September 1st 2012 8:55 pm
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When the days start to get warmer and shorter, mommy and daddy load up the car and we go on a two-sleep road trip. I know the drill now--or I thought I did. We drive and drive with the ocean on daddy's side of the car, and we stop here and there fur eating and pooping and walking around. Late in the day we stop at a place where mommy and daddy UNload the car, but it isn't our house. It's the place with a big meadow and strange birds, and inside there's a BIG doggie biscuit waiting fur me!
Usually we go hiking around by the ocean befure bed time. Then the next day we go look at a lot of flowers and then hike around by the ocean in a different place. But this time as soon as the car was empty the furst evening, we all got back in and drove some more. We got out at a train station, but there was no one there. We just sniffed around some and then went back to the sleeping place that isn't our house.
The next day we got up furry early and went back to the train station. This time there were lots of people there, and a couple of doggies, too! Mommy and daddy got breakfast and then we all went into a shop where daddy bought a new hat, and then we got on the train! This was a different kind of train than I've ever ridden. We sat inside, on big soft seats! A lady came by and took our picture. A man came by and sang to us! We rode fur a LONG time, through a forest and ovfur bridges. Lots of people gave me chin scritchies and played with my ears. (Hoomans always like to play with my ears fur some reason.) Winkie pretty much slept through the whole thing. Put Winkie inside a moving vehicle, he's gonna curl up and sleep, BOL!!!
Then the train stopped and we got off and I could smell MEATZ™ burning, but we didn't get any. We just walked around a little and pooped and said Woof to the other doggies and then we got back on again. Only this time instead of riding inside on the comfy seats, we rode in an open car where we all had to stand up. (Well, Winkie curled up and slept on the floor, but the rest of us stood up!) It was warm and you could smell the trees and something mommy called "steam." The man sang to us some more and one of the other doggies rode with us, too. When the train stopped again, we were back where we had started. I thought that was LOTS of fun! Mommy will be posting some pictures on my page soon!
The next day we took mommy shopping, and then we started fur home. We went a different way, not by the ocean. It doesn't take as long. We were all tired when we got home, though.
Today we got up all early again, and mommy gave us a quick brushing, and then we went to spend the day at the Wag Hotel! We played and made new furiends and had a great time! Mommy and daddy were furry tired when they FINALLY picked us up, so we're all going to bed early!
August 14th 2012 9:27 am
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Today is my 4th Dogster annifursary! That's right, it was four years ago today, while mommy and daddy were watching the Greatest American Dog program on TV, that mommy decided I should join Dogster. This is my mommy we're talking about. The mommy who doesn't "do" social networks. The mommy who doesn't understand confusers. Shy mommy. Tech-challenged mommy.
We started right out joining groups, and we joined a bazillion of them! Way too many to keep up with! (New doggies, take note!) Some of our furst ones were Princess Divas and Prince Charmings, and Fur Frenzy, and Paw It Forward (P*I*F).
We started meeting other doggies and making pals. Some of my oldest pals are Molly and her fambly (who joined Dogster the day after I did!), and Zaidie, and Mini, and Harley Diva-Girl. And so many more I can't even name them all. OMD, we were all having so much fun!! We started buying zealies, BOL!!!
Some groups invited me to be an admin. I didn't really know what that meant, but of course I became more active in those groups. And some groups were just lots of fun. I started making breakfast fur the gang at Billie-Bob's in P*I*F, and got to know Lexi and her sisfur Monnie, and Dino and his brofur Buddy, Pepper, and Chauncey and Tiki and their famblies. We had pawties, and went on adventures!
One of the most exciting things we've done was to go to the D/C Magic meet-up in 2010. We got to meet our Dogster pals and their pawrents in pawson! We had a picnic, and took tons of photos, and played and played! I think you can still see the photos if you click the link!
But there have been sad times, too. Some of my pals have had to go to the Rainbow Bridge. I wasn't expecting that. Furst Duncan, then Dino's brofur Buddy, then Billie-Bob, then Lexi, and since then Ernie George, Katie Lynn, Beatrix, Chauncey...oh my, so many. Just recently Banners, and Abby, and Sunny. Mommy cries ovfur each one as if they were hers.
Time marches on, pals and groups have come and gone. Dogster has gone through some changes. Sometimes it hasn't been easy, but we still love it here. There is always something going on somewhere, if you just follow your nose. I keep making new pals, even if I don't join too many new groups anymore. Mommy's learned more about her confuser, and about taking and sharing photos. We learn about doggie products here, we get great advice, we join contests. I've received honors and won prizes! And now my brofur Winkie is a member, too! He's learning his way around. I know he's having as much fun here as I always have.
We love you Dogster!!!!
August 9th 2012 8:25 pm
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We walked past it twice today, mommy and me. I sniffed it, and she pulled me away. Twice. It smelled like heaven. It was a plasticky kind of package, and once it had held some kind of meatzy treats fur hoomans. It was back under a hedge. It was empty of acfural MEATZ™, of course, but there was still some oil left inside. I had to have it. I said, I'll wait until my daddy-walk.
Daddy isn't so picky about what I sniff. Daddy isn't as quick as mommy.
Sure enough, when daddy got home and took us out, I made a bee-line fur my treasure. And befure you could say Slim Jims, it was wedged in my mouth. I would not, WOULD NOT "Drop It." Oh, no, not after waiting all day!
Daddy thought he could grab it and pull. HA! I said. GRRRRRR!!! I said. He thought he could bribe it out of me with a treat. HA!!! I said.
When we got home, mommy thought she could mom-stare me down. Not this time, mommy! GRRRRRRRRRR!!!! I said. I'll KILL you furst, I said. So mommy told daddy to pull out the Big Guns. The cheese. OMD, real cheese, or Slim Jim ghosty oil?
Okay, I caved. But I did score a piece of cheese. That's a win, right? It must be, because daddy and mommy both said I was a furry Bad Boy!
August 4th 2012 10:22 pm
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Mommy didn't bring me to Dogster this morning until it was afternoon! And when we finally got here, we found rosies and p-mails and all kinds of love all ovfur my page because I was A Daily Diary Pick!! So I want to say thanks to HQ and all my pals!! My knee is much better, but I still have to take Auntie Bottick's pills fur another week. I don't even know who Auntie Bottick is! ::shrugs::
July 27th 2012 10:53 am
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I have more to add to my knee story, but it's kind of yucky. Remember when my knee exploded a couple of weeks ago? Mommy thought she had it all taken care of, with a week of antibiotic pills and putting medicine on it. She thought it was healed. It's up under where my fur is really thick and long, hard fur her to see, but she nevfur felt anything.
Well, yesfurday she was brushing me as usual, and when she swiped ovfur my knee I went YELP! And the brush came back with a bloody plug or scab on it! OMD I bled and bled, and some other stuff came out, too. So we had to go to the vet right away! He said it was an abscess, and we have to start all ovfur again. Only now I have a big bald spot the vet made, so mommy can see it better. I'm not letting her anywhere near my knee to clean it, though. Nosireee!!! Well, maybe later. Meanwhile, I'll keep it all licked. The vet said I could do that. I have TWO weeks of pills to take this time.
I feel just fine, though! Winkie and I had fun at the Wag last night, and we're going again tonight!
July 18th 2012 10:00 pm
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My pawrents have a lot of traditions. Like once a year, they go back to the beach where they got engaged, a L-O-N-G time ago! Of course, I've been going with them fur the last six years. This year Winkie came, too! Here's how it works:
Furst, evfurrybody gets up, just like it was a normal day. Only, we don't do Bye-Bye Daddy at the door. Instead, he hauls bags out of the play-closet and loads them in the car. Then he and mommy load us! And then we drive, through the city and across the Big Orange Bridge, like we were going to the wine county. But when we get out of the car we're in a little town we only see on this day. We poke around there fur a bit, mommy and daddy get breakfast, then daddy gets picnic food and we all get back in the car.
When we get out again, we're at the beach! I used to be able to run off-leash, but now I'm not allowed. So mommy got me a big long rope that's just as good, BOL!! This year she tied me to one end and Winkie to the other, and wrapped the middle around a big log! Next, mommy and daddy picnic and we pester them, daddy gives us some treats, and then we nap while they play beach games. After awhile, we pack up and move on.
We don't go straight home. Daddy likes to drive the curvy, winding country roads, so we do that. Our last stop is at a place by the water that smells fishy. Mommy and daddy get still more stuff to eat (that they don't share!), and we get more treats.
Then we come home. ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...........
July 16th 2012 7:00 am
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BOL, I'm a Daily Diary Pick and I didn't even write anything! Thank you, HQ!!! All the other DDPs are my pals, too, so that makes it an extra speshial day! Condogulations Cleo (a brand-new pal!), Fizzy (who hasn't been feeling too well), and DFB (whose mommy might appreciate a pawrayer or two!)!!!
As long as I'm writing, I'll quote our latest Wag Hotel report card, from yesfurday:
"Hershey and Winkie had a lot of fun in All Day Play today! They played a lot with Lance, a Lab-Rottie mix, and also mingled with the other dogs. They enjoyed getting attention from the staff!"
I used to get my own report card, but Winkie always sticks to me like a shadow, so now they lump us togefur! BOL!!!
July 9th 2012 7:32 pm
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Two sleeps ago, I went to the vet. I love my vet! But he wasn't there. Instead there was a lady vet. She was furry nice, too, so I didn't mind. I was there fur a needle, but mommy always has a list of other stuff to ask about. One thing was the cyst on my knee. It's been there fur awhile. We've been watching to see if it would grow. So the vet lady found it (under all my fur!) and said, "Oh look, there's a discharge. So she wiped a little, and then she squeezed a little, and then WHOOOSH! all the gunk came out and now I don't have that lumpy any more! That means I won't need surgery fur it! Mommy and the vet couldn't believe it. Daddy couldn't look, BOL!!
In other news, Winkie and I went to All Day Play at the Wag today! Here's our report card:
"Hershey and Winkie had a great time in All Day Play! They loved lying around in a circle with the other mellow dogs in the room like Cody, Luna and Biscuit. They also really enjoyed meeting all the other spaniels. Hershey liked Nanu and Winkie stuck by Oakley (both Cavaliers). It was really cute to see them all together!"
We're going again tomorrow!
June 24th 2012 6:53 pm
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One time evfurry year, after the weather turns sunny, we all get up early in the morning and take a long road trip. We stop when we get to daddy's friend's house. He has a little poodle doggy named Babbay who always yaps and snarls at me when we go there. So then he gets picked up, and daddy lets me off my leash, BOL! I go running all ovfur Babbay's house to find all his leftovfur bullies and piggy ears and treats! Mommy thinks it's rude, Babbay thinks it's an outrage, and daddy and his friend and his friend's pawrents think it's hilarious! I think it's pawsome! BOL!!
We fill up the back of the car with lots of his friend's stuff, and then we sort of head home. Sort of, because it takes us all day. We go through the wine country and make lots of stops. We start at Ravenswood winery, where I'm the official mascot. The nice lady there was so happy to see me yesfurday, and gave me a special tag fur my collar! Then we went to the place where the hoomans get their lunch, and then to the one where the wine has bubbles in it, and then to a new one where they let me and Winkie in, but they were furry fussy about where we sat.
Daddy was so tired when we got home that he fell asleep in mommy's chair without even taking off his shoes! His friend brings a bed fur the floor that inflates itself like a big balloon! Pretty soon we were all asleep.
This morning daddy and his friend got up way early and we said bye-bye and he's been gone all day. At the NASCAR race, mommy says, whatevfur that is. Mommy and Winkie and I have just been lounging around, napping and watching movies. I hope daddy gets home soon!
June 12th 2012 10:44 pm
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We had fun today! Daddy didn't go to his office. Instead, we all went to the place where we can walk around on wood ovfur the water. They call it the Wharf. There are shops there fur mommy, and one of them is fur us doggies. We got to go in, and the nice man gave us cookies! We also saw the sea lions who sun themselves out on the dock. I don't know why they call them lions. They look like doggies and they bark a lot. Although, I don't understand their language. And they smell like fish and the sea.
Then we went fur a ride on the ferry, across the Bay to where mommy likes to shop. Daddy likes it, too, BOL!! It was Winkie's furst ride on the ferry. He wrote all about it in his diary. He was funny, instead of riding up on a seat where he could see where we were going, he mostly rode under daddy's feets! It was fun being out on the water, and walking around the town meeting other doggies and their people, and getting treats while mommy and daddy were eating. We should have fun like that evfurry day!
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