Oscar and Maya had a first Birthday Party together! It looks like everyone had a wonderful time! Thank you for sharing your note and your pictures!
|Happy Birthday Oscar & Maya|
How are you? I've been following along on the blog still and very excited for Dixie's upcoming litter as well as your newest addition to the family, Coco! Glad to know you will still be breeding for a few more years to come as I'm sure Oscar (and I) will be ready for a little brother or sister in a few more years :)
Well I just wanted to give you an update on our little babies who are not so little anymore. Of course as you know Oscar and Maya turned 1 last Monday and how could we not throw them a joint first birthday party!
They literally have everything you could possibly need for a dog themed birthday party so we had a BBQ at Eric and Deb's house with our families and close friends. I actually found dog cake mix too at the grocery store and of course we had to sing happy birthday and blow out candles so I made them birthday cupcakes...they put the whole things in their mouths and were gone in about less than 30 seconds :) Attached are some photos to share with you from the big celebration that we thought you would get a kick out of (and I also snuck in a picture of Oscar from last month, just because it may be the cutest picture I have of him :).
Oscar full grown is just about 22 pounds now and Maya is 16 pounds. I actually had to get Oscar the next crate size up a couple of months ago as he outgrew the original size you had recommended and didn''t have enough room to lie down, he loves the new one! Eric and Deb have been using the litter box for Maya through this first year and are going to start to take it away from her as well as taking her crate away and see how she does. I on the other hand have a little boy who likes to get into trouble when he's left alone and can't be trusted :) Oscar developed some separation anxiety from me and would cry/bark really really loud when I would leave him (I could hear him in the parking garage of my building or down on the street it was that bad).
I got him the citronella bark collar and that actually
worked really well. Within the first few days of using it, he definitely
understood its purpose and I would just put it on him without actually having
to turn it on and am happy to report he does not need to wear it regularly
anymore. He also however started chewing through every blanket, towel,
sheet and dog bed I tried leaving in his crate with him and that never stopped
unfortunately so for now he just has his toys in his crate with him during the
day when i'm not working from home which he certainly seems fine with. I
wanted to get him a new dog bed though now that he is 1 but I just dont want to
spend more money on something that will last him 1 day with him chewing through
it so if you have any advice for me on how to break him of this habit I would
welcome it! My dog walker suggested I try to go crate free and gate him in
my kitchen area, which sounded perfect except when I came home one day I
learned just how super high of a jumper he is in that he was able to jump up to
the top of my kitchen counter (which is ridiculously high) and help himself to
some of his treats. This dog can jump, let me tell you, especially when
he is determined :)
|Oscar and Maya play Tug-of-War|
|Oscar at 1 year old|
|Oscar at 1 year old|
Jen & Oscar