Wednesday, August 15, 2012

puppy love: ollie and aly

The only toy that Oliver loves more than a cardboard box is his Aly.  The very first plush toy we got for him, Aly is an alligator.  We named her Aly after our friend from Vail, who is also Ollie's dog god-mother.

Oliver goes nuts over his Aly.  It's crazy to me how he really does seem to prefer this toy over all others.  He runs around with it, sleeps with it, and often lugs it through the house with him wherever he goes.  
Sometimes I will run his Aly through the laundry because she gets kind of gross from all the chewing.  Once, Oliver was in the laundry room with me when I was taking the clothes out of the dryer.  He barged his way in and grabbed Aly out of the mess of clothes and then ran off with her, tail wagging.

Even when he sleeps, Oliver is not generally too far from his Aly. Unfortunately, he has finally ripped a hole in her and has begun to take the stuffing out.  I'm not sure if I should attempt to sew up the hole, buy a new Aly, or just let her go altogether, but I feel kind of bad taking Oliver's "first love" away.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

puppy love: oliver antics

Sometimes we'll give Oliver cardboard boxes as toys.  Just like with kids - cardboard boxes almost always seem to be a bigger hit than the toys you actually spent money on. I came around the corner one morning to find this cardboard box particularly destroyed. So far, Oliver doesn't eat the remnants, he just chews on them until they're disgustingly slimy and leaves them to stick on the floor.  It's really fun to clean up.  But hey, whatever keeps him entertained, right?

Oliver also likes to get his tummy rubbed.  A lot. Could be #2 on his list of all-time favorite things to do.  Eating is #1.  Without fail if you start to pet him, he will roll onto his back and just wait for the tummy rubbing to begin.  I like that.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

puppy love: oliver on the bed

Alright. I know, I know. Puppies aren't supposed to go on the bed.  What you let them do now, they'll continue to do when they're fully grown.  (And judging by those paws, this is going to be a BIG fully grown!)  But I think I'm okay with that! I love when Oliver gets on the bed (we have to lift him up, since he can't jump that high yet). He has only spent a full night on the bed with us once.  Generally speaking he gets pretty antsy up there and can't stay still for an extended period of time.  Come to think of it, I don't think he can ever stay still for an extended period of time.