Angel verses Devil

Right now Mattie only weighs around 16 pounds. So when she is calm and angelic she will put get up on your lap, place her head on your shoulder and quietly go to sleep. Then there is what we call “Devil Dog” time…This is when Mattie is in need of a nap but does not know it yet. She runs around in circles as fast as she can, jumps up and nips at your hands and barks at her favorite toys till you give them to her! Emma at this point just goes and lays down. Trying to hide from the naughty pup. Inevitably Mattie will finish her Devil time and drop down next to Emma and go into the sweetest nap you have ever seen, changing her right back into the Angel we love.
Emma has never been an independent dog but Mattie can be. Sometimes we loose track of her and find her just hanging out in the sun, chewing (hopefully) on a toy. She loves her kennel which Emma never liked. But come right around 9 at night Mattie slips into her kennel and settles in for the night. She actually sleeps till 5:22 in the morning! I swear it is 5:22 every morning! What an alarm clock!
At 5:22 either Tony or I get up and coax Emma up. Emma takes Mattie outside for their morning pee and poop and then begs to be let back in which happens at 6 when Tony gets up and feeds them and puts them back out. I tell you this to let you know the importance of having an older dog to train your new puppy! Emma is a life saver! She is saving the puppies life and our sanity. I had no idea how great she would be at mentoring Mattie!

The first Walk

So may I say that Mattie is about as smart as a puppy comes!  Which means that she walks all over us whenever given the opportunity.  However she totally respects Emma (our 9 year old lab).  When Mattie naws on our hands we say “no bite” till the cows come home but if she nips on Emma one small growl will stop Mattie in her tracks and shows total submission.  At 9 weeks old Mattie knows her name and the word  “eat”.  Boy does she know eat!  I have only seen one other dog eat faster than Mattie and that was a 90lb yellow lab named Chief who could enter the Olympics in a food eating contest!

This weekend was our first  “walk” events.  On Friday night Mattie, Emma and I ventured outside for Mattie’s first time on a leash.  We went one house past ours and turned around.  That took about ten minutes with tiring to keep the leashes untangled and Mattie from chewing the leash etc.  Then we turned and went past our house plus one.  Just as I am starting to pass my neighbors house (Bruce) Bruce pops his head out the door and asks if I realize I am heading a parade.  There behind Emma and Mattie following at a safe distance were my two cats Tulo and Smudge.  It was like the circus had come to town!  At this point I decide to end the first walk and try again on Saturday.

Saturday went much better.  Mattie was tired but she mad made it entirely around our block (around 1/3 of a mile).  It took us almost an hour but I felt it was very successful.  A little six year old girl fell madly in love with Mattie.  Mattie was concerned about some large sounding barking dogs but other then that the walk went off without a hitch.  Oh there was the lady who made her husband stop their car in the middle of the road, she rolled down the window and begged to pet the baby.  What could I do but pick Mattie up and let her pet her!

Sunday was a great walk.  Still around the block but Tony went with us.  He took Emma and I had Mattie.  Mattie insisted on keeping up with Emma and sometimes passing her so the four of us did a little jogging and Mattie was totally tired when we got back home!  The cats met us in the front yard when we got home and all was well.