Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cannon Ball


I finished reading Marley & Me before bed tonight and then afterwards I couldn't go to sleep. Not because I was sad but because I was thinking about how much I love my own Marley... Cannon. I decided to get up and write a post about him so that hopefully I could fall asleep.

Cannon has been a GREAT dog for us. He house trained easily, has never chewed anything up, is playful, loyal, and only barks when people arrive at the front door. He doesn't beg for food or lick faces (but he will jump in your lap and get dangerously close to your mouth to give you a kiss). He loves to swim and will even dive under water for a stick.

As I was finishing Marley & Me I was feeling guilty about how in my post partum haze I was so close to giving him away. Man am I glad I didn't. He's been a trooper! He's adjusted to life with Parker just fine. Having a baby around has definitely slowed him down. Over night Cannon became a calmer adult dog. I wish I had the same amount of time to devote to him that I did before Parker, it amazes me that Cannon is just as excited to see me everyday and still sleeps by my side at night even though he's not my baby anymore.

Here's some pictures of our two buds. Parker giggles when Cannon licks his hands, but doesn't like it when Cannon licks his face. But its cute because everytime Cannon strolls over to Parker, Parker automatically starts laughing. Cannon hasn't really developed any strong loyalty to Parker yet, he's usually trying to be close to me when he's around Parker. But a few times we've caught him hanging out with him. Like in this picture:

Mark walked out of the bedroom to see them sitting like this.

Here's Cannon checking up on Parker in the bath.

Cannon knows which toys are Parker's and which ones are his. On this day it was confirmed to me that Parker knows which toys are Cannons as well. Cannon can only touch Cannon's but Parker can touch anyones'.

Cannon is not allowed to take from Parker. He does pretty good following these rules!
Thank you Cannon for being the best pup I've ever had! I'm glad your young and have got many more years to go with us!

9 comments:

Karina Marie said...

As someone with literally my own Marley.. I just have to say that I'm glad Marley helped you to feel the love for Cannon... I was feeling the love for Phoenix the other day while hiking b/c Bryan had her but she was constantly concerned when I was out of eye sight, which was kind of nice. She then proceeded to throw up all over the rocks and almost got a friend of mine; my love started waning again! =) lol!

The Fords said...

I think about how things will be different with Weeny (yes i know horrible name) when the baby gets here. I love my little dog and I treat him like a baby. For the most part, Weeny is pretty calm. He only gets really excited and hyper when guests come over. And when He sees kids. If I'd let him, he'd lick the kid in the face until they turned blue. I can't wait to see how he reacts to the baby. I was surprised when Patrick was born, how calm Jeanette's dog was when he was around. And when Kaelyn was born, my mom's dogs were interested and very protective over her. It's like they know, that they're supposed to be gentle.

April Hardy said...

I will admit I didn't like Cannon much at first, and in your post partum days of being frustrating with him I was very supportive of your feelings. But I like him now, and Autumn loves him. He is a very good adult dog. You guys did good with him. And that's cool you finished Marley and Me...

Evaly said...

I was talking to my mom today and she said that they were probably bringing Cannon to church on Sunday. I was like, what, the dog?! Then I realized she meant Brent's friend :) I'm glad Kylie started warming up to him!

Cindy Ardis said...

Wow, I'm glad you didn't give him away, when Parker was born, I remember how much you didn't like Cannon being around. Dogs are great, I don't know what I would do without Rocky, he's just part of the family. He misses Cannon, and I know Rocky will be glad to see you when you and Parker come.

The Canciennes said...

It's funny how babies change animals. My cat used to be kind of mean, but now she lets Kaelyn drag her around the house and will even sleep on Kaelyn's lap. I remember when Kaelyn just learned how to walk, I was in the bathroom and I heard Matisse kind of squeal. Kaelyn had body slammed her and all the breath left Matisse's lungs. I had a friend who adopted this dog. It was abused and had never been around kids and when she brought him to the beach with a friend and her kids he was so protective of them. If they would go too far out in the water he would go stop them. Animals are just amazing.

Lorinda said...

Fun post! Cannon and Parker are so cute together. I love the interactions between them especially when Cannon tries to get Parker to throw the stick. It won't be too long that Cannon will have someone who really can throw!I'm glad you kept him too though admittedly Brent would have been so thrilled to have adopted him.

Larry and Karri said...

Loved your post about Cannon and Parker! It's neat how Cannon seems to know what's his and what's Parker's.

The Niziols said...

I was so worried about Buckley eating all of Amber's toys when she was smaller, but it didn't occur to me to be worried about her eating his! He knows what is his but she loves to eat his stuff, it's so gross! She also takes bites out of my flip flops! My friend came over and asked if my dog eats my shoes and I was like, "Um no, that would be the work of my daughter."