Hey all, long time no see! I’m sorry for the long delay in posting, life’s been hectic and I haven’t really had motivation to write up until recently. I don’t want to drone on about my depression, but it really does affect my life in so many ways; including lack of motivation and inspiration. I’ve been feeling slightly ‘better’ recently and I’m hoping I’ll find a way to make it stick.
Enough about me – we all know it’s Jasper you came here to read about. Unfortunately, I have some bad news: I’ve had to wash Jasper from service dog training. This means that during training, we came to the realization that Jaz does not have the proper temperament to be a service dog. Don’t get me wrong: he’s a good boy and we all love him, he’s just not fit for service work.
We are now looking into finding a proper prospect though Dogs Downtown who will be helping us train the new pup once found. I’m super excited to move forward with this but now realize how important it is to have our current dogs properly trained before introducing a new puppy and will be working with our pack on their obedience extensively prior to making any decisions.
Oh, and if anyone was interested, I forgot to post Jasper’s DNA results:
So, in other words, completely not a goldendoodle/lab mix *eyeroll*
I also want to announce that I will be updating this blog more often, and will soon introduce my new blog post series ‘Boss Babes’, wherein I will share tips and info for all the women out there aspiring to be their own boss.
Keep an eye out for those updates as well as more on the doggos!
Things are going well, Jasper’s growing fast and things finally seem to be moving forward.
Yesterday was Ava’s first obedience training lesson at Dogs Downtown VA and it is such a relief to finally start on our dogs’ training. We started with Ava out of our two olders because Ava is going to be accompanying me as my ESA on a trip to Canada and New York for vacation and my cousin’s wedding (#sailawaywithmoe)! This is a very short timeline to get her prepared for the outing, which includes flights to and from, but I am hopeful that she will learn in time. She’s a very smart girl, and has so much ambition. As part of her training, we need to get her properly socialized, so if anyone wants to come play with her call or text me!
She has, in the past few weeks, taken on the role of Jasper’s dog mommy. She takes great care of him and is quickly teaching him the ways of the world. It’s quite amusing watching them interact; Ava somehow understands that he is fragile and knows to play more gently with him than she would Cosmo or Mosby, or any grown dog for that matter.
While she allows him to snuggle with her and chew on her face, she is carefully showing him what is and what is not acceptable when interacting with his fellow canines. He’s stubborn, but he’s, albeit somewhat slowly, getting the point.
Yesterday was also Jasper’s service dog evaluation to see if he has the potential to be a service dog. I was not present for the evaluation, as I was with Ava for her training session, but he was given the go-ahead to begin training which should begin in about a week or so.
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