Friday, November 12, 2010

Fall Fun!

Well aren't we lazy! Two weeks after Halloween here are Charlie's pictures... his costume was a bit of a let down I'm not going to lie. But I don't really care because he actually stood at the door with me... leash... and watched (and by watched I mean no running, barking, backflips in terror etc) the kids (who of course were in COSTUME) while I handed out candy. Go Rescue Remedy :) I gave it to him about 2 hours before the kids were supposed to come and other than a few barking incidents that I would consider almost normal the first couple times the door bell rang he was...relaxed! There was no crying barking or growling (ok one growl)! The best part was that he didn't seem loopy or out of it either, in between groups of kids he was playing and acting completely normal. I like that it seems to relax him without sedating him.
Madison - Santa Paws
Charlie didn't make much of an effort to get into the spirit..

I used Rescue Remedy again when someone came to work on the house later that week. There was some initial barking but Charlie calmed down and sat ignored the man after a few minutes. I'm thinking it needs a while to set in, the second time I used it I only had about 15 minutes before the "scary" man arrived.

I think I'm going to plan a trip to our "favorite" pet store and give him a half dose to see if he can relax in public. They have come to know us well at this store and when they're not busy will work with us just walking by him or talking to me without acknowledging him.

Other than discovering Rescue Remedy we have just been enjoying the fall weather! I'm still going everywhere I can and accept every invitation to neighbor's houses for socialization. I really like RR but I feel that its a band-aid and temporary crutch... training and patience will hopefully unlock Charlie!

Gettin the leafs!!!!

The leaves are really dropping off the trees and AHH it snowed a little in Ithaca this week! Charlie is getting really fluffy, but those ears are still undecided on their position :)


  1. Hi Charlie!
    Hey, I am so glad that RR is working well for Charlie. Trick or treaters was a challenging test for him.
    I see he is going through that gangly teenage phase. Ryker's breeder calls it the giraffe stage. Very cute.

  2. Hello Charlie, I missed you. You and Madison look so cute dressed up. If you need any help, any at all with those leaves........let me know!


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