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Teddy is a bit of a moving target these days–he's still a young pup! I'm not sure why he was so calm this afternoon, but I was thankful to snap this pic of him on the couch with Renee while this little respite lasted.

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Teddy says "Harbaugh still can't win the big one, eh?"

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We took Teddy to the pet store again tonight. He's still a bit of a crazy puppy, but he's getting better. He certainly loves walking through that place — so many smells!

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Teddy is slow to wake up in the mornings, which makes it the perfect time to hold him in my lap.

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Rough morning for Teddy - he dropped his ball over the edge of the balcony!

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Teddy graduated from introductory obedience class today. Of six dogs that started the class, three remained today—six weeks later. He made it! And he (and we) learned quite a bit in the process. Now we've got to keep at it. He starts the introductory class in a few weeks.

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We always get some crazy long shadows when we round the corner of the cemetery in our morning walk with Teddy.

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Teddy had obedience class tonight. He did fairly well with the tasks, but was a bit of a goofball overall, playing the class clown to some degree. One more class to go—I'll miss these, and I think he will too.

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And once Jonathan leaves, he always looks to us, like "well, I'm waiting! Now you need to pay attention to me!"

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Teddy can't resist jumping up on the couch when Jonathan is in the room. He knows Jonathan is always good for a belly rub!

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Teddy has the shaking down, no doubt. Barking and biting, those are another story!

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I think I'm going to use Teddy to practice my focusing skills–tracking those eyes behind that hair is tough! Even the excellent Sony eye-tracking struggles to track them. Sometimes I wonder how he's not bumping into things as he's walking around.

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I think Teddy was as happy to see us as we were to see him. Missed this guy!

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COVID protocol had us waiting in the car for the tech to bring Teddy out to us. We had to wait a bit while they brought a couple new patients in from the lot, but it was worth it to see his little face in the door as they walked him out. So great to see him again! Poor guy has been through a lot these last few days.

We got some great news tonight. Teddy's blood work is normal—we can pick him up tonight!

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Lucy and Teddy have developed a game that, for a cat dealing with a new puppy in the house, we thought was fairly cute. Lucy is still cautious of Teddy, but they've started "playing together" in a simple way–Lucy knocks something off the table, and Teddy picks it up and plays with it. Harmless fun, so we thought.

Sometime this afternoon, Lucy knocked a bottle of Advil off the island and Teddy started playing with it. I'm sure it felt like a toy, all rattly and everything. He proceeded to chew the bottle, getting the lid off and even tearing a hole in it at the bottom.

We don't know how many pills were left in the bottle, but he got ahold of some of them. We found 17 on the floor, separate from the vomit. I think the bottle was near the end, so hopefully he didn't get many.

But, even a small dose of ibuprofen can be toxic to dogs (they can't clear it like we can). He vomited at least four times at home. We took him to the hospital, and they're now keeping him under observation, which means giving him charcoal to absorb anything that's left and pumping him full of fluids to protect the kidneys.

He's got a rough 48 hours ahead of him, but I think he'll be ok.

Is any puppy not a "morning puppy?" It's crazy - we wake up at about 6-6:30 every morning. Within five minutes of getting up, Teddy is ready to play fetch. Every day.

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Teddy lost a tooth tonight. The rest can't fall out soon enough!

Not sure if it was intentional or an accident, but Teddy just rang the bell on the back door. He's done it once before, but that was weeks ago. Any chance he's figuring something out? We'll see!

I wish I had photos of this, but I don't. So a post will have to do.

Preparing for Teddy's first visit to the vet, I realized I couldn't fit Teddy in the small carrier we have - he would not have been able to stand or turnaround if I had somehow managed to get him into it. So, he had to ride unrestrained in the car.

On the way to the vet, he was terrified. Shaking, and never left my lap. He faced me and even nuzzled up against my neck for most of the ride. Poor guy.

He was a bit more comfortable on the ride home, perhaps because he made friends with the vet and her tech, and perhaps because the shot he received made him a bit drowsy (not sure if it did or not). Anyways, on the way home, he curled up in the front seat and laid quietly and mostly still the entire way home. He was content, and no longer nervous.

We'll have to take him for another car ride soon to see which car personality sticks.

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Liquid cheese for the win. Who knew? The vet tech put a little liquid cheese on a stick and Teddy licked it right up. It put him at ease and he saw them as friends right away.

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Teddy was nervous during his first trip to the vet...hid behind me as much as possible. The vet tech and the vet were wonderful, of course, and made every effort to make him comfortable. He warmed up once they gave him treats!

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Teddy slows down every morning right as my day is getting underway!

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Ah yes, poop patrol. How I've missed you.

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Picking up some gear for Teddy.

Looks like we've got a name for the puppy - Teddy!

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He was exhausted after playing a few hours. Hopefully he'll sleep well tonight!

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Turns out, the puppy matches the wood floors perfectly!

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Renee held the puppy the entire ride home after we picked him up. He was definitely a bit nervous, but was super calm.

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Preparations for the new puppy have officially begun. T-minus a week or so and counting.