Life With Sharon, or, How Much Can a Dog Take?

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BOR-RING!

February 12th 2011 8:13 pm
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It's really been boring around here with Mom busy packing all day and not paying much attention to me. We haven't played bunny for days and it's been too rainy to go for a walk. I know a lot of you guys have had snow, but we've had so much rain that it's piling up under our house. We had to spend a lot of money having a sump pump put under the house for the new owners. The only interesting thing that's happened is that the workers found a really big 'possum under the house who was really upset with the ruckus everybody was making. I guess it's not a good thing to have a 'possum under your house, because every one was making a very big deal out of it and they finally decided to set a trap for him. 'Possums aren't the high scorers of the animal kingdom on the Intelligence Quotient but so far he's been smart enough to stay out of the trap.

Mom took me back to the SPAW for a swim yesterday since I hadn't been getting much exercise. It was good to see Melissa again, but I still don't like to swim. We're going to go once a week for a few weeks, just to stay in shape. Now that I've lost weight and have a waist, I have to be careful not to put the pounds back on.

Next Friday is moving day. I'll finally get to see my new home. Mom says I have to pick ONE place to pee and stick to it so she'll know where to put the pee pads. I might have to try out a few places, though, to see which is the best one.

Had my teeth cleaned this week - nice to have clean, shiny choppers again. Mom got a discount because I don't have very many of them. On Tuesday I have to go to the groomer again. It sure is a lot of work keeping up a good appearance.

 

U-urp!

February 22nd 2011 8:14 pm
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I finally got to scope out the new condo today. Mom took me for a long walk around the neighborhood first where I anointed lots of spots to mark my new territory. She thought that by doing this I would be less likely to pee in our new home on the first visit. She was right - it worked. Unfortunately, (I guess I must have had a nervous stomach) I vomited instead. In the only room that was carpeted. Mom had been prepared for pee by bringing along a pee pad, but she hadn't thought that something might come out the other end. (snicker) Sorry, Mom. So she had nothing to clean it up with. The real estate agent who had let us in was kind enough to run downstairs to get some napkins and newspaper because there wasn't even toilet paper in the condo yet. Poor Mom was trying to clean up the mess with itty-bitty napkins and talk to the window treatment lady and listen to the instructions from the realtor all at the same time - not an auspicious beginning.

So, after a false start (moving day was supposed to be last Friday), our new moving day will be Saturday. We're tired of camping out in our own house with everything packed in boxes, ready to be moved.

Lots of changes ahead - not only will we be living in a new place that you have to get to by elevator, but I have to change my vet. I hope my new vet doesn't give shots or clean teeth - I hope she only gives dog cookies. My old vet spoke softly and said reassuring things and then pinched me or poked me or took me away from my Mom. I hope my new vet doesn't do any of those things. Some dogs don't shake and shiver when they go to the vet - they must either be first-timers or stupid!

 

Whew!

March 1st 2011 8:09 pm
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Whew, puff, puff! Moving is really hard work! Our new condo is at the end of the hallway from the elevator. I must have followed Mom back and forth a hundred times moving stuff in. She told me to wait in the condo but no way was I going to let her do all that without me! We've slept here three nights now and it's going pretty well, but Mom hasn't had a lot of time to play bunny with me - although she did stop at the pet store to get me a new one because my old one lost two of his feet.

Mom says I'm being a really good boy. I haven't been needy or barked or anything, except when she was trying to put together some metal shelves and was making an awful lot of noise. There were crashes and clanking going on and I got pretty nervous and wanted to sit on her lap, but she said, "Oh, Patch, I just can't have you on my lap right now - I've got to get this done." I brought her my bunny and everything, but - except for giving it a little toss - she wouldn't pay any attention to me. Later she was taking her clothes out of a suitcase and hanging them up in the closet. I tried to be a little harder to ignore so I curled up in the suitcase - that got her attention. She said, "Oh, Patch, you're so funny!"

She did tell me that I'm doing a really good job of peeing on the pee pad, though. Except for that one time... Dang! I thought for sure that was a pee pad. It was the same color as a pee pad. How's a guy to know?

I have a little tiny balcony - just dog-sized. I like watching all the people down below going about their business. At our old house there was never anything to watch. This place might work out... we'll see.

 

It's About Time!

March 13th 2011 5:32 pm
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Mom has been so busy with the move lately that she hasn't had time to type for me, but now that she's down with a cold, I talked her into updating my diary.

We've been in our new condo now for about two weeks and I'm starting to feel at home. Some of our routines are different and we're still trying to work out some things, but I've been "goin' with the flow" and haven't suffered too much stress. I've made a few mistakes of the pee and poop kind, but I'm becoming more and more reliable. Mom still has the new area rug covered with plastic but I haven't gone on it. (I'm just waitin'...)

I didn't know I wasn't supposed to pee or poop in the hallway outside our condo, but I do now! When we go out our door, Mom hightails it to the elevator with me on a tight leash saying, "Go fast, Patch! Keep going fast!"

There's a girl dog who lives in this building that I met the other day. I impressed her by peeing right in front of her. She was pretty friendly after that - she wagged her tail in that quick way dogs do when they're really interested in meeting someone new and checked me out (if you get my meaning). She's a Havanese - don't think I've ever met one before - and awfully hairy. I think she'd look better with a tidy haircut. But you know how some girls like long, tousled hair. They think it looks sexy - I think it just looks messy. Her mom said she's a retired brood mom. I kind of got the idea she didn't really want to be retired.

It's a little more boring here than in my other place. It's not as good a place for playing bunny because the floors are all slick wood and I can't get enough traction. I'll be glad when the weather improves 'cause Mom said we'll go to the park to play bunny.

I got my new European micro-chip and another rabies shot last week. Mom sent in the form from the vet to be certified. Then I'll have to have one more health certification before we leave for Paris. Mom says it's going to be a long trip - hope I can sleep most of the time.

We're doing some research for my book, "Patch in Paris." It's going to be about living in Paris from a dog's point of view. Mom wants to add little bits of dog history such as famous French dogs or dogs of famous French people.

Mom bought me a new bed for our new living room - she said the old one didn't match. This one has zebra stripes to match the new zebra stripe chair. I didn't think that was necessary - I'm happy just sitting in the chair, but you know moms...

Speaking of which, mine says she's tired of typing and wants to take a nap, so I'll update you on the trip preparations later.

Au revoir!

 

The Bunny Runway

March 27th 2011 10:17 pm
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Mom felt really bad that it was so hard to play bunny on our slick new floors. When I slid and scrambled around chasing the bunny, it hurt my legs and I'd start to limp. So she bought me some carpet runners to stretch from our t.v. room, where we spend a lot of time, out into the kitchen. Now she can throw the bunny down the "runway" and I can chase it without sprawling all over the floor like Thumper on the ice. It's my favorite thing to do, even more than going for a walk, so I'm really happy to play bunny again.

In three weeks we leave for Paris. Today Mom spent a lot of time deciding what to bring along. I've been practicing staying in my airplane carrier and I do pretty well - I don't complain or scratch or try to get out, but I can't really relax in there. I just keep waiting for the time when Mom unzips the door. I really think the airlines are unreasonable to make us dogs sit under the seat the whole way, when they allow babies and little kids to wail and scream and annoy everyone. If I could sit beside my mom I'd be a really well-behaved, quiet gentleman, and I wouldn't kick the back of the seat in front of me, either.

I have my doggie passport ready to go with my health certificate, and my new microchip (European approved) has been implanted. Now that I have two - American-style and French, I can be identified on two continents. I also have a new id tag with my Paris address and phone number on it, but I don't plan on getting lost. I'm a velcro dog - I stick pretty close to my mom and never let her out of my sight.

I think my book is going to be too long to put in my Dogster diary, so I'll probably do it as a blog and put a link to it on my Dogster page for anyone who's interested. Soon as I get over jet lag.

 

Dog Blog

March 28th 2011 9:39 pm
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For anydog who's interested I've set up my DogBlog, although there's not going to be much on it for awhile. But if you wanna check it out, go to www.patchinparisdogblog.blogspot.com and you will recognize my happy face. You also can see on the map where I'll be living. AdHV (That's BOL in French for all you non-French barkers.)

 

"Voeux" from Paris!

April 22nd 2011 9:29 pm
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Happy Easter to all my pup pals from Paris! Thanks to all of you who have sent good wishes and gifts! Mom says she's not going to have time to keep up my Dogster page AND my Dog Blog, so I hope you keep up with my experiences on www.patchinparisdogblog.blogspot.com. She said she would try to put some new pictures on my Dogster page though. All those weight-loss pictures are history. Keep things going in the states while I'm abroad.
Love you all,
Patch

 

I'M BACK!!!

August 29th 2011 6:21 pm
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I wonder if I have any pup pal readers left, I've been away from Dogster so long. Mom finally got my book printed so she says she'll have more time to type my diary entries now. Yesterday we went to the Dog Days of Summer at the lake, which is a fundraiser for dogs who need homes. There were contests like "Best-tail-or-body Wag," and "Bark 'n' Howl." There was a doggy fashion show and a training-your-dog demo. That one turned out to be a definite benefit for me because Mom decided when we got home to teach me to TURN AROUND. You know what that means - TREATS! We also visited the Meet-and-Greet greyhounds for old times' sake. There was one guy who looked a lot like Tanner. Greyhounds are the only other dogs I like, 'cause Tanner was my BFF.

We had a weird night last night. Mom couldn't sleep and kept getting up and down and I was really restless, too and moved from place to place on the bed. Finally, Mom suggested that I get down off the bed. Well, I thought, as long as I can't sleep, I may as well make the most of my time, so I went into the tv room and guess what I found? A big bowl of salt-and-pepper potato chips - my favorite! Guess what Mom found when she got up? AN EMPTY BOWL! BOL!!! She kept waiting for me to throw up today, but I fooled her. I ate 'em and I'm keepin' 'em down!

 

Patch in Paris

August 30th 2011 10:31 am
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You can see my finished book online at the address below. For those of you who followed the blog, it's pretty much the same with a few additions and deletions.

Patch in Paris by Patch Dixon | Make Your Own Book

 

My Games

September 3rd 2011 10:44 pm
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Mom bought me a game to play for when she goes away and leaves me at home. I'd rather go with her, but I LOVE the game! It's a bone-shaped board that has holes in it. The holes have lids that slide off or can be knocked off. When I uncover the holes, guess what! There are treats inside! I've learned to do it so fast that sometimes I'm almost finished before she's out the door! I've noticed that she gets all her stuff ready to go before she puts my game board down and then she says Bye-bye and scoots out the door. She has another toy that she gives me sometimes that I also LOVE! It's a round rubber ball that has pointy things on it and four holes in it. Mom puts PEANUT BUTTER in the holes and lets me lick it out. It takes a very flexible tongue to completely clean out the holes, but I don't give up until even the peanut butter smell is gone.

The other day Mom and I went to PetCo to look for a harness for me. She didn't see the kind she wanted, but she needed poop bags so she went to the counter to pay for them. While she was waiting there, I happened to see some pretty tempting dog biscuits right at eye level. I figured they must be for me, so I picked one out. It was a swell biscuit - about ten inches long - and I stood there patiently holding it while Mom was paying for the poop bags. Then she turned around and looked at me behind her and said to the man, "And I guess we're getting one of those "Big Bites," too." So he came around and aimed his reader at the bar code - I didn't even have to let go of it - and I carried out to the car, very pleased with my selection.

 
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