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My dogs have been very spoiled over the last few weeks.. I've been home days, Eli has been home nights, and they are in heaven having either mommy or daddy around the house.  We finally got sun (and heat) so since Stella loves to play in her water dish (she 'swims' in it and splashes water all over the kitchen floor) I bought a little kid pool for the backyard and both she and Steve love toy-fishing - Steve sticks his mouth in, blows bubbles, grabs a toy and flings it out, goes for another.  Stella avidly watches him and then receives the prizes though on occassion she hops in and digs around.  I still need a picture of it!  I've been outside and without a camera when they both have me laughing over the pool.

Stella and Steve have also taken it upon themselves to help us dig out a second of weird dirt in an ugly planter in the middle of the patio... they dug a sizable hole together and were having so much fun (and not hurting my plants) that I let them at it.  It now is covered but I may uncover it and let that be their dig spot now and then.

I watch the girls I nanny two days a week this summer and we come over to "Camp Jessica" for daily lessons on dog care.  We train Steve, play with Miles, cuddle Stella and pat Harry.  I had been talking to their mom about possibly rehoming Stella with them but I have to see how she develops.  Right now, she's young and a lot of energy and dog.  I'm not sure her high drive, high energy, would be a good fit but I'm considering it.  The girls want a dog so desperately and I want them to have one, but their mom has no dog experience (asked me what a spay was for...) and as a first time dog, it could be a failure.  We'll see though in 6 months after I spay her what her personality is like.


Right now Steve and Stella are BEST buds.  She's in charge of Steve for sure but he loves the attention regardless of her stealing his bones or toys.  More often he's dumping toys on her head and barking at her to play.  As I type this they are playing "the bone is mine" and going back and forth stealing it from each other.

Here are some pictures:

Our diggers:

The "vicious doberman" being walked around the neighborhood by an 11 year old girl:

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Harry's bad hair-cut (added for a laugh):

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Awesome Jes! Love all your furkids- Stella is a doll baby! I hope that it will work out with the girls taking stella for her forever home!

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Oh wow!  Love the story and photos.  You know what?  I think it's FABULOUS that you include those little girls in your dog training.  Kids love that, and the dogs love the attention they get from kids, too, so it's a win/win situation all the way!

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Wonderful pictures.. Love the one of Steve with the dirt on his nose.. what a darling..

There's nothing as cute as kids with dogs, no matter what size

I'd like to come to Camp Jessica!

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How cute.. Your lil one is sooo cute and kuddos to you for allowing your kids to help out.  Tristen has been walking Sky around the yard on her leash and so far it is going very well, except when she wraps the leash around her legs :oP

My son wants depserately to walk Mopar but he is still tugging a bit too much and my son weighs just about 5-10 pounds more than him, so hes satisfied with tug o war in the yard.

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Sounds like a lot of fun!  It's great that you get the girls so involved, definitely a win-win working on Steve's training and teaching them how to handle dogs at the same time.  I love the shot of Stella and Miles!  How do Miles and Harry feel about having a new baby in the house? 

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Love Love LOVE the new photos!  Thanks for sharing.  I agree with Paul...it is great that you get the kids involved with the training, it is a win win!

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Miles hates puppies, period.  He is growly with her if she invades his personal space and Harry... Harry is my old man grouch.  He is fine being in their business and space if he has a bone to steal but otherwise he's not a good dog with Stella.

Here are some more pictures of Laila with Steve and Stella.  Yesterday I brought Steve back to her house to drop her off because I was taking Steve in to practice on (it's true! he was an excellent patient at work!) and Laila's mom was scared of Steve.  Laila shouts, "Don't worry mommy!" as she leaps on to Steve's back and gives him a big hug.  "See? He loves me!"

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ADorable!!!!!!! and I see the window from the accident a few months back in the one pick correct?!?!?!?

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Jess, Photos are great, Kids Beautiful...Winners All!

And it is soooooo Good to see you able to relax and enjoy the summer!

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I took some pool shots yesterday too! My son Austin is great on the grill and we like hanging in the front yard for the grilling.  No loose dogs by the grill this way :}

I hope this isn't considered jacking your thread ... but fits the topic of Summer Fun!  My apologies if I should have made a different thread. 

 

 

   

 

  

 

ever get the feeling that there is nothing your dobe doesn't see?

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I love sharing!!! I love the pics - new camera is working out great huh Barb? And yes though I'm working two jobs I'm trying to get plenty of sun and dog and book time still :)

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OM Leo's ears are filthy! It's only been a few days since I cleaned them. We are in yet another Texas drought. Soil is like powder! We've had triple digit heat too early and too many times already. Add on the heat index. It's horrid! The March winds continue to dry everything. Rain. RAIN!
Is it cool at Camp Jessica?

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Love the picture of Stella almost standing on her head trying to dig that hole deeper. I have a feeling that most of that hole was Steve's work.

Another benefit of have compacted soil like that for them to dig in is that it wears down their nails. You have to trim them less.