Friday, February 06, 2009

Creature of Habit

Topaz's back. For good.

A little girl (okay, she's not "little" anymore-Angel always corrects me...) was very happy to have her puppy back.

Yep, he’s done with “training camp,” where his hunting skills were honed by a trainer. German Shorthairs are pointers and he showed potential of being a good hunting dog by the way he sat and put one bent paw up and perked his ears while sniffing a scent. Hubby still needs some "training" to give out orders and see if there's any correcting needed on Topaz's hunting skills.

When we got him, he was only home for about two or three weeks and then wham, off to camp he went.

Once he was brought back home, he acclimated easily. He was still housebroken and did his business outside. He kept himself busy, doing the “petting rounds” (going to anyone who’d give him attention) and playing with Onyx. He and Onyx will always compete for attention.

The first day, they played so much, they tuckered themselves out.

Alas, like kids, when a pet is quiet, does that mean they are doing something that he isn't supposed to be doing??

Looks like he was a little too busy....

Take a closer look at the lamp stand.

Bad dog!!

Yep, he was gnawing on it. I did not expect that at all. I guess I assumed (and we all know what they say about “assume”) that he was completely housebroken. He’s still a growing puppy, after all. He’s a hair taller than Onyx, too. I didn’t even hear him gnawing away at that end table.

That tells me I am due for a map. I can tell things are sounding softer. I’m not hearing things as sharply as before. I don’t hear (or maybe I’m too distracted to notice?) someone walking across the floor.) For those of you who don’t know what a map is, it’s an adjustment (or a tweak) to the cochlear implant (CI). I do have a 6-month map coming up next week, though. So hopefully I'll be back to form.

When it comes right down to it, we are creatures of habit. I could make a pot of chili and eat the leftovers for the next few days (however, Hubby and the girls would not). We all have a routine. We can be prone to addictions. While I don’t smoke or drink, I do have an addiction. Never mind caffeine. I won’t go there.

I am addicted to Facebook. If I wasn’t a computeraholic before (with all the emails, mailing lists, and blogging), I am definitely one now.

Facebook is not just a way to keep in touch with family and friends, but there are applications within Facebook where people send you “requests” for various things. It’s fun to have a virtual pillow fight or snowball fight with someone. There are applications that help the environment or the hungry. I have a virtual farm, too. And there are games to play. I am hooked on a game called Word Scramble that is much like Word Twist. I love that game.

So, I am using more computer time on Facebook and less on blogging. Which is worse, I don’t know.

So, I guess I need to work on time-management.

As other people and bloggers before me stepped up on the podium to officially declare their addictions, I, too, will come out and say.....

Hi, my name is Shari and I am a Facebookaholic.

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At Fri Feb 06, 01:42:00 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Such lovely pups! And Onyx reminds me of Major when he was young.
Thanks for the invite to Facebook - if (and when) I'm ready to take on another addiction, I'll look you up!

At Fri Feb 06, 07:20:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm loving facebook and haven't looked at blogs as much this week.

Welcome home to the pooch!

Happy weekend to you!

At Fri Feb 06, 10:17:00 PM , Blogger Amrita said...

My dogs have also done things like that and worse, but can 't live without them. Your dogs look so well groomed.

I also have a facebook account .

At Sat Feb 07, 01:26:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the picture of the sleeping dogs. Glad they get along. Oh my , chewing the furniture. Heard that is normal.
I got my first computer May 2003. Now on my 2nd and laptop. It is on 24/7. Well not really !!! I cannot breathe without it. LOL

Molly CC

At Wed Feb 11, 04:48:00 PM , Blogger Nessa said...

Your puppies are adorable.

I am as bad on Facebook as I am with my blogging.

At Mon Feb 16, 09:36:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww, I'm glad he's home now Shari! I totally didn't notice the table until you showed the close up shot...LOL. What a rascal! :)

You know I'm addicted to Facebook right along with you :) but hey, it's harmless and a fun way to keep in touch with friends. It could be worse, right? LOL



At Sun Mar 29, 08:45:00 PM , Blogger jillie said...

Hey there how are YOU! How has the recovery gone since your surgery? You're never going to believe this but I had ear surgery in Jan. I had to have my whole inner ear rebuilt. BAD infection. So now I have titanium in my head to anchor all the rebuilds. Man...WHAT A PAIN! I'm still getting a lot of the noisy crunching from the packing. That is the worst part.

Hope all is well in your world.


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