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Finding Fun

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I wish I could say it’s all fun and games having a new “teen” pup that has found himself in an unfamiliar environment. At times Asher behaves like a big goof, but he is also a product of having needed to fend for himself to find food to eat in his earliest days. Left unchecked, he quickly resorts to searching for anything edible. Asher’s body is long and that means that when he stands on his hind legs, he is tall.

Nothing on our counters is safe from his reach, and at this point, he has not learned any self-control that would keep him from taking ill-advised risks to reach potentially edible rewards. We are being tested on every decision we make. To free ourselves from being constantly on guard, we have to think ahead and put up timely barriers to confine Asher to a safe space when we can’t be giving our full attention to his activities.

Still, there has been plenty of fun to be had.









He is proving to be a good on-leash walker and only chewed through the leash one time while Cyndie was distracted with digging up invasive garlic mustard plants. He played well on the zip line in the backyard and rolled around in smelly leaves on one of our walks.

While on the phone to register ourselves as the owners who adopted Ash, Cyndie learned the paperwork indicated the dog was given his name because he was found on Ash Road. Ash R. I like that we will be going with the name, Asher.

The other names most often used yesterday were, Down and No.

Cyndie made great progress in teaching Asher to stay until she says he can release. We want to teach him that we go through the door first and then he can follow, and that exercise will go much more smoothly when he understands and obeys the “Stay!” command from which we could proceed.

Meanwhile, the horses are having fun because we have been opening up the hay field to them again during the daytime.

They had been confined to the paddocks for a few weeks awaiting the fields to get dryer and the grass to get taller. On the occasion of their first tall grass on Monday, they barely stepped through the gate before stopping to graze. Yesterday, I noticed they were walking a little further in, but it wasn’t all about grazing. They showed an interest in taking some serious naps in the grass under the bright sunshine.

My presence with the chainsaw didn’t ruffle them one bit. I needed to cut up a large dead limb that had fallen from the ailing willow tree in the small paddock. While I had the saw out, there were three fallen trees across trails in the woods and one other leaner in the woods between the house and the shop that I was able to clean up. Then it was time to unload new hay bales and stack them in the hay shed.

It was fun to get some productive work done between the sessions of fun with Mr. Hey-Play-With-Me-Some-More.



Written by johnwhays

May 3, 2023 at 6:00 am

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  1. Thanks for the love above: Steinbeck is a good lesson in it – at times, he seems more wolf than dog. At times, I wonder if he hasn’t knocked a year off my life:) The crazy thing is that he is such a happy dog, so much almost limitless positive energy that is overpowering and ends up being destructive. So I note, too much love is too much! Anyway, there are no two dogs the same: glad Ash has found a good home.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 4, 2023 at 5:26 am

  2. It’s so much fun to read about your new pup Asher! He looks related to our dog, a shepherd mix rescued out of Oklahoma in Sept. 2021, at a little over 2 years old. Keep up the stories and pictures! And have fun!


    May 3, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    • I suspect Asher will be just as regular a subject of my posts as Delilah was. His antics and foibles (or ours, as the case usually is) will be a feature, not a bug in our program.
      Fun to know we share a similar breed of rescues.


      May 3, 2023 at 10:47 pm

  3. Good luck with Ash… – he sounds challenging. The pup, Steinbeck, who I took in has been the biggest challenge ever. I think he is an autistic dog… it seems that it is not only children who are coming into the world ever more frequently in this way. They seem to be disconnected somehow, always searching for connection and even finding it when on the lead/leash up to a point. But, of course, that is hardly enough: they desperately want to connect with animate objects or persons to the point of inadvertently destroying them. Not easy!

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 3, 2023 at 10:25 am

    • That does sound tough. So far, Ash seems to be a quick learner. We will need to find a balance between his energy and our appreciation for putting our feet up occasionally for a rest.


      May 3, 2023 at 1:33 pm

      • Good to hear that he is a quick learner – Steinbeck on the other hand seems to be possessed at times, shutting out everything but the thing he fixates on. He seems consumed by it and would consume it. Never known a dog like it….

        Ian Rowcliffe

        May 3, 2023 at 3:16 pm

      • Sending love Steinbeck’s way, with an additional dose for you, too!


        May 3, 2023 at 10:42 pm

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