First things first: puppy has a name! He shall be called Roscoe! It sounds enough like Kujo, his original name that he half responded to, that I think he's going to learn it with no problem.
He's got the coloring of a Jack Russell, but I'm not sure he's got the brains of a Jack....
It's been a slow going process getting him acclimated to his crate. Some people have told me to just leave him in the crate and let him cry and howl, thinking that's the best way to crate train him. Anyone who has ever worked with an abused or neglected dog knows how bad this advice is. Not only will he hurt himself by trying to chew through the metal wire (like he did at his previous home), but he'll learn that the crate is a place of stress and anxiety instead of his place of refuge. With a puppy, you can leave them in a crate until they get use to it. With a dog that has negative associations with it, you're only throwing wood in the fire by forcing him to stay in.
Dog training rant over. Roscoe is doing very well being in the crate for a few hours at a time and hopefully within a few days, we can get him to spend the night there instead of our bed. Here's hoping!
Recently, a new Earth Fare has opened up in my neck of the woods. Most of the health grocery stores are in south Charlotte, so we really needed this! This week, they were doing a "Raid your pantry" special: if you brought in certain items that contained partially hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup, or other unmentionables, they would trade them in for their healthy, non-processed foods. For free!
I picked up a few other items while I was at the store, including two pounds of chicken (for David, not me!) for $2, as opposed to its retail value of over $15! I got all this for just over $10. Amazing. I heart you, Earth Fare!
You'll notice those three beautiful green peppers... at less than $1 each, I had to grab them. My green pepper plant outside is pumping out the peppers like crazy, but none of them are ready quite yet. So I had big plans for these big boys: stuffed green peppers!
I used this recipe off allrecipes.com. I followed the recipes pretty closely, except I used fresh basil, added broccoli, and didn't add any salt (there is enough in the feta cheese). The result was splendid:
Please pardon my messy kitchen. I should really tidy up before a photo-shoot.
I did work in a recovery run yesterday of three miles before doing another NROLFW session. I have four more sessions to go until I finish phase one. I'm really wishing I took before pictures/measurements so I could compare myself to them, because I am definitely seeing results! I'll be eager to share them with you all in a few weeks when I finish this phase.
Hope all you East Coasters are staying flood-free and safe from Irene!
Do you have any crate training (or general training) advice to share? I consider myself pretty experienced training dogs, but I could always use more advice!