walk was needed….to run off those polos and January through to December that she had eaten!!!!!…….with all the kids & one puppy there was really only one place….the seaside!!!!. They were all bundled into the car and an hour later were running on the Beach at Abergele!!!!!

Athena & Shae

Athena & Shae

 

Come on boys...lets RUN!!!!

Come on boys...lets RUN!!!!

 

It was a beautiful day….windy but warm. The kids & Tikka had so much fun running, jumping & chasing the waves, although Tikka, Athena & Shae got caught out a couple of times!!!! and ended up with VERY wet jeans & shoes…..and fur!!!!

Run Run Run!!!!!

Run Run Run!!!!!

It cost just the petrol up there….No ice-creams, no sweets, no wanting…..just a couple of hours of FREE fun, the kids got so much out of having Tikka to play with…..and I ended up with four tired but happy kids…..and a puppy who slept all the way home, with her head on my foot….and who has repaid her trip to the seaside with so many licks & kisses I have lost count……one happy pup!!!!

 

One very happy content Tikka!!!

One very happy content Tikka!!!

 

Guess where we will be most weekends!!!!!????

 

Have fun…Sharon  ;)

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A week on…

by on Oct.21, 2009, under The Family

Well Tikka has been living in my mad house for a week today!!!……and I can honestly say she seems to have adopted to us just as much as we have to her…..her constant waggy tail & eagerness to please says it all!!!!

Tired work chasing all these cats!!

Tired work chasing all these cats!!

and to celebrate her week……..last night she slept right through the night…..from 10 til 7 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is one of the smartest dogs I have ever come across….Already she knows to sit, fetch and “toilet” is outside….yesterday she nearly got “munched” alive when she rang her “bell” and on opening the door instantly had a pee outside!!!!!!!

 

Her relationship is building with the kids….although she seems to favour Shae….I think his loud giggles just appeal to her “Doodle” nature!!!

Talking of relationships…..Mr Corky (the cat) is absolutely obsessed with Tikka….and torments the poor pup!!! they can often be found with Mr Corky on a chair or table (always above Tikka!!!) paw raised ready to give a quick sharp bop to Tikka’s nose with Tikka literally dancing round barking with delight!!!……………..it is lovely to watch, very entertaining.  Since Tikka’s arrival Corky has taken on the role of “top cat” (A role previously graced by Botsi, who passed away a few weeks ago). Corky has become very dominate with the other three cats….especially with his full-blood brother Ceylon. His teasing Tikka has made her respect him completely (along with the few bops on the nose!!!) whereas the remaining three cats are all “fair-game” to Tikka…..and she chases them relentlessly!!!!!!

Step away from my pint Mutt!!!!

Step away from my pint Mutt!!!!

Tikka is intelligent & I do not underestimate the amount of training & the daily responsibility ahead of me….but hey within 360 days she will hopefully appreciate her boundaries, be adored by all and will have molded into our family…….and at least she will never bounce off full of hormones, consider me just a “taxi service” or moan about whats for tea!!!!!

 

Tikka

Tikka

 

Have fun….Sharon   ;)

 

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Day two…

by on Oct.15, 2009, under The Family

Well last night Tikka only wanted “the toilet” once….at just after 1 we plodded downstairs and did our business….then she wanted to play. OK I conceded last (again) she’s only a baby….but tonight….we are going to be firm….A midwife once told me off for talking to my baby during the night….”always change the baby, fed it, low light…never talk to it!!!…I have carried this through four children and have never had any issues of getting newborns to sleep through the night in the first few weeks…..

 

….if I can crack four kids I can crack this bundle of chocolate cuteness!!!!

 

So tonight she can go “toilet” then it’s back into her bed….NO PLAY!!!!….more sleep for me.

 

BTW……I washed her “bed” yesterday in washing powder/softener that was fragranced with Lavender….it was something I have always done with my babies….now whether she slept through only waking once because of this….or she feels more settled? anyway if you have a pup who demands your attention in the wee hours it’s worth a try!!!! (or baby – I used to bath my babies just before bedtime, in the bathroom, door closed. fill a bowl/sink with hot water to which I would infuse with two drops of Lavender oil…..the scent would softly fill the bathroom..result one very sleepy baby…believe me it works a treat…it’s also great way of clearing snuffly babies…use a drop of eucalyptus oil)

Today she is definitely more settled….I have been able to leave her for short periods (makes “doing the washing” a whole lot easier than having an 8 week old fun loving Labradoodle “help”) and her ability to understand is just amazing me. Already she will “sit” , simply by saying the word Sit before putting her food bowl down, giving a “treat” etc…..I did not expect to get this from her for a couple of weeks, she just soaks up everything….takes it on board and remembers!!! To her “sitting” is her way of saying “please” (and cute manners like that will work every time!!!!)

She is very taken with having a collar & lead on….and going for a “walk” into the front garden… within minutes she has “toileted” (she has obviously sussed that if you get toileting out of the way you get more time sniffing round and playing!!!!) No “accidents in the house today….So well done Tikka!! Putting the hours in yesterday and today, just taking her outside when she wakes up, feeds, plays etc hopefully will pay off in the long run for both Tikka and me. The bell that is now hung (a small goats bell, which every time I take Tikka out gets nudged) has been nudged a couple of times by her….but only through curiosty, I think in a couple of days she will be ringing the bell to signal her need to go out, rather than me second guessing her….finger crossed.

I read somewhere that never have a labradoodleif you wanted a guard dog (although she did bark at the vacuum this morning…and tried to attack the mop!!!)….and I can see that…her waggly tail is constant, her chubby bum swings with so much pleasure you just have to smile!!! and I’m sure I have lots of years ahead of me chasing her round the house to retrieve whatever bit of laundry she is “retrieved” or wiping up after her tail has knocked yet another cup over…..but I am convinced that while she bounces through life she will always bring a huge smile of both pleasure & pride…she is my loopy, faithful, smart Labradoodle…  ;)

Tikka & me

Tikka & me

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Tikka Our Labradoodle Pup

by on Oct.14, 2009, under The Family

 

Labradoodles

are a relatively new breed of dogs that were first bred by Wally Cochran in 1988. Wally Cochran, of The Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria Australia, was prompted to breed the Labradoodle after receiving a request from a blind woman living in Hawaii. She needed a guide dog that wouldn’t aggravate her husband’s allergies. Hair and saliva samples from 33 different poodles in Hawaii were sent to the couple to see if the dogs would cause an allergic reaction in the husband; they all did. Wally then asked the manager of The Royal Guide Dogs about crossing one of their Labrador Retrievers with a Standard Poodle. He agreed, and so the first Labradoodles were bred…

So a Labradoodle – with it’s outstanding track-record for being  sociable, friendly, non aggressive, and extremely intuitive was the breed we wanted.

Having decided upon welcoming a dog into our family, it was clear that we could not re-home an adult dog, with five kids, four cats & five goldfish the dog needed to be a young puppy, so that it grew up in our busy household….and our busy household could continue to grow up alongside him or her!!!

Two weeks of searching the internet we came across Joanne Clayton – a truly wonderful lady who just lives for her animals. She had a shaggy coated, chocolate coloured little girl out of a litter of three needing a forever home….within an hour we were in the car and having our first cuddle!!!!!!!….with the puppy!!!!!

and on the 13th October at 11.30 “Tikka” was taking her first trip back to her home….

Tikka

Tikka

Her full name (we joke) is Chicken “Tikka” Bhuna Masala……as most of my animals tend to take their names from an Indian Menu!!!!

We were fully prepared for “accidents” sleepless nights, and a little pup who cried constantly for the loss of her siblings and mummy……what we were completely thrown by was the cheeky, fun-loving little bundle of chocolate scrumptiousness that decided that “Yeap this house is gonna be my home….and I love it!!!”  She settled in so well….with only a couple of little “pees” on the kitchen floor Tikka soon discovered that if she goes “Toilet” outside she gets a “treat”…….which has lead to the rather intelligent little girl “squeezing” a tiny pee out just to get a treat!!!!!

Her first night was spent next to me….in her “bed”. She woke me up three times….each time she needed the “toilet”. Apart from at 3 o’clock she decided that it would be a good time to “play”………so we did!!!!  Tikka and me playing “fetch” until 3.40 – she decided enough was enough and flopped down beside me….looking at me as if to say “think it’s time to sleep now!!!”

The Cats???……Corky is just fascinated….I am sure he has something up his sleeve with regards to Tikka, maybe he thinks she will help get him into the garden across the road (where they have ducks, chickens and also a very big German Shepherd!!!) He keeps his high ground but refuses to leave the room. Mr Darcy is sulking. Danny just takes everything in his stride. and poor old Ceylon just can not understand why we have this “bouncing smelly dog” in the house he has retreated to a safe place.

The kids??…..the boys absolutelyadore her….she loves to run, jump & skip with them – and has already developed a technique to relieve poor Shae of his trousers!!!!! She holds on to them he runs the trousers get pulled lower & lower!!! Athena & Sophie are smitten……it is my little animal lover Alethea who is the most weary of Tikka – with time I am sure she will overcome her slight apprehension

Running, jumping skipping....

Running, jumping skipping....

Come on Kal let's play!!!

Come on Kal let's play!!!

 

So her first 24 hours have gone relatively smoothly!!!…..I feel a little like a “new mum” ……auto-pilot – eyes open but body just carrying out everyday functions!!!! will be in bed by 9 tonight and praying for her to “sleep through” (brings back memories!!!!!)

Her “training” starts today. I have a couple of “goats bells” which are going to be placed by the kitchen door, each time we go out to “toilet” I will ring the bell…..hopefully Tikka will eventually switch on to the fact that if she needs to “toilet” she can just nudge the bells!!! In theory it sounds great………watch this space.

I’ll leave you with our new baby….who I am sure is going to totally disrupt all our lives in every which way or form….but I love it!!!!

 

………..Tikka

Tikka

Tikka

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