"Sully's Story So Far & Socks Comes Home!"

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WOOF...ALERT to all animal lovers!

September 12th 2008 8:59 am
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Our pawrents are ardent supporters of "Defenders of Wildlife" and we received this update in their newsletter this morning. You're not gonna believe this!!

As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has proposed paying a $150 bounty for the foreleg of each dead wolf. The aerial hunting program she champions has already killed nearly 800 wolves. She’s opposed efforts to save America’s polar bears from extinction. She’s fought against efforts to save some of the world’s most endangered beluga whales.

At nearly every opportunity, Governor Palin has sided with Big Oil, mining companies, wealthy trophy hunters and other entrenched special interests in support of policies that would greatly harm the wild animals we treasure.

As doggies who depend on our humans to protect us, as do all the other creatures of the earth, we feel we MUST spread the word about this person who could easily run our country!! We gotta look our for our ancestors, don't we?

Sully & Socks

 

Our two babies vying for attention continues!

September 14th 2008 2:53 am
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Dear, sweet Socks has been with us for over three weeks now and I'd love to say that Mr. Sullivan has fully accepted her presence and is being a loving and supportive brofur to her. However, the jealousy factor is still rearing it's ugly head in wierd ways.

When Socks was just a visitor before she came to live with us, we'd put two plates of food down on the floor and Sully & Socks woould eat peacfully side by side. Now, however, feeding time is quite the challenge. We fix two plates of food, set them in two different rooms, hoping that each will eat their portion. But, Mr. Sullivan will try to run between both plates and "own" them, intimidating Socks not to eat by either licking her plate or literally sitting in front of it, making her fearful to approach her food. She is SO overly submissive (no doubt a holdover from the cowering ways she developed from living with her previous, late owner), that she will back off and not eat once he plants himself by each of the two plates! He will run between the two rooms, guarding each plate so she's fearful of approaching either!
The only way we're successful in getting Socks to eat is by putting Mr. Sullivan outside before we give her a plate and letting her eat, then bringing him back in with his plate in the proper place. It's CRAZY!
If we put her plate down while he's still in the house and close the door to that room hoping she'll eat, he will install himself just outside the door of the room and she is so fully aware that he's there that she refuses to eat her food. So, for now, we have to get Mr. Sullivan out of the house in order for Socks to eat. They both eventually get their food, but it could be far more pleasant!

If she approaches either Mom or Dad for pets, Mr. Sullivan will literally push himself between her and the pawrent, moving her out of the way...though yesterday she actually once pushed in between him and Mom.

Ahhhh, me...just when we start to think it's getting better, it will start up again, and so, we wait for who knows how long for this dog-lunacy to end!

Things could be so much nicer for all concerned if we weren't dealing with what Mom & Dad consider the worst case of canine jealousy they've ever seen.

It doesn't seem to matter how much attention Mr. Sullivan gets...it all flies out of his mind as soon as Socks gets some loving!

Sully is such a sweet dog, but this behavior is most unattractive in him and does cause quite the quandry for Mom & Dad...guess PATIENCE is the key here, but it sure ain't much fun dealing with it!!

We are certain that in time (who knows HOW long???) this will all settle down, but we had NO idea that such jealousy could exist between the resident dog (a male) and the newcome (a female)?!

 

WOW...a box of prizes!!

September 27th 2008 7:47 am
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OMDOG, we're late in writing this, but were SO excited when Sully received a box of prizes from the Miller Pack in Florida! We used to live in FL and loved Blue Front BarBQue Sauce (which we can't get up here in VA). Mom Miller took all the time to go to the store and get us a bunch of bottles of the sauce, pack them up and send them to us (we are thrilled to have it) AND she included many great prizes for Sully (three cool bandanas, a blingy collar with Sully's name on it and a matching leash and a lovely card from Snapper Mullethead, Marley Bob & Elsie)! We feel terrible that it's taken so long to get this in our diary, but our appreciation is boundless! Sully & Socks' picture shows them wearing two of the great bandanas (they look so cute in them). The Millers are such a wonderful family and we've made great friends with them!

 

Socks' New Life With Sully's Family

September 27th 2008 8:51 am
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I've know my new Mom & Dad for so many years now that my being here permanently is only a formality! For the past 12 years I've been coming here whenever I could break free from my former/late owner and was Mom & Dad's last dog (Buddy's) best friend. Mom & Dad always cried when I left before, but now I'm here to stay, so no more tears!

I've discovered so many new things....treats, BACONNN, Frosty Paws (it was hilarious the first night I had a Frosty Paw...I tried to eat the cup, too)...mmm, I love all this new stuff. And I get so much attention now (Sully's still getting used to having to share with me, but he's being better all the time). I went to the vet and got all vaccinated (rabies & distemper) and checked out negative for heartworm (so now I'm on hearworm prevention medicine like Sully)!! Now I have a collar with tags that jingle-jangle and that's something new to get used to (but my collar is purple and real pretty...girlie, like me, and I have my own very colorful matching leash). Mom usually walks me because she can't hold Sully (he pulls too hard) and me and Mom are both old gals who move slowly and enjoy taking time to smell whatever I come upon!

I have a comfortable place to sleep every single night now! I sleep on a fluffy towel right at the foot of Mom & Dad's bed (Mr. Sullivan gets to sleep on the bed, but there's not room for me, too). Mom has discovered that I have lots of nightmares and she always wakes up and leans over the bottom of the bed, telling me "everything's ok" and petting me till I fall back asleep.

I got my first bath here last week (same day as Sully got his) and am so clean and fluffy now...Mom brushes me every day to keep me looking booteful!

I love to chase squirrels and you wouldn't believe how I stalk them (like a big lion on the African plains) and then bolt (really fast for a gal my age) to try and catch the little suckers, but they're too fast for me.
Me and Sully chased a squirred up the tree last week and Sully's lead out front BROKE, to the horror of Mom & Dad, who are just thankful it happened in the yard and not while Sully was chasing a car or truck (a very bad habit he's developed recently). He lets me know who's top dog in a way only the two of us doggies can understand, but that's ok, I've always been very gentle and submissive and I let him be as macho as he wants (even though Mom & Dad wish he wouldn't do it).
He's never mean to me, just wants to be sure I know my place in HIS house.

All in all, we're a tight pack and I think Mom and Dad are so relieved to have me here with them as I grow older so they can be sure I live in complete comfort, with tons of love and attention I went without for so many years. Works for me!!!

Mom especially enjoys having me here 'cause when she's sick in bed, I always stay right there beside her and I can tell that my just being there is a great comfort to her (so I'm helping them as much as they're helping me). Pretty cool, huh?

Thanks to all our great pals who have sent prezzies and good wishes to me and the family. I feel very welcomed by Dogster and appreciate everyone's kindness very much.

Love~
Socks

 

Another Box of Prizes from Sunny Lee!!

September 28th 2008 10:49 am
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We couldn't believe it...we got ANOTHER box of prizes from sweet little Sunny Lee!! When we opened it...WOW, there was a fuzzy fox toy for each of us AND ppppigs ears (mmmmm...pork!!). We got into that box (as you can see from our picture) and couldn't wait to get our chops around those pigs ears. Thanks, Sunny Lee, for being such a wonderful pal and the sweet note that came with our box welcoming Socks to her new permanent home. You sure made us feel special!!!

Love
Sully & Socks

 

Sarah Palin...how CAN she??? SIGN THE PETITION PLEASE!

September 28th 2008 11:07 am
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We just can't get over the fact that the Republican Vice Presidental nominee, Sarah Palin, gives a $150.00 bounty to anyone who brings the left front paw of any freshly killed wolf to her (that's monstrous!!).
She really scares us!!!

If you agree with us, please sign the petition against the aerial gunning of our brethren, the wolves, by clicking on the picture of the wolf "Justice for Alaska's Wolves" on the right side of this page. We Dogsters gotta have our barks heard to protect our forefathers, right?

Love
Sully & Socks

 

How to jerk YOURSELF baldheaded & a nice visit!

October 8th 2008 9:08 am
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Ok, so yesterday I (Sully) am out front enjoying the beautiful weather on my long lead, mindin' my own bidness, when alla sudden Socks comes bolting out the front door and zooms around the side of the house, with Mom trying to catch up wiff her (no contest there!). I'm wondering to myself...how is it that SHE can go around all over the yard and I'm limited to about a 40' circle around the big ole willow tree? Sooooo, I decide (forgetting I'm on a lead) to go see what Socks is up to and take off full speed after her. This, as it turned out, was NOT a good idea 'cause I was going really fast.....until I reached the end of my lead and got jerked (really hard) and flipped over once I reached the end of the lead...it was a full body slam onto the ground and I was pretty stunned. At least I got Mom's attention diverted from Socks for a minute as she came running (hobbling) to me to see if I was ok (which, you gotta know, I played to the max once I saw I had her undivided attention). She plopped down beside me, cooing (yeah, Mom's coo) and petting (examining) me all over to be sure I was ok. Meanwhile, Socks, hearing the commotion comes back from around the house and stands there wagging her tail and leaning into Mom. I seemed ok, other than the fact that my sympathy session was shortened by Socks' return. We Aussies are tough, muscular little woofers and Mom doesn't think I was hurt at all, just stunned (Mom was more upset than me and even Socks seemed concerned...yeah, right, I'm sure). So, Mom got me off the lead and took both of us into the house and gave us Milk Bones (Note to self: Inflict appearance of injury on self to get treats!) I was kinda quite (rare for me) and laid around the rest of the afternoon and evening, so Mom was certain that if nothing else, the sudden body slam made me sore and I got LOTS of lovin' and attention the rest of the night (hehehe). This morning I'm right back to my old bouncy self!

Also yesterday, the son of Socks' former/late owner came by for a visit with Socks. He's had an awful lot thrust on him at such a young age and is having to man up way too fast. He's a very sweet young man and Mom has already adopted him in her heart. He was so glad to see Socks and commented, "She remembers me!" Mom assured him that "of course she does, dogs don't forget people the love". After a long petting session outside, Mom brought the young man in the house, showed him some pictures she'd taken of him and Socks the last time he came by (he really liked them) and then they had a long talk about the realities of his situation and exchanged family stories.
Mom really enjoyed "grandmothering" him and he stayed for about two hours. He showed Mom some stuff on the computer and they talked a lot about his feelings and his future. Mom told him to come by any time at all (she's thinking about inviting him here for Thanksgiving, but it's hard for her to make plans since she never knows what her head's gonna do that day)...but she feels very protective of him and wants to be here for him whenever he needs to talk. When he left, he thanked Mom (she felt like thanking HIM!) and said it was so nice to be able to visit with someone he could "trust"...awww!

OK, finally, Halloween is rapidly approaching and Mom (whenever she can be up an able) is dragging skeletons out the closet and all sorts of other wierd looking stuff...whassup with that? We heard her talking to Dad about starting "decorating", whatever that is. Dad's been way over Halloween for many years (like since childhood), but it's Mom's favorite holiday and she's accumulated tons of decorations and stuff and really loves to see all the kids in their costumes. Ummm...would you believe she even dresses up to greet the kids at the door? We know!!! It's pretty strange for an ole lady to still dress up in a witch costume, but she seems to get such a kick out of it that we all (including Dad) just try to humor her. Last year she was down wiff her head on Halloween and is so hoping that doesn't happen this year (she's looking forward to donning her cool witch hat & wig n stuff). Is our Mom the only old Mom on the planet that still gets a big kick out of Halloween (and wearing a costume)??? And, get THIS, we have to be confined to the den wiff Dad during all the trick or treating 'cause we bark too much and scare the kids away...HUMPH!!
Some fun for us....NOT!!

Oh well, that's about it from here for now....we just hope all our pals are doing well and send our love to all!

Sully & Socks

 

We're Entered in the World's Coolest Dog & Cat Contest!!

October 11th 2008 3:30 am
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OK, so Mom went over the edge this morning and entered a picture of us laughing in the "SMILES" category of The World's Coolest Dog & Cat Contest" (could she get any prouder of us???).

Anyway, we've never been in a contest before and sure would appreciate your votes at:

http://www.dogster.com/show08/vote_pet.php?i=752866

As Elvis would have said..."Thank you very much!! Thank you!!"

Please, just humor Mom!

Sully & Socks

 

We got prizes today...!

October 13th 2008 4:27 pm
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Mom & Dad both had doctors appointments today and had some other errands to run. It was unseasonably hot here, so we didn't get to go along and we were left alone at home (Mom & Dad wondered if they'd have a house left when they returned, BOL!).

Well, we sure made 'em proud, cause they were gone almost 4 hours and when they came home, there we were to meet them at the door, wagging and woofing a wonderful greeting. We were SO GOOD...we didn't mess up a single thing and our pawrents were very proud of us!
Mom bought us each a yummy big chew bone and gave it to us as a reward for being so good....BOY, did we enjoy those!

Later, after Mom & Dad had rested some, we got a nice long walk. Mom tried a trick on Sully she'd gotten from another Dogster Mom and wrapped his leash around his belly, through his harness, so when he went to pull hard, it tightened and made him slow down. He was all upset about it at first and tried to fight it, but Mom wouldn't let him leave the driveway until he settled down. For the first time ever, after he accepted the situation, he was a little angel on his walk (realizing that if he pulled too hard the leash tighted up underneath him and was uncomfortable). VOILA...a calm walk was enjoyed by all! Dad was so thrilled to be able to walk Sully without being dragged all over the neighborhood and Mom & Socks walked with us. We went all the way around a long block (Mom's trying to force herself to get out and walk each night to get stronger). It was so beautiful out, a full moon was coming up when we came home, and we all enjoyed ourselves!

We're really glad we made Mom & Dad proud and gave them the feeling that they can now go out from time to time and leave us home alone without worrying.

All in all, a very rewarding day for all!

We hope all our Dogster pals had a great day, too!

Sully & Socks

 

WOW, I almost got him~~!!!

October 14th 2008 8:09 am
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So, just before dark last evening, Mom and me (Socks) were sitting on the grass in our big back yard (she has to take me back there so Sullivan doesn't get his tail in a knot because Mom's spending quality time wiff me).

Alla sudden, out nowhere, I spies me a squirrel running toward one of our big trees. Since it's not toward the street and I'm a really good girl about coming back, Mom let me off the leash and you shoulda seen my s-t-e-a-l-t-h and I crouched down like a Affricka lion and softly padded toward the squirrel, way down loooow, eyes transfixed.
Then, like a shot outta a cannon, I was off chasing that little sucker so fast I was a blur....I can run FAST for an older gal & Mom wants me to get the exercise.

Now, here's the part that gets inneresting...he runs up the tree and...FALLS OUT right in front of me! Tries to jump onto the bark and falls off AGAIN! I'm seeing dinner, while, in horror, Mom's realized it's a baby and is hollerin' at me "Come back, Socksie!" Man, I almost had that critter, but it got away from me by jumping up the tree again and holding on this time. So, I dutifully returned to Mom (running so hard at her that I knocked her off her butt and we wrastled together on the ground for a few minutes...Mom laffin', me lickin' & waggin' ! ) She even let me chase a few more bigger squirrels after that (I was exhausted by the time we came in and Mom barely made it!).

My new Mom sure loves me a lot and I love her back. She says I'm her big goofy girl 'cause I'm smilin' all the time and give her so much lovin (like Buddy used to).

Mr. Sullivan missed the whole thing (hehe) 'cause he was out front being sarge in charge of the yard, waiting for Dad to let him ride along to the store. I'm still chuckling about it!!

Socks

 
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