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Hot! Hot! Hot!

July 17th 2012 3:03 am
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I sound like a broken record. But that's what it has been here, hot & dry. Mom & Dad are still watering flowers & shrubs every evening so I do get to help Mom do that in the evenings. Last Sat. & Sun. Mom & Dad worked in the building out in the pasture the horses use to get out of the weather. The birds had been tearing up the insulation on the ceiling so Dad decided to put plywood over it. Of course, that meant that Mom had to paint it. Dad had the electric saw out there working on the ceiling while Mom was giving the walls a 2nd coat. Us dogs were having a ball running & chasing each other. Well, until me & Wren got tangled up & both went rolling in the dust. I guess we created quite a dust cloud while Mom was painting & she yelled at us both sending us to the barn to settle down. Geeze! She gets 'testy' when it's hot. Later though Mom let me come out & hang out with them after Dad got the new ceiling up & was helping Mom paint. But then Dad discovered a small damaged place on the inside wall in the wood that wasps were going in & out of. Yikes! Mom ran & got the wasp spray & filled the hole full of spray. The wasp starting flying out of there like crazy & there were lots of them. I was laying a few feet away & here they came after me. They got on me so Mom started screaming for Dad to help get them off of me. I wasn't sure what I was suppose to do. Mom was yelling & trying to scape them off of me with a paint scraper. Dad would step on them once Mom flicked them off of me. Whew! That was scary. Mom couldn't believe I didn't get stung. Honestly, I wasn't sure what was happening or what I should do. Mom said I didn't get stung because the wasp were so droggy from the spray they probably weren't able to sting. Dad filled the hole with wood putty & painted over it. At least that little bit of excitement was over.
The neighbor lady stopped by to give Mom some dog food for Louie the hound dog. The neighbor lady lost her dog last week & her dog ate the same food that Louie eats. It was a bag full of soft dog food, which Mom says I can't have but since Louie is getting old Mom mixes the wet food with his dry. Louie has trouble eating the dry food now unless Mom mixes it with gravies. Hmmmm.........it sure smells good & I would love to have just a bite, but Mom & Dad start yelling at me if I even go near Louie's dish when he's eating. It's hard though 'cause it sure smells good!
Oh yea, I did get in some serious trouble Sun. evening. The barn cat came in the barn so all us dogs went to greet him. I kinda like to 'herd' him around & the cat doesn't seem to mind it. Louie, the hound, came over & started sniffing the cat. Well, I didn't like him doing that because I was busy with the cat. I growled & showed my teeth at Louie. Wrong thing to do! Louie came right back at me with a growl & snarl. Dad jumped up & grabbed me by the back of the neck & shoved me over in the corner yelling at me the whole time. I never moved because I knew Dad meant business. I knew that behavior is not allowed but I kinda forgot when Louie came near the cat when I was playing with the cat. But I am ALWAYS the one that gets in trouble for it. They never said one word to Louie & he growled & showed his teeth back at me. Mom says it's because I am an 'alpha' dog but her & Dad are the 'alpha' people & they have the last say. I am not sure I understand all that but I do know I will think twice before I show my teeth to Louie again! (*sob-sob*)
Well bark at you all later........Shelby

 

Still HOT, HOT, HOT!

July 10th 2012 3:40 am
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Yep, we had another week of record breaking heat & no rain. Mom took me Sat. morning to get my hair all shaved off again. I didn't really want to stay when I saw Mom leaving & cried a little bit. My regular lady, Michelle, was busy so a strange lady took me back for my bath. I didn't know her at all. I don't mind going back with Michelle but I didn't want to go with a stranger. But I was all happy when I saw Mom come to pick me up. I can see everyone coming in the front door thru the big windows while I am on the clipping table. When I heard the door bell ring as Mom opened the door, I started wiggling all over. Michelle could hardly get my hair bows in. Who cares! I hate those silly hair bows anyway! Mom takes them out of my hair as soon as I get home. She has saved them all & has a crystal box full, as well as a drawer full of scarfs. I always get a scarf too, but Mom has to take that off as well because Wren likes to grab it & drag me around. When we got home Wren didn't growl at me as she is now used to my shorter hair cut.
We couldn't do much outside because it was so hot. Wren had to stay inside in air conditioning because she kept getting sick when she came out in the heat. Whewwww! I don't get sick as I am used to it but I do enjoy laying in front of the big fan in the barn. Dad waxed the trailer & had a big fan on that side of the barn so I hung out with him on Sun. while Mom mowed some weeds around the horse pasture. Dad kept telling Mom to stop because it was so hot & he was afraid she would get sick but Mom kept on mowing even though me & Dad sure couldn't see anything to mow as the grass is all dried & brown.
My Mom's sister & her dog, Rosie, may come to stay with us for awhile when they sell their house in AR. They will be moving to Louisville, KY, which will be so much closer. We are all excited. Rosie, is a Pitbull & very sweet. We like to show her around the barn & horse pasture. Rosie had never seen a horse before so she wasn't too sure about them. Rosie had never seen much snow either but we had snow when she visited before so she got to play in the horse pasture with us in the snow.
Bark at you all later...........Shelby

 

Hot! Hot! Hot!

July 5th 2012 3:33 am
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Whew! This past week has been brutally hot & humid with NO rain! I can't even remember when I last saw Mom & Dad mowing the grass. Everything is brown & grunchy. During the day, Dad has been leaving me in the barn instead of my kennel. Even though I have a nice tree that shades my kennel & a wooden deck, Mom & Dad were afraid it was just too hot out there for me. I don't mind staying in the barn while they are at work because the horses at inside during the day now so I need to be in there to look after them. Plus, I can snooze on one of the settees. My Weim sister, of course, stays inside the house while they are at work. But she stays in a big crate all day. I would not like that at all as I need to be with "my herd" which happens to be 3 horses. Although I stay in a crate when we are camping while Mom & Dad are out riding. But I much prefer to be outside where I can see the horses. Plus I like to 'boss' the barn cat around now & then. *grins*
Well, Mom is on this 'teeth brushing kick'. For the past week, she has been brushing my teeth every evening. (rolling eyes in head) Heck, Mom I thought that is why you gave me a greenie every day.........to keep my teeth healthy........and NOW I have to have my teeth brushed as well! I really don't mind it too much because I like the dog flavored tooth paste. **smiles** Of course, my Weim sister wanted in on the act so now Mom is brushing her teeth as well. As for our hound dog, Louie, he has opted to 'pass on the brushing'! LOL! Smart boy!
No fireworks around our place as it would have been far too dangerous because of the drought. Us dogs were all fine with that as the fireworks & popping noise always scared us in the past.
I think I am going to the groomer Sat. as I heard Mom tell Dad to put it on the calendar. Mom always asks for the groomer, Michelle. I like Michelle--she gives me cheese treats & last time she even shared her lunch with me. Hmmmmm...
Bark at you all later.........Shelby

 

Heat Wave

June 27th 2012 4:04 am
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It's been awhile since me & Mom sat down at the 'puter' to update my diary. But that's mostly because there hasn't been much happening. We are in a heat wave right now. I am sure glad Mom got my hair all cut off last month. In fact, Dad said I could use another 'buzz job' as my hair is starting to grow out again. Dad said I am getting a bit fuzzy looking. *frown* What's that suppose to mean?? We haven't had rain in quite awhile & the grass is all brown & crunchy. The horses have to come inside the barn under fans during the day so they won't get all sunburned & so the bugs won't bother them so much.
Mom & Dad have been watering the flower beds every night. Mom always lets me go with her to help. She just mentions the word 'water' & I start getting excited. I LOVE to help water the plants. Wren doesn't get to go with Dad to water because she won't stay close by him & the cars fly up & down our road. Me, I stay right by Mom, lying down next to the flower bed she is watering, following her when she moves to the next one. But mostly I LOVE watering because Mom ALWAYS has a treat in her pocket for me after we are all done & I have been good. :-)
But this hot weather does wear on me & sometimes I get a bit grumpy with the other dogs. I got into trouble twice so far this week for showing my teeth to Wren when she was running & bumped into me. She is fast & much bigger, almost knocking me down when she hits me. So, of course, I get mad. But little good it does me as I am ALWAYS the one that gets in trouble. Dad really yells at me for being 'snippy'. I usually run to Mom but get no sympathy there either. Mom said I am 'alpha' & cannot be allowed to be 'snippy' with the other dogs. ~Whatever!~ Wren gets by with ALL kinds of stuff. (grumble)
Last weekend Mom decided to paint the inside of the horses' run-in shed a darker color. She thought it might keep the bugs down as the horses hang out in there when out in the pasture to get away from the bugs. I helped her.......well, maybe I just laid out there while she painted. It was all shaded so not too bad.
Well, like I said, not much happening for me lately.
Bark at you all later..........Shelby

 

My Summer Cut

May 30th 2012 3:57 am
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It's sure been hot here--in the 90's. Mom took me for my summer cut this past Sat. Wow! Pet Agree was packed with dogs getting hair cuts. It has never been that busy before. I made friends with a really nice cockapoo while we waited to check in. He was a cool guy & very friendly. I also met a nice schnauzer & a part-border collie while we waited. I got snarled at by a chihahua but the owner said she didn't like any dogs so I didn't take it personally. When I got home, my Weim sister didn't even recognize me. She growled at me & I ran into Dad's workshop room to hide from her. I know she was making fun of me. But I do feel much better & it's so much easier for Mom to bath me. Michelle, the lady that clips me, said she didn't find one flea or tick on me. Mom was concerned because I had so much hair & we had been camping in the woods for the past 5 weekends. Mom had found a tick or two on me but they were dead. I guess that expensive heart worm stuff (Trifexis) really does kill fleas & ticks too. :-)
Not much happened at our house over Memorial Day weekend. It was so hot Mom & Dad did not take the horses out. They stayed home & worked in the yard trimming bushes & trees. We did have company on Sun. afternoon. They had a little 3 yr boy who liked to make me do tricks. I was fine with it for awhile since I was getting a treat each time. But it was hot & after awhile of him yelling at me to do my tricks, I decided I had had enough & stayed by Mom. Mom could tell I was done, & told the little boy I was tired. I guess the little guy has an Aussie pup & is used to playing rough with him. Well, I am not used to playing rough or being poked so I was starting to get a bit 'testy' & Mom knew it. Thank you Mom!
We are heading for the horse campground this weekend. Mom said it is suppose to be much cooler. We dogs always get excited & can tell when we see Mom & Dad putting things in the camper. I stay on Mom's heels so she won't forget to take me.
Oh yea. Mom's cousin has a new shelty puppy named "Poppy". She lost her shelty of 8 yrs earlier this Spring & heart-broken over it. Mom said another lucky puppy will get a great home. Mom is waiting to see pictures. I bet she is a cutie.
Bark at you all later.........Shelby

 

What great weather!

May 16th 2012 9:20 am
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We sure had some nice weather camping last weekend. It was much cooler. This time, I managed to stay out of trouble before we left. I sure didn't want another one of those "power showers" like the week before! We got to the campground early Thurs. morning & it was great. There weren't a lot of folks there yet & it was quiet & so peaceful. Mom & Dad went for a ride & then in the evening went to visit some folks they have known & been friends with for over 30 yrs! Of course, me & Wren got to go with them. We just laid around while the Mom & Dad visited with them. I didn't mind since it was quite a long walk from our campsite to their campsite--about a mile.
My Aussie friend, Izzy & her Mom stopped by to visit on Sat. evening. I love to play with Izzy--she is so sweet. Dad had to put Wren in her crate though because she kept barking & barking at Izzy & even acted a bit aggressive. Guess she didn't want me playing with Izzy, but me & Izzy are the same kind & seem to know it. We got home from the campground early Sun. because they had cut the hay & Mom & Dad had to get it in the barn. I don't think Mom & Dad were too happy about having to do that as they were tired from camping/riding, but it has to be done.
That's about all the news.......going camping again this weekend. It is suppose to be much warmer & I still have my winter coat. Whew! Hope Mom remembers the big fan for me! Mom said I have an appointment to get my hair all cut off next week. I can't wait!
Bark at you later.......Shelby

 

In BIG Trouble

May 9th 2012 12:35 pm
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Mom had been sick with a bad cold most of last week, even staying home from work one day. The plans were to leave Thurs. morning for the campground. Mom & Dad were taking a few days off work…….well Dad was since Mom is off on Fridays anyway. Wed. when Mom got home from home she started washing her horse. Since Dad gets home first he had already washed his horse & was brushing her dry. Mom pretty much had the camper all ready with clothes & food so all she had to do was wash her horse. So once Mom was done with washing her horse, brushed him dry, put his sheet blanket on him for the night, she sat down with Dad to take a break. While Mom & Dad had been busy with the horses us dogs were out in the horse pasture running around & playing tag. Exhausted from running, I decided to go inside the barn & check on Mom. I was taking a little break with Mom & Dad laying between the two settees when Mom kept saying, “pewww-wweee somebody must have stepped in something”. Then Dad noticed me……………….OMG! Mom & Dad both started yelling at me at the same time. Yea, I had rolled in some fresh green horse manure but other than that I sure didn’t understand why they were so upset & yelling at me! Yikes! They seemed so upset & disgusted with me I was beginning to worry. Mom jumped up, snapped on my lead & dragged me to the horse wash bay! Oh, no……..I knew what that meant………a bath! I couldn’t believe it when Mom sprayed me with the horse’s EZ wash soap. Mom I am a dog…….not a horse! But I could tell Mom was not in the mood for me to give her any trouble! Geeze! She was mad at me! Guess I am lucky she didn’t wash me with the power washer! After my bath, Mom put down a towel in front of the floor fan in the barn & gave me strict orders NOT to move from that spot until I was told. Wow! I had no idea my rolling in a little fresh horse do-do would make Mom so mad. I guess it was the fact that she didn’t feel all that great & she thought she was all done in the barn until she got a ‘whiff’ of me. Needless to say, I sat on that towel in front of the fan as quiet as a mouse until Mom told me I could get up.
We left for the campground early the next morning. We didn’t get our regular site but we had a good site. It was very warm & quite humid all weekend. Mom said the horses were good……..Dad was riding his mare so no issues there. There was a thunderstorm Friday night which scared me & my Weim sister pretty bad. When camping, we have to stay in the back of the trailer (where the horses ride) in our crates. Even though Mom had the fans running back there for us, the thunder was really loud & we could hear the rain beating down……AND it even hailed. The horses didn’t have their canopies up over them but Mom & Dad had put their blankets on them so they didn’t seem to mind the storm while tied at the hitching rail, but me & Wren were sure scared & glad when it was over.
The rest of the weekend was uneventful with Mom & Dad riding during the day & taking me & Wren for walks through the camp in the evening. Boy! I was sure tired when we got home after 4 days of camping!
We are leaving for the horse camp again in the morning for another 4 day weekend. Mom said the weather should be much better, cooler this weekend & no rain/t’storms. Good! I hate storms.
Better go & see if there is anything I need to bark at…………..Shelby

 

Catching Up

May 2nd 2012 3:00 am
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A lot has happened around our place since Mom last posted for me. For starters, we went camping weekend before last. It was Dad's new horse's 2nd camping trip. Of course, we dogs were all excited as we can always tell when Mom & Dad are getting ready to go camping. We stay right on their heels as they put stuff in the trailer. On the day we actually leave my Weimaraner sister won't eat her breakfast & she is practically bouncing off the walls. (She is very excitable) Of course, I eat my breakfast but I do stay really close to Mom to make sure she doesn't forget to take me.
This camping trip started off like any other, arriving & setting up camp. We dogs were put on our stake outs which allowed us to sniff around to see who had been on our favorite site last. When Mom & Dad were all set up, they put us dogs in our crates with a chew bone & saddled up the horses. AGAIN, when Dad went to get on his new horse, the horse acted terrible, threatening to buck & going backwards. Finally Dad got him going straight & off they went. But I guess the new horse acted bad the whole ride, prancing & threatening & trying to buck Dad off. Finally, Dad had had enough & got off to walk the horse back into camp. Geeze! I knew something was really wrong when I saw Dad come walking back into camp leading the horse. Mom was riding her horse so I knew all was good there. I heard them talking & learned the new horse was going back! Dad had Mom text the lady who had Dad's mare & was selling her for him. They were praying Dad's mare had not been sold as they knew a lady from MD had said she would take her but was negotiating the contract with the lady that was selling her for Dad. Mom said they call her a 'marketer', whatever that means. Mom got a hold of the lady marketer, Jennifer, & told her to mark our mare Hanna sold that they would be there first thing in the morning to pick her up & bring the gelding back. Wow! Us dogs are sure glad because we loved the mare & she liked us as we played in her stall every chance we got. Mom wouldn't let me go to Bowling Green, KY the next day with them though. She said it was a 4 hr drive & I would get bored.
It has been below normal temp. through most of April so I am sure glad I still have most of my coat. But, Mom said she will be taking me for a hair cut later this month. That's ok, because it makes me cooler & Mom doesn't pull my hair so much when she brushes me.
We are heading for the horse campground tomorrow. Mom & Dad are taking a couple of vacation days from work. Whewwww Whoooo! We have our usual favorite site & both Wren & I have bones hidden there. Can't wait to dig them up!!! I know exactly where I hid mine.......by the big sycamore tree. *grins* Wren buried hers & dug it up & re-buried it so many times, she may have a hard time finding hers! LOL! Mom said this will be a much more relaxing trip as Dad has his trusty mare back. We are all so glad as she was part of our family. Dad said he didn't realize what a good horse she was until he almost lost her. And of course, after trying the gelding.
I also want to touch on the storms we had pass through yesterday. Wow! The thunder & lightning was really bad. We were all in the barn last evening when one of the storms hit. I didn't use to be so scared but as I get older those storms really scare me. I ran to the tack room & hid in the corner, but kept coming out to check on Mom. I don't know why she doesn't come in here with me where it is more quiet & safer. I was a nervous wreck until the storm passed. Wow! I hate those things!
Well better start my day,
Bark at you all later.........Shelby

 

In Trouble With A Time-Out..............

April 18th 2012 2:53 am
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Yep, I got in big trouble yesterday evening in the barn. :-( The barn cat, Albert, was coming down the stairs from the hay loft. This stairs has swinging doors at the bottom so us doggies can't go up there. The cat usually jumps between the spindles when he comes down. Well tonight I decided I would be waiting on him. When Albert jumped from between the spindles, I grab a mouthful of hair! OMG! I didn't realize Mom & Dad were watching & saw the whole thing unfold. Now, at our house or I should say barn, the dogs are NOT allowed to bother the resident barn cat, Albert. With a mouth full of black & white fur hanging out of my mouth there was no denying what I had just done. :-( Wow! Dad was really mad & started yelling at me. I started to whine & cry. Dad sent me into the little workshop room & closed the door for a time-out, but before that he REALLY yelled at me. I knew the minute I turned around & saw Mom & Dad standing there that I was in trouble before Dad started yelling at me. I had to sit in that dark room for 5 mins. all by myself. I was so sorry for what I did, but sometimes I just can't seem to help myself where that cat is involved. I never hurt him & he even sleeps on the settee with me, but sometimes I just like to chase him. The rest of the evening wasn't good for me. Dad wouldn't even look at me & Mom ignored me as well. I was very sad & just laid on the settee by myself. The other dogs ran & played in the horse pasture but I was just too upset because I hate it when Mom & Dad are mad at me. I always cry & whine. When my Weimaraner sister gets in trouble it never seems to bother her. I wish I didn't take things so seriously. I know I did a bad thing but sometimes that darn cat teases us dogs because he knows we will get in trouble if we bother him. Mom says we all have live in harmony & there will be no bullying the cat. :-( Usually when Dad grooms his horse I go in the stall & sit & watch. I sure didn't go in there tonight as I knew Dad was still mad. I didn't even try to go into Mom's horse's stall either. I just laid on the settee & moped all evening. Sure hope tomorrow will be a better day for me. :-(
So sad..........Shelby

 

First Camping Trip of the Season

April 9th 2012 4:09 am
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Hope everyone had a nice Easter--AND no doggies got sick from too much candy! Our weather was great.
Hooray! We finally got to go camping this past weekend. We all left early Fri morning for the horsecamp in Brown County, IN. The weather was beautiful & we got our favorite camping spot. Dad was anxious to see how his new horse would do overnight camping. This means he would be on a high-tie at night. Now Mom's horse has been doing this for several years but this can be a whole new ballgame for a horse that has never done it. My job cames into play as I let Mom & Dad know if the horses are misbehaving on the line by barking, which I am more than happy to do. (*grins*) But Silks, the new horse, did just fine on the high-tie. He wasn't too sure about eating out of a hay bag at first but soon caught onto it.
Wow! The first ride out on the new horse got off to a very bad start. Dad's horse started acting up after he mounted. Silks wanted to buck & started going backwards. Mom & Dad didn't know what the problem was because he was fine when they went trail riding a week ago. Mom said it was a good thing I was in the back of the trailer because I would be barking & only upsetting the horse more. :-( They finally got the horse going, but he was still acting up. Mom said on the first big hill out of camp she was really worried Silks was going to 'pitch' Dad off. At the top of the hill, Mom & Dad met up with some friends & they all talked for awhile. Dad got off his horse & decided to loosen up the saddle thinking he had the saddle too tight. Well, that was the problem. Mom said after that, Silks rode off just fine & they had a really nice 5 hr. ride.
Meanwhile back in camp, me & Wren were in the back of the trailer enjoying the big chew bones Mom always gives us while they are out riding. When Mom & Dad got back & after they attended to the horses, they took us dogs walking. I have to tell you I had forgotten my manners a few times & got a couple of "corrective interviews" from Mom. When we passed by a few dogs & they ran out & barked at us, I barked back. Hmmm........I had forgotten Mom does NOT allow me to do that so I got in trouble a few times.
All in all, we had a good weekend. But I was sure tired when we got home. In fact, I slept ALL the way home! I guess changing my routine just tires me out. Plus I had to keep a watch out on the horses on the high-tie at the hitching rail. Dad took a few pictures of me, snoozing on a picnic table. So embarrassing! Mom will probably post them later.
Well better go & see if anything needs barked at!.......Shelby

 
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