Keisha’s new backpack and patch

Keisha’s backpack
Keisha’s new backpack from Ruffwear

Keisha got her new backpack yesterday.  I had ordered it last month, along with a patch.  The patch came weeks ago, and I like it a lot.  It says “Service Puppy In Training”.  I didn’t want a “generic” patch saying “service dog” and another saying “in training”.  I wanted something different.  I attached the patch to her backpack last night, and now it’s ready for her to use!

service puppy patch
Service Puppy In Training

The backpack is the Approach Pack II.  It is made by Ruffwear.  I have a collapsible bowl from them for Sophie and it is really well made.  I’ve had it since Aug. of 2000 and it’s still in great shape! 

When I opened the package today, I was suprised because the backpack was so small.  I was expecting something much bigger.  I had my doubts for a minute or two that it would fit Keisha, but after getting on the floor and holding her I realized that it might fit after all.  I gave her a treat to chew on and started the task of actually getting the backpack on a hyper husky puppy!  Not an easy thing to accomplish!  I had to hold her with one of my legs wrapped around her to keep her still enough to get her head through the opening.  She wasn’t impresed with this at all, and tried to push it away with her paws, chewing on her treat the whole time.  Sophie was watching the whole thing while she layed next to me.  Once I got her head through the opening, the rest was easy.  I clipped the two belly straps shut and she didn’t notice she was wearing anything!  She layed on the floor eating her treat, and I took a bunch of pictures before taking it off again. 

I think part of the reason she didn’t seem to mind it was because of the design.  There are cut outs in the back of the harness where her shoulders are to allow for movement, and the straps are covered in fleece.  The packs are also only attached at the top, so she can lay down on her side without having to lay on a pack, and it is very light weight. 

There’s a handle on the back of the harness, nad a pulling loop along with an extra loop.  It’s a very well made and well designed backpack.  The packs are also not too big and bulky, so they don’t get in the way.

A hyper puppy and a yellow lab.

Sophie and Keisha in the chair
This is what happens when you mix a Siberian Husky puppy with a Lab.!

I took the above photo tonight.  Sophie was relaxing in her chair, and Keisha decided to leap on top of her.  Sophie just turned 10 on Nov. 3rd, and she was never a dog to play a lot.  Sure she has her moments where she wants to play, but 10 minutes later she’s back to her calm, relaxed self.  Keisha on the other hand is a little bundle of energy with pointy ears!  She constantly has to be moving!

Keisha jumps all over Sophie and tries to bite her.  She always wants to play, and don’t seem to understand that Sophie doesn’t want to.  Sophie growls at her when she bugs her too much, and has even barked at her!  She only ever barked a few times in the 8 years we’ve been together before Keisha joined us!

I’m hoping Keisha will learn to leave Sophie alone eventually.  Until then I guess I just have to do my best to keep her from bothering Sophie too much!

Keisha’s first real snowfall

It started snowing last night.  Keisha spent most of the night in her crate watching the snow fall and howling at it.  After midnight I had to close the curtains because she was making too much noise.  She finally settled down andwent to sleep.

Today when we woke up there was snow up around the windows and as soon as Keisha saw it she wanted to go outside!  I put some new batteries in my camera and got her and Sophie ready to go out.  Luckily we have a pretty big patio area that they can run around on.  I put Sophie on her FlexiLeash, and put Keishas harness on her.  I had to adjust the belly strap because it was too tight!  The last time she wore it was on Nov. 28th!  She’s growing really fast.  I used a longer training leash on Keisha so I could control her a bit.  She likes to leap on Sophie and bite her, so I gave her a bit less leash than Sophie.  They ran around and had some fun before Sophie wanted to come back inside.  Keisha came in a little while later after she chased birds for bit and they both had a nap.

I thought I’d put the video I took on this blog entry instead of some of the pictures I took.  I’ll be adding pictures throughout the winter.  Enjoy the video!

Some re-planning is in order

Keisha Julian
Keisha getting ready to run around

When Keisha was out of her crate it was easy to keep things away from her.  All I had to do was put them on the kitchen counter or table.  They were out of reach, and safe.  Notice how I said “when” and “were”?  Well, tonight Keisha proved that she is no longer the little puppy who had came home 24 days ago.  She is now more like a toddler.

When she first came home she would leap after Sophie.  Sophie would then get up into the chair in the living room, knowing that she was safe form Keisha and her pointy little teath!  She would look down at Keisha taunting her knowing there was nothing she could do as long as she kept her paws and tail far enough away form the edge of the chair.

I noticed these past few weeks that Keisha can leap onto the chair and couch!  Sophie noticed this when Keisha leapt over the arm of the chair and started biting her, while walking over her!  She got out of the chair and Keisha went tumbling out of the chair.  This didn’t stop her though, and she chased Sophie onto the couch to get in some more bites!

Now she can jump onto the chair and couch, get cloths that are hanging over the edge of the kitchen counter, put her front paws on the table and get things off there, and jump at the tv!  She has so much fun leaping at something she sees moving on the tv.  It’s funny right now, but I have to teach her not to do it because I’m sure it won’tbe so funny when a full grown Siberian Husky puts her head through my tv!

I guess the next plan is to just keep the counter tops and table as clear as possible, and to unplug my laptop from the wall before letting her out so she can’t pull it, or anything else from the center of the table by getting tangled in the cord!