Pupdate 20th September 2017 – Archie’s 1st Groom
Archie has just turned 6 months old and it is time for his 1st proper groom, so an appointment was made a few weeks ago at a local Ivybridge Dog Groomer A1 K9. I have to say that I was a bit apprehensive, as Archie has a beautiful long wavy puppy coat which is a bit different to the normal curly coats that this breed should have which needs quite short clipping. However this is necessary as when the adult coat comes through it could start to matte with the puppy coat causing knotting. However as I can manage his coat at the moment with daily brushing there are no knots yet!!!
Here he is before
We arrived at Kelly the groomer and although I spoke to her and said that if possible I would like to keep his coat long, I obviously was in her hand to do what was best for Archie and I was quite prepared to see a total change in him when I collected him. I left him barking his head off when I left which you could hear right down the street. Was I going to get a phonecall from her asking me to collect him as he would not settle and it was impossible to get clippers near him!!!!
Three hours later, yes Kelly had been very patient and gradually got him used to the surroundings and the new noises that he would have to encounter and he did settle down. I got the phonecall to say he was ready and I could go and collect him, would I recognise him?
To my surprise he didn’t look much different and he was still the fluffy coated puppy that I had taken in. Kelly said that as his coat was in such good condition she did not want to clip it, and was quite happy to leave it as it was, but this could all change over the coming weeks. He had however been washed and dried, and had been clipped around his face, nails done, bum done and he smelt lovely. I hope he will enjoy his next visit in a couple of months time, when he will have to go again!!!
Here he is after
He is now all ready to go on a short break to Cornwall please click here to read all about it
Pupdate 26th September 2017
Archie has been going to puppy obedience classes at the Plymouth Dog Training Club for a few weeks now, and at the end of the class today unbeknown to us all, assessments were being done and it was announced that 3 puppies were now ready to go up to the next class. Surprise, surprise, Archie was the first name to be called out, and we were presented with a certificate and rosette from the instructor. He has been doing very well over the last few weeks, but I was surprised that the teacher thought he was good enough to move up a class. To think back to his very first class where he was the most disruptive puppy in it and I thought he might be excluded from any future classes, but we persisted so this is massive progress and I am very proud of him.
Pupdate 3rd October 2017
Well Archie attended his first Senior Pet Class at Obedience training and it was certainly more challenging, not only for him but for me as well. He tried his best at some of the more advanced training that was necessary in this class and it was actually me that let him down as on a couple of disciplines I was not sure what I was doing, so there was no hope for Archie. However we did enjoy it and looking forward to next Tuesday, although A bit of practice is needed before then, mainly on my part.
Pupdate 23rd October 2017 – Crate Update – I have a confession!!
You might have read my post on Archie’s little break away in Cornwall and as he was holiday I did not take his crate and just took his bed which he slept in the bedroom of the cottage which was a big mistake. When we returned home Archie decided that he didn’t want to go back and sleep in his crate and performed like only an Oscar winning Actor can do!!! His protests were a sight to behold and even Steve sitting in the room with him reading his Kindle (not to Archie I hasten to add!!) until Archie dropped off to sleep did not work. The slightest sound and movement and Archie was awake protesting and barking back in sheer devilment!!
So the only option was, to bring him up to our bedroom which he was very pleased about as you can imagine. He had won!!! But to be honest, I know we failed and were not hard enough on him, but it makes our lives so much easier at bedtime. Off Archie trots upstairs and makes himself comfortable on his Gore Pet rug with a little doggy cushion as a pillow on the floor next to our bed and he sleeps happily right through until it is time to get up (and here is another confession) well on the bed that is, for a morning cuddle. He then makes himself comfortable snuggled on the duvet (which I do cover with an old duvet cover) and then he drops off to sleep again and he is quite happy to stay on the bed for as long as he can which has been as late as 9.40 a.m. (without the need to relieve himself!!). As I have said in a previous blog, we have changed his breed from Clumberdoodle to Slumberdoodle!!! So the crate is no more, as Archie much prefers our bedroom!!!!
Pupdate 1st November 2017
Archie met up with his brother Biscuit today for the 3rd time. Last time they met was at Biscuit’s house, but today it was Archie’s turn to host the meeting. I knew Archie would be very excited, so I kept him out in the garden just before Biscuit’s arrival. Well, as soon as I opened the door to let Biscuit in, Archie went absolutely mad when he saw him through the glass in the door and tried his very hardest with his muddy paws to actually come through the closed door. We safely managed to escort Biscuit into the garden as he too was going berserk as soon as he saw Archie and once they met it was absolute excitement from both of them. They chased each other round and the garden before they eventually calmed down a bit and we went out on our walk.
They both had a great time walking over Henlake Down and then down to the river in Longtimber Woods to try and wash off some of the mud that they had managed to find. We then stopped Rochelles café which is in the arcade where we sat and enjoyed a nice cup of coffee (and cake) whilst Archie and Biscuit sat and behaved – at times!!!
Then it was the long walk back up the hill to home. We thought that both Archie and Biscuit would have been tired as their walk was probably 3 times as long as ours as they didn’t stop chasing each other around and around and around. Once back in the garden they were off again and also managed a game of tug of war with a plant frond.
Then it was time to try and get them to sit still and pose for some photos and as you can see Archie is still the scruffy one!!!
However I am glad to say that once Biscuit left, Archie settled down and we didn’t get much more out of him for the rest of the day.
Pupdate 2nd November 2017 – Archie turned 7 months old today
Pupdate 6th November 2017
It was off to the groomers again today for a much needed tidy up and here’s the proof
When I booked his appointment with Kelly at A1K9 groomers in Ivybridge she only had a slot for an hour and half and said that she would just do another puppy groom as before. I decided to walk him down (which turned out to be a good decision, as you will see). We arrived just before 11.00 a.m and I had to admit that the bottom of his ears were quite matted. It happened very quickly and although we had been trying to get them out, it would take a lot of work to eliminate all of them. She said she was running a bit behind but Archie was left with her and I made my way home and would be waiting for the phonecall when Kelly had finished
Well 2hours went by, no phonecall, 3 hours went by, nothing, 4 hours, nothing, so by this time I was a bit worried, had Archie escaped and Kelly was trying to locate him. Was he being really naughty and she couldn’t do anything with him? Had he completely destroyed her grooming parlour? the mind was wondering. However at 3.30 p.m the phone rang and thankfully it was Kelly. I held my breath in readiness for what she was going to say, but nothing too untoward and she said I could go and collect him. She did say Archie had been a bit wilful (which in my book would have meant he had been extremely difficult and would not sit still long enough for her to do anything!!).
I went and collected him and as I walked through the door, there he was waiting for me, a lovely clean and very fluffy dog. Kelly said she had got all the mattes out of his ears and she had actually scissor cut his coat, which I was not expecting but he looked lovely. She said he had such a lovely coat and he would not look right clipped. Obviously to scissor cut all over takes a lot of time, hence the 4 and a half hours he was with her. She is however very patient with difficult dogs and puppies and takes her time for the dogs to get used to being groomed, and I cannot recommend her enough. But 41/2 hours is a long time for anyone to have their hair, nails etc done, let alone a male dog!!!
As Archie had been couped up for a long time, it was in the car and off for a nice brisk walk as it was actually starting to get dark. Obviously somewhere nice and dry as he was looking beautiful. We decided to go on our favourite clean walk at Saltram so hopefully Archie would come back still looking like he did when he came out of the groomers. Naturally a photo shoot ensued and what a difference to the scruffy photo before he went. How long will it last, until the end of the walk!!!
Pupdate 27th November 2017 Archie’s All In One Raincoat
Every time Archie goes out for a walk, it seems he manages to find any bit of mud and comes home absolutely filthy. We go walking for an hour and it takes a good half an hour to get him clean. I even invested in a proper Pethut doggy hair dryer, which I have to say took Archie a little while to get used to it. It is quite powerful and noisy and if you have a small dog or cat, it could actually blow them off the table!!!!
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Particularly this time of year and with all the rain I also bought him a doggy coat, and although it kept his body relatively dry his legs still got wet and muddy. I thought it would be a good idea to try and find a full body coat that included his legs so started my hunt on the internet. I eventually found what I thought would do the job a” Cosipet Trouser Suit” which is an all in one body suit, with a zip across the back. The size I had to get him meant that it was a little bit too long in the legs but with elasticated cuffs I didn’t think it would matter too much.
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Well it arrived and Archie tried it on. Steve, just took one look at him, laughed and said he would not take him out wearing it, as he looked ridiculous. However it was not a very nice day today so thought I would zip Archie up in his waterproof bag, as that what it looks like and venture up on the moors to see if it would reduce the cleaning off time. I have to say he does look quite stupid and I really was hoping that we would not meet anyone.
See what I mean? Archie isn’t very impressed either!!
Well we only walked out of our drive and someone with a dog was coming down the road. I could sense a little smirk on the face of the owner, and he was obviously thinking “what on earth does that poor little dog look like!”
We walked up the muddy farm track to Henlake Down, and once we got to the top, I wanted to see if Archie could actually run in the suit, so threw his tennis ball. It was just a short throw and apart from him rustling when he ran it didn’t seem to inhibit him in any way, so more balls were thrown at longer distances. He bounded along and he obviously didn’t mind his new clothing.
The grass and long undergrowth was very wet, but Archie continued to chase his ball finding all the muddy tracks and puddles. It did look as if the suit was doing its job as all that appeared to be wet and muddy were his feet. Then it started to rain just before so his head was now wet (a hood therefore would have been a good design) so once we got home I was anxious to see if his body and his legs were in fact dry, and apart from drying his head and his feet the drying time would be reduced greatly. WRONG, I took off his coat only to find that his legs were wet and muddy His actual body was dry but to be honest I have no idea why his legs were wet, but it seemed that the wet had actually soaked through the material. So it sill took just as long to dry him off, as his legs had to be washed and towelled off first before they were blow dried. So basically he went out looking like a laughing stock for no reason. Would I use it again? probably just at night for a quick walk around the block, where he wasn’t running or chasing a ball, and hopefully with no fear of actually meeting anyone!!!
Pupdate 6th December 2017 Archie’s Christmas Party
The day had come for Archie’s 1st Christmas Party which was organised by the Plymouth Dog Training Club. Fancy dress was optional (although there was a prize for the best fancy costumer.). I hunted high and low to try and get Archie a Santa costume, but without success as they were all too small, so I just opted for a pair of flashing reindeer antlers. I had to slightly adapt them and sew on a piece of elastic to the headband to under his chin, otherwise they just kept falling off.
Here is a photo of him all ready to go to the party.
The party was held at one of the two training halls, so dogs and puppies from both venus attended so as you can imagine there were quite a few there.
We arrived to see quite a lot of dogs wearing fancy dress costumes and Archie (as usual) was very excited to see so many dogs, and he didn’t know which one to go and say “hello” to first, but I am sure he managed to go around and meet the majority of them. I didn’t count how many turned up, but it must have been around 30.
The party kicked off with a game of musical chairs, where sheets of newspaper were scattered over the floor and when the music stopped you had to get your dog to sit on a piece of paper – otherwise they were out. As with the game of musical chairs after each stop pieces of paper were taken away until there was only one piece left and the winner was decided. It was quite funny as one puppy decided on its first “sit” to actually do a wee on the paper – obviously the toilet training kicked in. Archie lasted a few rounds but then he got knocked out.
Then there was a relay game, where two teams were formed and the dogs had to complete a little obstacle course, consisting of a small jump, some cones to weave in and out and then a tunnel at the end. Once a dog was through the tunnel it was then the turn of the next one. I have to say that Archie enjoyed this as he loves jumping over obstacles, being it legs, bracken and gorse bushes or actual jumps, but in the pandamonium that ensued, I am really not sure which team actually won. At one stage 3 dogs were trying to go through the tunnel at the same time (as a team was obviously cheating and not waiting their turn – which wasn’t ours!!). Dogs were refusing to go through the tunnel and at one point the tunnel was collapsed up which made it easier for those who were refusing to go through it.
Then it was the judging of the fancy dress, females judged first and then the males. Archie just made up the numbers as him wearing just a pair of flashing antlers was not going to win any prizes, but at least he took part!!!
The last game of the evening was great fun. You had to walk around with your dog and then the instructor would shout out a number between 0 and 6 which related to the number of feet that you were allowed on the floor. So obviously 6 was your dog’s 4 legs and your own two legs. If she shouted 0, then no feet were allowed to be touching the floor, so you basically had to lie down with either your dog lying on its side or actually on top of you. Four could have been the owners’ 2 legs, with the two front paws lifted up so the dog was just standing on his hind legs. This was quite a mental game for the owners as you had to try and work out in the quickest possible time how to actually work it out.
It was great fun, but needless to say Archie and I were knocked out again!!! So we didn’t win any prizes BUT Father Christmas made an appearance and each dog formed an orderly queue to meet Father Christmas and to help themselves to a “doggy” present from his sack. Archie chose a dual coloured tennis ball, as he loves chasing his tennis balls, but manages to lose an awful lot.
I can best describe the evening as organised bedlam, but it was great fun and all the canines (and their owners) seemed to enjoy themselves.
Archie however carried on enjoying his party as when I came home Steve and I had a cup of coffee, Steve having a brandy and I had a baileys and a piece of cake. I took the glass of brandy and the glass of baileys into the lounge before I poured the coffee as Steve was upstairs. As I was carrying the coffee into the lounge out comes Archie licking his lips with drips of baileys down his chin. He had decided whilst no-one knew he was in the lounge to help himself to my baileys.Although he didn’t manage all of it, he did consume a little, which he seemed to enjoy and continue his very exciting evening!!!