Friday, February 21, 2014

Today is school, lunch with Jonathan & Donna, volleyball, magic with Jacob and then sleep for Spence.  For me it's a bit of work and doing some chores.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Well back to it.  I have a few client meetings this morning and Spence has some school to do and then we plan on driving and heading off to drums before he meets up with Jacob and then off with his dad for the evening.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bailey was still sick, but Spence had a good PE day anyhow.  He was red in the face when he came to eat lunch from playing basketball with the rest of the group.  Since this was the first Tuesday he was back after his BD, the kids all pitched in and bought him a chocolate bar and chips :)

We headed home early and Spence did some chores and I started on supper so it would be ready when we were hungry - nachos and taco night for us.

Sykes was amazing all day inside the house, but when I took her outside we met up with both Digby and Hudson (neighbour dogs) and she went bat crap crazy - which made the walk very disappointing, although with her gentle leader on, she wasn't pulling.  I took her home and she relaxed again immediately.  I thought we'd be ok because she was in such a good mood, but then Noc showed himself and Sykes snapped at him and then chased him back into the bedroom :(  I figured I'd deal with that later and went to get Karma from daycare.

When Karma came home Sykes went mental and attacked her as she stepped in the door.  Spence and I pulled them apart and put Karma back in the garage for a moment while we both tackled Sykes into the kennel and locked her in.  We let Karma back in who was not only tired for daycare all day but was like WTF?

I called the agency and said this was just too stressful - this wasn't play fighting and it wasn't pack order fighting - this was I want to kill you fighting and snapping at the kitten was a no go because the kitten couldn't protect itself.

I felt sad to have to give Sykes back, she is such a wonderful dog when she is on her own with humans.  She had sat on my lap part of the afternoon while I worked, she followed me around with her chew toy in her mouth while I did chores.  She sat nicely waiting for play time, we did fetch in the house - I know she will make some family a great family dog, but unfortunately we couldn't continue to foster her because of how she acted with Karma and Noc.

She is back at AARCS now, her room is spacious - big single kennel with a bed and space to walk.  Lots of volunteers there and she'll get some time with other dogs and some training.

Today is a stay at home school day for Spence - so he'll be doing math (we're trying out a new set of books this week), spelling, reading, essay, printing, drums, live streaming, cleaning his rooms and geography.

I'm doing some review work and some 2014 planning for another client and I plan to take a bit of time off for coffee with a few home school moms.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Yesterday was a great day off.  I am pretty much done my year end stuff and was able to watch some TV with Spence, chill by reading a few magazines and playing with the dogs.  Spence got up around noon, got dressed and had a butter chicken sandwich.  He went out for dinner with James and the girls and then played with his friends online.

Our new girl had some issues yesterday - she's decided she needs to chase the cat repeatedly which is not good for Noc and she decided to challenge Karma - not good for Sykes.

She was abandoned a few times in her life within the first two years and now she's had several foster homes in a year.  She has some abandonment issues and she struggles to fit in with a pack as she has no idea of how to do it.

We didn't get to bed until about 4am when everyone got settled and went to sleep - hoping tonight is more like the first night where everyone got along and went to bed at a reasonable time.

Today is PE day and Spence will be driving to PE as his practice drive today - hoping that Bailey will be well enough to join us today and so that they can plan their valentines date.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Well it is holiday Monday here (Family Day) and so I think we'll do a bit of school, a few chores and then maybe another Sherlock or possibly a movie.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Spence had a great time with his dad yesterday, I managed to run all my errands and do some of the chores on my list as well as work.

Spence and I had decided this year that one of our community give backs would be to foster animals which were up for adoption so they wouldn't have to be killed.  We signed up in January and we got our first foster yesterday.

She is a loving dog and she is totally into snuggling - which of course isn't what any of our current pets do - so it was different having a 30 lb dog in your lap for almost the entire night.  She has a few issues with the whole food thing (kinda like Karma when she came into our family), she's very energetic and so we played a lot of ball last night and so both her and Karma were exhausted.  She likes to jump - she jumped higher than Spence last night as he was playing with her.  She's house trained and she's very loving.  So if you know anyone who is looking to add a very loving house dog to their family - check Sykes out.

This is her profile on AARCS

Sykes - mixed breed smaller medium sized dog