Harley the Pom meets a friend so that when he is older he will be able to interact with other dogs appropriately. Unfortunately, he was too old to go to puppy school. But luckily for us, we know a few people with dogs. There are also a few obedience dog clubs that we can attend if need be. I love the idea of teaching Harley some basic obedience and maybe a trick or two. But perhaps we should start with house breaking.
Harley’s personality has developed so much in the month that we have had him. I only had pet fish or rabbits growing up. They are very different to dogs, or even cats. So this was all new to me. Our rabbits were originally caught in wild. We bred them and sold them to the local pet shop. I remember one year we had 36 baby rabbits in our backyard. I should mention that this was in the early 90’s. A lot has changed since then!
Now I finally understand what people mean when they say their pet is a family member. If you don’t have that, it’s really hard to describe and understand. And one day I will know what it’s like to lose that family member.
This is a video of Harley playing with his cousin, Boston. Boston is a one-year-old black cavoodle. A cavoodle is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles and a Poodle.
We can see that Harley thinks he is the dominant one. He will probably also suffer from ‘small dog syndrome’. But only time will tell. What happens at the end gave us quite a surprise as we didn’t know when dogs develop those behaviours.
I totally agree with this & I think you need to love yourself before you are able to fully love someone else. Self-love is one of the best feelings. It’s confident, it’s sexy, it’s contagious. Although it can come off as being conceited, no one is going to toot your horn for you, you will have to do that yourself.
I introduce the Tim Tam Slam. A different way to get a chocolate fix.
Add the drinking chocolate to a large mug.
Pour the boiling water over the drinking chocolate.
Add the milk to your mug.
Bite both ends of the Tim Tam (and eat them). You could bite off opposite corners instead.
Use the Tim Tam as a straw.
The hotter your drink is, the quicker the Tim Tam will melt.
I (like many people, I’m sure) wish magic was real. My favourite place to find magic is in a book. Admittedly the majority of those are children’s books, think The BFG, The Magic Faraway Tree, Harry Potter etc. None the less, everyone needs a bit of magic in their life. I think magic can inspire people to be better & do great things.
I had never tried chia seeds before and decided to take the plunge when I saw them on the shelf next to the quinoa in the health food isle at the supermarket. Chia seeds have gained so much popularity recently & I must say I hadn’t ever head of them until recently too. Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids & can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid!
Now that I have discovered the wonder that is Chia, I’ve had to look up some recipes. I tried a few but they did not turn out to be as amazing as I had hoped. Lucky for me, I am not afraid to make it up as I go & this is the end result.
This recipe is best made a few hours prior to consumption, to give the chia seeds time to absorb the liquid. If you are taking it to work, like I do, just make it in the morning before you leave then put it in the fridge when you get to work.
Start with a heatproof bowl or container (with a lid if you plan on transporting it).
Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.
Next add 2 tablespoons of oats.
Add 1 tablespoon of protein powder. In this case, I have banana. The main role of the protein powder is provide flavour. Chai seeds & oats on their own can be pretty flavourless.
Add 1/2 cup milk.
Then refrigerate for a few hours.
When you are ready to eat it, microwave on high for 1 minute. You might need to add a bit of extra milk after it comes out of the microwave.
Give it a good stir & enjoy!!
Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl.
Refrigerate for a few hours.
Microwave on high for 1 minute.
Stir and enjoy.
Again, this one is on my desk at work. The ‘must remember’ & hippopotamus were on the top of a pink note pad. Back in 2011, one of my friends was doing a project & needed people to pose with a note about being beautiful. This was my contribution.
I think everyone needs to know they are beautiful & I like to see that constant reminder to myself.
I am a little amazed that he seems to play with all of his toys equally and doesn’t seem overly possessive of them. He inherited a few toys from another dog and he has even taken a liking to them, along with a few doggy blankets and a pet bed. I did wash the blankets and bed before giving them to Harley the Pomeranian. We didn’t know if he would use something that belonged to another dog. But I guess the smell had washed away enough so that he felt at home.
I wish I could spend endless hours watching him play, he is just so entertaining and innocent. I’m really looking forward to teaching him some tricks & being able to take him for walks. I’ve started trying to teach him to stay. I think he is catching on and we are both having a great time learning how to get along. We have to wait until he has had his last vaccination which will be in a few weeks before we take him for walks and to interact with other dogs. One of the main reasons I wanted a dog was having the excuse that they needed to go for a walk which would get me out of the house and moving. I’m sure we could all do with a little more exercise. Although since he is quite small he probably doesn’t need too much exercise. I’m not sure how much bigger he is going to get either!
On Wednesday April 2, I came home from work to find something fluffy with four legs wandering around my house. Earlier in the day, my husband had hinted at getting me an early Easter present. Something to keep me company while he is working on the weekends. I had a feeling I knew what he was hinting at but I didn’t really think he would go through with it though.
I’m not sure how we will cope when the time comes to choose baby names. We really struggled to name him. I wanted something that would remind us of our wedding & honeymoon in America last year, so we finally settled on Harley (for the Harley Davidson my husband & his friends hired for the day). So meet Harley the Pomeranian.
Now comes coping with housebreaking (including toilet training) & the standard sit/stay routine. As this is my first dog (and first pet really, as fish & rabbits don’t need much looking after), I have no idea what I am doing or what to expect from Harley or my patience for that matter!. But I honestly think that toilet training will be the death of me. While I understand that plush carpet feels much better, it is an awful mess to clean up not to mention the possibility of stains & smells lingering.
Then there is the whimpering/yelps when he is alone in the laundry. Of a night & while we aren’t home, we put him in the laundry & shut the door. The first night wasn’t so great. I’m quite a light sleeper, it also generally needs to be dark & quiet for me to sleep. Since then, I have shut a few more doors of the house & can no longer hear him from my bed.