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Not doing too well on my New Year Resolutions

January 9th 2013 4:10 pm
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Well, the New Year Resolutions are all over with! I think I have broken all of them. I did not like them anyways.

Today it was nice and warm (at least for January in the Midwest). It was over 50 degrees and we went to the forest for some playtime and a walk for the second day in a row. Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer but rainy.

We played the run to daddy, get a treat, run to mommy, get a treat game and then we took a nice walk on the prairie trail. The parking lot was full of cars since many other people had the same idea of walking or running or bicycling today.

I had a good nap when we got home!


My New Year Resolutions

January 6th 2013 2:41 am
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I see that I am supposed to make some New Year Resolutions so here is my list!

1. I will not jump up and down and scratch the back door to come in when I see that Mom is already standing there about to open it.

2. I will not expect a treat every time I come back in from going out.

3. I will not bark at the mailperson or any delivery people because they usually bring something good to the house.

4. When we go on walks I will not stop to sniff EVERYTHING!

5. I will not bark at bicycles or other dogs on my walks.

6. When I am on my leash and I see a squirrel I will not yank mom's arm off trying to run after the squirrel.

7. I will put away my toys when I am done playing with them.

8. I will bring the ball back to Mom and Dad when we play fetch even if they do not have a treat to give me.

9. I will not develop selective hearing when we go to the forest for playtime and I am let off my leash.

10. I will not try to herd mom in the direction of the pantry or the cookie jar when I want a treat.

11. If mom and dad have to go somewhere together, I will not bark at them and make them feel sorry for me when they get home. I will cut back on the drama!

12.....oops! Gotta go! Newspaper boy is here and I have to bark at him and his bicycle!


The 3 Treat Ride

January 5th 2013 2:09 pm
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Today mom and dad had a bunch of errands to run. First we went to the drive thru at the pharmacy to pick up some prescriptions for Daddy. They gave me a cookie! We went to a couple of stores and mom ran in and did the shopping and dad and I waited for her. Then we went to the bank and first one teller gave me a cookie and then another teller gave me a cookie! What a successful day! I was very lucky!

Latest update on the cookie situation! Daddy went through the McDonald's drive thru window and for the first time ever, they gave me a cookie! I will no longer bark at them when dad goes there, unless they forget my cookie! I am now keeping track of all the places that have dog cookies for me. So far the bank is the best one. They even let me come inside but then I have to do tricks for my cookie!


Christmas Cards

December 30th 2012 1:28 pm
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Today mom arranged all my Christmas Cards on two boards and then had me take pictures with them. For the 6 years that I have belonged to Dogster I am the one in the family that receives the most cards. This contest is not even close! Bailey about 60 cards vs. Mom and Dad about 5 cards!

My cards


Playtime with Mom and Dad

December 27th 2012 7:15 pm
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Today Mom and Dad took me to the forest for some playtime. They know I get bored in the winter and need some more outdoor time, besides what I get in our backyard. They bundled up and we got in the car and drove over to the forest. We only saw one runner there today. Sometimes it is crowded there with runners, walkers, bicycles and other dogs.

We played the run for treats game. Mom and Dad spread out from each other and I run back and forth between them and get a treat from each one. I run to mom and she gives me a treat and then says "go to daddy" and then I run to dad and get a treat and he says "go to mommy". When we were done with that game, I explored a little bit and sniffed everything and then we went home. Mom said it was too cold to walk the couple of miles on the trail that we usually do.

It felt good to get out and run.


Wow! What a Christmas Eve I Had!

December 25th 2012 3:29 am
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We opened pressies last night. The grandkids and their parents came over and so did my furless sister Tracy with Bonnie. Bonnie was all excited because she loves coming over especially when there is company and cooking involved.

Mom made dinner for everyone and Bonnie and I had some extra food in our dinner bowls. Then it was time to open pressies. Except for the Hanukkah pressie that Buttercup sent me, I had not opened any pressies that came for me.

I received a Sock Monkey and two big cookies from Asta. From Tracy and Bonnie I received a destuffed cheetah. I had two Secret Santas! One was Pippin from The Best Lil Doghouse. Inside a huge red stocking was a big stuffed soccer ball, stuffed bone and cookies. There was even a pretty candle and peppermints for mom in there. My other Secret Santa was Sara, NPC, PDPC. She sent me a really nice bandana with my name on it, a Mr. Bill, a rope tug toy and a stuffed basketball. I received from my in-laws, Duncan's family, including Harley Nicole and Monty a Chewy Vuitton purse and cookies plus a bone picture frame and picture album. I also received a gift from Georgie and her brother Jackson bully sticks, treats, a stuffed pig, a stuffed reindeer that plays music and a kosher bone!

Bonnie of course had to play with all my toys too!

Mom tells me that I have to take pictures with these toys today to show everyone how much I love what they sent me.

I am a very lucky dog to have such good friends. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Seven Years

December 22nd 2012 4:10 am
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I can hardly believe that 7 years have passed since we picked up Bailey as a tiny puppy. On one hand it feels like we just got her and on the other it is like she has always been here. I can't remember her not being part of our lives.

I waited a long time after our first Bailey went to The Rainbow Bridge to get another dog. We traveled a few times a year and we were busy with the grandchildren and I thought we would be fine without a dog in our lives. I started thinking we needed a dog again and mentioned it to my husband. I wanted the grandchildren to have a dog to play with and I was missing having a dog around the house. Once my husband was on board with the idea I started looking. He wanted another American Eskimo. He loved the fact that our American Eskimo would swim in the pool and was convinced we needed another one.

I contacted American Eskimo rescue groups without success. Looking back now with what I have learned from being on Dogster, I probably did not do it right or should have been more persistent. I then started looking at breeders. We did not want out of state breeders shipping us a dog that we had not seen. We also wanted to be able to see where our dog had come from. I finally found one about two hours away from us. I had to keep calling her reminding her that we wanted a puppy. On one of my calls, she informed me that they had a litter of puppies and we went to see them when they were 3 weeks old.

We selected one of the female puppies and gave her a deposit and then waited for our puppy to be old enough to come home. We went to get her just a few days before Christmas. We had already decided to call her Bailey. We bought puppy equipment in preparation of her arrival. We took our new crate in the back of the SUV to pick her up.

After meeting with the breeder and talking with them about her care, we took our little Bailey out to the car and put her in her crate. We maybe got as far as one mile away before we had to pull over and take her out of the crate because she was crying so much. The rest of the trip she sat in my lap.

When we got to the house I took her out of the car and walked her around the house with her leash and tiny collar that was too big for her. She was only 4 pounds. She then marched into our house like she owned it and has been in charge of our life ever since.

She has been a wonderful companion to us and a fun playmate and lifeguard at the pool to the grandchildren. We found out that first summer that she also, loved to swim. We did obedience classes with her and also agility classes. We have taken her on trips and when we were both working she would go to doggy daycare because we never wanted her to be left alone. Now that my husband is retired she gets to keep him company when mom goes off to work. Both my husband and I think we have never been so close to a dog like we are with her.

Thank you Bailey for the last seven years and I am looking forward to spending many more years with you at our side.

Happy Gotcha Day!

Mom and Dad


Hanukkah and other holiday news

December 16th 2012 5:34 am
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We have been celebrating Hanukkah in Princess Divas and Prince Charmings with a live candle lighting service each night for at least the last five years. I was not yet two years old when I joined Dogster and we started this tradition right after I turned two and I am now 7 years old. Duncan and his mom wanted me to start the thread that year and we have been doing it ever since.

Last night we had a wonderful group of friends join us for the service. Vern was in charge of lighting the candles. This was the second night of Hanukkah.

Our guests were
Jan and Lacy will do the candle lighting on the Fifth Night
Patrick is doing the Candle Lighting on the Sixth Night
Bailey Rae
Angel Rocky
Miss Dixie
Alexandria and family
Molly from their family will light the candles on the Fourth Night
Weezer and Joe
Sandy SD
Angel Rascal
Angel Whiskey
Midnight SDIT
Candle Lighting on Third Night
Candle Lighting on First Night
Ranger and Tango will light on the Eighth Night

We were missing our friend Maxi because he had a loss in his family and we were thinking of him and his family and sending them prayers.

We had to leave to go do the candle lighting all over again at Fancypants Cafe

Those that could not make it came later! They read back through the service since they could not come at the time.

Candle Lighting on the Seventh Night

Thanks to everyone for all the support and friendship throughout the years. This has become a tradition that I look forward to each year. We also think of the friends that have been with us in the past and miss them.

Tonight we lit the candles for the eighth and last night of Hanukkah. Hope to be able to do this with everyone again next year! The last two nights were dedicated to the children and teachers and families in Connecticut. Our hearts and prayers are with them.

In other holiday news I now have all my Christmas cards ready to send out and all my Santa Paw presents have been mailed!

Also now that all the Christmas gifts are in the Dogster Gift Shop, I will be able to return gifts to the nice furs that sent me dreidls and Jewish stars!


Holiday Picture Time Again

November 10th 2012 7:43 pm
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Bonnie and I took our annual holiday pictures today. Dad brought me from home and met Mom who was coming from work. Aunt Tracy brought Bonnie. We met at Animal Outfitters to see the photographer that we see every year. He always remembers us. Mom said that is not necessarily a good thing. We of course, wanted to run around rather than take pictures. Dad left after 5 minutes of watching our shenanigans.

I wanted to check out the room, smell all the smells and play in the water dish. I knew they had a stash of treats too. They wanted both of us to go over by this holiday background that was set up but it was more fun to wander around the room. Mom seemed to want the two of us to go sit by the backdrop for something she called "holiday cards".

This year the photographer had a sled that Mom kept putting me in. They kept trying to get the two of us to stay still and look at the camera. We were both interested in the treats and what toys were in the room. Bonnie was confused by stage props. She thought they were toys and kept taking them. Mom said it was just chaos but miraculously he managed to get some nice pictures. I knew it would all work out. It always does.


Daily Diary Pick and Daylight Savings Time

November 4th 2012 11:01 am
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VERY early this morning I found out that Dogster had picked me as one of their Daily Diary Picks. Thank you Dogster!

The reason I found out so early was that mom totally forgot about turning the clocks back. She normally will get up about 4:30 a.m. This morning she got up and turned on the computer and let us out and made herself a cup of coffee. When she sat down at the computer she realized it was only 3:30 a.m. We posted our group stuff for PDPC and STAFU, gave out some birthday gifts and went back to bed for a couple of hours. Good thing it was Sunday and she did not have to go to work too.

Then it seemed like forever before I finally got some breakfast!

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