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By my mom's side

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!

 

Something strange...

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!

 

Posted Pix

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:)

 

Wholly Snowing!!!

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!!!

 

Searching Hersheypark

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!

 

Dad is okay:)

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!

 

It's all about the fun!

January 20th 2014 8:58 am
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I had a lot of fun this past weekend at the cabin. We got there Friday and cause it was still light out, Chloe and I got to play outside for a little.

Saturday was the best day though cause we were at the property for a few hours. Helene, a nice lady from PSU, came to help us plan our farm layout. Chloe and I had fun running around and exploring. We were in all the areas, including some of the woods. Mom wasn't too happy though cause I had briars all through my coat that she had to get out. Oh well, she got them out and it didn't hurt either:) Oh yeah, we did find a dead deer carcus and mom said she was proud how well we listened and stayed away from it. When we got back to the cabin, I took a nap while the peeps talked about things. When Helene left, mom took us for Kubota ride and that was fun:) We saw 4 deer and ran around and played. Needless to say, I crashed pretty much the rest of the night.

Sunday we headed home and watcher out Patriots lose the conference game:( We were really hoping they would make the Super Bowl, but they all had a really bad game and couldn't score or keep the Broncos from scoring either. Oh well, better luck next year!

Tonight I was suppose to go to Manor Care, but Barb may not be able to go and if she can't mom is taking Chloe since I have SAR training on Saturday. I know that's the fair thing to do, but I'm not happy about having to stay home.

Tomorrow dad has his surgery so wish him luck! I feel bad for mom though cause of the snow coming she'll have to drive in it to take dad to hospital and then snow blow when she gets home. Fun for us doggies to play in the snow, but no fun for mom:( Mom goes for her dr. appt. on Wednesday so please say a prayer that all turns out okay.

This upcoming weekend I have SAR training and I'm gonna be "Hersheypark Happy" cause that's where we're training. I just hope it warms up before then cause it will be cold in the car, even with all my blankets and fleece.

Well, that's about all for now. Be safe and warm during this next winter event. It seems like we have some kind of wacky weather every week. Welcome to global warming!

 

Big Changes?

January 17th 2014 11:47 am
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They say big changes are coming to Dogster's Community Areas, but mom said that just means they are shutting down Dogster because everything we have access to and everything we enjoy doing (diary/pix/vid/gifts) is going away and I am soooo sad! I haven't been on as long as Chloe, but I always enjoy telling my adventures and reading all my pal's adventures and sharing pix and stuff and now all that is going away. I wish there was something we can do to keep it going, but mom said it doesn't sound like it. But we're gonna keep on posting til the very end! I'd like to keep in touch with my pals even after Dogster shuts down so anyone who would like to keep in touch, please email me and mom said we'll exchange email addresses to keep it going. Even if we can't post for the world to see, we can still stay pals!

There hasn't been anything going on this past week cause mom has been busy and weather has been cold and yucky again. We are going to the mountains this weekend so hopefully we get out and about and have some fun while we are there. I hope all my pals have a great weekend and I'll bark at you when I get back!

 

My weekend with Emmie

January 13th 2014 7:17 am
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This past weekend we went to visit Emmie and her family. It was a very rainy weekend so we didn't get to do much, but it was nice to see Emmie and she did play with us a few times in the basement. Mom said I did really good with Emmie and I wait patiently for her to throw my toys to me. Emilie loves when us dogs play together and calls us the "crazy puppies":) Emmie loves giving us our medicine and she gave it to us every time this weekend and mom said I'm very good at that too. I know how important it is for me to behave with Emmie and I won't do anything to mess that up!

Sunday when we got home we went to Manor Care to visit our friend Lois. As you recall, she lost her husband Joe (our very dear friend too) a month ago and Friday Lois lost her son Jim suddenly. Poor Lois is dealing with a lot of loss and mom thought a visit from us would help her through it. Lois seemed to be doing well considering what she's been going through. She was very happy to see us and mom is praying that Lois makes it through this. She is a tough woman, but this is a lot for someone as frail as Lois. Please say some prayers for Lois and the rest of her family during this difficult time.

When we got home mom groomed and bathed us dogs. She said we were way past due and when we smelled like "wet dogs" Saturday, she knew it was time. As much as I hate getting groomed, I must admit that I felt much better when it was all done. Now I look and smell really good and I'll do my best not to get all muddy right away. Mom always asks us to try and stay clean for at least an hour after grooming and I'm well over that so I'm good to go!

As far as my week, I don't think I'll be doing much. Mom has church stuff and going to the service for Jim so we'll just be hanging out, but we are going to the cabin this upcoming weekend and I'm looking forward to that. Some cold weather again, but hey, it is winter and even if we don't get to play outside a lot, at least we are in the mountains!

 

Goodbye 2013...Hello 2014!

January 7th 2014 6:30 am
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Sorry it's been so long since I posted, but we've been in the mountains and mom didn't get on the computer much. She said she wanted a break from it and I can understand since she sits in front of a computer all day at work.

I hope everyone had a good holiday season, I sure did! Santa Paws was really good to us and we each got an entire bag of Beggin Strips and sooo many toys! Although we both got the same amount of toys and very similar toys, you know me, I had to take some of Chloe's too. But she returned the favor and took some of mine so we're even!

Poppy Waple came home from the hospital Christmas Eve and he is doing well. Although he still has a way to go in his recovery, he is getting around much better and his spirits are up and we were happy that he was home for Christmas. On Christmas Day mom took us to Joe's grave so we could say goodbye. It was sad sitting there knowing that we will never see our Joe again, but we will never forget him and I know without a doubt when my day comes (not soon I hope) he will be waiting for me at the end of the Rainbow Bridge and we will be together again.

We spent the last two weeks in the mountains and I loved it! The weather was really cold with some snow so we didn't so much, but it was just nice to be away. Mom did take us for a few kubota rides and we saw lots of deer too. We ran through the woods and played and checked out all the scents. Mom wanted to do some search training with me, but it was just way too cold. Mom and I would have done it, but dad wasn't into sitting in the frigid cold waiting for me to find him and I don't blame him. We did go antiquing with mom and dad one day, but I got sick on the way back so we couldn't go the other time. Poor mom sat in the back with me after I got sick and that's a big deal for her because she gets car sick herself and never rides in the back. God love her for being there for me and for dad for driving nice and slow after that. I don't know why I got car sick that day, but I was fine once we got back to the cabin.

We had lots of fun New Year's Eve with many of our friends. The cabin was full and we were getting lots of loving, especially from our friend Pam. We just love her to death cause she is such a dog person and always loves on us:) The only bad thing about New Year's Eve was that they didn't shoot guns like they usually do. That made me sad cause I love guns, but mom said not this year cause Velma has been sick and they didn't want to wake her and I can understand that. Please same some prayers for Velma because she is not doing well at all. She fell two times while we were at the mountains and mom and dad had to help get her up. Then she went to the ER on Friday and is still in the hospital. We prayer she recovers soon.

Last night we visited with our friends at Manor Care. It was good to see everyone after the holiday and most seemed to be doing well. Christine didn't seem to be herself and we're hoping it was just because they were without lights and heat for most of the day and she was just sleepy. She is a sweet person who always loves seeing us. Ms. Sara was in bed again, but much more responsive to us this time so I think she is doing better. she even sat up and ate some of her dinner while we were there.

We received some very sad news today, our golden retriever friend Molly is going to cross the Rainbow Bridge today:( She went to the vet on Friday and they took 8 liters of water out of her and they found a tumor on her liver. Unfortunately it is cancer and they cannot remove it and she has been getting worse. Linda, Keith, Matt and Lauren had to make the difficult decision to let her go today and our thoughts are with them all. As hard as it is to make that decision, they are also not being selfish and thinking of Molly so she will no longer suffer. We will miss our dear friend Molly...RIP

 
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