Noro Lacy Batkus update

Just stopping in to show you how this thing is going. I’ve officially hit the half-way mark, and now I’m decreasing!

I also started the second ball of Noro Sekku. I’ve reversed the colourway, so the stripped pattern should be mirrored on the other half. That’s the plan at least.  Noro can be a little unpredictable. Here’s a pic with some bonus Bo.

Easter away

We went back to Minden for Easter.

It was a nice break from Ottawa and all the stupid stuff going on here. Not that I can completely escape it, but you know, getting out of the city helps to add some perspective on things.

We had a good visit with my parents in Minden, and the weather was pleasant enough. We rented a car to get up there, since ours died recently. I got to see this little guy, Pups. His age is definitely showing, but for 14, I think he’s still going fairly strong.

Isn’t he a funny little guy? I miss Pups already.

Bo had a great time running around my parents’ house and back yard. He got along with Pups much better than he did at Christmas.

I just realized now that I didn’t take a whole lot of bloggable pictures while I was home. (Oops.) I think that means it was a good visit.

A dog coat for Bo

I’ve been knitting more lately! Bo’s been letting me sit on the couch and knit, a first since we adopted him. He’s definitely in that “teenage” phase, but we’re seeing a nice calm Bo emerging more and more. It’s nice.

I have started and frogged several dog coats since we got him. He’s got a unique body shape, being a dachshund & jack russell mix. He’s long like a dachshund, with a huge chest. It’s the chest that keeps tripping me up. I found a free pattern called the One-Piece Dog Sweater, and it’s somewhat solved the giant chest problem. It’s open between the front legs, so I can just avoid that whole area that never fits him in other patterns.

So here’s the finished coat. It’s double-stranded black & purple Read Heart Supersaver. Two little wooden toggle buttons hold the bottom tab on. Pardon the crap on the floor in that pic, he’s ripped up a couple toys recently.

Trying to take photos in natural light is a challenge around here with Bo. Here’s some photos from an attempt this afternoon.

 

Knitting… I remember that

Busy busy!

Remember when this used to be a knitting blog? Yeah. Me too. I swear it still is a knitting blog. It’s just kind of being eclipsed by current goings-on. This is post is about knitting, so stay with me here.

I first need to tell you about The Littlest Bobo. He is doing well. Yeah, he’s accumulating some dumb nicknames, but I didn’t name him “Bo” and it’s not my fault it rhymes with a lot of stuff. As I write this, he’s passed out on the couch beside me. He had his neutering stitches out on Monday, and the vet said it healed up nicely. Bo was really good about wearing the head “cone”, and we were very cognizant of any attempts at licking/chewing of stitches, so that’s probably why. He hated that cone at first, but by the last few days he was actually helping us put it on him by pushing his head through the hole. Especially before bed – it became a bit of a ritual and he got some late-night snacks out of the deal. Luckily, he seems to respond really well to positive reinforcement. Or maybe he’s just awesome, I don’t know.

There is one thing… he can be annoying when I’m knitting. He loves to grab balls of yarn and run around like a crazy dog. It is HILARIOUS to him. I’ve packed everything away so he can’t eat any yarn or get into trouble with it, but it kind of sucks not being able to sit on the couch and just knit away. Baby steps, I guess. My parents’ dogs went through that phase (i.e. puppyhood) where they chewed everything and wanted to play with everything, but eventually they chilled out. Or at least they figured out it’s better to chew on toys & treats, and there’s no shortage of those around here. Like everything, I just need to give it time. He’s still a little dude.

In the meantime, I’ve invested in one of these GoKnit pouches by KnowKnits, a small one in Navy, and it helps a bit. Bo’s not as interested in my knitting if he can’t see a ball of yarn moving around. Also, I’m only attempting to knit when he’s really tired or acting chilled out already. There isn’t a lot of holiday knitting happening, but luckily, I think most of my gifts have already been taken care of. It’s under control… I think.

Our little boy is growing up!

Today was an exciting day. Bo got neutered!

We’ve been counting down the days. It might’ve just been my imagination, but about a week ago he seemed to turn into a teenager. His humping went into overdrive. He started peeing to mark his territory, and even started lifting his leg to pee. His face got a bit more angular. He just seems less puppyish now.

But that’s cool, the puppy phase is highly overrated. I appreciate my sleepy old Pups (in Minden) even more now.

Bo’s puppy teeth are all gone now too. He had the last two removed today while he was knocked out for the neutering. His top two canine teeth (fangs) were “double” because the puppy teeth hadn’t come out before his adult teeth came in. And it wasn’t looking like they were going to come out either, and we didn’t want that to screw up his permanent teeth. They gave them back to us tonight, in a little pill bottle, and they have huge roots. Very cool and gross.

He’s also been microchipped.

Phew.

If you’re tallying up the bill in your head, yeah… that’s pretty much our Christmas present to ourselves.

(Bo’s little peanuts, for the record)

Puppy teeth

Trying to stay positive. Thanks for all your comments & mails about Scarlet. :)

Here’s something cool & kinda gross…

Yikes!

Our puppy, Bo, lost a tooth tonight. It’s kind of rare to find them, since they usually swallow them. I’ve gone through 3 puppyhoods and never saw any. Bo and I were playing and he spit this one out in my hand. Then he tried to eat it, but I stopped him.

It’s a premolar, I’m pretty sure. Bottom right.

I hope the rest of his little flesh-shredding puppy razors come out ASAP. Man oh man!

Special Announcement!

We have added a new member to our family!

His name is Bo!

He’s almost 5 months old.

We adopted him on the 22nd of October, which explains my blogging-absence.

He’s a cross between a Dachshund and (we think) a Jack Russell terrier. He looks a lot like a long, weenie-like Jack Russell. And pictures of Jackhunds look bang-on.

We adopted him from a family who could no longer care for him because they had a new baby. We’ve been thinking of getting a dog for a while now, and always hesitating because we didn’t want to pay a ridiculous amount from a breeder. Also, we definitely didn’t want to get one from a pet store. Ideally, I’ve always wanted to adopt a dog from the Humane Society, but this was the next best thing. His owner was a friend of a friend, and we were helping them out and getting a pretty cool dog in the process. Win-win.

He’s a crazy little puppy guy right now. He chews on everything, and that’s been difficult to get used to. He has sharp little puppy teeth and he’s teething now. I can’t wait for that to end. He came house-trained, so that’s half the battle. He’s good at sleeping in his crate at night. He can sit, stay, come, and lie down on command, when he’s got the right motivation (i.e. treats). He’s not fixed yet, but that’s coming at the end of the month. He’s getting used to us, and we’re getting used to him. It’s pretty cool.

Kiki is getting used to him too, but that’s another blog post altogether.