March 2nd 2014 2:51 pm
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That's pretty cool! Thank you Smiley for the congrats! Here we go again with another winter storm! Yesterday (Sat.) was such a nice day in the mid 40's & sunny. While Mom cleaned house, me & Dad took the Ranger back to the woods to burn a big brush pile of yard & tree clippings. I LOVE it when I get to go on the Ranger with just me & Dad. Wren was in the house with Mom being the girlie girl that she is! Mom & Wren did walk back to the woods though when Mom got her work done. I had been busy digging for field mice so Wren joined in with me. We also played chase & jumped back & forth over the creek. I was sure pooped when we got back to the barn. Mom & Dad brought the horses in the barn, fed the horses & us dogs. I was out like a light on the settee in the barn 5 mins. after my supper.
OMG! Today winter is back! Sleet, wind & snow! Awful! Mom & Dad put the horses winter blankets back on them before turning them out this morning. Mom's horse would have just as soon stayed in the barn but Dad said everyone needed to go out to pasture & move around. After the barn chores were done, me & Dad took the Ranger to go check on our fire to see if all the stuff had burned up. Of course, it was cold so Wren went to the house with Mom. She is such a girl!
I spent most of the day helping Dad. We tidied up the barn, moved some shavings, cleaned the heated water buckets & filled all the bird feeders.
This week is suppose to be really cold all week. So that means a pretty boring week.
Hope all my dog pals stay warm & safe..............Shelby
February 22nd 2014 1:24 pm
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So good to hear that Dogster is staying. Not that Mom always keeps up with posting in my diarty or skips a week before checking up on all my dogster friends but we still LOVE having Dogster.
I don't think this winter will ever end. In Indiana this year we broke a record for the snowiest winter ever! AND the coldest I am sure! Mom has been feeding the birds & I help her every night. The other night I was excited to help Mom so I was racing across the drive to the garage to get the bird seed & slipped on the ice. OMG! I went sailing on my side for several feet. It was quite frightening. Mom was afraid I had hurt myself. Once before I was running in the wet grass, turned real sharp, slipped & wrenched my back. I yelped & couldn't get up. Mom & Dad had horses in the trailer ready to take off for a camping trip. I couldn't move my back legs & crawled to Mom. Mom was so upset. She told Dad to go on without her because she was taking me to the vet. Dad calmed her & me down & I quit yelping. Dad made me lay still for a few mins. & massage my back. Finally, I got up & was able to limp around. In a short time I was able to walk very gingerly. Dad lifted me in the truck & said I probably pinched a nerve & would be ok. It takes us about an hr to get to the horse camp & that gave me some time for the muscle to relax. When Dad lifted me out of the truck I seemed to be ok. But ever since that happened Mom worries I will hurt my back again when I slip or fall. But I was fine after slipping on the ice.
It seems every weekend Dad has to get the Ranger out & plow the driveway & the drive to the barn. Of course, I have to ride with him & help. AND Mom watches out the window & worries that I will fall off the Ranger because Dad never puts my harness on. But I hang on so she doesn't need to worry so much.
Today, (Sat.) it is in the 50's. Woo Whooo! Feels like Spring! Dad washed all the vehicles & scrubbed the garage floor. I wanted to help but Dad said I would track in & out so I hung out in the barn. Even the barn cat, Albert, went outside. Mom said he was so bored having to stay in the barn because of all the snow. I guess cats get bored too. I thought all they did was sleep mostly. Hmmmm......
Well, that's about all that's been happening around here. Guess it is suppose to get cold & snow more next week. I am sick of all this cold & snow. The horse pastures have been so wet & muddy that Mom won't let us go out there & play. We have had to play chase in the barn & end up getting yelled at for barking, running & being wild. B-O-R-I-N-G!
Bark at you all later............Shelby
January 19th 2014 7:45 am
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Wow! Mom got several e-mails of goodies/gifts from several of my doggie pals. Thank you, Chloe, Echo, Pety, Whisper, Dixie, Sophie, Gizmo & I hope I didn't leave anyone out! Thank you for the hugs---I LOVE hugs & the hot choc. hmmmm...........
We are having one of the worst winters in a long, long time. Record snow fall so far here in Indiana & record cold temp. We haven't gone to the woods to cut camp fire wood yet at all this winter. But then Mom & Dad have spent several weekends painting over at Aunt Nila's. I never get to go there though because Rosie, the Pit-bull, doesn't like me. :-(
We got another 2 1/2 in. of snow last night. After Mom & Dad brought the horses in, us dogs got to go play out in the pasture chasing each other in the snow. We had a ball & all came in panting & covered with snow. Mom had warmed some chicken cubes & poured over our dog food. Since I can only have dry dog food, Mom thought a little warm chicken broth would be good on a cold night. Hmmm.....it was good! Mom feels bad for me because I can't ever have any other food but dog food & certain dog treats because I have such a sensitive stomach. I love to eat too! Wren gets to eat ANYTHING & I get so jealous of that!
Today Dad got the Ranger out & me & him started clearing the drive-way. Mom & Wren were watching out the window. Mom gets upset with Dad because he never puts my harness on & secures me in. Oh, heck Mom, I know how to hang on! Mom rolled out the window & yelled for Dad to be careful with her "baby"! Geeze, Mom! I am NOT a baby! Dad yelled back that I knew how to hang on & that I was a 'sports utility dog'! I don't think Mom liked that too much though because she mad a face back at us! Me & Dad cleared our drive-way then went next door & cleared Joe's drive way. Dad said Joe usually has a little football gathering on Sundays. Joe's friends are elderly & Dad didn't want them getting stuck in Joe's drive. Then me & Dad headed for the fields in the back. Dad wanted to burn a big pile of brush & trimmings from our yard & Joe's yard. With the snow on the ground, it would be a good time to burn the pile. So I had a pretty busy morning while Wren stayed in a warm house. She's such a princess!
Well, it's getting close to lunch time & time for me & Dad to head for the house.
Hope everyone is staying safe & warm.............Shelby
December 26th 2013 8:45 am
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Hope all my doggie pals had a great Christmas with lots of toys, goodies, with friends & family that love them. But most of all, I wish that ALL doggies could be warm, safe & happy with families of their own. I hate to see those very sad doggies on TV that need homes. Although I was not a rescue, my Weim sister, Wren & Louie, the hound dog, were rescues.
As promised, Mom & Dad took the Christmas pictures in the barn. Mom brushed me out while Dad kept dragging Christmas stuff to the barn. They both worked hanging lights, our stockings & setting up the little Christmas trees. Something new this year, a sled that was decorated. Hmm..........Well, it wasn't long before I knew what the sled was for.....ME! Mom asked me to get on the sled, sit & stay. Ok, I have no problems with that. Then Mom & Dad started putting Christmas garland on Louie. I guess that was suppose to be his harness & he was going to pull me on the sled. I was thinking for real he was going to pull me around. Cool! That sounds like fun, let's go! But then I figured out it was all "pretend". Louie, the hound dog, must have decided he was NOT a draft dog & kept sitting down. Dad was getting frustrated & finally told Mom, "this is as good as it is gonna get-take the picture." Louie or Wren were wanting to cooperate with having any pictures taken. Me, on the other hand, was all cool with the pictures. Mom would tell me where to go & either sit or down & I did it. What the other two dogs didn't realize, there is always a treat in the end for doing the right thing. Geeze! That is a no-brainer. I think Mom posted a few pictures on my dogster page. She also send one of my pictures in to have it put on canvas. Mom said Wren had a big canvas picture so I should have one as well. I think she is going to put both our pictures in the den.
I finished my homemade pumkin dog cookies that Aunt Nila made for us dogs. I sure hope she makes some more because those were so good. Mom said there was no sugar in them at all. All I know, they were mighty tasty.
Well, that's all for now. No big plans for this coming week.
Happy New Year to all my doggie pals........Shelby
P.S. Thank you Chloe, Echo, Petey, Puff, Coco Rose for my pretty Christmas trees.
December 22nd 2013 1:22 pm
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Well, we are counting down until Christmas. But with all the rain & warm temps we had the past few days it sure doesn't seem like Christmas. But Mom said it is suppose to get colder. Last night Mom brushed me for almost an hour. Wow! Dad said I looked beautiful--he told me I looked like a little Lassie. I don't know who Lassie is but I think that is a good thing.
I thought I saw one of my presents but then Mom put it in a little gift bag & said it was for Aunt Nila's dog, Rosie. :-( Aunt Nila & Rosie came over today. But I didn't get to see them because Rosie doesn't like me. I have to stay in the barn, but that's ok, I needed to bark at the horses & herd the barn cat around. Aunt Nila brought some chili & she had a gift bag for me, Wren & Louie. She had been making homemade doggie cookies for all of us. They were sooooo good--peanut butter & pumkin. Aunt Nila said they were easy to make but took 3 hrs to bake! We ALL loved them though.
Well, not much to write about for now. I think Mom & Dad are going to take our Christmas pictures Tues. Mom said she is going to have Louie pull me on the sled. Wheeeee! That will be cool. Mom doesn't think Wren will sit on the sled for her picture but she knows I will! I will even wear my Santa hat as long as there is a treat at the end of the photo shoot! Hmmmm....
Merry Christmas to all my doggie pals...........Shelby
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
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