Miscalculations + New Tricks

Yesterday, I wasn’t feeling well, so I called in sick for work and pretty much stayed in bed all day. I didn’t check email nor checked up on the plants outside.

This morning I noticed that some of the ornamental grasses were wilting a bit, but gave them plenty of water before I left for work.

After work, I checked the Coleus that I potted up and I wasn’t too happy. Some of them got too much sun and were also wilting or had sun damage on their foliage. None (I dont’ think) were at the point of dying, but some are not doing well :( I thought the spot under the persimmon tree would provide enough shade, but apparently I was wrong, so I move some of them to the front patio and some under the pear tree which has a lot of shade. I hope they will all recover…

Also after work, I took Calli out for a bit, again in the front yard and back. I tried something new. I unleashed her in the back yard to see how she does without a chain… and surprisingly she was well behaved. I blocked off some areas–like behind the storage–and she didn’t try to cross over my road blocks. She also stayed on the paved areas and did not trample on any plants! So, good Calli!!!

She’s not that good at coming to me when I call her, though, but I gave her a little treat when she did or gave her a good pat, and she responded well. I think she will learn to come when I call… Who says you can’t teach a old dog new tricks? I was also happy that she did not run away when I came to get her or held her collar.

The ultimate test will be when we go over to the new dog park when it opens. She hasn’t interacted much with other dogs or ridden in a car regularly… so we’ll see…

  • is calli a recent rescue or adopted dog?

    • We’ve had Calli for a which now… I’m not sure for now long, but a while… My Mom calls her Kelly, but when I saw her immunization shot forms, it was spelled “Calli”, so if you see Kelly in any of my older entries… Kelly is really Calli…

  • Hope you’re feeling better.

    That’s so good that Calli is doing so well. She will learn to come when you call. We’ve been training our dogs to do that too. One of them has it down, the other one is getting there. She stubborn one slipped out the door and got loose at lunch today and ran off down the road. I was suprised after much calling to her and praying under my breath, she came back to me. whew…scared the crap out of me.

    • Thanks… I am feeling better, but the warmer weather and allergies are kicking in…

      I’m glad your stubborn one came back… One of my fears is losing a pet… I really hate the feeling of not knowing where they are.

      In college, I also had Lil’ Blackie’s (my cat) mom, but she liked to go out, so I let her out once in a while… Then, one day she didn’t return, and I was so stressed and worried… and put posters up and went to the pound daily… I never found her, but I found her collar near the side of the road…

      • Exactly. I get all panicky and lose my breath when my Phoebe gets loose like that. She was a rescue street dog so getting her trained on staying close to home is tough. We’re hoping to afford a fence next year so that she can run around outside and not get loose. For now we’re trying to train her on a leash and teaching her to come when we call in hopes that if she gets out she’ll come back.

        I’m so sorry about your cat. I think with her collar near the road someone must have taken her. What a shame to steal someones pet.