Nelson's Notes: I am exhausted, just constantly exhausted. You don't understand how hard I am working, how much I am DOING each and every day. I feel like I wake up running and just crash in the middle of the day. I do, I just reach a point where I can't keep going. First and foremost I am working hard at TRYING. I am TRYING to make my human happy and do what she wants, but I am a fun loving puppy and I love EVERYONE and it is sometimes really hard to do that. My human does not seem to understand that I want to run free, play with everything, chew on the good stuff and make friends with everyone I meet! I was doing great when I could just stay home and sleep all day, but lately we seem to be constantly running from one place to the next and that just means new places to run free in, things to play with, stuff to chew on and LOTS of new friends to make. I think I like going to these places, but sometimes because I am working so hard, and don't always get to do what I want.....I am not sure about the new places. Plus some of these new experiences are a little scary and I am still not sure about them. However, I will keep TRYING and who knows what tomorrow will bring!
Susan's Notes: Nelson is making SUCH progress, it is hard to believe that he is only ten weeks old or only been with me about two weeks. I am crossing my fingers and knocking on wood and say he might just be house trained. We have thrown him in the deep end, expecting a lot from him and he continues to rise to the challenge. He is grasping new tricks and loves to try new things. He WANTS to learn and make me happy. He is also such a calm little guy, I almost feel too lucky. He wanders off and normally with a puppy this spells trouble, but with Nelson he is either playing nicely with his own toys or sleeping. The sleep might be due to our BUSY schedule! His progress has lead to him joining me each day as I go to work. He has been to school for 3 days and he has not been perfect by any means (he has a LONG way to go).....but he has far surpassed my expectations for a 10 week old puppy and I hope that he just keeps getting better. He starts the day with our announcement crew and then if we can, continues on to Kindergarten storytime. I tried to do more, but I learned he is like a toddler and if he does not get his naps he gets worked up. He has lots of visitors during the day but he happily sleeps or plays through all the visits. He finds it REALY hard to ignore the kids and teachers, and they do too, but we will have to keep working on it so he can get to the point that he CAN focus on his work. Friday was our longest day because after school Nelson went with me to my second job: babysitting. He was pretty good.....except for wanting to clean their floor for them (we have to work on that!). I even took him to his first after-school meeting today which made me a little nervous but he was pretty good. His worst fault was falling asleep on his back and starting to snore! I think HIS favorite outing this week was puppy class. At puppy class we BOTH learned a lot. I learned how easy it was to clip dog nails, and how to get him to walk nicely with me (a chore for us both) and while he got to just act cute and show off his skills he also got to see his sister Nia and enjoy some playtime. We ARE running a lot but he is doing great and I think he is just beginning to show me what is to come. I can't wait to keep learning with him.
Note: Search Twitter for #MalvernExplorers to learn more about Malvern's first Explorer Challenge in Nelson's honor.