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The day you realize your dog is smarter than you- an Abbey story

December 12th 2013 8:09 am
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So it has been very cold in NorCal the past couple weeks, so cold that even though I have central heating I’m still a bit cold. To keep comfy I use a heating pad when I’m hanging out on the couch. The dogs love it, so when I’m not using it you can generally find one of them curled up on it.

Yesterday I was dinking around on my laptop and I look up to see Abbey standing in front of me holding a sock in her mouth. She usually does this with one of her toys if she wants to play. I ask for the sock, and she spits it out in my hand without attempting to solicit play. I shrug and go put it back in the laundry. When I come back, Abbey has taken my heating pad, so I tell her to get off. She jumps down and walks off. Less than a minute later she is back with the sock in her mouth. We repeat the above exchange, and when I come back from returning the sock she has taken the heating pad again. We do this four times, before I realize she is playing me to get the heating pad.

Who is training whom I wonder?

Giz and Abbey’s Person


Happy 14th Birthday Gizmo!!!

May 30th 2013 1:36 pm
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Yup, another year gone by. I recently found an old picture of me and Gizzy, she must have been around 6 months old, and I marveled at how young we both looked. I’d post it, but I only have a hard copy, didn’t have a digital camera (or a cell phone, or a laptop) in 1999! Fourteen years is a really long time, a lot of things change- friends, school, work, etc.- but Gizmo has been the one constant in my life. I hope we have a few more good years left together.

So *happy birthday* pup!

~Giz and Abbey's Person


Another Birthday and Other Changes

May 10th 2012 12:55 pm
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Gizmo turned 13 last weekend. Doesn't seem possible, where did all those years go? It seems like just yeaterday she was a puppy and then we were starting out first agility class together. I took her to class with Abbey a few months ago and did a couple runs with her, she had a great time, but she definitely can't run like she used to. I've also noticed in the last few months that she seems to be mostly deaf now. Other than that she is the best looking 13 year old dog I've ever seen...maybe I'm a little biased though.

I finally took the plunge and switched both dogs to a raw diet. Don't think I'll ever go back to kibble, even the really good stuff. Wish I had done this years ago, they just look incredible. And after struggling with Gizmo's teeth, they are now perfect. I keep grabbing her and looking at them. I can't believe they're that clean! Next dog is going to be on raw from the start- hopefully that will happen within the next couple years.

~Giz and Abbey's Person


Out And About W/ Abbey

December 15th 2011 3:27 pm
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M’kay, so an interesting occurrence: I took my car in to have a flat tire repaired, and had Abbey with me. The place was really loud and busy, and we’d been waiting for an hour or so. Abbey was having a grand ol’ time, getting attention and treats from people. Out of nowhere, seemingly, she gets agitated and starts barking. Which was both embarrassing after everyone commented on her good temperament and behavior, and weird because she’s not a mindless yapper, if she barks she has a good reason. One of the employees comes in from the garage and comments ‘You know they’re moving your car now and she knows it. Smart dog.’

So it makes me wonder- what was her motivation? It wasn’t her happy ‘I want to go for a car ride’ behavior. It was her suspicious ‘this is wrong’ bark, which I haven’t actually heard since we ran into an angry drunk on a late night summer run last year. Did she think someone was stealing my car? Is that even a concept a dog can understand? Pretty impressive she could even hear them moving the car outdoors and at the back of the building with all the noise and air ratchets and what not going on.

~Giz and Abbey’s Person


Today is my birthday!

May 5th 2011 10:15 pm
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Twelve years young today!



Bad dog, Abbey!

March 24th 2011 10:07 am
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Yesterday our person cleaned out our crates and here is a run down of what Abbey has been hiding in hers:

-dog toys
-hair scrunchies
-candy wrappers
-tv remote



Clean bill of health!

March 16th 2011 7:29 pm
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My evil person made me got to the vet and get ‘blood work’ (just as bad as it sounds I promise! I guess ‘vet’ is another word for ‘vampire!’) Anyway, the vet says I am very healthy!

I disagree however, I believe I am starved. Today I wanted some potato chips and my person would not share with me! She says they’re unhealthy- sureee.

~Please Send Food! Gizmo


Petzlife Review

July 13th 2010 3:54 pm
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So, I just wanted to briefly write about a cool dental product called Petzlife. Gizmo has never been remotely mouthy or a chewer, even when she was a pup. As a result her teeth collect tarter like there’s no tomorrow and she needs yearly dentals. I bought this stuff at Petsmart after reading a blurb about it in Dog Fancy, thinking it couldn’t hurt to try it. WOW. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it’s cut the tarter build up down by half, and more is coming off. I’m using the spray now, but after seeing such great results, I’m getting the gel and brushing both dog’s teeth with it. I’m hoping this will be the end of costly dentals for Giz.

The only problem I’ve had with this product, is that Abbey (even though she is otherwise fine with me messing with her mouth) flat out refuses to be sprayed with it so I don’t push it on her. She’s a good chewer and her teeth are pretty clean, but I’d like to make sure they stay that way, so I’m thinking she’ll like the gel much better.

If anyone is interested in checking this stuff out you can get it for a decent price HERE on Amazon.

~Giz and Abbey's Person


Happy 11th Birthday to Me!!!

May 6th 2010 5:45 pm
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Yesterday was my 11th Birthday! I got to go for walkies by the lake and I got a snazzy new martingale collar with my name embroidered on it from Fetch Dog.


P.S. THANK YOU Saphira for the rosette! Slobbery dog kisses for you!


TGFF. Thank God For Fall!

November 4th 2009 7:07 pm
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Whew. I think it might be safe to come out again. I’ve been hiding inside in the air conditioning all summer! Who’d a thought it would get so dang hot up here in the mountains?! My person tried to get me to go swimming in the lake, but I am convinced I would drown! Plus nobody likes that wet dog smell anyway!

Today I went to the horse place, and it was so nice and cool. I ran and sniffed and ran some more. But no chasing deer! The elk have come back, and my person says I am absolutely NOT allowed to chase them either.

Now next time I write, I will complain to you all about how cold it is and how I hate rain and snow. Bol.


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