October 26th 2009 8:10 am
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Welllllllllllllllll, Grammy went and did it this year!! She told The Girl she could have a Halloween party and 18 kids showed up for it. Most of 'em were dressed in real weird clothes and some had really, really strange colored hair. And OH MY DOG, could they scream!! I think the boys screamed louder than the girls. And of course, they all wanted to pet ME coz most of 'em remember when I was borned and they still think I'm a baby. But I'm off subject. Back to the party.
Grammy decided to have a goldfish eating contest at the party. She wrote on the invitations "There will be a goldfish eating contest and a prize will be given to the winner. Do you have what it takes to swallow one of our golden friends?" Grammy went to PetCo and bought about 10 goldfish and had them in a bowl for the kids to see, so they would know what they were gonna be eating. Seven of the 18 kids said they would eat a goldfish so Grammy put them in a room by theirselves. One by one she brought the kids out and sat them in a chair in front of the kids who weren't brave enough to eat a LIVE fish. She put a blindfold on them coz she said that would make it easier on them if they didn't have to see the fish they were about to eat. Grammy took the fish out of the water and all of the other kids were screaming things like "OH MY GOSH, it's HUGE" and "Look at it wiggle" which was totally freaking out the kid in the blindfold coz he or she was about to EAT it.
Let me back up for a minute. Grammy was wonderfully prepared for this party. She's been making plans for months for this thing coz it's been an annual event at our house for the past six years, BUT this year she didn't plan ahead quite enough BECAUSE she never thought about kids THROWING UP when they were eating the goldfish. So she didn't get a vomit bucket ready so our carpet paid the price, bol. Back to the party....................
The first kid to eat a fish was a really tall boy who looked very brave. . I would have thought he could have swallowed several fish just by looking at him. Grammy grabbed the fish and plopped it into his mouth and he IMMEDIATELY began to gag. He TRIED so hard to CHEW the fish and swallow it but he just could not make himself do it. He was gagging really bad and then PUKED on the carpet. One down, six to go.
Then a GIRL got in the seat and Grammy put a fish in her mouth. I was really impressed with this girl because she took THREE CHEWS and then SPIT the fish across the room. I immediately went into "Retriever mode" and tried to eat the fish, but Grammy was hollering "Sadie NOOOOOOOOOOOOO, you can't eat that."
The third person was another girl and she barely had the fish in her mouth before she was gagging and spitting and thinking she was gonna die. She yanked the blindfold off of her eyes and sat down with the kids too chicken to eat a fish. She kept spitting and wiping her mouth.
The fourth kid decided HE couldn't do it on the way to the chair and just sat down with the chickens. BOL
The fifth one was another girl but alas, when Grammy placed the fish in her mouth she tried so hard to swallow it but she gagged, and gagged and gagged and then got up and PUKED in the kitchen trashcan. At least she made it to the trashcan.
The sixth one was another girl. She got the fish in her mouth and she felt that slimy thing in her mouth but she attempted to swallow it anyway. She couldn't do it. She puked right on her shoes!
Then the last kid took the seat. He was the youngest one at the party, only 10 years old. Grammy put the slimy fish in his mouth and he crunched down on it like it was bubble gum!! He chewed and chewed it then SWALLOWED IT AND DIDN'T EVEN GAG!! He took the blindfold off, got up and opened his mouth and sure enough, the fish was gone. He won the prize of a HUGE chocolate candy bar and a HUGE box of Starburst. He was so happy.
Now I gots to spill the beans about the "fish" the kids were eating. Grammy is NOT mean to animals or children. She would NEVER feed a live animal (not even a fish) to anyone. BUT she wanted the kids to THINK they were eating a fish so she bought some fresh mushrooms and cut them into goldfish sized pieces. THEN she got some canned mushrooms and she put the fresh mushrooms into the canned mushroom liquid so they would all be wet. She took a fresh mushroom and a canned one and that's what she put into the kids mouths. Grammy thoght the fresh one would bring the experience of crunching into the fish, and the canned one would be feel slimy like she thought a fish would feel.
AND after the kids were put in the room by themselves Grammy told the other kids "I am NOT going to have them eat real fish, BUT I want you to make them THINK I am. Please say things like "OH GROSS!" "It's a big one" "OH MY GOSH", and boy did they ever do a good job at making the kids think they were actually eating a real fish. The power of suggestion is a powerful thing.
Grammy took the goldfish she bought to her friend Brenda who has a BIG goldfish tank and they got a beautiful home now. Brenda knew Grammy was going to bring them over coz they had talked about it a long time ago. Grammy made good plans, just not plans for puking kids. Grammy wants you all to know that IF you have a goldfish eating contest at your house PLEASE place a puke bucket under each contestant. It will save your carpet and keep you from having to shampoo. BOL
December 25th 2008 6:38 am
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We woked up this morning and before we could do anything Grammy grabbed hold of me and putted me in her lap. She started singing to me in a real soft voice and then she started telling me that my Daddy was very close today coz she could feel him. She told me that he was watching over me and he wanted to make sure I had a good Christmas. Then as we always do, we pups got to open our presents first. We had opened our Secret Santa gifts yesterday, but we had prezzies from Grammy and PawPaw to open today.
We each got a BIG yummy ham bone!!!!!!!!! AND we EACH got a huge bucket of PUP CORN!!!! Man, we LOVE that stuff!!!!
I tooked my ham bone down the hall so I could be alone to chew on it in peace, but I felt a presence there in the dark hall with me. I wasn't afraid because I KNOW that presence so well. It was my DADDY!! He was watching me and grinning. He told me he can't believe I'm old enough to chew a real ham bone this year and then he laffed real softly. He asked me if I'm a happy puppy and I told him that I am the happiest puppy in the world (well, 'cept for when I can't sleep in Grammy's bed for some reason), but other than that I'm very happy. He told me he was very glad for that. He also told me how proud he is of me and what a good girl he sees that I am. He told me to keep loving dogs and people alike, and to ALWAYS give kisses before anything else, because kisses generally always make everything better. He says from what he hears I'm almost as good of a kisser as he was, but not quite as fast.................yet, bol. Then he told me he loves me very, very, very much and he will be back again but he had to go back to the Bridge to celebrate Christmas there. Today some humans will be coming for their pups and it's always such a big deal at the Bridge when humans come.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas. And if your Daddy or Mommy or Grammy or PawPaw aren't with you this year just close your eyes and FEEL them in your heart. They NEVER leave your heart. And they NEVER stop loving you.
Merry Christmas everypup.
May 27th 2008 11:59 am
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This morning it was raining (again) so none of us pups were very enthused about how our day was going to go. We knew it meant MORE time in the garage and LESS time INSIDE the house with Grammy and The Girl. Oh, and for your information The Girl is on SUMMER BREAK from school which means she and I will get to spend LOTS more time together. I'm so happy!! But I'm off the subject...................
Grammy and The Girl went to the store to get some stuff and when they comed home they had something with 'em. It was small...........The Girl was carrying it. It was brown on the outside, but on the inside it was yellow and bright orange. Grammy said it was called a "turtle". I'd never seen a turtle before so I was very curious as to what I could do with it.
The Girl put it down in the garage and all of us pups crowded around it to get a good look. Mommy was scared of it and she hopped sideways to get away from it, and then stayed a good distance away from it and just watched. Aunt Miley sniffed at it and then walked away totally uninterested and so did Uncle Sammy. But I WANTED to see what this thing was all about so I sniffed every square inch of it, which didn't take long because it wasn't very big. Then I sat down and stared at it and guess what happened?
The front of the turtle opened and it's head popped out!! It was bright orange and brown and had beady little eyes and when it saw me it HISSED at me. Well, that didn't stop me, no sir; I got up and went over to it and sniffed and then it's head went back INSIDE!! I thought that was totally cool. I sat down in front of it and waited for it to come back out again. It took a long time but it finally stuck it's head out but this time it's four legs came out too and it started moving away from me. I jumped up and started sniffing it again and I put my paw on it and spinned it around. It's head and legs went back inside, and Grammy said, "No Sadie, you can't spin the turtle. Play nice."
About this time Aunt Miley decided she wanted to get a better look at the turtle so she came over and put her dainty little foot on the back of it's shell and made it raise up a little bit. She sniffed the underside of the shell for a second then walked away. I don't know how she could just walk away from this interesting creature!! I mean, it's head AND legs can pop in and out..........isn't that totally cool!?!?!?!?!?! AND it hisses too!! So cool.
I laid down next to it and patiently waited to see what it would do next. It was a while before it opened it's shell a tiny little bit and I could see one eye. I tried to lick it but it closed up too fast and I ended up licking the hard shell. I have to say that turtle shell is not the tastiest thing in the world. Then it's legs came out and it turned away from me real fast and headed away from me. I tried to stop it with my paw, but all I did was turn it around and it hissed at me again, but it didn't go back in it's shell at least. Maybe we could be friends? I tried to lick it again to show it that I'm very friendly, but it wasn't having any of it. It opened it's mouth real wide and that's when Grammy and The Girl both screeched real loud and The Girl grabbed me up and said, "Nooooooooooooooooooooooo, that turtle is gonna bite you Sadie." Then Grammy started laughing real hard. She walked over to me and petted my head and said something like "Turtle 1. Sadie 0" I don't know what that meant, but Grammy told The Girl to take the turtle down the hill in the back and turn it loose in the woods.
The four of us pups ran outside and watched as The Girl walked down to the woods with the turtle held out in front of her with it's head sticking out. She told Grammy it was hissing again. That turtle sure was mad about going back to the woods. I think it wanted to play some more with me. I hope it comes back soon.
April 16th 2008 1:52 pm
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Last night Grammy and PawPaw were doing some yard work. PawPaw decided to put some limbs waaaaaaaayyy out back in the ginormous brush pile on the edge of the woods (where the deer and skunks live). He was down there and all of a sudden he came back to the house and walked inside where Grammy was coz she had got done with what she was doin'. He said, "I was throwing brush on the pile and I felt my wedding ring slip off of my finger." I can't find it, can you come help look for it?"
Well let me tell ya Grammy, The Girl and PawPaw all grabbed flashlights coz it was getting dark, and practically ran down the BIG hill to the edge of the woods. All of us fur babies ran outside to watch and give encouragement from the back yard. Grammy sat down and started fingering thru stuff. The Girl took a flashlight and was looking around, and PawPaw was bent at the waist looking thru the grass and edge of the pile of limbs. They were down there until the sun got too low to see anymore even with the flashlights and they came back inside without PawPaw's wedding ring.
Grammy asked PawPaw to stay home from work in the morning and go rent a metal detector to help find his ring. So this morning instead of PawPaw leaving for work at 8:00 a.m. he was out looking thru the brush pile again, but still didn't find his ring. So at 9:00 he went and rented a metal detector. It looked like a flying saucer on the end of a metal pole and it made weird noises when Grammy put her wedding rings near it. I barked and barked at it coz I didn't like the looks of it one bit and I sure didn't want it comin near me.
Both Grammy and PawPaw used the metal detector, and they looked everywhere, but they didn't have any luck so Grammy came back to the house to finish doing laundry, but PawPaw wouldn't give up. He came back to the house 15 minutes after Grammy did and guess what? HE FOUND HIS WEDDING RING!!!! They were both very happy. PawPaw said that next time he's doing yard work he's taking his ring off. Grammy said maybe they should super glue it to his finger, bol.
I'm glad I don't have any wedding rings to keep track of coz the way I love to play in mud I would lose it for sure. Wonder if PawPaw would rent one of those metal detectors for me??
April 4th 2008 6:35 am
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I don't know who wrote this, but I like it.
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is
likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment.
You have your work, your friends, your entertainments, but I have only
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words I do understand
your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth
that could easily crush the bones in your hand and yet I choose not to
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative ask yourself if
something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right
food, I have been in the sun too long or my heart might be getting old
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.
10. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with
me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this
alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there because I love you
Take a moment today to thank God for your companions. Enjoy and take
good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful thing
without God's critters.
March 31st 2008 6:28 am
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I've been so busy that I haven't had time to update my diary. I'll try to catch up here........
Well, to begin with it rained and rained so much that Grammy wouldn't let The Girl play in the mud with me while she was on "spring break" ..................she can be a real stickler about The Girl NOT getting dirty. BUT the good news is that Mommy, Aunt Miley, Uncle Sammy and I got to roll around in the mud all we wanted to. Grammy said that I turned black and white just like my dad, BOL. We spent two entire days in the garage because we were all so muddy and Grammy wouldn't let us inside the house, but you know what? We DID NOT get baths either because it just kept raining and Grammy said there was no reason to give us baths because we would just get muddy again. I LIKE being muddy................it's so much fun.
Then there was Easter!! Oh my dogness that was a fun day. Grammy and PawPaw had my three favorite little people come over to the house (their former foster children) and they hunted eggs in the backyard and I helped!! The eggs were very brightly colored and full of candy and they smelled really good. The oldest boy (he's eight) gave me some of his jelly beans and the littlest one (he's three) gave me some chocolate and PawPaw tried to get it out of my mouth but I swallowed it. Chocolate is sooooooooooooooo yummy, but PawPaw says it's bad for me. I think he's pulling my tail; I think he wants the chocolate for himself because it's so good.
It's been storming a lot here; the thunder has been loud and scary. There was a deer in our back yard, but not in the fence so I could only bark at it, but I would really like to chase a deer; I know I could out run one coz I'm a super fast runner. The squirrells are showing up in the back yard again and I'm chasing them up trees................boy if I ever catch one...........
Speaking of squirrells, the squirrell that Aunt Brenda got me finally died. I took all the stuffing out of it and Aunt Miley finished him off by eating his fur. All that was left was a little piece of his nose, one eye and the top of his head. Aunt Brenda says she will get me another one but Grammy said, "NO" Grammy can be a real pain in the hiney sometimes.
March 7th 2008 8:43 pm
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Today Grammy walked into the living room and I was laying in the floor with some toys that I had gathered up for myself. One was a bow that I found in the Christmas closet. It was real shiny silver and it sure glistened when the sun hit it just right and it made crinkly noises when I chewed on it. I LIKED that bow. I also had a green plastic lid off of something in Grammy's bedroom. It had fallen under the bed and I found it so I brought it into the living room to play with. I love playing with lids, especially lids off of Grammy's Tupperware, but Grammy got real upset the time I did that. I had a pad of paper that I had found on the floor in The Girl's bedroom............just a small pad, like Grammy keeps next to the phone to write messages on, but it sure made a big mess when I started tearing off the pages and shredding them up. I LOVE to play with paper; it makes the most wonderful sound when I'm ripping it with my teeth, and it makes a perfect bed once I'm finished shredding it to pieces.
So, there I was laying on some of the shredded up paper, the shiny Christmas bow on my paw and the nifty green lid off to the side within easy reach, when Grammy comes wandering into the room. She looked at me but didn't say anything. Then she walked over and sat down on the computer chair and said, "Sadie, sometimes I forget you're just a puppy." Then she laughed real big and got up and started petting me. For the first time I can EVER remember Grammy didn't start picking up the little pieces of paper and she didn't scold me either. She walked away and went into the kitchen to start doing dishes. I reached over and grabbed the lid, rolled over onto my back in the soft, crinkly paper and started playing with it.
Life is good.
March 6th 2008 7:31 pm
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Boy things have been hectic around here lately. Grammy was diagnosed with diabetes a few weeks ago so we've been learning how to eat right and get LOTS of exercise and PawPaw has grumbled about it, bol. Grammy went to diabetic school AND joined something called "The Y" and she swims four days a week and goes to aerobics twice a week now so she's gone a lot, and I miss her.
Grammy has been talking bout having a gastric bypass operation for quite a while and now she says she is definitely having it done so she's going to different doctors a lot and having LOTS of tests done. So far she needs three surgeries................one on her back, something called a "Histerektome", and the gastric bypass. She says the bypass will be the first surgery and she hopes it can be done this summer. She's lost 36 pounds since November 15; she joined Weight Watchers way before she found out about the diabetes.
I guess I'm finally done growing..................I weigh close to 30 pounds now. I'm "stout" is what PawPaw says about me. I've also learned how to dig holes under the fence, but not so I can escape. Nope! I dig the holes and my Mommy escapes. Grammy caught me digging today and yelled at me so I stopped for a while. It's so hard not to dig in the soft mud. PawPaw says he will "fix" my hole digging this summer. I don't know what he means by that. There's nothing broked with my hole digging. Humans are so weird.
February 19th 2008 5:47 pm
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My PawPaw has started calling me "Say-Dee-Bug". He says each name seperate. It's not Sadie, but Say (pause) Dee (pause) Bug. I don't really care other than it really isn't my name, but it's driving Grammy nuts which is probably the reason he's doing it to begin with. EVERY time he says it Grammy says, "That's not my name, PawPaw." As IF she can speak for me!!!! Humans!!!!
February 18th 2008 7:02 am
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I LOVE to dig holes (you should see the 10 foot trench in the backyard.....Grammy promises to get a picture on my page of it soon). Anyway, it rained for two days and the ground is very muddy and very soft and perfect for digging in so I started digging yesterday. Problem was that I was digging by the fence on the side of the house; sorta under the fence, but I wasn't wanting to escape or anything, I just LOVE to dig.
So here I was digging and kicking up mud everywhere. I was covered in mud and totally enjoying myself when all of a sudden there was my mommy by my side. She looked at the hole and crawled under it and was outside the fence. She took off running towards the front of the fence and barked at Aunt Miley and Uncle Sammy who were sitting on the sidewalk. I barked for mommy to come back down by me and get back inside where it's safe. She didn't listen but I kept trying to convince her to do it. That's about the time that Grammy opened the garage door to call us inside.
Uncle Sammy, Aunt Miley and me all went into the garage but Mommy wasn't there. Grammy looked outside in time to see a little white blur running down along the side of the fence. At first she thought it was a rabbit, but in her heart she KNEW it was Mommy. She went outside and called, "Maddie" and mommy came running up to her. Of course she was outside the fence so Grammy couldn't get to her, but at least mommy didn't run away. Grammy managed to get mommy to jump up on the fence. Then Grammy lifted Mommy over the fence and back into the yard and mommy ran into the garage.
Grammy went in the house and told PawPaw he MUST fix the hole under the fence before putting the "babies" out again. So PawPaw went out and stacked some wood against the fence so no none can crawl under again. He says when it's not muddy he will fix it properly, but he can't get a wheel barrow full of dirt or gravel down there right now coz it would sink right into the mud.
Grammy had a long talk with me about digging holes and how dangerous it is to dig holes under the fence. I TRIED to tell her that I just can't help myself, but I don't think she understood what I was saying. I will TRY to dig only in the yard from now on. I promise. I will TRY.
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