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    Default Meet Terra

    My wife totally surprised me today with a new pup for Christmas.

    This is Terra, my new 10 week old Chessie. She has a wonderful disposition and a fair degree of spunk. It hasn't been quite one day yet and the spoiling has begun in earnest.

    The hole in my heart from the loss of my 15 year old girl, Harley, is filling rapidly.
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    If cave men had been trophy hunters the Wooly Mammoth would be alive today

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    Good looking pup! She looks a little miffed? Congratulations!
    I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out.
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    Yeah, that pic shows far more 'tude than reality. Very sweet dog.
    If cave men had been trophy hunters the Wooly Mammoth would be alive today

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    Good looking pup. She will help heal the hurt and will steal your heart.

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    Beautiful pup! Seeing more and more Chessies around here now-a-days!

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    [the spoiling has begun in earnest.]

    Good for both of you !

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    i owned, trained, hunted, bred and sold Chesapeakes for 14 years in the mountains of central california.
    wonderful dogs.
    best cold water/ice dogs i have ever seen
    ATTITUDE!
    loyal, strong, tough, enduring...what more can i say?

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    What a beauty!! She looks like one of Mary's puppies?? I just got a male from her myself. At 10 weeks he comes to his name, sits, and drags in the paper for me in the mornings!!

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    Gorgeous pup!

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    Nice...I am a bit envious. I look forward to me next pup...whenever that shall be

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    Default You are doomed.

    Oh my gosh Erik I just saw this post. I've seen that look on a Chessie before. That's the "where do I start chewing" look. She has "MAN EATER" written all over her face.
    RUN MAN, RUN!
    Hey, do me a favor. Before she does you in completely, add me to to the will, ok?
    I'll bet by now she has you completely wrapped. Poor guy.
    ARR

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    Pretty little lady. Sorry for the loss of Harley. Our gundogs leave us far too soon...

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    Ha. She's a Diva already. LOL Look how she's posing.
    You can certainly tell she is happy and content. Maybe a little too content. LOL

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    Time for an update...

    You folks were right about the diva thing. This one's got a will!
    I am reluctant to whip a dog but after a handful of sharp NO's for things like paws on the counter, climbing into the dishwasher, mouthing furniture, and other bad manners she gets a crack on the butt while in the act. Then she pouts.

    I'm still praising the good and we're working on obedience. She sits easily, stays well up to about 5 paces but we're working on longer distances. Come is tough. She comes during the training session but if I call her it's hit or miss and if her nose is in something interesting impossible and I don't want to give commands I can't enforce. She's recently started to pull on the leash during our walks. I stop, pull her back to position at heel then step off with some leash tension. As soon as she's correct I give slack and then she surges so we repeat. After 10 minutes she settles into the groove and the walk goes pretty well.

    We still play retrieve with the canvas puppy bumpers and she does bring me stuff--twigs, leaves, blocks of ice and in the past few days she's taken to bringing in the news paper, granted, she tries to eat the bag but she prances right in with it.

    The earlier kennel issues have mostly abated. She still doesn't eagerly hop in but she doesn't resist either.

    Housebreaking is proving difficult. She'll be good for several days then pee in the house, often right after having been out to pee. I suspect much of these extra challenges are related to her being a winter pup. For sure she doesn't like the sharp cold. Of course at this point she's never seen a world without snow.

    On another note I don't think she'll have much fear of the water as she hopped into the shower with me Saturday and just sat down.

    Here's a pre-shower pic from Saturday.
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    Weds 2/16 she'll be 18 weeks.
    If cave men had been trophy hunters the Wooly Mammoth would be alive today

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