Hi all, I am indeed just checking in, this is just going to be a brief post (stop sniggering I really mean it this time) just an update on Puppy and the rest of the family. Pup is doing fantastically well - except in the potty dept. Not his strong point....yet...I am hopeful though as it's only been one week. I think I may have expected a little too much for a start and just need to slow up a bit. We are going to go to using newspaper at the backdoor. Once he gets that down pat (pardon the pun) then I will make the paper smaller and smaller and then put it outside and hopefully that'll do the trick. So far tonight all is well. He just wasn't connecting the dots as far as when he actually did a wee outside, I would praise him heaps and give him a little liver treat, then the next time he'd do it inside, I just wiped it up without any comment but he would be dancing around me as though he'd done something wonderful. So all he was getting from the praise outside was that doing wee is so good of him it doesn't matter where as long as he does it. You see what I mean, bit of a problem. So, paper, big pats, liver treat, then on the floor, no pats, no liver treat, it might sink in. The trouble was also that he would go outside for a little play as well, so it wasn't just for potty, bit confused is my little fella. Apart from that he is doing really well. He comes in the car with me each afternoon to pick up Jack from school. Because we park the car quite a way from school, we walk through the bush, across the oval and up to Jack's classroom. He absolutely adores children. Twenty one kids came running over to him all wanting a pat and he stood firm and lapped it up, could not get enough. All he has to do is see that red and navy blue uniform and he's off (lucky I have him on a long leash) he races after any child in those colors, it's really cute because his long ears sort of blow back and bounce up and down as he races for all he's worth, he's so tiny it's really sweet to see. He does my heart good. Hard work, but worth it and he has certainly kept my mind off my problems which has got to be a good thing doncha think??? Oh dear, I really wanted this to be a short and sweet post but I have so much I want to tell you all about. Jack is getting picked on at school by his teacher would you believe, it's awful and I don't quite know what to do about it yet. I'll tell you all about it next post - although, oh, I will ruin the surprise but what the heck, I have been working on my post about spirituality and what gets me through, my beliefs etc, it's coming together so I think I will be ready to publish it soon. I know Jill from Reconstruct This wanted me to do a post like that but I have been asked by quite a few different people so I thought I'd give it a go. Anyway, as you can see I really have a lot to chat about but for today it's about puppy, I think we have settled on a name. We are close anyway it's down to Charlie (Charles) or Spencer (Spence) these are supposed to be a little tongue in cheek, old school, English names so, no, I haven't gone completely round the twist.....yet....!!! Well, then there's Hamish which I think is more Scottish but seriously, I think he is Charlie. I'll let you know for sure in the next day or so but for now Charlie is good. Love to you all, hope everyone is doing well.