Its hard to believe that Bristow is two years old! He is growing in to an amazing dog and we can’t be happier that he is part of the family. He is extremely patient with us and respectful of other dogs’ space and teperaments. However, we’re still waiting for him to get that unattainable perfect balance between spirited and lazy! When he’s ready to run, play, swim (whatever the game is)… look out! With or without you – he’s playing! And just when you think he’s down for a nap – any sudden movement and he bolts to a toy ready for action! Much like Cecily, Bristow is a very attached dog and loves to be connected to anyone who will give him attention (or a treat). We are constantly amazed at how quickly Bristow learns commands – although, he seems to forget the “come” command when he’s on the trail of something that smells fantastic! He is developing a quirky sense of humor that sometimes can get him in to a little mischief… Recently, the dirty laundry mysteriously went from hamper to sprinkled all over the living room floor. Trying to hide the laughter, a stern look and my hands on my hips did the trick – he learned his lesson and hasn’t tried that since – unless he cleans it up before I get home from work! So far, we have been lucky with a wonderful, healthy pup. We haven’t had him weighed in a bit but believe him to be about 35 lbs.
Rod and Marta Beckstead hosted the third Kooiker Match on July 24, 2010, warmly welcoming us to their hillside home in Allentown, PA. Yorick and Elsie, Benvolio (litter B) and Cato (litter C) represented Rosewood at the match.
Today Bristow celebrates his first birthday. It has been a very exciting and challenging year for him. The first challenge was enduring the long, rainy, 14 hour drive home which Bristow enjoyed mostly from the lap of his new mama and displayed no signs of anxiety. Immediately life changed; no longer were there playmates the same size as Bristow, the floor was a very bright shade of blue, no longer could pottying take place whenever he wanted but people got very, very happy each time he did go potty outside. Bristow adjusted to his new lifestyle almost immediately, and who wouldn’t since he was the kind king of the castle. The only bump in the road early on were trips to the vet, which were met with skepticism and anxiety that yet another thing would be stuck up his bum.
After a few months the lunch time potty visits from mom and dad lessened and Bristow enjoyed resting and relaxing on his own all day at home. Some days he would get to go play with other dogs all day to help increase his socialization skills. It has been paying off. His best friends are Otto a bearded collie, Ace a bichon frise, and Lexi an old english sheep dog. Every day he gets at least an hour playing in the field, or on a treadmill when it rains. Each night ends with a nice relaxing 30 minute walk. Recently Bristow joined a dog club to get an extra hour of play each night, as long as the sun stays out and plays too. To rejuvenate from this hectic lifestyle, Bristow enjoys vacationing with his family at Lake Erie. Getting him out of the water can be challenge.
Bristow has enjoyed many accomplishments this year. He was potty trained in only three days. He won first in his class at the annual Kooiker Fun Match. He recently successfully impersonated a bumble bee for Halloween.
Bristow also graduated very quickly from his Puppy class and is excelling in his all-skills level class. He is on his way to being a therapy dog.
As Bristow reaches adulthood he plans to travel, spend more time reading, and take his ball fetching skills professional (fly-ball here he comes)! Being the cutest, sweetest dog ever, he may try his hand at modeling but doesn’t want to turn into “one of those self centered ego maniac models” (his words, not ours). Whatever the next year holds for him, it will be fun, filled with exercise and love.