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My new life

October 7th 2009 8:35 pm
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Dear Diary, my life has been a whirlwind lately with many changes.

In a nutshell, the home I had in Texas turned me over to rescue, then I was vetted and adopted and emigrated to Canada, all in a few short weeks!! The plane trip was ok, but I had to stay in my carrier unde the seat and no one offered me so much as a crumb! Fortunately the trip was not that long, so I didn't starve to death!!

The weather is a lot cooler here in Canada, and I like being covered up at night. In the mornings I seek out a sunbeam to warm me, and then the afternoons generally warm up nicely -- I like to spend time in my new yard then... It's a big fenced yard with several trees and there is always stuff to check out. I heard it rains a lot in the winter so don't know what that will be like.

I've appointed myself Pear Inspector, or Pear-a-site as dad says ! There is a huge pear tree behind our property that drops pears into our yard, of course they're pretty much over for this year, and dad cleaned up the ground, but I have managed to find several mushy rotting ones that were overlooked, delicious I tell ya, and I have been munching on them every chance I get, but mom keeps telling me I shouldnt do that, and muttering something about competing with wasps as she throws them away. What a party poop!

She also seems upset when I chew the berries that fall off the laurel tree; she seems to think that's not a good idea and I keep hearing this "No" word; I dont know what that means, and mom must think I'm deaf 'cause she keeps repeating it !

Apart from these two annoyances, the rest of the place is pretty good; and the new fursibs are friendly. Sniffers is quite ladylike and can be a bit reserved, but hey I heard that Canine-dians can be like that !!

Mom says we're going to school soon. What is this school I wonder. When I find out I'll let you know.




October 11th 2009 7:25 pm
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Dear Diary, As I noted in my previous diary entry, I was doing well as Pear Inspector until mom caught me, insisted they were unfit to eat, and tossed them all.

After that I went looking for a substitute, and my goodness if I didnt discover some apples in the same delicious condition, and therefore immediately proclaimed myself Apple Inspector. I would have gotten away with it too, as the pawrents didnt seem to realize there were still apples hiding under some bushes and trees, but greedy little me, I overdid it and upchucked it all this morning in the living room, right in front of both mom and dad !!

Oh boy there was just no way to get out of that one - mom did her "mom inspection" on it, proclaimed it to be rotten apples, put on some old gloves and went out hunting - yup, she crawled around the trees and bushes on her belly, leaving no rock unturned, and I think she found them all.

But she didnt stop there - she mentions to dad that I am also snacking on the berries that fall off the laurel tree, and next thing I know, dad is getting out a hammer, and some stakes, and a big roll of green plastic coated wire, and in no time at all, he's completely cut off my access in and around the laurel...

Like they say, things happen in three's - I've lost my Pear Inspector license, and my Apple Inspector license, and I've been denied access to the laurel tree berries - geesh what's a girl to do! I guess I'll go lick Sniffers' ears for a while.



School has started

October 17th 2009 8:56 am
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Thursday night it was dark and rainy, and I had just settled in for a nap, when mom picked up my leash and said 'car ride'. I thought it was a bit strange, but ok I like car rides, I will go along with this. She was stuffing plastic bags and treats into her pockets, and next thing I knew we were off to this thing called "school".

There was six other dogs there, various ages and sizes. We all checked each other out, and then we had to sit down while the trainer spoke to our pawrents for a while. Then she introduced a little square box that makes a noise when pushed; apparently it is called a Clicker - and every time we made eye contact it was followed by Click and Treat. Mom handled this pretty good, I was quite proud of how well she did for her first night, and so on the way home I insisted we stop and get mom her own treat at Starbucks.

Mom says we are going to school again next week - I hope its as fun as the first night. Click! Treat!



The Rain Test

October 17th 2009 9:00 am
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Mom is so happy, I passed the rain test !! It has poured rain for several hours now and mom wondered how willing I would be to go out and potty in these conditions. I passed! Mom is so happy!

maybe I wouldn't be so agreeable if I didn't have fursibs but I noticed the other furs had no problem going out in the rain, and well, I want to fit in here, so I followed their lead and there we are !! A happy mom equals a happy home !

You're welcome mom!



Mushroom Munching

November 21st 2009 1:26 pm
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After all the rain we've had lately mushrooms, glorious mushrooms, started growing in the lawn. Still smarting from losing my apple and pear inspector license, I was so excited to find this alternative snack, but mom went ballistic when she saw me eating them!

Saying we do not know safe from unsafe mushrooms, she is out there every day pulling up the new ones and tossing them before I can even take a nibble. I guess its back to chewing tissues in the house (sigh)


Six weeks of school behind us

November 21st 2009 1:38 pm
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Six weeks of school down with two to go. We are the only ones with perfect attendance so far. There are always one or two absent each week and I can't say I blame them - its been raining a lot and since the classes are in the evening, its pretty dark and miserable driving there, but our attitude is that we paid for it, we are going to get all we can from it - and unless it snows we will be there !

I'm proud to say Mom is doing quite well with the training, and I am learning something too. We both understand Come, Sit, Stay, although we still need lots of practise, and we are working on nice leash walking.

There is a tremendous amount of treats involved in the training which sure gets my attention, and since mom has been doing so well, I let her stop at a drive thru Starbucks after every class for her we're both happy and we sure sleep good when we get home.



Photos with Santa

November 28th 2009 11:13 am
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Well! Saturday morning and I thought we'd have a sleep in, but before I know it I've had my breakfast and mom is brushing me, and saying "car ride".

Off we went (Sniffers and me) to a pet store where I met this person called Santa - he was wearing a big red suit, and had a huge white beard you could hide treats if only I had a beard like that, I could eat for a week from all the stuff I'd save in there !!

Next thing I know mom is putting us on Santa's lap (gulp) and people I don't even know are jumping around with squeaky toys and waving treats and calling our names - how'd they know our names? and this photographer guy is taking our pictures.

Mom was clicking away with her camera too, and Santa was so patient and let her take all the pics she wanted. Then we paid for the pics the official photographer took - the money is to help orphaned cats, so that's good; and mom bought a calendar by donation too, and a book of dog walks for our area so she can plan future schnauzer meetups.

Whew all that before 11 a.m., I am so going back to bed !!



Yay for squirrels

December 2nd 2009 9:29 pm
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Found a windfall in the yard today !! I had just about given up hope of finding food out there again, especially since its been cold with frost the last two nights so that even the mushrooms froze and disappeared.

Anyhow, I was checking the yard with Sniffers, when all of a sudden what did we spy - peanuts socked away in an indent in the lawn!! musta been put there over night by the neighborhood squirrels, can't think how else they got there.

We would have gotten away with it too if Sniffers had chewed more discreetly, but no she had to stand there moving her mouth in such a manner as to make mom suspicious and walk over to where we were. Busted!! mom picked up the stash and tossed it (sigh), maybe Mr Squirrel will bring more tonight....we'll be checking first thing in the a.m.



what is this thing called snow

December 2nd 2009 9:45 pm
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We were just lying about thinking of going to bed when mom turned to the TV weather channel and then whimpered while going quite pale.

Sniffers explained to me that mom does this when something called snow is in the forecast. What is this thing called snow? I am from Texas you know, and not used to the cold temps we are currently experiencing here in my new northern home land. In fact on our walk today I really had to hurry mom along so I wouldnt freeze my buns off. she had put a sweater on me, but it was very thin, summer weight, not enough for a brisk December day.

mom is worrying now that if it snows we won't get to our final night of school, apparently it is "graduation" and we were told to bring cameras!! We dont want to miss that and certainly dont want to break our pawfect attendance record - hey there! Mr Snow, if you're listening, please hold off til I graduate, ok ?



I graduated !!

December 4th 2009 9:36 am
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oh boy our last night of school was so much fun ! the teacher says ok no work tonight, we'll play some games.

first game - we had to walk around the room nicely on leash while mom held a ball in a spoon in her other hand...if she dropped it we would have to start over. I knew this was important and I walked so nicely and mom didnt drop anything !!

When we finished the walk everyone had to grab a T-shirt and dress their dog to show that he/she could be handled ok - touching paws etc. teacher wanted to be sure we would be good at being handled by vets, groomers, etc.

then the teacher says ok, let's introduce you to agility !! she gets out this tunnel thing and sets it up, but not full length. the teacher holds me at one end and mom is at the other end to coax me through. For some reason mom had thought I might need a real incentive tonight, so she brought ROAST BEEF!! I put one dainty paw in the tunnel and sniffed tentatively -- mom was leaning in from the other end with the beef in hand--it took a bit of coaxing the first time but I went through.

We did this 3 times altogether, each time the tunnel was made longer. By the third time I was running through with no hesitation, to get to the Beef and everyone cheered !! BOL BOL

I heard someone say "there should be an award for cuteness" !! BOL

All in all it was a great time, the only thing was that the teacher didnt bring our certificates so she has to mail them. I hope I get mine soon so I can put it on my page.

On the way home we stopped at Starbucks Drive Thru for mom's treat, and there was 3 cars ahead of us. when we got to the window they had no record of our order, so mom's latte was free !!!

Mom says we are signing up for level 2 in the new year, apparently its more work, I wonder if mom is up to it! oh boy !


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