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Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.........Snow & Very Cold

January 8th 2010 4:48 am
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Hi All! I usually don't mind winter as I love to play in the snow but this cold is NOT fun. Mom & Dad took all of us out to play in the snow after they brought the horses in last night. I was plowing around in the snow & all they could see was my wake. When they called us into the barn, I had ice all over me. Mom made me stand in front of the salamander heater until I melted. :-( Mom practiced with me on my new back-up trick. I can go backwards really fast now when she tells me so I thought I had it mastered. she wants me to back up next to her at the same time she does. I am confused all over again. Mom tells me not to worry that it will make sense in time so I keep trying--mostly for the treats she gives me while we are practicing. :-) After our practice Mom plays ball with me. I could play ball for hours so Mom usually has to say, "that's all for tonight". I have had to stay in the last few days because of the cold & I hate doing that. I can't see the horses & it is boring even with all the toys & bones Mom gives me. I like to watch the horses during the day. They may get too close to the fence & I need to bark at them to get back or a wild animal may try to enter the pasture & I need to scare it off. :-)
Bark at you all later............Shelby


Happy New Year!

January 1st 2010 8:34 am
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Hard to believe another year is gone. I will be 3 yrs old this August. The horse vet was out yesterday. Dad's Arabian horse (Elijah) was all swollen up in his "private" area & Mom wanted the vet to check her new horse's (Scooter) teeth. I like the vet ok but I stayed really close to Mom & watched. The other dogs had to stay in Dad's workshop room in the barn while the vet was there because my Weim sister gets excited & jumps on strangers. It was not serious about Dad's horse but just due to the very cold weather. The vet did some drilling on Mom's Rocky Mtn horse's teeth. It sounded awful & the 'thing' on his head looked scary. He also did some flossing as Scooter had a space between two teeth that had impacted food. All the tools the vet used kinda worried me. Mom reminded me how important it was that I be good while she brushes my teeth. I really don't mind it too much because the tooth paste tastes like chicken. I like it better when she uses the finger brush instead of the longer one. I usually try to bite down on the long on. The vet was there for a long, long time it seemed to me. But I guess he gave all the shots, cleaned the geldings, & checked everyone's teeth. He was nice but I like my vet better--I think she is pretty & gives me peanut butter doggie cookies!
It is really, really cold today so I have to stay indoors. I am b-o-r-e-d! Mom is going to add some new pictures for me & my Weim sister on this site.
Bark at you later........Shelby


Winter is here!

December 27th 2009 4:45 pm
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Hi All! Wow! Winter is here & we have a couple of inches of snow to prove it. I love the snow! My Grandma was here from Florida last week so Mom didn't get to play with me much because Grandma is NOT a dog lady. :-( But things are pretty much back to normal now. We aren't taking agility lessons this winter, but sometimes Mom & Dad set a small course up in the barn for us. Mom has been working on a new trick for me--backing up when she tells me. We have been working a little each evening in the barn. She got this idea when she places me down the aisle of the barn, tells me to stay & then throws the ball to me from the other end of the aisle. I am pretty good at catching 'air balls'. I use my front feet. But Mom wants me to back up farther away when she tells me. I wasn't understanding so Mom decided she needed to teach me what the word 'back' means. She said I am doing pretty good but sometimes my backing is a bit crooked. But Mom is very patient & always tells me I am doing good even though I know my backing is crooked. During Thanksgiving break from work, Mom & Dad washed all the barn walls & stall walls & re-stained them. They do that every 2 yrs & the last time they did it, I was just a baby & drove Mom crazy trying to keep me out of the stain. Mom & Dad have also spent a few weekends in the woods cutting wood for our camping trips next yr. But the last time we all went to the woods, I was playing with my Weim sister & got a million stick-tights in my coat. I got some really nasty briars stuck in my hair too so I went running back to Mom to help me get them out because they were hurting. Mom was NOT happy. When we got back to the barn it took Mom 40 mins. to get me all brushed out. My Weim sister had her hoodie on because she has such short hair & gets cold but she never gets all stuck up with briars like me. :-(
Well, that's about all folks. Hope everyone got lots of goodies from Santa. We all got some yummy treats in our socks, my Weim sister got a new hoodie, Louie got a HUGE bone & I got 2 new tennis balls! :-)
Bark at you later............Shelby


I'm Back!

October 27th 2009 4:37 am
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Hi All! Wow! Couldn't believe it had been Aug. since Mom updated my diary. We have been busy camping a lot lately. Of course, fall is the best time to camp & ride horses. We stayed at the horse camp a whole week earlier this month. It was a lot of fun, except for the times that Mom & Dad were out riding & me & my Weim sister had to be in our crates. Mom won't let either of us go out on the trails. Mom said if we should spook someone's horse & the rider fall off she is responsible for the damages. (I would never do that.) Even Dad said he thought I would be fine & stay right with the horses but Mom said 'no' that a strange horse might kick me. :-( So I have to be in the crate while they are out riding. But Mom has been sitting our crates outside under the awning so we can watch the horses/riders go by. Mom & Dad set some of our agility equipment up in the back yard & have played with us every evening. We had not practiced since our classes ended last Spring. Mom & Dad were very pleased that we had retained it all & did even better than in class. Mom thinks it is because we are both maturing. I am 2 yrs old now & all grown up.....just ask me! (big grin) One day while we were practicing agility in the back yard, a little lost beagle came into our yard. She was scared & hungry. We weren't allowed to play with her though because Mom thought we would scare her even more. She was wearing a collar but no name or tags. Mom & Dad took her to vet, but no chip either. They took her up & down our road in the Ranger to see if anyone knew where she belonged but no one knew her. Oh, dear what to do now. But Mom said, "I know who needs a dog... Joe, our neighbor". He lives alone & is retired. He owns all the land around us. So Mom & Dad took her over there.........and she is still there. :-)
Well that's about all I have been up to the last couple of months. Happy Halloween to everyone.........and don't let those spooks scare you!
Bark at you later........Shelby


To the vet :-(

August 20th 2009 2:31 am
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I had to go to the vet last night for a shot. When the weather gets hot & humid & there are lots of molds in the air, I get itchy skin. I started scratching myself even though I had taken my monthly Comfortis flea pill & Mom puts Frontline on me as well. I got a bath with medicated shampoo, no fleas were found but I continued to itch. The same thing happened to me last yr & I had to get a shot. I really don't mind going to the vet. The girls behind the counter come out & talk to me & give me peanut butter cookies. A lady came in with 3 little dogs; a Bichon, a Schnauzer & a Yorkie. The lady asked Mom if it was ok for them to meet me & Mom said, "sure". We all became friends instantly & Mom let me lay by them while we waited for the vet. A huge big black & tan coon hound came in & when she barked she sounded just like our Louie hound at home. The lady took her 3 little dogs over to meet her but the owner said, "no" because the hound was growling & barking at them. I stayed by my Mom & just watched. Those little dogs were sure glad to come back & sit by me. :-)
It has been really hot & a storm was coming when we got home from the vet. I was in the yard w/Mom when we heard a huge clap of thunder & lightning cracked really loud. The horses in the pasture jumped & started running around. I ran start to my Mom & got under her legs. Wow! That was scary. We better get to the barn fast!
My Weim sister was w/Dad in the barn & shaking terribly from the noise. She is terrified of any kind of storm, even just rain.
The weather is suppose to cool off this weekend so we are going camping with the horses. I can always tell because Mom makes about 100 trips from the house to the camper with me right on her heels. (Don't want her to forget to take me) I like to go camping (except for having to sleep in a crate at night) because I help Mom with the horses, there's always good stuff to eat, go for walks thru the horse camp & look at all the horses & meet other dogs. Mom said we are going to stay 4 days. Cool!
Bark at you all when I get back................Shelby


Hot, humid & too many bugs!

August 17th 2009 3:45 am
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It's sure been hot here for the past couple of weeks. Even with my summer 'do', I don't like hot, humid weather. As a rule, I don't care much for the water but Mom bought me & my Weim sister a little pool to cool off in. As far as I am concerned, she could have saved her money. Dad wasn't too impressed w/it either & said it would have to go in the rock garden so as not to kill the grass in the yard. My Weim sister LOVED it. But she has those webbed feet & like the 'duck-head' she is, was jumping in & out of it before Mom could even get it filled! As for me, I watched cautiously but was NOT eager to take my turn in the little pool. Mom coaxed me in but I wasn't too happy about it. I did a few 'little tricks' while in the pool only because I thought I could get out sooner if I did! :-( Even Louie, the hound dog, liked the pool & would get in to cool off. Hmmm..................Of course, those two could care less about how they look---great big dogs in little plastic pool. Not me, I have an image to think about! I sat on the deck most of the time & just watched the other 2 dogs make fools of themselves in the little plastic pool. Lucky for me, Mom didn't make me get in it again, saying it must not be my "thing". Thank goodness! I did get to go shopping at Rural King (farm store) on Sat. I love that place. I sleep all the way there, but as soon as we pull in the parking lot I am awake & eager to go in. I like to browse the doggie aisle for a new toy or yummy bone. :-) I like to meet all the people who talk to me & the lady at the check-out always gives me a doggie treat. :-)
Bark at you all later.............Shelby


Summer Fun

August 12th 2009 2:40 am
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Hi All! The heat is finally on & I'm sure glad to have my summer hair cut. No lessons of any kind this summer so I have just been hanging out in the yard & watching the horses. Once in awhile I find it necessary to 'herd' the 2 old barn cats around (if they are in the mood & don't smack my nose). Anxious for the fall so we can go camping/riding with the horses.
Enjoyed reading everyone's diaries to see what they have been up to this summer.
Bark at you all later...............Shelby


My Mom's Behind..........

July 5th 2009 4:34 pm
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on my diary entry. She didn't realize it had been so long since she updated my diary. Geeze, Mom, you are going to forget some of the stuff we've done. My Mom got a new Rocky Mountain horse last month. Mom really likes her new horse & I like him too. He is very sweet & loves people & doggies too! I go in his stall all the time & snoop around but he doesn't seem to mind me at all. I bark at him when I am in the kennel & he comes up close to the fence, but he doesn't seem too threatened by me. Hmmmm..............I think I need to put more grrrrr in my bark! We have been camping several times in the past month. The last time we camped it was very hot so when Mom & Dad got back in from a ride, they took me & my Weim sister swimming in the creek. Dad found a really deep place in the creek by our campsite that was well over our heads. Dad had shorts on & waded out in the deep & Mom lead me out to him. (I had never been in deep water before.) Dad put his hands under me & I swam all around. It was fun but when he let me go I swam right back to Mom. My Weim sister jumped in from the bank & made a huge splash. We ALL got wet but Mom & Dad just laughed. They let us play for about an hr. It sure cooled us off. I have my summer hair cut so it didn't take me long to dry. Back in camp Mom had set some flakes of hay out to put in the horse's hay bags, but I made a nice bed out of it so she made Dad get another bale of hay to feed the horses. :-) I love it when a plan comes together. Well, this was not a very good 4th of July weekend as it rained the entire day Sat. & today was very cloudy & drizzled all morning. Mom & Dad went to Rural King to get horse supplies & I got to go with them since they let dogs in there. I LOVE to go to Rural King. It's a big farm store & they have lots of cool stuff. Mom always takes me to the dog section & I get to pick out a toy that I think I can't live without. I picked out a beautiful ball I found on the shelf, but Mom said, "no more balls you have dozens".
:-( So I found something else I liked. The ladies at the checkout always remember me & talk to me. Mom played with me all afternoon in the barn, going over a few of my tricks & doing the weave poles. I get so excited when I see her get the weave poles out, but I don't think I will EVER be as fast as my Weim sister. :-( Oh, well.


Enough rain

May 18th 2009 3:13 am
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Hi Everyone: I am sure everyone in the midwest feels the same about the rain, enough is enough. The farmers need to get into their fields & I am tired of having to stay indoors because it is raining! Mom & Dad didn't go riding/camping this weekend because the trails would have been too muddy. That's ok with me since they stayed home & worked in the yard. I like that because I can follow Mom around all day. Things were going pretty well for me (**grins**) until Sun evening. Mom was in the front yard putting miracle grow on some of her flowers & I was helping. I spotted some cows across the street & was fascinated. Well, when one of the calves jumped up & took off running, I could not contain myself any longer & took off to investigate. I totally forgot that I was forbidden to cross the street. But was I ever made aware of this fact very quickly. Mom was on me in a second yelling & scolding me. It just so happened that Dad, who was washing the lawn mower at the time, also saw me cross the street. OMG! Dad came yelling & scolding me as well. I ran back as fast as I could but Mom & Dad both continued to yell & scold me. I always get upset when they are mad at me. I got so upset, I began to pee on the driveway. Then I was so embarrassed. I ran to the patio & cried. Mom nor Dad came to get me for the longest time. Finally Mom came & I kept licking her & whining to tell her how sorry I was for crossing the road. She took me with her to the barn, but I could tell Dad was still mad. I tried & tried to make up to him by licking him. Finally...........he was over being mad at me. He told Mom I bet she doesn't do that again! I think he was talking about me. Heck no! No cow is worth the scolding I got!
Hope everyone had a good weekend & NOBODY went across the road without their human!
Woof, woof...............Shelby



April 28th 2009 3:50 am
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Hi Everyone! This past weekend we went camping with the horses for the first time this season. I knew something was up Thurs. evening as Mom & Dad were busy packing the trailer/camper. They made a million trips from the house to the barn. Then the horses got a bath, clipped & blanketed. Hmmm.......they sure are getting a lot of attention. I jumped up on a bale of hay in the stall next to Mom's horse's & peeked in to watch Mom brush her horse. I made some weird noises to get Mom to notice me but guess she was too busy to pay attention to me. :-( The weekend weather was perfect. It was in the 80's all weekend. Mom had gotten me a new summer haircut & I was glad. We were on our regular campsite so I went to my usual spot under the tree by the horse corral so I could watch Mom's horse. I love to bark at him (telling on him) when he rubs on the gates or does something he shouldn't. :-) Mom brought me & Wren some new bones to chew on while her & Dad were out riding. On Sat. though I was beginning to get worried because they were gone 5 1/2 hrs out riding. But they were fine when they got back & had a great ride.
Well that's all for now folks.
Bark at you later.......Shelby

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