Mom had to do something called a WEBINAR for those trying to learn that language she teaches called Motivational Interviewing. I’m not sure how this is helpful since all I saw her doing was talking to a computer. Even I can do that without too much effort but if that’s the way people learn I guess it’s a good thing.
Apparently the organizers of the webinar did not want her to use some of her pictures so I had to step in and make it right. In motivational interviewing you are supposed to be dancing with your clients versus a tug of war. Since I frequently dance with Dad that’s a no brainer and I have been known to have a tug of war with him now and then.
We all know dancing is so much easier than fighting but sometimes people forget that concept and resort to trying to tell people what to do. So if you truly want to learn how to help people this is the language to learn. Unfortunately it does not seem to work on canines but I’m happy to help out where I can.
I know it has been ages since I have reached out to you all. I have to admit I’ve been more than busy keeping the parentals on their toes. They have been downsizing and going through everything, including my toys. Apparently our house is not in “carry on” shape.
Last week I watched Dad spend 10 hours shredding paper. Mom has been going through files and closets and I have not been receiving the special attentions and affections I so need. This lack of attention has frustrated me so every chance I get I find her shoes and take them outside. Of course my excuse is I want to be close to her. She hasn’t been so happy searching for her shoes in the mornings.
It is also tax season and that makes it even more stressful. My house has become a flux of paper. Look, they have even taken over MY chair and have resorted to using ME as a shelf.
OK, just wanted to pop into all of your lives for a second and let you know I’m still alive and well. However, if you want some Perry love please feel free to drop by but leave your papers at home since we have enough here to last a while.
The parentals may think they rule the roost in the Dopart-Batchelor house but secretly it is I PERRY who dictates what happens here. The only thing I have not been able to control lately is the rain and there’s been a LOT of it. Dad even had to go in the back yard with his high boots to wade through it all. I was smart enough to stay in the house – that’s what we Weims are known for – that we are smarter than our owners.
So here’s what I do: 6 am if the parentals are not up I start to scratch and itch so they can hear the ching-ching of my collar. If that doesn’t get them up I go to Dad’s side of the bed first and then Mom’s side. Eventually one of them gets up so we can all get started on our routine.
I’ve trained them to put on the little space heaters in the dining room and bathroom so I can go from heater to heater to soak up all the warmth in the house. You may remember I don’t have much hair and am prone to chills more than other canines – can’t imagine what my friends in Germany do but glad I’m not one of them.
I did rise to nursing status this week when Dad had a colonoscopy – he was sad and cold so I laid on the floor with him to help him feel better but it seemed to take a long time. Thank goodness canines don’t have to have cancer prevention procedures like that!
Anyway, Mom is busy with her Motivational Interviewing trainings and the new book on diabetes which will hopefully go to print this month. I know it will help a lot of people with their health. My health is fine since I eat my broccoli every day and Mom gives me my probiotic and fish oil all at breakfast – that’s also part of the schedule but that one I don’t have to worry about controlling .
Hope you are all having a good year so far and I’ll check in again soon. If you all watched the Superbowl today I hope your team won and you ate some healthy food.
It’s been a busy month around our house with food testing, and doing “year end” things as Dad calls them. It seems like it’s always about food in our house which is A-OK by me.
Last week we had a little furry visitor named Viva. You may recall she came two years ago for the Christmas holiday. I couldn’t help myself but I was a little cold the first day as I had to share my toys, my bed, my favorite chair AND the parentals.
However, I did warm up to having her around since there were extra toys to play with, more walks and treats. She did have this wonderful habit of leaving her food in her bowl which I’ve never even thought of doing. I tried to eat her food but unfortunately Mom watched the whole time so I could not even sneak a bite.
I thought she was trying to take over but on the second evening she actually put her paw on mine trying to show her appreciation – it was very sweet.
When it came time for Viva to leave, Mom was beyond surprised that I whined a little bit that my lady friend was leaving, but then life changed and I was on to the next adventure. Thanks to all for following my blog this year and let’s hope the New Year will bring more love, treats and peace to all man and caninekind.
The weather has been pretty cold for LA and it’s actually been raining – a phenomena we rarely experience here.
We are in the thick of the gray fog, cool mornings and sun in the afternoon. We call it “June Gloom” and it can be more than a little melancholy. For most of the country it is the start of summer but here in LA it feels like the end as the drought is taking its toll and we are living in the land of brown.
I have been doing much better. I am starting to be left by myself out of the crate for up to 6 hours now. Do you hear that people!
Of course this is not all the time but I can tell Dad is trusting me more and I love it. I get to lounge and have been good (knock on wood) with not wanting to destroy things or the house. Apparently the parental units did a fairly good job with my training. And if I need time in my crate the door is open and I just hang out in there of my own free will.
However, we all know how sensitive my skin is and again I have been having some skin problems. Last week while I was away I came back with a quarter size bump on my chin. Mom has been hooking me up with some essential oil application and it seems to help. Unfortunately it’s the oregano oil, so I smell like pizza but it does seem to be helping my owie.
I did hear the parentals are leaving again to BACK to Visalia and I will go to my camp and I am excited about that.
Life is mellowing out. I am almost 3.5 years and finally starting to settle down. But don’t let that fool any of you. I am still a crazy Weimaraner who can run and cause havoc with the best of them. I just know how to calm myself down when I need to which I why I have my blanket in sight at all times as you can see.