Three wonderful friends from Memphis came to stay with us this weekend. We all had a blast together going for long walks and playing games. Katie and Louie were charmed by our guests and ran up to their bedroom first thing this morning to give them time-to-wake-up kisses.
"C" was a big help to me by walking Katie while I walked Louie yesterday at the Big Dam Bridge. C and Katie quickly became the best of friends. Today when we went for a walk in the woods I let Katie off her leash. C and Katie stayed close together the whole time. Once when Katie went the wrong way C called her and she ran as fast as she could to his side. Katie responded so well to him and C was extremely attentive and observant of her.
I love this picture of "J" and Louie...two super cuties. Louie got a little rambunctious when he first met J for a few seconds until I firmly told him that even though she likes to bounce around she is not a puppy to wrestle with. After that reminder Louie was a perfect gentleman for the rest of their visit.
Our 3 friends with the Newfs
We were so sad for our friends to leave, but very grateful we got to spend this wonderful time with them.
Katie, Louie, Gary and I went on a walk in the woods the day before we received several inches of snow. Stay tuned for scenes from our snowy walk this morning.
We have started letting Louie off leash when we are in areas where there are no other dogs around. He is doing a great job of staying close to his pack. It's nice to be able to use all of that obedience training in the real world.
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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.