Likes: Going to the Dog Run, a close second is sitting in the window to see what is going on outside.
Pet-Peeves: Going in his Kennel
Favorite Toy: Sticks!
Favorite Food: Whatever the humans are eating
Favorite Walk: Up to the Dog Run at our apartments
Best Tricks: Sitting in the Window. I can walk the bridge at the Dog Run.
Arrival Story: We lost our 8 year old Elkhound rather unexpectedly in May. He was the spirit of our house, and we knew right away we wanted another one. Since our Husky is 9 years old we didn't want to put him through the adjustment and turf war of adopting an adult dog so we began looking for a breeder. We found Bennie and he joined our family in early July.
Bio: Bennie was the only boy dog in a litter of six. This was his breeder's first litter and we got to know her via e-mail after finding her website. We made a delightful visit to Minnesota to pick up Bennie and have been enjoying him ever since. He was born on a small farm and has had to adjust to city noises, walking on a leash ,and the traffic of our apartment building.
Wow...it has been a long time since I have had a chance to write. Our apartment complex put in a rockin' dog run and I have been busy playing! It is about half the size of a football field, and lots of different dog pals go up there everyday. We have made a lot of new friends both dog and human.
In preparation for Christmas Mom made this elf video of me and my brother.
Today Mom took me on a special outing. We went to the Dog Park for the first time. The Park is called Rickman's Run and it is REALLY cool! It was during the middle of the first home football game, so there were very few dogs there. Mom says that is because this is Husker (Nebraska Cornhusker's) country, what ever that means. To me it just means I had the park all to myself for a little bit. I met a couple of dogs as they were leaving, and Mom let me off my leash to wander. We went across a wooden bridge with a creek under it, and Mom threw a tennis ball for me a few times. I picked it up, but I am really not a retriever so don't get into playing 'fetch'.
We were talking about heading home when two dogs showed up. One was a 9 month old Golden Retriever named Ruby. She is scared of the water and won't go near it. Her 'sister' was a four month old pound puppy, they were there with their 'Mom' and her neighbor. As our People talked we got to know each other and romped among the trees and bushes. It was lots of fun! We even went down to the creek to drink and play. I got in up to my tummy, it was lots of fun, Ruby got in up to her tummy too so her Mom was quite proud.
Soon we went back over the bridge to the other side of the creek. Our people wanted to be able to see us play, and throw sticks to see if Ruby would go catch them. Ruby wasn't buying it though, we ran to the edge but nobody was going in from this side. The bank was much steeper here, so it was harder to get in. Soon some other dogs showed up. There were two more Golden's and a HUGE dog that was a Lab/Shepard mix. They all wanted to meet and I was a little nervous but they seemed nice.
Suddenly they all came up to sniff me at once and I laid down on the bank of the creek. I got a little nervous and edged right off the bank into the water! It was scary! I was able to paddle to the ridge, but the bank was straight up! I was so scared, I tried to climb up but didn't think I could make it so I went back in the water. Ruby came down to see me, then walked back. She did this a couple times. Mom told me later that she was trying to show me how to get out. Soon the three dogs who had just arrived were in the water coming toward me. That scared me more (although Mom said they were worried about me and trying to save me). I finally tried to climb the bank again, and Ruby's Mom got on the ground and reached me. My Mom couldn't do that because she is too stiff from something called Arthritis.
All in all it was an exciting afternoon! I came home and took a short nap then was good to go again. I lost my steam early though and am headed to bed for the night. I like this dog park and can't wait to go again!
Wow, we have had some excitement here the last couple of days. Last night we were winding down (at least Mom and Dad were, I was still going strong) when there was a loud noise in the apartment hallway. Actually Mom heard it, I was too busy playing. Turns out it was the fire alarm, so we got leashes on and headed outside. There were three big fire trucks and lots of activity on the other side of the building. They had these big hoses with water coming out, then they set up a fan and there was all kinds of black smoke blowing out. It was a fairly small fire, but the people weren't home so it burned for awhile before someone in another apartment smelled smoke and called it in. The firemen rescued the two kitty's that live there so it all turned out pretty much okay.
I just enjoyed hanging out with the neighbors and getting LOTS of attention. I got to see lots of neighbors and their people. Boudreaux and I even got to sniff the Great Dane that lives upstairs. His brother the Italian Greyhound and I get too excited and bark at each other so we usually can't get close. The Dane is quite mellow though and very BIG!
After everything settled down I went to bed, then about four this morning Dad woke me up. I though maybe he was trying to get me back for the mornings I wake up that early. Anyway we all went outside to see the Lunar Eclipse. Mom and Dad thought it was really cool. Boudreaux and I just enjoyed the cool breeze and wandering in the grass looking for bugs.
After all that I slept in this morning! Now I have been out for a walk, and there is a Chew with my name on it. Guess I'll go work on that 'cause I am getting some new teeth in and it feels sooooo good to chew!