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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

I is for INTRODUCING...

Round 12 and we're already at the letter I...implausible, wouldn't you say? I know I've already introduced you to my new puppy Tegan, but let me tell you about her introduction to the stairs, shoes, movies, going for walks, training, puddles and especially to the local dog park.

The first time at the dog park was very exciting for all of us.  There are trails around this particular dog park that run along one of the river's tributaries and it's also right at one of the local marinas.  With the feel of an island, we've strolled this area often, taking photos and commenting on how incredible it'd be to bring our own puppy to play here.  Upon arrival, I noticed a group of people with dogs gathered in the interior of the park.  As I approached with Tegan on her leash, I asked if there was a class in session.  "Oh, no!" someone said.  "We're just chatting!"  So off the leash she went and very politely, (i.e. sniffing a few butts) she introduced herself. It's funny how some dogs act like idiots or imbeciles while others are very intelligent with interesting personalities.  I guess they're a lot like humans!  Tegan says she'd like to give a shout-out to Tuna and Buddy, two of her new best friends!  So far, she's only met one small breed dog who has not been at all friendly, and Tegan found it inconceivable that this dog didn't like her.

Tegan is growing like a weed and it seems every morning when I let her out of her bed, she's bigger.  When we brought her home, she weighed 13 lbs and now she's just shy of 26 lbs!  The vet tells us she's very healthy and increasing in size at the proper rate.  Up to now, she's also been very good on the leash; however, lately she's started to pull me a bit.  So it's time for formal puppy classes to teach her to heel.  I can't have her pulling me with my bad back.  Hopefully, she will obey since she's very smart and will already "sit," "stay," "shake hands," and "bring it back" on command.  There are times, though, when she acts quite impish.

I've illustrated for you how much fun Tegan's been having with the inevitable slideshow. Hope you enjoy it.  Also, incalculable thanks to the indomitable Mrs. Nesbitt, the creator of ABC Wednesday, and to the indescribable Roger, our administrator.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

28 comments:

jill said...

Lovely pics Leslie,like the one of you.Love Jill xx

Roger Owen Green said...

dogs seem to have an insatiable curiosity.

Shrinky said...

Ahhh, gorgeous (and the doggie-pic's are great, too)! Can't believe how much she's growing.

Tina´s PicStory said...

interesting and informative :)

anthonynorth said...

Ah, their curiosity know no bounds.

photowannabe said...

What a terrific slideshow.
Your little guy is a real cutie.
We dog sat our Granddaughters dog Snicker last weekend.
It really is like having a toddler around. When things get too quiet I have to go and investigate..(:0)

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for the lovely introduction! A real sweetie!
Wil, ABCW Team.

mrsnesbitt said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean about them growing so fast...and you and I together, there every step of the way...with our cameras! lol!

Meryl said...

What an Incredible Introduction... and what big paws you've got!!!!

Have a great week...looking forward to more.

ewok1993 said...

enjoy the new puppy. we're thinking about getting one too for the longest time now.

Carver said...

It is so fun to watch inquisitive puppies.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Love the puppies ~ so playful and real ~ beautiful post ~ as always for ABC ^_^

Kate said...

Dogs give life purpose, don't they? Kate, ABC Team

Kate said...

Dogs give life purpose, don't they? Kate, ABC Team

Hazel Ceej said...

Tegan is that big already?! Adorable kid!

Mar said...

Inventive post for the letter I and a beautiful dog!

I is for ...

Kcalpesh said...

Lovely pets.. nice captures :-)

Melanie said...

My brother capitalized on the straining at the leash- he used to have our dog pull him like a sled dog when he was on roller blades for their "walks".

Thanks for sharing some Tegan-joy with us today!

LONDONLULU said...

Aw, the most adorable Introduction! Your little one is going to be a smartie!:)

Hildred said...

What a sweetie, - I wouldn't mind meeting him on a stroll through the park....

Rajesh said...

This is very interesting.

Joy said...

Adorable photos. Labradors and water their favourite thing, well apart from eating.

Spiderdama said...

Just a lovely post!:-)

Nonnie said...

introducing a pup to the wonders of our world seems to be a bit like showing a toddler!
you have a very sweet smile. :)
labs make the best pals.
I've never seen a dog park. is it fenced? just curious since I see the dogs run free.

Lise said...

So much fun, Tegan is Incredible! I am sure she is bringing you Immense joy:)

Lady In Read said...

so cute.. i need to show this to my little ones... and i am sure they will restart their requests for a pet..

Chubskulit Rose said...

Handsome guy, I am sure that you would have tons of fun with him. I love all the captions lol.

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As usual, I am late but I am doing my best to catch up.
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Beverley Baird said...

What a great intro to all these new things for Teegan. Loved the video. She must be such a joy to have.