October 28,2012
Week 6 with Rubi Tuesday and other thoughts

I can hardly believe it has been this long since I brought that little girl home-but 6 weeks on Tuesday. She has grown so much-physically as well as emotionaly. She is one of the family now-with flaws-a work in progress-but I guess that is true of all of us.I have to remember that she is still just a baby and the lessons she learns one day have to be learned all over again the next day.I have a helper in a man named Steve Brush.He has made it his life's work to help people with their dogs and he has helped quite a bit with Rubi. She goes on group walks with him now. It is quite a sight to see him coming down the street with so many dogs at his side. Anyone who might be reading this and is local to Victoria-I recommend him.I will continue with these walks as I feel they will really help with some of the fear Rubi shows sometimes. Certain dogs and certain people seem to set her off and I am not sure why.She and Stelle still continue the battle for the top spot but they have also become become buddies and that warms my heart.Sometimes when Rubi has been running around crazy,getting into everything,I will put her in her crate for a time-out. The other day I found Stelle had gone over and was laying beside the crate keeping her company while she did her time.One of those-Awww moments for sure.More next time,bye for now,CarlaRubi Tuesday

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October 23,2012
Week 5 with Rubi Tuesday and other thoughts

Wow-5 weeks have gone by so fast. Rubi is ever evolving and we are having more quiet times in our house. Quite a relief-I can paint now and Christmas portraits are starting to come in.She is growing and learning to trust her people and her sister Stelle. Little Stelle has been sporting some war wounds in the battle to raise this puppy. Rubi is larger than her now but the battle still goes on for who will be boss.Still working with the trainer-she went on her first multi-dog walk this morning while Stelle and I headed for the beach. More next week,CarlaRubi Tuesday

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October 15,2012
Week Four with Rubi Tuesday and other thoughts

Life with a new pup in the house is a very busy time-so much for Rubi to learn and so many new experiences.The rains came last week. As we walked in the pouring rain I realized that she has never seen this before. She was born in the dry summer and there had been no rain at all.She does not really like the rain but does like to drink from the puddles. Her and Stelle are still play fighting and trying to figure things out.I think Stelle is happy to have her-she was so lonely when Lucy left us.Rubi has not replaced Lucy in our hearts-Lucy still very much lives there-but has made a new spot of her own there.She loves her family and we love her back.I still have not painted her first portrait but I think I will use the image attached to this blog. This is her hunting-so very cute with her wrinkles showing,bye for now,CarlaRubi Tuesday

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October 08,2012
Week Three with Rubi Tuesday and other thoughts

Thanksgiving diner is over and the family has gone home.Rubi did very well with her first real family gathering. Very excited at times but now very mellow and I am starting to get a glimpse of the mellow girl I hope she will become. She is very happy to greet people and other dogs on her walks now-a little shy sometimes but all in all-good.I am so very glad that I brought her home with me-she has definitely brought some smiles back in our home.She has grown quite a bit and now is taller than her big sister-soon to be the little sister I guess. They are still trying to figure that out-I find one of them sitting on the other all the time. They will get it worked out I am sure and I am not sure which will be the leader. Stelle feels it is her job but Rubi is pushing the bounderies of that. It will be interesting to see where it ends.I have yet to find time to paint her portrait but I will include her photo with this blog,bye for now,happy Thanksgiving,CarlaRubi Tuesday

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October 02,2012
Week Two with Rubi Tuesday and other thoughts

Here it is-two weeks have gone by since I brought this little girl home. There have been many challenges that are ongoing-but all in all-this was the right thing to do. She is a wonderful pup-strong willed-sweet and loving-all rolled up in one wonderful little ball!She has brought joy to our house again and a reason to get up and look forward to the day. She is growing some wrinkles-the bulldog in her is coming out and I for one-love those wrinkles.Christmas portraits are starting now but it is a challenge to find the time to paint-when she wants to play-nothing can stop her.Training is on-going and I am seeing some small results now. Her and Stelle are back and forth and trying to decide who will be alpha in this little pack. More next week,CarlaRubi Tuesday

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