Yaaay, the post you have all been waiting for 😉
Today is a very special day for two reasons; firstly it makes a whole year with Raiden! That’s right, one year ago today our friend was driving us back from Rey’s breeder, with not-so-scruffy boy (for he was baldy as a puppy!) asleep in a cat carrier, and us wondering what we had let ourselves in for 😀
And today’s also a special day as it marks mine and my partner being together for seven years. Double huzzah!
To start us off, we need photos of baby Rey, right?!
As the weeks passed, he began to explode hair…
…until suddenly he was a total fuzzbucket!!
As the months passed Raiden bounced from strength to strength, despite a very unlucky start and it being a very turbulent year for us.
Our area isn’t very good for socialisation, and there are no puppy socialisation classes. So it was hard to get Rey to meet and play with other dogs, which was really sad and unfortunate for him.
Gradually his impulse control and patience improved – until he was about 8 months old there was no point working on ‘stay’ at all as he just couldn’t hold still, and even waiting for 0.01 of a millisecond he would rush to you, jump or yap.
Then out of nowhere he was speeding into adulthood!
His recall has always been good, but now he was controlling his excitement around people and other dogs better, and at long last we were making progress on stay.
In the last few months he has finally gotten chance to meet and play with other dogs on walks, simply out of luck, and he has been wonderful 🙂
On top of that, when Pixie came to us five weeks ago, it became apparent that she was a huge Rey fan! The two absolutely adore each other; they love to play, Raiden is very accepting of anything Pixie does, and there’s not even any thought about resource guarding toys or treats!
Raiden is an extremely confident dog, and even things that we have never worked on with him or around him, he accepts effortlessly. He is as close to bomb proof as I think we will ever get with a dog.
He’s intelligent, lively, spirited but also lazy in the house…he’s a wonderful little nugget and we’d be lost without him 🙂
For Rey’s one year birthday he got to play extra-long with Pixie 😉
This was his favourite ‘gift’ by far! We gave them rest periods every fifteen minutes, although a certain Little Miss was desperate to get back to him when we stole her big bro away!!
For one of their breaks both pups got to try one of the angus beef throat chews Rey got.
These are large chews but don’t splinter; Pixie finished hers after about 15 minutes, and Rey a couple minutes after her…it makes us laugh that she’s faster than Rey at everything 🙂
As soon as the chews were scoffed, they were desperate to play again, never mind that Rey had new toys!
I finally got Raiden to notice his new toys and he surprised us both by really enjoying giving them a chew and shake 🙂
Then it was one final play and cuddle time, and we had two exhausted puppies on our hands 😉
Video of mad play, chew fun, and toy excitement here!