Just a couple of weeks ago, on the first snow day of the season, we drove over the river…
and through the woods…
to pick up a couple of new malamutes!
Say hello to Ben! He’s 10.5 months old and already over 100 lbs!! Needless to say, he’s going to be a big boy when he grows up.
He’s a good puppy…full of big, toothy smiles.
False charge at the camera. It would really hurt to get body-slammed by this dude.
Melvin served as the welcoming committee. He planned all kinds of games (well, actually just a game of keep-away). But the two of them are getting along famously and that will continue to be the case as long as Melvin is always in possession of the stick.
We also brought home with us a beautiful black and white female named Duchess. We’ll introduce her in a separate post.
Today we decided to start training Champ how to be a movie star (should the opportunity arise) just like his great-great-great grandpa was in Disney’s White Fang. The foundational skill of any celebrity dog’s repertoire is to hit a mark, or in other words, to plant those front paws on a designated location on verbal command and stay there.
So Joe made a mark board and this afternoon we gave Champ his first lesson.
They say a dog who loves to eat is easy to train. I’d say that’s the case with young Champ. He’s a growing boy and no amount of food seems to satisfy his appetite lately, so he was all too eager to hit his mark and earn some treats!
And Melvin’s not too cool for school either. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? He was overjoyed at the chance to prove his smarts with a mark board.
Hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday.
Here’s a recent photo of Champ. He rarely remains still enough to get a good photo. Actually, the real problem is that he never stands far enough away from me to get a decent shot. He’s in my face with kisses every chance he gets. What are friends for, I suppose?
For the most part, my photos of him usually turn out more like this…
Champ and Melvin are pretty good pals these days. Champ knows how to push his buttons just until he’s right at the edge of Melvin’s breaking point, then he backs off. <sigh> Kids…
Today, Bear and Jim (from Petra’s litter) and Mitchell (from Sally’s litter) met for the first time.
It was a joyous occasion, full of running and playing.
They took a liking to each other right from the start.
Of course Melvin was there to oversee the festivities and make sure those little punks didn’t get too out of control.
They only got snarled at once…
But they didn’t let that ruin their good time.
Sunday may have been the hottest day we’ve had all summer long, so we took Melvin and Charlie (best buddies) to the pond for a swim.
As usual, Charlie only jumped in once…
…but he must’ve been happy because his tail was still in a full curl!
After that, he only got in about knee deep…
…and waited for Melvin to return to shore with a stick so he could try to steal it.
Charlie had his eye on Melvin the whole time. He loves this game.