November 29th 2009 9:42 am
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I sleep on some soft covers right next to Mom's side of the bed. Mom and Dad sleep on a special bed called a number bed. Mom can adjust her side of the bed with a control that hangs off the side of the bed. She adjusts it according to the softness or hardness she wants.
Sometime during the night I must have turned over or re-adjusted myself. I bumped the control and Mom's mattress started deflating. She woke up before she had sunk to the floor.
Labs are known for being helpful, I think.
November 27th 2009 6:12 pm
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You know I love to fetch a tennis ball. But that is an outside game. If I try to bring in a tennis ball it gets tossed back out.
We have these little soft, squeaky egg shaped balls. These are great for inside fetch. I have trained the whole family to throw the egg balls down the hall for me to retrieve!
I get one egg ball and drop it someone's feet. I do the mind trick thing and they pick up the ball and throw it down the hall for me. We do this over and over. Dad can get a good bounce off the wall and that makes the ball go even farther.
A couple of things don't work. The Ellie cat likes to snooze on the arm of the couch. The other night I dropped the ball in front of where she was napping. Looked at the ball. Looked at Ellie. Mind trick did not work on her. She just kept napping.
The other deal that works part of the time is when Mom is on the couch. She will throw the ball for me. She's not very good at aiming down the hall, but, hey, it is still a game of fetch. Today though, her eyes closed while I was playing. After awhile she stopped throwing the egg ball. I put the ball next to her hand. Nothing. I put the ball in her lap. Nothing. I kept trying this but it was just not happening.
Next time I play I need to remember the inside fetch game works best with a person, not a kitty cat. That person should be awake.
November 23rd 2009 3:06 pm
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Mom and Brother were doing odd jobs outside this afternoon. Then we played with Mom a little bit. Zoe started shivering so Mom let us go in. She called for me to come back outside. I went into scared mode. I dunno why. She was able to get me by the collar because I wouldn't come to her. We went back outside. She grabbed a tennis ball.
OK! I am getting this now. Just me and Mom tennis ball time! This will be good! Drover won't be chasing me and grabbing at my neck!
But Mom walked to the gate. She called me to come with her! No leash!
Woo hoo! We went around the garage and through the walk-through gate into our rocky "pasture". There are tons of things to sniff out there. I sniffed for a minute and then Mom threw the tennis ball.
Forget the smells to sniff. I am ready for a game of fetch!
Back and forth, back and forth I would run after that ball. I would bring it back to Mom. She tried to trick me sometimes by throwing it the opposite direction. Or maybe it was just a bad throw. I dunno, but it was all good!
I can run like the wind, like the little Zaidie Pup guy! Then we kinda wandered around and I was able to sniff and pee. One of our garage cats came out but I was more interested in fetching that tennis ball.
After awhile we headed back through the gate and around the garage. There I met another of the garage cats. I kinda wanted to sniff her but Mom told me not to. No problem. When are you gonna throw that tennis ball in your hand Mom?
We came back into the yard and Mom told me we should go in.
Fun! I sure hope we can go play fetch out there again real soon!
November 17th 2009 2:12 pm
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There is another dog that comes around here. His name is Notme. He does bad stuff like potty inside! Well, he was at our house during the night. He pooped upstairs in the hall and downstairs on the concrete floor. Pretty disgusting, I know. He has been coming around lately and pooping, always downstairs. No one ever sees him being naughty. We have no idea when he does the evil deeds.
I was sniffing around in the hallway. Mom saw me. She looked at where I was sniffing. Sure enough, Notme had peed on the wall! This is where the crime scene investigation kicks in. It wasn't fresh, it was dried. But I smelled it and Mom could barely see a faint shadow on the beige-ish yellow wall. We looked around and sure thing, there were a couple of other places where the deed had been done. Now, we don't have a fancy DNA testing kit but Mom did spray some stuff on the bad places. I think that was supposed to remove the scent. Then Mom and Brother set up our surveillance area.
For one thing we have blocked off access to the basement. Mom set up a baby gate. Tonight the little Zoe Dog and I will watch and wait for Notme. We will sleep in our crates tonight. Between the two of us, if Notme comes in the house we will set off the alarm. Well, I probably won't bark. I will wake Sergeant Zoe and let her take over.
I'll let you know if we catch that Notme.
November 7th 2009 5:51 am
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This is what was in our inbox yesterday morning:
Dogster wanted you to know that Tux is today's Diary of the Day! Tux will be featured on our homepage all day long at http://www.dogster.com complete with picture, name and title!
I know, I know, we're barking like mad over here too!
Thanks so much for running with the Dogster pack and keeping a diary.
For the love of dog
Very cool to have that honor!
Thank you to all of you that sent pmails and put nice things on my page. I even made some new pals.
It was a great day.
November 6th 2009 4:52 pm
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It is hard to believe, isn't it? I have the dubious (that's a word my pal Maxwell gave me) honor of having my diary chosen as the Dogster Diarrhea of the Day, or something like that. I am just a simple kind of dog. I don't know big words.
To celebrate the day, I ate something that has given me big 'ol stinky toots!
I don't even bark much. I think the Zoe Schnauzer dog is jealous. She barks much more than me.
Thank you Dogster! I am loving having dubious honor! I bet it will be all gone in the morning.
November 2nd 2009 7:31 pm
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Someone pulled into the drive today. The person took a couple of plastic carrier things out of the back of her vehicle. She went around to the front of the house. The Schnauzers and I were outside to observe this.
In awhile, I got invited into the house. Cindy came out and the Schnauzers had to stay out.
There was a scary lady in our house. Mom was there, talking to me, telling me everything was fine. It's just my way, I am scared of lots of stuff. Mom made me sit down and then lay down on the floor. The scary woman talked nice to me and touched a bump I have had on my left rear leg. I was still scared but she didn't hurt me. She told Mom she didn't know what my bump was but didn't think it was the C word since I am just over a year old. Mom is supposed to keep an eye on the bump and call this scary vet lady if the bump changes or gets oozy or something.
Dad showed the scary vet lady how I have a ring of white hairs around my neck. They both think I had a chain around my neck at my first home. Kinda like horses get saddle sores, you know. From constant rubbing or injury the sore places grow white hair.
I don't know why I am so spooked by people and noises. The Schnauzers were allowed in and they weren't scared of the vet lady at all.
Don't take it personal but if you ever come to visit, I will be scared of your pawrents.
November 1st 2009 7:46 pm
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1. You like the moisturizing effect of a slobber-coated tennis ball on your hands.
2. You like being awakened by a tennis ball dropped on your face.
3. You like the convenience of never having to clean up dropped food.
4. You like the challenge of keeping your balance when sliding on water flung from the drinking bowl all over the kitchen floor.
5. You like the surprise of a water sprinkler-still in action-being pulled inside through the doggie door.
6. You like the smell of a wet dog.
7. You like to be stared at while you nap or go to the bathroom.
8. You like to hear your neighbors say, "But I thought all Labs were smart!"
9. You like to feel guilty every time you leave the house without your dog.
10. You like developing a throwing arm that would get you into most minor league baseball teams.
D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.(Training Secrets for Labrador Retrievers 2004)
Mom liked this list.
#4 I am rarely messy with the water dish
#5 We don't have a doggie door
#8 We don't have many neighbors but they have never said that to Mom or Dad
The other numbers are pretty close to the truth.
October 30th 2009 7:03 am
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Why did I do that? That was dumb. Mom told me I was a bad boy.
I peed on the weight training machine thing downstairs.
She must have heard me tinkling and caught me in the act. It sure smelled like it had been previously marked. Seemed like a good thing at the time to "refresh" the smell.
I had to go outside. I am a bad boy.
October 28th 2009 10:51 am
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I am busy chewing on an antler. Cindy and Drover are snoozing. They got finished chewing on their antlers. Zoe is staring at me while I chew. Now she is even getting a little whine going. She has 3 other antlers to choose and chew.
She wants mine. I will just ignore her. I really like to chew on the antler.