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Diary Pick of the Day

October 20th 2007 11:03 am
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Arrrrooo! I am one of the Dogster diary picks of the day! Eat my ink, Lexie-pie! Can't touch this-Can't touch this-Can't touch this!

Okay, okay. When Lexie got diary of the day and was all happy about it, I played it way down, no big deal, that sort of thing. She held her beard up so high that day and milked it for all it was worth, which wasn't much to me back then. Okay, okay. Now it's my turn and yes, it is such a very high honor, worthy of lots of Charlie Bears. I confess my pride was hurt when Lexie won the honor, but now I know what it feels like. Mom says I am growing up to be able to recognize this. Doesn't that mini-maturation deserve a treat in and of itself?

So, I have a diary pick of the day and am getting all sorts of nice letters and rosettes from pals across the country. I am clean from yesterday's bath. My family is home all day long. The sun is shining on this bearrootiful fall day. Life is truly good.



October 19th 2007 6:44 pm
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I just got put out of the parentals' bedroom and the door shut behind me! I got a little too excited with the youngest boy (age 8), and inadvertantly scratched him on his wee smooth cheek. He let out a howl reminiscent of a girlie schanuzer I know, and then the tears started. I left off him and switched to a girlie schnauzer nearby, and that didn't go over so well either. Lexie got really mad, in fact. So did Mom, and that's why I was exiled to the hallway.
Well, all I can say is that Lexie can act as smug as she wants, but I'm not helping her out with the Wheel of Fortune game any more. And it's not just because the rules were updated to say one guess per day per household. I mean, those are now the rules, but I am not giving up any of my guesses for her even if they weren't! Humpf!

Oh, looky - a sock! What were we talking about?


Wet and Wetter

October 19th 2007 9:17 am
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Raining again today, which meant raincoats on our walk. I tried, but could not shake it off, no matter how hard I tried. My ears were soaked, but then got even soakier cuz Mom gave us baths when we got home! I actually did very well and earned two Buddy Biscuits, peanut buttery good. Then I watched as Lexie got hair dryer treatment. I don't know how she can stand that! Must be a girl thing.

We are playing Wheel of Fortune on our Schnauzers Rule! group page. You can only ask for a letter or make a guess once a day. I am not really into it, but Lexie has found a way to use me to her advantage. She tells me which letter to ask for, then she can still use her one chance to solve later in the day. I don't mind helping her out. I guess it's an advantage to having a multiple schnauzer household. Imagine what that schnauzer six-pack could do! They could clean up! I say, go for it. Lexie and me, we are a team. At least I am a team. I don't know if Lexie thinks she is a team. Mom says all three of us are a team and that there is no eye in team. I don't know what that means. Is team blind? I thought love was blind. Or was that ambition? I am so confused.


Now the Day is Over

October 18th 2007 7:24 pm
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Night is drawing nigh . . . so now I can tell you what I chased today! I chased birdies in our lilac bush off the patio. I chased Mom up and down the stairs and I won almost every time. I also got accidentally kicked. Oops. I chased Lexie in the yard, in the kitchen, in the living room, in the upstairs hallway and in our bedroom. I chased her up the basement steps, too. Lexie loves to play chase with me, I think. Maybe. I chased smallest boy's sock after Mom tossed it to him for him to put in his drawers. I chased Mom in and out of the house numerous times and I chased biggest boy when he came in the back gate from school. I chased after some kibble that I accidentally flipped out of my bowl this morning in my efforts to gobble my breakfast. I chased after the stick that Mom threw across the yard this evening. Our neighbor came out and asked Mom if she was trying to get me to retrieve. Then our neighbor laughed. Then I chased over to the fence to see her and find out what was so funny. I forgot about the stick. I chased Dad's hands as they flew around my head, taunting me this evening. I did some more repeat chases of things I had chased earlier in the day, and then I chased down some lovin' and belly-rubbin' before turning in. Whew.

Lexie has already fallen asleep in her bed a few feet from me. She is mumbling something about Kiki, letters and bling. Time for me to chase some dreams of my own.


Rain, Rain Went Away

October 18th 2007 11:00 am
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Those bad rains have not yet shown up, which makes me very happy. I do not like to go outside in the rain, even to pee. Kinda ironic, since just seeing it rain makes me want to pee, but I'd rather not go out in the pee, er, rain, to rain, er, pee. I'm befuddled. Lexie said she knew that. Lexie! Let me post in peace!

There are tiny little birdies in the yard today, enjoying the respite from rain and the windy sunshine. I had fun bounding all over the yard, snapping and jumping at them. They laughed at me and then started to call me names, which I didn't like. They were positively taunting me and I know I'll probably never catch one of them, so I gave up and started sniffing around the yard instead. I noticed that one of the rocks blocking my old escape hatch had been moved out of place. Do I still fit through the hole, even after gaining a few pounds? Yes, I do. Mom came out to look for me and noticed me sitting politely on the outside of the back gate. Oh, boy. She wasn't happy with that behavior and immediately went to check my escape spot. She figured out right away what I had done and she immediately replaced the rock, shoving it deep and hard into the soft mud by the garage and fence corner. It has rained a bunch lately so the ground was mushy and she got that rock in there good and hard. Sigh. Oh, well. I am rather muddy now and fear for my dirty hiney. She hasn't given us those threatened baths yet, but now I've really upped the ante by scrunching under that fence. My chances of escaping the suds look slim. Lexie's mad at me for getting muddy and making it even more likely that she'll get a bath, too. I think I better leave Lexie alone for a while until she forgets about me. Might be hard.



October 17th 2007 8:35 pm
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Mom says I stink. It is raining outside right now and when a stinky dog is wet, he smells even worse than when he is dry. I guess she's right, but I don't want a bath. Lexie says not to even say that word out loud. She doesn't smell so good either. I betcha we get one tomorrow morning. As long as Mom doesn't try to blow me dry with the hair dryer, I think I can handle it. Lexie loves the hair dryer. She is so brave. I don't know how she does it. She tells me she loves it, that it feels so warm and good. I think she is crazy to get near the thing.

It's supposed to rain very hard tomorrow morning so I suppose there won't be much to do around here and not much to watch out the windows either. Even stupid squirrels stop their nutting around during heavy rains. Sigh. I better get some sleep so I can get up early and wake Dad up so he isn't late for work again tomorrow. I have to jump on him around 5:30 am. I am good at jumping.

Gute Nacht!


Wacky Start to the Day

October 17th 2007 7:51 am
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Today has been a little wacky so far, and it's only 9:30am! First off, Dad, who normally gets up around 5:30am, and Mom, who normally gets up at 6:00am, both overslept until 8:00am. Whoa. Dad, who normally walks to work and lets Mom have the one vehicle in this house, raced out the door and drove the van to work. Mom will have to walk 2.5 miles to his work to get the van later today so that she can go to the high school kid's conferences tonight while Dad does his own middle school conferences. Said high school kid overslept as well, since no one else was up, and was late catching her city bus to school. The middle school boy got off by himself somehow - miracle of miracles - and the two youngest ones had about half an hour to get ready and meet their respective rides to school. Mom actually took Lexie and I to the bus stop for the youngest child, and then walked us around a different block today for our morning constitutions.

We stopped at every single tree we could and at one particularly slender young tree, I started to pee. Because the tree was so narrow, and Lexie and I are tethered rather close on our double leash, I peed around the tree and hit my sister. She quickly moved aside once she realized it wasn't raining. Further on I tried to do my #2, but only had the runs and made a mess of my hinder. Mom tried to help me out with some large leaves, but it was rather gross. I got a little butt cleansing when we got home.

Once cleaned up, we came upstairs and Mom started the computer up for me. Then came that particular odor, wafting through the air . . . I have the farts again. Out came the pumpkin for a special digestive treat. I don't mind that at all. Mom is rather out of sorts right about now. This has just been too strange a start to the day. I think she's gonna kick me off here soon so she can shut this machine down and take a long walk to get the van. Sigh. I guess I shouldn't have eaten *******. I won't say what it was, but it's the reason I am having weird poos and gas. Mom warned me against such things. Sigh. At least I really, really like pumpkin.


Bowls for Buddy

October 16th 2007 10:15 am
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I just found out that my friend Tot is president of Toys for Tot, you know, all those donation bins you see around the country that people can put toys into during the holiday season. Well, all of those toys are meant for Tot, but last year there was some mix-up and they were shipped to little kids instead. Tot was so upset by this mistake, and rightfully so.
Well, I got to thinking of setting up my own campaign. There are lots of campaigns on TV right now, so one more can't hurt anyone. I think I will call it Bowls for Buddy. I will get Mom to make those big boxes to put in stores all over the country and people can put in anything that would be good in a bowl for me! We are all in the giving spirit around Christmas, right? Should be a cinch! I know that Mom would be good enough to cull out all the recalled Chinese dog food and stuff like that, but surely enough good dog-lovin' folks would put in some California Naturals, Canidae and Solid Gold. Maybe even some of those dehydrated liver treats that Mom got the recipe for but has not yet gotten around to making for me???!!!
Now, I need a plan. First, ask Tot who made her collection boxes for her. Maybe I can use the same distributor. Also, do you have to ask to put those boxes out there? I think mine should go in stores like Petco, PetSmart, and all those other small business owners selling good Buddy food. Maybe it would help if my image was on the box. Which photo to use? The Don't I Play Cute photo? The Is My Halo Showing Photo? Which one to choose? Did Tot use her photo? I bet she'd get even more toys if she did. Remember to ask her about that. Then there's the storage questions. Where to keep all this kibble? The cans could go in the basement on the shelves. The bags could go all over the living room. That wouldn't bother me at all, as long as it didn't block the windows so I can watch for squirrels, intruders and delivery trucks. I better make more notes so I can remember all the details. I have a lot to ask Tot about!

I was hoping for a cozy cave bed for my gift from Santa, but if there's still room in the house after the holidays, I'll take the bed, too. What an excellent way to give people all over the country an opportunity to share their love for me at Christmas!


I've Been Tagged!

October 16th 2007 6:30 am
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My Pal Greta Grace has tagged me!

Here are the rules of this dogster game of "tag" in case you've never gotten a chance to play. When you are tagged, you post 7 random facts about yourself, compose a "new DIARY entry" along with the rules and put them in your own DIARY. Then you pick 7 furs (kitties or doggies) to tag but make sure you tell them... a simple p-mail will do fine, or a rosette to tell them, but you must let them know that they have been tagged. Post their names also in your DIARY.

Here are 7 random facts about myself:

I try to grab the towels and sheets while Mom is folding them.

I stole my sister's bed the first day I moved in here last July.

I grab mouthfuls of grass with my teeth and throw it in the air when I want to play!

I despise the vacuum and the hair dryer.

I steal my human kids' toys and drag them downstairs during the day while they're at school.

I sometimes drag the rug out of the bathroom.


The 7 friends I'm tagging are:
Shakespeare, Oliver, Samantha Jane, Oscar MWB, Eli, Baxter Bojangles, and Cooper Cleatus Capone!!



October 13th 2007 4:09 pm
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Mom and Dad had visitors yesterday, overnight and today. We are a large family of six humans and two schnauzers (and one rabbit), and the visitors were also a mom and dad and four kids - so we were all squished in this happy little box of a house last night. Actually, Mom convinced the two oldest of our kids to sleep over at their friends' houses so that we were only ten humans and two schnauzers instead of twelve humans and two schnauzers. I always say the more humans the better droppings in the kitchen, so this mob didn't bother me none. Unfortunately, one of the smaller girl visitors was terribly afraid of us. I guess we can be rather loud and I know I like to jump and lick and make my presence known. I think I really scared her pretty badly. Mom kept reassuring her that I just wanted to say hello and to play, but she just couldn't trust me. Funny thing is, when someone acts really scared of me, I can't help but try harder to make friends. For some reason, this usually doesn't make things better with young children. Mom finally gave up and tossed us out in the yard. That is just not fair!
Over all, we were well behaved during their visit. I did steal a stuffed animal or two and tried to take the visiting mom's deodorant, but all was retrieved and packed away once again. That deodorant sure smelled funny. Mom said it was to stop odors. I think it is to make strong odors. It was quite malodorous if you ask me.
I think I will sleep well tonight because I was chasing children so much for the past 24 hours, and did so much extra barking, sniffing and jumping. What a fun time!

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