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Ode to Spring

June 14th 2011 10:17 am
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beauty, warmth, exuberance
Come make my heart pound
with lovely flowers, new life
and love all 'round

I run, I jump, I roll over
green, tall grass &
look a the bright blue sky.

I feel the whispers of Spring:
wake up from long dreams,
be alive, enjoy life!

 

Spring is here!

May 16th 2011 12:09 pm
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Hey all! so yes, winter is over and it's given way to a green and flowery, if very wet, spring!

After all the snow melted, the grass and tress started blooming like crazy! All the bare spots are now covered with crazy herbs that grew out of nowhere, and almost overnight, the trees sprouted leaves! there were also many pretty flowers, some that grew with all the rain and thaw water, and some that people planted so their gardens would look nice!

For me, the bad thing about spring is that I have allergies :( it's something that didn't happen in Mexico because the spring there is very different. In here, all the plants want to grow so they start launching pollen and stuff. So I started sneezing about 4 weeks ago. Mom & dad thought it was a transient thing, but as my sneezing worsened, they worried and took me to the vet. The vet prescribed some benadryl, which is something humans use to control allergies. It seems to have worked as I no longer feel the tingling in my nose that makes me sneeze.

I recovered enough from the sneezing to be left in a kennel for a week, while mom & dad went away on a trip. I was very worried that they'd leave us there forever, but I took it as my responsibility to reassure Tallulah, who was very sad about the whole kennel thing. Eventually, after a week, mom & dad came to get us, and I gave them a lot of licks and kisses!

Now we are all together, and ready to begin enjoying the spring (yeah, as soon as this devilish rain clears up, it's been raining for 4 days). So now I'm going because I need to put on my doggie raincoat to go for a walk!

See ya!

 

The Sled

February 27th 2011 11:01 am
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Hey all! I've been quite busy with winter sports which are soo fun!

I've tried ice skating, snowshoeing, some hockey with rubber balls and a puck, and chasing my ball in the snow.

But my greatest adventure was when I went sledding!

Mom & dad got a sled to try sliding down the snowy slopes of Mount Royal. So one night we went out to try the new sled. Mom would slide down while dad took care of us doggies.

I was scared and worried because sledding looks dangerous! so I'd bark and jump around trying to go after mom & seeing if she was ok.

So they decided to invite me to show me it wasn't that dangerous. Dad got on the sled, put me there with him, and off we went, down the slope!

I got off the sled and was nervous and excited. Still, dad saw I wasn't outright scared so we tried again, and again, and several times we went down the slope on the sled.

It was a lot of fun! I eventually realised it wasn't too scary. But since it was very cold we had to go back home. Still, that's one more winter sport I've tried!

See ya in the slopes!

 

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!

 
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