29 April 2001:
As mentioned on the homepage, purchased 'Crawford' at the local
petshop. Took him briefly to show him off to friends where
somebody suggested the name Crawford, as we're Hawks supporters.
Jamie and a couple of his friends arrived home & he had a bit of a
play with the boys. Spent his first night in his new house on
Jamie's bed & had an accident in his bedroom in the morning, much to
Monday 30 April:
Spent the day at home so Crawford could get the feel of his new
surroundings. Took lots of photos and look forward to getting the film
developed - will let you know when there's new photos on the site.
Met the kittens, Finny and Croadie, but they're understandably a bit
wary of him. A few accidents around the house and lots of crying
if left on his own for longer than a few minutes - couldn't even have a
shower in peace. Spent the night on my bed.
Tuesday 1 May:
OK..So this is new territory for me - I don't really know what
I'm doing here. Went to the vet's to fix up the account for poor
old Kerin and told them about Crawford and they gave me a 'Puppy Care'
sheet. Decided to go back to the petshop and ask all the questions
that had suddenly arisen, such as "How do I get him to get used to
being left alone?" and "How do I train him that the garden is
actually his toilet?" The lady at the petshop kindly wormed
him for me - don't have to worry until Aug 1st now...Bought him some dried pigs ears which he
loves to chew on and spent $13 on a toy that he has shown not the
slightest bit of interest in...Tonight he stayed in his basket until 4am
and then I let him on my bed.
Wednesday 2 May:
Decided to go to the local library and pick up some books on
training dogs...Picked up 4 which I hope teach me some tricks.
Reading all the info so far, it looks like we're doing OK.
Friday 4 May:
Went shopping tonight for 2 hours & asked my mother to
babysit..Dropped him off and away we went..Upon our return 2 hours
later, my mother was drained as he started crying and howling as soon as
we left, running around her house and pulling cushions off sofa's
etc...He finally settled not long before we returned - might have to
wait a while til we ask mum to babysit again...
Monday 7 May:
Well it's back to work for me on Wednesday, so I'm trying to get
him used to spending a couple of hours in the laundry. He's been
in there for about 10 mins, and is howling incessantly ...
Tuesday 15 May:
It's been over a week since I added anything here - as you can
see. Well, so far no complaints from the neighbours, so I can only
assume that Crawford is reasonably happy when I'm at work. I
decided against the laundry and keep him outside when I'm not home as he
gets rather distressed being locked in a room alone - I bought one of
those door barriers so he could see the rest of the house, but he didn't
like that either. Now that we're getting some cold weather, I
purchased him a kennel today and I'm pleased to
say that he seems to like it. I coaxed him in there with some of
his toys and left him outside for a couple of hours after his dinner and
eventually he went inside it on his own...
Wednesday 16 May:
Yes he is happy with his kennel as he had a good couple of hours
sleep in it today...Then it was time for his first
bath - after initially trying to escape and with lots of "Good
boy"s, he finally seemed to accept and possibly even enjoy it -
can't say the same for when it was time to blow-dry though! Sat him in
front of the heater for most of the drying and then held him securely
and did the final touches with the blow-dryer. Popped his jumper
on him - something else he didn't particularly like at first - and now
he's sleeping like a baby (which he is!!!)
Wednesday June 5:
Have found a local person who has kennels and runs obedience
classes. Took Crawford for a 90 minute assessment and it was most
interesting to watch him respond to somebody who actually knows what
they're doing with dogs! He was a bit scared of her dog though,
but that's something we'll be working on at training sessions which we
start next week.
Friday August 31:
Well it's been some time since I updated this diary, and I
received an email today from someone who just got a pup and thought I
must get back into it...Crawford is doing really well...He loves his
weekly obedience class and just when I thought nothing seemed to be
sinking in I was outside one day telling him to sit and stay when it
just seemed to click! So my advice to anyone starting out at dog
training - just persevere and it will eventually pay off.
We still have a problem with toilet training though - he's not always
inside, but when he is he will just pee on the carpet if I don't see the
telltale signs that he needs to go, so any advice re: that would be
appreciated..He also jumps up and down at the glass sliding door nonstop
sometimes when he is put outside and I just don't know how to get him to
stop it..I was expecting that he might cry a bit but I certainly wasn't
expected this - & it's driving us all nuts!! I'm also selling my
house and although I don't expect to move for 3 to 6 months,
any advice re: making the move as pleasant as possible for
Crawford would be greatly appreciated...Something else to report, he's
started getting carsick sometimes and although I'm yet to try it, ginger
has been recommended - anybody have any comments re: this? If so, why
not post them on the messageboard...and that's all I have for now - bye
March 4 2002:
Well, once again, it's been quite some time since I've updated
the site...Didn't think anyone came across it any more, and then I saw a
couple of new entries in my guestbook, so here I sit adding a bit more
to Crawford's diary...Well, about 6 weeks ago we moved from our home as
it was sold and we're now waiting for our new home to be built..Poor
Crawf had to spend a week at the kennel, but I think this was the best
thing to happen to him...It was like he literally grew up overnight..He
goes there each week for obedience training and upon his return, he was
so much more mature...I started thinking about how much he loved all the
canine company, so I decided to start a search for a pal for him...To
cut a long story short, we finally found 'Tess', a 7 month old Lab at
the RSPCA shelter in Burwood, and I'm pleased to say, both dogs seem
very happy with the new arrangements...(Photos of Tess to be added as
soon as I get the film developed)..Tess started school tonight with
Crawford, and thoroughly enjoyed it...