Earlier in the summer before the temperature soared, Katie & Louie got to visit their grandparents' house. Since their own yard is sloped and not very big they really appreciate having room to run and play. I love this video because the deep love and friendship that Katie and Louie have for each other really shines through.
Gary recently removed some planks from our fence while he was making some repairs. Katie and Louie decided to take advantage of the temporary opening into our neighbor's yard to have a little adventure. Louie was mainly interested in exploring this new territory, but Katie quickly developed a playful friendship with our next door neighbor, a 1 year old beagle puppy named Cooper.
Louie and Katie recently volunteered their services as puppy socialization trainers extraordinaire. Eleven week old Eko the Dobie pup needed to practice his socialization skills with some safe adult dogs. You can't find much safer dogs for a puppy than Katie and Louie. They both are the most tolerant dogs I have ever known. Pups can jump on their heads, bite them on the necks or grab hold of their tails and they never complain. Little Eko was afraid of Katie and Louie for the first few minutes of our visit, but being the smart pup that he is, he quickly figured out that they were no threat. He got so comfortable with them that he darted out the door as we were leaving, ready to spend some more time with what he seemed to see as his new doggie pack. When he realized he wasn't going with them he was just as content to stay with his new human pack which he is already loving very much.
Eko is a wonderful puppy. Since his parents are doing such a great job of socializing him Eko may very well end up being the world's sweetest Dobie.
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"Welcome home to the Happy Haus" is the greeting I used to receive from Gary when we arrived home from work each day. Gary and I brought our daughter Natalie home from China in November 2011 to live with us in our cozy cottage. In October of 2013, we unexpectedly lost Gary, our dear husband, father and friend.
Our family includes our two sweet Newfoundland dogs, Katie and Louie. Newfoundlands are working dogs, so we make sure our two always have a job to do. Katie and Louie are both certified therapy dogs and bring lots of joy to people who are in need of some Newfie love. They have also competed in Rally Obedience. Katie has earned a Rally Advanced title and Louie has earned a Rally Excellent title. In keeping with Newf tradition, Katie has become a proficient draft dog while Louie prefers practicing water rescue whenever he gets an opportunity. They are also both protectors of their little sister, Natalie.