Alfie 2.0 Update

We got Alfie, a three year old rescue, in November of 2014.  He has settled in with his “forever family”.  He is Alfie 2.0 because he looks exactly like our previous black standard poodle name Alfie.

Although it surely is just “poodle” traits, he really does seem to be a combination of our to previouse standard poodles, Fletchie and Alfa Centauri.

Aside from the usual commands he has learned “cuddles” a call to our bed for a nap. (He is not allowed on our bed otherwise.)  When he hears me get the microwave popcorn out he gets super excited and runs to tell my wife and back to me again and again until the corn is popped.

He is becoming more interested in other animal like squirrels, ducks, birds and cats.  Actually, one cat, an old wite tom that Alfie loved to make loose its cool.  Alfie Centauri did not play by the extablished dog/cat rules of engagement.  He didn’t chase cats so that they could run away and up a tree where they could laugh at him with seperiority.  No, Alfie initiated a new tupe of warfare.  He would sneak up on the cat, and before the cat could run, he pounced and attacked from the air.  It seems like this interspecies war shall continue.  Don’t know if Alfie 2.0 will adopt the pounce attack strategy.

This is now his house, yard. street and neighborhood.  If you don’t belong here he lets you know with a very deep and loud bark.  So far, no one has come close enough to see if he would growl.

He has another bark too.  He uses this particularly with the grandkids.  He uses this to get them to play.  Favorite game is hide and seek chase, catch me if you can.

He is currently is working on his AKA Rally designations.  Here are some of the Rally things he has learned.

The Secret to Finding Happiness

To introduce an experiment, I asked my students if anyone had found any money in the last month? Their ears perked up. They looked at me to see if they needed to call the principal because i had cracked up.

I asked again, an not a single student raised their hand.

Everyone wants happiness, but very few find it.  The reason is that they are not actively looking for happiness.  We are going to test this theory.

You assignment is to for the next week actively look for money.  Obviously, you may not steal it.  (I always point that out because for them it is not so obvious, and they would like to say that I told them to steal.)  Again I got the crazy looks.

In every class some students always find money.

Do you look for happiness?  Where do you look?  Do you look in the newspaper?  Do you look to your spouse?  Do you look to nature?  Do you look to a pet?

Where you look is not important.  What is important that you start to look and keep on looking.

GOOD LUCK!