Since Chester is so big, we had to buy him a new bed. Since Chester wouldn't go near the bed the first few nights he was with us, his bed was quickly appropriated by you know who...
The kids and I were off to Petsmart early the next morning to buy another one. Identical of course so there would be no squabbles. Dogs = worse than kids!
Sonder loved his new bed!
But Chester wasn't still so sure about the whole "lie on your bed" directive. Maybe he thought he had to contort his body into the same position as Sonder's?!?
After a few days of this, one night I told them it was bedtime and to go to their beds and VOILA! I had two dogs, each sleeping on his own bed. I could tell Chester was still unsure about the whole thing and he did look awkward but he managed to spend the night there and has gone back each night since.
hester also didn't understand the concept of "treat", something that we give a lot of (and that Aunt Jan gives even more of!). Can you guess who took advantage of the situation and Chester's ignorance? Just call him "Two Bones" Sonder.
Fortunately, Chester figured out the "treat" concept pretty quickly and, now, he even sits upon command to receive his! Thank you very much, Trainer Mom!
He does like his toys and this afternoon I spent some time in the backyard working with him to "fetch", "bring" and "give". I would say the effort was moderately successful - he seemed to "get" what he was supposed to but he didn't always do it. Maybe 6 times out of 10. However, in all fairness to Chester, Sonder was chasing squirrels from one side of the yard to the other and Chester *might* have been distracted.
Another awkward moment. How can this be comfortable?
I think he grew so much and so quickly that he hasn't figured out how to gracefully move all of his bulk around. When we walk him, although he is great on the leash and doesn't pull, he wanders and weaves so much he looks like a drunken sailor.
Here Chester is with his favorite toy. Fortunately for me, Sonder has no desire to play with any of Chester's toys so I am spared the additional expense of purchasing a duplicate set for Sonder.
Please blind your eyes to that hideous wallpaper in my kitchen. Removing that and repainting is Numero Uno on the list for the next phase of the renovations. I won't even sit in our breakfast nook at night knowing that, if the lights are on, people are able to look in and see that wallpaper in all of its glory. Yikes.
I will wrap up with quite possibly the most important development (other than the activation of wireless at the house) in our little world since my last post. Early last Thursday morning, we received an email from the Embassy in Bangkok that our air freight shipment had been found! Yippee! When we will receive it is another question for another day but at least it was located. Apparently, United Airlines switched to a new tracking system on July 1st and the tracking information for our shipment (which left Bangkok on June 29th) was not transferred to the new system. United was quite happy to declare it "missing in transit" and asked us to file a claim. However, very fortunately for us, someone at the Embassy was aware of the new tracking system and thought to track our shipment under the old system to its delivery in Baltimore on July 2nd. Phew. The shipment still has to go through Customs and we will need to schedule delivery but, honestly, I am so glad it was found that I am happy to wait for a few more days. Our sea freight is due to arrive in Baltimore on Thursday but that shipment might take 2 weeks (at least) to clear Customs so we won't see anything anytime soon.
Have a great Wednesday!