South Florida Hospital News
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September 2006 - Volume 3 - Issue 3
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Publisher’s Note

Veni, vidi, vici …

However, in the Felix household, that should translate to Gabby came, Gabby saw, Gabby conquered! Gabby is our 13-week-old Goldendoodle puppy – a redheaded baby who, in 2 short weeks, has transformed me into one part - Dog Whisperer, one part – slobbering new dad.

It amazes both Carol and me how one "not so little" puppy (she tipped the scales at almost 16 lbs. yesterday) can change practically everything. The first week we kept Gabby on a 25-minute schedule, teaching her to ring bells to go out, praising her "go potty" accomplishments, and convincing her that Tigger the cat (a.k.a. Attila the Hun) had no desire to be the object of her puppy affections. We ate dinner in-house each night, causing the local restaurant economy to plummet; visited Petco too many times to count; and learned that even a brisk walk around the block could make both Gabby and me exhausted! No kidding, it took every bit of our self-control to stay awake until we could finally put her to bed at 9:30 p.m. Even Tigger has been sleeping all night — this big brother stuff is hard work.

Gabby also has joined the South Florida Hospital News staff (as Tigger’s intern), learning quickly that barking at the telephone doesn’t elicit praise nor does chewing up several copies of our August issue. She also doesn’t think much of my penchant for early morning meetings, preferring that I spend that time in her company. Somehow I think her rise up the corporate ladder may take a back seat to her need for frequent naps and favorite chew toys.

And to those of you not familiar with National Geographic’s "The Dog Whisperer," heed this warning — it is addictive. We’ve been watching it pretty much non-stop since we decided to get a puppy, even reading Cesar Milan’s books and re-watching the DVDs. You see in earlier years, we had a pug who never quite got the hang of housing breaking and obedience. (Of course, according to the Dog Whisperer et al. there are no bad dogs only bad owners.) So this time we are quite determined to give Gabby the best start possible. If it takes responding to bells on cue and adjusted schedules, we’re definitely game. However, Carol did mention I might be a little too immersed in this whole dog thing when I attempted to get a sales clerk’s attention with Cesar’s trademark glaring gaze and mouth noise.

I’d like to say that thanks to Gabby, we’ve been "smelling the roses" a little more, but I can’t, as Gabby pulled the rosebush out last night. Oh well, so much for the Dog Whisperer.

Charles Felix, Publisher

You can reach Charles Felix at sflahospitalnews@aol.com.
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