Friday, January 28, 2011

New Mexico All State Choir

Savanna is singing in the New Mexico All State Choir at NMSU in Las Cruces. We are staying in our 5th wheel at our favorite RV Resort (also Lauren's employer). This is Raleigh's first trip in the 5th wheel and he's doing great. He LOVES going to the dog run!

Oh yeah.... and here's a picture of Savanna's choir practicing.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Raleigh's Glamor Shots

Today was Raleigh's photo shoot. Debbie Klecan who was in our puppy class with her dog Chama thought that Raleigh had "the look", and asked if she could photograph him sometime. Turns out she lives in Edgewood and has a wonderful studio space in a separate building behind her house.
She did such an amazing job with Raleigh, I honestly didn't think he would have the attention span to be able to take more then a handful of pictures... but she got what seemed like 100's of wonderful shots of him! I was so impressed by Debbie AND Raleigh. I can't wait to see her pictures, but in the mean time I have a few fun shots of got of her taking pictures of him.
You can visit Debbie's blog and see some of her work at:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's a blustery day!

I sent Raleigh out in the wind to do his business..... but the wind was blowing his hair and it made Savanna and I laugh, so I had to take a picture.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Graduate

Raleigh graduated from puppy obedience school tonight. He has mastered "sit" "come" and is learning "down". He can walk on a leash really well... most of the time, and we now know that he is terrified of snakes. Trish (owner of the school) walked around the room and let all the dogs smell the snake. Raleigh tried to bite the snake, so he then became the "example" to the class. Trish took him out to the middle of the classroom where another one of the teachers threw the snake at him. He was so afraid that he spent the rest of the class time in Scott's arms, under a chair, under a table or trying to get out the door. Trish had Scott take him outside for a little while to see if he would calm down. He didn't.... and refused to go to Trish and get his diploma.
Below are some fun pictures of the evening.

Just enjoying class.... Raleigh has no idea what's coming his way.

Everyone lined up getting ready for snake proofing (this is where Scott takes over for me, as I don't do snakes). Trish takes the snake around the room so each dog can smell it. At this point Raleigh thought he'd bite the snake.... things turned bad for him after he made that bad choice.
Trish takes Raleigh from Scott and she snake proofs him herself. (poor Raleigh... poor snake)

You can see the other teacher behind the blue wall. She throws the snake at Raleigh. He couldn't get away far enough or fast enough. If he had thumbs I'm pretty sure he would have opened the door, ran to the truck and drove himself home.

Trish trying to make up with Raleigh.
In Daddy's arms
Under the chair

Under the table. (notice all the dogs making fun of him)

In my arms, waiting to get his diploma.
(now all the other dogs laughing at him for being such a big baby).

Poor Raleigh's heart was still thumping on the way home. He couldn't wait to tell Gabby and Jester about the horrible time he had at school.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

It's business time!

Then you go sort out the recycling.... that's not part of it, but it's still very important.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Raleigh Goes To Work

Today was Raleigh's first day at RV Sales. I set up his kennel in Kathy's office where he can see Jill or I at our desk. We worked on "not going out the front door skills" and he did really well.
Most of the day he was on his leash attached to my belt getting tied up around the chairs.
On the 13 minute ride home he fell into a sound sleep on the back seat of my truck. The rest of the evening he was torn between sleeping and running around like a crazy puppy.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Just so everyone knows......

Raleigh did pee in the house the day I made the last post.