July 27th 2010 10:43 pm
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Now that Breeze has come into the picture, I have yet another job, well sort of. Mom took me over to JoAnn and Art's house (school) tonight for a "play date." RIGHT!! Sound like fun?
I'm a dog, I take the good with the bad. Breeze is a fun girl. She can almost keep up with me running and has the same kinds of moves--herding stuff. I'm teaching her to herd. We practice with each other.
She can be a brat, though. Tonight, she started biting at my ears. I screamed at her, growled and walked away. That's the way you teach a puppy to get a grip. I ignored her until she said she was sorry. Then we were back to herding practice. I got to even do my herding bark--it's a high-pitched "hurry, hurry" voice. Mom and JoAnn laughed at me. Hmmmph! They don't know how important talking is when you herd.
Breeze has a very silly habit. She will be running full out, take a turn and dive right into her little pool. KERPLUNK! She likes the water so much that she lies down and rests her head on her paws--UNDER THE WATER. What a weirdo.
I used that though. I run faster than she does. During herding practice, when she started getting frustrated and wanted to nip at me, I ran right to the edge of her pool and every time she did what I told her to and jumped right in. It's a diversion tactic. Mom and JoAnn noticed what I was doing and thought it was pretty darned smart. Wellllllll....we're dealing with a puppy here AND one of my peeps. I know how we think.
One other time, Breeze was getting too rough with me, so I had to tell her to back off. JoAnn and Mom both told me I was a good girl. I usually don't talk back to other dogs, but this pup needs to get a few things straight. Later, when we were both a little tired, I stood there and told her a few things. Mom and JoAnn watched us. JoAnn said, "Watch how they are communicating with each other." Eavesdropping. I guess it's okay when humans listen to us lay down the law with each other, after all they do the same thing with us. I'm just helping them out by reinforcing the rules.
Other than that, Belle and I are getting used to our new house. There are still boxes around, but fewer each day. I actually got to sleep on Mom's bed last night. I'm glad she finally got it made up and stopped sleeping on the couch. That's not good for her. Belle is pushing me away from the computer. She said it's her turn to write in a diary. OK. I'm tired anyway.
July 30th 2010 9:17 pm
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Belle and I are getting used to our house. Belle does better here. She is so much happier. I like it that she doesn't hurt as much because then she wants to play more.
You know me, I'm a go anywhere kind of gal. When I'm working, any old surface will do, no problem. BUT, warning you dogs, when your house has a long hallway that is all linoleum and bedrooms that are all linoleum, DO NOT, run down the hallway and expect to turn into a doorway. I tried it and my feet went out from under me. I whooshed into the door jamb. What was worse, I couldn't really get a grip to stand up. So I jumped up on Mom's bed. That was wrong, because Mom's bed is by invitation only. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Mom doesn't let me be a 'fraidy dog, so wouldn't you know she put me on the floor. I started to run again and my feet wouldn't stay under me. Mom put strips of rug down the hallway so I can "get a grip." Still, I don't trust the hallway and am really careful when I go into Mom's room. Maybe I'll get used to it. The kitchen floor is okay, but I don't run in there.
You dogs are going to love this one. JoAnn and Art came over this evening and brought Mom a cabinet for her office. Mom and JoAnn washed it off with rags while Breeze and Belle and I played. Belle likes Breeze, too. She can't run like we do, so she would just block us as we ran by, roll us over or bark.
After JoAnn and Art left, Mom took the bucket of dirty water and dumped it into the toilet. SCHWOOP! Down went one of the rags. Mom turned white and started fretting. Later, a VERY TALL man came to the house. He had to duck to get in the door! No kidding!
He cranked a long pole in the toilet, flushed it, did that again and again, then got a grim look. He kept going in and out of the house with different interesting smelling stuff. Eventually, he took the toilet off the floor completely! He said to Mom, "This is serious" and something about $400. You should have seen Mom's face. It didn't cost that much. The really tall man got the rag out of the sewer line...more interesting smells. Mom was relieved when she wrote him a check and watched him drive away.
Our neighbor Julie came over. Her cats were with her. OH I WANT ONE OF THOSE CATS! Mom took my collar and brought me outside the fence so I could meet the kitties. They look different when there isn't a fence between you and you're face-to-face. One of them walked right up to me and we touched noses. Boring. I would prefer to chase her.
Anyway dogs, I need to get to bed. Tomorrow? AGILITY!
August 2nd 2010 5:04 pm
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Humans do weird stuff. You dogs have no doubt noticed this. Today, Mom and I went down to see her doc. He's a nice man, kind of stiff and formal. They talked about me, blah blah blah and medicine, blah blah blah and a letter for flying...I fell asleep.
On the way home, Mom took me to JoAnn's salon. Don't get me wrong, I like JoAnn, BUUUUTTTTT..... She put me in this big tub to give me a bath. It wasn't like baths Mom gives. It was a no-nonsense face to tippy toe (and between my toes) BATH. She covered up my nose and scrubbed my face...that was just the start. Holy cow!
When the bath was over, I thought phew, all done, but not so fast! JoAnn got this hose that was nothing but high wind. Dogs, I thought she was serious about the washing. That was nothing compared to the drying! It seemed to go on forever. Finally, she lifted me out of the tub. PHEWW!!
Not so fast, little dog! Schwoop, I was up on a table. Hoo boy, toes and nails. I'm used to that. It's not my favorite, but I'm cool with it. Snip snip, hold still Rethy, snip snip, "STAND, good stand" snip snip, "turn around" snip snip...on and on. No big.
THEN she went for my butt. Okay, we've done that one before, snip snip. She asks Mom, "do you want me to do her ears?" JoAnn pulled back pieces of my hair and said, "it will look like this." Mom wasn't quite sure, but she said okay. Lots of snip snip snip...this time in my ears, around my ears, behind my ears. She even used this buzzing machine called clippers for part of it. Then she spritzed me with some froo froo and told me how pretty I am.
WELLLL, I was already pretty! You can't clip my ears and convince me THAT made me pretty.
Mom keeps looking at me and trying to decide if she likes my haircut. She says I look like a puppy. Why do humans do these things? There are so many better things to do, like throwing a ball. Only thing I know is that I can feel the wind next to my head. It's a weird sensation. Other than that, it makes no difference to me. Hair cut, no hair cut, bath or no bath, froo froo or no froo froo. It's time to nap.
August 4th 2010 9:36 pm
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OKay my dog pals. It's time for an intervention here. Mom has been moving AALLLLLLL DAAAAYYYYYY! I get up and follow her, plop down, just get comfortable, then she goes into another room, fiddles around long enough for me to get comfortable, picks something up, carries it BACK to where we were, fiddles around there. I get comfortable and she's off again. I'm worried about her.
It seems she is done for the day thank dogness. There are bags in Mom's office. She has been putting stuff in them off and on all day. One of them smells totally like me, so whatever it is, I'm obviously involved. I can relax about that part. It's just hard to watch Mom go all day and not really take a break.
Tonight, she'd better sleep. Looks like tomorrow is going to be a big day for us. I don't want to have to take care of a basket case, though. Some things a dog just can't do. You can tell your human to stop, heck, if you're brave you can even get in their way. It's still up to them to sit down and take a few deep breaths.
So, tomorrow, whatever happens, I'll be with my mom. We'll do it and take it on together. I'll let you dogs know what happens. Who knows, if Mom can relax, we might even have some fun.
August 5th 2010 9:24 pm
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Mom has been packing and fretting and busy and busy and busy. Well, today, I found out why. First, we went to the park for me to chase my ball, then we drove in the car for awhile. Mom pulled off the freeway and walked me. She told me to potty and to poop. I did both even though she hadn't given me breakfast! Meany! She made up for it though. I got lots of treats today.
We parked in this HUGE parking lot and walked to a funny plastic shack where a bus pulled up. Mom had so much stuff I wasn't sure what to do. The bus driver helped with bags, Mom stepped onto the bus, looked at me and said "Jump!" like in agility and I did.
The bus took us to a place where Mom had to haul her luggage cart and a big bag that smelled like me along with her back pack. I was trying to figure out where to walk because Mom was a walking luggage rack. She couldn't figure out where to go and kept going back and forth on the tile in the airport with the luggage dolly going clack, clack, clack on the tiles.
We stood in line, got rid of most of the luggage. WE got to this place where Mom took her shoes off, pulled her computer out of her back pack, fiddled with it forever. Then she took off my leash and had me sit while she walked through this doorway. She called me through.
I won't bore you with all the details of flying on the plane. The only thing that matters is that every time my ears started to hurt, I'd get a treat. WOW! Sometimes I got a treat and my ears didn't hurt, so that was cool.
IT was SO crowded in the plane. Mom wasn't doing so well. A very large man sitting next to her kept coming over into her part of the seat. Mom hates that. I did a couple of paws up to help her get back into her body. It was hard to get up and down from where I was, but it's my job.
When we got where we were going, we walked FOREVER! Then, another bus, then a car. Mom forgot my seat belt so she was nervous all the way to the hotel. She says she'll get me one tomorrow. We made it okay.
When we got here, guess who I saw? DORA! She wanted to play, I could tell, but our mom's wouldn't let us. There were other people with dogs here, one that kept pulling on her leash and trying to get to me and her mom wasn't noticing. Mom finally said something about it. We both had our working vests on, so it was hard for me to be good.
Anyway, we are in our room at the hotel. Mom FINALLY fed me. We've gone on a couple of little walks. Mom moved some of the furniture around in here. She said Iris is going to be here pretty soon. Hmmmm... I wonder if we'll be able to play?
More adventures to come. I'll keep you dogs posted on what happens!
August 11th 2010 10:17 pm
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Mom took me on this big adventure where we got on an airplane, went to a very different place where there were a LOT of dogs! Man! I've not seen so many dogs and people mingling around like that. Mom has taken me to dog shows, but that's different. Dogs are in crates, pens and stuff. Not at this place.
We stayed in this great big room with rows of bunks along each wall. Mom and I had a little one where I barely had room to curl up and sleep behind her knees. Lots of my friends were in there--Dora, Ollie, Zeus, Iris. And I made some new friends, too, Odin and Winston. Winston and I became under the table buddies along with Gypsy, Artemis and sometimes Nikki.
It was all so confusing to me. I had to work all the time because Mom was so stressed. At one point, I just had to get up in her face and paw her because she needed to go rest and she wasn't doing it. Her head was getting all muddled and speedy. That's never good. Finally she listened to me. By then, I was DONE, SO tired.
Mom and I went to a hotel. Wow was that nice. Mom wasn't doing so great so she ordered her dinner to eat in the room and we went to bed early. We even took a nap the next day. Mom is so good to me. She found a park where she could throw my ball and I could run. Yipppeee! I had missed that.
Today, we got on an airplane again. It wasn't all that bad because Mom gives me treats on airplanes. Anyway, when we got into our car, I breathed a big sigh of relief.
On the way home, we stopped at school so I could play with my cousin Breeze. She has gotten bigger! She can also be pretty rough. The humans kept telling her to take it easy. She did as long as they were near us, but if we got too far away, she would bite me again. I was too tired to run with her, so I just came and lay down by Mom. The people started arriving for class. Mom decided to stay for that.
When we got home, Belle was SO happy to see us. She sniffed me everywhere and sniffed Mom's legs and her luggage. Kermit started talking before we even got in the door. "Do you want your dinner?" Then he whistles and says, "Did you finish your dinner?" and whistles again. I thought, silly bird, that was fast. Wait for your dinner before talking about finishing it!
I'm glad to be home. We get to sleep in our own bed tonight, not some cramped little bunk or big huge bed in a hotel room.
Also, I have to tell you guys, I hurt my legs on our trip. Mom says she's taking me to the doggy doctor tomorrow. It's just some scrapes on the pads on my front legs. They burn a little bit. Mom will take care of me though and I'll be okay.
Anyway, pals. I'm home with my sister Belle and my chatty parrot brother. Time to sleep so I can get my silly back.
August 15th 2010 6:09 pm
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Mom is struggling. She took me to the park yesterday and today regardless, so that is good. I got to chase my ball. It makes Mom laugh to watch me. She likes the way I run. I aim to please.
She got some things done yesterday, but not much today. She whacked down the grass in our yard, that's good. She had not been able to see some of the poops that were hiding in the tall grass. Trust me, Belle and I knew they were there. Now they are kind of chopped up and all over the place.
Okay, you dogs, advice here. Mom is kind of frozen. I'm watching her and lying in my bed. She took a shower and dressed, so that's good. She did some laundry, but hasn't hung it out to dry yet. I know, I shouldn't worry about these things, but I do. Any suggestions?
Ah ha! JoAnn just called. Something about my cousin Breeze not pottying on anything but grass. JoAnn and Mom cooked up a training situation to meet at the park and walk on the trail so I can show Breeze how to pee on different surfaces. I hope this doesn't involve my holding it for TOO long.
Humans think about things dogs wouldn't worry about. Oh well. If we get to go for a walk, that will be good for Mom. If Breeze figures out how to pee on a walking trail, that will be good for JoAnn. Breeze could probably care less, although I'll have to tell her there is no reason to hold onto it. If you are outside and your human says "potty", that's a good thing. There may even be a treat in it for you--especially if you're a puppy. Anything I can do to get my cousin going. You know me, always trying to be helpful.
August 17th 2010 11:14 pm
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I've told you dogs about my cousin Breeze and how she bites my ears--and legs and butt--whatever she can get in her mouth. Mom and JoAnn have both tried to stop it. They tell me, let her have it, Rethy! Tell her Rethy! It's not in my nature to teach a dog manners. If they don't know, then I roll with it or high tail it out of there. Mom protects me from really bad dogs. Breeze isn't bad, she's just a silly, pushy puppy. Besides I love her. When she really chomps down, I squeal and she doesn't bite as hard.
Tonight at school, I had to watch the class while Mom trained Breeze. It's okay if Mom helps with other dogs. I'm proud of her and like to see her helping people get their dogs under control, heeling and stuff. But tonight, she worked with Breeze for the WHOLE class. She is out there teaching Breeze stuff and praising her like she does me. I whined in protest a few times. Mom ignored me. Art made me lie down. Nobody cared that I didn't want to share my mom quite THAT much. Looks like Mom is going to continue training Breeze, so I'll have to get over it.
After everybody left, we got to play chase. As long as I keep moving and keep Breeze moving, we're fine. When we stopped Breeze was all over me--biting and stuff. Lisa said, hey, how about trying some bitter apple? Bitter apple? Hmmm Mom went and got the sprayer. JoAnn gave Breeze a spritz in her mouth to see if it would work. The humans were pleased when Breeze made that "I just bit into a lemon" face and started spitting. Mom sprayed the stuff all over me--on my ears and legs and butt. My coat was all wet and curly with bitter apple.
Breeze and I tore off running again, Breeze jumped on me to grab my ear but she didn't! Instead she just spit a little. All the humans started laughing. I thought it was pretty cool. She wasn't biting my ears! I didn't have to tussle with her anymore either. I got to decide how we would play. All of a sudden, I was in charge! HA!
The humans said I would wear bitter apple cologne whenever I play with Breeze for awhile. They say eventually she will learn to play nice and stop trying to bite me at all. I like that. Bring on the cologne!
August 19th 2010 4:05 pm
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Guess what? I'm back in school. Mom is actually doing classes with me, again. They call this one "advanced." I know how to do all the stuff even though I haven't taken "advanced" before.
Last week, all of the dogs in our class did really well. We all had to sit/stay by the fence and wait for a LONG time while our humans went away. We couldn't even see them. They did that again with us in a down/stay. All of us heeled and worked off-leash too. Nobody was a knucklehead. We all did what we were supposed to do.
JoAnn said, hmmmm, I'm going to have to get out my books and find some challenging things for you guys. You're all too good. And we have four more classes to go!
Tonight is our second class. I wonder what she'll have cooked up for us. Breeze will have to watch tonight. Mom will be working with me like she is supposed to.
One not good thing, Blitzen is having problems with his hind end. He has been for awhile. Lisa took him to the doc. It could be one of several things, one of which is a neurological thing with GSDs and nothing can be done about it. The other possibility is something that costs $5000 to fix. Lisa doesn't have the money. When we were talking about it, Lisa cried a little because it is so hard to know what to do. She had left Blitzen at home and I was the only demo dog. I missed my buddy.
On another note, the weather here has been gorgeous. I am getting used to our new house and the front yard with the big tree. Belle likes to lie at the base of the tree and watch the house. I lie on the dog bed on our porch and watch the carport and everything. Mom has been planting flowers in the flower box by the front door. She also sprinkled grass seed around so our yard gets better.
Today, we went to storage. MOm loaded up the back of her car and brought some of the stuff home. I like that she is happier here. So is Belle. Belle's hips don't hurt as much. She is more relaxed.
Anyway, pals, things are good here. I'm off to learn about being "advanced." Bark at you later.
August 20th 2010 10:26 am
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Hey Pals, I was diary pick yesterday! Thanks Dogster. Woof!
Filling you guys in on "Advanced." We are all still doing well. Last night we had to do sit/stays and have our humans spread out all over the place, recalling us one at a time. JoAnn left me till last. She wants me to keep my cute little butt on the ground while the other dogs are running past me.
Speaking of running, the other thing she had our humans do is a running down/stay where they put us into the down and RAN off. OOHHHHH, was that tempting. But I held my ground. So did everydoggie else.
Jennifer and Mom noticed that Nugget and I were "copying off others' papers." We both looked around to see what the other dogs were doing and did that. Probably next week, JoAnn is going to make us do different things while other dogs are on stays. She is like that you know--wants to make us think and follow what our humans say no matter what anypup else is doing.
Lisa brought Cammy, her Beagle, who is in advanced, too. After class, the trainers' dogs get to play. Cammie, Breeze and I went off leash to chase. We ran for a little while. I barked and herded the two of them together and they wound up in a puppy tussle. I don't like rough play, biting and jumping on other dogs, that kind of thing, so I stood back. Cammy is a tough character. The humans cheered her on for teaching Breeze some doggie manners. Sometimes I barked to get them running again, but they kept jumping and grabbing at each other, pretty much ignoring me. I'm just not very tough. Every once in awhile I could get them to break away and play chase. Then Lisa took Cammy out of the mix and I decided to be a little more assertive with Breeze, too. With my bitter apple cologne, I was actually able to roll her over a couple of times. The humans cheered me on for that. Mom wants me to be a little less shy. I prefer to play chase, though.
Well, dogs, it's a nice day out. Looks like Mom is going to take me to the park. YAY! Woof at you later.
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