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A Most Unusual Day

January 20th 2010 8:39 am
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The storms continue to come our way, but yesfurday we had weather like I've nevfur seen befur. It started with loud rain on the roof, befur we were even up out of bed. And some kind of BOOM! that made my ears perk up. It rained most of the morning, and then it stopped. In fact, the sun came out! The sidewalks dried up and all we could see was blue sky, so mommy and I decided to do a load of laundry. Then she gave me a thorough brushing and we went on a nice long walk.

She was just finishing her lunch when all of a sudden it got furry furry dark, and the rain came down again. But this wasn't just rain, this was like an ocean wave breaking over us! And then there were flashes of bright light and BOOM! big loud BOOMS! Mommy called it thunder. All I know is, I don't remember anything like that in my whole life. Finally I barked at it and it went away.

In the middle of all that, the doorbell rang. I ran upstairs and got mommy, and when she opened the door there was a man standing there with a BIG box. Mommy said it was fur me. The box was all soggy and easy to open, and inside was a kind of table like the ones my groomer puts me on to cut my hair. Mommy hasn't put me up on it yet. She says it's gonna make our lives easier.

I wonder what she means by that...


Dodging the Storms

January 17th 2010 9:10 pm
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The weather people are telling mommy and daddy that there are five rainstorms heading our way in the next few days. So daddy decided we'd better get out and have some fun while we could!

Yesfurday we went to Crissy Field, even though it looked like the rain could start any minute. We walked all the way out to THERE, and then we turned around and walked all the way back. It didn't rain, it wasn't even windy. We've had worse weather out there in the middle of July, BOL!! There were lots and lots of other dogs. I guess all their mommies and daddies had the same idea! Then we found a new place for mommy and daddy to eat, where we can all sit outside. It didn't start raining until we got home!

This morning more rain came in while mommy and daddy were at church. And then it stopped, and then it started again, and then it stopped. Daddy decided he and I should go out fur a jog. He has a special belt he wears with a kind of leash fur me that attaches to it. It's one of our most fun adventures! Today we went a mile and a half (he says; I don't know what that means), and he was furry proud of me for keeping a good pace. I always do. I love running with my daddy. I love doing anything with my daddy! It didn't rain on us, but I got good and wet anyway from the wet grass, BOL! The rain started right after we got home!

Tomorrow mommy will see if we can dodge the rain to do the laundry. (We have to go outside to a laundry room.) No matter how you look at it, I'm gonna get wet evfurry day, because when a dog's gotta go, a dog's gotta go! You'd never know I went to the groomer last week, BOL!!


Guided tour

January 6th 2010 2:33 pm
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Last fall I had the pleasure of showing a few of my Dogster pals around my home town of San Francisco. It was a lot of fun, and I've been hoping fur another opportunity. So this month when the snow and the howlidays kind of sidelined the RV Road Trip in the PD&PC group, I suggested everyfur come out and see me in Sunny California! We just started today, so if you're reading this and you're tired of ice and snow, come on over and join us! (Even if you were on the other tour, it would be fun to do it again!)

Here's the link:


What a Day!

January 2nd 2010 11:26 pm
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This was one pawsome day! Fur one thing, daddy stayed home all day! And I got a furrific new toy. It's a well-documented fact that a cocker spaniel can nevfur have enough toys.

In the afternoon we went to to Fort Fun, one of my favfurite dog parks, and there were about a gazillion other dogs there. I haven't been there in a while!

When we got home I got my dinner and then a bully stick, and we watched a movie about a cocker spaniel like me! Only she was a girl and her name was Lady, but it's a furrific movie if you haven't seen it!

And all day long I was getting gifts and greetings and going to pawties on Dogster with all my wonderfurl furiends! Mommy was so busy keeping up with my thank-yous, we almost didn't see that I have been named Prince of the Year at PD&PC! OMD, what an honor!!! My co-regent, Princess of the Year, is my good furiend Maizy, and my furiend Edwina was named Kitty of the Year. And, I got to share the day with my furiend Snow Angel, who was also celebrating her ninth barkday! It's all very overwhelming! I think I'll take a nap!


Four Years Ago Today

January 2nd 2010 10:58 am
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It was a dark and stormy day. I woke up as usual in my little box, among what was left of my littermates (several of them having moved away already), looking fur something to eat. Just an ordinary day.

About mid-morning, my mom (she was my mom then) came and got me and took me into the hooman part of the house. I'd only been there a couple of times. But on this day there were new humans there. They smelled vaguely familiar, but I was just a little thing, I didn't really remember that we had met before.

There was a lot of holding and passing me back and forth and talktalktalk, and the next thing I knew I was wrapped in a blankie with my favfurite toy and getting my furry furst car ride! (A preview of many wonderfurl adventures to come! I love car rides!!) After a while we stopped, and that's when I furst met my grandma, mommy's mommy. She is a little afraid of doggies, but I liked her just fine.

Then we got back in the car and finally came to this place, my furever home! I had a new little house with a gate on it and a water bottle (I still nap in there!). And my furst collar, and a supper dish of my furry own and lots and lots of toys! Best of all, I had two new hoomans to take care of me!! I love them so much (especially daddy, BOL!!), and we have had so much fun togefur all these years. It was probably the best and most important day of my whole life!


An Important Day

December 31st 2009 2:16 pm
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Today is my furiend Billie-Bob's barkday. He's at the Bridge now, where he just turned 16. We wren't furiends fur very long, but I looked up to him and loved him a lot. This is what I wrote when he went to the Bridge last March:

I don't know if this was a really good day or a really bad day. My furiend Billie-Bob had to go the the Rainbow Bridge. He was an old doggie, he got to the Bridge by way of his vet-dogter because he was getting very sicky. So now he's feeling much better and meeting old and new furiends. That makes it a good day! But he's not with us anymore, and his mom is very sad, and he's not in his office at P.I.F., and what if he furgets to keep sending us young ones his good advice?

I learned a lot from him.

*It's important to always have a job, like hunting varmints.
*Even if someone has to help you up, a ride in the car is always a good idea.
*You're never too old or too busy or too sick to make new furiends.
*You can find something to love about ANYBODY.
*When someone is scaredy, sometimes all you have to do is lie down quiet next to them and they feel better.
*No matter how bad you feel, going outside will make you happy.
*If it's green, pee on it.

Happy Barkday, Billie-Bob!!


December 29th 2009 8:38 am
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OMD!! My last diary entry is from Christmas Eve Eve! I haven't told you about Christmas Eve! Or Christmas!!

On Christmas Eve morning we all got up early so that mommy and daddy could take me to the Wag! I guess that was part of my Christmas present. I was in all-day-play there until almost dinner time! Then mommy and daddy picked me up, and we went downtown to see all the lights and the BIG tree in Union Square again, and so that anyone who hadn't already had a chance to pet me and take my picture could do that. I posed and wiggled and begged, and it was great fun! Finally we went home, and when it got really late mommy and daddy left me to guard the house while they went to church.

On Christmas morning we woke up early again. Mommy lit all the Advent candles and daddy read the Christmas story, and then I got to open a pressie! It was a stuffie!! A monkey! I haven't decided whether or not to de-stuff him, because his arms and legs are tug ropes and that's even more fun! While I played with him, mommy and daddy started making a big bag of papers. I suppose those are for me to rip up later, but they haven't given them to me yet. Oh, and I also got some bullies, and a ball of treats from the dogs around the corner, Auger and Chase. And I got something like a gingerbread house but soft, and inside are a gingerbread man and a cookie and a tree! As soon as I pull them out, mommy stuffs them back inside and I have to start over. We did that for quite a while, BOL!!!

When that was all done we got ready and drove to Grandma's, across the bridge. My aunt and uncle were there, too. I smelled a lot of interesting hooman food, but of course I never got any. What I did get was a nice big bully stick! They all made more bags of papers for me, but someone made a mistake because I'm sure those bags didn't get packed in the car when we came home.

The next day I went to the Wag again. I'm still trying to catch up on my sleep!! But it has been a furry furry nice Christmas, and I can't wait to do it all again!!


Christmas Eve Eve

December 23rd 2009 10:49 pm
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Christmas Eve Eve was nevfur a howliday fur my pawrents until I came along. But now instead of working they spend the whole day with me. Here is what we do:

We get in the car and we drive, with the ocean on daddy's side, up to where the wine dogs live. Our furst stop is a place where they make wine with bubbles in it, and I can go right inside while mommy and daddy taste it! The people who serve the wine also bring me a bowl of water and a ginormous biscuit, and I get lots of pets and attention. I love it there!

Next we go to another place where they make wine, and mommy and I find a table outside while daddy goes inside and prepares a feast--well, fur him and mommy. They have sammiches and cheese and fruit and stuff. I get treats if I stay down and be good. The vines are all bare this time of year, and bright yellow flowers grow under them. Mommy says it's "mustard grass."

Last of all we go a to castle. Yes, a real castle where (guess what!) they also make wine, and where I can go evfurrywhere. We explore long passageways and courtyards, go up into turrets and down into dungeons and over a moat! Oh, it's furry exciting! I get lots of attention and pets there, too.

And evfurrywhere we go there are lights and bows and bells and sparkly things all over, special smells and music and happy people!

AROOOoooOOOO for Christmas Eve Eve!!



December 22nd 2009 10:40 pm
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My furiend Jojo tagged me, oh, a few days ago and mommy is finally ready to focus and pass along seven furry interesting facts about me:

1. I sleep with mommy and daddy on the waterbed. Down at their feet, with my nose toward the door in case I want to make a fast exit!

2. I'm a boy but I'm often mistaken fur a girl. I don't know why.

3. I have so many more Christmas cards than mommy and daddy that they stopped counting, BOL!!!

4. I like to watch cartoons on TV. I've seen the Charlie Brown Christmas one three times this month, BOL!!

5. I can shake hands with whichever paw you want!

6. I don't like music with bells or loud drums in it, and I will bark to let you know!

7. I'm always the furst one up in the morning!

If you're reading this and you want to play, we'll all love reading about you! Consider yourself tagged. If you don't have time right now, that's okay! Have a furry furry Merry Christmas!


A Most Unusual Day

December 19th 2009 11:48 pm
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Mommy and daddy both stayed asleep a furry long rime this morning, after their pawty last night. But finally the day got underway, and the furst thing we did was to go over to the meadow down at the other end of the community where we live. It looked so funny, because right in the middle of the grass was a big pile of white dirt! I'm serious, it was pure white, and even a little sparkly. Mommy and daddy called it snow. They said it was brought down here in a truck from the mountains. It was all covered with small hoomans, and they were picking up pieces of it and throwing it around, and building sort of peeple-looking things with it, and running and sliding on it. I wasn't allowed to play in it, but someone threw a chunk of it in my direction and when I went to sniff it, it was COLD! Like an ice cube!! Well, I just nevfur saw anything like that in my life. So, that's snow. Not at all like I imagined from what so many of my furiends in colder places have told me.

After that we went downtown to look at all the Christmas windows and lights. I'm not allowed in stores, but I poked my head in a few doorways. We saw the big tree with a bazillion lights on it in Union Square, and the furs up for adoption in the Macy's windows. We saw people sliding on a big white yard with knives on their feet! Daddy called it "skating." A lot of people stopped to pet me and take my picture. That always happens. We walked through Chinatown where there are so many smells, to North Beach and had dinner at Calzone's, where we sit outside under big heaters and they always bring me a bowl of water.

And when we got home, there were two cards in the mail fur me, and none fur mommy and daddy, BOL!!! I love my Dogster pals!!

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