Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Look what I got!

We never expected this, but Sierra scored two great toys in her visit to Yellowbird Preschool. She would like to thank the Pederson family for their thoughtfulness. Surprisingly for a puppy she treats toys like this with a lot of respect, and I'm sure they will be with her for a long time. They tend to get used more as a soother than as a chew toy. As I write this Sierra is sound asleep with the bumble bee under her chin!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Yellowbird Preschool Visit

Sierra visited Yellowbird Preschool Monday and Tuesday this week, as part of their Community Helpers study unit. We explained how Assistance dogs help in the community, and how they are trained. At the end we took a group photo of each class with Sierra.

This is the 3 Year Old PM class

The 4 Year Old PM Class

The 4 Year Old AM Class

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Terwillegar Logging Tales

Sierra loves our walks at Terwillegar off leash park. She meets new friends at every turn in the path. Well at least she thinks they are all friends, and most are. When Jet, Dash, and Pilot join her, it is even better, as "keep-away" with a stick or whatever she can steal is a fun game too. But probably her favourite activity is retrieving sticks, and even dragging the log size ones that are too large to pick up. A couple of videos explain it better than words...

I need snow tires!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sierra at the U of A

Sierra has graduated to two classes a day...French and Psychology. She sleeps through both but I think she finds psychology particularly boring, she falls asleep instantly.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Christmas and More...

We had company over the past weekend. Our friend was relaxing in the family room with a glass of white wine. She placed it on the carpet along with her large gold hoop ear rings. Sierra thought that was quite generous, and had a few licks of the wine without spilling a drop. Our friend then noticed her ear rings were gone, and Sierra had something in her mouth. When I tried to take it out, she swallowed. As we searched for the ear rings, Sierra obviously had second thoughts about the deal, and brought up the ear rings along with her dinner, and I presume the wine. Looks like she is going to be a real party girl!

Sierra seems to be liking her new jacket, complete with reflective strip. When Melanie takes her to university classes, she notices that Sierra behaves much better with the jacket on. Here is a picture of Sierra practicing her down and eye gaze, with a bacon and cheese twist as a distraction. At home this seems to be easy, but with other dogs in the picture, well that is another story...

Christmas was fun for all. Sierra loved her gifts, and found it hard to believe we would not only let her in the living room on the hardwood, but also that we would let her have the good stuff instead of the usual leave it!

And just like most youngsters, the paper and boxes were the most fun of all.

Wow that was tiring. I think I'll just crash on the new throw and dream about what trouble I can get into next...