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November 8th 2012 8:45 am
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First I want to thank all my friends who left me birthday presents. I really appreciate it, thanks!

Let me tell you how I spent my birthday. All alone :( haha!

So a few days before my birthday, mom & dad started making sneaky travel preparations. They were going away! They've done this before a few times, and it's usually for a couple of days.

So as usual they prepared some bags (for them and us), then a car came do pick us up, and they took us to the dog hotel. After they said goodbye, Mathias and I prepared to spend a few days in the dog hotel.

But this time it was longer than we thought! it turns out they went to this far-away place called Europe, so instead of a few days they were gone for almost a whole week. And unfortunately that meant that both Mathias and I spent our birthdays in the dog hotel! But hey, it wasn't bad, we kept each other company and other doggies staying in the hotel did give us best wishes those days.

After a few days mom & dad came back to pick us up. When they arrived we were ecstatic! we barked, ran around and generally were very happy to see them. Then we rushed outside and as soon as the car arrived to pick us up, we jumped inside. Then we got home and slept until the following day! it's so good to be home.

Now winter is coming, we're all waiting for some snowfall and I'm already growing my winter coat! here's to many winter adventures. See ya'll!


A bath!

August 20th 2012 11:30 am
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Hi all! I'm all clean and shiny now! let me tell you how it happened.

Back in Mexico we always had a walk-in shower, so it was as easy as getting me in there and giving me a bath. I learned to do it pretty easily.

However here in Montreal we only have a bathtub, and it's really scary for me to get into; I'm afraid to slip and hurt myself. So mom & dad's first idea, to get me into the bathtub, failed miserably. Also, because of my back problems, they can't just lift me into the tub.

So last year, I only had one bath, at a pet store where they were able to give me a bath since they had a drain on the floor. Seems pretty simple but not a lot of places are able to bathe a big dog like me! However, this pet store closed down and so they were unable to take me there again. It's a big city and I'm sure other places could accomodate me, but since we don't have a car, it would have to be within walking distance.

As you can imagine, bathing once a year means I was already somewhat dirty. So mom & dad started looking at ways to give me a bath. First they asked in other nearby pet stores. Some refused, and one of them said they could accomodate me, but when dad looked at their bathing facility, it turned out to be just a large sink about 4 feet above the ground. Ideal for bathing small dogs, but I would have been hysterical if they'd tried to put me there.

Next they tried to coerce me into the bathtub again. This also failed because I refused to go in there; it's too scary for me.

So they were pretty worried by now. Then they had a weird idea! They bought a small kiddie pool, it's basically a large but shallow pan (4 feet in diameter, about 8 inches high). They put this over a large plastic sheet to collect any splashing water, put *me* in the kiddie pool (something I had no problems with, as it's really shallow!) and gave me a bath with warm water from a bucket!

It worked like a charm, I obviously stayed very still and they were able to really soap me up and give me a good scrubbing. I came out all clean and shiny, and I don't smell of dirty dog anymore!

We're all very happy and we can now recommend a way to give baths to large dogs if you don't have a shower or a patio where you can just let the water go down a drain: use a kiddie pool!

Well I'm off to enjoy my cleanliness! See ya!


Raccoon Season!

August 3rd 2012 7:32 am
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Hello! I've been having several interesting encounters with raccoons. We live near a large park with an artificial lake, and raccoons live in the trees surrounding the lake, to scavenge food from humans who picnic there.

Now, the lake was in need of maintenance so they fenced it off, emptied it, and rolled in some construction equipment to basically tear it apart and rebuild it. It's long overdue since, from what I hear, it hasn't had maintenance in over 70 years! (an eternity in dog years).

However, because of this, all the raccoons decided it wasn't such a nice place to live anymore and moved to a small neighboring park where we usually go for walks. So I've had a chance to see a lot of raccoons up close! yesterday I saw a family of three scurry up a tree as I approached. I naturally spent 10 minutes contemplating them, which is fascinating. They're so cute!

Luckily they're smart enough to go up trees when they sense a threat (me!). And since it's crazy hot, I get tired very easily, and because of my age the heat really affects me. Hey, who knew summer was so hot this far up north? I don't really like it, and neither do my humans, so we're hoping for the fall to hurry up and arrive.

OK, so I'll go look at some more raccoons and hopefully bring back some interesting stories! See ya!


Fall is here!

October 3rd 2011 8:13 am
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Hey! Yes, so fall has arrived in town, with a noticeable drop in temperatures and three days of uninterrupted rain.

Since it got cold so suddenly, we've really felt it! mom & dad noticed it because the hair on my back was standing, and yes, I was cold! Even Mathias who has slightly longer hair was shivering and curling up into a ball. Mom & dad are wearing sweaters and scarves inside the house!

Now, I have a nice sweater for this kind of day, but since it's also been raining, dad made the mistake of leaving my sweater on during a walk and it got wet :( so I had nothing to wear and I was freezing! I kept nudging them with my nose to see if they could help me or something. Finally mom lent me one of her sweatshirts, and it's so cozy! it even has sleeves so my legs stay warmer! now she's saying it's only while the heat gets turned on in our building, but I think I'd like to keep the sweater :)

Anyway, temperatures will only keep going down from here, so it's just a matter of getting used to it, in the meanwhile I'll be wearing this cozy sweater and sending you my greetings from under the covers :)

See ya'll!


Crazy summer!

August 25th 2011 8:09 am
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Hey all! so last I posted, spring was in full swing, and it was really nice and beautiful after the long winter.

But then summer came! and what a crazy summer it has been. Starting with the crazy heat and humidity, unlike anything we'd ever experienced in Mexico. Some days I thought I was going to have a heat stroke!

Then I got a tick! nasty little creature sucking on my blood! We'd never seen one so mom & dad didn't realize until after it was engorged and fat. Luckily it came off without problems, and now we get tick checks every few days. Mathias also got one but his was much smaller, mine looked like a bean and was so disgusting! yuck!

Then I got attacked :( a nasty doggie got loose and came at me, luckily nothing major happened, we just got tangled for a couple of seconds and I came out of it with a scratch to my face, but I was really scared :(

Also, my "grandparents" (dad's parents) came to visit, they spent a week in town. Mathias and I weren't expecting them, so when we came out of the house to meet them on the street, we recognized them and we were so happy, wagging tails and all! We hadn't seen them in over a year. We had a few nice walks with them and were glad to welcome them in our house. Only thing I didn't like is, they took my room and my bed. But it's OK, I'm a nice doggie so I let them have it.

The last day they were here, it was cool and rainy, my favorite kind of weather! so obviously when they let me off-leash for a moment I started jumping around and running like crazy. Big mistake :( I hurt my spine, and when we started walking back home I started feeling some nasty pain. I couldn't walk, so I had to sit down and rest for a bit. I was scared because I didn't know what was happening to me. Mom & dad explained I'd probably hurt my back and were patient with me. I eventually made it back home and wanted to lie down and rest, but it hurt too much, even for that.

After a short while since the pain was not receding, mom & dad decided to take me to a pet hospital. This being a Sunday, only a big hospital far away from home was open, so they had to hire a pet ambulance to drive me there. I like driving in cars but I was in too much pain and didn't really enjoy the ride.

At the hospital I got checked over, got some x-rays, and the doctor didn't find anything obvious like fractured or displaced vertebrae, so she gave me some pain medication and anti-inflammatories, and sent me back home with orders to rest for a couple of weeks.

For the ride back home, we called a pet taxi, which is identical to the car we had in Mexico! so that ride was a lot more fun as I feel really comfortable in that car.

My meds are really powerful, I was able to sleep and rest very well and by now, 4 days later, I'm feeling almost like new again! and I want to go running and jumping again! Sadly, mom & dad say I can no longer do that :( I guess old age is catching up with me. Oh well, I'll settle for our usual, long walks in the park and a long nap afterwards :)

So those are my summer adventures! Looking forward to the fall season here!

See ya'll soon!


Spring time!

June 14th 2011 9:57 am
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Sun, green everywhere, flowers, neat refreshing tree shades & warm evenings.

Ah! I can finally take walks without my coat, get down in the grass and scratch my back against it. So comfy, so relaxing and such a welcomed change.

I have never experienced this "seasons" thing. Mexico City is almost always warm and sunny. It will get cold and rainy but you would never get these extreme changes.

Oh! and all that fauna -which mans feral animals running around, I'm a big girl now so I use big words!- that I never knew before. I knew squirrels but NOW I know ducks, raccoons, skunks, gofers, woodpeckers, seagulls, crows and the smaller chipmunks. Of course I love chasing after each and every one of them!

Mom tells me I should be careful with the skunks thou, as they may very well spray me with urine. Wait a sec, URINE? what kind of nasty beast would do such a thing? Where are its manners? In any case, I think I will let skunks alone.

How is your Spring coming alone for you?


The Kennel!

May 16th 2011 11:48 am
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Hey! Greetings from rainy Montreal! yep, after a long and snowy winter, we had a few sunny days. I really enjoy the sun, and taking a nap by a window with the sun warming up my tummy is one of my favorite pasttimes.

However, for the past two or three weeks, we've had almost constant rain. I remember that, in Mexico, it would rain really hard all afternoon, but it would usually clear up by night, and mornings were almost always dry (well, no rain, but all that sun meant a lot of humidity in the environment, which I don't like so much).

Here in Montreal the rain is lighter, but it rains for a long time; dad says it's because some nasty clouds come and park over the city and it just rains and rains and rains forever.

Mathias an I have nice raincoats, but since it rains so much, sometimes they get wet and there's no time for them to dry before our next walk. So either way, we get all wet!

Still I'm very happy to take walks with mom & dad, even if it's raining, because we spent all of last week holed up in a kennel while they were away!

Yep, so mom & dad took a trip together, and for the first time ever, they left us doggies in a kennel. They say it's because the trip was too long.

They walked us there one day, and we had no idea what was going to happen; they left us with this man, who put us in a couple of cages. Now, we've been left alone before; when we moved to Canada we spent one night in a kennel in Toronto, and sometimes when mom & dad have to run errands, they leave us in a pet shop where they take care of us for the day.

However, this time I waited and waited for mom & dad to come back. The night came, and Mathias told me they probably wouldn't be back that day. So we went to sleep. Luckily we were in contiguous cages, so we could keep each other company.

Next day, nothing happened. The strange guys just took us for our three daily walks and brought us back to the cages. I was bored and wondering when mom & dad would come get us. Mathias was being his usual rascally self, but I could tell he was also beginning to miss mom & dad.

I was behaving OK, and I could eat a little, but I was sad because I didn't know when mom & dad would return. Mathias was keeping me company and reassuring me, so that part wasn't so bad; I wasn't completely alone!

Then, after 7 days, the kennel guy opened the door, and I was wondering what he was up to! then I saw mom, and Mathias and I went towards her and told her "hey, get us out of here!". We were so desperate to get out that we didn't even notice dad who was also there to pick us up!

We got into this guy's van to take us home, it was small and cramped but I really didn't care because I was with mom & dad!

Eventually we got home, and after a short walk, I just went to my bed and slept for hours! now that I was home, and safe with mom & dad, I could finally relax, sleep and eat! and I was starving!

So now, all is well and we are back home, and even though it keeps raining, I'm all warm inside because I'm together again with my family :)

Only bad thing is that I banged my tail while in the cage, so the tip is now all swollen and red. I had my tail tip shaved and am getting treatment so it heals without getting infected. But I know that will heal :)

Be seeing you!


Up to my nose in snow!

February 27th 2011 10:45 am
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Hey all! I've been really busy trying to understand snow and weather here in Montreal. We've had to brave some really, really cold weather, like the day it was -27C outside. I'm well-equipped with a nice winter coat and some boots, which I hate, but mom & dad insist I should wear them when it's very cold.

Then there's also the snow. We've had a few winter storms here, and snow has piled up pretty high. I was out chasing squirrels the other day but one has to be very careful: I suddenly found myself up to my withers in snow! that means about 70 cm of snow pile-up. So to move around I have to jump like a rabbit, which mom & dad say is pretty fun for a dog my size.

Mathias, poor thing, being so small, basically just floats on the snow, and also has to jump like a hare to move around. Still he's so crazy and when playing with his ball, insists on doing the "pounce", where he runs really fast, then just before getting to the ball, jumps up in the air and lands with all his weight on the ball. This amuses mom, dad & myself to no end!

All in all it's been really fun playing in the snow, but it's also tiring and we come home ready for a cozy nap.

Winter is on its way out, I'm sure we'll miss the snow but after 4 months it'll be good to have some actual ground under my paws!

See ya soon!


Pink Eye!

December 29th 2010 3:30 pm
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Hi all! Ever since we got to Canada, mom & dad have been somewhat concerned about us doggies getting sick. First, pet health care here is a bit expensive; but for that, they got some pet health insurance for us. I don't know how that works, but they say it's good to have.

Second, we don't have a car, so we have had to choose a vet that's nearby. There's basically only one, so a few days after arriving here, we went there for him to meet us and maybe give us a general check-up.

The vet is scary! a tall guy who screams a lot and speaks only french, so we went in and we were terrified. Luckily he just gave us a look-over and sent us on our merry way, since we were both in tip-top shape.

However, this morning mom & dad noticed I had some green ooze coming out of my left eye. I was kinda trying to hide it, because it's happened before and it means a visit to the vet, and Mathias had been helping me by licking the yucky stuff from my eye. But they caught us red-handed and, seeing my eye, they scheduled a vet visit.

So I had to go again to the vet. It was a nice enough walk on the snow, but once there I was trying to scurry away, and the vet was just like he always is, yelling and booming all the time. He gave me some drops, and I'll have to follow the treatment for 10 days. Hopefully it'll be enough, because, even though the vet is not mean or anything, I still am terrified every time I go there!

Here's to staying healthy!


Happy holidays!

December 24th 2010 3:59 pm
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Hey all! just here quickly to wish you all a happy holiday season and a lot of success and tail wags for next year.

I've been helping mom & dad prepare our christmas eve dinner, this time they managed to get a half-turkey, they say it's because it's just them and us doggies, so there's no need for a bigger bird. I'm personally more interested in the stuffing which has lots of yummy things!

And this time it's up to us doggies to keep the humans company, since they'll be so far away from the rest of the family. But so far we're doing OK!

So best wishes to all our friends! Keep in touch!

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