March 20th 2012 8:15 am
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Yesterday we had another winter storm here. I am jealous of all you pups that are currently having spring/summer like conditions. The day started out gray and overcast and then came the wind, and the rain, and then the freezing rain. For good measure after the freezing rain was finished, it started to snow.
But I digress!
At one point I needed to go outside and mom and I got ready and we both stepped outside on the step. The next thing mom knows is she is lying on the driveway and then thud, I land on top of her. Wasn't that nice of my mom to break my fall off the icy step like that pups? It isn't everyday you have an 80 pound pup land on top you, you know. All I can say is "Thanks, Mom"!
March 19th 2012 7:33 am
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Thank you so much to all you pups that sent me rosettes and pawmails to help celebrate my Gotcha Day this weekend! I appreciate every single one of them!
I had a pawsome Gotcha Day. I got my favorite treat in the morning and went on a couple nice long walks. In the evening, the peeps and I enjoyed some popcorn and then I had another long walk. I must not forget the belly and ear rubs I received.
Yesterday I was honored to learn that my pal, Chance, picked me to be this week's "Rosetta Pup" in Rotties Rules! Thank you so much, Chance!
Once again, thank you to everyone that helped me celebrate my Gotcha Day this weekend. Hugs!
March 17th 2012 7:14 am
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Eleven years ago today you came into our lives, Abbykins.
You were the most rambunctious, energetic, stubborn puppy we have ever met. You quickly gutted numerous toys, tore apart a few doggie beds, and towels hanging in the powder room were meant to be annihilated.
You had a voracious appetite and I honestly can't recall having a pup that could eat as much as you.
You became an expert at tracking down rabbits, mice, snakes and we will never forget the day you found a baby fawn. Luckily, after being carried in your mouth, the fawn was OK and quickly got up and ran away after your dad touched it.
Since that first day you have accompanied us on a move back to our home province. I was a little put out by all the people who asked me if we taking you with us when we moved across country. I just told them you didn't have opposable thumbs that would allow you to hitch hike, so of course you were coming with us.
You have a penchant for swimming in the river behind our house whenever you can. Chasing deer and rabbits and digging for gophers are favorite hobbies of yours. And I really wish you would cut down on your desire to eat poo and roll in it as much as you do.
Over the years you have had two encounters with porcupines. The last encounter had you being called the "Hugging Quill Girl" at the Veterinary College and the distinction of being the 2nd worst quill dog that year. You have ruptured and had surgery on your CCL. You still have not learned that those black and white striped creatures are not cats and you will get a bath after meeting one of those.
Your bad leg and sore back are slowing you down now. You no longer gut your toys and your favorite thing is to lie in the sun. Belly and ear rubs are always appreciated by you.
Over the years you have literally spread dirt, drool, mud, water, grass, you name it, through every room in the house. But you have also spread a lot of love and joy at watching you grow and change.
Thank you for allowing us to share these 11 years with you and my wish would be for 11 more years. We love you Abbykins.
March 7th 2012 6:15 am
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Yesterday we had a major snow storm in our city. Can't really call it a blizzard because the wind wasn't fast enough and the temperature wasn't cold enough but we got lots of snow.
Travel was not recommended on all the highways out of the city and the airport had many delays. It was nasty!
Mom took many pictures of all the snow and then she heard that one of the television stations was asking people to send in their "storm pictures", so mom sent in three pictures. The only photo the tv station used that mom sent in was the one of me that is now my profile picture. Daddy says I am now a local celebrity!
Mom shovelled out most of the drive yesterday and today I will help her finish off the snow removal. We got more snow yesterday than we have had all winter. Sure hope spring comes soon!
February 15th 2012 5:55 am
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Yesterday mom and I went for our usual walk down to the river. At one point I ran in the trees along the path and seemed to spend a lot of time in there. Mom continued up the path and called for me. Eventually I came running to mom. As I ran towards mom, she saw that I had a huge bone in my mouth.
Our area has a lot of coyotes and the coyotes do bad things to the livestock in our area. Some people have resorted to trapping them and some put out poison for them. Mom knows that bones are quite often laced with poison and put out in places domestic dogs shouldn't be going. My peeps do not put out poison or trap the coyotes, they just yell at them to be quiet!
Mom could tell this bone was freshly cut, and it still had some connective tissue attached to it. She tells me to drop, which I don't. She then forces me to drop it and when she finally takes it away from me, I snap at her and nip her on the elbow. Whenever, I am bad like that, I get a crash course in obedience.
The peeps figure a coyote or fox carried the bone to where it was found on our property. While they cannot tell if it was tainted, they are not taking any chances and it is in the garbage. Apparently I will be going on leash walks for a while just to be sure no other bones have been carried onto our land.
February 14th 2012 5:55 am
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Wishing all my pals out there a very Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you so much for the rosettes and snail mail cards I have received. Momma has read each one to me and you all mean so much to me.
January 16th 2012 9:34 am
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As you know, I must supervise all things the momma does. I tried my best to supervise her today, but I think I renegged on my duties today.
We got a lot of snow this weekend. This was the first major snowfall we have had this winter, and to make it to mid-January without a snowfall like this is pretty amazing. Of course, with the snow always comes cooler weather.
Today, the momma gets on her winter gear, and then puts my snowsuit on me. She is happily shovelling the snow in the drive, while I am doing my business. I finish what I am doing and then start pacing beside her. I paced and I paced and tried to tell her it is too cold, let's go inside. I raise up my one paw and then I run to the side door. This worked and mom let me into the house.
Pups it was -24C this morning and with the windchill it was -29C. Did I reneg on my duties when I preferred to watch the momma work from the comfort of the house? Do you think I need to get help for the momma because she really seemed to enjoy the frigid temperatures this morning? BTW, it took her about 2 hours to finish up the shovelling and she said she enjoyed it because she feels she got a good workout.
January 13th 2012 5:05 am
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Thank you everyone for the birthday greetings I received yesterday. I had a totally pawsome 11th birthday and it was all because of you, my pals! There are so many rosettes and well wishes that I am totally overwhelmed. In the words of that famous actress, "you like me, you really like me!".
My daddy has a blog and yesterday his blog entry was about me. Mommy would like to share dad's blog entry with you.
I think my daddy really likes me too!
Hugs to all!
January 12th 2012 10:15 am
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Wow, today I am 11 years young!
Mom and I went on a nice long walk down to the river this morning and when we came back she baked me a bunch of cookies!
Thank you to each and everyone that has sent me birthday rosettes and pictures! They, and you, are all pawsome.
Thank you so much for sharing my 11th birthday with me! Hugs!
January 5th 2012 10:34 am
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Some of you pups may remember mom barking about how fussy an eater I am. I have never been a voracious eater, and I do tend to let my food season in my dish before I eat it. Mom is always on the lookout for something that will please my very discerning palate.
Recently mom got some samples of FirstMate Grain Free Dog Food. The food is made in Chiliwack, B.C., Canada. It uses potato as the carbohydrate source instead of grains and mom has just tried me on the Australian Lamb Forumula with blueberries, raspberries and cranberries. Pups, I have never gobbled down dry kibble like I chowed down on this stuff. Mom is gonna try me on the Chicken formula next. They do have a website: http://www.firstmate.com/ if anyone is interested in checking them out.
It is a little more expensive, but mom thinks I am worth it!