August 25th 2006 8:43 pm
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I sure had a hard time protecting my yard this evening. This is a very important job for a doggie. After all this is my yard and I have to make sure it isn't invaded! It is the basic rule of being a doggie.
My first problem are the squirrels. Those goofy creatures like to run along my fence and use it as their own personal highway. Not only do they use it as a highway but they think they can store their belongings along our fence. Right now it is apples - they line their apples up along the top rail of the fence. They leave their apples there for storage and then later they remove them. Every time I go outside I never know how many apples will be on our fence. I want those apples - after all they are on our fence! I also love eating apples!! I chase the squirrels along the fence and as much as I try I can't reach them or their apples. I am only 10 inches tall and the fence is 6 ft tall but I don't let that stop me. I am very patient and I just wait quietly for one of those apples to fall and eventually one does and then I grap it and take off. Boy do those squirrels get mad! It serves them right for using our fence! Have you ever heard of such goofy squirrels?
I was still working on the squirrels and what do I see but a bunny on the other side of the fence. This took my mind off the squirrels and their apples. I just love bunnies! My Auntie Lorna has two bunnies and when I stay there I get to play with them. I wanted to play with this bunny too but for some reason he wouldn't come near me. We then started a staring contest. The bunny stood perfectly still staring at me and I stood still and stared back. I was just ready to run at any moment. Then I heard a noise behind me and it was a big black cat in yard. I just couldn't let this cat invade my territory so I took off after the cat. I did a good job and that cat was over the fence and long gone before you know it. One good job done!! Now back to the bunny! Where did the bunny go??? He is gone! Why did he not want to play with me? I am going to have to keep my eyes open for that bunny.
Then there were the regular pesty wasps that kept getting in my way. I am the great bug catcher and I have even killed one. I started hunting for wasps and was busy snapping at them. I know I can catch them! This is when my Mommy stepped in and said that was enough and took me into the house. How could she do such a thing? Doesn't she realize that I can't protect our property from in the house???? I begged to go back out but there was no changing her mind. She said I had to stay in because the wasps would bite me. Oh well, I guess I will just curl up on my chaisse lounger (there is a picture of it on my site) and have a sleep. Tomorrow is Saturday and I will have a long day protecting my yard from all the intruders around here!! It is a tough job but someone has to do it!!!
August 24th 2006 9:14 pm
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Well, I didn't get an early morning walk - I told you that is what would likely happen. I knew there was no way it would happen when Jennifer woke Mommy up at 4 am to put her out. Mommy would not get up at 5 am to take me for a walk now! Actually it was okay. I got to play in the yard and torment the squirrels this morning for about an hour. Then it was time for Mommy to go to work and I spent my day sleeping, playing with my toys and watching TV.
Mommy came home from work and I was pretty excited because I knew it was my obedience class night. Oh no, all of a sudden Mommy picked me up and headed in the direction to put me in my pen. That just can't be! She can't go to obedience school all by herself! Then Mommy made a turn and put me on the grooming table instead. Whew, that was close......I never thought I would be happy to be on the grooming table! Mommy then combed me out and said I had to look pretty for school. I had to suffer through grooming but at least I knew I was still going to school. I don't know why she worries about the grooming, us affie's are suppose to have permanent bad hair days so what is the use!
We then headed to school with the stupid stick that I had my doubts about. We past my new friend Joey's house but he was not outside. Too bad, I wanted to wave good-bye to him. When I got to school all my classmates were there. Then out came that stick. I have never seen a stick with a leash clasp on the bottom before. Mommy then hook the stick to my collar and we started heeling. I think I worried about nothing because it was pretty much like having a leash. It did help my Mommy so she didn't have to bend so much with me. We heeled to music which is really lots of fun. We did lots of sit and down stays which I am getting better at. Then there was some comes and then some "fronts". We then learned something called a finish. I am totally confused on that one. Lucky for me Mommy knows what she is doing so I am certain she will help me with it this week. It was a great night!
I then came home and had my supper (yummy Merrick Grammy's Pot pie). Now I am ready to go to bed. One great thing about obedience night is I know the next day is Friday and then another weekend. Yahoo! I wonder what I can get my Mommy to do with me over the weekend??? Walks and car rides come to mind............
August 23rd 2006 8:19 pm
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I did get my Mommy to take me for another walk this evening. This time we walked along the creek which is just behind our house. It is so nice walking there. I saw my new friend Joey from yesterday, it was so nice to see him again! Then I met Miss Daisy who is a Jack Russells Terrier. She is almost my age too being only 11 days older then me. Mommy says we may have to start going on our walk before supper because it is now getting dark much earlier. It is now dark by 9 pm.
We may not get a chance to go for a walk tomorrow because it is our obedience school night. My Mommy says we have to bring that silly looking stick with us. We didn't get a chance to try it out today so I will find out tomorrow. I really don't know if I am going to like it.....
The only way I will get a walk tomorrow is if we go before Mommy goes to work. I don't know if that will happen. You see, my Mommy is not a morning person and it takes me about twenty minutes of kisses to get her up now when the alarm rings. Mommy says that this is my job and I must say I do a very good job of it. I just don't know why she can't be like me and just get up instantly! Now the alarm goes off at 6 am and it takes me until 6:20 am to get Mommy up. To go for a walk I would have to get my Mommy up by 5 am. I don't think even I will be able to do that!
August 22nd 2006 8:34 pm
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This turned out to be a pretty good day. It started out boring with Mommy going to work. I watched TV, played with my toys and slept all day. Then the time came for Mommy to come home , Yahoo, Yahoo! This is my favourite time of the day. My sister Jennifer and I went outside to potty and to "let off some steam". Mommy came out and sat with us for awhile which was wonderful.
Mommy had to make me something for my obedience classes tonight. It is a stick that she is going to use instead of a leash. She took a stick and put a leash clasp on the bottom. She said she will hook me up to it and when we are doing our obedience heeling she isn't going to have to bend all the time. I don't know if I will like it but we will see. Mommy said we will try it out tomorrow evening. I will keep you updated on this event!
Then for the fun part, Mommy took me for a walk. We sure haven't been walking much lately. It has either been too hot or I have been in season and Mommy won't walk me when I am in season. So away we go for a walk on a nice cool evening. It was just wonderful, I almost forgot how much fun it could be. Mommy said I was just the best "social butterfly". I wanted everyone to pet me that I passed. I also met three real cool new friends. One real handsome dude is Joey who is an American Eskimo dog. It turns out that he is only 3 days younger then me. We had such a good time playing. I have been invited for a play date in Joey's yard - I can hardly wait! Then I met two more friends. One is a small black dog called Max and the other is a white poodle who is exactly my size called Niaka. Niaka is six years old and she growled at me! Mommy says that she was just warning me to behave.
I came home from my walk and just feel asleep! I can't wait to go for another walk! Do you think Mommy will take me again tomorrow????
August 21st 2006 10:26 pm
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I am not proud to say I pooped on the floor today but it wasn't my fault! You are likely saying , "oh yeah, that is what they all say" but it is true. It was not my fault.
My Mommy was sitting right by the patio door and I went to the door with my plush monkey in my mouth (there is a picture on my site with me and my monkey) and I ran back and forth in front of the door for about 5 minutes. I kept going to Mommy to get her attention but she wouldn't listen!! Can you believe that she didn't believe that I had to go out?????? She told me to settle down because I was just out. She thought I just wanted to go outside to play with my monkey. Well, that is when I couldn't hold it any longer and I pooped on the floor. That will teach her not to ignore me any more!!! It is sure hard to train Mommies!
We are trying something new called brushing my teeth. We started yesterday with some real yummy tasting stuff. It tastes like poultry and Mommy says it is my tooth paste. I was so thrilled with this good taste in my mouth that I hardly noticed Mommy brushing my teeth yesterday. She says we have to go now to brush my teeth before we go to bed.
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..........
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 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 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 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.