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The Great Basketball Rivalry Outcome

March 19th 2011 4:17 am
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Last night was the big game between University of Illinois and UNLV.

At mom's work, everyone wore their jeans and Illini tshirts. Most of the patients that came in had their orange and blue on. The game was on at about 8:30PM our time.

Everything in the news pointed to a UNLV victory. The Fighting Illini have been inconsistent this year. They would get big leads and then give them up in the second half.

The game was especially interesting because Lon Krueger (UNLV's coach) used to be the U of I basketball coach. He was very popular here. Everyone still likes him very much.

Duncan's family are big UNLV sports fans and they were watching the game. I was watching at home with my family.

The Fighting Illini came to play and had a big lead in the first half and increased it at the start of the second half. UNLV fought back and they were cutting that lead down. Dad was very nervous.

The final score 73 Illinois and 62 UNLV! We won! What did we win? Another game to play and this time agains Kansas and another of our old coaches Bill Self. Rut Ro!

Duncan's mom very graciously congratulated my mom on Facebook and will be cheering for the Illini in the next game. We would definitely have been cheering on UNLV if they were going on too. Dad even bought a UNLV hat when they visited Las Vegas.

So the great basketball rivalry has ended and Duncan and I never had a fight because of it and Monty is not traumatized. They are just practicing their basketball shots for the next time we meet up.

 

March Madness

March 15th 2011 4:59 am
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I live near the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. Everyone here are big Illini fans. On Sunday the teams that were chosen to play in the NCAA tournament were announced and with 65 teams, they chose the University of Illinois to play UNLV in the first round. So here I am a Fighting Illini fan and my team is playing my sweet hubby Duncan's team UNLV.

This is causing quite a rivalry in our family. Poor little Monty our adopted son, does not know where to sit or what to wear or who to cheer for. Even though he is split, I think he is leaning toward UNLV. The moms have made a bet on the game. If the Illini win, Duncan's mom has to send my mom something from their boutique. If the Running Rebels win, my mom has to send Duncan's mom some designer sunglasses from her place.

Dad found out that next year these two teams will be playing each other again and one of those games will be in Las Vegas. I think the pawrents will be making another trip to Vegas to spend time with the in-laws and see that game.

We will have to see how this comes out. Will The Illini win?
Will UNLV win? Will little Monty be traumatized by this? Will the moms pay up on their bet? Will Duncan and I have our first fight ever? Stay tuned.

 

Purina Farms Doggy Olympics 2010

October 11th 2010 7:08 am
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Yesterday we met our good friends Duffy, Georgie and Jackson at Purina Farms. Pepsi and Cindy Lou came too so we got to visit with them again.

The Canine Games or Doggy Olympics at Purina Farms is an annual event put on by the Samoyed Rescue Club. We went last year and enjoyed it so much we planned to come again.

When we arrived I was pretty excited to be there. There were already lots of people with their dogs there. We registered and mom bought tickets so that I could participate in the events. We found Duffy and Georgie and Jackson right away and went to sign up for the lure chasing event. Last year it was too muddy so they cancelled it so this was going to be first time I would do this. I loved it. I immediately knew I was supposed to chase that white thing. It was great fun! I ended up doing it 3 times! Other events we participated in were Agility, Tricks and Manners and running, were they clocked your speed. We also did the Purina Farms Halloween Costume Contest. Duffy won 1st Place! He was adorable in his sailor suit. Georgie won 3rd Place for her Hawaiian Princess costume.
We all won gold medals for our participation in the events.

After Purina Farms we went out to eat with our families at a restaurant that would allow them to bring dogs to eat on the patio. We had a real nice time there.

We spent one more night at the hotel. Today we are going to go to St. Charles and walk around the shops and eat lunch there and then drive home. I have had a wonderful time on my vacation, but I do eat and sleep better in my own home.

I can't wait until next year to go again!

 

Our trip to St. Louis

October 10th 2010 4:24 am
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Yesterday Mom worked part of the day and when she got home we packed up the car and drove to St. Louis. I was so relieved to see that the suitcases did not mean they were leaving me and I was going with.

We checked into our hotel and apparently my warning barks to let the family know I hear other people are not that welcome here. I keep getting shushed and I am only doing my job, which is to alert everyone.

I was very excited when we arrived and it took me awhile to calm down and feel comfortable enough to eat dinner. We spent a pretty good night sleeping, except for the times I was shushed for barking and today we are going to go see our Dogster friends. We are meeting at Purina Farms and going to spend lots of time at the Doggy Olympics. I will tell you all about the fun we have there later.

 

Getting Ready For My Vacation

October 9th 2010 4:40 am
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Yesterday I went to the groomer so that I could look good for my vacation. I am going to St. Louis later today. This will be the third year that we have arranged a meetup with our Dogster friends Georgie, Jackson and Duffy. It will be the second year that the meetup has been at Purina Farms where we get to participate in the Doggy Olympics! Last year we all won gold medals! Okay everyone got a gold medal but it was still special. Mom has been packing things for her and Dad and for me to take with and we will be there for 2 nights. Usually when I see the suitcases come out I get worried because it means the pawrents are going on vaction. This vacation includes me. We will drive there later today and I get to stay in a hotel again. I am looking forward to my big adventure.

 

My Agility Class

September 7th 2010 7:55 pm
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I was not a good girl at agility class tonight. First of all, I am fascinated by all the animals on the farm that we go to for the class. I saw my two favorites as soon as I got out of the car...the chicken and the kitty cats. Then the rams were running at each other in the pen and hitting their horns together. I had to stop and watch that. When I got inside the fenced area for class, I had to smell everything and roll a couple of times. I did not want to focus on Mom and kept wandering away from her. I was also not very nice to Ripley, the other doggy at class tonight. Mom says I am going to have to work on my obedience and focusing skills. At least I got alot of treats when I did listen!

 

I got a pressie from Proportions today

August 4th 2010 6:53 am
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I received my two day trial package from Proportions today. Any package that is delivered, I think is for me and this one really was. I love getting pressies, especially if they are food or toys!

When I get my breakfast and dinner, I will let it sit there for hours sometimes unless someone puts a treat or something yummy in it for me.

Mom read the directions and mixed the chicken stew with my normal kibble (cut down by a third). I loved it! She was showing it to Daddy before she fed it to me and I just followed her around until she gave me the bowl. I did wait until she said take it and then I dug in. Licked that bowl clean.

Dad asked me how I liked it and I laid down on my back with my belly up and my paws in the begging position. I hope they get the hint! Yum!

 

Dog of the Week! I can't believe it!

May 26th 2010 6:20 am
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Three years ago when I joined Dogster I was so excited to make new friends and join groups and get to know other Dogsters. It turned out that I made some great lasting friendships then and learned many things along the way. I never dreamed that I would ever be Dog of the Day much less Dog of the Week. Yesterday we came on Dogster early in the morning like we always do to do things in our various groups and then logged off. We came back on early afternoon and noticed there were presents on my page. Mom and I wondered what that was about since it was not my birthday and found out that I was Dog of the Week. I think Mom was even more excited than I was. She woke up Dad who was taking a nap to tell him. He pretended not to be too impressed but I know he was.

Mom made me some homemade Frosty Paws for a special treat! I know I will be quite the celebrity around our house this week although I think the bath and brushing Mom is talking about is a little over the top!

Thank you Dogster HQ for this honor. I really appreciate it and hearing congratulations from my friends has been wonderful and we love them all.

 

Rainbow Bridge Day

April 1st 2010 9:14 am
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Today I conquered my fear of balloons and Mom and Dad and I sent up balloons to our beloved angels for Rainbow Bridge Day!

We had 4 balloons. One for Bailey One, one for our other departed, beloved family pets, one for Duncan (who has now been at The Bridge for one year) and one for Rocky who just left us and our other good Dogster/Catster friends that we miss so much.

When Mom bought the balloons she explained to the salesperson what they were for. The girl was so impressed with the idea that she said she would send up a balloon also for a pet that she recently lost.

We went out on the lawn and sent love with the balloons. There was a good wind and it carried the balloons off and we could see them heading for the Rainbow Bridge. I think we could hear the angels calling out as they received them there.

I think that it must be beautiful to see. All those balloons floating up to The Rainbow Bridge and all those angels gathering around to receive them.

 

First One in the pool each year

March 11th 2010 2:47 pm
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Yesterday the temperature almost reached 70 degrees. Mom let me out in the backyard and I decided to go swimming in the standing water on top of the pool cover. She thinks March 10th might be a new record. I am always the first one in the pool (although technically I was not really IN the pool) and the last one out. I came back to be let in the house and she realized I was all wet. SURPRISE! She was not exactly delighted with me since I was just groomed on Monday! BOL! I say it is pool weather and Dad better get that cover off soon.

 
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