Likes: Being social and making friends with everyone ( 2 legs or more ) Playing Tug-a-war with her friends, swimming, playing ball, chasing the laser light, going to "work" with TDI friends, snitching on the cat when she is on the "good sofa"
Pet-Peeves: Being INSIDE the house when there are people, or God forbid, neighbordogs or ducks outside. Wondering if Kota, Molly, Luke, Lillie, Riley, Scout, Zena or any of her other friends are outside and she is inside.
Favorite Toy: the cat's laser beam mouse toy and anything "new" or she thinks is new...appropriated toys from Kota's yard are the absolute best!
Favorite Food: Innova EVO, Dogswell Treats, Merrick sausage treats, Zukes mini naturals. I don't like "people" food...my mom thinks that is OK.
Favorite Walk: 1.3 miles to "gramma's house" or a sprint to Kota's house to play (4 houses down)
Best Tricks: Army crawl, weave poles through my legs, and working on "smile" and "slight of hand" or 'paw'...her newest trick: 'BIG YAWN '
Arrival Story: A Marine Corps buddy said, "if you want a dog that doesn't shed, get a Poodle mix." I went on petfinder.com and saw Abby's photo there. She was listed as a Labradoodle and was available through safeharborprisondogs.com I fell in love with her photo as soon as I saw it. I adopted Abby the day before Thanksgiving, 2006.
Bio: Abby recieved her TDI certification on May 17th. We also have a new member in the family. I fostered a cat from the Humane Society and she bonded with Abby instantly. When people ask if I have a cat...I say, "no, my dog has a cat." I just pay the bills. I ended up adopting the cat, but she belongs to Abby.
Update: Abby received her TDIA certificate 19 May 2008
Whelp, first of all...my furmily has grown & it seems to keep growing. I have a roommate named Rowdy. He's a Lab/Catahoula mix. I like playing with him but oh my dog he takes up a lot of space. I also have another foster kitty. Whelp, let's bark up on that. I had a foster kitty. He, yes "HE" was a male Calico. His name at the shelter was "Cash" but my mom did some research about male calico kitties and found out they have an extra "Y" chromosome. She thought Cash wasn't nearly as cool a name as he deserved so we called him "Wyatt" instead.
Sadly, Wyatt was sick and nobody knew it. He was with us about a month before God decided he should have more cat fur on his lap and called precious Wyatt to the Rainbow Bridge.
He apparently had Feline Panleukopenia. Wyatt was unique not only because he was a male calico but also because he was such a sweet and loving kitty.
Mom did a lot of cleaning to make sure Nugs didn't get sick.
About two weeks after Wyatt passed away, mom went to the shelter...she didn't expect to come home with any new family members but there was this other tabby calico that was limping around. Her name was Naomi. Yeah...she came home to be a foster. Seems like nobody wants to adopt a cat with a limp. Her name is Weeble now. She wobbles but doesn't fall down.
So that brings us to the new kid on the block.
There was this really pretty (not as pretty as I am of course) Border Collie in an over crowded high kill shelter in TX. Mom said OH NO...long story short "Oreo" is with a foster family in the Dallas area waiting to be brought to MN.
Mom is looking for transport options to bring my new sister to me.
I went from being an only dog to having a brother and soon another sister.
Mom and I just got back from our first time at dog scout camp in St. Helen, MI.
FURst of all, mom said she saw bugs she thought had been long extinct with the dinosaurs. They licked the bug repellent off her then proceeded to sting her repeatedly. This started at the first stop in MI for food and gas, all the way through dog scout camp and all the way back to the WI border.
Other than being a blood donor for bugs, mom said we had a great time at camp.
I got my DSA title on Wed. then we worked on my boating safety merit badge. I didn't like the idea of getting in the boat, I would rather have jumped off the dock and gone swimming.
I finally earned my badge with help and tuna cookies from Beth Duman.
I won first prize in the art contest for my "Splash Pond Monster" painting. The other campers seemed to dab the paint on their paper, I just globbed mine on in big bold colors. It sort of looked like either a Triceratops or a mosquito.
I got 7 merit badges.
Art of Shaping
Obstacle Course 1
I am kind of tired from the long week and the long drive but I can hardly wait to go again next year!
Today was one of my favorite days. I know I say that every day...but really, today was an awesome day!
Mom took me to work at this nice place where I was adored by everyone. Then I decided to go exploring a little on my own.
I saw an open door as an invitation to go in and spread joy to the lady who lived there. I mean; come on, if she really didn't want visitors: why prop the door open for us?
So...mom claims she heard something called a hullabaloo. That must mean wet sloppy kiss and a kind greeting cuz that's all I recall happening. If that lady didn't want a kiss...why did she bend over at the door?
So mom comes in and tries to break up the party. And as it turned out...the lady wanted me to stay and talk to her.
She told my mom that she got a Black Labrador puppy for her husband for their 30th anniversary and they named the puppy "Pearl" because it was their pearl wedding anniversary.
Her husband would take Pearl hunting and then come home and sit in his favorite chair while Pearl rested her chin on his knee just like I did.
Then I wandered over and plopped down in front of her fireplace and the lady's eyes welled with tears as she said Pearl did the same thing when her husband was alive.
She talked to my mom for quite a while about Black Labs and her husband and then told mom she'll be 100 on December 23rd. Mom said she would have guessed her to be 81 or 82 at the most and she kind of blushed and giggled.
It's days like this that make being a therapy dog rewarding at its best...sitting and listening to someone's fond memories and being able to brighten their day.