|Barcelona, Madrid, Ace, Specht, and ?|
In my first two weeks at Green Chimneys, I've learned a lot about training such young puppies. The first thing that I learned is that they are really, incredibly, unbelievably frustrating. I have been spoiled for 3 months with the older dogs and it's a real adjustment when you realize that a puppy barely knows how to sit or walk on a leash. For me, this has been the most challenging thing I've experienced since working for ECAD. I forgot how much patience and motivation puppies require. I catch myself saying "no" when they don't even know better. Working with the puppies makes me feel like a failure about 90% of the time, but then those moments when they truly learn something that I taught them makes it all worth while.
|Bella and Jazmine|
After a day spent with 9 5-week old labrador puppies and meeting a mini potbellied pig named Bella, how could I not love my job (I've always wanted a pet pig). If you're in NYC this weekend, be sure to check out the Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Green Chimneys animals, staff, and students will be at the service and I can say first-hand that it is something every animal-lover must see.