We've had a very smiley houseguest for the past 24 hours... none other than Mr. Sully! It's pretty special when you've known a dog ever since he was a little puppy. That's Sully for me. And the thing I've always loved most about him is his constant smiling. He and Juno had a lot of fun playing for the most part. At one point he did get a little too rambunctious for her taste, but she barked her message to him, and he read it loud and clear. What a good boy! Now Sully, being still on the younger side, does like his fair share of attention. So if I'm sitting down trying to get some work done at the computer, I can feel his eyes bearing down on me. But the second I turn my attention his way, out comes that smile! And if I actually give him a belly rub or a scratch behind the ear, he is over the moon happy. I wish it was that easy to make people happy... like genuinely happy. It's true what they say about happiness and smiling, the more you give, the more you get back. Thanks Sully!
Pet Sitter: Tammy
DISTANCE: 5.38 km DURATION: 37:40
Here I was expecting Sully to be hard work, but I had an absolute ball with him. I laughed as he collected stick after stick. Seeming to get bigger & bigger sticks, which meant I was consistently stopping to break them in half so he could heel beside me. After returning Kenny, the snow was falling, but it stopped shortly thereafter, resulting in a slick & slippery run when I went out with Sully. I did not put traction aids on my shoes today...rookie mistake. I did fall once, but Sully stopped and by no means was this Sully's fault, just the conditions on a corner. Sully greeted other dogs extremely nicely and stopped to explore various smells. Lucky for me, I was holding on to the leash tight when a pika ran across our path. Sully did not jump up once, was beyond expectations, and was a pure pleasure. The scoop: 1 poo and 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.82 km DURATION: 1:03:40
I decided to change things up today and run Sully on his own so he would get better exercise than last week. Kenny was exploding with excitement and I felt bad leaving without him. “Don’t worry I’ll be back for you soon Kenny,” I tried to tell him, but I doubt he understood. He was a little frustrated with Sully on our way out as he kept trying to nudge him and get in his face. Sully is so happy-go- lucky. I don’t think he even notices when Kenny is warning him to stop, so I have to make sure to separate them before anything further transpires. Kenny brought out his red toy and as soon as I let Sully out he snatched the toy away for himself to show off. Sully really seems to idolize Kenny, but also loves picking on him in a playful sort of way. The sidewalks had improved drastically from last week - most areas were cleared or at least packed down enough you could keep your footing. I immediately regretted not changing into my running shoes, especially with the pace Sully was setting for us! I did my best to keep him at my side whenever possible, which meant I had to keep up! He loves to pull but I can handle him easily, especially on his own. I can’t foresee needing to use the shock collar at all when he is on leash. I quickly met another runner to give him keys for his run, and while we waited for him Sully had positive interactions on leash with a couple of other dogs! Great job today Sully! Now it’s Kenny’s turn, you can stand guard and bark twice as loud to make up for him. The scoop: 5 pees, no poo.
DISTANCE: 1.88 km DURATION: 28:00
I received a lovely message from Sully's human this morning, letting me know that Sully had acquired a new nickname, Sully the Destroyer. This mischievous little guy got into some things that are not meant for dogs and subsequently chewed up some bags, ate his brother's vitamins, and a whole box of cookies! Now I can't blame him for eating a whole box of cookies. I myself have done the same with Oreos... but it was in a dare! Luckily, Sully's tummy was feeling better this morning so off we went on a stroll around the block. Sully is still getting used to the leash thing so we had lots of stops to untangle legs and lots of sudden stops to sniff bushes. Sully doesn't quite have the leash manners his big bro Kenny does but he will get the hang of it in no time! Good job today Sully! Dog business: 1 poop and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 2.43 km DURATION: 32:24
Sully, are you a gymnast? I ask this because you have a new signature move. It is called the "Sully Somersault." You seem to find some grass, stop, drop and do a few somersaults. There were a few times on our walk that you just wanted to chill in the grass so I had to pull out a few treats and tricks to get you going. We saw a flowing water fountain in a front yard and you thought we should swim in it but I persuaded you to chase me instead. You did get a little walking time to Indy's house so we could drop him off. I must say, he is not as tolerant of puppies as Teddy is. All in all, we had a nice walk looking at blossoming trees and some spectacular homes being built in your hood. I will not see you until you return from your bootcamp so have a good time and learn lots. Hugs! The scoop: 1 poop and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 2.5 km DURATION: 30 minutes
I got a text from Sully's mom who said that Sully is getting in the habit of stopping and rolling around. With the warmer temps outside, I did not want to leave Teddy in the car after his outing with Kenny so Teddy joined Sully's walk. I thought Teddy could show Sully the ropes and keep him moving so it was pretty hilarious when Teddy drops right away to roll in the grass. He was not the role model I was expecting. Sully was pretty excited having Teddy join him and there were lots of kisses and jumping on Teddy who was pretty patient. Sully sure is growing and it will be fun when he is ready to join his big brother Kenny on his regular walks. Great job today Sully! The scoop: 3 very long pees and no poos.
DISTANCE: 0.96 km DURATION: 31:43
I was such a lucky girl to get to meet Sully today! What a fun, playful, energetic, hilarious, beautiful pup! I must apologize to you buddy, as I now realize I had your harness on backwards....sorry little guy! It was such fun sprawling on lawns, gnawing on fresh cut grass ends and chasing pine cones. A friendly gardener took a break to play for a bit and so did a nice neighbour who had lost her dog due to old age recently. Puppies like Sully make everyone's day brighter. He sure devoured his lunch fast - I barely even got a few pets in with Kenny and kitty while he chowed down! Hope you're having the best puppy nap right now Sully! The scoop - 1 large pee.
DISTANCE: 2.12 km DURATION: 29:45
Hello Sweet Sullivan! I think your humans had to give you a name starting with 'S' because of the 'S' swirled into your coat! (See pic.) And it might also be because you are so sweet, a little silly, and definitely a show stopper! Today a woman came to a stop in her vehicle and rolled down the window to tell us how cute you were. Then she couldn't resist it... she got out of the car to give you some pets and cuddles. There were also some lawn maintenance men who put down there equipment to give you some attention too. You were loving all the attention! As you should! It definitely re-affirmed the notion that everything is more fun with a puppy! Scoop: one poop and one pee.
DISTANCE: 3K DURATION: 30:25:00
Sully had total puppy brain today. What is puppy brain? It is when a puppy moves from one object to the next and constantly gets distracted. Sully would find some grass to drop and roll in and then he would get up and find a stick. He located a deflated ball and then a leaf blowing in the wind caught his attention and he wanted to chase it. His mind was wandering most of the walk until I took out my treat bag. Sully's focus became razor sharp at that point. Prospective DGR Runner Steven and I enjoyed our stroll on this beautiful sunny day. The grass is looking pretty green and we stopped by an artificial turf lawn. I wonder if dogs sense it is fake? It was nice to hear the sound of lawnmowers and activity as everyone (including Sully, Steven and me) wanted to be outside.
Runner: Ruth and Steven
DISTANCE: 3.00 km DURATION: 31:55
Today's walk with Sully is brought to you by the colour green. Much to Kenny's dismay, I decide to take his brother Sully out first. Sully and I really enjoyed our stroll as everything is so green from the recent snow/rain. Sully really enjoyed smelling the grass. We found some sticks to play with today but the really "find" was a green ball. One of the photos here shows Sully hiding the green ball in his mouth. The other green item is Sully's nice green collar. We tried a couple of sprints in the grass but otherwise it was just a nice even paced brisk walk. Great job Sullivan! The scoop: no poop but 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 2.5 km DURATION: 30 minutes
Sully, you are growing like a weed. It is amazing how much growth can occur in a little over a week's time. I also was amazed at the progress Sully has made on the leash. Today was our first 30 minute walk so I decided that Sully deserved his first solo blog. We headed towards Mayfair and did some light jogging, walking and lots of sniffing. We also worked with the sit command and it was evident that Sully understands this one as seen by the above photo. Thanks for a nice outing Sullivan! The scoop: 3 pees and no poops.