Tuesday, April 27, 2010


From October through the end of April: Rafferty has grown so much, both Marley and Hugo got their therapy dog certifications, and Hugo has started search and rescue training. Dante hibernated and is now ready for warm weather! Rafferty has been a great puppy and in less than two weeks he will have a younger 'brother' or 'sister' to mentor. I am once again starting a puppy for the high school raising program. We are going to have one busy summer...Rafferty continues to mature, Hugo works on wilderness/cadaver search training, Marley gets started on therapy work (and hopefully Splash dogs!), and a new puppy from Guide Dogs for the Blind joins into the mix.

Rafferty sits on a bale of hay at 11 weeks while wearing his puppy coat.

Rafferty sits in front of an old wood fence looking into the distance while wearing his puppy coat.  He is 8.5 months old.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring Time in the Mountains...

Things have been a little crazy around here lately. We had the biggest storm of the season over the past weekend and the dogs enjoyed the snow. I, however, did not enjoy snowblowing the driveway. Though I did get in some pretty amazing powder skiing on April 1st (no joke!). On Tuesday Rafferty got to show off his snow skills by plowing through powder and then knocking me over while I attempted to capture his snow frenzy on camera. Our Paw It Forward package arrived from Natalie and Bob yesterday and the Marley and Hugo had a lot of fun playing with their new throw toy while Rafferty bounded along behind. They were rather irritated when I made them sit and pose for the picture rather than letting them have all of the new treats.
Raffery with his ears flying in the air explodes out on the snow in a cloud of white
Rafferty bounds through the snow with both front paws raised as the powder flows around him
In a full out run with his legs tucked underneath him Rafferty runs towards me.
All that powder "skiing" makes for some tired pups at the end of the day.
Marley looks to the side while laying down.  Rafferty is curled up and spooning at his side
All three boys look longingly at their paw it forward gifts Leave a comment with the word "Spring" if you would like to particiapte in the Paw it Forward! First 3 will get a gift from the Pack!