How much can happen in the space of 4 months?? I know you've been
down in New Orleans and elsewhere working very hard. I can't imagine
how difficult this has been for you. But I did want you to know that we
have been worked very hard with Shadow (prev. known as Garrett) and that,
after a bit of bumpy start, he is our love machine - however, we
occasionally call him "The Beast". I did not officially use the clicker
but used the basic concept and it has proved very successful!!! He and Suki
do nothing but play and play and play -- chase, tug-of-war, hide-and--attack,
endlessly. Both of them love the water, at least up to their knees.... and
then they lie down in it. We can't wait to see what the winter brings.
Shadow is now trim and a happy little clam dog and, along with the cat,
we are a very happy family of 6.
Sending all our best for now,
Carey, Tony, Ian, Suki, Shadow and Bonzai
p.s attached is a pic from August of a hike in Acadia and another more recent one in our backyard.