July 27th 2006 7:48 pm
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Hi Everyone! I thought it was about time that I introduce myself with my first entry in my diary. I have been on dogster for a few days now and I love it! I love meeting all you doggies. I have made so many pup pals, had some nice pup mail and I am enjoying the groups.
As you can see I am an affenpinscher puppy. Right now I am about 9 1/2 inches tall and weigh just under 5 lbs. My Mommy always tells me that I don't know that I am little and that I think I am a big dog. What is this little thing anyways???? Isn't it all a frame of mind! People tell me that I have a real gutsy terrier temperment. I can over come something like size!
My first 8 months of my life have been great! I was born on Halloween and I lived with my breeder until I was 4 months old. She is really cool and is always so nice to me that I call her my Auntie Lorna. My Mommy had called Auntie Lorna and told her that she had wanted an affenpinscher puppy for over 15 years and that the time is finally right for her to own one. Auntie Lorna then invited my Mommy over to visit with us (we didn't tell her that it was really an interview!!). My Mommy sat down in the living room and then my whole affenpinscher family came to inspect my Mommy (who I didn't know yet was my Mommy). We all loved her because she was so nice and knew exactly how to act and speak to us. My doggy Daddy gave the final "nod of approval" when he jumped onto the back of the sofa where my Mommy was sitting and tried to sit on her head!!!!
On March 3rd I went to my own home to live with my Mommy. When I got there I found that I had a sister!! She is a black Miniature Schnauzer that is 15 1/2 years old and is called Jennifer. We each growled once at each other, did the whole sniffing thing and then we were friends. I thought this was so cool to have a Miniature Schnauzer sister because affenpinschers are distant relatives to Minature Schnauzers. My Mommy told me that it is believed that miniature schnauzers were developed by breeding affenpinschers to standard schnauzers. So cool!!!! I love my sister. My sister doesn't play but I still love her. I learned so much from her. Jennifer taught me to do "my business" outside, showed me where the treats are kept, taught me to walk on a leash, taught me how to patrol the perimeters of our yard and is just the greatest to cuddle with. You can see by my picture with her that I am so proud to be her sister. I know that sometimes I am a bit too rough for Jennifer but I don't mean it - I just want to play with her so much. Mommy says that we have to be gentle with "old gals" like Jennifer. When I get to be too much of a pain Jennifer does tell me with one big bark - I then listen and settle down!
On the second day my Mommy showed me all my toys. I couldn't believe my eyes!!! She had a full basket full of toys waiting for me in the living room. I just love squeeky toys and I was in 7th heaven inspecting each and every toy. Since then my Mommy is always buying me more toys. Since I don't damage my toys I am sure getting lots of them!!!!!
My Mommy took me to a set of puppy classes which were great. Now we are going to show handling classes. Can you believe that I am going to go into shows???? I can because I was at my first show last weekend. I was there with my doggy Daddy, my half brother, my Mommy and my Auntie Lorna. It was great!!! We got to be in the exercise pen and bark. We got groomed (not the greatest part), got lots of treats and I got to show my stuff in the ring. My next show is in a couple weeks. The best was spending all that time with my Mommy and my Auntie Lorna.
Jennifer and I recently got to go on holidays with Mommy. We went to a beautiful lake and lived in a cabin. It was so much fun!!! My sister can't walk very far so we would go for walks and leave her at home. My Mommy and I would walk and walk for two hours at a time. We always had time to chase squirrels and stop for an ice cream. So my sister would have fun too we would load up into the car every evening and take a drive to the beach. Then we would just walk a small amount and would sit on park benches. Jennifer really enjoyed this time.
I love sleeping in bed with my Mommy but I had a problem that I couldn't get up or down by myself. One day my Mommy came home with a package and of course I was very curious. At first I was disappointed because it wasn't treats and it wasn't a toy - just a bunch of pieces of plastic. My Mommy put all those pieces together and you know what it was????? It was small steps that I can use to go up and down the bed by myself!!!! I just love my steps - this was actually better then toys and treats. So cool!!! If any of you doggies are having trouble getting up and down the bed just get your Mommy to buy you steps.
This was a long entry but I had to catch you up with the first 8 months of my life! Watch for my future entries and I promise they won't be as long!
July 28th 2006 9:05 pm
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What a night last night was!! My Mommy and I woke up to a real terrible stink at about 3 am. My Mommy turned on the light to find that my sister Jennifer had some diarrhea in the bedroom. I guess she got into some of my puppy food which is far too rich for an "old gal" like Jennifer and it upset her. Jennifer went outside and I stood on top of the bed watching my Mommy clean everything up. It got even too stinky for me and I also went outside. When we got back in everything was clean and the air smelled nice with all the air freshener that my Mommy sprayed. Don't worry, Jennifer seems to be fine today. She is limited to water and eating pumpkin for today and will likely be eating her regular food by tomorrow. I had to eat pumpkin once too when I had diarrhea. I think it tastes yummy and it sure did the trick!!
It is Friday - yahoo, yahoo!! This means that my Mommy doesn't go to work for two full days - these are my favourite days of the week! I am so much looking forward to spending two full days with my Mommy. Mommy said that we are going to have a quiet weekend because we have been so busy for the past couple of months. I sure hope we spend lots of time out in the backyard. I love chasing the birds and squirrels and cuddling up to Mommy in the lawn chair. It is suppose to get real hot on Sunday and maybe Mommy will put out our wading pool - I love splashing in the pool!
July 30th 2006 9:22 pm
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I sure had a good weekend. The most important thing is that Mommy was home all weekend - it is always a good time when Mommy is home.
All week I have been going into the crate that we use in the car - this is my way of asking for a car ride. Finally on Saturday morning I heard my Mommy ask,"Do you want to go for a car ride?" I didn't have to be asked twice and I was in my crate like a bullet! My Mommy said that she was going to take me shopping and that I could have anything I wanted. I love going shopping but then doesn't every girl???
Our first stop was to a real trendy doggy boutique. I love it there as the owners are so nice and I always meet nice people and nice doggies. We looked at all the plush squeaky toys and tried them all out. I finally picked a small stuffed frog that has a replaceable squeaker. My Mommy talked to the nice owner about me not eating well. She bought me some Merrick tinned puppy plate food. I have to tell you it sure is yummy! Then we looked at the fancy treats that they have in jars. The owner told my Mommy that they are human grade and that both humans and dogs could eat them. My Mommy bought me a half a pound of a treat with peanut butter and blueberries. Another really yummy treat. Oh yes, my Mommy ate one too and said they were good.
I then thought we were going home but we didn't!! My Mommy then stopped at another doggy store. This is so cool! Again we looked at all the squeaky toys and we bought two of them! I got a plush neon green doggy. I also got a plush human that says," Oh, Oh". We now call him my "oh-oh man". I love playing with him. The best part is that my Mommy can remove the voice box and wash the toy when it gets dirty. Then my Mommy bought some doggy bagels. Those are so yummy too!
From there we went home. To top the day off my Mommy gave me some Frosty Paw. I sure was a happy dog on Saturday!!
On Sunday it was very hot and humid. I didn't want to go outside much - not even to play in my wading pool. I stayed inside in the air conditioning and slept and played with my new toys.
This was a great weekend! The sad part is that Mommy has to go back to work tomorrow. I don't like Mondays very much but my Mommy promised that she will rush home right after work. She told me that next weekend is a long weekend (3 days) so I am sure looking forward to that!
August 4th 2006 6:30 pm
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I can't believe it but it is finally the weekend!! I was so happy when I heard my Mommy come into the door I could hardly wait for her to come and get me. I gave big kisses and hugs and then ran to the door asking out. My Mommy, Jennifer and I went outside to play. My tail was still wagging and I was still giving Mommy kisses. Yahoo, Yahoo- the weekend is here!! Not only is it the weekend but it is a long weekend at least for Canadian doggies! Monday is a holiday and my Mommy will be home for three whole days - yahoo!!!!
Looking back on my week I guess it wasn't so bad. My Mommy had to go to work every day which I hate. It is something about making money so we can pay for my food and treats. I don't know what money is but I see my Mommy either hand over some paper or a plastic card when we get food and treats so what is the big deal?????? I can find her lots of paper and plastic and she doesn't have to go to work. She says it doesn't work that way but I just don't get it.......
Anyways back to my week:
As usual my Mommy went to work. When she got home she said we were going to go for a car ride. This was just great. Then I found out that we were going to the vet. Am I going to get another needle?? I was worried!! We got there and had to sit in the waiting room for a few minutes. A big Golden walked out of one of the exam rooms and I had to inform him right away who was boss!! My Mommy was holding me but I still barked at him. Everyone thought it was so funny that I would bark at such a big dog. I see nothing funny about it - it is important to let him know who is the boss real quick! Then we went into the exam room. There was a new vet there. She was so nice to me - she told me I was cute, let me sniff her face and hair and gave me a hug. My Mommy told her that I was at the end of my first season and she was concerned about the colour of some of my discharge. I don't know what any of that means - I just know I felt great. The new vet was so nice to me that I hardly realized that she examined me and took a swap sample. By this time I liked her so much that I was wagging my tail and giving her kisses. She left the room for a few minutes and came back and said everything was 100% and not to worry. That is a relief - I was wondering if I could be feeling good and still be sick????!!!! While I was there I got weighted and I am now 5 lbs 8 oz. This means I am one pound heavier then I was in March when I came to live with my Mom. My breeder told us that when I grow up I should top out at about 8 lbs -so that means 2.5 more lbs to go!
As usual my Mommy went to work. Tuesdays is a good day because I go to dog school in the evening. I always love going to school. I am learning how to be a show dog - walk nice, stand nice and know how to stand and look at food. The best part is all the treats my Mommy is always giving me. My Auntie Lorna was there too and I was so happy to see her! We were really starting to "perfect" some of our moves because I have a dog show to go to on Aug. 12th and 13th.
Again Mommy goes to work. Sometimes I think I am living in "Ground Hog Day" (you would have to have watched the movie to understand that one)! It just seems like an endless cycle with Mommy always going to work. Growwl, growwl... That evening I went with Mommy to Petvalu and she bought me a variety box of Merrick canned dog food. That food is so yummy!!
Guess what happened that day??? You got it, Mommy went to work. After my Mommy got home we went for a car ride to do some errands. I always love car rides. I was already getting excited about the weekend coming! When we got home we played in the backyard and then cuddled together and watched some tv. I love being with my Mommy.
What do you think happened??? I got you (chuckle,chuckle) , no Mommy didn't go right to work. She had to go to her vet with an ouchy knee. After the vet she went to work. Then she came home and this is where I started this entry. You are now up to date on my week!
I am so happy I just can't tell you how much. Three whole days at home with my Mommy is just heaven! My Mommy has asked me what I want to do. I told her I want to go to this really big park that we have to drive to that has a duck pond. I will let you know if I was able to talk her into it. I also want to talk her into getting my pictures off her camera, into the computer and update my dogster site. We will see how successful I am...........
Talk to you later
August 11th 2006 4:26 pm
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I can't believe that it has been a whole week since I wrote my last entry. Again it is Friday and I am so excited about having another weekend. My Mommy is going to be home for two whole days!
I got my Mommy real busy last weekend and she added more pictures on my site and also put up a site for my Miniature Schnauzer sister Jennifer. There are some pictures of me on Jennifer's site too so check it out! Jennifer is an old girl at 15 years old and can be kind of grumpy at times. She never wants to play and even tries to steal my food! She is good to cuddle with for a nap. Sometimes I sleep with her for part of the night but I would much rather sleep with my Mommy. Jennifer doesn't like sleeping in human beds (how silly can you be!) so she has her own doggy bed.
We are going to have a real busy weekend. I am going to a doggy show on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is a real special show because it is a Toy dog speciality. My Daddy (affenpinscher daddy) will be at the show too. He only needs two more points to finish his Canadian Championship so I am really hoping he can do that at the speciality. He will have to beat me to get his two points but I don't care because I really want my Daddy to be a champion. He is already an American champion so this would give him two championships! How lucky can you be!
The awful part is tonight - the grooming! I have to have a bath, cut my nails and get trimmed up. I guess I can suffer for the cause of beauty!!! It doesn't matter to me how I look but I do like the attention I get when people tell me how beautiful I am.
I have to go now, Mommy says we have to hurry and get all our work done for the show and of course my bath (growwl, growwl.....)
Wags and kisses
August 13th 2006 7:58 pm
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This weekend I went to a doggy show. I had a great time. So many things happened that I just don't know where to begin.
So many of my special human friends and doggy friends were there that I had a great time greeting everyone on Saturday. My Auntie Lorna was there who I really love. She is my breeder and she is really nice to me. I just have to get lots of hugs and kisses from her when we first meet! My doggy Daddy was there and so was my doggy half brother Reese. Reese and I had a great time playing in the exercise pen!
On the first day my doggy Daddy finished his Canadian championship and now he is an American and a Canadian champion. I am so proud of him!
My Mommy told me that I did a really good job at the doggy show. The worst part is the grooming ahead of time. I have to stand on a grooming table while my Mommy and Auntie Lorna make me look beautiful. Then I go into the ring which is a hoot! There is a strange person in the ring that they call "the judge" and this person watches me and examines me. Sometimes I walk by myself up and down, sometimes it is in a circle and sometimes it is all around the ring. Other times I go around the ring with other doggies. When I approach this person called the judge either my Mommy or the judge makes weird noises and I am suppose to look at them (they call it showing expression). These humans really are strange! I also have to go on the grooming table with my Mommy holding me and this person called the judge examines me. That is all there is to it!
On Saturday I couldn't believe my luck because I won two squeaky toys! How good is that!!! It was a Toy Dog Speciality show and they gave out toys as prizes. I got a stuffed teddy bear that squeaks and a stuffed ducky that squeaks. They told me I won Winners Female and Best of Opposite Sex. I have no idea what that is and really don't care, it is the squeaky toys that I want. The second day I won Winners Female, Best of Opposite Sex and Best Puppy in Breed. I was so disappointed because they didn't give out toys- all I got was stupid ribbons that my Mommy won't even let me rip up! I did get to play in the big ring and go into the competition for best puppy in group. It was the first time I have been in the ring with so many different types of doggies - that was fun!
Another thing that I love doing at the shows is being in my exercise pen and barking at all the doggies that go past. I bark real loud but if you look my tail is waggin all the time.
There were lots of booths set up at the show selling so many different things. My Mommy and I went around and looked at everything. I just fell in love with a burgandy chaisse lounger for doggies. My Mommy sat me on it and I didn't want to move. Later we went to see it again and I was tired after showing and I just wanted to curl up and sleep. Everyone said I was so cute. Guess what happened next??? My Mommy bought it for me and now it is in our living room!! I am one very lucky little dog. The last picture on the page is me sitting very proudly on my lounger - check it out!!!
My Mommy said there is no more shows now until October - I am so disappointed.
August 16th 2006 8:16 pm
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This morning my Mommy went to work as usual. It wasn't too bad because I spent most of my time sleeping. I have my very own pen that is 4' X 4'. In there is my bed, my toys, water and a puppy pee pad. My sister Jennifer is in her pen where I can see her. My Mommy also leaves the TV on for us and "The Big Red Dog" is on every morning when Mommy leaves.
My Mommy says that she worries about us and she will sometimes even call us and talk to us through the answering machine. That is so cool to hear Mommy's voice during the day.
This evening Mommy said that she had to go outside by herself with that noisy machine and cut the grass. She said that Jennifer and I had to stay in the house so we would be safe. Mommy said that since I am getting to be a big girl now that I could be loose in the house with Jennifer while she is cutting grass. This was the first time that I have even been able to be loose in the house when Mommy wasn't there. I was such a good girl and just watched my Mommy through the patio doors while she cut the grass. Mommy came in and told me how good I was and that she would leave me loose again. She said that the next time she goes to the store I will be able to be loose in the house with Jennifer. I am so proud to be a big girl now!
Mommy told me that tomorrow I am going to my first obedience class. It isn't as if I haven't been to school at all. I attended a set of puppy classes when I was real little. After that I went to school to learn how to be a show dog. I have that down pretty good now so I am going to try obedience. I heard my Mommy talking with my Auntie Lorna and they thought that I should be able to be both a show dog and an obedience dog at the same time. I must be real smart to be able to do that! Mommy told me that she wants to take me to doggy shows in obedience too. I sure do have my life planned for me! I know I will love it because I love doing everything with my Mommy!!
I wonder what my first obedience class will be like?????..............
August 17th 2006 8:30 pm
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Today I lost my last puppy tooth! I finally lost my last canine tooth and a new one is just starting to come in. My Mommy was getting worried because I am 9 months old and I still hadn't lost all my baby teeth. My vet told her not to worry because it sometimes takes toy dogs up to a year to loose all their teeth. I wonder if the tooth fairy will leave a bone under my pillow tonight???
My Mommy was real excited today because she picked her first red tomatoe from the garden. I have been watching those plants all summer and Mommy was always telling me to stay away from them. Little green balls started to grow on them and then they got bigger. Now we have one that turned red and a couple others that are starting to turn. They really look like fun to play with but I have been a good doggy for Mommy and with some reminding I have mostly left them alone.
Tonight was my first obedience class. We went into level 2 and Mommy said we are behind the other doggies. I went to puppy school when I was four months old and then I was learning how to be a show dog. The school said that we could go to level 2 if we had puppy school so we did. Mommy said that we are going to have to work extra hard this week to catch up. I am lucky because my Mommy has done this obedience stuff with other doggies so she will catch me up! There were nine doggies in my class and I had a really good time. At first I didn't walk very good because I wanted to play with them. I did get better by the end. Mommy says that she really likes the fact that I look at her all the time and that I am always wagging my tail.
I had my supper when I got home from school. Today Mommy opened up my Merrick's Wild Buffalo Grill - it is real yummy! Now I am getting real tired and I have to go for a sleep. I want to get to sleep so the tooth fairy can come!
August 20th 2006 4:21 am
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My sister Jennifer got us up at 5:30 am on Sunday morning. My Mommy wasn't happy getting up so early but she was glad Jennifer asked out. Since we were up Mommy fed us breakfast and is now helping us with our diaries.
This weekend has been going quite well. First Mommy's friends wanted her to go out on Friday night. Mommy told them that she would rather go out on Saturday evening because she wants to be home with us on Friday. She thinks it is unfair for us to be home all day when she goes to work and then have to also be home on Friday evening. What a nice Mommy! We spent a quiet Friday evening at home with Mommy.
Mommy had been saying that once I finish my last tin of Merrick that I have to start eating kibble and that I can't be so fussy! We were getting down to our last two tins and boy was I getting worried!!! Guess what happen??? I figure the pressure was getting to Mommy and she broke down!! Yes, yesterday she went to the store and bought me another supply of Merrick tinned food. Yahoo!
She also bought me something called a tooth brush and tooth paste. I don't know what that is but she said we are going to try it today. The tooth paste is rather yummy. Mommy let me have a small lick and it is poultry flavour. Why do I get this feeling that I am not going to like this???
Mommy says we have to get going. She wants to do an entry for Jennifer and then she says we are going back to bed. It is a hard job being a dog but someone has to do it!
August 20th 2006 9:10 pm
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Here I am back! I can't believe that we were writing Saturday's entry at 5:30 am this morning! It was all Jennifer's fault. Now we are doing Sunday's entry.
Today was good but Sundays are always good. Mommy was home and we spent a quiet day at home. We tried to be outside but the wasps were awful and we had to be in the house most of the time. I like to snap at them and that sure upsets Mommy because she is afraid I will get bit. I don't know if you get these awful wasps where you live but we get them every year starting in August. Mommy said we never used to have these twenty years ago but they are some new kind of wasp that made it's way up here. They are awful and quite agressive. Mommy searches for nests all the time and when she finds one she gets the exterminator people out to get rid of it. Oh I hate those wasps!
Back to my food story. I thought I had it made when I reported that Mommy bought me more Merrick tinned food. Well, Mommy has not given up and she wants me to be on a kibble. Today we were doing taste tests - I can't believe it!! When Mommy was at the store yesterday she picked up samples of the six different foods that she is considering for me. She told me I could pick which one I like out of the six. What she did was make a small pile (about 6 kibbles) of each kind all in a row. Then Mommy watched which foods I ate and which foods I didn't. She tried it a few times with the food in different orders. She said there was one clear winner - I chose it to eat first every time and I ate it all up before going to the others. Are you sitting on the edge of your chair in suspense over which food it is??? It is a food called holistic blend chicken and rice. It is a Canadian food but on their web site they say they sell it in the USA too. Mommy says it is real good for me - all organic and human quality etc etc etc ....all that good stuff. They sell it at human health food stores in my City. I am beginning to sound like a commerical!!!! I have a couple weeks supply of tinned Merrick left yet but Mommy says we have to start this new food gradually. It will be interesting to see if I do break down and start eating my kibble regularly or if I hold out for my tinned Merrick??? What do you think???? Stay tuned for future results..........