The Return Of Willy-The-Hyper-Active-Labradoodle-Puppy

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

 On this Saturday after Thanksgiving, I have something to be thankful for. 

Willy's back!

He's my incredibly cute, though incredibly energetic, Labradoodle.  

While my bathrooms were being redone, and with all the lead paint dust loose in the house, my sister, Bairbre, and her dog whisperer boyfriend offered to dog-sit.  Now that the work is pretty much done, we decided it was time for Willie's return.

Octavio, the dog whisperer, has had crazy Willie doing a boot camp.  He made great progress, I was told.

Yeah, right 

But I'm the one that needs a dog training boot camp!  I know that dog training isn't for the dog.  It's for the humans!

He's chewed a bedroom slipper.   My George Kovaks lamp has a chewed cord, and there is a black smudge on the outlet it was plugged into. 

Luckily for Willie, God made him cute.  He was a cute puppy, and he's an adorable, affectionate dog.

So tomorrow, we're going to the neighborhood doggy play group - where they can run around like little lunatics and wear each other out. 

When Willy and I figure this out, he' going to be my real estate mascot.  I don't kow that I'll ever put a picture of him on my business card - he'd upstage me!  But I will use him in some of my marketing stuff.  

Maybe I can get my neighbor to slip me some of her son's Ridelin. 

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Patricia - he is absolutely adorable! A colleague of mine down here has a photo of her dog with her on her business cards - it is a cute combo!!!
November 25, 2007 10:43 AM
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Patricia- What a cute little puppy! Is he your new best friend? Katerina
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Patricia,

This is NOT to scare you. I think my lab, Skye, was an unusually chewy dog. But, in her first two years, she destroyed one sofa, the matching loveseat, ALL my outdoor patio cushions, ALL the sprinkler heads, and chewed through the outdoor Cable TV cable 3 times!!! I am happy to say that she did stop chewing and is a wonderfully CALM dog. She is also living with my ex now, and I miss her so much!!!!

Your dog is adorable...and will one day be a relaxed, well-mannered dog! Hang in there!

Elaine Manes-A Wonderful Space Home Staging & Redesign

November 26, 2007 10:39 AM
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Chris, puppy training being a challenge seems to be an understatement! 

Daniel, that sounds like an interesting combination!  Poodles seem to mix well with a lot of breeds.

Linda, yes, he is so cute that I seem to mind the  chewing a little less.   

Peggy, he's like the men I've loved - really cute and really challenging!  Oh, and fun!

Carol, how old is your neighbor's dog?  I'm getting real mixed reports about when they start to calm down.

And Ginger, I think the chewing comes from the Lab side.

November 27, 2007 05:51 PM
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Eric, he is irresistibly cute, which is why he's not living at the Animal Rescue League!

Roberta, I know my sister's boyfriend is going to give me the DVD for Cesar Milan's show, "The Dog Whisperer" on National Geographic.  He maintains there are no bad dogs, just inept humans who don't understand them - and love them too much!  

Jeanean, Willy LOVES pigs ears.  He also loves silk, and leather, and I'm going through old shoes looking for things for him to play with.  We do, however, have to reach an understanding that he can't chew any shoe, just the ones I give him to chew.  

James, he is about 18 months.  Maybe we could get Willy and Casey together for a play date!

Debbie, If I ignor Willy, he just swallows whatever he is chewing.  

Barbara-Jo and Bill, I don't know about the business card thing.  I have some colleagues who have two sets of business cards - one with their black lab and one without.  They use the "with" for dog people.  Everyone else gets the "without".  

Katerina, there is a best friend tie tetween Mr. Willie and Mr. Snowball - the white blue eyed kitty (who does not chew my shoes and silk scarves).

And, yes, at last, Elaine!  Have you read Marley and Me? My sister gave it to me last Christmas.  It is so heartfelt and beautifully written, and it sort of prepared me for Willie's Labrador side.  It's amazing how much you can fall in love with a dog, and whatever comes up, you just deal with it.   And, yes, my cable guy has been here 4 times since Willie's arrival, and I tell him it's this nasty possum who lives under my next door neighbor's porch!

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Pat Kennedy -- author of The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate -- gives you a look at life on the streets as a real estate broker in our nation's capital. And her blog is peppered with great advice combined with humor!