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Is it Spring?

February 21st 2010 6:17 pm
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Today was a beautiful day. No snow at all. Mom told dad it was 80 degrees. Dad said we should open the door. That's when mom said that maybe she was exagerating. It was 60 degrees. So we still opened the door. I wasn't sure what to do when the door was open. Did that mean I was allowed to come and go when I wanted? After getting bumped by that car I had no desire to go out on the road, but I did enjoy sitting on the porch and watching all the people go by. And there were alot of people outside. People I never saw before. Little people on bikes, big people walking house dogs, momma's walking babies, it was great. Everyone said that I was soo cute. But I was good and did not go off the porch at all, unless mom was with me. I was so good that mom took me on a car ride. We went to the drug store. Mom even drove with the window down. It was a super great day.

And thank you to everyone who wished me get well. I just have a little scrap on my nose, which I think is from the cat and not from the car that thudded me. I am not nervous about going outside either. I guess Dorothy was watching over me.


Lesson Learned

February 19th 2010 6:23 pm
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Yesterday, I got hit by a car. I am ok, but now I am too scared to go outside. I will not leave mom's side. Really I did not want to go out at all. But mom made me. She put my leash on and I kept trying to go back to the house. Mom wasn't having any of it. But, she was patient. She let me sit for a while. She would pet me and keep me calm. Everytime I would see a car I would stop and shake and head back to the house. Even when my good friends, Flash and Huck and Harley were outside, I did not want to play with them. I made it all the way around the block, but I sure was happy to be back in the house, safe and sound on my couch. I learned my lesson. I am not going to be running off leash again.


It's a Dangerous World

February 18th 2010 4:55 pm
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I was helping mom get the mail. She was thinking about having me carry it in the house. But, she didn't get the chance to give me any mail to practice on because I happened to see the neighbor's cat, Nosy. I have always wanted to catch me a cat so zoom right over I went. I sniffed at him and he swiped me on the nose. That made me run. I ran right into the street, right in front of a minivan. THUD! Mom got a sickening drop in her stomach. But I kept right on running. I was scared. I ran and hid. It took a while for mom to find me. I was hiding in the corner of a neighbor's yard under a tree.

Mom patted me and comforted me and calmed me down and got me to with her back home. Once we were in the house, she checked me out. I did not seem to be injured. I didn't wince or draw back or cry when she touched me. The only injury she saw was some blood on my nose from the cat scratch.

So there seems to be no physical damage (although mom is still keeping an eye on me ) but psychologically, well-I know my second middle name is Danger, but it is a dangerous, scary world out there and I don't think I am going to go outside ever again. I have a nice big window to look out of. I am sure I can hold in my business forever. It is safe on my couch and even though mom has tried several times to get me to go outside(with her beside me and on a leash) I am not going. I won't even go in the fenced in backyard. Well, maybe I will if I get a pupperoni when I come back in.


Snow Crazy

February 16th 2010 7:15 pm
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Well, we finally got some good snow. Any where between 4 and 8 inches depending on which side of the hill you were on. Mom still had to go to work today. The kids had the day off but the teachers had to report. So Big and Little's mom had to go to school and mom had to go to work and play Mario all day with Big and Little. Dad should have stayed home and recovered for another day, but he went to work as well. He later regretted it.

So I was home all alone. I was bored and lonely. I spent the day looking out the window. Not even the tree guys came to cut down our tree. FINALLY after waiting forever mom and dad came home. Dad went right to bed and mom got my leash.

I have several leashes, but mom's (and my) favorite is my slip over the head noose leash. Mom likes it because sometimes her hands are stiff and clumsy. I like it, because I have figured out how to wiggle out of it.

As soon as mom and I were outside, I jumped off the porch. Mom had to drop the leash or she would have "jumped" off the porch with me. I wiggled out of the leash and went running. I used to play this game with my old people. I would run and they would chase me and call my name and when they would get close enough to catch me I would take off again. It is a great game and I was ready to play it with mom, but whenI looked back mom was not chasing me. She was just walking calmly. She dropped down to my eye level and waved her hands around. Whatever she was doing seemed pretty interesting. I just had to go back and see what was up with mom. As soon as I did mom slipped the leash back on me. But she told me how happy she was to see me.

As we went up the hill I tried to wiggle out of the leash again. But somehow, instead of it going off my head it went around my waist, like I was wearing a belt. This could work, I thought. Mom would have to take the leash off of me. But she didn't. She just pushed it back up.

When we went passed my friend Harley's house, I wiggled that leash off of me again. But this time I didn't run. I just walked by mom. I know that Dorothy never wore a leash unless there was someone who was afraid of dogs around, but mom says I am still too young to go without a leash. I guess she is right because when we got in front of our house I got the zoomies and just had to run and be snow crazy.


Protection Service

February 15th 2010 3:18 pm
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Dad is still recovering from his nose surgery so I took care of him while mom went to work. Dad is glad that I did because I needed to protect him.

The tree cutting men were in the neighborhood. They are cutting or trimming all the trees that could fall on the power lines. They have been working their way around the block and they are finally by my house. They cut Flash's tree. They cut the Pug Army's tree. They cut Molly's tree. Our house is next. They were very noisy and scary. They blocked the whole road. Dad was glad I was here to protect him. They did not get to our tree today so I think I will be on protection duty again tomorrow.

In the middle of all the noise and hubbub, the washer repairman finally put in an appearance. (All this cold weather has meant people having problems with pipes and appliances it took this long to get him here.) The good news is that he did not charge mom and dad an arm and a leg to repair the washer. The bad news is it's because the washer is dead. There is just no fixing it. It is going to be cheaper to buy a new washer. Mom and dad are going to wait until the weather breaks to get a new washer. So instead of a Valentine Present maybe it will be an Easter Present.

We are supposed to get massive amount of snow today. So far, nothing, although it is raw outside. I didn't even want to go outside. (And this was after the tree cutting guys were here.)


Valentine's Day, Car Ride and Clarification

February 14th 2010 1:03 pm
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Happy Valentine's Day! Hope everyone is enjoying candy and flowers and gifties. Mom got dad a singing card. It sings Happy Together. That is a song mom and dad play and sing together when they are feeling musical, so that is a special song for them. Mom also said she got dad a new nose. Dad did not get mom anything, but that is ok because he did just have surgery. Besides, mom thinks she is getting a new washer. Why can't anything fun ever need repaired or replaced at Valentine's day (or any other present day). Oh well, it's better than car tires.

I got to go on a car ride for Valentine's Day. Car rides are my favorite things. And I got to go to a new place in the car. Usually I just get to go to Big and Little's house or to the pharmacy. Today mom took me to the library. The library is a place that has lots of books. I don't like books to read, but books to eat are really good. I guess that was why I had to sit in the car while mom returned some stuff. It was still fun. I got to go up a hill and over the railroad tracks and past a river. (mom says thats where everyone in West Virginia lives).

Finally I want to clarify what I wrote about mom not being a good nurse. It is amazing what people can do when someone they love is hurting. Mom is good at doing what needs to be done. But, when mom is sick, she just likes to go to bed and sleep. She doesn't want to be bothered with company or people checking in on her every thirty minutes. If someone is going to pamper her, she wants to be well enough to enjoy it. So mom figures that is how everyone wants to be treated when they are sick. Some people want the pampering and the visits and that is what mom does so poorly. Dad does credit his quick recovery when he had heart surgery to mom's bad nursing skill.

Dad is doing a little better, but he is not well enough to go on a walk, or help me protect the yard from birds. There are crows as big as chickens outside and I need to go out and git 'em!

Happy Valentine's Day! (If you didn't get Valentine from me-I'm sorry I ran out of zealies.)



February 13th 2010 6:17 pm
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I was hanging out in the piano room. Mom put some blankets down on the floor and I often go in there when the sun in right and take a nap. There is also a lot of cool stuff in the piano room. Stuff that I like to chew on. One of the cool things is a pirate skull. It is a halloween decoration and not a real skull, but it is round like a ball and a skull is a bone. I found it and started to gnaw on it, but mom took it off of me and said that I have plenty of toys to chew on. She put it on the piano. I could see it and I thought I could stand up on two legs and reach it and eat it. Mom had the drying rack folded up under the piano and I was climbing on it to get the pirate skull.

Using a drying rack for a ladder to climb up on a piano is not a good idea. Especially if you are a 25 pound dog. CRASH! I ran out of the piano room so fast! Mom thought all the shelves on the wall fell down. I was scared and I thought I was in trouble.

But mom just patted me and patted me and talked softly to me. She got me to stop shaking and she checked to make sure I was ok. There were no obvious injuries but now I am afraid to jump up on anything. Then mom did the most amazing thing ever. She took the drying rack and threw it outside. Instead of me getting into trouble, the drying rack got in trouble.

She still didn't give me the pirate skull, though. She said it had stuff on it that wouldn't be good for doggies to eat. She gave me a puparoni instead.

Dad is doing better today. He is taking it easy and eating soft foods. He says his throat is sore from the breathing tube. Thanks everyone for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers.


Daddy's Surgery

February 12th 2010 4:22 pm
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Daddy has been sick since October. That is as long as I have known him. He has had a major sinus infection. He has taken every antibiotic, every steroid, every breathing treatment. He has had allergy tests and bloodwork and xrays and ct scans. Just everything you can think of.

Finally the doctor said he needed to get some surgery. He had a deviated septum and he had to get his sinuses scraped and his ears tubed. Poor Dad.

This morning mom and dad went to the hospital for the doctor to clean out dad's nose. I am happy to report that dad is doing fine and the doctor did not have to do as much surgery as he had expected. Dad is a little out of it and a little loopy but he is able to play Mafia Wars on the facebook.

Mom is being the nurse. Mom is NOT a good nurse. She says there is a reason she didn't go into health care. She does not have that healing touch. But, she is trying to take care of dad.

I am trying to take care of dad as well. I have been protecting him from evil squirrels. I went with mom to get some wonton soup. I know that Dorothy in Heaven was watching dad when he was in the surgery. (although, Dorothy learned nursing skills from mom-put out that someone would be home sick ruining her day.)

Send good thoughts to dad. I'm sure he will feel better tomorrow.



February 11th 2010 4:05 pm
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I have been doing my best to protect my part of the world from the evil birds. I wait until they all gather on the ground, ready to eat and then ZOOM! I charge them and make them fly away. It is a fun game for me and I am sure I am frustrating those bad birds.

But, we have some squirrels that I think work for the birds. This squirrel was running from my tree to Huck's tree and back again. He made sure I saw him. I was looking out the window and when he came on the porch I jumped straight up in the air and I gave a huff. (Not a bark, I only bark at bears). Mom opened the door to take me out and I went straight for that squirrel before mom could stop me. He went running across the street to Huck's house. So did I.

But, he did not hide in a tree! He kept right on going. He knew I would chase him as well. But, mom was right behind me. I did not come when mom called me. I had my mind on that squirrel. The squirrel was leading me out onto the badroad.

The badroad is a major highway that many pups have gotten hurt or worse on. I know I am not allowed on the badroad. But that is where that squirrel was leading me. Imagine my surpise when I looked up and there was mom right in front of me. She slipped my leash right around my neck. I don't know where she came from. But, she stopped me from going on the badroad. And I was not allowed out of the backyard when I went outside.

So even though mom foiled the evil squirrel's plot to make me go on the badroad, I still got in trouble. And guess who watched the whole thing and laughed-BIRDS!


Mama Is Very Bendy

February 10th 2010 5:58 am
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We have not gotten the mountians of snow like many of my Dogster friends have. We have maybe an inch. But, we have had tons of rain and that rain has frozen over night and turned all the roads into skating rinks. School has been canceled for the past two days. HOORAY! Mom gets to stay home and play with me all day! But, dad has had to go to work. BOO!

Even though we haven't gotten snow, it is cold. BRRRRR! It is washerfreezing cold. It is trickle the water in the daytime cold. It was soo cold the car doors got frozen.

"Oh good," I thought, "I will have mom and dad to play with all day."

But dad said he needed to go to work. He had important meetings and people were depending on him. That's my dad-always doing for others.

But the car doors were frozen shut. Dad decided to pour hot water on the locks. (Even though mom just heard on the radio-NEVER pour hot water on the windsheild.) He poured water and more water but it still was frozen.

Then he got this even better idea. He was able to pop the trunk. Now all mom had to do was crawl through the trunk into the back seat up over the front seats and start the car.

Did I mention we have Cavilier? Did I mention that mom, while small in stature, has a nice, big fat belly that shakes when she laughs like a bowl full of jelly?

Somehow, mom manage to crawl through the trunk and bend and twist and do some half flips and lose her shoes somewhere in the backseat and front seat and not get stuck anyone place for too long.

When she got into the front seat, she unlocked the car door. Think about that for one minute dogster pals. (Is there a fine line between frozen and hitting the wrong button on the keyring?-I'm just sayin')

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