March 3rd 2014 12:25 pm
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My Emilie came to stay with us Saturday and Sunday. We haven't seen her in a while so it was nice to see her and have her to play with. She remembered the rules and didn't try to hug or kiss me, but we played together nice. She is starting to get really good at throwing our toys for us and I was happy to go after them:) Saturday we just played with Emi and instead of tubby time, Emi showered with mom which didn't make me happy. I like when Emi has tubby time cause I play with her, but she now likes showers so all I could do is sit outside the shower and watch through the glass, not fun for me:(
Sunday Emi was kinda out of sorts. She wasn't mean to me, but she was kinda whiny and when her mom and dad came to pick her up, she was really mean to Chloe. Mom could tell right away that Emi's personality changed and put me in my crate so I didn't get in any kind of trouble. But of course, Emilie being the mood she was kept coming over to my crate and messing with me. Mom and dad kept telling her to stop and fortunately she did, but mom did warn that if she stuck her hands in my crate I might bite her. I don't know that I would unless she was poking me or something, but it was good for mom to warn her so she would leave me alone. I also heard mom tell dad that if I'm ever locked in my crate and Emilie messes with me and I do bite her, it is NOT my fault and he agreed. Hey, what's a dog to do? I certainly can't retreat to my crate to get away when I'm already in my crate! Fortunately for me she left me alone after a couple warnings, but not so good for Chloe cause then she went to Chloe and started hitting her. Mom and dad stopped it right away and poor Chloe took off downstairs. I don't know what came over Emilie cause she doesn't do that kind of stuff to us, she's usually really good, but now that I saw that side of her I'm gonna have to really keep my eye on her and when I see her that way, I'm into my crate!
This week we have our visit to Manor Care but that's all I am aware of. We didn't get the snow they were calling for and that doesn't upset me one bit cause I'm about sick of snow! I hope it's done now and that it warms up so we can start spending more time outside having fun:)
February 26th 2014 7:06 am
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I had lots going on since my last post so I'll start by telling everyone that our search team was successful in locating the missing man. As expected, he had passed, but now the family has closure and the man can rest in peace. I wasn't able to participate in the search since I'm not certified yet, but mom was there and said it was our horse team that located him. We're just all glad he's been found.
When mom came home from the search she was really tired, but still found the energy to take us for a walk cause it was so nice outside. It felt like springtime and I wish it would stay that way, but no such luck as it is cold here again:(
Sunday we were pretty busy. After church mom took us to visit grandma and then we went to the barn. It was muddy and the dog eating dog, Jada, was outside so we had to stay in the car. I wish mom would let me out cause I'm not afraid of Jada and I would give her a run for her money and knock her down a few notches even though she's a German Shepherd. Chloe is scared to death of her and hides on the floor in the car when Jada is outside, but not me...bring it on Jada!
After the barn we went back home and hung outside with mom while she cleaned the inside of her car. It is pretty dirty from all the bad weather and from us being in it all the time. Mom said our hair is everywhere and she's going to shave us bald! Not really, but I'm sure she wishes she could:) When mom was done Barb showed up and we went for a visit to Country Meadows. We haven't been there since before Christmas so everyone was very happy to see us and we were happy to see them too. After our visit mom took us inside the monster...at least that's what I call it. She drove our car into this box and it was kind loud and sprayed all kind of stuff all over the car and these roller things had brushes and went all over the car. No matter where I looked it was all around us. It was like some kind of monster was trying to eat us, but couldn't get inside! Mom and Barb were laughing at me cause my head was whipping around in all directions trying to keep an eye on this thing. Chloe didn't seem to be worried at all, but me, well I wanted to make sure it wasn't getting in to eat us all! It finally stopped and we got out alive thank goodness! I'm in no hurry to go inside the monster again that is for sure.
Yesterday was our yearly trip to the vet for our dental. All three of us go and none of us are happy to be there. I usually get to roam around the back area, but this time I decided to share a crate with Chloe. You know just in case she gets nervous and needs her little sister for support. It usually isn't too bad cause we get out of there by lunchtime, but not this trip. Gizmo had a cavity so they had to put her under to get it fixed and that meant we were stuck at the vet until 4pm when dad finally picked us up. Leave it to the cat to mess things up, but at least she's okay. We are all a little worried about her cause she lost a pound in a year. We all also understand that she is getting older (she'll be 16 this year) and that is part of getting old. Gizmo seems to eat, drink, potty and all the things cat's do, so mom said she just wants Giz to be happy and we all try our best to keep her that way:) Anyway, back to my dental visit. So we usually get handscaled cause mom doesn't like us being put under any more than need be. Well the vet told mom that next year I have to be put under cause I was really a handful and he can't do it just handscale anymore. Mom is not happy about that and said that maybe another dr. in the office will do the handscale cause she really doesn't want us put under unless we actually need some work done like Giz had to have. Hopefully someone will do it cause I don't want to be knocked out either cause I always feel lousy afterwards. At any rate, we finally got home around 430pm and we were all happy to be home! Not too much about having a pill shoved down my through 2x a day, but I can live with that for a few days to be sure I don't get an infection.
So that's what I've been up to. Unfortunately the nice weather is gone again and it's bitter cold so no fun outside for a while again. At least our Emilie is coming to stay with us this Saturday so we'll have fun playing with her and I'm looking forward to it!
February 19th 2014 7:55 am
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Well, well, it seems like for once I am not the one in trouble. There have been pee puddles on the landing by the front door the past couple of days and a couple in the kitchen the days before. Of course I am always the one to blame cause of my issue and then I have to where a diaper. However, mom figured out that it was Chloe and thought she had a UTI and took her to the vet. It turned out that Chloe does NOT have a UTI and is just going potty in the house for no physical reason at all. So now she is the one wearing a diaper and mom and dad apologized for blaming me. I accepted their apology of course and glad that I don't have to where the diaper now and it's funny seeing Chloe wear one. But hey, if she wants to misbehave then I guess that's what she gets. Don't know why she's doing it and don't care as long as she's okay and I'm not the one getting in trouble:)
Okay, enough about Chloe. Last night we went to visit our friends at Manor Care and everyone was happy to see us:) Roy enjoyed it when Chloe and I wrestled in his room and got a kick out of me getting a drink from his sink. I stand up on my hind legs and put my front paws on the sink then mom uses her hand to cup the water and I get a drink! I think she took a pix to post so you can see me. Not the best cause she was doing it with one hand, but you get the idea. After we left Roy's room we went to visit our friends on the second floor and I'm happy to report that everyone is doing well. Although it sounded like Lois was really sick last week just like mom, but even worse cause she had to go to the hospital for a couple of days. But she's doing much better and was happy that we came to see her:) I had a good time visiting, but it was really hot in their for some reason so we got another drink in Lois' room and didn't go to the 3rd floor cause Chloe and I were too hot. Mom felt bad, but we never see the same people since they are usually only there for a week or two for rehab and hopefully we weren't missed. Mom likes to make people happy, but she always puts our well-being first and she knows that the people understand cause they love us too and want us to be healthy! Speaking of the people loving us, one of the residents was so nice and had her son buy Chloe and I each a bag of treats. That was so nice of her to think of us and I thanked her with a loud bark which she loved:)
On another note, I just heard that poor mom got locked out of her office this morning. It wouldn't have been too bad except for the fact that it was 28 degrees, freezing rain, mom didn't have boots, coat and was wearing a short-sleeve sweater this morning. She was stuck outside in the cold for almost 20 minutes until the attorney next to them came in and she went there to stay warm and wait for her boss to show up. Poor mom did not have a good start to her day. I hope it gets better for her and that this crappy weather soon goes away and never comes back!
February 18th 2014 8:00 am
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Yipee!!! We just heard the news and Dogster isn't shutting down! Thank goodness we all complained and begged them to stay up and running cause it was worth it! We're hoping when they switch to the new company that we don't lose any of our stuff, but if we do it's much better than not having Dogster at all so we will deal with it with a smile:)
Now, about what's been going on around here and it's not a whole heck of a lot. As you know mom has been home sick for the week last week, but she is better now and returned to work. We played in the snow over the weekend and I love playing keep the frisbee away from Chloe. I know that's not nice of me especially with her hip problem, but it is fun:) We've also been watching the Olympics and I love it! I really enjoy the bobsled racing and check out the pix of me watching team USA racing down the slide. A huge congrats to USA1 bobsled team for their first medal in 62 years...way to go! I also like the speed (not figure) skating a lot too. They fly around that track! Skiing/snowboarding is okay if they are doing all that acrobatic stuff in the air, but plain downhill kinda boring for me. Although I was happy to see B. Miller win a medal:) Mom can't believe how I watch the Olympics and she actually thinks I know what's going on. Well duh mom! I am a smart Aussie:)
I forgot to tell you I have a new favorite show since K-9 Cops isn't on anymore...Lassie. That was mom's favorite show when she was younger so she found it on the TV and tapes it for us to watch everyday. I hear the opening music and I am in front of that TV waiting to see who Lassie rescues next! Lassie and I have a lot in common cause we are both very smart and help people when they are lost or in danger.
Okay, now onto the week ahead. Tonight we are going to visit Manor Care and I'm suppose to have search training Saturday night. Mom's not sure if we have training though cause they are called for a search detail all day Saturday. It's really a recovery detail because the man who is over 80 yrs. and has dementia walked away during the storm last Thursday and they still haven't located him. Mom said they are still looking for him so his family can lay him to rest. I'm not certified yet so I can't help, but cause it's a recovery detail, mom said the only dog that can go is Krabi cause she is certified cadaver and air scent and trail dogs wouldn't be able to help. So sad that this has happened and even worse is the fact that this same man walked away back in August, but fortunately was located. You would think the caregivers would be more vigilant to be sure he stayed safe. Please say a prayer that he is located so the family can find some peace.
Sorry I ended on a down note, but it's part of life I guess. On a brighter note, it looks like after today the snow will be staying away, at least for a little while. Hopefully all of our pals have been safe and warm during this bizarre weather and we can all enjoy springtime very soon!
February 12th 2014 10:55 am
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Since my last post it has not been good around our house. We stayed home this past weekend cause mom and dad had some kind of thing to go to from dad's work Saturday night. Mom and dad did take us for a walk Saturday, but after that, it was all down hill.
Poor mom got VERY sick Sunday and it lasted for days. I've been with my mom for almost 4 years and I have never seen her this sick. She was "kneeling before the porcelain throne" as she calls it more times than I can count and yes, I was my mom mom's side the entire time. I didn't forget what she did for me every time I was sick so I was there with her trying to help her feel better. Sunday and Monday were the worst. Mom and I pretty much slept in the bathroom Sunday night, but finally was able to make it back to bed Monday. Us animals just laid with her to keep her company until she was feeling better. She did go to work today, but she's still not feeling 100%. I think she'll be home early though and I'll curl up with her, Chloe and Giz on the bed I'm sure.
Mom did see that I was named a DDP yesterday, thank you Dogster! It's an honor to be picked again before the site shuts down. We're still sad bout that, but there is nothing we can do. Mom still doesn't know if we'll have a blog or not, but hopefully if we do we get it up and running so we can post a link for all our pals before Dogster closes.
On to the weather... we are getting yet another winter storm. It's getting to the point where I don't even like to go outside to potty anymore. It's not bad if it's the nice powdery snow, but then we get that ice on top and it's hard to walk on and I slip and slide and can't even squat without my legs going all over the place. I've had enough of this winter stuff and hope spring comes soon! Be careful if you're getting hit with this nasty weather. Stay warm and stay safe!
February 7th 2014 5:38 am
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Last night we had a visit to Manor Care and everyone was very happy to see us. It has been a little over two weeks since our visit because of all the snow and ice we've been getting and I'm glad to say that all of our friends are doing good. Lois seems to be coping with her loss of Joe and Jim and she was very happy to see us and petted us for a long time. Our Sara was wheeling around the halls and that was good to see cause the past couple of times when we visited she was in bed and we were worried about her, but she looks good! We met some new people on the third floor last night and let me tell you, there was something really strange on the guy's face. He had this thing on his nose and mouth and it was making a hissing sound. I wanted to help him and get it off, but mom said no. The guy did take it off and show it to me and it hissed at me! I barked at it and tried to kill it so it wouldn't hurt anyone, but no one seemed to concerned about it. Mom tried to explain to me that it was oxygen and not hurting the guy, but helping him. I'm sorry but in my world if something hisses at you it's NOT trying to help you. I kept my eye on it the entire time and before I left I made sure the guy was okay by nudging his hand and he pet me so I guess he is okay and it wasn't hurting him.
Unfortunately this weekend we are staying home. Mom and dad have some kind of casino night thingy with dad's work so that's why we don't get to go to the cabin:( I have no idea if we'll do anything this weekend, but if we do I'll be sure to tell you all about it. We have less than a month and no more Dogster:( Mom is going to talk to dad about allowing us to have a blog and if we get the green light, mom will be sure to post the info before this site shuts down.
Well, that's about all I have for now. I hope everyone is doing okay with all the snow, ice and cold. I know it's hard on people and pets, but do your best to stay warm and safe, but still have some fun!
February 4th 2014 9:53 am
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I forgot to tell you, mom posted some pix of me doing my search at Hersheypark so check them out if you get a chance:)
February 4th 2014 9:44 am
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Can you believe all this snow? It's like it never stops for more than a day and then boom! We get more bad weather and let me tell you, I've had about enough of it! It's fun when it first arrives, but then when it gets hard and crunchy I don't like it cause it hurts my paws. But mom did buy us some Mushers Secret for our feet and that does help. Cause the snow was so bad yesterday, mom didn't have to go to work and it was nice hanging with her. We watched TV until the snow was done then we played outside with mom while she snow blowed. Poor mom, dad is always away or at work when it snows then she's stuck cleaning it up. She really wasn't happy that the township plowed down our trash cans and mailbox. The took the mailbox right off the post! Mom was NOT happy about that at all. Can't say I blame her. She did play a little with us when she was done with the blowing, but by then we were pretty tired from running around and didn't mind going inside for our nap:) Mom said we have two more storms headed our way so we better be prepared!
Okay, enough about the snow and onto my weekend. We did go to the cabin Friday and as usual, we didn't so much cause it's dark til we get there. Saturday mom and dad went to an auction for part of the day and of course, no dogs allowed:( When they got back, mom did take us for a kubota ride and we spent an hour or so just hanging out looking for deer. Mom even went up dad's tree stand, but we didn't see anything. I didn't like mom being up that high so I stayed at the bottom of the ladder and kept my eye on her just in case! We went across the street too, but still no deer. It was fun running around with Chloe though and I did smell a bunch of stuff, but just didn't see anything. Funny cause the deer were even in our front yard. I know cause I smelled them and you could see where they were pawing through the snow and eating the grass underneath.
Sunday mom's back was hurting cause of sitting in the tree stand so long so we headed home mid-afternoon. I got sick on the ride home and dad wasn't happy. Again, I have no idea why sometimes I get sick and other times I don't. Dad even went the smoothest way and I still got sick:( That night we watched the Super Bowl and I didn't care who won, I just like the commercials. Not as many good ones as in the past, but my all time favorite was the Budweiser commercial with the horse and puppy. If you didn't see it, go find it on YouTube, but be sure you have some Kleenex! It was pawsome!
Mom had to go back to work today so I'm just chilling in the house. I don't know if we're going anywhere tonight or not. Probably not cause we still have stuff called "black ice" around here and mom doesn't want us getting hurt. All I can say is that I can't wait for winter to be over!!!
January 27th 2014 9:07 am
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This past weekend I was Hersheypark Happy:) We had search training on Saturday and yes it was very cold! Good thing was though that all of our searches were inside so we didn't freeze. And mom made sure I was nice and cozy in the car too. She had like three blankets in my crate, one under my crate, one over/around my crate and I was wearing my fleece so I was nice and cozy when I was waiting for my turn to search.
I got to do three scenarios on Saturday. My first one was to find 2 people. It started outside, but then I led mom to a building and we searched inside. I found both of my people. It was pretty cool cause it was inside the Music Box Theatre and I never worked in an area like that before. Mom said I did great cause there were dark areas, all kind of stuff on the stage, seating area and different rooms. I didn't hesitate at all and cleared all the area until I found my subjects.
My second search was in the Ice Palace (or the old Hershey Museum). I had to clear two floors and I found both of my subjects. Again, mom said I did really well clearing all our areas. It's different clearing buildings then open areas cause I don't really range a lot. I just go from room to room making sure there are no people. I didn't really do recall/refind on this search because when I found the person mom was close enough to see me and the subject, but I did alert her which she said was good. The second subject I totally missed though. It was a small room and when 3 of us walked in I was just overwhelmed with all the scents so that's why I didn't hit on my subject. But mom still said I did well cause when the subject called my name I did engage with her.
My last search was in the Hersheypark Arena on the third level. Boy is that place big and loud! They were playing hockey so there was a lot of noise from that and then I was so high up it was kind of freaking me out. But mom said I did great and although I worked a little slower because I was more cautious than usual, I never stopped working and did exactly as I was suppose to. She said she was proud of me especially when she asked me to check the seats the entire way to the top... that was high! I didn't really locate my subject though, well not the way I was suppose to. There was a person sitting in the seats and I saw her, but didn't hit on her. Now my job is to alert on any person I find, no matter where they are. Sorry, but in my mind she was just someone sitting there watching the hockey game and not someone in trouble so that's why I didn't alert on her. Mom wasn't upset at all and had the subject call me so I'd engage. I did a soft alert and small recall/refind, but mom followed up with two runaways so I really got into it.
All in all, mom said she was VERY proud of me for how I did cause I haven't done any training since November and then doing 3 searches in an urban setting which I never really did before. I never stopped working and mom said that is what matters. Sooner or later that light switch will flip into the "ON" position and I'll get it all right and be able to get certified. Mom said she needs to find more time to train with me other than once a month too so it's not all my fault that it's taking me a little longer. I don't care how long it takes me cause I'm loving it and mom is happy with what I do and that's all the matters to me:)
After we were done training at Hersheypark, we went to TMI's south end cause mom is helping with the planning for March. I had to stay in the car, but I watched and let me tell you, I never saw SOOOOO many deer in all of my life! There were deer EVERYWHERE! Us dogs are going to have a field day when we're training in this area I can tell you that! I'm good about not running deer, but this is going to be hard even for me cause they are all over the place. But it was fun watching them right by the car when mom was out walking about.
As far as the rest of my weekend, I didn't so much. Mom and dad were gone most of the day on Sunday so I just caught up from Saturday. This week I think we are visiting Country Meadows then to the mountains for the weekend. Hopefully it's a little warmer cause it is COLD COLD COLD right now!
Well, I'm gonna go take a nap. I hope my pals had a good weekend and are staying warm in this frigid weather. Bark at you all later!
January 22nd 2014 6:49 am
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Dad has his surgery yesterday and all went well and he's already back at work today. I think mom was more of a wreck from driving in the snow yesterday, but she's okay now. BTW, she has her test today so I'll let you all know how she made out once we know.
Did everyone have the snow like we did yesterday? We had about 5" and I loved it! When mom went outside to blow the snow us dogs got to play and I had a blast! Chloe and I played tag and threw snow on each other and it was just soooo much fun:) Mom said maybe we can play again today when she gets home from work if it isn't too cold. We're suppose to get that arctic stuff again and even though we have lots of hair, mom doesn't like to let us out too long when it's like this, but I'll take whatever I can get cause I love playing in the snow! I hope my pals got to have some fun yesterday and are keeping nice and warm too:)
I gotta tell you about my kitty. Looks like she got herself back in the "doghouse" (sorry couldn't resist using that one:) She pooped and peed on the floor and dad caught her so she's back to being in the crate when no one is home. I kind feel bad for her because she loved sitting under the chair or on the bed during the day, but then again, she didn't need to potty on the floor, especially since mom always made sure her box was cleaned. It stinks for me too cause I would chase her once in a while, but now that she's in the crate all day, my fun went away too:( Mom said it's only til we move to the cabin then Giz is free again. Cats! Sometime they really don't use their head!
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