Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Reyna is Leaving

GEORGE

(dancing & singing) Come on, friends...join me!!

So long sad times!,
Go 'long bad times!,
We are rid of you at last
Howdy, gay times!
Cloudy gray times,
You are now a thing
Of the past, cause:

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
Let us sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

Wonder why I'm singing about happy times? Well, Reyna's dog school is finally over and she'll be going home. Thank Bast !!! It's been 12 weeks...12 loooong weeks, and I must admit, at times I wasn't sure we'd get through it, but soon my quiet, happy home will be restored. Don't you think the line "We are rid of you at last" is particularly fitting for this occasion? I do!

Some of you are probably wondering how she did in dog school and if her lessons had any effect on her behavior. Well, since I try to keep my distance from the grey menace, I can't answer that. Mom, can you tell about Reyna's school?

MOM

Thank you, Georgie. And could you try to hold it down for a minute while I talk?

GEORGE

Sorry.

MOM

Reyna's training was done at The Animal Motel where 2 of our families other dogs, Daisy and Shasta, were trained. Over 12 weeks, in a class with between 10-15 other dogs, they learned basic commands such as "heel", "sit", "stay", "down", "stand" and "front" (calling the dog to you). Reyna knows the verbal command as well as the hand signal for each. Either my husband or I attended each class and worked with her and I'm happy to say there has been a big improvement in her overall behavior. She's more calm and, most of the time, she does listen.

My daughter was 8 months pregnant when the dog school decision was made, after 3 years of having a large dog misbehaving. Since there was no dog training school near them in central Wisconsin, we offered to have her live here and do her training. In the beginning we had doubts about what she could learn since Reyna is a very hyper-active dog who has separation anxiety and simply wouldn't listen at home. The hyper-activity caused her to pant continuously and be very distracted during class. The separation anxiety caused her to not do well on the "stay/distance recall". If we got too far from her she'd break her "stay" command and a few times went around the room visiting other dogs, but did eventually come to "front".

Reyna is a loving, good natured dog. She's still young and and is really just a big fluffy goofball. She wasn't the best student or the worst but I'm proud to say she did get her graduation certificate.

Congratulations, Biggie Woof. We love you.

GEORGE

(ahem) Speak for yourself, Mom! "We" don't love her. "We" are happy she's going home.

Now everyone sing with me!

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
Let us sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

19 Comments:

At December 22, 2010 5:00 AM, Blogger Firstblood said...

Congratulations to Reyna! :D

 
At December 22, 2010 5:22 AM, Blogger The Island Cats said...

Congratulations to Reyna for finishing doggy school!! And we're happy things will get back to normal...a little...for you, George!!

 
At December 22, 2010 5:32 AM, Blogger Kea said...

OMC, George, you made our mom laugh and laugh and laugh!

Congrats to Reyna for graduating!

We hope all will be "calm and bright" again for you all, now that she's leaving. LOL!

 
At December 22, 2010 6:15 AM, OpenID chezcat1970 said...

Oh George, we know you want to enjoy your retirement in peace, but we are glad that Reyna did well in obedience school!

 
At December 22, 2010 6:28 AM, Blogger The Whiskeratti said...

Concatuations to Reyna for graduating. And we're glad the kittehs there will get their quiet home back.

 
At December 22, 2010 6:43 AM, Blogger Raymond and Busby said...

We're so glad Reyna has graduated! We know she will probably be happy to be back at her own home too. xoxo

 
At December 22, 2010 7:27 AM, Blogger Brian said...

That is wonderful Reyna, bravo!

 
At December 22, 2010 7:59 AM, Blogger Simba said...

I guess everybody is happy for different reasons :-)

 
At December 22, 2010 9:08 AM, Blogger Angel and Kirby said...

We hear you George! Having company for 12 weeks can be trying. Congratulations to Reyna on graduating

 
At December 22, 2010 9:22 AM, Blogger Cheysuli and gemini said...

I'm with you George! I'd be really happy! Thank you for the shout out over at Tabby Normal about the WordPress issue--The Woman loves tinkering with that stuff and is more than happy to add her two cents on fixing WP...

 
At December 22, 2010 10:34 AM, Blogger OKcats said...

Whew, George - your home will be peaceful once again! That was very nice of your mom to offer to help Reyna, even at your expense! Merry Christmas!

 
At December 22, 2010 1:36 PM, Blogger Pierro said...

This is such great news! We are very happy for Reyna! We wish her many many years of - um, good behavior and FUN!!

 
At December 22, 2010 4:05 PM, Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Good news all around, Reyna gots gradjumated and yoo guys get yoor home back. Animal Motel is where Punkin used to go fur her grooming along wif little Teddy. We miss dem and we really miss da cat groomer dat used to work der.

 
At December 22, 2010 4:11 PM, Blogger Caren Gittleman said...

Hi! Can't believe everyone is following you but ME!! lol

Your blog is adorable! I am now your newest follower!

Cat Chat http://opcatchat.blogspot.com

 
At December 22, 2010 9:24 PM, Blogger Ayla and Iza, said...

Were doin a happy dance that the doggie ie leavin...

 
At December 23, 2010 10:18 AM, Blogger Jan's Funny Farm said...

We're doing a happy dance Reyna passed.

 
At December 23, 2010 10:38 AM, Blogger TK and Squashies said...

YAY! We loves your singing, I bets it even sounds better in real life!

 
At December 23, 2010 6:43 PM, Blogger CatLadyDiary.com said...

Good for her....is there cake?

 
At December 23, 2010 6:44 PM, Blogger CatLadyDiary.com said...

Good for her....is there cake?

 

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