December 16th 2009 10:08 am
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Hard to believe that we turned two years old on October 24th!! Furless Mom and Pop say that we have "matured", whatever that means. We prefer to think of ourselves as semi-mature - we aren't quite ready to give up our glorious puppy ways!! We still love to tease one another and chase each other around the yard playing "Catch My Tail and Hold On!" (Quite funny to witness - Luc loves to chase Cody, then catch the end of his tail in her mouth and let him pull her along. Cody, as he's matured, has realized that, if he simply falls down, Luc will take a tumble along with him and he usually ends up on top of things.)
Cody Man, despite weighing in at around 100 pounds, still believes that he is a lap dog, much to Furless Mom's discomfort and amusement. (He somehow manages to squirm and wriggle his way onto my lap while I sit in my favorite chair. Luc will squeeze in on the other side and perch, vulture-like on the arm. Whatever Cody has, she wants, even if it is only my lap!)
We must admit that they have (finally) learned to stay on their dog bed for most of the night. Hallelujah!! They have a twin bed in our room that they share, most times willingly, sometimes grudgingly. Of course, they still make sneak attacks on our bed at all hours of the night, just to see if we're paying attention. But, when told, they will return to their dog bed, usually with a heavy sigh and a loud "plop" of dismay.
Most mornings, around 5:00 AM, Luc will creep up onto our bed and plant herself between us. This, apparently, is Cody's sign to leap across everyone and situate himself on the other side of Furless Mom, just as close as he can possibly get and, preferably, with his big head on her pillow.
Furless Parents finally wised up and started picking up stuffed animals at flea markets and garage sales. These two can "kill" just about anything they can sink their teeth into! Much cheaper to let them kill someone's cast off teddy bear than a $15 dog toy! Some of their stuffed animals are now "handicapped" - missing arms and/or legs and, occasionally, even a head. Cody and Luc don't mind at all! Although we do get strange looks when friends come over and we start picking up limbless Pooh bears and headless monkeys! But, since most of our friends are also crazy about their pets, they understand.
From our house to yours – Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Glorious New Year!!
March 10th 2009 7:29 am
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Just went through our yearly check up with the Vet and both passed with flying colors! Cody Man weighs in at almost 90 pounds and dainty, little Luc weighs almost 60 pounds! Luc has finally overcome her motion sickness, thank goodness, and now thoroughly enjoys her rides in the Jeep! Cody has at last realized that he cannot drive and must remain in the back while the Jeep is in motion. Sunday afternoons are "Doggie Drive" time and we load them up and take them for rides looking for wildlife to "woof" at along the roadside or down to the Trout Nursery where there are way too many wonderful smells to entice them!
All in all, they're turning into pretty good dogs - although there are still a few "issues" to be dealt with. Luc seems to be the ringleader/instigator in most instances and Cody is always more than willing to follow along behind his little sister. They know when they've "done wrong" though and will immediately take themselves to their crates for a "time out".
Gotta love 'em -they're ours!
November 11th 2008 1:49 pm
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Geez - how time flies when you're young and carefree! We celebrated our first birthdays with lots of singing of the "Birthday Song”, tons of goodies, loads of attention, and, of course, new toys! Furless Mom says she hopes they last longer than a day or two - we do so enjoy chewing up our new toys, among other things. Perhaps we shouldn't mention the recliner, which is now ours! FM says it just doesn't work for her now that the right arm has been chewed off.
We love having the recliner all to ourselves - it's the perfect spot for chewing up, oops, we mean reading all of FM’s and FP's books and magazines. You would think that they would be thrilled with our scholastic endeavors but nooooooooooooo, for some reason they are stifling our thirst for knowledge. Okay, FM didn't get terribly upset about that Bill Clinton book Cody Man ate - something about political BS.
But stay away from those "Birds and Blooms" magazines, especially if FM hasn't had a chance to look at them! She does have a "thing" for birds! Cody Man even caught one for her recently - a white throated sparrow, to be exact! FM was terribly upset until Cody gently dropped it at her feet and she saw that it wasn't injured, just saturated with doggie drool. Of course, we helped her get the poor little thing indoors so she could dry him off and put him in a nice, cozy box with some old towels and put him near the coal stove until he recovered his senses. I suppose it is quite shocking for a bird to find himself inside the mouth of a dog, even a gentle giant like Cody Man.
Lovely, Leaping, Licking Luc also has a "thing" for birds - she's been pointing and flushing grouse and woodcock since she was a few months old. Furless Pop decided to take her with him into the woods for some bird hunting recently, just to see how she would behave. FP came home singing her praises - apparently she is a natural bird dog and a well-mannered girl in the field. FP has been wanting a bird dog for the longest time and Luc has been wanting someone to pay attention when she finds a bird - a perfect match!
Cody Man, of course, howled in outrage when Luc took off with FP, but the howls quickly turned into yips of joy when he realized that our little Ida Ho was quite willing to come out and play with him. Ida adores Cody, but Luc's hyperactive nature seems to be a little too much for her to contend with for too long. Ida and Cody roamed and ran and jumped and rolled until they were both exhausted! They finally decided to curl up together on the couch for a well-earned rest. Luckily, Ida heard Luc when she returned and quickly disappeared before Luc could get a lick or two in.
All in all, our first year has been glorious! We're still growing and, according to the Vet, we'll probably retain our puppy ways for another year or so before we settle down and become dogs - So, give us a magazine and get out of our recliner!
Cody Man and Lovely Luc