December 14th 2013 11:50 am
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Yes, it's winter with the bitter cold & now LOTS of snow. Of course, I do not mind the snow at all. But last week it was bitter cold here, down in the single digits at night & only in the teens during the day. Every night when Mom & Dad brouht the horses in they had to pick snowballs out of their feet before actually bringing them into the barn. Otherwise, the horses slip & slide on the rubber mats in the barn. All the heated water buckets including for us dogs are in full operation in the barn. The barn cat won't even go outside. In fact, the cat has been sleeping with Louie, the old barn dog, in his insulted dog box under the stair ways. Mom put a coat on Louie because she was afraid he would get cold even though he is used to being in the barn. Mom said he is getting some age on him & she didn't want him cold. Louie loved his coat & pranced all around showing off when Mom put in on. (rolling eyes in head) Geeze! What a light-weight! I am glad I don't have to wear a silly coat when I am outside. Of course, I am in full coat now so I even get hot while playing ball in the barn. Then Mom & Dad put heavy winter blankets on the horses. Mom's horse got a new blanket that just came last night. While Mom & Dad were fitting Mom's horse all up with his new blanket I kept going in & out of his stall. I wanted to be a part of the action & see what it looked like. But they both kept shooing me out. Darn it! But if they don't latch the stall door, I know how to slide it open. But finally Dad got mad & started yelling at me so I stayed out of the stall.
Mom had gone shopping with her sister & brought me back 3 new balls. The were bright & pretty but they had a squeaker in them. I did NOT like that. Wren liked it & would get the balls when Mom threw them & start that darn squeaking. I would catch the balls when Mom threw them but drop it the minute it squeaked. Mom was disappointed that I wasn't thrilled with my new balls but I like my plain old tennis balls better. :-(
Today, I got to ride on the Ranger with Dad while he cleared the drive way & then the drive to the barn. I LOVED that. Wren stayed in the house with Mom cause she gets too cold so I got to ride with Dad all by myself. When Wren isn't around I get to be Dad's dog! I stick to him like velcro because I LOVE being outside. Mom yelled out to me & Dad to go next door & clean Joe's driveway. Joe is our neighbor & the sweetest old guy in the world. We all love him! But he is also the owner of the cat, Snowball, that whipped my tail earlier this year. (mad face). Guess Joe can't help it if he has a nasty cat that doesn't like dogs.
Well, that's about all happening around here. I know Christmas is coming. I did see Mom bringing down some Christmas stuff for the barn. That usually means she is planning on taking some Christmas pictures. She got really sick with flu last year & didn't take any Christmas pictures of us.
Bark at you all later...........Shelby
October 31st 2013 10:34 am
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Well, it's Halloween today. We usually go camping on Halloween weekend. Mom & Dad always decorate our campsite with lots of scary stuff. But this yr we didn't go. I can't say that I was upset about not going though. The last Halloween camping trip I spent most of my time barking at all the spooks & scary things in our campsite. I didn't like them at all & especially when they would move & make noises.
Well, Aunt Nila got good news from the doctors so all is well & good there. She is all settled in her new house now. Mom & Dad go over there a lot as they have been working in the yard & edge of woods. I still don't get to go there with them because Rosie, the Pitbull, doesn't like me. :-(
It got really cold here early so we didn't get to do much camping this fall. We did go in Oct. but it rained most of the day one day so that wasn't much fun. Maybe next yr will be a better yr for camping & trail riding.
Last Sun. I got to go to the Rural King store. Wow! I LOVE to go there with Mom & Dad. There were all kinds of dogs there. For the most part I wasn't interested in the other dogs as I was shopping with Mom. But I did meet a really cool labadoodle dog. She was nice & only about a yr old. Boy! She had some funky hair going on though. AND Mom says my hair gets a bit wild looking when I am in full coat! Nothing like that!
My Aunt Nila sent me a new ball. I am crazy about balls. Aunt Nila also gave me a new socker ball. It's big & pretty cool. I love to get new balls but I am not very good about sharing them with Wren. Besides she isn't a ball-dog. She doesn't even know what to do with a ball!
I don't know if we have any fun plans for this weekend. The weatherman says rain for the next few days. Uck! I hate it when it rains!
Happy Halloween to all my doggie pals........Boo......Shelby
September 12th 2013 3:39 am
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It's been awhile since Mom has had the time to sit down & update my diary. A lot has been happening around our place the past month or so. Grandma & Aunt Nila had planned a visit last of Aug. Well, Grandma got here but the day Aunt Nila & her dog, Rosie, were to arrive, Mom got a call that Aunt Nila had collapsed at work & was in the hospital in Louisville, KY. So next day, Mom, Dad, & Grandma made a flying trip to KY to see what had happened. Louisville, KY is only about 2 1/2 hrs so they got there very early. When they got Aunt Nila out of the hospital, Mom drove Nila's car back with her dog Rosie to our house. Dad & Grandma drove our car back. Now Rosie is a good dog & her & Wren play together great, but me.....not so much. Rosie doesn't like me & honestly I am a bit afraid of her. PLUS, I bark when I see her playing with Wren. Wren is my sister & I worry that another dog might hurt her. Dad calls me the "fun-police". He says I don't like Wren to have fun with any other doggies but me. I guess that is why they call me the "bossie Aussie". Mom & Aunt Nila do not let me & Rosie get together at all except when walking on lead. I have to stay in the kennel or the barn while they are visiting. But I really don't mind at all. I LOVE the kennel as I can watch the horses all day & it's nice & cool. AND of course, I am the queen of the barn so I like hanging out there as well. I sleep on the settee & it is quite comfortable.
I guess my Aunt's condition may be quite serious so her & Mom have found a house close to us. They are moving here Oct 1st. Mom & Dad have been at the house working & getting everything ready for Nila & her husband--(who drives a big truck & is gone all week). Aunt Nila has been here quite a bit too, going back & forth from here to Louisville. I haven't gotten to see much of her because of us dogs not getting along too well. I haven't seen much of Mom either. Mom comes & sits with me as I get to missing her really bad. Dad will get Mom & tell her when I am really sad so she comes & sits & plays with me. I know Mom is very busy with all of it but after all she is my Mom too! Grandma is closing her house in FL & she is coming up for a long stay Oct 1st too. She is going to help my Auntie, staying there during the week & our house on the weekends. Grandma likes me & thinks I am the smartest dog because I do all my little tricks for her. Grandma gets annoyed with Wren because Wren snoops thru her suitcases. I never do that! It is not nice to snoop but Wren is just a nosey girl.
Us dogs do not get to go over to the house yet. Auntie Nila has treated the yard for fleas & different bugs. The people there before had dogs. Mom said there was a very nice kennel that was in the shade & was partially covered. Now Mom & Aunti surely don't think Rosie will ever be in that kennel because that just won't ever happen! Rosie is strictly a city girl---she doesn't know about horses & weird noises from the country & the woods. Mom said there is a woods all around this house so Rosie will see lots of squirrels. Hmmmm.....I am thinking I need to go over there because I like to chase squirrels up the trees! But since me & Rosie aren't very good friends I probably won't get to go.
We haven't gotten to go camping for over a month. But then it has been really hot here. Mom said we won't be going camping until we get Aunt Nila all settled in. Then once all the tests are back & it is decided what type of treatment then we can think about camping. That's ok because Mom has always stressed to us that family is first...we can have fun later.
Well, bark at you all later..........when Mom has time to update my diary. Shelby
P.S. Good luck to my doggie pal, Chloe, on her upcoming hip surgery. I know you will have the best care & do just great! Echo will keep things 'lined-out' while you recover.
August 5th 2013 12:59 pm
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Ok, I know it has been quite awhile since Mom posted anything in my diary. Let's see what have I been up to since her last post which was way back in May, Well my dog cousin, Rosie the Pitbull, came to visit for a few days. I really didn't see much of her though. I don't think Rosie likes me very well & I am a little bit afraid so Mom & Aunt Nila decided it best to keep us apart. Roise mostly hangs with Wren, the Weim. I had to spent a lot of time in the kennel, but I don't really mind that too much. It's shady & I like watching out over the pasture at the horses. Rosie liked to hang out in the barn with Wren. Rosie thought she was a real guard dog watching over the horses. That didn't make me too happy cause I am the "head herder" at our house. PLUS, I am the queen of the barn so my nose was a bit out of joint during cousin Rosie's stay.
I have had a couple of hair cuts so far this summer. Mom keeps me really short in the summer. Surprisingly, we have done some camping in June-July, which is usually too hot & humid for Mom & Dad to ride horses & camp. We have been going to a different campground because the trails at our favorite place have been too muddy to ride. I don't like the other campground though. Neither does Wren. The lady there doesn't particularly like dogs even tho she has Aussies, she yells at other Aussies. She even hit Wren on the head once, Mom & Dad were really mad about that. They wouldn't go there for several yrs after that. Mom said she is a mean, nasty person with no people skills. She has no dog skills either because me & Wren don't like her! Mom's new Arabian horse is doing great & she really likes him. (rolling eyes in head) He never does much wrong in his stall so I don't get much of a chance to bark at him. But her other horse makes up for it. He is forever rubbing or making noises in the stall which requires me to bark & jump on the stall wall. For which Dad in turn yells at me.
Since Mom is so far behind with my diary, I am sure some stuff has happened that she has forgotten to write about. I will keep on her to stay more current with my diary.
Thank you to all my doggie pals for the birthday wishes. Yep, I am now 6 yrs old! Mom thinks she can tell I am maturing & slowing down a bit. I seem to "chill out" more while at the campground not having to be busy every single moment & actually 'chill' more at home as well. Which Dad is very happy about. Dad was forever telling me to 'light' somewhere & stay put for 5 mins. :-)
Bark at you all later..............Shelby
May 30th 2013 7:31 am
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Hope all my doggie pals had a great Memorial Day weekend. We stayed at home & did yard work all 3 days. A storm that went thru on Friday night blew down a big pear tree in our yard so I helped Mom & Dad clean that up. Well, maybe I didn't help that much but rode on the Ranger when Dad took the limbs to the back field to burn later.
Wow! I got in really big trouble last night. We were all out in the barn. Mom & Dad were taking a little break from grooming the horses & us dogs were just hanging out with them. The barn cat, Albert, came in thru the kitty door & as he started to go up the stairs to the loft for his supper, I nailed him. Yep, I was spitting out a bunch of kitty fur. But before I knew what was happening, Mom was up & she swatted me good on the behind, yelled at me & put me in time-out for 5 mins. I have never seen Mom that mad at me. She surely must have had a bad day at work to get that mad at me for pulling a little hair out of the cat. Geeze! I was just teasing him. I don't think Mom has EVER smacked me before so I was a bit surprised. When I got out of time-out I tried & tried to make up with Mom. I made all kinds of noises & even sobbed a bit but Mom wouldn't even look at me. She was REALLY mad. That darn cat gets me in way too much trouble. I think when he scurries upstairs that means I should chase him. It's just a game, but Mom doesn't think that way. I sure hope she is in a better mood tonight.
In the dog house.............Shelby
May 23rd 2013 3:46 am
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First of all, I want to say "thank you" to my doggie pals, Echo, Redford & family, Coco & family, Angel & Dixie for the gifts of flowers! My doggie pals are the best & all so sweet. Mom says it's the "power of the paw" & people that don't know it are sure missing out.
We finally got to go camping last weekend. Mom & Dad were so busy all week making sure everything was loaded in the camper since it was the first trip of the season. The night before we dogs are very anxious as we know we will be leaving in the morning. Mom & Dad gave the horses baths & groomed on them it seemed like forever. I got in trouble several times because every time Mom put her brush tote down I would get in it. Sometimes Mom puts treats in it for her horse when she is all done grooming. I like those horse treats too & been known to steal them out of the tote. Then when Mom goes to give her horse a treat there are none. :-) Sorry Mom but I like peppermint too!
We went to a different campground this weekend. Mom said I had been there when I was a puppy but I sure didn't remember it. Needless to say, it was all very strange to us. This place had barns with stalls for the horses so the horses didn't have to stand tied to the hitching rails. Mom put my cable-tie in one of the empty stalls which was cool because I could bury my bone in the sawdust. I bet I buried, then dug it back up & reburied it a dozen times. I wanted to make sure NO ONE could find my bone.
But when people who hadn't seen Mom & Dad in a few yrs stopped by, me & Wren would bark a lot. We got in trouble for barking, but couldn't seem to help it. Dad was really mad at us & yelling all the time. We would stop barking as soon as we saw the people were nice. Dad said we sounded like a dog kennel. I think we got on his nerves big time. :-(
Mom took her new Arabian horse & said he did great on the trails. She baby-talked him a lot & told him he was such a good boy! (rolling eyes in head) "Whatever"! She didn't give me much attention at all. I did hang out with Mom & Dad under the camper awning in the evening.
As usual, we all came home pooped & it was early to bed Sun. night!
Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day & stay safe......Shelby
P.S. I heard I might be getting another hair cut this weekend. Really?? Seems like I was just there. Dad said I was looking like one of those old stuffed animals at the Fairs that no one picks--all fuzzed out. :-(
May 6th 2013 4:59 pm
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Will Spring ever get here for good? I am tired of all this rain, not to mention I am terrified of thunderstorms. :-( I am ready to go camping & see all my doggie pals at the horsecamp. And I am anxious to see some of Mom's friends. I want to show them my new "patty-cake" trick. I am sure it will get me some praise & treats! (giggle)
Not much news to report around here as I haven't been anywhere! I did go for a ride with Mom & Dad on the Ranger Sat. afternoon between rain showers. Dad had the sprayer tank in the back of the Ranger so I was the only doggie that got to go since I ride in the front seat. I was good & didn't get all excited since we didn't see any squirrels.
Well, me & Mom are going to go read some of my doggie pals diaries since I haven't got much to report.
Everyone have a good week.......don't forget Mother's Day!
May 2nd 2013 3:48 am
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First of all, thank you, Dogster, for making me Diary Dog of the day! That's so cool!
Ok, so this time I am NOT the doggie in trouble at our house. This past Monday evening, Mom & Dad brought the horses into their stalls for the night. They usually let us dogs then go out & play chase in the horse pastures as they are all fenced so we are safely contained. So out in the pasture us 3 dogs go for some fun chase games & whatever else we can find to do out there. After about 30 or 40 mins. we were all tuckered out from chasing one another & came back into the barn. That's when I heard Dad yelling really loud & what he was saying was not good! He was really mad. Then I saw the problem. Wren, had rolled in some really fresh stinky stuff she found out in the horse pasture. OMG! It was ALL over her. You see Wren gets a bath every Sunday night. Dad even puts some of Mom's Estee Lauder bath oil on her so she smells really good. So Dad was really unhappy with Wren since he had just given her a bath the night before. Boy! She did stink!
We haven't been allowed in the yard at all this week because Dad sprayed it for those yellow flowers that pop-up in the Spring. Personally, I think they are kinda pretty but Dad hates them. Dad is afraid we will eat the grass (as we are sometimes known to do)& the spray will make us sick.
Oh, yea, my cousin, Rosie, is now active on dogster. Hopefully, she will soon have a bunch of new dog pals on Dogster.
Bark at you all later...........Shelby_
April 25th 2013 2:40 am
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Monday of this week was a nice sunny Spring day. When Dad got home from work (he gets home before Mom), he took us dogs in the Ranger back to the woods to see if any mushrooms had popped up. It was great fun. With my new hair cut I didn't get briars & stuff stuck in my coat. We didn't find any mushrooms but it was fun to romp in the woods. On the way back, Dad saw our neighbor man sitting on a bench in his yard. Dad drove the Ranger over to chat with him for a few mins. Our neighbor man, lives alone, except for his HUGE big tomcat named Snowball. Now Snowball is getting some age on him but he often crosses our yard & I see him. When I spotted Snowball sitting there I began to bark. Dad scolded me several times for it but I couldn't help myself. Snowball was just sitting there glaring at me. Darn! I sure would like to get down & chase him. But Dad finished talking & we crossed the yard over to our place. Dad was going out of the barn door & I slipped out too. I made a bee-line across our yard over to our neighbor's yard as fast & hard as I could run. Dad was yelling at me & hot on my trail! But I just had to go see that cat Snowball. I was going to show him I was the "bossy Aussie" & herd him right back into Joe's out building. I could hear Dad yelling & coming but I was too focused to pay attention to him. Well, when I got to the cat sitting there Snowball was waiting & ready for me. All of a sudden the darn cat was all over me, spitting & slapping & scratching. I started yelping & crying. When I was finally able to free myself I ran for home as fast as I could. When I past Dad he took his ball cap off & swatted me! Seriously I just got my tail whipped by that cat & now Dad is smacking at me. I want my MOM!!! Dad let me back in our barn yelling at me the whole while. He didn't even check to see if I was bleeding. Of course, I got a time out but I didn't care--I needed to check my wounds. Then Mom came home. I was soooo glad to see her. AND of course, Dad had to tell her the story. Mom was ashamed of me but she did check my wounds. She told me I would live but it might be touch & go for awhile. Not even funny Mom! I need sympathy! I laid across Mom's lap & she soothed me but did tell me how ashamed she was of me going after Joe's cat. She even went over & apologized to Joe. I guess Joe was still laughing about it. But Mom said my behavior was rude & uncalled for! Joe's cat was fine & strutting his stuff. I was used to herding our barn cat, Albert, around & he never scratches or hisses at me. I have several scratches on my face & one pretty deep one above my eye. I stayed really close to Mom all evening. So my week was off to a pretty bad start. Hope things get better.
Bark at you all later..........and lesson learned from me......don't bother the neighbor's cat....Scar-faced Shelby
April 21st 2013 11:04 am
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Sure was hoping for a nice warm Spring weekend, but it is still unseasonably cool here. I think Mom got my hair cut off too soon. Brrrr.... Sat. I got to go shopping with Mom & Dad. We went to Rural King because Dad wanted to change oil in the lawn mower & his big truck. All right! I love to go there. Sorry Wren, you have to stay home because you get too excited & don't mind your manners like I do! :-) Dad went to the automotive dept. while Mom & I cruised the pet aisles. As usual, I was drawn to some cool balls that were down on the lower shelves. But Mom said "no" I already had way more balls than I needed. Darn! We past several other doggies shopping in the store but I was too interested in shopping myself to pay any attention. I got a bit bored while Mom was getting bird seed & then some peppermint & apple flavored mineral blocks for the horses. Several people stopped & asked Mom what kind of dog I was. Seriously? Mom would just explained I was an Aussie that just got a hair cut. EVERYONE thought I was a puppy. Geeze! Lots of people asked if they could pet me & of course, Mom always says "sure". I don't mind that at all. If they bend down low enough they might even get a kiss. :-) While I was sitting in line patiently with Mom to check out, one of the cashier's told Mom I had really big feet for a dog so small. Can you believe that???!!! Dad started laughing. Not even funny, Dad! Mom just told the lady that I was very sturdy build for no taller than I was. Thanks Mom. Another man said I wasn't as tall as some Aussie's he had seen. Whatever! Geeze, I was about over all those types of comments. Don't they know that Aussies come in different sizes & colors???!! I was pooped out from all my shopping & slept all the way home. After Mom & Dad groomed the horses & went in the house for the night, I had planned to watch a movie with Mom. But.........I fell sound asleep in Wren's big crate in the breakfast area that has 3 huge pillows. Whewwww, that is the first place I headed when we went in & never moved until Mom woke me up next morning to go out. Now mind you, I stay in here with the door open as I just love this big bed. Wren isn't too crazy about me sleeping in her bed but she was in her other crate in Mom & Dad's room.
Sunday was a bit warmer but not much. Mom & Dad mowed the grass. Dad was cold because he was riding but Mom was pushing so she didn't get cold at all. Is it ever gonna warm up & stay warm???
Hope all my doggie pals had a great weekend & warmer weather than we are having. Bark at you all later.........Shelby
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