Saturday, April 18, 2009

Oh, Chloe...

This is Chloe. She is a two month old blue tick beagle. She joined our family yesterday, and I'm very happy to introduce her to you. She is working very hard on being housebroken. Sadly, she doesn't yet have much control over her bladder and has to go out roughly every 20-30 minutes, excepting sleepy time. She also has a very short memory and doesn't always recall that she needed to pee, even if we catch her in the act of squatting someplace. So we get her outside, and everything is much more interesting than the requirements of her bladder. I can't really blame her - there are so many distractions at that height. Here - take a look:

There's the tennis balls our other dogs leave around the yard...


The dried clumps of grass are very hard to ignore...



These purple flowers are all along the fence line, whatever they are...


These plants just leap out and attack, if you aren't careful (we have a lot of weeds)...


Don't forget the dandelions!


Sometimes random leaves just beg to be chomped...


All those blades of grass are constantly sticking out to block her way...


Plus there are plenty of trodden paths to explore, over and over and over again...


Lastly, sometimes there are other dogs with huge tempting furry tails in the back yard. So, you see, there's a lot going on in that yard. This doesn't even count the birdsong, other dogs barking, lawn mowers, and neighbors going about their lives. Poor puppy. This housebreaking thing may take awhile...

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