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Hot Dawg...

May 19th 2008 12:55 pm
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It's great to be groomed! the last few days the temperature at our house has easily been 100 degrees outside, so it was really nice to get my hair cut and a nice cool bath.

The heat can really tucker me out, so I've been maintaing a low profile at the house.

Grammie and Grampie Olson came by to babysit me on Friday night. We took a walk closer to 7pm, once the sun was down behind the hills and it was a bit more tolerable outside. Of course I got a treat and plenty of rub downs from Grammie.

Saturday, both daddy and grampie where in the backyard working. They added some more landscaping and moved back some of the chicken wire and almost finished painting the patio cover. Hopefully it will be done soon and a new shade screen will be applied and keep our place even cooler. Daddy is also talking about a water feature as well which will be nice.

Because of the heat, we stayed in most of the day yesterday. Daddy hasn't been feeling all to well. He's been taking some medicine for aches, and he's having trouble sleeping as well. We did go for a late walk again, roughly 7pm, and I think we all went to bed at about 9:30.



May 1st 2008 3:31 pm
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Boy oh boy....

Another lucky day for me! Grandpa Olson came over mid-morning and took me on a walk over by the golf-course. It was longer than I usually get which is good for my old ticker and lots of exercise. It helps me sleep during the day and evening too!

At one point a silly grass-hopper flew up and hit me in the face and startled me. I didn't know what to make of it, so we just sorta stared at each otehr for a bit until Grandpa urged me back on. I was also keen on chasing down a few birds, but overall it was a nice walk and not very hot today.

We got back to the house and rested for a bit, maybe a good 30 minutes and grandpa took me for one more short walk, this time just around our culd-de-sac so I could check up on all the going on's in the 'hood. Had to make sure there wasn't any errant squirrels or gross lizards taking liberties of my neighbors.

Grandma sent up a few treats as well that I was allowed to eat. Yummy!!

So now I can slumber peacefully until my parents come home later today.


Still Here

April 28th 2008 4:41 pm
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Oh my paws....where do I begin? It has been so long since I last posted an update.

Well let me say it's hot again. It's been in the upper 90's the last three days. Thank goodness my parents keep the air conditioner on and also keep my grooming on track. With my short hair, I am a bit cooler and feel better.

It's been a bit lonely lately. Mommy is working long hours these days, and next week she is going on a business trip for a week as well.

Daddy got me a new toy the other day...a little chewable rubber tire. I'm not sure what to make of it. One minutes I really play with it, the next, I get kinda bored. But it's so hard to find a good toy....I have a tendency to chew through them all the time.

Last week I met Bosley. He's a little puppy that Mommy's friend just got from a breeder. He's part pug and part beagle. It was nice for a bit, but he's a little frisky where I wanted to rest. I wasn't so sure about a new boy in my house taking up all the spotlight from me. Where is grandma Olson when I need her?

Speaking of which, both Grandma and Grandpa may come over next week when Mommy is gone to spend time with me. I can't wait! That means treats, and walks and rubs and cuddling and attention!!

Well, Daddy should be home soon. I think he needs to buy me some more kibble, and if it cools down later he'll take me for a nice walk.


Grandpa to Visit

April 18th 2008 9:12 am
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Mommy has been working a lot of long hours as of late. I don't think she's been home before 8pm so far all week long.

So Daddy and me have been hanging out and going for walks when he gets home.

But today, I'm getting a special treat. Grandpa Olson called daddy and said he was in the area and asked if he could stop by and walk me. Well of course daddy said 'Yes', so I'm counting my paws until Grandpa shows up sometime later this morning and takes me for a walk. I love the attention and hopefully he'll bring a special treat from Grandma.

It always helps break up the day when I'm alone while my parents are at work. Some fresh air and exercise makes me very happy, and after Grandpa leaves, I know I'll take a nap (notice I didn't say 'cat-nap'....silly kitties), and it will only be a few hours before daddy comes home! And who knows...I may just get another walk as well! Yippee!!!


Holy Hotness!

April 14th 2008 2:19 pm
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Boy oh boy...was it ever warm at our house this weekend.

Mommy and daddy and I stayed in more or less all weekend long and used our a/c. I think our new thermomter outside read about 100 the last two days, and it zapped the energy right out of us!

The good news is I got a few small ice cubes and plenty of water and a lot of attention, especially from daddy. The bad news is we didn't spend a lot of time outside.

On Saturday, daddy took me to get my nails clipped. When we arrived at the grooming place they couldn't take me right away so daddy and me had 10 minutes to pass. We took abrief walk around the block, but it was almost too much. Even though it was only a block, I was panting so hard....As soon as my nails were finally done, back in the car we went and daddy turned the car a/c on full blast and directed the nozzles towards me so help cool me down.

I got in the house and drank a lot of water and was pretty quiet the rest of the day.

Yesterday, daddy decided to wait until 6:30 pm to give me a walk. It was still light outside, but by then the temperature was dropping and the sun was behind the hills, and the shadows were long. It was a pleasant walk and I got my exercise!


Lucky Pup

April 3rd 2008 12:51 pm
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I'm such a lucky boy this week!

Mommy decided to work from home this week, so I've had someone around most of the time to keep me company.

We've been going on daily walks, and yesterday we even jogged for a bit.

It's been really nice having mommy home to help pass the time, especially today since the weather is dark and cold and a little rainy.


A New Adventure

April 1st 2008 4:00 pm
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I'm so lucky at times!

Daddy, who I know gets tired walking the same routes with me week after week, especially after a long day of work needed a little re-energizing.

Well, on Sunday daddy started off on our normal walk together, but decided to make a right instead of a left and we discovered a whole new trail! What was so nice about this trail is that it got us more into nature! Instead of a sidewalk and concrete and asphalt, our new journey took us to a dirt path dotted with wild sage and other shrubbery. There was also a lot of shade, and because it was further from the main street, it was a lot quieter too!!

I was able to take in many new smells, and daddy was able to take new scenery. It was very nice because the walk no longer seemed like a regular chore to him as he was eager to discover where the trail led.

It was especially nice near sunset as we saw the clouds and sky change color and got to hear more nature than cars. It was nice infact that daddy decided to take me again on Monday, so we drove from our house to the trail beginning this time. This allowed us to walk a lot further on the trail than before, and I met some new doggies along the way as well. I was very excited!!

Today mommy stayed home to work from her laptop so I wasn't home alone all day. And today she is taking me for a walk instead giving daddy a break, but that means I get to spend time with her today too!


Grandpa Visit

March 21st 2008 1:38 pm
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Today I had a surprise visit from Grandpa.

After mommy and daddy went to work this morning, Grandpa Olson came over mid morning and we got to go on a nice walk and play for a bit. He was dropping off a few gifts for Easter.

I always like surprise visits. They break up the dull days when mommy and daddy are gone for so long. Hopefully with the warm weather we are expecting this weekend, I'll get to go on a few sojourns outside.


New Fence & Bad Bath

March 20th 2008 8:53 am
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I'm not sure what got into me yesterday, but I think I was a little spooked.

Mommy satyed home from work and daddy left, and sometime in the morning these two guys showed up in our backyard. Mommy had to put the gate up for me so I couldn't investigate, but these guys were in our backyard for hours.

Then in the afternoon they left, and mommy finally let me out. And there it was! A brand new vinyl fence had replaced the only fence I ever knew....the rotted out, icky, and dangerous one. Mommy and daddy are finally making progress on the backyard, and soon will have a fountain and art work and more. Yippie!

Then last night mommy and daddy were determined to give me a bath. I usually like baths....I enjoy the warm water and all the attention I get, but last night something was clearly bugging me, and I wish I could have warned my parents. I know I was getting a little had been almost a month since my last bath, and it had been raining and my parents have been working a lot lately.

So when mommy came to fetch me, I bit her. Twice. Sorry mommy. Then daddy tried to get me as well, like he always does, and I bit him too. Hard enough where I broke the skin on his hand and daddy bled a bit. But they weren't gonna let me get away with it. Daddy didn't spank me...neither did mommy...but they sure were upset with me. Daddy grabbed my muzzle and put it on, and I took a bath with a muzzle for 20 minutes.

I know I felt much better afterwards. I'm clean, and mommy detangles my hair. I'm all soft and shiny. But I know daddy and mommy were pretty confused as to why I bit them...I never do that. As my punishement, they ignored me most of the night, but it was okay this morning. Daddy let me up on his lap when he was having coffee and petted me until he had to go.


Better late than nver

March 14th 2008 10:39 am
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Wowzers. It seems to have been weeks since I've last been on.

Daddy and I have been spending time together when we can. We went to the dog park last weekend. It was 'okay'. There were some friendly dogs, but there were a few not so friendly ones either....moreso I guess because their mommies and daddies weren't paying too much attention.

I was sad to see one little Jack Russell terrier had torn his duclaw, so his parents had to take home him home for medical attention.

I don't know why, but when we go to teh park, I'm not really interested in playing catch with my favorite ball. I'd rather just explore, and get a bit dirty.

Speaking of which, I'm overdue for my bath and a nail clipping. I'm sure I'll get a clipping this Saturday, and hopefully a bath too. But daddy's work schedule has been so crazy lately.

The weather has been warming up to. The last few days feels like summer now that the time has changed, but today it's kinda icky outside. I'll just curl up in my bed.

The good news is that we are about 4 weeks away from getting our new backyard fence. Once it's in, I'll be safer than ever! Yippee!

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