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Going Back In Time

August 1st 2013 9:16 am
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Yesterday, Big and Little came to play! I know! First Grandma and Uncle and now Big and Little. Grandma and Uncle left to go to the casino early so Big and Little had the run of the house. They found mom's old record player. A record player is a device where you put these big round black discs on the thing and it plays music. Big and Little were amazed that mom had the entire Chipmunk collection. Mom explained that they had the albums on the wrong speed, but Big and Little liked it on 78. They were also impressed that mom had some modern records like KISS. (Mom didn't tell them that she bought this record when it first came out in the seventies). Big and Little really enjoyed playing records all day, but how do you burn CD's of these albums? Can we download this record to their phones? And why did mom keep putting a penny on the needle? And what's that scratchy noise in the music? Big and Little liked playing records so much that they want mom's record player. Mom said when she dies they can have it. Now they want to know when mom is going to die. I think I better keep and eye on Mom and Big and Little.


The Best Weekend Ever!

July 28th 2013 12:08 pm
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OMD I just got back from the best weekend ever. If any of you pups think you had the best weekend ever, you would be wrong because I had the perfect weekend.

It started on Friday, when mom and dad started packing up the car. I knew something was up and everytime the car was opened I would hop in with a traveling toy. But it wasn't time to go and it wasn't time to go and it wasn't time to go! Then another car pulled in the driveway and out popped the godchildren and their mom. The godchildren are ages 21,19(20 in two weeks) and 15. Mom and dad were their sponsers when they were baptized). So we finished loading up their car, which meant putting our second canoe on top and FINALLY it was time to go.

We traveled down the road a little bit and then we came to the most wonderful place in the world. We went to a place called BeechFork. I have been to BeechFork Lake before but this was the campground. Now I need to brag about my home state. If you have never been to West Virginia I would invite you to come. It is beautiful. I know it has a reputation of being poor and people who visit are often surprised that we have the same stores and resteraunts, etc. that everyone else has. But come to West Virginia for the nature. We have great skiing and white water rafting and hiking and climbing and great state parks. Beech Fork is a state park. And it was very dog friendly. Every camper had a dog or two and I met many new pup friends.

We got two camp sites right on the water and as soon as we got there, we took the canoes off the cars and into the water and we went boating. It was so much fun. We only went for a little while and then we pulled over and swam. When it started to get evening we came back and set up camp and cooked dinner.

Mom and dad cooked hot dogs on sticks right on the fire and I got to steal one and have it too. Later they did marshmellows and made smores. And I got to sleep in a tent!

OMD! Sleeping in a tent is soooo much fun. It's like sleeping outside and inside at the same time. I could hear all the nighttime animals but I was not allowed to go out and chase them, but it was still cool to be right next to them.

The birds woke us up early in the morning and after we had breakfast, we got into the canoes and went. I was in the boat with the adults. I was supposed to sit in the middle with mom, but I walked all over the boat. I liked to sit on top of the cooler. It let me be the look-out. I also showed everyone that I am a very good balancer. I would just walk on the sides of the boat to get where I wanted to be.

We would pull over to little inlets and coves and swim. We stopped to have lunch and hang out for a while. After I would swim I came up on shore to play in the mud and catch butterflies. I figured out when the butterfly landed on a branch I couldn't reach to pull the branch down.

When it was time to go I stood by the canoe and gave the kids a starting push. Then I jumped in my canoe. We were gone all day long and got back as the sun was going down. I was pretty tired, but not too tired to eat a hamburger.

Just about at bedtime it started to rain. A Thunderstorm. My favorite type of weather. I was not allowed to chase the thunder, but at bedtime I knew I didn't want to sleep on the floor of the tent so I jumped up on the air mattress. Mom and dad were happy about that.

It rained and rained and rained. Finally the rain stopped and mom was happy because she needed to use the rest room. Mom thought she zipped up the tent but she left a little tiny gap. I figured out how to use my nose to push the zipper and I was out of the tent. I wanted to lay by the fire for a while,but mom came back from the ladys and saw me. It was back in the tent I went. I tried to open the tent again. I works if there is a little space to stick your nose to push, but mom made me sleep right beside her to keep and eye on me. (Of course I could have got out again, but I let mom think she was watching me).

This morning we just had time to pack up and go. Goodbye children. Goodbye children's mom. Enjoy your canoe.(Oh, mom and dad gave the kids one of our canoes).

We got home and took a big nap. Now we have to get the house ready because Grandma is on her Way. GRANDMA! Can this week get any better!



July 26th 2013 9:40 am
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OMD! I am going on vacation. And NOT to Roger's house! I am actually going to go someplace fun with mom and dad. We are going camping and canoeing which means I get to sleep outside in a tent!. I get to eat off of a campfire. I get to swim in a lake and ride in the canoe. For Three whole days. It will be a total blast. Not only am I going with mom and dad, but we are going with young people,too. Mom and dad's godchildren and their mother!(They are ages 15-22). (Well, not the mom she is mom and dad's age. They are old college friends.)I super cannot wait and I keep getting in the car while dad is packing it up. Mom says not to worry, there will be room for me. But, I am staking out my spot just to be sure.

And there is more exciting news! When we get back from camping, I am getting other company-Grandma and Uncle are coming for their summer visit. Can life get any better?!




Ok, it's not a possum

July 23rd 2013 7:33 pm
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Ok, the animal that I am hunting is not a possum. Mom got a better look at it. It is low to the ground and has a flat, fluffy tail. Dad says it is probably a feral cat. Mom says it might be a groundhog. or a beaver. or a duck. or a beaverduck. Mom has been calling it a beaverduck all day long. I think she just likes to say beaverduck. Since we don't live in Australia, I doubt very much that it is a platypus (or as mom says Beaverduck).

Anyway, I have been keeping an eye on this animal all day long. It seems to live in the culvert, but it also has a place in the tall grass a few yards away from the culvert. My friend Flash (also a golden) has that spot staked out. I think between the two of us, we will catch the mythical Beaverduck before summer is out.

Meanwhile, today mom has been very busy. She has been clearing out space and rearranging junk. I think company is coming!And not blah company like Reese, but good company like Grandma! But, I am confused because mom told me I was going to go on an adventure this weekend, with the godchildren.

One of the things mom was doing was getting out the camping stuff and then her and dad went shopping and bought camping food. And mom told me that I will need to wear my collar and a bright colored bandana this weekend for my big surprise. I can't wait.

Mom has been doing all this housekeeping stuff, but her back is still bothering her, so I have to help her out. I am good at carrying sticks, and of course I will eat any leftover food that can't fit in the cupboards since grocery day.


I am the mighty huntress

July 22nd 2013 12:38 pm
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Across the street from our house there is a field. (Dorothy refered to that field as the miracle field because she found a cheese sandwhich there once). In that field there is a culvert. It is a big fat pipe surrounded by a concrete wall. Sometimes the kids sit on it.

Yesterday, I was on my porch watching the kids in the field, when I noticed something moving in the bushes. ZOOM! I ran across the street to chase this animal. It was a big, mean, creature I have never seen before. Arf!Arf!Arf! I scared the teenagers. They all laughed (and the girls did that scream teenage girls can do). The teenagers got on their bikes and left, but not the racoon. I trapped him in the culvert. Mom hollered at me not to stick my head in that hole. So I just walked back and forth guarding it, until mom FORCED me to come in. As soon as I came in, I sat in front of the door and watched the culvert. I saw the monster jump out and I pushed the front door open to go after it again. Drat. It got away.

But, this morning, I trapped it again. Mom says that it might be a opposum and that I should stay totally away from it. She said that it is just playing with me.Now mom won't let me go in the field unless she is with me. But, I am the mighty huntress. Just call me Diana.


New Neighbors

July 18th 2013 4:07 pm
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We got new neighbors. Two German Shepherds and one of them is a real live police dog. A K9 Cop. The deputy sherif moved across the street from us and this dog goes to work every day. (I wish I could go to work with dad but, I am stuck lounging at home with mom). We have not offically met yet, but unofficially, I have going over to visit them every morning and evening running the fence with them. Mom told me not to get on the wrong side of the law, but I have been the watch dog in this part of the neighborhood for a while now and I want to make sure they don't forget it.

In other news, mom finally went to the doctor to get her back looked at. The doctor wanted her to get an MRI but the insurance wouldn't pay for it. So mom just got regular x-rays instead. The doctor gave mom a shot and some medicine. Mom doesn't know when she will be able to go back to work. But, she is feeling a little better. I can tell because she got the vacuum out today. GRRR! I told her she better rest her back and not vacuum, but did she listen. Well, a little bit. She only vacuumed the AC Filters.

Because it is hot but I know this isn't news. I think it's hot all over the country. I have had to delay my daily walk til it is dark and the moon is out. Mom is afraid the road will be too hot on my feet if we go in the day. And I guess mom does not want to walk early in the morning.

I have also been swimming in the pool. It is not as good as swimming in the lake or at a mudhole, but I have been getting in swimming for a while. I have a raft that I can float on. It is good because I can see all the cats who live next store and bark at them from the pool. It makes swimming worth it.

Well that's all the news this week. Every one try to keep cool.



July 7th 2013 11:44 am
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On Friday morning mom said I was getting company. Was it Grandma? No. Was is Uncle? No. Was it Maw-maw and Pap and CoCo? No. Was it Grandpa and cousin Georgie? No. Was it old college pals, was it friends from the mountains? No and No. It was Reese. Reese the Dog. She was coming to play with me for the weekend.

How is sharing my mom and dad with another dog fun? How is being constantly on guard that Reese doesn't eat all of my food fun? Not to mention taking her on walks on my road and sharing all of my furniture with her?

But, I guess I will have to make do. First, we played who's the boss. (It's me-I'm older and it's my house). Then we played who has the best food. (It's me. But, Reese's food is pretty good.) Then we played find the most comfortable person to sit on. (It was mom, unless dad was eating). We went for some walks and we got to run around the field and do the zoomies.

Reese likes to swim. Yesterday, she spent nearly all day in the pool. I only like to swim in dirty lake water and not crystal clear pool water. Today it's sort of raining so Reese and I have been napping all day. Mom says she is going to put us on guard duty so she and dad can go out for a while. I am going to guard the front of the house and Reese can guard the back of the house.

I guess we do make a pretty good team.


Birdies, Storms and Fourth of July

July 2nd 2013 1:08 pm
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There is a tree in our front yard. A great, big Maple tree. It is close to the porch and mom and I like to watch all the wildlife that lives in the tree. I have been able to corner many squirrels in that tree and several generations of birds have been born in the tree. Mom does watch birds and she has a lifelist and so the tree has added to the list. Today, we saw two woodpeckers, male and female on the tree. Mom says the male was beautiful, with a bright red head. But yesterday, mom had the front door opened and a little chickadee flew to the top of the door. It freaked mom out. For as much as mom likes to look at birds having one almost in the house, It made mom yell. Of course, I saw the bird but it was just a little tiny thing and really it wasn't in the house. It was just on the door. And besides, I'm not a bird dog. I am a squirrel dog. I guess all that caterwauling that mom did made the bird fly away. I'm not going to tell mom about the nest in the eaves of the roof in the backyard.

We had a big storm last night. I know I am a very strange dog. I love storms. I do not run and hide and shake and try to get away from the storm. At the first sign of the wind picking up, I ask to go outside. As soon as I hear a boom off I go to chase it. I will run toward the storm. Stormy weather is my favorite thing. Are there any other dogs on dogster who like storms? or am I that strange?

So I guess you can tell that the fireworks for the Fourth of July do not bother me. I would like to go to the fireworks this year, but mom is afraid that I will break by leash and run after them like I do for storms. Plus our town had fireworks last week and Mom isn't sure who is having them this week for the fourth.

So anyway, if any of my pals are afraid of storms or fireworks don't worry. I am on patrol protecting everyone I know from loud noises. (but, mom is just going to have to deal with birdies on her own. I just don't care about them that much.)


Mommy is a zombie

June 27th 2013 1:24 pm
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I asked mom if she typed in all of my great adventure going canoeing. Mom just kind of moaned: "URGHH!" She has been laying on the couch all day, except when she lurches off the couch and tries to remember why she got up. She did something to her back. Actually it has been hurting for a while but recently it's gotten so bad, she called the doctor for an appointment. (And mom ususally believes what coach says: "Walk it off.")

So I got mom some pain pills and told her to write about my adventure canoeing to put her mind on something.

Canoeing was a blast. Me and dad and Roger went to the lake. The water was perfect, stay in the lake all day water. I swam and swam and swam. When I got tired, I found the sunniest spot and dried off. Then I swam and swam and swam. I chased some ducks. Ducks think they are hilarious, but they are not. They would let me swim almost up to them and then, ZOOM! off they would fly quacking their mocking ducky quacks.

I even learned to drink water by sticking my head under the water. That is where all the really good cold water is. Plus all the fish live under water. " Hello fish, I'm just sticking my big dog head under the water. Don't swim away. Don't be afraid. I just want to be friends. I have a fish at home, we are friends." (Ok, I have never stuck my head in the aquarium, but...)

Then on the way home, Roger decided he needed some air in the car and rolled down the window. "Hey, Roger! We don't have one of those fancy cars where the windows roll up and down." I got to stick my head out the window the whole way to Roger's house. Then dad pulled the window up with pliers and home we went.

When we got home, mom made us take a bath. But mom, I was in the water all day! Mom said yes she could smell.

Well, I can see mom turning back into a zombie now, so I will let her go back to laying down and moaning on the couch.



June 23rd 2013 1:30 pm
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I got to be a diary pick today, along with my pals Defi and Demon Flash Bandit and Xiao Ping and Rupert and Irwin. Hooray for us all.

It is espeially rewarding for me to be the diary pick because yesterday I had to go to the Vet. I've had some kind of yucky skin thing that mom and dad decided needed professional help. I have been getting this white, flaky, chunky skin all over me. I've been itching like crazy,too. So dad took me to the vet. I don't mind going to the vet, it's a car ride and I get to see all kinds of people. But, I got a shot and some medicine,too. The doctor says it's an allergy. Now we just have to find out to what. I've been eating the same food forever, but mom and dad are going to try new foods for me (and treats, too). Of course, it could be all the hot weather (mom can't take the heat and often breaks out when she gets in the sun) or maybe an allergy to all the lush vegetation(Dorothy always needed an allergy shot in the summer). So anyway, I got a shot and medicine and it made me sleepy and I didn't even want to go for a walk. So being a diary pick has made up for all my misery yesterday.

Oh, and also to make up for all my misery yesterday, dad and I are going to go canoeing today. So I better go get ready because I love going to the lake. Maybe I will catch a duck.

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