July 27th 2012 5:46 pm
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Today I am sad because grandma and Uncle went home. Now who will pet me all the time and feed me scrambled eggs and ham for breakfast.
Today I am mad because mom and dad are running around like crazy people packing up stuff to go to the beach. Which mom says I can not go to because it is hot and sandy and has too many birds and people would shake in fear if they saw me at the beach.
Today I am glad because instead of going on a long hot car ride to the beach I get to go to RogerLand. RogerLand has a dog door so I can go in and out as many times as I want. RogerLand has a kitty I can chase and a big ol' doggie that I cannot chase. RogerLand has a teenage daughter who will pay tons of attention to me. And Mrs. Roger is a really good cook.
So I will be away from Dogster for a while enjoying my vacay at RogerLand while mom and dad are at the hot, sandy birdy beach and grandma and uncle are spending their casino winnings. Have a nice week everyone! Stay safe and cool.
July 23rd 2012 11:13 am
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Grandma! GRandma! GRAndma! GRANdma! GRANDMa! GRANDMA! GRANDMA and Uncle are here visiting me! My butt is wiggling so much I keep hitting my head with my tail. HOORAY FOR GRANDMA! (and Uncle)
July 16th 2012 10:27 am
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We have a very nice backyard swimming pool. It isn't fancy. It's an above ground, but it's not a quick set. It is one step up from a quick step. It is probably dad's most favorite non-living thing. And all of the kids love it too. (Even though Jake and Luke have their own pool, an inground, and Big and Little have a pass to a big private pool they all say it's more fun in mom and dad's pool-you can spin around it and make a whirlpool). I have been in the pool too. It's refreshing and I have my own raft. (And it eliminates baths in the summer as well). But in order to get in the pool, you need to climb up a ladder and then climb down a ladder. Or in my case have dad pick you up and put you on your raft. Or if you are a boy, stand on the top of the ladder and yell: "CANNONBALL!" and jump.
But, if you are grandma, the ladder can be hard to negotiate. So dad and Uncle decided to buy steps for the pool.
They came a few weeks ago in FOUR!(4!)Four! boxes. Mom kept eyeing those boxes and kept trying to figure out how to be out of town when dad decided to build them. And they had to be built soon, because Grandma and Uncle are getting ready for their first of FOUR!(4!)Four! annual visits. They are coming next week. And dad said to mom on Friday: " We have to build those steps this weekend."
And even though mom has a broken toe(you should see it, it's all huge and purply and she keeps bumping it on stuff and then I have to cover my innocent doggie ears) she knew a broken toe would not get her out of the super fun construction project. (Super fun was meant sarcastically. Everyone knows how well mom and dad work together).
But then mom was rescued. Yesterday who came over but Roger! Yes the same Roger whose house I get to visit when mom and dad go to the boring, hot, stupid beach. Roger of the dog door. Roger of the two kitties. Roger, the father of a teenage girl. That Roger! Roger is mom's hero.
Roger and dad worked hard in the backyard building the steps. There was no cussing. There was no leaving in a huff. There was just building and beer drinking and plenty of swim breaks. And in a few hours the steps were done!
Now I don't have to have dad hoist me into the pool. I can just climb up the steps. I can sit on the landing and watch when I don't want to float on my raft.
Mom is so happy that she didn't have to help. Now if only someone would show up and help her with the rest of the housework.
July 10th 2012 12:51 pm
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first, I want to thank everyone who gave me presents for Fourth of July and Canada Day and for all the trouble we have been having in West Virginia. I would have said thank you sooner, but I heard Dogster had fleas. And I have been on a BIG ADVENTURE!
When West Virginia lost power that meant that the laundromat was down as well. And mom and dad were quickly running out of clean clothes. So I heard mom tell dad: "When we go, we should just take all the dirty clothes and I will wash clothes when we get to my mom's." GO? Are we going somewhere?
I hopped right into the car with the dirty clothes. We were going on a car trip. We were going to see mom's mom and dad. Maw-maw and Pap. They live very far away.
So after forever in the car we finally got there. They live in the suburbs of the city. Mom said that I had to be on a leash and stay in the yard because in the city suburbs people will pay $100.00 for cow poop but will make mom pay them $100.00 for dog poop.
I got to see CoCo, Maw-maw and Pap's cocker Spaniel. We established rules as to who was the boss dog and what I could steal from Coco and what Coco could steal from me.
On Friday, mom spent all day washing clothes and then Friday night, mom and dad and Maw-maw and pap had a nice steak dinner. Me and Coco got the scraps.
But, why did we drive all the way up to PA? Was it just to eat steak with Maw-maw and Pap? Was it to try to sneak poop in other people's yard? It was a mystery.
On Friday, mom and Dad and Maw-maw and Pap got all dressed up fancy. And they left me and CoCo all alone. But before they left, mom gave me strict instructions to behave myself. She said that they were going to her brother's (my skin Uncle's) Wedding.
While they were gone, I explored Maw-maw's house, but CoCo just sort of laid around in her secret spot. Then everyone came home to change their clothes. They were going to a big after wedding party. A big afer Wedding pool party! Hey I like to swim too. But once again I was not invited. Mom told me I needed to guard all of the musical instruments. I guess mom and dad had to do the music for the wedding and they didn't want to do the music for the reception.
They got home very late and mom did not bring me any cake.
The next day mom and dad packed up the car. I was not taking any chances and sat in my seat the entire time they were packing. We traveled a little bit and then we went to see Grandma and Grandpa. That's dad parents. They live in the country and I ran and ran and ran and went to the bathroom every place I wanted.
Then we ate spaghetti. And then we went home. To West Virginia. Where most of the power was back on. I helped mom yesterday unpack and open up the house. And now I have to go help mom make a giant meatloaf.
I was glad to go on a surprise trip. I still think I should have got cake.
July 3rd 2012 12:21 pm
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So, my good buddy,Reese is back at her own home. Her "mom" and "brother" Luke came to pick her up. She wasso excited she peed a little bit. My mom did not care at all. She said that Reese was not the first living creature to pee on her floor and she knew that Reese would not be the last.
Reese's family's vacation was fun, except at the end when there flight got cancelled and they had to stay in Miami an extra day. And when they finally got a flight out, they had to split up and half the family ended up in one city and half ended up in another city. But, one thing they didn't worry about was Reese because they knew that mom and me were watching her.
We had a really good time. I miss playing with her a lot. Luke called and said that Reese misses me. He said she keeps bringing him bones that me and mom gave Reese to take home. I miss her, too, but as she is still a puppy and I am a little bit older, I am glad for some peace and quiet. Actually, Luke said that Reese slept hard all night as well. And she was a big bed hog.
Mom knows something about Reese being a bed hog. Even though she has a cage, because of the storms, mom just left Reese's cage door open so she would have the option of sleeping some place cooler in the house. Well, she got in bed with mom and dad and she is a superbig bed hog. She pushed mom so hard that mom fell out of bed! I would never push my mom out of bed,not even to get the best comfy spot. (Plus, I don't sleep with mom and dad. I have my own bed.) Anyway, Reese pushed mom out of bed and now mom's toe is swelled up like three times it's normal size and it's a lovely purple and mom has no shoes that fit comfortably. When Reese pushed mom out of bed, mom landed on her foot funny and broke her toe. OUCH! That's a puppy for you.
Manwhile here is an update on the storms. The power is slowly coming back. And mom is seeing how neighbors are getting togther. There have been neighborhood cook-outs to get rid of all the food that is going bad. People who have power are opening their homes and sharing there appliances. Mom and Dad are making ice like crazy. Nieghbors are all sitting out in the cool shade of their porches talking and chatting and getting to know each other. Mom and dad came upon a group of neighbors having an impromptu Bible Study and prayer group. so maybe the world isn't as bad as we think.
June 30th 2012 5:43 pm
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Last night we had a really, really, really, really, really bad storm. It was so big it effected the entire state of West Virginia. It was a major wind event(but not a tornado). It knocked down all kinds of trees in every area of the state. Of course the trees fell on power lines and now hardly any one has electricity and now we are in a state of emergency because it is 100 degrees and no one has air conditioning.
We were one of the lucky ones. We only lost power for a little bit. We still have electricity and air conditioning. Of course all the stores and gas stations are closed. Mom says she's never seen gas lines like this not even during the gas shortages of the seventies.
The governor has declared a state of emergency and said to stay in unless you absolutely have to go out, or you are going to a shelter. Mom and dad had to go out so they saw all the cars waiting in line for gas. They saw cars pulled off to the side of the road because they had run out of gas or they were too hot. Is this what the future will be like? People will just drive and drive until there is no gas and then they'll get out and start walking?(or killing people who have gas.) Mom even heard on the radio that this one town was out of gas and not to go there. And another annoucement said to avoid the gas station at another place because things were getting "testy".
Mom and dad went to church. There was no power but there were about 25 people there so Father said Mass anyway. We are Catholics so we have lots of candles. Mom and dad sang some songs. So it was a nice candlelight service.
I am glad I am a dog and don't have to worry about gas. I am glad we have electricity because that means air conditioning. Reese and I have been playing all day long. We are covered in dog drool. Mom says we will miss each other tomorrow, when Reese's family come to get her. But, right now, I am going to steal some of her toys and put them in my toy box. That's what friends are for.
June 29th 2012 7:03 pm
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I have solved the mystery of the giant cage and the dog food and the dog treats and the NO DOG!
Today as me and mom were languishing in the heat(100 degrees!)Jake and Luke (and Big and Little's) Granny drove up. And in the back of her car was the biggest puppy ever. Her name is Reese like the peanutbutter cup. She is 7 months old. She is a yellow lab. She still has that soft puppy fur. She is a little bit bigger than I am.
Mom says that her family is on vacation and we are to watch her for a few days. Mom says it is up to me to teach her how to behave herself.
The first thing I did was let her know that I am the boss of the house. What I say goes. The second thing I did was to tell her that this is MY MOM and she better not forget it. The next thing I did was to tell her which bowl had my food in it.
After we got all the business taken care of, we had some fun. We ran all over the house. We played keep away and steal the toy. Mom took us out side for a while but it was really too hot to play or go for a walk outside. But, I still showed Reese all the secret hiding places in the backyard.
Then when dad came home, mom and dad had to go out. One of dad's friends passed over to the people rainbow bridge. Mom and dad had to go to the wake. (Tomorrow they are singing at the funeral. Dad said when he was younger he used to keep weddidng music in his guitar case. Now he carries funeral music.)
When mom and dad left they put Reese in her cage. I stayed on the couch but just as we were ready for puppy dreams, the wind picked up and thunder started booming and lightening struck and we lost all our power. You know I don't mind storms so I am trying to teach Reese to be brave when the storm comes. I would love to have another pup to chase storms with.
Finally mom and dad came home. They said it took them forever to get home. There were all kinds of trees all over the road. It took over an hour for them to get from where they were to home and it usually is only a half an hour away. Mom was worried we were stuck in the house without power and we would be hot but our power came back on. MOm said lots of places still didn't have power. The rain cooled everything down so mom took us out to play and cool down. Reese was a little hesitant to go out in the rain, but I talked her into it.
So that is the mystery. I am having fun with a playdate. I like having her, but I can't wait til she goes home. Mom says she'll try to post some pics tomorrow.
June 26th 2012 6:24 am
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It is summer and that means all the kids are home from school. I spend a lot of time chasing them as they ride their bikes up and down the street.
Last night it was not so hot and all the kids were outside, playing in the field across the street from my house. So I went out to play with them.
The first game we played was Cops and Robbers. Me and this girl, April, were the cops. Well, she was the policewoman and I was the Canine Cop. We chased Taylor and Jake and Michael because they were the robbers. When we caught them, April, pushed them to the ground while I sniffed them for contraband. The only thing I found was a tootsie roll in Michael's pocket.
After we played Cops and Robbers, we played this game called Frisbee. Frisbee is a game where the kids throw these plastic disks in the air and I jump up and catch them and then run away with them. Then, all the kids say: "Lucky's Mom! Lucky stole our Frisbee!" Then my mom comes out and gives all the kids a freezer pop.
Finally, as the evening turned into night, we played Hide and Go Seek. I found everyone and I wasn't even it!
It was a great play date and I can't wait til the kids come outside again today.
Now, on to the mystery.
The Cage is still at our house, not set up. It is a big cage. I think a circus cat could live in it comfortably. I heard mom tell dad they needed to set it up on Thursday night, because Reece will come sometime on Friday. Hmmm. Who is this Reece and why is she coming? It is still a deep mystery, but now that I am a pretend police dog, I plan on getting to the bottom of it and solving the crime.
June 24th 2012 3:07 pm
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I am a diary pick today! HOORAY! But I got no notification from Dogster. BOO! Zadie told me! HOORAY! Maybe Zadie should get a job working for Dogster, notifiying Diary Picks, because it looks like HQ has dropped the ball on this. So once again HOORAY for Zadie.
My ear ache is feeling better. Mom says I am most excellent doggie taking my medicine. I hardly ever spit my pills out, because mom gives me a special treat when I swallow it.
Yesterday, we had a strange visit. Jake and Luke's mom came over and brought a dog cage and some dog treats and dog blankets and dog bowls. She brought everything but a dog. What is up with that? Mom did not set the cage up and she put all the other stuff up high. I thought it was most unusual. It is a mystery.
It is really hot hear and our pool is STILL not swimable. Dad says he is working on it. That's ok, me and mom hog the air conditioner and the fans. So we are just cool pups together.
So to recap: Dogster has fleas. Zadie is a hero. I am feeling better. The pool is unswimable. And there is a mystery about this dog cage and supplies but no dog to go with it. I will keep you posted.
June 18th 2012 5:46 pm
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This morning I woke up with an ear ache. It was very hurty to touch. I told mom right away, that is how sore it was. I went right up to her and put my sore ear on her knee. I made her pat it so she would know it hurt. And for once, mom got the message right away. She thought I had some ear drops leftover from the last ear ache I had, but she couldn't find it. So we hopped in the car to go to the vet.
But, the vet's office was very crowded. It was so crowded we couldn't even find a parking place and we had to park at the supermarket across the street. When we went in there were soo many doggies waiting and the lady told her it would be close to a two and a half hour wait. So mom decided we should go home and look harder for my old ear medicine.
Our vet has evening hours so me and mom got back in the car this evening to get my ear fixed. There were 7 doggies ahead of me, but mom said we would wait. There was another Golden who look almost like me, except it was a boy and he didn't have a purple tongue. There was a Brown dog that looked like mom's friend Copper, except that his ears and tail were not as long. There was a dog that looked just like that movie star dog, Benji. And guess what his name was-BENJI! (Maybe it WAS Benji).
Then this Beagle pup came in and she had the nerve to beg my mom to pet her. I couldn't believe it. "Hey Beagle Dog, that's my mom!" I jumped right on mom's lap. And then a CAT came in! It was in a carrier but it meowed and meowed and all of us doggies perked our ears up and tried to find it.
Finally, they called my name. We followed the man to a little room in the back. I was fine until the man shut the door. Didn't he read on my chart that I am claustrophobic? I hate to have the doors closed. It really worries me. I have to make mom and dad open all the doors in our house. So I started panicking when the orderly shut the door and mom had to calm me down.
It wasn't too long after that that the doctor finally came. It was my good friend. She remembered me from last time. She cleaned out my ear. She gave me a shot. And then she gave mom some drops and some antibiotics. And we were done. Goodbye doctor! Goodbye nice ladies behind the counter! Boo on you Mr. Door Shutting Orderly I will not say goodbye to you. Good bye other doggies.
In the car we went and back home where mom gave me many treaties for being the best doggie at the vets. Now I am suddenly very, very,very sleepy. Mom says it's because of the shot.