"Hi—you’ll see a copy of Fresno’s neuter receipt. He has long since recovered and is growing like a weed! He loves to cuddle and be part of the family. He got trained on the invisible fence and seems to be doing well with it. He is still “helping” with the laundry. And in rare moments the two pups settle down together. The rest of the time they play like crazy or take breaks from each other. We told him to sit. Didn’t mean in a chair!! He went on the turkey trot with us (We didn’t trot. We walked.) and did great in the crowd after initially getting a little overly excited. So many people asked us what kind of dog we had. One guy said, “Oh, a sheepaNOODLE”. Close enough. He tries to eat everything. Shredding paper is his favorite guilty pleasure. He barks at his reflection and growls at the tv sometimes and hates to get in the car but doesn’t mind riding. He cries every day when I drop off my daughter to school and is thrilled beyond measure when anyone comes home. He is so cute and has won all our hearts."
- Sharon | December 2018
"Well, Fresno will never be a father lol. He got neutered today. No more Frisky Fresno. He even looks cute in the cone of shame. He weighs almost 30 lbs now and is in his last week of the first obedience class. He is starting to heel on a leash about 50% of the time. Maybe one accident this week in the house because we weren’t paying attention. He has been in homecoming pictures and family pics. (White dog belongs to their aunt.) He helps with studying and laundry. He met grandma from North Carolina and stole her heart too In general, he is part of the family. Still keeps us on our toes and we have to keep him from eating things constantly but he’s learning and calming down a little now that he knows what’s expected. What do you need for proof of neutering?"
- Sharon | October 2018
"Just a little weekly update. Went to puppy class with Fresno and he did great! Learning to get his attention. He is already getting it and learning to wait to come inside, sometimes even without a command. I would say he is 95% potty trained but the rest is mostly training the humans. We take him to soccer games and he is so relaxed (except for trying to eat dirt). He will eat anything. Took him to the vet this week for shots and he had gained 10 pounds in a month!! She said that was ok but holy cow! He is now 21 pounds. We can’t go anywhere without people asking us, “What kind of dog is that?” and cooing over him. My daughter even had a school bus driver hang out the window to tell her that he had had three sheepadoodles. Peanut is a little displaced but is still so gentle with him. Her poodle ears were a little worse for wear after all their playing. He’s all set for the groomer this week. We will see how that goes. Met a lady that does the doggie brigade for the children’s hospital and she was very interested in Fresno (once he passes his tests and gets a little older) to become part of it, which is what we are hoping too. Planning to take him through to CGC and therapy certification if we can. Enjoy the pics. This week is homecoming so we will hopefully have some cute pics with the kids and him next week."
- Sharon | October 2018
"Fresno news: he’s growing like a weed. Keeping the entire family busy on a revolving schedule. He discovered the toilet 😝 and then cuddled with my husband and then discovered the toilet paper so we have learned to keep the lid and door shut. He is about 90% house-trained. Will be finished when he alerts us versus us picking up on his cues and going on a schedule. He can sit and go potty on command but you have to get his attention first. He is all signed up for puppy school after his next round of shots, has an appointment with the groomer, and we are preparing to train him with the invisible fence. We still cuddle him like a baby and he loves it. He is bitey but not as bad now that we have figured out how much rest, exercise etc he needs. He and peanut play a lot and she has taught him many things. He hates to go in his crate during the day but tolerates it once in there. I think he thinks we left him for dead lol by the way he acts. At night he’s fine and goes to bed as long as someone’s in the room. He’s very social.
His latest is to squeeze behind the couch cushions and peek his head out. Might not work so well as a humongous dog. He’s very sweet and we have been taking him everywhere. I brought something to my daughter at the golf course and all I had to do was hold him up and all the girls came running and cooing over him. He is most taken with my daughter Sophia because he sleeps in her room but he loves everybody.
He has brought us much laughter and tiredness but is settling in nicely. We are all getting more family time and exercise and teamwork.
Enclosed are some pics. The last one was when I caught him eating my symphony schedule. He will eat anything that isn’t tied down. We are getting tidier by the hour lol.
- Sharon | September 2018
"Hi! We brought Holden (now named Fresno) home last week. He is getting the hang of things and we survived the first week of puppydom. He is having very few accidents and is going potty on command. He sleeps in his crate for about six hours at night without complaint. If he gets overly stimulated he gets nippy so we let him calm down in his crate or with us on the couch. He loves a frozen washcloth for his teeth and playing with toys. He and our senior standard have accepted each other and both get tired quickly so it’s a good match. She has taught him how to walk on a leash and not to eat shoes and other things he’s not supposed to do. He tries to eat everything. We keep him close to us at all times and take turns on puppy duty. Peanut also taught Fresno to play tug with a toy. We love his little play growl. He gets lots of cuddles and is very affectionate. He has been to the vet and we have consulted our groomer about getting him scheduled soon. Also looking into puppy training classes in the near future. Attached are a few pics from his first week. We have all been bleary eyed but are starting to get on a better schedule as we get to know him and vice versa and as he grows. Not used to a toddler in the house anymore but very similar to when the kids were little. The kids are over the moon about him. Yes he fell asleep with his head in the water bowl. 😂. Will send more pics as we go. "
- Sharon | September 2018