Roxy Graduates

For the past 8 weeks I have taken Roxy girl to Courteous Obedient Educated Dogs (COEDS) training class and today she graduated!

She has gotten a lot better at sit, down, stay, come, leave-it, and loose leash walking. She is still an ornery puppy but she has the basics down and now I just need to be consistent and implement the skills in real-life situations. 

I really recommend any type of positive reward training for your dogs. In my life, I never want to have outside only dogs. Why would you need to keep your dogs outside all the time if you can train them to know how to behave inside? I'm not saying it doesn't take a lot of time and work, because it does but I want to be able to enjoy my dogs to the fullest and in return they will be happier, healthier, better-behaved dogs. 

I also believe having a well trained dog could potentially save their life. Coming when called and staying when they need too will definitely limit and avoid dangerous situations. This is probably the biggest reason I have for wanting my dogs to be trained. 

Another reason I am focusing on training my pups at this time is because at some point Kyle and I will have little ones and I want my babies and my dogs to be able to co-exist. I have heard so many stories of people having to get rid of their pets when they have kids because they do not react well or are not trained well enough to be around the kids. I've made a commitment to my pups to give them a forever home and I intend to keep it.


A Pond of a Backyard

Apparently we have some draining issues going on in our backyard. I didn't include a pic but to give you an idea of what we have going on---this morning when I went to let the dogs out (30 minutes before my alarm went off, boo) two ducks bathing in a large pond of a puddle in my backyard almost lost their lives. Good thing Gunny and Roxy aren't professional duck dogs even though they think they are. 

So I'm getting some estimates for some sort of draining system tomorrow but today the dogs stayed inside more than out.

Gunny is pretty camera shy but I'm training Roxy young to get used to the camera in her face---hey, I know I'm a crazy dog lady but they are my only models. 


Farmer's Market

With clean eating on my mind, I decided to check out Tulsa's farmer's market on Cherry street today.
There were a lot of beautiful and tasty things to choose from.

Roxy even got to come to work on her training. She did better than I though she would---I was prepared for her to want to jump on everyone. She did surprise a few people by nosing their hands when I wasn't looking ha

We parked in a neighborhood and walked past this house and I couldn't help but snap a picture. I love all the hanging plants and pots, it is so full of life!

I recommend checking out your local farmer's market for produce, plants, and other goods!


Nat & Kyle's Family Photos

Today looked like this:

This was outside my dad's house this morning, right before Daniel and I loaded the car to head home.  We had plans to stay in Tulsa through the Super Bowl, but the weather got serious real quick, so it was time to go.  And I'm glad we left when we did, because the hour and forty-five minute trip took three and a half hours.  But that's okay, because we're home safe now, sitting in front of the fireplace half-watching the game after a fantastic short weekend.  Really, it was one for the books.

I'm so glad the weather mostly held up for my shoots yesterday.  I'll be posting some of them over the next couple of weeks, and I can't wait! First off, though, I have to share a few photos of Nat and her husband in front of their new house!  It's coming along beautifully, and I love seeing my best friend so happy.

After eight inches of snow today, it's hard to believe yesterday looked like this.

:) How cute is baby Roxy?

Hope you're off the roads, sitting around with your loved ones, munching on some yummy snacks this evening!