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What I've Learned About Valentine's Day

February 12th 2007 5:20 pm
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NOTE: This was a diary entry written as a contest entry!

Valentine's day is a day that love is expressed between individuals. It isn't just a commercial day for exchanging cards and flowers and candy. And it isn't limited just to the U.S. I've come to recognize it as the the day we declare & exchange & celebrate the love that we carry within our hearts every day. That's how I think of Christmas too! And Thanksgiving! And Mother's & Father's days! And birthdays! And a bunch of other days!

My mom tells me that she has learned about unconditional love from her doggies. How they give back no matter what she puts out. I happen to be a very good dog who puts out a lot of positive energy - I'm very obedient, always calm unless given the ok not to be, great walker on a leash - I could go on. My sister Annie seemed the epitome of sweet love but she was great at getting mom to do whatever she wanted - very dominant with a sweet sugar coating - she fooled mom!!! She always got affection first cuz of her kissy face!!! Now mom listens to Caesar Milan and is learning about being assertive while staying calm. And SHE NEEDS IT with my new little brother Finnegan. He lived in homes where they didn't have time for him, so he didn't learn alot. So now he's growing up with training, with mom using Caesar's ways. Boy - we've all gotta keep calm ... but ya know what, he can now sit, stay, wait for his turn to eat, and walk on a leash ...all in a few weeks! Mom's been glued to that tv set with Finnegan telling him - "Look at that big boy Daddy. Now that's how you want to be!"

So I've been watching, EVEN THOUGH I don't need to, but just in case I can learn something to handle that Finnegan. (And don't tell anyone, but I have a BIG crush on Daddy....I would love him to be my Valentine!).

Thank you Caesar & Daddy for making all of us dog families happier!

Find my big Daddy here:


Thank you for the honor!

February 17th 2007 11:12 pm
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Today I was named Schnauzer of the Week on the Schnauzer's Rule Group. This is such an honor. I'm hearing from lots of my pals, and from new pups who are becoming pals. I have met some very good pups through this group. They are so friendly & fun. Thank you everyone!

Back in January, I was named Senior Dog of the Week in the group 10 YEARS OR OVER??? DOGS or CATS! That also was an honor. Us seniors have some unique issues. It's been very helpful to have others to share with when dealing with general health and aging issues. This is a very supportive group.

Joining groups is a lot of fun and expands my participation in the Dogster community. We get to celebrate birthdays & special days, support each other when times are rough, and even have some online parties and events. All of my dogs participate in groups!

Thanks again to all of my pals!


A Song With My Name In It!

February 25th 2007 9:53 am
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Can you believe they wrote a song with my name! But it doesn't really describe me. I'm not lonely & have lots of friends. Oh well, at least it's a catchy tune!


My 12th Birthday!!!

March 10th 2007 7:51 pm
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Today was my birthday! Mom was really nice to me all day. First we got a quick walk before we had to go in to get groomed. Then we went to the park. Dad took some new photos of us. One of my presents is my new bling collar, that Auntie Vikky from England recommended. We took photos of me in those, also Molly & Finnegan. Everybody gave us lots of attention. It was 70 degrees outside so we loved being in the park. Of course we were on the alert for squirrels. Then we went home and had a special dinner. Then mom took me for a special walk all by myself. I love those walks because mom lets me sniff whatever I want. She doesn't let us do that when all of us are walking, she keeps a tight ship. When we got home, mom gave us special birthday treats - they were all natural and fancy and they sure tasted good. I got lots of hugs & love today. I feel very special.

Also, thank you to all my friends who sent best wishes & gave me bones & rosettes. You all know how to make a girl feel special. I think I'll have another one of these things called a birthday.


WOW - life is good!

March 18th 2007 6:27 pm
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Wow - the Senior Dog Club named me Senior Dog of the Week, along with my co-winner Hailey! This is the 3rd time in just a few months I've been name "____Dog of the Week"....I'm hoping someday either I or one of my sibs will be chosen dog of the week by dogster. That would be the best yet!

All this after the big fuss about my 12th birthday last weekend.

I'm having so much fun on dogster. Yesterday Schnauzers Rule had a St. Patty's Day party that started at our house in California. We had a barbecue/swim party with games, agility demo, dancing and LOTS of great treats and LOTS of great Schnauzers. It was so much fun! My brother Finnegan, and sisters Molly & Annie were there! Then Russell, who is from Ireland, led the parade with all of us over in Ireland. Schnauzers from all over the US & Canada & a couple from London, and of course Russell from Belfast. Our pal the giant schnauzer (Bond, Schnauzer Bond) showed up and a few non schnauzers were there too! What a great time and a great group ! And this is the Irish wish that Russell left with us.

An Irish Friendship Wish

May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your window pane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Kind of how I feel about everyone on dogster! Happy Sunday!


Puppy Size

March 23rd 2007 12:23 pm
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This is one of the neatest stories I've ever heard. You will know precisely what this little girl is talking about at the end (you'll want to share this one with your loved ones and special friends)!

"Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again. We've been back to this animal shelter at least five times. It has been weeks now since we started all of this," the mother told the volunteer.

"What is it she keeps asking for?" the volunteer asked.

"Puppy size!" replied the mother.

"Well, we have plenty of puppies, if that's what she's looking for."

"I know...we have seen most of them," the mom said in frustration...

Just then Danielle came walking into the office

"Well, did you find one?" asked her mom. "No, not this time,"
Danielle said with sadness in her voice. "Can we come back on the weekend?"

The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed

"You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there's always a supply," the volunteer said.

Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door. "Don't worry, I'll find one this weekend," she said.

Over the next few days both mom and dad had long conversations with her.

They both felt she was being too particular. "It's this weekend or we're not looking any more," Dad finally said in frustration.

"We don't want to hear anything more about puppy size either," Mom added.

Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning. By now Danielle knew her way around, so she ran right for the section that housed the smaller dogs.

Tired of the routine, mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of the first row of cages. There was an observation window so you could see the animals during times when visitors weren't permitted.

Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each one.

One by one she said, "Sorry, you're not the one."

It was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup.

The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer.

"Mom, that's it! I found the right puppy! He's the one! I know it!" she screamed with joy. "It's the puppy size!"

"But it's the same size as all the other puppies you held over the last few weeks," Mom said.

"No not size ---- the sighs. When I held him in my arms, he sighed," she said.

"Don't you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!"

The two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn't know whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both.

"Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms," she said.

Then holding the puppy up close to her face she said, "Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!"

Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you sigh. I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the caress of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day.

They are the sighs of God. Take the time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear. "Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."


Poor baby!

March 23rd 2007 2:48 pm
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I received a pmail from our pal, Cooper. He & his sister Kodak are in the hospital with kidney problems due to eating some of the recalled canned food. I told everyone on Schnauzer's Rule so they could send some hugs to their parents.

It's so's just not fair. Our family sends lots of hugs & prayers for your family!


Cooper's family - it isn't fair!!!

March 28th 2007 8:00 pm
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Well, Cooper is home & better. His sister Kodak isn't well yet. They lost their 16 yr old sister Wickett. So sad. They didn't do anything wrong to deserve this. All they did was eat their dinner. Lots of hugs & love & prayers for this family from my family!


Schnauzer Words of Wisdom

March 29th 2007 1:36 am
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From the Miniature Schnauzer Club of Northern California webpage.

Schnauzer Words of Wisdom
(Teachings of the World's Smartest Schnauzer)

1. A biscuit in the mouth is worth two in the box.

2. A biscuit in the belly means it is time for another biscuit.

3. Never give a sucker an even break. If he drops his biscuit, eat it before he can pick it up again.

4. Do you really expect a Schnauzer to crawl through a tunnel to get to a rat in a cage? If you want a Schnauzer to crawl through a @#$%*& tunnel, there had better be something really good to eat at the other end.

5. If it is worth pooping, it is worth finding a really good place to poop.

6. He who marks last, marks best.

7. The toys are mine. God gave the toys to me. You can play with the toys I don't want. I want whichever toys you are playing with.

8. Eat, pee, poop, sleep. Who could ask for anything more?

9. Spay and neuter politicians, not Schnauzers.


Dog humor

March 30th 2007 7:49 am
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As seen on license applications:

Westminster Terrier
Rhode Island Ridgeback
Copper spaniel
Black labrador (dog was a yellow lab)
Shit Sue
Dorky Terrier
Lopso Apso
El Paso (attempt at lhasa apso)
Highland heeler
Alaskan Malibu
Belgian Manawa
Belgian Malenoise
Basket Hound
Welch corgi
Wild haired terrier
Carrion terrier
Great Pekinese (supposed to be Pyrenees)
Great Pyramid
Miniature Datsun (my favorite)
Irish Settler
Jack Daniels Terrier
German Police Man
Borderline Collie (excellent!)
Chevy King Charles (Cavalier)

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