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Christmas!

December 24th 2010 4:31 pm
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Hi! so Mom & Dad have been busy preparing for Christmas! So much has happened in their lives this past year (including adopting me), that they almost hadn't realised it's my first Christmas! well, last year it was Christmas too, but I was just an abandoned puppy and didn't know such a thing existed.

Tallulah has told me all about it, and how there are presents and lots of yummy food to be expected! She told me about some nice sneak-under-the-table tactics she saw Bela use some times, which I can do easily because I'm smaller. Still I'm thrilled to see what will happen!

Tallulah also told me that they used to get together with the entire family for Christmas; since the family is in Mexico, this time it looks like it's just mom, dad and us doggies. But we'll do our best to keep them happy and cheerful!

So best wishes to you all and hope you enjoy all your Christmases as much as I'll enjoy my first with this family!

 

Remembering Aullido

December 14th 2010 11:30 am
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Ever since I was a puppy and mom & dad rescued me, they've been telling me stories about Aullido. He was their first rescued dog and died quite unexpectedly one year ago.

I never had a chance to meet him, because he died a few weeks before I was rescued. Still, when I came to live with my new family, I could see, everywhere, the voids left by Aullido's passing. His presence was so loving and strong, and his death so deeply felt, that even now, one year and four thousand kilometers away, I can tell mom, dad & Tallulah still miss him.

Mom & dad have been a bit nostalgic all day long, thinking about Aullido, and how they changed his life by adopting him when he was lost, abandoned and without will to live. He soon improved and became a vital part of the pack. He, in turn, changed their lives with his love, protection and gratitude.

As painful and unexpected as his death was, I prefer to think of how mom & dad gave him a chance to be himself and love a family again. He seized that chance and had countless great adventures with his family. It's a reminder that, no matter how sudden or painful his passing was, what remains the deepest inside his family's hearts are the great adventures and love they had together. That is a legacy any doggie would like to leave. The stuff of legend!

 

Winter Sports!

December 5th 2010 3:52 pm
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Hey all! So winter is fully upon us here in Montreal. It's already quite cold and mom & dad say it'll get a lot colder. Luckily we're all equipped for the weather. There's also winter sports for us doggies to enjoy!

As the landscape changes, mom & dad have taken time to acclimate us to new stuff. First we went play in the snow, after a bit of fetch I was all covered in snow and ice, it's kinda fun but my paws get chunks of ice which hurt. Luckily mom & dad got some oil to protect my paws, and a set of boots for me to wear, this way my paws don't even get wet.

Later mom & dad took us to a frozen pond, to get us acquainted with ice. It was thick enough for me to do some ice skating, mom & dad threw my ball on the ice and I went fetch it, before I knew I was gliding over the ice! it was fun and let me know what to expect on icy surfaces.

I've also been snow-running with mom, and jumping around in the snow, it's all been really fun!

Sadly us doggies are not allowed on the actual ice skating rinks, they look quite dangerous because there are humans with sharp blades and stuff!

I'll let you know about more adventures, right now we're off for a nice evening walk in the snow. See ya!

 

Boarding!

November 24th 2010 9:54 am
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Hey all! so Mom & Dad were concerned about leaving us alone in the apartment. So they found a pet store that takes care of us (sort of a doggie day care), and sometimes when they need to, they walk us to this store, leave us there for a few hours, and then come get us and go home.

Now, Tallulah is way too sensitive, so she makes a big fuss, gets all blue and refuses to eat or have fun.

On the other hand, I'm an extremely sociable doggie, so from the get-go, I went and made friends with all the other doggies in that place; went play with the cats; and befriended the owners with my cute looks.

These people speak some very weird languages: english and french (which mom & dad also speak), but also russian, which I hadn't heard before. It's ok, because with my cute looks, nobody can resist. They end up giving me treats all the time which of course makes me like the place even more! so it's no surprise that when we get there, I go in wagging my tail hoping to be with my friends.

Once, they gave me so much food that I had a nasty indigestion, was bloated like a balloon (figuratively speaking, I didn't actually get bloat or anything) and couldn't sleep. Mom & dad ended up having to take me out for midnight walks so I could poop. But this was during the season's first snow so even then it was a cool adventure. After that, they've asked the guys at the pet store not to feed me too much, because I'll eat anything! but that takes half the fun out of staying there. Oh, well! See ya soon!

 

The first year of my life

October 30th 2010 5:29 pm
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Hey all! it's my birthday today!

My future was uncertain when I was born; it was downright bleak when, at two and a half months of age, I was tied up to a tree. My luck changed when mom, dad & Tallulah found me. It's been a love story ever since, full of adventures, some good and others bad, and plenty of opportunity for me to help them and show them my love.

Thanks to them my first year has been a very nice one; I learned lots of tricks, went to doggie school, made a lot of friends at parks, and eventually moved to Canada with my family. I'm glad they chose to bring me here, as by now we work quite well as a pack and every day is an adventure here.

This year also brought very difficult moments for my pack; I've been able to help, at least by being positive and supporting my humans in hard times. As a doggie it's my calling in life! And I'm sure when I'm in a tough spot they'll also be there for me.

So here's to my family and to living many more years with them!

Thanks to all my Dogster friends and hope to also stay in touch with you! See ya!

 

Greetings from up north!

September 29th 2010 10:21 am
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Hi my friends! Greetings from Canada! Yeah, that's what the weird business with the kennel was about! I had a hunch this would happen but never thought it would be so hard! I traveled along with Tallulah, who tells the whole story on her diary, and we were both terrified. We thought we'd never see mom & dad again. But luckily, after a long and scary airplane trip, we landed safely in Montreal, where dad rescued us, and later that day we reunited with mom. So we're a family again, as usual.

Here in Canada there are a lot of animals: squirrels, which drive Tallulah crazy; raccoons, which come out at night and drive Tallulah crazy; seagulls and ducks, which I like; and nastier stuff like snakes.

Sadly, one of my favorite games, which is starting a barking contest with Tallulah, is now forbidden; people here aren't too fond of barking doggies. Mom & dad say there's a lot we have to learn, and one of those things is controlling our barking.

Still, I like it here very much: I can go for early morning runs with mom, I sometimes get to play with my tennis ball, and although I had to say good-bye to all my doggie friends in Mexico, mom & dad have already found a few dog parks here where I can make new friends. So hopefully we'll adjust to life here! there's also this winter thing where mom says it gets very cold; but I'm not too worried. I mean, how cold can it really get?

See ya!

 

Nice and nasty adventures

July 20th 2010 7:54 am
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Hey all! Long time no see! I've been mostly up to my daily routine, which I've got down pat after 6 months with my family. However not everything is routine, as you'll see.

A couple of weeks ago, mom & dad went out of town to visit relatives. Since their trip was a couple of days long, they decided to leave Tallulah home, and take me to stay with my grandparents (dad's parents). It's weird because they live in an apartment and have two cats, and everyone was worried I'd be a mess. But I did my best and behaved really well, and we really had a good time! grandpa & grandma took me with them to run errands, to get some coffee, and for walks, I got to play ball and sleep with them, and the cats didn't bother me once!

Still I was thrilled when mom & dad came back to get me. I had a great time but I still prefer to be with family.

The next day they took me to the vet. They left me there in the morning, I was so sad! then the vets gave me something to make me sleep. After I woke up I was a bit anxious, but after a couple of hours mom & dad came to pick me up.

So now I'm home, recovering, although the surgery I had was minor, and very well performed, so now, 8 days after the fact, I'm almost entirely recovered; all that's left is for the stitches to be removed, in 2 days' time. Then I'll be back to my normal life, because so far I have been unable to go out and play with my friends, and it's driving me crazy! (not to mention mom & dad).

So what happened to me at the vet, you ask? I got neutered! And it wasn't as awful as everyone says it is; I'm pretty much my old crazy self anyway, and mom & dad say it'll be better for me in the long run. I can tell you, after the first couple of days, it doesn't even hurt anymore! so if your humans want to neuter you, don't be afraid; it's ok.

Be seeing you!

 

Dark times need puppy love.

May 11th 2010 10:50 am
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Dear Dogster friends, I'm very sad to tell you that Grandpa dearest did pass away. Mommy's still devastated so I've been licking her tears and making a complete fool of my self to keep her as happy as possible. I know I'm still a young pup, but my love for her is humongous and I know it shows as she does beams me a huge smile from time to time, so I'm bound to do my best for her.

In other, more light news, we had a rescue just the other day. Her name is Ginger and she was a stray, just like me.
It happened while we were driving to our Sunday promenade. In the top of this vehicular bridge, she was there, trying to avoid cars, scared like hell. Mom was driving and she told Dad who, just like a crazy goat, jumped off the car without even thinking twice about it. It was a very dangerous move as the cars were coming really fast, but it also was an only-chance opportunity to rescue little Ginger.
He finally reached her and pull her back to the safety of his arms. She was so scared she even tried to bite him! At this point Tallulah and I were barking like crazy, we were so worried for dad.
With Ginger in her arms, and Mom shielding them with the car, Dad walked until they were off the bridge and they could safely cross by the street-walk.

There Dad checked on her. She was trembling like a leaf and going into shock. She had some scratches as a car did gave her a good push. Dad decided to take her to the vet while we continued with our Sunday visit to Grandma's. Once we saw he was fine, Tally & I were at ease.
Latter we learnt that Ginger was at the vet's, resting and getting better from her wounds. There she will be spayed, get all her shots and put into adoption.

This whole adventure made me wonder, I was a stray too, hadn't been for Tally & Dad who found me abandoned, tied up to a tree, I have no idea what would have become of me. Now I have a family, a home and the confidence of a secured life. I love my pack and I know they love me and will always take care of me. I know I'm a lucky pup but I also believe every single dog, weather with pedigree or mutt, old or young, big or small, deserves a home and a family. It is up to you, good and proud dog owners to make a difference, to promote adoption, spaying & neutering.

We are always happy to help nice homeless dogs to find a home, so if you know someone in Mexico who would like to have her, please send us a message. You can find more info on Ginger (http://www.vidadeperros.com.mx/2010/05/10/ginger-hagamos-ga lletas-de-gengibre-en-su-honor/) at Vida de Perros ( http://www.vidadeperros.com.mx/), Mommy's internet site dedicated to help Mexican dogs.

 

Grandpa

April 21st 2010 8:17 am
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Hey all! I'm just a 5-month-old puppy but already I'm faced with one of dogkind's most important tasks: to cheer my humans up during hard times.

My grandpa (mom's dad, human of course) is at the hospital and is not doing so well. All the family is extremely worried; as I said I try to cheer them up, but honestly I'm more concerned about mom, since she's the one I spend most of my time with. So I'm trying to play with her and be friendly. Sometimes I overdo it and they get mad at me! but hey you can't blame me for trying too hard :P

I think us doggies should be allowed to go to the hospital; grandpa likes to play with me, and I'm sure he'd feel better if I could give him a couple of friendly licks and let him pet me. But I can't go there. Sometimes humans are so strange!

So in the meantime, Tallulah and I are doing our best to be with our humans and give them our best vibes. And we're hoping grandpa does get better!

See you soon!

 

Grandpa

March 18th 2010 1:12 pm
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My human mom's dad has been feeling ill. They tell me he is 84 years old. I'm 4 months and a half so 84 years seems really, really, really a lot!

A couple of weeks ago I got to spend 3 whole days with him at his home in the country. I like him a lot, he plays soccer with me, even thou he has to use a walking cane. He also likes to give me and Tally treats and food when ma & pops are unaware. He's sneaky in a good sense which only makes me like him even more.

Well, he got sick last Saturday, his face paralyzed for a whole day long and the human veterinary tells that he has a concuc, conssic, concuz, I mean concussion after a fall he had some time before, and some nasty blood clot near his brain which was he cause of his injury. He was hospitalized for 4 days and is now in our home. He will have to stay with us, just resting, for 2 weeks, then have some x-rays taken and then the human veterinary will decide if he should stay a bit longer with us.

I don't mind at all, I like his company. He smiles whenever I take a shoe to him so he can play fetch with me. And grandma also pampers me, she likes my hugs. I know how to spread the love and so I do in time of need. If my family needs a lick, a laugh or the tickles from my spiky whiskers, then I'm more than happy to oblige.

I also got my last puppy shot last week! So I won't be seeing the vet for a long time I hope. Puppy class has also been going well, with puppy friends and treats. The only thing a bit nasty for me is the heat. I get so tired after my afternoon walk and need to drink lots of water to cool down.

Other than this, I have noting more to report but I really wanted to stop by and say hello to you all.
Back to taking care of Grandpa.
Woof!

 
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