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The good, the bad, and the ugly (when it comes to new- toys)...

March 20th 2009 9:59 am
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What a sneaky little bugger I am!! I snuck in the room the other day to nose in on mom and dad’s conversation and boy and I glad I did! It looks like I am getting a new toy! I heard daddy saying he was going to sell his 2002 YZ250F and get a 2008 YZ450F. I LOVE it when the parents get new dirt bikes because they ride them around in the back yard to “get the kinks out” and “get used to the feel of the bike”. For me it is all about “chasing mom and dad on my new toys”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am not sure why I am prone to chasing anything on wheels but I have been doing this since I was a lil pup. Once when daddy and mommy took Austin and I with them on a rollerblading trip (we were about 7 months old) I got so excited when daddy (with Austin on a leash) rolled past mommy (with me on a leash) that I started chasing him. I heard mommy yelling but I just thought she was having fun. I later found out she couldn’t stop b/c I was pulling her and she was not that experienced on the blades. Once I caught up to dad I was so excited that I bit him on the butt. It actually made two holes in his shorts…kinda funny – but not to daddy. He was pretty mad and we had to cut our outing a little short.

After the roller blading incident (which we are all over – thankfully) I started getting really worked up when mom and dad would break out their dirt bikes in the back yard to ride them around and get them ready for a trip. It was sooo much fun to chase them on the bikes all around the back yard. We would get going really fast and I actually caught up with daddy once. That didn’t turn out so well either. I had a flashback to the “roller blading” incident! Once I caught up to him I was so excited I bit his leg. He wasn’t wearing his motorcycle boots so that was not a good thing. Usually I try to snap at them and they have a boot that goes all the way up almost to their knees so I can't hurt them but this time I saw blood. Daddy immediately jumped off his bike and seemed really upset. I heard mommy yelling that it was his fault and not mine b/c he knew better than to ride the bike around me without the boot on b/c I can't help myself. I guess that made sense to daddy b/c he calmed down and went in to clean his wounds.

I will try to be better with my new toy. If I just keep looking at the scars on daddy’s leg and butt it may help – a little. Wish me luck!


Grandpa's are not allowed to have fun!

February 26th 2009 9:13 am
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My grandpa has been neglecting me lately. Apparently he has been having soo much fun with his new friends at the 55 & older community that he hasn't had time to spend the night with me. I am going to get a letter to our new Prez and request that he put a stop to this nonsense! oh...I also need some money from the stimulus thingy magiggy so I can get more that within reason??


To God from Braun's Mommy...

February 16th 2009 9:22 am
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Dear God: I am writing today to thank you for sparing my little boys life this weekend. I never thought about how painful it would be to lose him as he is so young and healthy the thoughts aren't here yet. However, we decided to take all four of our dogs on a walk this weekend around the neighborhood with their new harnesses and everyone was very excited about it. None more than Braun. He absolutely loves to go anywhere, even the vet!

As my husband and I headed down the road (I had Braun & Tina and my husband had Austin & Ginger) the dogs were overwhelmed with excitement and wanted to sniff everything. For some reason Braun was especially interested in the smells on the other side of the road which I didn't see as a problem b/c we were looking out for cars and if we heard one coming I had plenty of time to pull him back to me.

After about five minutes into our walk I saw a white truck coming down the road so I announced "car" and we began to pull our dogs closer. When I tugged Tina she came obediently but Braun did not want to come and managed to pull himself out of the harness like a contortionist. As soon as he was loose my husband gave me the other dogs and he went after Braun. I had put my hand up like a traffic cop in order to let the guy know we needed him to stop and my husband was calling Braun's name in order to grab him.

The truck kept coming closer and my husband had still not gotten his hands on Braun. I continued to hold my hand up but it was as if the guy didn't see us. NOT SURE HOW B/C IT WAS A SMALL RESIDENTIAL STREET WITH TWO HUMANS AND FOUR DOGS ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD...but, he didn't. I wasn't too concerned because Braun was on the side in a neighbor's yard but in an instant he felt threatened by my husband coming at him, got scared and started running to me – across the street. The last thing I saw was Braun disappear in front of the truck and the truck stopped. I screamed and screamed and my husband cussed the driver out. Turns out he was the neighborhood drunk. We had seen him leave parties on numerous occasions with alcohol in his system only to get in his car and drive. MORON.

The next thing I know Braun comes around the front of the truck to me and I was in tears by then. I was so sure I had lost him. To this very moment I tear up at how close I came to losing my little boy.

Thank you God for saving him. And yes, we are putting him back on a regular collar!


The Sucker Bowl...

February 1st 2009 5:42 pm
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I am very confused as to why grandpa came over tonight. I was soo excited about the idea that grandpa being here tonight. Normally he only stays late on Tuesday evenings but tonight he stayed, after dinner! Come to find out he was here for something called the Super Bowl! WHAT??? I am sooo confused as to why he finds this more entertaining than me! I am cute. I cuddle. I am sweet. I will do whatever he says and not to mention...I GIVE HIM UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!

I am not sure why he even likes this "Super Bowl" because he spends the whole night hollering (fowl language) at the television and seems very unhappy at what he is seeing. If he only came here to see me all would be good. I love him. I make him laugh, I cuddle with him and I never ever do anything that makes him yell at me (unlike the Super Bowl). So as far as I am concerned...It is the Sucker Bowl!!!!!!!!!!!!!

p.s. I still love you grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Someone else has been messing with my nose!

January 27th 2009 9:09 am
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Yesterday mommy came home from work only to realize she forgot to close the door to the trash room. As you, my friends may recall, mommy video taped me one time (sneaky bugger) while they were out and caught me getting in the trash. As a result I have been very good about leaving the trash alone. Trying to regain the "trust points" with mommy. Mom proceeded to clean the mess and interrogate each of us as to who was responsible. When she got to me I had something on my nose and I am not sure how it got there. I figure that while I was sleeping someone got in the trash and covered their tracks by putting food stains on my nose. It is truly a conspiracy.

I will get to the bottom of this for myself and my mommy. Justice will prevail:--)


I miss the Holidays!

January 15th 2009 6:17 am
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Sorry it has taken mom so long to tell my Holiday story. I have been bugging her for weeks.

Mom did her typical stuff like bringing a tree in the house, hanging stockings on the fireplace, trying to hide presents in the spare room (we could smell them under the door), buying all kinds of good food stuff and calling the family to finalize plans.

This holiday was very special because we now have Tina, my new sister and Grandpaw moved to Georgia. With Tina and Grandpaw's new stockings on the fireplace we barely had room. Tina's stocking was funny b/c she had several pockets in them where you could add a bone; each labeled according to how good she was being. She hovered around naughty several times but made the good list by Christmas eve.

Mom cooked so much food that we didn't see much of her outside of the kitchen until it was dinner time. All of it smelled so good and I was patient b/c I know mommy always sneaks us leftovers once they are done eating.

We got sooo many presents this year it was CRAZY!! Grandpaw bought sooooooooo many treats that mom says she will not have to buy any more until next year! I beg to differ!

All of us got new beds which are orthopedic heating/massaging beds. Very nice. Mom keeps saying she is going to line all of our beds up in a row and lay on them. It's ok with me as I know she will let me lay there with her. She loves me!

I was sooo excited when it came time to open my stocking that my eyes almost popped out of my head! Mom told grandpaw she thought I was having a panic attack...what is that? Oh well, must not be that bad b/c I simply recall being so darn happy that there was nothing I would want to replace that moment...ever.

The best part of our Holiday was getting to spend so much time with mommy and daddy. They had two week vacations and we had a lot of fun playing, cuddling, sleeping in...etc. I love my family.

Happy New Year to All my Dogsters!


Holiday Greetings

January 8th 2009 9:20 am
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Hello to all of our pup pals! The Holidays were so wonderful for us and we look forward to sharing our personal diaries with you soon but mommy started back to work on the 5th (after being off for two weeks) so she needs to get caught up before she can do our individual stories. We have sooo much to tell you that she will need time to take care of it. Happy New Year to all of our Dogster pals and we will update everyone soon. God Bless the Animals!


Grandpaw's Birthday

December 11th 2008 5:56 am
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Sooo much fun! Mommy and I have been planning a surprise birthday party for grandpaw all week and it has been kinda tricky since he is usually at our house or at his apartment (55 & oder community). Mommy and I ordered the cake and got all the party goodies together but when we tried to drop them off with one of grandpaw's friends on Tuesday around mom's lunch time he was still there so we had to hide everything at mom's office for the day and take it over there after mommy got off work b/c Grandpaw was at our house by then. He comes to visit us all the time while mom and dad are at work. Soo fun!

Anyway, our plan was to have Grandpaw come over for mom and dad to take him out for a birthday dinner and then his friends and grandchildren (my human brother and sister) would get everything ready while we eat and then head over to the surprise party.

Mom told me that Grandpaw was very concerned about them not coming directly home after dinner b/c he was worried about us eating at our regularly scheduled time so mommy called our good friend and neighbor (aka petsitter) John to come over and feed us. Grandpaw felt better about that.

Grandpaw noticed mommy and daddy were driving all the way to his apartment and he thought they went in (they have a key) and set up a little surprise for him in his apartment. He was sooo surprised and happy when he walked into the dark dining hall and the lights came on with all of his friends singing Happy Birthday. Mom said he even teared up a little. I wish I could have been there but it's ok. He came back home and I got to sleep with him all night for his Birthday. That was like a present for me:--)

Happy Birthday Grandpaw! I wuv you!


What's up with the new kid?

December 2nd 2008 7:30 am
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As we all know, Thanksgiving is sooo awesome and we get to eat things that we haven't had a chance to even smell all year. My sisters Ginger and Austin both know (as well as myself) that mommy cooks all day and then when the other humans show up we are supposed to start looking pitiful in order to get some trukey, etc. My newest sister Tina was not aware of said routine so she was under mom's feet all day in the kitchen hoping for a little something. I tried to tell her the routine but she was certain that she would be given something ahead of time. She really tried to turn on the charm with her cute sad eyes and her ears folded back but it didn't work. The only thing that hit the floor was a carrot (by accident) and no one was having anything to do with that!

See, Tina was abused by her former owner and lived in a shelter/rescue from that point forward. She has never had this kind of holiday nor has she ever had a family so I can understand her excitement. I cut her some slack. And...when it came time for the four of us to team up for treats I showed her the ropes.

I think she was appreciative but it was hard to hear the "thanks" over her "snoring" after dinner:--) Happy Thanksgiving to my new little sister! Oh yeah, I forgot to tell her about CHRISTMAS!!! Whoo Hoo!


Here in this house

December 1st 2008 8:22 am
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Here in this house ......

I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs out there.

I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world will not have changed.

I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I'll eat.

I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat.

I will feel the sun's heat, and the rain's coolness,
and be allowed to smell all that can reach my nose.

My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.

Here in this house.....

There will be an effort to communicate with me on my level.

I will be talked to and, even if I don't understand, I can enjoy the warmth of the words.

I will be given a name so that I may know who I am among so many.

My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!

Here in this house ......

I will never be a substitute for anything I am not.

I will never be used to improve peoples' image of themselves.

I will be loved because I am who I am, not someone's idea of who I should be.

I will never suffer for someone's anger, impatience, or stupidity.

I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all.

If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for blame.

Here in this house ......

I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch..

Knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me.

If I am ill, I will be doctored.'

If scared, I will be calmed.

If sad, I will be cheered.

No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful and thought to be of value.

I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not cute enough.

My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought.

I will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and fair as dogs.

I will belong.

I will be home.

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