Chloe' - Queen of the Farm

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It's nothing major

April 3rd 2009 4:50 am
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So last night mom took me to the vet. I have a little lump on my back by my shoulder blade that has been freaking mom out for the past week. It's not very big and doesn't bother me, but mom wanted to be sure it wasn't anything serious so she made me go get it checked out. This was my longest trip to the vet. We sat in the waiting room for over an hour. I guess they were running really late. Mom said I was an angel because I just sat beside the bench and didn't make a sound or move. The other dogs were whining and pulling their owners and jumping around, me, I was just taking it all in. It was finally our turn and the I had a different doctor then usual. Mom said she was flighty and I could see that as she wouldn't stop talking and she used her hands a lot too when she talked... must be Italian:) Anyway, she checked me out then looked at the lump. She told me it was nothing to worry about. It was just a hair follical the got clogged up. She said it was to smal to asperate (whatever that means) and that we will just keep an eye on it and if it gets big enough then she will. If not, it might just open up on its own then go away. Mom was really relieved that it was nothing major. Of course, if she would have asked me I could have told her that and saved her some stress and money:)

 

Trip to Groomer

April 2nd 2009 4:58 am
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Yesterday mom left for work and shortly after dad got up. Today he said I get to go for a ride with him and I knew immediately it had to be one of two places... the vet or the groomer. I never just go for rides with dad so I knew what was coming. Sure enough, when dad pulled in to the groomer, I knew I was right. But I got to tell you, after the past few trail rides, it felt good to get a really good scrubbing and I was really shaggy so the clipping made me feel like a new dog too. Although, I didn't like the lady I had quiet as much. I usually have Jen and I really like her. She's really nice and mom is always happy with the job she does. But I guess she wasn't available so we had this lady. Dad was nice and picked me up when I was ready and didn't make me wait until mom got off of work. When mom got home she said I was so beautiful and smelled and felt good:) I was mentally exhausted from my trip to the groomer (you know me, I worry and stress about everything) so I pretty much just crashed the entire night. I slept on the sofa with mom and dad while they watched TV. Hey, what else could I do since it was raining out anyway. The down side to getting groomed is now I don't get to go to the barn for a couple of weeks:( I don't like it, but I can understand mom's point. She likes me to stay clean for just a little after she spends the money to get me groomed. The good thing is, with the weather getting nicer and it staying light later, that means walks almost every day and fun at the park!!

 

Another beautiful day!

April 1st 2009 5:25 am
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Today was an absolutely beautiful day!!! It made it even better when mom got home early from work. She got changed and we hopped in the car. She had a couple stops to make and I waited in the car, but not long at either stop. Then we went to the barn. I went with mom to get Tequilla from the field and when I saw her get the saddle I knew it was trail ride time!! I got really excited again and started running around like a nut. As you all know, I love trail rides:) This time we did the same trails, but in a different direction. We went in the woods first. When we entered some huge bird went flying and it scared the bageezes out of me! Mom said it was a turkey. I don't know what it was, but it was big. Mom did some trotting and cantering so I definitely got my exercise. Tequilla was feeling pretty good too and gave mom a bit of a ride with a little bucking action. But mom hung on and got her back under control. Mom could ride the broncs there's no doubt about that. Our trail ride lasted about an hour then we headed out. Next stop was agility class. We were a little late, but had no problem jumping right in to the action. We did the dogwalk, table, chute, tunnels and the a-frame. First time for the aframe, but I had no problem with it since I did it before. Mom said I was pawsome because I did everything she asked without a problem. She even put me in a down stay while she went to help someone else and I stayed for her. Usually I try to follow her, but not this time. But I must admit, I did break and run to mom when Sadie came near me. I didn't mean to do it, but I'm afraid of Sadie and just wanted my mom. She wasn't upset at all because she knows how I feel about Sadie. Anyway, we got to put together a few obstacles and that was fun. We did a jump, chute, tunnel in one course and then jump, tunnel, table in the other. Mom was very happy with me because I did it right the very first time:) We then did a double jump and the instructor made me do it 3 times instead of 2 like everyone else because she said I didn't have enough enthusiasm (whatever that is?) Mom told the instructor that was because I was tired because we just got done with a trail ride. She couldn't believe that I went on a trail ride. What's up with that? Do these people not take their dogs everywhere like mom does with me? If that's the case, I feelt bad for those poor dogs. There has to be a law against not taking your dog on a trail ride if you go. Class was over and I slept the entire way home. I was really tired. Mom washed my feet then I crashed for the rest of the night. It was a great day and I hope to have many more like that. I hope everyone else was able to enjoy the day as much as I did.

 

Fun on the trail...

March 29th 2009 2:37 pm
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Yesterday I went on a trail ride with mom and Megan. It was more fun than usually and you know why? Because mom said she didn't care how dirty I got because I was getting a bath when I got home. Let me tell you, it just rained so it was muddy and wet and I hit every mud puddle there was!! Mom just laughed as I went running through them all, splashing water and mud everywhere. My white fur was now brown, but it was lots of fun:) Of course, bathtime when we got home, but I never mind them, especially if I get to have that kind of fun beforehand. Megan helped give me a bath so it didn't take as long with two people. Meggie and I played for a while then until her and mom watched Cats and Dogs. Of course, I was cheering for the dogs to win!

Today is a really boring day though. It has been raining off and on and mom and dad have done nothing but chill on the sofa and watch movies. I guess you have to have days likes this once in a while. I hope everyone had a good weekend and bark at you later.

 

Flyball madness

March 28th 2009 8:10 am
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So last night while most people were watching March Madness, I was having Flyball Madness! We got to do a lot of runs and mom said she was so proud of me because I didn't mess up once! I went down, grabbed the ball and came back... all without the fences!! That's a great feat for me since I always like to cut it wide and miss the first couple of jumps when I do that. Actually, I did mess up once now that I think about it. One time I turned the wrong way in the box and when I came out I was a little wide and missed the first jump, but I got back on course and made the rest of the jumps. Everyone including the instructor were really proud of me because most dogs will just miss all of the jumps, but they said I did great because I corrected myself. We did learn something new last night that I couldn't quite figure out. We were working in a box that helps us learn to turn. Now we are on a box without sides and we have to push a pedal to releaese the ball. Okay, I got that, but what confused me was that they put something in front of the box that I had to jump over to hit the pedal and I didn't want to jump it. I'd sneak around the side and grab the ball. Hey, I still got it, why waste the energy of jumping over that thing? Mom said that I had to jump so it teaches me to hit the pedal hard enough to release the ball. I did finally get it, but still not good at it. I think if they just let me run down and hit it on my own, I'll hit it plenty hard to release it... trust me. I don't have pratice now until the weekend of Easter because the team has a competition coming up. Which by the way, you should see those dogs... boy are they fast!!!! And the way they pass each other at the starting point without running into each other is amazing. I can't wait to compete, but I have a long way to go that's for sure. Anyway, good luck to the teams next weekend in Downingtown!!!

 

Ho Hum

March 27th 2009 5:06 am
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It has been a couple pretty boring days around here. Wednesday mom came home from work and took a nap then left with dad for the hockey game. Last night, it was raining so of course we didn't get to do anything and just watched TV. I sure hope we we something this weekend because this is borrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring! The only excitement (if you want to call it that) was when mom found a tick on me... YIKES! Don't ask how that happened when I have the topical and wear a tick collar. Mom couldn't figure out how it latched onto me with all the protection I have. Hopefully it doesn't happen again or mom said I might not be able to go on trail rides... SAY IT AIN'T SO!!!!! I will be so sad if I can't go on trail rides:'( I don't think I got it on the trail ride though since mom goes over me with a "fine tooth comb". I think I got it playing with Tanner in the yard the other day. At any rate, I sure hope I don't get anymore! I hope everyone has a good weekend and bark at you later.

 

No class, but playdate:)

March 25th 2009 5:56 am
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Last night mom didn't feel good so we didn't go to agility class... BUT she did take me for a playdate with Tanner:) She said she didn't have to drive far or do anything so that is why I was able to have a playdate. Plus, she said she felt bad for me having to miss class. I love my mom because she's always thinking of me. I had fun playing with Tanner and when I got home, I didn't bug mom at all because I know she didn't feel good. I did miss not going to class, but was glad I got to do something. Hopefully I didn't miss too much this week.

 

Fun trail ride

March 24th 2009 5:08 am
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So last night mom and me went to the barn. It was kind of windy and a little cold, but Jen came to the barn too so her and mom could ride. She is riding another horse at the barn named Class Act. Mom was excited to finally have someone to ride with. Not many people trail ride at the barn so when she can find someone to ride with, she'll ride no matter what the weather is. Anyway, we went on a really nice trail ride. Both horses were good and I kept my distance from Class because he doesn't know me and I don't know him. Once or twice mom did have to tell me to back off because I was a little too close to his back feet, but after that, I stayed back on my own. I definitely don't want to get kicked... that would hurt! We went for about 45 minutes all through the woods and around the field. It was nice:)

 

Trip to Ali's

March 21st 2009 5:16 pm
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So yesterday we loaded up the truck and went on a road trip. I was surprised when I got out of the truck and saw Ali!! I was excited because I never get to see Ali, but after the excitement of seeing her passed, I was really in awe of my surroundings. There were no fields to run in, no animals to chase, and get this, I had to be on a leash when I was inside and out. Now what's up with that? Ali lives in a really nice apartment building so I had to stay on the leash until I was in her apartment, which is really nice by the way. We hung out inside for a while then mom took me back out. I just couldn't get over all the buildings. I'm just use to the be outdoors with lots of room to run and this was all new to me. Mom took me outside to the bathroom and I had a very small area I could go and, to make matters worse, I need to walk around a bit to find the right spot, but that is really hard to do on a leash. Mom did sneak though and take it off so I could walk by myself. I'm kind of private like that and I don't like someone right on top of me when I have to go. Hey, do you have someone standing next to you when you go? Anyway, we headed back in, but this time, instead of taking the steps, we went in some kind of box. I have no idea what it was, but it was kind of scary at first. We went in and mom pushed some kind of button, then the door closed. That's when I got worried and started dancing around. Mom told me it was okay. Then the whole box started to move and I didn't know what was going on!!!! I started to whine, but mom petted me and said be patient that we would be out in a minute and she right. The next thing I know the door opened and we got out... YEAH!! I have no idea what that thing was, but it freaked me out until I knew it wouldn't keep me locked up. After that, we took the "box" up and down all the time. The next morning I woke mom up to go to the bathroom really early, it was still dark out. The thing is, it's not like at home where mom just goes and opens the door and lets me out. She had to put on shoes, coat, get keys, go in the box and out another door before I could go to the bathroom. Needless to say, she wasn't happy when I woke her up an hour later to go again. Sorry, I can't help that I can't pee and poo at the same time. It was a real production whenever I needed to go out. Oh well, mom dealt with it. Later in the day when dad and Ali went somewhere, mom took me for a walk to a park. It was nice, but she said that dogs had to stay on leash. Again, what's up with that? Well, we all know how mom feels about that so we went to an area of the park where there were no people and she let me off leash and threw a stick for me a few times. It was fun running around playing. But it was short lived because some other people came so it was back on leash. It's just a shame that some people let their dogs go to the bathroom and not clean it up because that is what makes all these rules. Anyway, after the park we took a little walk around the complex and mom took my picture on a bench. I think she'll post that later. It was nice to visit, but I am definitely not an "urbanite" and prefer the country any day. I am glad I got to see Ali and will go visit her again when she wants me to. Now I'm going to crash on my ottoman. Have a great night everyone.

Thanks to Wesley's mom for my really cool Easter page. She's the greatest!!

 

It's Spring!!!

March 20th 2009 4:44 am
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It's officially spring!!!! And what a beautiful day it is:) It's a little chilly, but the skies are clear and the sun is shining and what is good enough for me. Even though I like the snow, I like the warm weather better because that means more fun outside and pretty soon the pool will be open:) Happy Spring to everyone!!!

Last night mom came home from work early. She said her back was bothering her. Must have been from when the deer scared Tequilla and she spun around. Because mom didn't feel good, we didn't play:( I did get a bath though and got my nails done. Mom did both. She said we were going to see Ali this weekend and I had to look and smell good. I never went to Ali's before and I'm excited! I'll tell you all about it when I return. Have a great spring weekend everyone.

 
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