The CrossFit Hermitage Family
Saturday April 1, 2017
Sun, beautiful sun
What else would the suave, man-about-town be doing on a Saturday afternoon but leisurely sunning himself? Emil knows how to retire in style.
Friday March 31, 2017
Emil = teachable
A few updates from earlier posts: Emil no longer shows any interest in trying to squeeze out of an open door. The "back" command works wonders. Emil no longer has any problems with stairs. He goes up and down just fine. He has been getting more comfortable here, which means he's been feeling a little bolder when it comes to snatching food, but after a few stern "no's," he seems to have lost interest in that. Emil is incredibly teachable. And just look at that face! What's not to love?
Thursday March 23, 2017
Emil is a stalker!
Here's Emil stalking me while I'm in the kitchen.
Here's Emil stalking me in the sunroom.
Here's Emil stalking me in the living room.
Here's Emil stalking me while I'm IN THE BATHROOM! This sweet boy just wants to be near YOU!
Wednesday March 22, 2017
Emil is irresistible!
Look at this face! Emil is a doll, both in his looks and personality. I haven't mentioned yet that Emil likes to roo! He only does it when I'm getting ready to let him out, or when I come home from work (exciting times!), and he doesn't do it for very long, but it's quite an endearing quality! I've been trying to get it on video, but no luck so far. Emil is a dog who likes to be near his person. Even if I get up just for a second, he's right there with me. He's the very definition of a Velcro dog.
Sunday March 19, 2017
Emil live (on video!)
Here's a little video of Emil just checking out things. I apologize for my excessively high doggie voice! He really is a sweetheart!
Sunday March 19, 2017
Emil being Emil
Emil has that oh-so-adorable one ear flopped over look here! I was in the kitchen cooking, and he was in his usual look-out spot on the landing of the stairs, and I saw the flop. Emil is a stunning boy. He always gets loads of compliments on our daily walks, and one of my neighbor kids calls him The Tiger-grrrrrrr! He really has no bad habits to speak of. He is a champ in his crate, although he usually needs just a little nudge to get his hind end in there, he has a good appetite and is not a picky eater, and he is about as mellow a house guest as you can get, even for a greyhound! He is a welcome addition to my home, and he will be to yours, too.
Thursday March 16, 2017
Emil is NOT a furniture kind of guy!
If you do not want a dog who jumps up on all your furniture, Emil is your guy! In this picture, he is sitting contentedly on the floor next to his best buddy, Simon, but he has shown no interest in getting up on any couches or chairs. Initially, he did show some interest in my bed, and I was waiting for him to jump up there so I could teach the "off" command, but he never did.
In this picture, Emil is in another favorite spot on my stairs. From here, he can keep me in sight when I am in the kitchen, and he has easy access to the upstairs where all the dog beds and toys are. He knows what's what! He is doing better with stairs, and now just has problems when the last carpeted step transitions to slick linoleum. He walks fine on linoleum; it just seems to be the transition. I mentioned in a previous post that he likes to try and squeeze through open doors, but he now works well with the "back" command. He'd still probably run out of a wide open door (who wouldn't?), but the "back" command will buy you the time needed to get out the door without having to worry too much. It is now very clear that Emil is an easily correctable greyhound. What more can you ask for?
Sunday March 12, 2017
I'm sexy and I know it.
A few more observations on sweet, sweet Emil. He was in a foster home in Florida for a few months that had a doggie door, and I think because of that, he now tries to squeeze out every time I open the door. It's important to be vigilant with all greyhounds and doors, but especially so with Emil. I am working, though, on getting him to stay farther back when I open it. I think he'll be fine. He does go up and down stairs, but I would hardly call him graceful! He tends to trip over his long gams and plop down face first sometimes. But he attacks the stairs with such aplomb that it's hard not to admire his gusto! He is continuing to walk great on lead, and his house manners are impeccable. Emil is a keeper, for sure.
Saturday March 11, 2017
The first few hours in Nashville
Sweet, sweet Emil has only been here a few hours, but I already have some observations. He needed a little help getting up into the back of my CR-V, but not much. He tried to get from the back into the seat in front, but one stern "no" nipped that in the bud. He then settled in for a quiet car ride home. We took a walk around the neighborhood, and he is an excellent leash walker--no pulling at all. He walked right by my side. He shows no interest in the resident kitty here--yay! He needed a small amount of coaxing to go into his crate to eat dinner, but once in there, he was fine. He has a great appetite and finished all his food. He took his treats very gently. He's such a gentleman! This sweet boy is going to be a great addition to your family!
As quiet as a mouse after eating his dinner. Such a good boy! And a very neat eater, too!
Just relaxing after a long first day.