January 30th 2011 3:51 pm
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Good Afternoon Furpals... Both Near and Far...Tomorrow is the last day of January. A New week has started.... It's ever so cold.... Minus 5, blowing and has been snowing most of the day! Who knows what the windchill factor is?? Who cares????
By now you know the story with me...I Hate the Bitter cold combined with snow... Back to holding out, as long as I can before I agree to go outside. I know, it's not good for me... I'm just Not going to co-operate on extra trips to potty in this ucky stuff!BBBBBUUUURRRRRR! How much winter is left??? It's hard to say...Probably 2-3 months worth. This winter has not been anything like normal....
We did have the January thaw they predicted. We had 4 days of in the mid to high 30's. Nicest day was 38. The sun was shining, little wind and comfy temperatures. I actually, laid on the back steps one day for a good 30 minutes. Soaking up the sunshine! It felt so good... One day, I followed Gma around our circular driveway several times. The most exercise, I 've had at one time, since Fall disappeared....Mazy was being crazy and running the snowbanks and liliac bushes sniffing out bunnies.
I now call her, Bunny Brain!!! I mean Really, I have cataracts and I can See the bunnies better than she can! Does her sniffer cancel out her eyes???? I mean, can't she Smell and See at the same time???? Apparently Not! They are sitting very still, maybe 8 ft. away.... She doesn't see it! Probably too busy looking for the bunny poop?????? Can You believe it? I saw her eat that stuff! If, we want to talk outside eatery...then go for the good stuff! Gpa just butchered....In my younger days, I'd have been there all day getting the fresh meat! Too Cold and I'm too Old! Not walking that far for frozen raw food! Gma will cook just for me.... Whenever, I turn up my nose at the regular food! Rabbit Poop, uck!!!!!! This was Never on this Gal's menu!
Nice days brought new headaches to our place! Dripping off house made big icicles. Filled the edge of the roof and rain gutters full of ice. I bet, it was a good foot deep before Gpa chopped it with an axe... He had to hang on a big metal ladder to do this. Somehow... a trickle of melting water found it's way behind the metal siding,insallation boards, old stucco surface, wool insallation, traveled down the wooden frame and then: into the sandplaster texture in Gma's living room.... Yep, we have an Official Leak!!!! Gma is Not Happy!!!!! The interior walls were just redone about 5 years ago.
Gma had to shovel snow,ice and slush off the coal cellar roof and coal cellar door. Started shoveling it away from the foundation of the house. This is an old house. Way back then, no one installed floor drains in the basements. Gma is worried about water, if too much melts at one time... Now, she plans to shovel the snow away from the foundation... Will be slow going...She can only shovel so much at a time. She can hardly stand herself today from what she did yesterday.... The snow is banked up against the house.. The depth is between 2.5 Ft. and 4ft.
Gpa got one tractor fixed.. He is up and running with the old farmhand! Cows are happy! Back to being fed on time! The weight of the snow was too much for an old wooden barn. It was a small barn used of hiefers. The roof collasped about 4 days ago. The building in now Toast! Provided an extra shelter for bad weather stretches. Where is was...we now have a pile of lumbar on the ground, topped by a mountain of snow! A big section will need all new corraling.(Ground is frozen...so a job for late spring!)
Gma made beef Slim Jims twice this week.... Didn't make any for us puppers! She was making spicy ones. She baked buns and 2 batches of cookies. We didn't get any of those,either! What's up with that? I was getting Honked off, big time!!!! Then, she cooked a roaster full of soup bones. Cleaned all the meat off...
The barn kitties had an extra treat! But, so did this... Old Gal! (Mazy,mazy...little painzy ...didn't get any!!!!)
I had roasted beef 4 times.... This all happened, cuz Gma is cleaning deep freezers. They just butchered, will put new beef into the freezer in a couple weeks. I heard her say... the last Steer was sssssooooo big, she had 15 pkgs of meat to cook up for kitties and me!! Yahoo! I'm a loving it!
Well furpals....I'd better go! We all gathered around the puter
so we can look at your pictures and read your diaries. We have alot of pals to check in on before bedtime...Take is Easy! Don't take any Rubber Bones! Demand the Edible Chewies! Who's idea, was it to sell rubber bones???? I mean really, how lame is that????
Hugs and Kisses,
January 23rd 2011 6:09 pm
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Howdy There Pupper and Purr pals....One week of January left and this old gal has survived another January.... It's been a stormy,cold,windy,snowy,bitter month! This is the 3rd. harsh winter in a row for here on the south central North Dakota Prairie. So far, we've had only a couple nice days this month.
After All the Bitter Stuff...if, it Hits the Teens, it's a Day of Great Celebration around here.
This last week of January they have forcasted a January thaw....I'd said, "Let me see it, 1st. then I'll believe you weather humans!" Well, they are still saying it.... I'll keep you posted! This is a big state with many,many square miles. The climate from East to West and North to South varies alot in any given day. However, we are suppose to see the 20's this week.
I'm dragging my old hiney out to the Patio and sun bathing
...if, the Sun does Shine! Maybe, I can blacken up some of that hair that is turning awful white???? I look black in my pictures, but any hair that falls out: the last 1" is silver gray to snow white....Ugh!!!! What's a Gal to do? Hey, Clariol lady: do ya have Ebony Black??? I think, I'd need a gallon or so.
FUN INFORMATION ABOUT MY STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
I'm going to leave here some interesting facts about our state. I hope you enjoy reading them....
•North Dakota has recently been ranked the friendliest state in the U.S., according to Cambridge University.
•A vacation here is called the most affordable of any state by AAA.
•North Dakota ranks #1 as the safest state to live in.
•North Dakota ranks #1 for high school completion rates.
These are just a couple of the "firsts" you can find in North Dakota.
•ND produces enough soybeans to make 212 billion crayons each year.
•ND produces enough sugarbeets that produce enough sugar to sweeten 27 billion gallons of Kool-Aid.
•The world's largest french fry feed is held every year in Grand Forks, during Potato Bowl USA. In 2006, a new worlds record was set with 4,620 pounds of french fries that were served at the French Fry Frenzy. Around 10,000 people were served. About 113 gallons of ketchup were used as well.
•The geographical center of North America is marked in Rugby.
•Explorers William Clark and Meriwether Lewis, along with the Corps of Discovery, spent more time in (what is now) North Dakota than any other place on their journey.
•The International Peace Garden is located on the U.S. and Canadian borders of North Dakota and Manitoba, and is a beautiful symbol of peace and friendship.
•North Dakota is home to more wildlife refuges than any other state. Wildlife viewing and birding opportunities are abundant.
IF,YOU ENJOY THESE FUN FACTS...I'LL SNIFF SOME MORE OUT FOR MY FURPLAS FAR AND WIDE....
Do stop by this old gals page and please sign my guestbook. I have a couple real Cool Tunes playing there. My favorite is "Don't Worry Be Happy!"
27 BILLION GLASSES OF KOOL-AID! I WONDER HOW MANY GLASSES OF THAT BELONG TO: my Grandpa????? He is the Kool-aid King of N.D. Somwhere around here he has his koolaid crown... Now why didn't they tell me how much BEEF, we EAT??? After all, we raise plenty of BEEF up here.... What about our Awesome Sunflower seeds,corn,canola,buckwheat,flax,durum and spring wheat???? How about All the OIL the state is sitting on top of?????
A FUN FACT OF MY OWN IS: WE EAT ICE CREAM YEAR ROUND! EVEN WHEN -40... YEP.....I Never,ever turn down ice cream!!!!!
Well see ya later....off to finish my after supper nap!
Catch ya soon, Baby
January 15th 2011 12:24 pm
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Hi Pupper and Purr Pals.....
2 feet of Snow 2011
Mazy woke me up from my Nap...Drug me to the Puter! I gotta say, "this picture was worth losing a few winks of sleep."
This is Truly FUNNY! I've never seen any HuuuMans with Feet this Big! Have you???? Some people just are so artist...Can make something Funny out of the ucky,cold,wet snow!!! I sure hope, they had good wool mitties....Think we have to send this to the grandkiddies. They make Snowmen all the time. I bet Jaxcen would love to make a Snow Foot. Is that anything like Big Foot????
Too much to think about...Back to my Nap! Almost supper time...
Just another day on the frozen Prairie! One day closer to spring. Thanks everybody for checking in on this old gal...
Hugs and Kisses, Baby
January 14th 2011 2:31 pm
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Howdy furpals....Here it is, almost the middle, of the 1st. month of 2011. What can I say, about this current winter????? It's Going to be another BAD ONE! I'm Positive..... this is the Total Truth! The last 3 winters have Not been a Picnic..... All of them have been pretty tough! No wonder, I NOW PIDDLE on the PATIO!!!! Spent most of my life always going into the hay yard in the winter to potty....I Never wanted to make any extra work for Grandma. Cuz, I was so thrilled to be rescued from abuse...
This winter I've left enough frozen piddle on the patio to make an ice skating ring....A dogster pal, suggested selling tickets to skate! We really didn't think there would be any takers! So, when it warms up ... Gma chips it all off with an Ice Bar. She said, she does this so she won't slip,fall and bust her hiney! I know, she really does it for me....So, I have a clean place to potty.
Day 2 of Quick and Fast warmer temperatures. Made 20 above before the temperature started falling. Snow in the forcast for tonight through Tuesday. We had 3" this morning! The new snow wasn't suppose to arrive until during the night.... They missed that by 12 hrs. It has stopped snowing for now. More coming... We've had more snow in the last 3 winters, than in most of the winters of my life, rolled together! Getting a picture?
Gma was suppose to go to town for a BP check. Tried to do this 2 Fridays in a row. Weather prevented her from going both times. Last week the driveway blew shut and couldn't get out with the car. This week, she was walking out to the car and ready to go. Neighbor swung in with tractor parts for Gpa. She ask, "how are the roads?" Reply, I-94 is good. The county road out here is a total white-out. I couldn't see a thing. I almost hit the snowplow! He is 20 yrs. Gma's, junior.
This was enough for Gma...She turned around and went back into the house. She is monitoring her BP here at home as instructed.
Gma called and cancelled. Gma said, "if, she fought white-out for 10 miles, her BP would be in the twilight zone! Thanks, but no thanks!" It's only slightly, elevated... She still thinks it is elevated due to higher physical pain level. As well as, it is winter, Not OUR season! Some stress with all the equipment breakdowns... Since her BP has been waxing and waning for 20 yrs. due to her chronic pain level. Never has been truly high BP... I bet, if Gma took My BP with that fangled thing: on a bitter,windy,sub-zero day.....Mine would a G-Zillion for sure!!!!! The only thing, that makes me Happy on All those days is: Ear Rubs, Sweet Nothings Gma says to me, grilled Vension, my beef, tiny mini flavored bone biscuits, snuggling into my new velvour bed.... Plus, I Love those homemade Peanutbutter Biscuits.... Gma, can now see a cataract on the other eye. I now have a matching pair... I'm a little hard of hearing, vision a little cloudy and sniffer isn't what it used to be....Aging is for the birds! I still have the Sweetest Nature..I'm Never Crabby at anyone.....How many puppers can say that??????
Another neighbor was here for coffee. He said, he read somewhere,long range... We are suppose to have 10 hard, tough winters... This being number 3, we have 7 to go!!!! Gma said, "if we, have 7 more like the last 3....her and Mazy will be spending them somewhere warmer than North Dakota. Boy! She meant it!" As for me, I THINK the guy who wrote the article is All WET! Since I'm a senior,senior pupper.....don't think, I have to worry about trying to battle 7 more??? I mean REALLY! They can't even predict the weather correctly for 3-4 days at a time... Are weathermen, guys who can't do anything, else????? I could do, weather! I can tell you, how cold it is: by how long, it takes my Piddle to freeze!!! I'm better looking than alot of the weathermen,too!
Since it did warm up ...Gma made me walk around,stretch my leggers and get some fresh air... I wasn't impressed! It is still winter...I did it, to humor the old gal! However, I know fresh grilled vension is waiting in the frige. I better get my nap in before supper.....BTW- I heard on the news this morning 47 of the lower 48 states have SNOW! Only Florida, didn't have any.... and Hawaii of course...Alaska, of course gets snow every winter... What are the odds on that happening, every year??? Just wondering?????
I'm dreaming of Spring wild purple pasture crocuses.....Anyone, want to guess, when they bloom this year?????
Kisses and Hugs, Baby
December 29th 2010 7:03 pm
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Yippy!!!!! I have a brand new pillow bed! I can stretch out better. More padding and soft velvour material. I am much more comfortable.... I think, it Helps my aches and pains of old age?
When Grandma asks,"Baby do you like your new bed?" I snuggle in tight but my tail is a wagging! Yes, yes, I love my new bed! I haven't had a new one in many years....Since, I don't play with toys anymore....they thought, I deserved something special. They are always trying to make me a little more comfty....
We had 2 days in the 30's but gone now. Wind is blowing, temperature is dropping....another storm is rolling in on us...
Actually two storms with small break between them...(if, a few hours is a break?) Sounds like the rest of the week will be crappy....Lots of snow,cold and blowing. Back to crossing my paws! Grandma never finished the shoveling from the last time around....Oh my! She gonna have plenty more to shovel now....
Grnadma spent most of the day cutting and wrapping our vension for 2011. Mazy and I are set! She has a package for every week of the New Year for us. Still had 2 pails for making sausage and all the tenderloin steak to grill. Grandpa only eats the homemade sausage. This is 50% pork... They make it later this winter with friends. One long day of sausage making. About 150 pounds for 3 families.
Grandma is baking some Alaskan Salmon ths weekend. Grandpa's sister brought us Salmon, Halibut and Cod. All from Alaska! All caught by her boys and hubby. Yummy! Us puppers, don't care if Grandpa still doesn't like Salmon.... Well, maybe he still doesn't....He said, he'd try it again...Since it has been years!
If, he poos it, Mazy and I get to help Grandma eat it...The other fish he likes..... so, little opportunity there.
Well pupper and purr pals ... I'm off to finish my after supper nap... Hoping Grandma gets caught up with her work again...All us furs want to catch up on our diary reading. As well as, looking over new pictures. We want to Zoom around to All our groups and see what is going on....I think she said???? "Not working New Year's Day, except to care for us Furs. Cook for Grandpa. Make her bed...." Oh yeah,right!!! This old gal don't believe it, until she sees it!
December 27th 2010 4:40 pm
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Hi there furpals- 1st. off I said, I'd get back to ya with the verdict on the pupper treats Gma made us. (I can't remember but I think, I haven't done that?????) Well, what can I say????? Those Peanutbutter Pupper Treats are absolutely Top Notch! I'll give them 10 STARS! So they rate with both Mazy and I as a 10 outta a possible 10!!!!!
Real simple recipe: 2 c. of whole wheat flour, 1 tsp. of baking powder, 1 c. of peanutbutter and 1 can 15oz. of beef broth.
Cut the peanutbutter into the flour, as if making biscuits. Then add the can of beef broth. Mix all this together. Make a workable soft dough. If too moist add a little extra flour
(1-2T.) if too dry add a little water. The dough should be like a soft playdough for kids. Flour a surface. Break dough into 1/3's. Roll dough out. Cut with biscuit or cookie cutters. Don't have that....Don't Worry, Be Happy!!!! Can cut with a scissors or knife. Bake 20 minutes at a preheated oven 350 degrees. Cool on pans. Then package. Gma had a very small biscuit cutter and a small teddy bear cookie cutter. Makes alot! We had 3 quart bags. We didn't know how good they would keep leaving all of them out. So Gma froze a couple bags and left just a few out. Don't have to worry about spoiling.....
Anyway... they are Awesome! I have NO problems chewing these with my old toophers! They are semi-hard, but not overly crunchy...There are very few commerical treats, that I eat these days.
Most are a problem for me to chew....so I just pass! I'M SO HAPPY TO HAVE COOKIES IN MY DAYS AGAIN! Give these a try..... This old gal says, you won't be disappointed! Unless you have a wheat or peanutbutter allergy.... Then these are not for you. Gma says, she thinks oat flour would work just as well. She had the whole wheat in the house....We chose this recipe off recipes found at dogster... We will be trying some other recipes. Will keep you posted!
Sunny and clear today! A one day heatwave of 34. I sat on the patio and soaked up the Sunshine! Wind is back tonight after blowing all night last night! We are hoping the temperature today will put a crust on our feathery snow. Our ditches are full. Our ranchyard is full.... the snow around the house is a good 2 feet deep on the level. We have drifts here and there. Snowplow has been through 3 times in the last 10 days. A Big storm is forcast for later in the week. Sounds like it will be snowing and blowing for New Year's Eve?????????
December 17th 2010 3:24 pm
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December is turning out to be a month filled with surplus....
I have a surplus here of Fluffy feathery snow! Everywhere, I go there is deep snow.....Our county snow plow has been out on our road 2 times in 7 days. He even plowed our driveway to help us out. If this doesn't stop the county will have all the snow money budget spent. Lots of winter to go!
The last snow was 7-8", we think.... could have been more! We are going by the depth on the Big patio. Gma keeps shoveled for me to get out for business. Hopefully not slip and fall. A couple nights ago...she went out at 8 p.m. and shoveled again for me. The moon had everything all bright for her to see.
A little freezing drizzle came before the last snow. Made the patio real slippery.
Our pattern seems to be: warm a little and snow alot! Several days to clean up the mess around our ranchyard. Then the weekend comes and turns bitter cold. The wind kicks in and the blowing starts. Then we start all over again....
A day here and there the temperatures are comfortable for this old gal. I go out and have a little extra fresh air. Mostly, I stay snuggled into my pillow bed. I 'm not running but hobbling carefully out for business. Hurry and get it done. Hurry back...
I'm still playing the cross your paws game. Gma doesn't like it, when I don't drink my water. Cuz, I don't want to go out.
I passed on, Mazy's offer for the potty pad. Sometimes, when I finally decide to go out: it is all I can do to clear the landing and 3 steps. All of which have outdoor carpeting on them. Makes it nicer for getting in and out without falling.
I heard Gma say this weekend she is using a dogster cookie recipe to make us some cookies with peanutbutter. Yum-yum! Sounds pawsome! Can hardly wait to try them... I'll let you know, if they are any good or not...I'm pretty fussy about my treats and meals these days. If, an old pupper likes them....then I'll share the recipe with my pals. I'll do the taste testing 1st....
Well, I know Mazy and Precious have things that are more Fun to share. Gma has been busy with baking,cards and regular work...So we are all behind on our diaries and groups. She promised to juggle her schedule so all of us can catch up with our pals....
I'm off to take a quick nap before supper. I spent some time outside today before the temperature really started falling. Now, I'm only agreeing to my potty breaks... Believe me.... No one is picking me up and carrying me outside! We'd All be on the ground....
After supper, ALL us furs are gathering around the Puter to see what Everyone has been doing... I sit back and let Precious (Eagle Eyes) read to me....Mazy still stumbles over her words... cuz, she is only 3. Anyone want a semi-load of Snow???????
December 10th 2010 3:01 pm
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Yesterday it was 38,calm,sunny and bright. It felt so good on this old pupper! Gma made me go outside,walk around and enjoy the day. I even sunned myself on the patio. I did My Happy Dance Yesterday!
By evening, I knew this day wasn't to repeat itself. Phooey!
And double phooey! Okay Furs, put on your Christmas list:
Stop the Snow on the Prairie for Old Baby!!!! I'm just NOT liking this!
Today, one of those yucky, Alberta Clippers started rolling across us. It was pretty nice this morning. Calm, no sun, but about 15. Tolerable...
After dinner, the wind showed up and has been building ever since. Now it is blowing and snowing! Snowing and blowing! The temperature is falling faster than my paws can type! Extra Cookies are not helping! Back to crossing my paws, until my eyes cross. I Hate going outside in this stormy weather!
Suppose to be a totally yucky weekend with 2 to 5 inches of new snow. Gpa still doesn't have his loader tractor repaired. We do have the parts now. There is lots of snow he needs to be moving away from our buildings,corrals,gates and our house. Moved some with old farmhand but taking it easy. We need that tractor to carry the big bales to the cattle.
Yeah!!!! The new propane stock tank heater arrived. At least Gpa won't have to chop ice for the cattle. Poor Gpa is out in the winter weather almost all day. He is a tough old bird! Gma is sure glad she shoveled snow and did the outside chores before dinner. Took Mazy out to sniff around.
Hoping the weather at your house is better than my house.... Well, maybe, I'll eat just one cookie? A nap before supper, might take my mind off the cold. I saw, Gma lay out vension.
A fresh batch of steak! Boy, I sure hope, we don't run out of steak! It's going to be a very,very, long winter....
December 3rd 2010 3:18 pm
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We had very heavy,large snowflakes all day. Finally stopped about 4p. We now have a good 4-6" of new snow. Gma, Mazy and I just came inside. Gma had to shovel about 6" off the landing and steps. So I could get out to potty. The snow is dry and feathery. Good thing there isn't any wind. If there was it would be a Blizzard! Gpa shoveled the steps just before 12 and lunchtime. As long as we were there, Gma shovel the whole patio. Now I have somewhere to walk around.
It's cold, Gma froze her hands through her gloves. Mazy ran and jumped in snow deep piles! Young puppers are just Crazy that way! Sure hope this is the last of it for awhile.
Gpa did try and push some with his farmhand. He is feeding the cattle. He has to walk in the deep snow with the grain pails. The loader tractor allows him to put the buckets on the loader and drive to each corral. Hope the parts for the loader tractor arrive soon. Also, hope our new LP stock tank heater arrives by Monday. Chopping ice off tanks is for young guys. Not us old folks...Stuff breaks or wear out in the weather, when you need it the most. Never a good time.
You know it was nasty, when Gpa spent the afternoon reading newspapers and watching TV. He is almost always out doing something. I'm so grateful we put all new windows in the house 2 years ago. House stays alot warmer now. Got rid of all those nasty drafts!
Please Santa, please bring me some warmer weather for Christmas!
I'd sure like to send snow to some of my southern pupper pals.
Sure they'd enjoy playing in it. It would melt in no time. This is here to stay until Spring. I guess, I'll get back to my napping.... Huggies, Baby
November 28th 2010 8:01 pm
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I was so surprised to be chosen Ruler of the Week of the Rotties Rule. Nov. 28- Dec. 4 I've always been a follower and not a leader. This is such an honor for an old gal like me.
My days as a senior,senior pupper are pretty quiet. I spend my days now trying to stay snuggled into my fluffy bed. Winter has arrived. I no longer embrace this season, as I did when I was young.
Most of today was pretty nice. No wind and the temperature was
33. (So I went out this morning and Gma scrubbed up the entry for me. Cleaned and fluffed up my bed.) I did walk around for awhile. Then I guarded the back steps until the floor dried. About 4 pm the temperature really started to fall. Now it is 20. Probably close to 0 with the windchill. The wind came up and the air is very moist. More snow is in the forcast.
I wait as long as I can, to go outside. There is a big snowbank where I usually potty. I've been having a hard time making it to the driveway, before I potty. Our large patio is covered with big yellow frozen puddles. Gma said, not to worry about it... the snow would cover it up, real soon. She said, by the time she is my age, she was pretty sure she'd need diapers.
The cold makes my old legs so stiff. Going out isn't Fun like it once was. I used to follow Gpa for most of the cattle chores.
I'd sniff out rabbits. Roll in the snow and make pupper angels. The last 4 years, each winter is tougher for me. We've had a couple rough winters out of the last 3 yrs. Now I just wait in the house for Gpa. Sometimes, when he has coffee I get pieces of cookies.
I was glad today was Sunday and the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend was over. All the extra excitement really cut into my nap time. I so enjoyed the turkey as a change of pace for a couple days. Tonight, I had vension with my canned beef and turkey/rice kibbles. I love those grandkids loving on me... However,they have so much energy and make a lot of noise! I miss alot of my nap time when they are here.
I better go...I see it is almost time to fight the wind! My last trip outside for the night. I'm doing o.k... I don't have to get up and go outside during the night. Pretty darn good for 17 plus years....Sweet dreams,pupper pals!
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