Not Cool, Suki. Not Cool.

Since we finished the backyard, we’ve been leaving our dogs outside during the day. Things have been going great (meaning that my grass and palm trees are still intact)!

Well yesterday we had our first big rain in awhile. Apparently Suki hasn’t yet learned to stay in a covered area and NOT ROLL AROUND IN THE DIRT when it’s raining, because I came home to this:

Well I'm glad somebody's happy.

If you've ever wondered why all my dog pictures are blurry, it's because they can't stay still when I'm standing.

She's normally about the same color as Dolly, but now she's moving more toward the color of Konan.

*sigh*

Father's Day in Chabihau

**Note: If I normally follow you and I haven’t commented on your blog in a few weeks, it’s because about 1/3 of the blogs I follow have been strangely blocked on this computer. Trying to figure out what’s going on…**

Ok, I am a horrible blogger! But it’s been a pretty busy month, which is awesome. I still haven’t shared my photos from my trip to Chabihau, Yucatan with you, and that was almost TWO WEEKS AGO. For shame. We went to the towns of Chabihau and Yobain for Father’s Day to visit Jorge’s family, and it was relaxing as usual!

The best tamales I ever had!

Jorge in his natural habitat… in front of the table.

Happy dogs!

flamingos πŸ™‚ That's as close as they get, though.

Arrow!

"chilpachole de langosta" with lobster Jorge's uncle caught that morning... HUGE!!

A new beach house in Chabihau... I'm going to steal it.

Dog Updates

Suki and Dolly have been progressing just fine after getting spayed last week. They are as active as normal, even though we try to keep them from moving around too much. They also still have their “cones of shame” to keep them from licking their wounds.

As I mentioned Thursday, Konan had some complications and had to have her wound re-opened and re-stitched. The vet came up with a snazzy little t-shirt corset device to keep her from scratching at the wound with her foot… and, I suspect, to keep Jorge and me from panicking constantly.

Konan is not very happy with the situation in general and has been very vocal about it. She spent the entire weekend glaring at me for ten-minute intervals. Moaning/howling/evil glares aside, her health seems to be great. Today she was able to go up and down the stairs on her own!

Jorge and I have kept ourselves busy pointing and laughing at them in their cones and misery.

Prayers for Konan

Sorry, no Just Thursday today!

This Tuesday we got our three dogs spayed at a free clinic. Suki and Dolly are just fine (except for hating to wear their head cones), but Konan has developed some pretty serious issues. Her wound re-opened a bit and she has been bleeding on and off. Last night we found out she also has a hernia.

Our vet (who lives a few blocks from me, thank goodness) told us last night that it looks as if Konan hadn’t been stitched up correctly on the inside. She’ll have to open her up this morning to see what’s going on.

Please send out some prayers for Konan. She has been in quite a lot of pain since yesterday evening, and today will be a rough day for her as well.

Dog Walking at Cancun's Ciclopista

In the city of Merida, Yucatan (4 hours from Cancun), they shut down one of the city’s main streets every Sunday to open up a “ciclopista“. The road is closed off for biking, walking, rollerblading, etc. It’s a great family event.

A few months ago, Cancun started doing the same thing. The Andres Quintana Roo Avenue is shut down for a few hours every Sunday. I remember the first time I saw it, there was hardly anybody there. When we went yesterday, however, it was packed!

My friend Carlos owns a pet store and has tons of cool ideas for marketing his business. He’s started getting together a group of his friends and family to walk their dogs all together while wearing t-shirts for his store. It’s a great way to grab people’s attention, and he can hand out business cards to other dogwalkers. It seems to be great for business. They also walk some dogs that are up for adoption!

So yesterday Jorge and I took Suki, Dolly and Konan out to the ciclopista to do some promoting for Econopet. It was one of the first times Konan has been out in public. She does very well with humans… not so much with other dogs. Every time another dog walked by, she would bark at it with a horrible screech. I now understand how moms feel when their kids scream in the grocery store. Humiliating. Luckily after about 10 minutes she was able to calm down.

In general, our dogs were very overwhelmed, but it was a great opportunity for them to learn to socialize. By the end of the day, they were pretty calm! (Except for Dolly, who was calm and happy from the beginning. She lives her entire life as if under the influence of heavy sedatives.)

There were about 20 dogs in our group, and everyone behaved very well!

Some people from our group walking along the ciclopista (yes, that's a doggy stroller!)

Our friend Coyi walked Dolly, who is an instant hit everywhere she goes thanks to her calm and sweet disposition, plus her tiny size.

I walked Suki because she freaks out if I'm not walking with her. She was the most excited to be there, as always!

Jorge walked Konan, who seemed very overwhelmed by it all.

We saw this dog walking around with all his "gear". By far the most stylish dog at the ciclopista. (If I ever put goggles on one of my dogs, please intervene.)

There were tons of families!

Halfway through, our group stopped for some R&R and bowls of water in the shade.

Econopet also has a dog training class. After our walk, we enrolled Suki and Konan. Considering they've never had any training whatsoever, they didn't do so bad!

The dogs had to do some obstacles during the class.

In the end Konan was able to go through the obstacle course (with a little help from Jorge). I’m so proud!

We had such a good time, and we’ll definitely be back next week! I know the dogs loved it, too.

I’m really glad Cancun decided to open up the ciclopista. Locals are always complaining that Cancun has no culture and no sense of community (the city is only 40 years old), so I think this is a great step in that direction!

Pee Update!

First of all, thanks to everyone for all the comments yesterday on crate training Konan. I feel a lot better about the whole thing! Gracias πŸ™‚

Soooo… Crate training went great yesterday! Konan was not upset.

She made it through from 9:30 am to 6 pm with no messes inside the crate! (roommate let Konan out for a pee break at 3 pm, but apparently she didn’t have to)

Last night she peed OUTSIDE (!!!!).

This morning Konan went back into the crate, and didn’t seemed bothered by the idea at all.

Yesterday I bought some spray that keeps dogs from peeing in certain areas, just in case.

Things are looking good πŸ™‚

Konan the Pee Pee Queen

At Least I'll Save on Paper Towels

I feel like the worst dog owner ever!

At my old house, I managed to get Konan housetrained after much frustration and trickery.

Once we moved into the new house, however, she seemed to forget that outside is the place to go.

Three months later… no progress.

I leave the back door openΒ  all day so that the girls can go outside and do their business whenever they want while Jorge and I are gone. Konan still thinks the living room is the best place to go. (Luckily we have no living room furniture and the floor is all tile.)

We’ve tried many methods, and I’d been avoiding using this one for months.

Still, after everyone seemed to recommend it and ensure us it’s not torture… today we began crate training.

I'm sorry!!!

giant dog bone = guilt

The online experts think it’s good for Konan, so… we’ll see.

I still feel awful.