We’ve been a bit house-focused lately, so to break things up it’s time to dip into our video archives. Here’s a clip of Otto meeting his first Xmas tree which I’m happy to say he did not eat, knock over, or pee on.
Otto stretches to reach the top, ignoring the Fragile tag
A while ago we finally ordered the pendant lights to go over the kitchen island. We don’t have a doorman, so anything that can’t fit through the mail slot is delivered to our office (handy that we work for the same company). So this ginormous box has been sitting by Grimbil’s desk for quite some time.
We finally brought the box home last week, much to Otto’s delight. In his world anything made of cardboard is a chew toy. He was a great help in opening the box — from the bottom up.
Grimbil tries to save the box from Otto’s jaws of death
Despite its size the box is actually really light, so light in fact that Otto was hoisting it completely into the air with his mouth in order to get a better chewing angle. Hopefully we’ll have an upcoming post with pictures of our new lights — without bite marks….
Today is Otto’s first birthday, and it’s hard to believe how much he has grown.
Otto at 8 weeks
Otto attempting a show dog pose
We like to call him the prince of the common (common being a park) because literally every time we take him for a walk on the common, other dog owners comment on how gorgeous he is. And he definitely is a handsome dog!
He has been such a good boy, quickly picking up housetraining, only destroying his toys or cardboard boxes, and getting along well with other dogs (cats are another matter). He is also officially a doggy genius according to his IQ test.
He is a wonderfully sweet and cuddly dog. We picked him primarily because he clearly loved Grimbil, as seen in the video below, and to this day this is still how Otto greets Grimbil in the morning (Otto is the puppy on top).
As you can probably tell from this blog, we are absolutely smitten with Otto, and now we can’t imagine life without him. Thank you Helen and Janet for giving us such a wonderful dog!
Winter has officially come to London — it has snowed every day this week. I was curious to see how Otto would handle the snow. Other doxie owners have tales of their hounds refusing to set foot outside in inclement weather, which as you can imagine isn’t so good for the housetraining.
So far Otto loves the snow. It allows him to dig pretty much everywhere, so he’s actually spending more time in the garden than before. We’ll see what happens when the snow gets deep enough to reach his bits and pieces (which won’t take much).
Neither rain nor snow shall deter Bruce’s doggy day care, and it looks like they are having loads of fun. Bruce kindly shared several videos, but my absolute favorite for sheer wackiness is the sledding video.
Otto is easy to spot since he bounces into the foreground in the beginning, and you can follow the plume of his tail the rest of the time. Although I don’t envy Bruce and Jo the time spent in the cold, looks like they are definitely keeping themselves (and the dogs) amused.
Every dog has his role in the pack: alpha, beta, omega, etc. Otto’s role is “puppy hot water bottle.” I wonder which Greek letter that is? Evidently his preferred apres-ski activity is to lie in front of the heater soaking up the heat and letting the other puppies pile on top of him.