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What was I supposed to do??

January 21st 2009 8:14 am
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I finally caught up to a squirrel in the back yard yesterday and realized I had no idea what to do at that point. No one ever explained that to me so I decided to slap it around with my front paw and let it go. That seems the humane thing to do...Right?


The Good, The Bad & The Ugly…

January 19th 2009 10:44 am
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Mom and I slept in pretty late on Saturday morning. I love sleeping in with her sooo much. We cuddle a lot. I think we slept in so late because it was cold and neither one of us wanted to get out of the bed where it was warm and cozy. Eventually the urge to go “potty” made me and mom get out of bed. Once out of the bed we realized dad had this fantabulous fire going in the living room and it was waaaayyyy warmer in there than it was under the covers! We had been missing out! The heat in the living room was enough to give me the strength to go out into the bitter cold back yard and do my business. I hate the cold b/c I have very short hair and I am very thin!

I got my business taken care of fairly quickly. That is highly unusual for me as I usually like to stand around in the backyard, pretending not to know my name while mom and dad do everything they can think of to get me to come in without them having to come chase me down. Usually a treat helps. That is a game we like to play; though I am not sure mom and dad enjoy it as much as I do.

Once I got back in the door mom went back to bed and daddy got back on the couch and my furry family laid on the loveseat as well as the lounge chair. I really wanted to stay in the living room with the fireplace blaring on me but I was conflicted b/c mommy kept calling my name and saying my favorite words… “Nappy Doodle”. Those are our code words for “Tina come take a nap under the covers with mommy; if we don’t go to sleep quickly I will give you rubs and hugs and kisses until we do” a.k.a. “Nappy Doodle”.

What a tough decision it turned out to be. I am not sure I like Saturdays anymore because I am faced with the “Good”, the “Bad” and the “Ugly”… (a) the good is me and mommy sleeping in late together . (b) the bad is realizing I have to go potty in the bitter cold while mom goes in the heated bathroom and (c) the ugly is the decision I have to make between mommy and daddy when she hollers “Nappy Doodle” because daddy is being sneaky and holding me hostage in the living room secretly giving me love, hugs & kisses so I wont leave him.

The Jury is still out on Saturdays but so far…I am conflicted.



January 15th 2009 9:49 am
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OMD! This has been the greatest year of my life! I can't believe how wonderful it is to have a home and so much love! I wish every one of my old friends from the shelter could have the same thing. Everyone deserves this!

Mommy and daddy got to stay home for vacation with us over the Holidays and we had sooo much fun. Braun (my brother) and I opened the presents for everyone and it was so neat to see that each of us had one of each toy. We don't have to share if we don't want to...however, my sister Austin takes what she wants when she wants so I need to butter her up a little:-)

We even got these FABULOUS orthopedic massage and heated beds. I love the heated part (b/c my breed tends to be cold all the time) but that massage thing is for the birds. I love to lay on my heated bed while we are all watching TV or playing games but...when it comes to sleepy time I am back in the bed, under the covers with mom and dad. Huh! That's the way I roll!

All of us got these cool new leashes with new name tags. The leashes go around our body so we don’t choke ourselves with the collar that goes just around our neck. We tend to pull really hard on the leashes b/c we get sooooo excited to go anywhere – except the vet.

Mom made a bunch more food and I watched over her to make sure if anything dropped I would clean it off the floor...we were expecting company you know.

All in all, this is the best year of my life and I know it is only getting better from here. Thank you dear God for my new family. Bless everyone!

Happy New Year!


Holiday Greetings

January 8th 2009 9:21 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!


Day "3" with the Chritmas Tree = Tree "2", Dog "1"!!

December 11th 2008 5:18 am
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I know, I know, I know! Mommy, daddy and grandpaw have been telling me for days not to mess with this fantastic tree we have in our house b/c Santa Paws wants us to be good in order to get good pawresents but, I couldn't help myself! I made it through 2 whole days of just staring at the tree and then that stupid apple hanging on one of the middle branches actually taunted me! As you know from my diary entries, I am a future Marine so I wasn't about to let a stupid apple taunt me so...I took the apple down to show it a lesson.

Much to my surprise the apple was fake! Tricked again. That was soooo not worth losing my "good dog" status for Santa Paws! I will have to be extra good for the next 14 days and then I am breaking out of this shell!

p.s. Sorry Santa Paws:--(


A tree in the house!!! Whoo hooo!

December 8th 2008 5:47 am
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OMD! Mommy left really early on Saturday morning which confused me b/c she usually likes to sleep in on that day (with me and my furry family). I thought she must have had a vet appointment b/c we have to get up that early when we have a vet appointment. But, surprisingly she returned, let us out in the back yard and once we came back in there was a tree in the floor in our living room. HOW COOL IS THAT???

I immediately decided I needed to practice my Marine tactis so I ran to hide on the other side of the tree only to find that the enemy had put a trap (aka the netting around the tree) out and my back foot got caught in it! Luckily mom was there to free me so I wansn't taken over by enemy forces. Whew! I think I may need some more basic training from my Marine grandpaw.

Mom ended up standing the tree up in a corner but not before I decided to taste it. Not too bad.

The very next day mommy and my human sister Morgan hung all kinds of tasty looking decorations on the tree. Not sure why they hung some of them so high. They know I can't reach all the way up there. Oh well, I will try today while mom and dad are at work and see how that goes. Hope the tree doesn't fall on me:--)



December 2nd 2008 8:29 am
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Oh man! The smells, the smells, the smells, the people, the food, the fun, the smells, the food, the people, the food, the smells, the love, the food, the friends, the love, the smells, the food, the family, the love, the smells, the food...THE NAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanksgiving really wears you out.

Mommy loved on me and talked to me all day while she cooked (I was at her feet the whole time!)

This was my first Holiday with my furever family and I can't even begin to explain how wonderful it was. Thank God for the good people and furanimals in this world!


Here in this house

December 1st 2008 8:23 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.


Ask for wood not glass!!

November 24th 2008 9:54 am
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If any of you pawfect friends out there saw my last post you would see that I am not a fan of closed doors. I would like to take this time to specify which closed door I like the least...Glass Doors! See, mommy decided to clean the slinding glass door the other night (me and my furry family drool on it a lot) while we were playing in the back yard. Once she was done she called all of us in. As usual, I was way back in the far back of the far back of the big yard!

She came out on the porch and used that old trick of hers: The shaking of the treat bucket. Works every time I must say! Anyway, I was sooo excited about my treats that I came running really really really fast through the back yard, up on the porch and straight into the kitch...GLASS DOOR!!! Argh that hurt! Mommy was a little worried but I was ok. I have asked her not to clean the sliding glass door anymore or she can simply change it to a wood door on which I will scratch:-)


what is the point of a closed door?

November 11th 2008 8:49 am
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So daddy is working at night right now and mommy works during the day. For some reason mommy closes the bedroom door when we all go to bed and I am not sure what the point of that is. She thinks she is keeping us from barking and raising he!! when daddy gets home at 2:00 a.m. but it really doesn't help. We hear daddy pulling up the driveway and that is that! We are off the hook! Daddy comes in and lets us out for a "middle of the night tinkle" and then we are all off to sleep again.

Now...when mommy gets up at 5:20 a.m. to go to work she closes the door with daddy still in the room. WHYYYY??? She knows how much I love cuddling with daddy in the bed! She tries to take me in the bathroom with her when she showers (to keep me from scratching on the bedroom door) but that only makes me bark because I am sooo worried about her in that tub. I have been there and it is not fun. I am not sure who forces her to do this every day and I have tried to tell her if she would stay out of the mud there would be less tub time but I don't think she understands.

Anyway, once mom leaves to go to work it's door scratching time. I usually only have to scratch the door for about 10 minutes until daddy gets up to let us in. See, the other dogs just lay there while I scratch the door. I am in charge you know.

The point of this diary entry is to let all moms and dads out there know that there is no reason to close a door. We know you are there and we will get in eventually. Give it up! Love your furry children.

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