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More Summer Heat.........

July 12th 2010 4:58 am
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We still haven't been camping with the horses as it is so hot. Mom said friends have told her that the bugs are really bad as well. So that means another weekend of hanging out at home. I really don't mind staying home but I am looking forward to a camping trip with the horses. Dad is putting gravel all around the back of the barn & around the run-in sheds for the horses. A huge big truck brought the gravel in Sat. morning. I had never seen a truck so big & barked at it. It sure made a lot of noise when the gravel came out of the truck. It scared my Weim sister & she ran in Dad's workshop room in the barn & hid. Not me, I wanted to see what was happening. After the truck left, Dad & Mom started shoveling & raking gravel. Me & Wren ran & ran in the pasture until we were exhausted. Then, I just laid by Mom & watched her rake gravel. It was so hot on the white gravel that Mom made me go inside the barn in front of the big fan. I would come to the back of the barn & whine from time to time because I wanted to be with her even if it was hot out there. :-( Sun. was another hot & steamy day, Mom & Dad worked in the yard & finished up the gravel project. Us dogs, played chase until it got too hot & then we just crashed in front of the fans.
Hope everyone is staying cool in this heat.
Woof, woof............Shelby

 

As summer rolls on..........

July 2nd 2010 4:12 am
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Whew! Sure glad it cooled down. This cooler, more pleasant weather warrants more doggie play time. I have had fun all week playing chase in the pasture with my dog family, Wren-the Weim, & Louie-the hound. I help Mom every evening when she gets home from work water the flowers. Mom planted bright yellow flowers around my kennel & they are beautiful. Mom has been taking me to the front yard to help water a flower bed, which used to be 'off-limits' to us dogs. None of us were ever allowed in the front yard. Because one day last summer, I ran across the street to investigate some cows in the field. OMG! Mom, who had been watering the front flower bed & Dad, who was washing the lawn mower, both saw me at the same time. Did I ever get into trouble! They were both yelling & scolding me at the same time. I was so upset, I peed on the drive way. But now that I am a year older, Mom has been taking me to the front, telling me 'down & stay' under a big tree while she waters. I have to admit that I do 'eye' those cows, but I know better than to leave my post. Plus, I know I will get a yummy treat if I sit tight. Hmmm........ Last night while laying at my post under the tree, our neighbor man pulled in the drive to the barn. I heard the other dogs barking & I so wanted to go see him. I jumped up & started towards his truck as it pulled in, but Mom yelled telling me "no, get back". So I went back to my post & waited for her to finish watering. Mom was very proud of me & praised me for staying put, but I have to admit it was very hard not to go see my neighbor him. He is so nice & tells me what a good girl I am all the time. :-) Dad was worried that Mom has me so close to the road & the cows, but Mom is 'testing' me to see if I will obey under all circumstances. Mom says I have more "herd instinct" than any of her Aussies before me. I am not exactly sure what that means, but I know I sure like to move things around. Dad calls it being bossy when I am trying to seperate Wren & Louie when they are wresting, or when I push the cats around with my nose, or bark at the horses for rolling too close to the fence.
I have also got 2 'hose jobs' this past week for rolling on a mouse & a mole that our cat killed & brought to the yard for show & tell. Dad was on his way each time to pick them up, but I beat him to them & rolled on them. Hmmmm.....now I smell like a real 'hunting dog'. But both times Mom told me I was stinky & sprayed me off. :-( What is up with that???
Mom said we can't go camping with the horses this weekend because they set off fireworks in our neighborhood & the Arabians would be left at home in the pasture. She said the fireworks scares them so we need to be home to put all the horses in the barn while the fireworks are going on. Wren & Louie are also afraid of fireworks, but I am not. I don't understand them, & am a bit amazed by them.
Everyone have a great 4th!
Shelby

 

Summer is here!

June 23rd 2010 5:12 am
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Hi Everyone! It sure has been hot & humid here. Mom & Dad don't usually go trail riding/camping when it is so hot & humid. Plus, we have had storm, after storm for the past couple weeks. My Weim sister is terrified of storms. She will begin to shake & tremble when a storm is 100 miles away. She won't eat if a storm is coming. Now me, I don't like storms, but I sure won't skip eating my supper because of a storm. :-) Since we haven't been camping much, we have just been hanging around home, doing lots of yard work. Dad is changing some of the fencing so that's a project he is working on. Of course, I am right there for all of it doing my best to help out when I can. :-)
This past Sun. afternoon me & my Weim sister rode on the Ranger with Mom & Dad to the neighbors. Dad needed a tool or something. When we got there, our neighbors-who have horses too, were just starting to unload a wagon of hay. Dad hopped on the wagon to help the man & Mom took me up the loft stairs to help her friend. The guys would throw bales of hay up to Mom & her friend. It was sure hot so I just laid on a bale of hay in the loft & watched. My Weim sister was jumping up on the hay wagon & then from the wagon to the loft. Dad got a bit annoyed & finally tied her up. She is so hyper at times. (rolling eyes in head) After we got that done, we hung out at their house for a bit. Mom's friend has a dog-a blue heeler, but she is older & right now she is hurt & can't come outside. Mom said she tore a tendon in her back leg & due to her age, they are not going to try to fix it. I feel bad for Meggie as she is a very good dog. She doesn't ever play w/us because she is older.
I did get another hair cut, but I must say, I look better than the last time I got a hair cut & it is much cooler. My ears are all better now & Mom hasn't put any of the medicine in them for over a week now. Hooray!
Well, not much news this time.
Bark at you later..........Shelby

 

Another weekend at home

June 8th 2010 3:33 am
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We had another weekend at home this past weekend, which is a change of pace as we had been going camping with the horses EVERY weekend since first of April. But Mom said with all the rain the trails were just too muddy & the weather was hot & humid. Mom said a horse died at the camp over Memorial Day weekend probably due to being overridden on those hills & it being so hot & humid & the horse being unconditioned. Mom said that is so sad that people don't have better sense but I guess it happens especially on Holiday weekends. Mom said it is crazy there on the Holidays. I like to go camping but I am always glad when we get home. Me & my Weim sister are always so exhausted after camping we sleep all the next day. The vet came out on Sat. for Dad's new horse, but that didn't take long. He gave her shots & worked on her teeth. Eck.....the big power tool he put in her mouth sure looks scary to me! Mom & Dad worked in the yard most of the time. A man in a big truck brought some gravel that Mom & Dad had put around the barn. Mom & Dad did leave & go someplace but Mom brought back some yummy treats for us. They were chicken wrapped in sweet potatoes. I helped Mom with her flowers & she gave me a couple of those treats afterwards for being such a good little helper. :-) Hmmmm...........good.
Mom is still putting medicine in my ears every other day. I DON'T like it one bit! She cleans them first with alcohol on a cotton ball which I don't mind too much. But I don't like those drops she puts in them. Dad has to hold me still & that makes me mad. When they are finished I go pout, but Dad tries to bring me out of it by tickling me. At first my Weim sister (Wren) was laughing at me, until Mom said, "ok, Wren, let's do your ears as well". It wasn't so funny then.
Well, not a very exciting weekend. Mom said the next weekend we stay home, we may go to a hiking park. Hooray, I would LOVE that! Hope you all had a great weekend!
Bark at you later..........Shelby

 

Memorial Day Weekend

June 2nd 2010 4:30 am
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Hi All! Hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend. The weather here was good--hot though. Mom & Dad usually don't take the horses to the horsecamp on the Holidays. They say it is just too crazy in camp on the holidays. So, we all just worked around home. I don't mind though because I get to hang out with Mom & Dad. The farmer next door did bale our hay. Mom took me to the hay field while the tractor & baling was going on. She wanted me to be around the equipment & all the noise, plus meet the guys on the hay crew. Mom is concerned that I am becoming a bit timid around strange men for some reason. I LOVE my Dad & I like all the ladies I meet but some men kinda worry me. The hay guys were all nice & played with me & I did some tricks for them. **grins** I helped Mom take water to the guys.....I like having such an important job. :-)
I did have some excitement in the barn. Mom heard me barking & barking.....her & Dad came running to see why I was so frantic. A little raccoon had come into the barn & I had it cornered behind the trash can. It was growling & hissing at me but I was NOT going to let it get away. Mom pulled me away & Dad got the raccoon out of the barn. We thought it ran away........but the next morning it was hiding under a mum bush by the barn door. OMG! This time Louie, the hound, had it cornered. Mom was afraid the coon was sick because it didn't run away from the day before. She told Dad to 'take care of it' while she took me away. Mom didn't want to see or actually know what Dad did---just didn't want to see the raccoon again. So I don't know what happened to it. I am glad it was gone though because I was afraid, Louie-the hound, might get hurt. :-)
Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.
Bark at you later......Shelby

 

We're Off Again

May 20th 2010 4:17 am
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Hi All! We're going camping again this weekend. I can always tell by the trips Mom makes from the house to the camper in the barn. Plus she always clips her horse up & gives him a bath. Mom is so easy to read. I wasn't a very good girl last night. I found some stinky stuff & rolled in it. It was fun at the time, but Mom was NOT happy when I came running into the barn. She called me "stinky girl" & took me straight into the wash bay for a hot bath. Yea, she gives me a bath in the horse wash bay in the summer. I really don't mind it, I would rather she do it than have to go to the groomers & spend several hrs there. I guess this hasn't been one of my better weeks, as I have also been sick with my ears. Mom has been putting ear drops in them, which I don't like at all. After she does it, I run & hide because I am mad. Mom hunts me up & tells me to "quit pouting" & makes me join them. When I am mad, I refuse to play ball or do my tricks even for a treat. As much as I hate to admit it, the medicine is working because I do feel better & am not digging at my ears or shaking my head. :-) Mom says I still have to go to the vet next week though & have my ears checked out. :-(
Bark at you all later............Shelby

 

In Full Swing of Camping Season

May 17th 2010 3:14 am
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Hi All! We all went camping/trail riding again this past weekend. Well, I didn't trail ride but Mom & Dad did. Dad really likes the new horse & I hear both Mom & Dad talking how good she is doing. (rolling eyes in head) She sure doesn't pay any attention to me, when I bark at her! We went to the campground on Fri afternoon, but came home early Sun. as it was cloudy & looked like rain. Sun. afternoon, I got to go to Rural King with Mom & Dad. I LOVE to go there. It's a farm store & sometimes there are other doggies in there & always kids that pet me. This trip everyone kept saying, "awe, look at the cute puppy". Hey! I am NOT a puppy. I am a big girl, will be 3 yrs old this fall! Mom said people think I am a puppy because of my hair cut. Grrrrrrrr............let's not talk about that! I met a nice lady in a wheel chair. She asked my Mom if she could pet me. Of course, Mom said yes. She was a nice lady, so I gave her a big wet kiss in the face. But the lady just laughed about it. After that we stopped at the Country Store. That is a cool place with horse & doggie stuff & all kinds of cool gifts & clothes. There were even bunnies in the back, but I didn't pay any attention to them as I was busy looking at doggie toys. **grins** By the time we got back home, brought the horses in & fed them, I was ready to crash! That camping can sure wear a girl out!
Hope you all had a great weekend!
Bark at you later............Shelby

 

Riding Season in Full Swing

May 6th 2010 3:25 am
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Hi All! Well it has been quite awhile since my Mom has updated my diary with what we have been doing. For starters, we sure have been camping a lot. I think we have been camping/trail riding the last 4 weekends. We usually go for 3 days-Fri, Sat. & Sun. It's been a great Spring, warmer than normal & dryer than usual. Mom said the riding trails in all the state parks & forests have been in great shape. Oh yea, I got a hair cut. I mean I REALLY got a hair cut! I usually don't get it this short until middle of summer when it is very hot. Mom was a bit surprised as she told the groomer to trim me up but not take me all the way down. If Mom was surprised, she should be me! Ecccck! When Mom took me home & I walked in the barn, my Weim sister didn't know me & growled at me. I was so embarrassed that I ran to my room & hid. Mom & Dad had to coax me out. We were leaving to go camping/trail riding the next day & I had to go looking like this--no hair & my head looking like I had a helmut on! I was very quiet on the ride to the camp ground. Mom & Dad were meeting friends at the campground as Dad & his friend were going to trade horses. Dad's Rocky Mtn horse is very laid back with lots of trail miles & his friend thought he would make him a good horse. Dad's friend's horse was a pretty Rocky Mtn mare but she didn't have the experience. Since Mom & Dad have rode Arabian horses for yrs. that didn't bother Dad. I guess all went well on the trail rides over the weekend because we brought their horse home & they took our 'Country' horse home with them. Of course, since I have to sit in a grate while they are all out riding, I don't know how things really went. :-( Plus, I didn't feel good all weekend. I didn't eat very well & got sick a few times. Mom was worried because I am a very GOOD eater. Mom thought the drastic hair cut had kinda put me in shock. I slept all the way home. But when Mom & Dad got home from work on Monday, I was back to my ole bouncy self, carrying my ball around in hopes that someone would throw it for me! :-)
All is going well with Dad's new horse. Mom said she is very pretty & such a good girl. But if you ask me, she looks just like any other horse! AND pays no attention to me at all, when I bark at her to move. :-( We are going camping/trail riding again this weekend. Mom & Dad are trying to get the horses fit. Of course, me & my Weim sister get to go, but since we have to wait back at camp while they ride guess I will catch up on some zzzzzzzz.
Everyone have a good weekend.
Bark at you later............Shelby

 

First Camping Trip Of The Season

March 29th 2010 9:36 am
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Hey! We are going to the horse camp this coming weekend. Me & my Weim sister are getting excited. The weather sounds like it is going to be great. The horses have new shoes on & ready to go. I love everything about camping but having to sit in that crate while Mom & Dad are out riding. It's not too bad since Mom always gives us a yummy bone to chew on while they are gone, but I am not as used to being in a crate as my Weim sister is.
Mom had a little Easter egg hunt in the barn this past Fri evening. One of Mom's friends from work brought her little 5 yr oldgranddaugher out to see the horses. Mom decided to stuff & hide some eggs for the little girl around the barn. It was a challenge for Mom to hide them where us dogs couldn't get to them. I watched her hide them & could smell the choc. candy in them. But Mom put them in places that were too high for me. When the little girl came, I stayed right with her during the hunt in hopes I might get a piece or two of candy. But it didn't happen. :-( Oh, well, the little girl was really sweet & she played ball with me. I got to hang out with the little girl but Dad had to put my Weim sister up because she kept jumping on the little girl. The Weim just gets so excited. The little girl sat on all the horses & I would slip in the stalls every chance I got just to be a part of the action & get some attention.
On Sat. Mom cleaned the camper & repacked it. I followed her on every trip back & forth from the house to the trailer in the barn & I know we made 100 trips! Whew! I was sure tired at the end of the day. I made every trip with her in case they decided to go camping early--I wanted to be right there & not be left at home.
Bark at you all later..............Shelby

 

Spring is finally here??????

March 9th 2010 3:09 am
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Hi Everybody! Can you believe we all made it through that nasty winter of cold & so much snow? Bring on Spring--sunshine & sweet smelling flowers! We have spent the last few weekends back in the woods, cutting trees, burning brush & stacking firewood for our campfires. Mom & Dad think it is great exercise, but me & my Weim sister love to play in the surrounding fields while our Mom & Dad work. When we finally poop-out, we both retreat back to the Ranger & nap until they are finished & then we all head for the house. I believe my last entry Mom was teaching me to back up on command. Well I mastered that so she is working on a new trick she saw on TV on Dog Town. (rolling eyes in head) She started last night. I think this one will be easy for me. Mom practices my tricks most every night but I don't mind because I get those yummy treats for doing them. She has incorporated my Weim sister, Wren, in our practice too. My Weim sister struggles with the sit & stay or anything that involves stay. Mom says her attention span is a bit short. Mom said something about 'the attention span of a knat". Hee, hee! But Wren is doing much better. Dad gets frustrated with her & tells Mom to work with her. I wish he wouldn't do that because I prefer to have all Mom's attention for myself. :-( Soon we will all be going camping & taking the horses. Mom & Dad have started the shedding process on the horses,trying to rid them of their long winter hair. While they are busy brushing the horses. we dogs run wild in the barn playing tag. We have a blast until Mom or Dad yell for us to "settle down". :-( I am very sensitive & it hurts my feelings to get yelled at so I then sit outside my Mom's horse's stall & wait for her to finish with the horse & pay attention to me.
Bark at you all later.............Shelby

 
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