April 21st 2011 8:40 am
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I had a fun night with mom last night! First we stopped at this place where mom picked up our Easter ham... boy did that ham smell good!!! She put it in a cooler in the back, but I could smell it the whole way up front and it was so yummy I wished I could eat it! But mom said not til Easter.
After we left there, we went to E-Town Manor to deliver Easter cards for Chloe. Mom isn't able to make a visit with Chloe this week, so she wanted to at least drop off their Easter cards and thought it would be nice if I could help so the residents could at least see a dog, even if it was only for a couple of minutes. I was at the Manor once before and I did pretty well. I go as a "friend" to visit since I'm not part of the Kpets program yet like Chloe. Mom said I did pretty good this time too, except I didn't want to get on the elevator the first time. I just don't know what it is about that thing? But I must admit, by our last trip down to leave, I walked right on with mom and she was very proud of me:D We delivered all of Chloe's cards and made a lot of people happy that they got an unexpected visit. They really liked Chloe's cards too:) It was funny though because at first everyone was like "Chloe you made it!" And mom was like, "No, this isn't Chloe, it's Echo." Everyone always gets us mixed up from a distance, but we are really different up close cause of my brown and of course I'm thinner. And we are definitely 180 out on personalilites! I got to meet Kelsey's grandpa and he had this machine thing hooked up to him that made a noise that I didn't like at first. Mom said it was for his oxygen. Mom said I did really well though cause I went up to him so he could pet me even though I wasn't sure of that thing that was making a noise. She said I'll make a good therapy dog once I leave patience and to settle a bit. I still have a lot of energy and I could never do an hour or hour and a half visit like Chloe does. My attention span is just too short for that. But mom said I did excellent for the short time we were there and she was very proud of me:)
After we left the Manor we went to my obedience class. Let me tell you, it must have been the warm weather because most of us doggies had some spring to our step. I was all over the place when we did our healing exercise. I could tell mom was not happy so I did better the second time around. Mom said I did excellent on my sit and down/stays and the instructor always uses me as an example for the recalls because mine is so strong. She even tried to get me to break my recall by putting a toy right in my line of recall, but I totally ignored it and the class was amazed that I didn't even blink at it. Mom was VERY proud of me:D My strong recall comes from all our of work for dock diving. Now, if I could just get a bit better on my other things I'd be good to go.
I was asleep before we were out of the driveway. I was soooo tired! We did a lot in a short amount of time this evening. But my little nap gave me a second wind to play with Chloe when we got home. That is, after she got done scolding mom for not taking her along with us. Boy was she upset! She kept whining at mom and giving her heck for leaving her at home. I just stayed out of it until she was done and then I played with Chloe for a while when mom and dad were watching TV. I finally got tired and hopped up with mom and fell asleep on mom's chest. Mom says I snore, but I don't believe her.
All in all, I had a very exciting evening with mom and I'm glad I got to spend some one-on-one time with her. It's nice to do that with her from time to time:)
April 19th 2011 7:57 am
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I did a VERY bad thing last night. Mom took Chloe and I for a nice long walk. It was a beautiful evening and mom didn't need to be anywhere until 630pm so she thought it was be the perfect time for us to go for a walk. I was really happy to be going too since dad was out cutting grass and us dogs had to stay inside. So mom hooked me to the leash, grabbed our poop bags and off we went. Chloe doesn't walk on a leash cause she's so good and mom said someday I won't have to either, but for now, I need to learn to walk without pulling and I wasn't doing to well at the moment. Hey, what can I say, I was happy to be out on this beautiful, non raining, non windy day. We don't get many of these! So we were walking down the other end of the development when two boys came over and wanted to pet us. Mom said they could, but we had to sit first. Mom had me on a very short leash and mad me and Chloe sit. We both sat and I wagged my tail for them to pet me. One boy pet me and one boy pet Chloe. Then, for no reason at all, I suddenly jumped up and snapped at the one boy in the face. Yes, you heard me right, I snapped at the one boy. He went running, crying back home and mom grabbed my mouth and was infuriated with me. She had no idea I would ever do that and honestly, I don't know why I did. The boy didn't do anything to me, he was being very nice. Mom was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO mad at me! After she finished correcting me, she went to check on the boy and it took a while for the boy to come over so she could see him, but fortunately I didn't hurt him. I didn't leave any marks and I scared him more than anything. Mom made sure that I stayed behind her the entire time so I didn't scare the poor boy anymore than I already had. Mom felt so bad and she was just so upset by what I did and the dad finally came out and mom talked to him a little and he was really nice and told mom not to worry about it that the boy is fine and they have two boxers and he gets roughed up all the time. She thanked him for being so understanding and we continued on.
But I know mom was really, really upset because the entire way home I was on the shortest leash ever and everytime I looked at her she had the angriest look on her face and whenever she talked to me she had that "tone" in her voice. She was still very mad. I don't know why I did it, I just did. Maybe it's cause when I was a puppy and all those kids bombarded me and it scared me now I don't like younger kids, I don't know. I just did it and I can't take it back. I wish I could. I just know that mom is upset at me and I don't like it:( Mom said that I better straighten my butt out because that behavior it NOT acceptable. When we got home her and Chloe went somewhere and because dad was still cutting grass I had to go in my crate. I figured it was part of my punishment for what I did.
When mom got back and let me out, she was STILL upset. Can you believe it? Boy I must have really messed up. I better really think twice next time I'm around another kid. Although, I honestly don't think mom will let me be around any other kids for a very long time afte that. Anyway, I tried to make up to her by waiting for her outside the shower like I normally do, but she just stared at me. I followed her upstairs while she got dressed and I didn't even chase the cat when mom let her out to go downstairs. I saw her face soften a little and she actually talked to me without the "tone". FINALLY she was starting to get over it, but now I knew "the talk" was coming and sure enough, she sat me down on the steps and we had "the talk" about what I had done and how I can't do that kind of thing and how we are going to have to correct it. Of course, me being the pup that I am, I cuddled up against mom's chin and gave her my big brown puppy dog eyes and she couldn't help but smile and give me a kiss. I knew she wouldn't forget what I did, but I knew she still loved me:)
April 19th 2011 7:38 am
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Boy did we ever have a fun weekend in the mountains!! It was me, Chloe, mom, Nancy and Megan. We went up Friday and got there around 6. Us doggies ran around like nuts. It was really warm, but windy. Everyone unpacked and did some things around the cabin and a little later mom cooked on the grill, but I got in a little trouble cause I put my paws up on the side to see what she was cooking and almost spilled the entire plate of burgers... opps! Mom said I can be lucky that I didn't touch the grill or I would have really learned a lesson cause I would have burned my paws. Glad I didn't do that. After dinner we went spotting deer. We didn't see many though and mom said it was cuz rain was coming and the deer are too smart and already bedding down sleeping. But we did have lots of fun playing dancing car and driving dark. I never played them before and I really didn't like dancing car much and I clung to Nancy the whole time. Dancing car is when mom swerves the car back and forth like it's dancing. Everyone else was laughing like crazy and poor Chloe even hit the door one time. She was okay though. I didn't like it cuz it made me kind of motion sick. But I liked driving dark:) That's when mom would turn off her headlights and drive in the dark using the sky to navigate. That was sooooo cool! And we did come across some kind of bird that was laying in the road that mom had to go check out. She wasn't sure if it was hurt or not and you know mom the animal lover that she is... out she goes and the next thing I know, the bird is flying onto the bank and running into the woods. Mom said it was a grouse and that it was fine. I wanted to go out and chase it, but Nancy had a hold of me and wouldn't let me out:( Oh well, maybe next time. When we got back to the cabin we were all pretty tired and headed to bed.
Saturday was not a nice day, it just rained all day long and boy was it WINDY!! Me, I don't mind that kind of weather at all. In fact, when mom let us out to potty, I wanted to play, but Chloe wouldn't play with me:( We really didn't get to do much that day. Mom, Megan and Nancy went to some craft stores and stuff and us dogs stayed at the cabin. Mom turned on Animal Planet for us, but I kind of got bored and looked for something to do. I found the shoe box that mom puts her muddy shoes in and decided it would be a good idea to chew that up. It was a lot of fun and I shredded it to pieces! However, when mom came home she didn't think my idea was as good as I thought and boy was she mad. Her tone said it all and the fact that she brought us ice cream and Chloe got her's and I didn't get mine said it all. I was very sad that I didn't get to eat my ice cream, but I knew what I did wrong so I guess I just had to suck it up and take my punishment. I tried to make up to mom and laid with her on the sofa while they watched a movie, but I could tell she was still upset. It wasn't until later on that night after dinner that she finally gave me my ice cream. That's when I knew my punishment was finally over. One thing I can tell you for sure, I won't be chewing up anymore boxes anytime soon. Later that night mom was watching a horse auction on TV and I was watching too. The horses were running around on the TV and I wanted to catch them! After that, they played some shooting game and when I saw ducks flying on the screen, mom had to grab me so I didn't jump into the TV trying to catch them... BOL:D Even though it rained all day and I did get in trouble, we made the most of it and had some good times.
Sunday it finally stopped raining, but was still really windy. We took a Kubota ride up to visit Clair and Velma. Nancy drove so us doggies rode in the back with Megan. We played outside with mom, Megan and Nancy visited. When we went back to the cabin, we played outside while everyone else packed up to go home. We left around 2pm, but inside of going straight home, we stopped at a place called the Red Rabbit. It is a place you eat where the waitress comes to your car and takes your order. You put your window down and they put the tray right on it. Talk about service! Mom even got Chloe and I a bunny burger and it was sooooo good! Don't worry, it wasn't a real bunny, that's just what they call it. We did have water, but mom kind of messed that up and totally embarassed herself too. Since it was so windy, mom put the window up a little until we were done eating. She went to get us our water and hit the button to put the window down. However, she forgot that she has automatic windows in her car so when she hit the button it put the windwo the whole way down so CRASH!!! the tray went to the ground. Everyone looked at us and I hid behind the seat. I didn't to it!! Mom was embarassed and we never did get our water. But we were only a little way from home so it's not like we were going to thirst to death. But it was embarassing and that's why I hid. Moms!
When we got home us dogs just chilled and watched TV. Mom and Megan went to the barn and mom took Megan home. I didn't have to go in my crate and I made sure I didn't destroy anything because I knew that I would get in big trouble for that. Plus, dad was going to be the one to come home and find my mess and that would NOT be a good thing. I was happy to see dad when he got home from work and didn't even have an accident when I saw him:)
Other than my little mishap with the box, I had a fun girls weekend in the mountains:)
April 14th 2011 8:19 am
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Yeah, daddy and Chloe came home last night!! I was so happy when I saw daddy come up the steps yesterday afternoon I almost pee'd on the floor. But I held myself cause I didn't want to make him mad as soon as he got home so I quick went to potty then I came back in and jumped all over him and Chloe. He seemed very happy to see me and gave me hugs and kisses and believe it or not, Chloe even seemed a little happy to see me:) She ran around and played with me and it was just like old times. I really missed her while she was gone. It was nice having mom all to myself, but it's just not the same without my big sis Chloe around. I love when she chases me and I play keep away from her. She gets so mad when she can't get the toy from me... BOL:D Dad let us play for a while then he made us settle down and I had to lay right beside my sis. I don't think she was thrilled about it, but too bad! Of course, then mom came home and all bets were off. Mom was mine for the past two days so I was going to stand my ground to try and keep it that way. Well, it took about a nano second for me to lose that battle. When it comes to mom, Chloe will never let me win. She pushed me right out of the way when mom came in the door and of course, since mom didn't see her for two days she hugged and kissed her and even when mom tried to pet me, Chloe butt checked me right out of the way. How rude!! But mom made us got potty and I finished before Chloe then ran back in the garage real quick and got my hug from mom... na na Chloe! And that was pretty much how the rest of the night went. Every time I went to get attention from mom, Chloe pushed me out of the way or threw a fit whining and complaining until mom couldn't take it anymore then gave in and petted her. She was just being such a spoiled little brat. She Chloe calls me a brat! At least by bedtime she settled down and got over it.
This morning my big sis was back to normal. She was chasing me and playing with me just like old times and she could have cared less if mom gave me any attention. She did play with me last night, but if mom even looked at me, she dropped everything to go to mom. But this morning, it wasn't like that at all and it was just really nice to have the old Chloe back. I was none to happy about having to go in my crate, but hey, at least during the day is the only time I'm in there now and mom said we'll slowly work on getting me out of it as long as I don't destroy anything. Me destroy something? Never!
April 13th 2011 12:30 pm
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Let me try to catch you up on what all has been happening. The weekend wasn't too exciting. We didn't so much cause the weather was crappy again. We just pretty much hung out in the house. Grandma did come and visit with us a little Saturday night after the hockey game and that was nice. I always like seeing gradma. Other than that, nada.
The good stuff happened on Monday. Chloe and dad went to the mountains so it was just me and mom:)It was really nice to have mom all to myself because I never get that. I always have to share with Chloe and we all know that she doesn't like to share mom at all. But now I didn't have to worry about that. When mom got home from work our first stop was the barn. Mom had to check on Tequilla to see how she was doing. I was actually allowed out because Jada was in the house. It was nice to get out and run a little, but mom made sure I stayed out of the muddy, which was kind of hard because it was pretty muddy from all the rain. After we left there, we went so mom could get her haircut. That's when I really had fun! I got to play with my friend Britt. We ran around the yard and had soooo much fun:) When we came inside we got to play, but not as crazy cause Britt's mom had customers and we had to kind of behave. After mom was done getting her haircut, then I went to the vet so he could check out my toe and see how I was doing. He said I was doing good considering I took out all my stitches by the third day and totally destroyed my e-collar and wouldn't keep the wraps on. He told mom she did a good job keeping me away from it. Thanks mom! From there I got to go to E-Town Manor as a "friend" and visit with some of the people Chloe visits. One of the ladies who is a resident right now also works there and she is the one who wanted me to come for a visit and said that I'm allowed to come as a "friend" and that I should also go visit with the other people that Chloe usually goes. Mom made sure she brought my vet papers and we weren't there as therapy people like when mom and Chloe come. Just as regular friends. It was really neat to see where Chloe gets to go each week. Nothing really scared me except that thing that mom wanted me to get in. You know, that big box that has doors that open and then you go in and they close and you go up and down. That thing I did NOT like! Mom had to coaks me with treats to get me on that thing and even then I was hesitant. We visited for a little while, but not near as long as mom and Chloe. Mom took me to most of her usual residents that she knew I would do well with and I spoke, danced and shook hands with them. They all seemed to really like me:) I wasn't afraid of the wheelchairs at all and mom was so proud of me. She did say that I pulled on the leash a bit too much and we need to work on that. But I sat by the beds and let people pet me and was very well behaved and mom told me that I will do very good as a therapy dog when my time comes. But it was really cool, except for that box thingy. After that we headed home and I got to tell you, it was quite a full evening since mom got home from work and I was tuckered out and pretty much crashed the rest of the night.
Tuesday evening wasn't quite as exciting. Mom got home a little late from work. She said she had to go interview at another place where she's taking Chloe for more visits. Chloe is just sooooo lucky! Anyway, mom loaded us up and we went to some store, but I had to wait in the car. Mom came at in no time at all then we headed to the barn. I was hoping to get out again, but I knew as soon as we pulled in that was going to happen because I saw Jada. So I just laid down on the seat and took a nap. It has been really nice riding shotgun with mom because I never get to do that either. Chloe is always the one riding shotgun, but not the past two days!!:D When we were done at the barn we headed home and watch our shows. I tormented Gizmo for a while then chilled with mom.
Chloe and dad come home today so my mommy time will be over:( But it was nice while it lasted. I have to admit, that I did kind of miss having my big sis to play with and to go outside to potty with. Mom would stand at the door and wait for me since I was by myself, but it just wasn't the same without sissy. I just hope she's not too grumpy when she comes home cause I know she'll be a little upset that I had mom all to myself and she won't want to share her, but will have to.
Mom said we're going to the cabin this weekend with Megan and Nancy... yipee!! We haven't been to the mountains in two weeks! I know Chloe is just coming back, but I haven't been there and it will be nice to go:)
April 7th 2011 10:18 am
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This is totally too cool! Dogster picked me as Dog of the Day!! This is such an honor and mom said she is so proud that they picked me:) THANK YOU DOGSTER!!! I guess it's cause I have so many adventures happening to me and mom takes the time to help me share them with everyone. Thanks mom for helping me get picked:)
I wish I had something exciting to share now, but unfortunately I don't. I didn't get to go to class last night cause mom was still sick. She is feeling better and went to work today, but yesterday she ended up with one of those migraine things. That on top of all the other stuff, not good. But mom promises that once she's feeling better and I get my foot healed, she will make it up to us and we will be able to run around and have a blast. She said we're going to the cabin next weekend... YIPEE! I did get to have some fun though... I terrorized Gizmmo.. hee, hee:D Hey, I have to find fun somewhere. Mom let me play with her too as long as I didn't get rough. It even seemed like Gizmo was having fun. She would run around the other side of the bed and when I went to look for her, she would come out behind me and smack me in the butt with her paw and then go hide again. Mom thought it was funny, me, not so much. But it was fun playing with Gizmo, especially since she usually doesn't play much. Other than that, no much happening.
I did get to watch Beethovan's 2nd the other day when mom was home sick, great movie! Mom took a picture of me watching it and she said she's going to post it. I love watching animals on TV. Mom said if she ever needs a babysitter, she'll just turn on the TV to animal planet.
Oh, I did have something big happen, how could I forget! I finally get to sleep in the bedroom with mom and dad:D Since mom was feeling to bad the other night I didn't want to leave her side so she told me I could stay in the bedroom with her as long as I didn't torment the cat and didn't go potty on the floor. I was the perfect angel. I laid on the floor right beside mom watching over her all night. In the morning when dad got home from work, then I hopped up in bed and slept with both of them. I didn't at night cause Chloe and Gizmo slept with mom and I knew if Gizmo was in bed that I shouldn't be. Plus, mom was moaning and groaning cause she felt so bad and she was in the bathroom more than the bedroom anyway so it was better for me to be on the floor then I could go with her in the bathroom. So now the only time I'm in my crate is when mom and dad are at work and I'm very happy about that:D And I have to admit, that carpet in the bedroom is real cozy and I sleep like a log... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
April 5th 2011 4:28 pm
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So as you know, I got 4 stitches in my toes. Well, I succeeded in chewing out 2 of them the day after they put them in and let me tell you, mom was none too happy about that! She had to take off work to take me to the vet and get it taken care of. Then I had to get one of those funky collars to wear. Wait til you see the picture... how embarrasing!! I can tell you that thing didn't last long. Every time mom put it on me, I succeeded in getting it off. By Saturday I had it totally destroyed, duct tape and all. I even tore my own collar in the process and yes, mom was upset about that too. One thing she said though was that I was one determined little pup and she had to give me that! However, mom was determined too and she found this stuff called "Bitter Apple" that she sprayed on the wrap and let me tell you... YUCK!! I hate the taste of it so now I won't even touch my wrap. Mom said she finally won the battle:D It only took her two trips to the vet, 5 rolls of gauze, two rolls of tape and 5 rolls of vet wrap though... LOL:D But at least I finally leave it alone and I can get two days out of a wrapping and it's finally starting to heal the way it should. That has been my big excitement since I last wrote. Since I'm injured, mom doesn't let me do much. She'll let me play with Chloe in the house, but she won't let me run around outside. She said she doesn't want the wound to open up again. I guess I can't blame her.
Plus, mom got the stomach bug Sunday and has been off work Monday and Tuesday so she's been sick. I just hang out with her on the sofa and try to make her feel better the best I can. I cuddle with her and listen to her and don't give her a hard time because I know she feels really poopy. She thanked me today for being such a good girl:) I don't know if she'll be home tomorrow or not, but if she is, I'll still help take care of her and do my best to make her feel better. At least she isn't running to the bathroom quite as much, only after she eats, which is like never. Mom only had toast and soup since she got sick. Poor mom:( I'll keep you posted on how she feels. I may or may not go to class tomorrow and obviously, that depends on how mom is doing. If I go, I'll let you know how I do.
March 31st 2011 6:57 am
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Did I say nothing exciting was going to happen? Boy was I wrong! Yesterday we were getting ready for class. Chloe and I were upstairs and mom was downstairs looking for my collar. She came back up and was in the bathroom. I went to see her and she noticed that I had something on my head. She called me over to see what it was, thinking it was dirt or something. Then she realized it was blood! Yep, I had blood on my head. She was searching me all over trying to figure out what I had done and then she saw blood all over the carpet, I mean LOTS of blood. She frantically was searching me to see where I was hurt. Me, I thought she was playing a game and I started licking her and dancing around wanting to play until she finally saw the source of all the blood. It was my right rear paw, my second toe to be exact. I had a very deep cut on it and it was bleeding very badly. Mom immediately made me lay down and applied presure with her hand. That's when I realized that mom was a bit upset (not mad, worried) so I definitely listened to what she told me and laid still for her. She held my paw for a few minutes then let go. It was still bleeding, but not as bad. Then she went to the hall closet and got a bunch of stuff out and came back. She cleaned my paw with warm soapy water and put some gauzy stuff on it and wrapped it with a bandage and carried me downstairs. By now Chloe was whining and following us. She was upset, really upset. When we got downstairs, mom got out some other kind of gauze and wrap and undid what she just did and rewrapped my cut with the new stuff. She said this gauze and "vet wrap" she called it, is better and then she carried me to the car. Chloe really wanted to come, but mom wouldn't let her. Then we were on our way. I wasn't sure where we were going, but I heard dad's voice on the car (mom talks to people through the car). He sounded worried too when mom told him I was hurt. Then mom was trying to reach our instructor to let her know that we wouldn't make it to class tonight (obviously). I was getting sleepy, but mom wouldn't let me sleep. She said I had to stay awake. Any other time she wanted me to sleep, but not this time. What's up with that? Eventually we arrived at our destination and I knew where we were... the vet. By now my paw was starting to hurt so I was really glad mom carried me in. When we got inside, there were a lot of other doggies and I was nervous. Not only because of the dogs, but because I was a little scared now. My paw was hurting and I know mom was nervous too so I was shaking a little. The vet tech noticed and asked if we wanted to go upstairs to the surgical area to wait and we did and I'm glad. It was much more quiet and I was able to lay down and mom sat on the chair and put her arms around me. I felt much better:) A little while later the vet came. It was Dr. Libby and he's really nice. Three other girls came with him, two techs and one I think was learning and she just watched. They washed out my wound and I was okay with everything until they got the clippers out to shave down the hair around my wound, that freaked me out! I started floppy around like a fish out of water and that's when mom realized that I thought it was the nail grinder and they stopped with the clippers and I calmed down. Then the vet gave me a couple shots in my toe. Mom said that was so I wouldn't feel him stitching me up. Well let me tell you, I felt that needle, that's for sure... OUCH! I was a little stressed to say the least and it took two techs and mom to hold me down. Mom held my head and pet me, talking to me soft trying to calm me and it did eventually calm me. The next thing I knew, I was done. The vet gave me 4 stitches. Mom said he had to laser on area to keep it from bleeding and then he stitched it. I didn't feel any of that so those needle pricks were worth it. The tech put a cool red bandage on my foot than a plastic IV bag over it to keep it dry since it was raining/snowing outside. The IV bags are really heavy and won't tear or rip easily.
The only other thing they did that I didn't like was put this yucky stuff in my nose. Mom said it was Bortadella treatment. She said I needed to get a booster of that because it's been going through the dockdog society and since I'll be competing this year, I needed a booster. All I know is I don't like that stuff!
I waited patiently as mom paid the bill to a tune of $250... sorry mom :( Then we finally headed out. Boy what excitement I had. At least mom let me sleep on the ride home and I was really tired from all the stress.
When we got home, dad and Chloe were both there waiting to see me and be sure I was okay. Dad searched the house high and low while we were gone to try and find how I hurt myself and couldn't find anything. The only thing he could think of was that I cut myself on the little nails that stick up on the strips that cover the carpet that go between the dining room and kitchen. You know what I mean, those strips they use between carpet and enoleum? No one seems to know except me and since I can't talk to tell them, they will never know. But I'm the one who does and let me tell you, I will NEVER do it again!! It hurt and it did scare me and I saw how upset mom got and I don't ever want to go through that again.
It's kind of funny now cause every time I go outside mom has to put the IV bag on my bandage and it feels funny and I slide and walk weird. Mom said she's going to take a picture and post it. She did take a picture with just my bandage last night. Mom wasn't happy this morning though because I totally chewed off all of my bandage and she thinks I chewed a couple stitches out too:( She couldn't look at the stitches close cause I was squirming around because I really had to go potty so she just had to re-bandage me and let me out and she said she'll check it better when she gets home from work. She said I better not chew it off again til she gets home either! I'll try not to, but I'm a pup, what do you expect?
So what I said wouldn't be an exciting week, turned out to have some EXCITEMENT in it. The vet said I will be fine as long as I take my antibiotic and behave myself. Which as you can tell, I'm struggling with right now. But I'll settle cause mom wants me to. Anyway, I'm gonna go take a nap right now and I'll bark at you all later and let you know how I'm doing and if I chewed out anymore stitches... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
March 30th 2011 7:35 am
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Good morning! I'm finally back and can try to get you all caught up on what's been happening with me. So let's get started!
Friday we went to Juniata. Mom got off work early we we got there areound 3 o'clock. It was a nice day. A little chilly, but not bad. Us doggies hung outside with dad while he did some things, but we had to go in while he cut down a couple trees. That's only because I don't know how to stay away from him while he's using the chainsaw and he's afraid I'll get hurt. I always bark at it and try and get it to stop. It's LOUD and I don't like it! During that time we went in the house and hung out with mom. She was playing some game on TV with guitars, but it wasn't working right, then she played a game with a dog named Scooby Doo and he was so cool! I watched her and I wanted to go in the tv and help Scooby find what he was looking for, but mom wouldn't let me:( Normally mom would be outside too, but the Directv guy was suppose to call before he came to do an upgrade so unfortunately she had to stay inside and since she already unpacked and did a few other things, she really didn't have much else to do so that's why she was playing games. Anyway, dad finally got done using the chainsaw so we were allowed back out and we stayed outside with dad until dark.
When dad came in, we were all watching tv and the guy finally showed up around 830pm. He was having a really bad day and that's why he was so late. Chloe and I both barked at first, but when mom told me to stop, I listened. I watched everything he did very closely. Hey, he was a stranger in my cabin so I had to be sure he wasn't going to hurt my family. Then he went outside and I heard him doing something outside the wall. It was loud and I watched the wall close and the next thing I know, something poked through it. I jumped back and growled and kept my eyes on the hole. I was plastered flat on the ground very intense, stalking the hole waiting to see what might come out and the next thing a know, here comes this black, long thing through it. I was bobbing and weaving all around it trying to figure out what it was. Mom and dad were laughing so hard I though dad was going to pee his pants. Mom is upset now that she didn't grab her camera to take video cause she said I would have won $10,000 with that, but I was just trying to figure out what it was cause if it was a snake or something, I was going to have to into attack mode! But fortunately, it was just the cable coming through the wall. When the guy came back in, I licked him and thanked him for making it just a cable and not a snake so I didn't have to try and defeat it. I would have because I'd do anything to protect my family, but hey, I'm only 8 months old and I'm a tough pup, but a snake? I'm not so sure about that. But I didn't have to and the guy finished his work and left and we watched tv for a few more hours. Me, I crashed because I was so tired from playing outside and then from my excitement with the "snake".
Saturday was another nice day. Still chilly, but sunny:) The first thing we did after breakfast is went to Clair and Velma's. Us doggies had to stay in the back of the Kubota cause Clair and Velma are not big on doggies in their house. In fact, Chloe was the first and only dog they ever had in their house last year. I was okay with waiting in the Kubota, but after about 20 minutes I was getting bored so I jumped out to explore. I was okay until I went on the porch and dad saw me... not good. Dad yelled at me to go back to the Kubota so I did and I sat there and waited for him to put me back in, but when mom and dad came out of the house, then Chloe jumped out of the Kubota and I was like, Yipee! Time to play:) We were running all around playing. Yeah, we're dogs, we don't always listen... BOL:D But we finally got in the Kubota and went back to the cabin. Then we went to the pizza shop and we got ice cream... YUMMY!! I'm really starting to like this ice cream stuff:) When we got back to the cabin, mom and dad headed up the mountain to cut up the trees that fell on the path. Us dogs were allowed to be with them, but mom made sure that we stayed way far away from the chainsaw. I had no problem with that because we were in the woods and there were all kind of scents for me to follow. When they were done cutting, they had to move all the wood off the path and I helped by moving the sticks. You all know how much I love my sticks! After we were done with that task, we went up to grandpa's tree. Us doggies didn't ride and ran around and had fun instead and I didn't mind one bit. I loved it!! When we finally did go back to the cabin, mom and dad spray painted some bars that they're putting on the window in the one shed. It seems that we have some people down the road that have been stealing some stuff from the old cabin site so dad just wants to be sure they don't steal anything from the shed. Chloe got in trouble and had to go in the cabin cause mom made us stay in the field while dad sprayed the paint so we wouldn't get any on us or breathe any, but Chloe wouldn't listen and kept going near him. I listened though so I was allowed to stay out:D Mom did eventually let Chloe back out though. A little while later Randy stopped by and then him and dad went "ridge running". That's when us girls went in the house and mom colored her hair then we watched an owl movie. It was pretty good, but I fell asleep cause I was really tired from playing outside all day and running up and down the mountain. Dad eventually got home and cooked steaks on the grill. They smelled sooooo good and I was really happy when mom cut some up for me and Chloe. It was so delicious!!! Dad was funny after dinner cause between the beer he drank with Randy and then the wine he drank at dinner, he was kind of walking and talking funny... BOL:D Mom was making fun of him cause he "passed out" after dinner. Then again, all of us did, except mom who watched another movie. Chloe and I hopped up on the sofa and watched the movie with mom cause dad went to bed. We didn't stay up early though and I was happy about that and crashed hard and actually stayed in my own bed.
Sunday was suppose to rain, but ended up being a very nice day. Mom and dad took the Kubota out and picked up all the wood they cut up. Us dogs ran along behind. We saw a big deer run across the trail and of course, I wanted to go follow it. Mom told me not to and I listened. She said it's not good to chase deer cause people will shoot at me. YIKES!! I definitely don't want that to happen. When we got back to the cabin, we saw three hawk flying right above the cabin. They were flying really low and fighting, it was really neat watching them. Dad was afraid they would try to come scoop me up, but I'm too big now. Maybe when I was a puppy they would do that, but I'm 41 lbs... good luck trying to pick me up. We all hung outside while mom cleaned the cabin then we headed home. I was sooooo tired that I was asleep before we got to the end of the road. Mom and dad stopped at Randy's house cause mom wanted to see their torti cat Jinx. Mom had a torti named Mickey. I never got to meet her, but mom said she was the coolest cat ever! I just know Gizmo and she's a nice cat, but she really doesn't like me much and never plays with me. Mom said Mickey would have given me a run for my money there's no doubt. They didn't stay long, but I didn't care anyway cause I was sleeping and I slept the entire way home. After we did get home, of course mom gave me a bath. I was dirty and I kind of stank. I didn't get a bath last weekend and you know me, I'm always into everything in the mountains. It did feel really good to be clean:) The rest of the night I just slept on the sofa until it was time for bed. I had a really fun weekdend.
Monday we didn't do a whole lot. We all pretty much just chilled. Mom and dad went to the barn and then to Sam's then we all watched TV.
Tuesday I got to have some mommy time. Since Chloe was going to E-Town Manor for her weekly visit later, mom said she would spend some time with just me before she left. We went for a really nice walk and mom said I did excellent, especially with sitting when we stopped once in a while. When we got back, we played frisbee for a little. I had so much fun:D Chloe was none too happy though when we came back in the house. She gave mom the "what for" and was really yelling at her. Sorry Chloe, but me and mom need some time together too. Dad hung out with me after he got home and then we all hung out after mom and Chloe got back.
As you can see, I had some good days. The next few don't look quite as exciting cause they are calling for rain which means we'll be stuck inside. I do have obedience class tomorrow and mom has been practicing with me a few times a day. Just a few minutes here and there each day, but I know what's going on and she said I'm doing really well. I can't wait to show the class how well I'm doing.
Well, I gotta go for now. I'll drop a line after class and let you all know how I did. I hope everyone had a good weekend:)
March 24th 2011 9:46 am
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Last night was my first night with just me and mom and it was a fun one. First we went to the vet for my recheck from my UTI. It is all cleared up and I'm good to go! I still pee'd on mom the night before, but that's cause mom was making me lay with her. I tried to tell her I had to go pee, but she kept telling me to lay down! She thought I was being bratting and just didn't want to lay with her (which is usually the case), but I wasn't and really had to pee. Guess that's what happens when you usually cry wolf.
After we were done at the vet, we stopped by the place where Chloe goes to visit, the E-Town Manor. I couldn't go visit the people like Chloe, but just inside to the reception lady. Mom tells her all about me and thought it would be nice for me to stop and say hi since we had a little time before my obedience class. She was really happy to see me and I thought the place was really cool. I was neat to see the place Chloe goes to every week and I can't wait til I'm certified and can go visit with the people.
From there we went to my obedience class. It's the same place we go swimming, but in a different smaller building. When we first went in, it was sooooo noisy! There were these two big dogs in crates and they kept barking. They were the trainers dogs and they finally were quiet... thank goodness! The other doggies in the class were a black airdale terrier who actually shows in confirmation, a golden doodle, a mixed terrier, a little white poodle and a hairless little dog named Georgie who wore a coat and was shaking the entire time. I got paired with this little dog one time for an exercise and it snarled and growled at me and I was like "are you kidding me?" Doesn't that thing know it's the size of a rat and I could pounce on it without thinking about it? But mom made me be nice and made me lay down so I wouldn't scare her, even though she wasn't being nice to me at all. Doesn't seem fair does it? But I did what mom asked. Mom said I was actually really good, but could have been better. The problem was that the instructor was having mom use food in the training and when mom works with me at home, we don't use a lot of food in our training, only at the end as reward. Last night when mom was feeding me the entire time through the exercises, I got too focused on the food and not enough on mom and started to not listen like I usually do. But mom wasn't upset because she knew what the problem was and discussed a little bit of a change in her training with me so I didn't get any bad habits. Mom actually said that I'm one of the best students in the class. She said the golden doodle is pretty good too. The reason mom is taking me to class is #1 cause dad told her to and #2 cause I do sometimes have a problem listening when there are distractions around. But mom said compared to the airdale who was dragging his owner around and wanting to fight with everyone (he's still intact so that's part of the reason), I'm a very good dog. Dad just doesn't realize how good Chloe and I are because he's only around us. He needs to be around some bad dogs once to really appreciate us.
I was tired after class and slept the whole way home and crashed after we got home too. Chloe gave me the "what for" since she took me and not her tonight, but hey, she'll get over it. I never, ever get "mommy" time and it was really nice to finally get some alone time with mom. I really love my mom, but I always have to share her with Chloe. Hopefully I get to have more "mommy" time because it's really nice:)
Mom said we're going to the cabin again this weekend so I'll fill you in on that when we get back. I don't know how much we'll be doing though cause I don't think it's suppose to be too nice, but at least we're going away. Hope everyone has a good weekend:)
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