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Jackson is Four Months Old!

Somehow our little pup is now four months old?! I’m not sure when that happened, but he is sure getting big and is acting {sometimes} like a mature young dog.

Our little man is getting so big!!

Our little man is getting so big!!

Some fun facts about 4 month-old Jackson:

  • The shower is still his favorite place to hang out and sleep.
  • Jackson is teething – most of his adult teeth are in now and his sharp puppy teeth have almost all fallen out.
  • Walking, laying in the grass, being outside, riding in the car and spending time with Alex and me are some of Jackson’s favorite activities. We’re hoping that playing fetch makes it to this list soon!
  • He can sit, stand, touch, high five, shake, come, and lay down on command. I’m expecting that “stay” and “get off the couch” will be added to his list of tricks soon.
  • By some miracle Jackson doesn’t sleep in his crate anymore. It’s been over a week since he’s been in his crate – most nights he is in the bathroom with a gate up over the door, but after our camping trip where he slept in the tent with us, we’re ready to put the crate away.
  • As of Monday, Jackson weighs 36 pounds.
  • He started wearing his “medium” collar last week and the “medium” harness the week before.
  • Jackson is officially a fully-vaccinated pup! He got his rabies and final booster on Monday.
  • His fur has changed completely since we got him – he is much less fluffy and now has a thicker, darker coat. His legs and tail are starting to feather, or as the vet tech says “his pants are coming in!”
He is such a great dog!

He is such a great dog!

I can’t believe how much he has grown, changed and developed over the last ten weeks! He sure has changed our lives – definitely for the better. We are really excited to see what else he has in store for us.

Jackson at 7 weeks!

Jackson at 7 weeks!

10 weeks later.... Jackson at 17 weeks!

10 weeks later…. Jackson at 17 weeks!

 

Wine, wilderness and work

It’s been really, really, really busy around here, hence it has taken me until Wednesday evening to post some notes from our weekend of “w’s” – wine, working and wilderness adventures. The last few weeks have made me unbelievably thankful that I’m able to work part-time so that I can manage our house, keep tabs on the pets and successfully plan our adventures all while Alex is working double-time at his job.

Jackson has been such a terror this week! Learning how to jump on the couch was only the beginning....

Jackson has been such a terror this week! Learning how to jump on the couch was only the beginning….

Even though Alex had to work part of Saturday we managed to have a pretty fantastic weekend! After Alex got back from work on Friday evening we headed up to the Bottlehouse and had a wonderful bottle of rose on the patio. We always have such a fun time up there.

Jack-o is getting so long! He weighs over 35 pounds now.

Jack-o is getting so long! He weighs over 35 pounds now.

Saturday was pretty laid back – Alex went in to his office for a few hours and then Jackson and I joined him for a family barbecue that his company was sponsoring, perhaps to make up for the fact that their employees have been working so much lately. Afterwards we brought Jackson to University Village, a dog-friendly outdoor shopping center, and did a little shopping. We were shopping for shorts for Alex but I ended up finding some awesome stuff on super sale at Banana Republic, so I was the only one who purchased anything.

I think Henry wants to go for a bike ride :)

I think Henry wants to go for a bike ride :)

Since it had been a whole day since we had been to the Bottlehouse we decided to run up there and grab a couple of bottles of rose to take back and drink on our patio. It was a wonderful way to spend the evening.

So much to be thankful for.

So much to be thankful for.

We found a very family-friendly hike just off of I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass at Denny Creek to take Jackson to on Sunday. This was his first “mountain hike” – we wanted to see what his limit was and wanted to give him more of a real picture of hiking since we have a big camping trip coming up.

Hiking at Denny Creek

Hiking at Denny Creek

Jackson did really well! The hike was an easy 4 miles with little elevation gain. He was so happy and got an unbelievable amount of attention from other hikers who passed by.

Taking a pit stop for a snack.

Taking a pit stop for a snack.

The mid-point of the hike was a rocky part of Denny Creek, so we let Jackson take a little dip in the water. Needless to say, he was filthy by the time we got back to the car.

Hiking.

Hiking.

Once we got home and got Jackson hosed off he was plum tuckered and passed out in the shower, so we got ready to meet Ali, Tyler and baby Vivian at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s member appreciation concert that they graciously invited us to attend with them again this year. The band was an Abba cover band, so they played a great variety of old Abba tunes – it was really fun!

Ali and Viv at our spot at Chateau Ste Michelle.

Ali and Viv at our spot at Chateau Ste Michelle.

We have been to a few concerts at the winery before and have built up quite a spread – we’ve got the wine glass stakes to hold the glasses in the ground, and thanks to Alex’s cousin Jenny’s generous wedding gift, we have an awesome picnic basket set. We failed to find a low table before the concert, but now know that we need to look on Amazon. There’s always next year, I guess!

Our amazing spread! LOVED the food :)

Our amazing spread! LOVED the food :)

The Furtwanglers!

The Furtwanglers!

Enjoying the music.

Enjoying the music.

This week has been off to a surprisingly busy start – I am frantically putting the finishing touches on planning Sarah’s bachelorette party next weekend, trying to get organized for this weekend, coordinating our amazing new dog walker and both Alex and I have a busy work week. Maybe by this time next year things will calm down???

Cuddles!

Cuddles!

.....quickly turned into biting of the arm.... story of the week!

…..quickly turned into biting of the arm…. story of the week!

Cooling off from the warm week.

Hard to stay mad at this face for too long ;)

STP, Jackson’s Knee Injury and a recap of the week

It’s official – Alex is done with his big 200 mile bike ride to Portland! He finished STP (Seattle to Portland) on Sunday afternoon after 11 hours and some minutes of biking time. He left our house early Saturday morning and rode with his friend Nigel down to Castle Rock, Washington, where they camped overnight before embarking on the second day. Now that he has recovered and is still on his “bikers high” he is plotting to do “RSVP” which is Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party – it’s a 180 mile ride in mid-August. We’ll see what he decides…

Alex finished the 202 mile bike ride from Seattle to Portland!

Alex finished the 202 mile bike ride from Seattle to Portland!

We are hoping to get some of the official race photos of Alex – I have seen a few and there are some great shots. Stay tuned…

Ready to leave the house at 5:30 a.m. to start the ride...

Ready to leave the house at 5:30 a.m. to start the ride…

Finished day one!

Finished day one!

While Alex was riding his bike to Portland I was taking care of our injured puppy. Jackson ended up hurting his knee somehow and began limping quite noticeably on Friday afternoon. Alex and I agreed that if he woke up on Saturday and wasn’t walking normally that I would take him into our regular vet’s office. As it turned out, Jackson woke up still limping and was acting extremely lethargic.

Taking it easy sprawled out on the kitchen floor.

Taking it easy sprawled out on the kitchen floor.

I was able to get Jackson an appointment at our vet at 10 and the vet was able to quickly determine the problem. Poor little guy had torn/pulled a muscle in his knee. The vet confirmed there were no broken bones by doing an x-ray, then prescribed Jackson some anti-inflammatory meds and requested that I ice his knee. Once we got home and Jackson took his meds I had him continue to rest while I went for a run, then came back to find that my puppy had returned to his normal happy, energetic self.

Jungle dog!

Jungle dog!

Sunday morning I woke up and hung out with Jackson before meeting my high school friend and Seattle neighbor, Sasha, for brunch before heading down to Portland. As always, it was great to catch up and re-connect with Sasha.

Hanging out at a park in Portland with little Jack man.

Hanging out at a park in Portland with little Jack man.

Jackson came with me down to Portland – we reserved a room in a dog-friendly hotel and he was a hotel champ! The hotel was very accommodating and even had a sign at the front desk welcoming Jackson, and they gave us a little packet that included treats, extra bags and listed a local dog park.

Cuddle time :)

Cuddle time :)

Portland is very dog friendly, so luckily it wasn’t an issue that we were asked to not leave Jackson in our hotel room unattended. There were a few restaurants close to our hotel that offered patio seating for dogs. We were so impressed with how well behaved Jackson was – it ended up being much easier than we had expected.

Jackson is getting comfortable swimming.

Jackson is getting comfortable swimming.

In other news, Jackson is 16 weeks old and he is a puppy preschool graduate! Last week he passed his graduation test at puppy class and will advance to puppy kindergarten, which starts next week.

Puppy preschool graduate.

Puppy preschool graduate.

Jackson learned a fun new trick last week. He knows “high five” and every time we tell him “high five” we still get a kick out of it. It sure is fun doing training with him.

High five!

High five!

I got a bunch of new running gear last week and have been testing it out ever since. I went to a store called Road Runner to get fitted for the best pair of running shoes for me and my feet. They recorded me running on a treadmill and measured my instep, as well as fit me for a custom insole, then had me try on a few pairs of shoes to see which one I liked the best. It was an amazing experience, other than the pretentious salesperson, and I am so happy with my new running shoes and all of my gear. I had a fantastic run today with Ali – we ran/walked 7 miles and I am hopeful that I can keep it up.

New running get up!

New running get up!

 

 

Beating the Heat at Snoqualmie Falls

Last night we took an impromptu trip up to Snoqualmie Falls to have a picnic and do some exploring. Our house was just getting a little unbearable with the lack of airflow and the high temperatures so I decided it would be a nice break to hit the road and head up to higher elevation. We ended up falling in love with the city of Snoqualmie and decided to drive around some of the neighborhoods to become more familiar with the town. It was a great stray from the ordinary date night!

Picnic at Snoqualmie Falls Park

Picnic at Snoqualmie Falls Park

This was an impromptu picnic and I didn't want to cook anything so we just had some mini sandwiches and pasta salad from the day before, and of course wine!

This was an impromptu picnic and I didn’t want to cook anything so we just had some mini sandwiches and pasta salad from the day before, and of course wine!

Jackson was so well behaved. He sat or laid next to us the entire time we were eating.

Jackson was so well behaved. He sat or laid next to us the entire time we were eating.

Snoqualmie Falls - the waterfall was a lot more powerful than most of the photos depict it looking. I guess with the high temperatures and the mountain snow melting it was a very full river.

Snoqualmie Falls – the waterfall was a lot more powerful than most of the photos depict it looking. I guess with the high temperatures and the mountain snow melting it was a very full river.

Jackson had a great time!

Jackson had a great time!

We loved our surroundings. It's so nice to get out of the city once in a while and be in the mountains.

We loved our surroundings. It’s so nice to get out of the city once in a while and be in the mountains.

Happy pup!

Happy pup!

Weekend Fun in the Sun!

It was another weekend that flew by and ended up being busier than I expected it to be. The weather on Saturday couldn’t have been more perfect if I wanted it to be. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky for much of the day and it was a glorious 77 degrees and perfectly sunny.

Gorgeous day for a run on the lake!

Gorgeous day for a run on the lake!

While Alex was on a 60 mile bike ride I went for a 5.3 mile run down by Lake Washington. By the end of the weekend I got convinced by my friend Mary to join her and do a half marathon at the end of the summer! We are tentatively planning on running our 13.1 miles on August 24th.

Alex and his pup

Alex and his pup

Alex got back from his bike ride early afternoon and I had mentioned that Jackson seemed to be very hot that day, so Alex went and bought Jackson his very own pool. Jack dipped his feet and his belly in the pool but still needs to get used to the idea of swimming. I think Jackson is going to need a bigger pool soon!

Alex filling up the pool for Henry and Jackson.

Alex filling up the pool for Henry and Jackson.

Jackson preferred sun bathing.

Jackson preferred sun bathing.

Once Jackson petered out, Alex and I walked up to our favorite spot, Bottlehouse, to help them celebrate their 3rd birthday. We sat on the patio and back in their garden spot and soaked up a LOT of sun and drank our fair share of vino as we enjoyed the afternoon together.

We love Bottlehouse!

We love Bottlehouse!

Loving the sunny patio.

Loving the sunny patio.

Alex BH

The sunset on Saturday night was stunning! We are so lucky to have a beautiful view of Madison Valley and our amazing Pacific Northwest sunsets out our back windows.

Amazing sunset from our backyard.

Amazing sunset from our backyard.

Apparently all of our activities on Saturday tuckered our little furball out, because come Sunday, he slept in until 6:30 and then went back to sleep until 10:00! That allowed us to Skype with Alex’s parents and Alina and Alberto, not to mention enjoy some time to ourselves and have a nice breakfast.

Jackson got a new toy from John!

Jackson got a new toy from John!

We did eventually wake Jackson up to take him on his first big adventure. We drove down to Seward Park to do some urban hiking. I love Seward Park and it is so fantastic that it’s so close to our house {4.9 miles to be exact}. We did a very short hike in the middle of the park to expose Jackson to the idea of the wilderness.

Jackson in the woods!

Jackson in the woods!

He did great!

He did great!

Jackson did so well on our little hike. We had him on his 30 foot leash so that he could sort of wander around and explore his surroundings. It was surprising to Alex and me that he stayed so close to us even though he could be 30 feet away.

Running around in an open field.

Running around in an open field.

We closed out our weekend by spending some time with Ryan and Mary, I baked a pig cake for work, and we picked up our first CSA box. Overall, it was an awesome weekend and I can’t wait to eat some of these yummy veggies for dinner tonight.

Our first CSA box arrived.

Our first CSA box arrived.

This Week in the Allen Household

It has been an unexpectedly busy week at the Allen household. My mom came for a spontaneous three day visit in the middle of the week, Alex has been riding his bike like a madman, Jackson started puppy class, I have been busy doing things around the house and planning trips and parties {rough life} and dealing with our little maniac.

Jack man's new favorite sleeping spot: the shower!

Jack man’s new favorite sleeping spot: the shower!

Jackson is doing great – he is now 11 weeks old and weighs over 18 pounds. He had his second round of shots on Wednesday, so mid-week next week he’ll be able to go to parks and engage with other dogs. Biting anything and everything continues to be Jackson’s favorite pastime – his new favorite thing to chew is our seagrass chair in the living room or the tile in the shower.

Riding in the back of the car like a good puppy!

Riding in the back of the car like a good puppy!

 

We are doing a puppy play group on Monday evenings so that Jackson can spend time with other puppies and work on his socialization. We started this last week and found out that our little man is extremely shy and timid around other groups of dogs. We will be introducing him to as many socialization opportunities as we can over the next few weeks so that he’ll be more comfortable in those settings. Next week we have four days of socialization activities planned for Jackson. I sure hope there are other people out there who care about their puppies as much as we care about ours, otherwise I might start feeling like a crazy person for all the time and energy we devote to our little guy.

The little stinker just didn't want to stay in the back of the car and climbed over the seats...

The little stinker just didn’t want to stay in the back of the car and climbed over the seats…

Jackson has recently been granted the privilege of an expanded boundary. He is now allowed to roam around the entire upstairs. I think he has been really enjoying his new territory. He loves to sleep in the shower or on the tile floor in the bathroom and now he’s got more room to chase the cats around.

Jack and Alex hanging out in the media room together.

Jack and Alex hanging out in the media room together.

A proud puppy parent note: we are on day 19 of no accidents! I think we can stop counting that now and can safely say that our little guy is house broken.

Little Jackson is on his way to being "Big Jackson"

Little Jackson is on his way to being “Big Jackson”

My mom’s visit was very short – she arrived on Tuesday morning and left on Thursday afternoon. Since I couldn’t leave Jackson alone for more than three hours at a time we hung out close to home. My mom enjoys gardening so I thought she would be interested in helping me do some planting in our backyard. I had been meaning to get to it for a while and it was a perfect opportunity to have a helper. Stay tuned for more photos of the work we did.

Our project in progress!

Our project in progress!

I think she really enjoyed meeting Jackson! It was fun for the little guy to have a new friend to play with. And I sure enjoyed the company mid-week. It’s always nice to have visitors, and I’m glad my mom could meet Jackson.

New friend!

New friend!

We had a fun night out on Wednesday – we had dinner at Restaurant Bea and then walked across the street and had a bottle of wine at Bottlehouse. It’s so nice to have such awesome spots that are so close to us.

This was AFTER a bottle of wine plus wine at dinner...

This was AFTER a bottle of wine plus wine at dinner…

Alex has been riding his bike at least 65 miles one weekend day for the last few weeks. Last weekend he rode in the Flying Wheels race which took him on a 65 mile loop through the Cascade foothills. He said it was the most beautiful bike ride he has ever taken and plans to do this ride again next year.

Flying Wheels bike ride

Flying Wheels bike ride

In other athletic news I have been really keeping up with running and increasing my distance. My friend Sara and I ran around Lake Union yesterday, which is a 6 mile run. There are some stoplights that we had to wait for, but with those included we were at a 10:30 pace per mile. The Lake Union loop was nice and flat, which I prefer, but my run on Monday was extremely hilly, so I didn’t run as far. I have been loving my time running each week and it has been really fun to watch my progress on my Runtastic app.

Check out how far I've been running!

Check out how far I’ve been running!

 

Weekend Recap

Going into the weekend we didn’t really have much on the radar but somehow it turned out to be a really fun weekend. We squeezed a lot in and had a great time!

Jackson and Alex playing in the backyard! The grass is finally starting to fill in and it looks like a fluid yard now.

Jackson and Alex playing in the backyard! The grass is finally starting to fill in and it looks like a fluid yard now.

We kicked things off on Friday. I started the day being tormented by the puppy and managed to break away to go for my first five mile run down along Lake Washington. My time was 54 minutes {stay tuned to see how many minutes I cut off of today’s 5 mile run!}. I felt great the whole time!

5 miles!

5 miles!

Once Alex got home from work on Friday we walked down to the Farmers Market and grabbed a few things. One of our favorite parts of the Farmers Market is the Mexican food stand. I usually get a pork quesadilla and man is it good!! We ate our Mexican food at the market then came back home and had some wine while we played outside with Jackson.

Jackson is getting so good at just hanging out on the front porch with us. We are so lucky!

Jackson is getting so good at just hanging out on the front porch with us. We are so lucky!

Saturday was a long, but great day. We woke up early {thanks Jackson!} and hung out with our furry friends. Alex and I had a great breakfast together, cleaned up and then he took off for a 65 mile bike ride around Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. I was left to fend for myself and the little pup, but we had a great day together.

Photo op with Jackson.

Photo op with Jackson.

Date night was Saturday night where Alex and I had a fantastic dinner at Harvest Vine. The food and ambiance made me so nostalgic for Spain and we spent the whole time talking about our upcoming trip to Europe. We were able to narrow down the countries we’ll be visiting next year {Spain, Italy, England and Switzerland, and hopefully a long layover in Amsterdam} and some things we’d like to do and see while we’re there.

Jack decided he wanted to be involved in emptying the dishwasher.

Jack decided he wanted to be involved in emptying the dishwasher.

Sunday morning was kind of a hoot in our zoo. It started with Oliver presenting me with a bird that he had recently caught. He quickly moved on and I watch him catch a second bird – he is such a good hunter! After Alex and I grabbed a cup of coffee, all three of our four legged creatures decided to hang out together in the backyard. Oliver was doing sprints along the fence while Jackson was running alongside the fence on the ground. Meanwhile, Henry had climbed a tree in the backyard. By the time he had gotten down, Oliver decided he needed to climb higher than Henry had gone, so he ran up the tree, only to be followed moments later by Henry. They are so good at climbing!

Henry and Jackson playing together.

Henry and Jackson playing together.

We were hosting Jackson’s first puppy play date on Sunday afternoon so I ran out to the store to get some stuff to make guacamole. On my way to the store I was enticed by a garage sale sign, so I decided to stop. Good thing I did because I found a coffee maker with a grinder for $10 that retails for nearly $200. It’s in great shape and I can’t wait to use it.

New coffee maker with grinder!

New coffee maker with grinder!

The guacamole turned out great! I sure do love a good guac.

Yum.

Yum.

Jackson was in absolute heaven during his play date with Gram, who is a 15 week old Duck Tolling Retriever. Alex’s colleague, Nolan, and his wife Natalie are Gram’s owners. Gram and Jackson weighed the exact same amount and Gram looks smaller but that’s only because Jackson is so fluffy. Gram has Jackson beat in the coordination department, though!

Gram (L) and Jackson (R)

Gram (L) and Jackson (R)

The two puppies were a great match for each other. Neither one was dominant and they both had their moments of being more aggressive and then times where they’d submiss to just be bitten in the ear. It was so fun to watch Jackson run around the backyard having such a good time!

Puppy play time.

Puppy play time.

Roughhousing

Roughhousing

After Nolan and Natalie left with sleepy Gram, Jackson passed out and we decided to run up to the Bottlehouse to take advantage of a beautiful evening and we had a couple glasses of new wines. We are so lucky to have the Bottlehouse so close to us! We got there so late and stayed for more wine than we had intended on that we didn’t end up eating dinner at home until after 9:00 — preparing for our Europe trip, I guess!

Check out the great pictures of Alex I managed to get:

How handsome is he?!

How handsome is he?!

Loving his white wine, which he never drinks.

Loving his white wine, which he never drinks.

Great way to end the weekend.

Great way to end the weekend.

We’re always looking forward to the weekend – hopefully we’ll be able to take Jackson out and do something fun this weekend. Until then, we’ll just enjoy the beautiful weather!

Little Man is Growing!

Jackson is 9 weeks old today! In our first week and a half he has gained about 3 pounds but we can really tell that he’s getting longer and taller. Today he weighs 13 pounds.

Posing for the camera!

Posing for the camera!

Things are going well with Jackson. Here’s a little update about the pup:

  • He is sleeping through the night most nights and sometimes he even lets us sleep in until 6 a.m. – not today though!
  • Jack is eating really well now that we figured out that he’s a grazer. Hopefully that will contribute to his continuous weight gain over the next few months.
  • Since he’s been eating so well he has had much more energy than he had during his first few days with us. Thank goodness for our fenced in backyard so he can sprint around in circles.
  • We are on day 3 of being accident-free!! By no means is he house broken, but it’s great that we’re making consistent progress with potty training him.
  • Jackson is dying to have puppy playmates! He so wants to play and wrestle with the cats, but of course the cats are having none of that. Oliver and Henry are doing SO well with Jackson – they don’t even flinch when he passes by them. Henry will give Jackson the occasional whack on the head to remind him whose in charge.
  • Next Friday is Jack’s booster shot appointment. After he gets his booster it will be safe for him to meet and play with other dogs – right now, he can just play with other puppies.
Little buddies

Little buddies (we took the curtains off the windows yesterday because we had the windows cleaned).

He's getting big.

He’s getting big.

Henry has been really loving Jackson's food...

Henry has been really loving Jackson’s food…

Proud puppy daddy!

Proud puppy daddy!

Puppy snuggles :)

Puppy snuggles :)

Our First Week with Jackson

Now that we’ve had little Jackson for about a week I figured I should post some more photos and info about how things are going.

Monkey cuddles!

Monkey cuddles!

Jack is doing really well and seems to be settling into our home quite nicely. We don’t have much in the way of a routine or a schedule yet, but we’re working on getting there soon.

  • Yesterday was a turning point in figuring out food for him. He seems to like eating small amounts periodically throughout the day… just like me!
  • He hasn’t quite figured out sleeping through the night yet, but he’s only 8 weeks old. Mostly he just wakes up once in the middle of the night to go out, otherwise he falls asleep pretty quickly and sleeps until about 5:30 a.m.
  • House training is going very well so far, We have had very few accidents in the house and Jack has even started going to the door to let us know when he needs to go out.
  • We are crate training Jack and that is still a work in progress. He cries a little bit when we put him in the crate most times but it seems to be easing up for the most part. We are working hard to alleviate any separation anxiety he has.
  • Jackson is definitely teething and wants to gnaw on anything and everything he can get his sharp puppy teeth on. It’s great to feel prepared in dealing with that this time.
  • The cats are doing really well with Jack. Oliver and Jackson seem to almost be pals already, and Henry is quite indifferent to Jack, as he is about most things. Both of them seem very comfortable with Jackson, though, which is fantastic.
He's not much bigger than his monkey

He’s not much bigger than his monkey

The weather has been sort of iffy this week but we have managed to take advantage of sun breaks each day and get some great playtime outside. Jackson is a fast runner and loves to sprint around the perimeter of our backyard. I have a feeling there’s going to be a “dog track” around the outside of our yard someday soon from those four big paws.

Jack is very playful!

Jack is very playful!

Changing the focus from Jack a bit, Oliver cat gave us a little scare on Thursday night. He came in from playing outside and seemed to be choking or gagging on something. After a while, I decided that there was something going on so I took him to the animal ER. Indeed, he did have a very nasty, thick, sharp piece of grass caught way back in his throat. He had to be sedated for the docs to remove it. Oliver has made a quick recovery and was able to come home with me that night.

Oliver man

Oliver man

I got a glimpse at Jackson’s future of being a front porch dog. I am really looking forward to having our morning coffee out on the front porch with Jackson laying out and soaking up some Seattle sunshine with us.

Just hanging out!

Just hanging out!

Sleepy puppy

Sleepy puppy

WP_20130524_027WP_20130524_038We have introduced Jack to sitting, laying down and standing using food lures and hand motions. Hopefully this week we’ll graduate into the “sit”/”down”/”stand” commands using hand motions and verbal cues. He is getting used to his leash and we have not started walking much with him yet. We are going to be very strict about teaching him how to walk on a leash so as to avoid starting any bad habits from the beginning.

Already trying to be right next to me when I cook. This will be a challenge when he's full grown...

Already trying to be right next to me when I cook. This will be a challenge when he’s full grown…

Things are off to a really great start. I think we are much more prepared and confident this time around!

Meet Jackson!

It’s official – Alex and I are puppy parents once again. We welcomed our newest four legged furry friend into our home and our hearts on Sunday. Jackson is a 7.5 week old Golden Retriever who we got from a breeder in Salem, Oregon. We named our puppy after Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Jackson!

Jackson!

So far, things are going extremely well with Jackson! He is adjusting very well to his new life and we are enjoying getting to know our new little pup.

Snuggly boy!

Snuggly boy!

We selected Jackson, who was “blue boy” in our previous photos, because he was very interested in playing with toys and he was super cuddly. “Blonde boy” in the litter was chosen first, by another family, “green boy” was way too independent and not very interested in us, and “silver boy” was very small and had a strange kink in his tail. So, “blue boy” seemed to be the best out of the bunch, but we have since realized he really is a great fit for us.

So happy to be a puppy daddy again!

So happy to be a puppy daddy again!

Since Jackson came from Salem, Oregon, we had a long drive back to Seattle. The four hour drive felt a lot longer than that because Jack was terrified of being in his crate in the back of the car. He had never been separated from his siblings and was having a hard time adjusting. I ended up holding him for about half of the trip and that quickly calmed him down.

So happy!

So happy!

Once we got home we were able to really start engaging with Jackson and seeing his personality come out. It turns out he is extremely playful and loves to run and play with toys! He had so much energy and excitement on Sunday when we got home – we were surprised at how long it took him to crash.

Which toy to choose??

Which toy to choose??

We didn’t expect to get a whole lot of sleep our first night with Jackson, which did end up being the case. We ultimately woke up for the day at 4:30 a.m., and of course by the time we had finished our first cup of coffee he was out cold. Monday was our first full day with him and we got a chance to see just how much sleep he needs. It seemed like he had bursts of energy that lasted about an hour and then needed to follow that up with a 2-3 hour nap. To help him adjust to being on his own, we decided to try to put him in his crate for short periods of time when he was really sleepy and when we would have the opportunity to take him out and play right away afterwards. This seemed to work quite well and his whining and crying disappeared almost altogether. Our second night was amazing – he woke up around midnight and went out and then when we woke up at 6:00, he was already awake but he was just hanging out in his crate and not crying. Victory!

So sleepy!

So sleepy!

Jackson got his first shower on Monday. He seemed to easily adjust to the shower and then fell asleep on the bathroom floor when I was drying him off. I suppose a full body massage would put me to sleep too.

Little fluff ball

Little fluff ball

Things have been pretty easy so far, but give Jack a few days to finish adjusting and Alex and I both know that we’ll soon be tested. We start puppy class on June 5th, but until then, we’ll introduce him to treats and then work on some basic commands like sit, stand and down, as well as learning to not jump on people and how to walk on a leash. Training is so much fun, so hopefully he will be receptive and motivated by delicious treats.

Caught him snoozing upside down! He loves his bed.

Caught him snoozing upside down! He loves his bed.

Overall, Jackson is fitting in very well with our household. He is doing great with the cats and the cats seem to be doing very well with him, too. He has had a few bonding moments with both Oliver and Henry and I am hoping that they’ll eventually become friends. Either way, Jack is a great addition to our family and we’re really looking forward to watching him grow up to be an amazing dog.

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Fun facts about Jack:

  • He is extremely cuddly and loves to be held. We’re going to be sad when we can’t just scoop him up and hold him like a baby anymore.
  • Jackson loves tennis balls and his outdoor toys. He will be perfect for our family because he enjoys being outside.
  • Even though he is a cuddle bug, he is very independent. We’ve noticed that he is able to easily entertain himself.
  • Jack is a fluffy, furry puppy. He weighs 10.8 pounds and we’re expecting him to get pretty big, as the breeder noted that her dogs are usually 70-80 pounds. The fur on his ears is fairly dark, so we’re thinking that his coat will be darker.
Such a sweet love

Such a sweet love