Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Home Again

closeup of Alfie's face as he watches alertly

We're back from our trip, and so is Alfie!  When Michelle dropped him off this morning my first reaction was:  He's so big!  Amazing how a puppy can grow in just five days.  He's starting to be quite a handsome boy and is built fairly square and sturdy, taking more after his lab heritage in that regard...a good thing for guide work. 

Of course like any parent I was extremely concerned about how my charge did while away from home!  Apparently he was quite vocal -- since he normally doesn't bark much at home I don't know how much I can do about that.  Hopefully it was just due to all the excitement, plus having another dog in the household.  But it did sound like his work was good, even with a new handler...great news!  A big, big thanks to Natalie for puppysitting!

Sadly, we returned to a broken furnace & no heat except for space heaters...so I've been stuck at home waiting for a repairman and can't take Alfie for a walk.  We've played quite a few rounds of fetch though, and done a bunch of obedience work, so all in all the day hasn't been wasted.

Alfie in the backyard
How about a walk already?!


Natalie said...

Well if I had checked blogger before I posted a follow up comment on my page It would be over here... anyways, you have another little response over there haha. And yes, it was pretty much Egypt's fault haha.. he did have a problem with being left alone when he was in his crate though, he wouldn't be quiet unless he could see someone else around. Maybe it was just insecurity about being in a new place? I don't know, other than that he was great ;) I had fun with him. I liked fetch with him too, he runs funny haha.

Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

OK, Natalie -- I went & read it--& THANKS for that important "schedule" update!! :-) Maybe he's starting to grow up!

Yeah, I'll bet all the excitement & change of surroundings led to the barking in his crate. So sorry about that! He was fine when I crated him after lunch today so I think that's all it was, silly guy.

Thanks again -- I know all the new experiences were really, really good for him.

Erin and her Dogs said...

Welcome back Alphini!!

Sierra Rose said...

Oh yay!! Love visiting again Alfie! Glad you are all home, and really sorry about the heat situation. Hopefully resolved by now, and you got a great walkie in!!??

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Clive said...

Well done to Alphini!

Hope you got your heating fixed!