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Below Zero

November 26th 2010 11:43 am
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Hi all! We're being enveloped by winter here in Montreal. It's something entirely new to me, and also to my humans, who sometimes have NO idea what to do. But mostly they've done their best to keep us happy and warm even when the temperatures go below zero (whatever that means, all Mathias and I know is that it gets really really cold and water turns into ice). Luckily our pal Riley has shared a few winter tips with us, thanks Riley!

However mom & dad are mad at me sometimes, because of my thing with squirrels. See, whenever I spot a squirrel I just stand there, like a statue, staring at the squirrel (I'm just hoping to mind-control one of them some day). Dad says it's bad for me, because when it's cold and windy, I'm all motionless and get very, very cold, I start shivering, but I refuse to move because of the squirrels. Well, it's my obsession, don't judge me!

At least dad found a way to make the best of it: yesterday I was hypnotized by a rather plump squirrel, and next thing I know, I'd had an entire manicure done! Yeah, dad took advantage of my distraction and trimmed all my nails really short. Said I was long overdue for a clipping, too. I don't like getting my nails trimmed, but this time I didn't really notice so it was OK.

Well I gotta go, because I think it's snowing and I want to watch! see ya!!


Remembering Bela

November 15th 2010 12:24 pm
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The sun is different here, way up north. But it still reminds me of the autumn sun that sneaked into the room, the last rays of sun Bela, my friend since I was a puppy, ever felt warming up her fur.

Bela passed away exactly a year ago. I still miss her, and whenever I see a dalmatian in the distance I wag my tail, thinking it's her.

A lot has changed in our lives in this time, but still I've done as she taught me: i've been stubborn, sneaky, but also sweet, loving and I've done my best to become a gentler, calmer dog. I remember mom & dad liked that about Bela! and now it's for me to fulfill the role of the older and wiser dog.

It's strange how humans place meaning in particular dates, and today, one year later, I can feel a sadness and longing in mom & dad.

However I know in time it won't be as painful, and will be part of memories to be cherished, of loved ones to be remembered and thanked for that little bit of themselves they left in our lives.

In the meanwhile I hope my humans take comfort in knowing that I will be here for them, as Bela always was, as she taught me to do.

See ya'll soon!


I'm five years old!

November 1st 2010 1:50 pm
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Hey all! so it's my birthday today! I'm five years old, which is well into maturity for a giant-breed doggie such as myself. Indeed, I'm much calmer than before, and I enjoy sleeping most of the day. Still, I'm all for a good run in the park whenever I have the chance to do it.

Five is a nice round number, and I think this past year has been one of the most eventful in my life.

Not all our adventures were nice, but together we've managed to get through the bad times. Things are of course much better now, and the adventures continue, what with our crazy move to Canada, all the raccoons and squirrels, my having to learn to live in an apartment, and of course, snow! it's white, cold and fluffy, and so much fun for us doggies!

Still, I hope to still have many years left with my humans, my pack, and friends! thanks for reading me and be seeing you around here!


The cold!

October 30th 2010 5:34 pm
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Hey all! So here I am, after a few weeks in Montreal, I can say I like the place; there's plenty of squirrels for me to watch, even though mom & dad hate it when I just stand there staring at them for hours. There's also these new critters called "raccoons", they only come out at night but look a lot bumblier than squirrels and I think they'd be easier to catch. Mom & dad don't let me anywhere near them, though.

It's also starting to get cold! Luckily mom & dad got some really nice winter coats for Mathias and I. And there's this thing at our house where it's really warm and toasty even though it's cold outside. So when I'm really cold I can just cuddle on the couch!

Well, I'm off to celebrate Mathias' Birthday! See ya!


The move to Canada!

September 29th 2010 10:17 am
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Hey folks! guess what, I'm in Canada now!

Let me tell you how it happened. First, dad disappeared! one day he packed a couple of suitcases, said goodbye and got in the car with mom, like they have done many times before. Only this time, dad didn't come back. We waited for him but he didn't return. I was with mom & Mathias but I was missing dad very much and wondered what'd happened to him.

In the meanwhile, mom was very busy preparing stuff, packing things around the house, running errands and such. We wondered what she was up to.

Then one day, a nice lady came to pick up our kennels. We thought nothing of it at the time. The very next day, mom got us doggies in the car, drove us to the airport and delivered us to this lady. Thus began a couple of very tough days for us! this lady led us through a strange process, ending up with us getting in our kennels, we felt so abandoned and defenseless. The kennels got transported and put inside an airplane, which is basically a huge tube with wings. I've seen airplanes in the air, like huge birds, so we thought one of these birds had eaten us.

Then a lot of strange noises and motion began; we were scared, barked and howled but nothing changed. We eventually resigned as things quieted down a bit. A few hours passed but they felt eternal to us!

After a few hours the plane landed in a city called Toronto (overheard it from some humans). Someone came and got our kennels out of the belly of the beast. We got out of the cages, some people checked we were healthy, did some paperwork and drove us to a boarding facility; I've been in those before but I don't like them. This time it wasn't different. Mom & dad were nowhere to be seen, so, still scared, we decided to sleep a little bit. At least I had Mathias and we kept each other company.

A few hours later, someone came, put us in the kennels again and drove us to the airport, where, as we feared, we went inside another airplane. I feared we'd have to do this every day! This time the flight was a bit shorter and after about an hour we landed again. This time they just got us off the plane and left us inside the kennels, in a big warehouse.

About 20 minutes later they started moving us again. I feared the worst! But this time they left us outside and I noticed some people talking and trying to get us out of the kennels.

One of them was dad!!! We were ecstatic to see him, after 26 hours spent alone and in terror. When we got out of the kennels we kissed the hell out of dad.

He got us in a pet taxi with some very nice people who spoke a weird language. Dad told us we were now in a place called Montreal, way up north, and that we could relax now. So we did and fell fast asleep in the car while those nice people drove us home.

Eventually we arrived at a building dad said was our new home. It's an apartment, a bit smaller than what we're used to, but still nice.

I was wondering what'd happened to mom; it turns out she boarded a plane too, a bit after dropping us off, so once we got home with dad, we got to have our first walk in Montreal, going to pick up mom a bit farther down the street where a nasty cab driver had abandoned her.

The entire family reunited, we were all very happy, and we set to get to know our new town.

So here we are, a couple of weeks after arriving, and already getting settled in. Life in Canada is hard for a doggie; we're supposed to live indoors and behave, no barking! and when going out for a walk, we can rarely be off-leash. This drives me crazy as there are so many squirrels to chase! But mom & dad are doing their best to make us feel comfortable, and I'm starting to like the place. I guess we'll have many more adventures, and hopefully I'll get to tell you all about it.

See ya for the time being!


At the vet!

August 17th 2010 3:15 pm
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Hey all! I've been at the vet's a bit more than I would have liked. But it's all going to be OK!

First, I was there last week for my first-ever teeth cleanup. Mom & dad dropped me off in the morning, then the doctors made me sleep a bit, they cleaned my teeth and removed a nasty growth I had near my fang, and I went home later that day. It was easy, and I even got to go for a walk that same afternoon! so now I have a shiny smile, and I'm getting my teeth brushed daily too, so it should stay that way.

However, a couple days after that, mom & dad noticed a nasty red ball in my chest. So I went to the vet's for a tissue sampling, that hurt a bit because they poked the ball with a needle. Results came back today and it's a benign tumor; that means it's good but it still has to get removed. So dad tells me I'll have to spend the day at the vet's again tomorrow. Luckily I also get to come back home tomorrow, so it won't be that bad.

As for the mystery box and surprise mom & dad have for me, I still don't know any details! I guess it'll have to wait until after I've recovered from my (minor) surgery. Keep you posted and thanks for reading me!


Mystery adventure!

July 20th 2010 7:35 am
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Hey all! long time no write! turns out mom & dad have been super busy and haven't had time to help me on the computer, but I finally managed to post somethiing.

My hip and back problem is under control; that's great because I was in so much pain, I couldn't even get upstairs to sleep. Now I can do it just fine. However, I can no longer go on long walks, I can't go running in the forest or play with my friends. I guess it comes with growing older (though I'm only 4 years old!) but I sure do miss playing and running around.

As for mom & dad, about a month ago they bought this huge box for me to sleep in. They took me to the store to see if I fit inside, and I didn't like it! but they bought it anyway. When we got home, instead of the box, there was a kind of cradle with a nice mat inside. I took a liking to sleep inside it, it was comfy and warm. About 3 weeks later, they put the top in and I realized what happened! they tricked me, the "cradle" was the bottom part of the box. But by now I'd realized it wasn't that bad, so I now also like to sleep inside the box.

Now, as to why they want me to get used to sleeping in a box, or crate as they call it, I don't know; but mom & dad say a surprise is coming for us doggies, so I'm looking forward to knowing what it is! and it has something to do with the mysterious box..

keep you posted! see ya!


My humps... I mean, my hips.

May 6th 2010 12:57 pm
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Hey y'all!

So a lot has happened these past few weeks! But I've been pretty oblivious to it all. That's because i've been hurting lately!

It all started about 3 weeks ago, when mom & dad noticed I was yelping while doing certain things, like getting on my bed, in the car, and playing around with my friends. Now, I'm an athletic strong doggie so I have no problem jumping around, or climbing into the car or even the large SUV we sometimes get to use. But lately, when I do these things, I feel like a horrible pinching stabbing pain in my back. So obviously I yell.

Now, since I noticed the pain comes when I climb onto stuff, I started hesitating before doing that sort of thing; mom & dad got concerned when I refused to get into the car or climb on my bed for a good night's sleep.

They eventually took me to the vet, which is something I don't like one bit. Here the vet prodded and poked my back (it hurt!) and diagnosed me with unstable vertebrae and some hip pain. I went home on a heavy dose of pain medication and some cartilage reconstituents.

After several days of pain medication I was still hurting! yeah the pills make it a little better but this is a nerve getting pinched! Mom & dad were still worried. So they called this doctor who came home (I barked at her but she didn't seem to mind) and stuck some needles on my back. At first it tingled but then I started feeling better.

Mom & dad say this "acupuncture" thing might help me with my pain, and indeed it has. However this other doctor said I also have hip dysplasia, which is pretty serious for a dog my size. So now I have to watch my weight and not run and play around so much! sounds boring, but at least mom & dad are a bit less concerned, and me, I'm happy because I'm not hurting so much anymore!

OK I'll let you know how the needle thing goes! see ya!


Daytime walks!

April 21st 2010 7:51 am
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Hey all! Long time no see!

I've been quite busy lately! about a month ago, dad started coming home earlier than usual. He says it's because of this thing called "daylight savings time". Usually this means we get to wake up earlier, which is not so good; we also get to eat a bit earlier, but that's not the thing.

What's nice is that, for our night walk, dad's coming home so early, we actually get to the park when there's still daylight! I'm delighted because that means I get to chase squirrels for a bit. I love squirrels! I even munched on one the other day. Dad was horrified, but eventually the squirrel got away so I wasn't so thrilled by that.

While I look at the squirrels, Mathias gets to play with a tennis ball and with other doggies we find at the park. They're also taking advantage of the sunlight.

Dad says this daylight thing will end in about 6 months and we'll be back to our nightly walks; they are fine with me too, because at night I have no need to be chasing squirrels and get to play with my football.

See ya'll!


A Song for Tally by Mathias

March 4th 2010 11:26 am
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Dear Tally, won't you come out to play?
Dear Tally, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful and so are you
Dear Tally, won't you come out to play?

Dear Tally, catch this funny ball
Dear Tally, see the squirrel run
The tree is low and you can jump
To tell her: hey! come down to play
Dear Tally, won't you play along with me?

Look around, around
Look around, around, around
Look around


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