November 16th 2010 9:17 am
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It saddens me that with the changes dogster has turned into a cheap copy of facebook.
It used to be user friendly, personal and simple. The "news ticker" is just dumb. I just can't keep track of our pals' entries anymore, since the "commented on"-ticker overwrites the actual diary updates our pals make, and sends them to the bottom.. I am not interested in all the "commented on" spam. Don't take it personal pals - it's not about you. It's just too many useless information.
We will be around but not write entries anymore. It's no more fun..
Woofs to you, Jolanda and sonja
November 18th 2010 2:00 pm
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mh, I tried to post this as a comment to what you guys wrote to my entry before, but it wouldn't let me.
Here is my comment:
yes, the disappearance of the entries is really an issue. I don't care so much about the commented on spam, but the fact that the actual new entries are being overwritten by it bothers me a lot.
A *sigh* of resignation, sonja
Here is one of my email exchange with dogster - the exchange starts at the bottom. It's not that they don't care, it's just disturbing that this feature is there. I am sure they listen to us but don't see the entire picture. Like Flicka already mentioned - send letters.... or what I can suggest, send them the links to the entries you wrote in your diaries, so they can see the comment section to it, too:
the "commented on" links still show up in the list and still push the actual diary entry updates of my pals down. Therefor I miss them and others miss mine. Also I really don't care about the comments other pals make on other diaries or pictures. If I wanted that, I would spend my time on facebook.. On top, if I wanted to share what I comment on in other pals' diaries, I would post it and let everypal know. That would be my decision, though.
Altogether the "commented on" feature is not a good change and seems to make pals in general unhappy - based on their and my diary entries.
I decided not to write entries anymore for now.
I know that you have reasons for all the changes on dogster. You got to do what you have to do in order to run your company and I support that. My suggestion would be to make this feature optional. I would chose not to show or see the commented on parts. Others could chose differently.
I just find this (mandatory) feature totally unnecessary from the users perspective and not user friendly at all.
Hope all is well otherwise, sonja
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 20:19:56 -0600
Subject: Re: comments
Thanks for checking in.
The Techno Dogs have done some tweaking. How are things looking for you now?
Woofs! & Tail Wags!
Dogster & Catster: where no one knows you're a human
dogster.com / catster.com
On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 8:57 PM, Sonja O wrote:
Hi dogsters, I just checked the pup pal updates and the "commented on" links came up again and start pushing the most recent actual diary updates "down to the bottom".
It would be unfortunate if it would stay that way.. :o(
Hope you can fix it, warm wishes, sonja
November 18th 2010 3:05 pm
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Yes, this horrible commented on feature is gone! Thanks dogster - a really excited tail wag and a happy bark, Jolanda and sonja :o)
November 19th 2010 7:21 pm
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This morning we all got up early. Dad had to go to work and we met up with our godmother :o) That was so exciting. We haven't seen her in quite a while.
Our first stop was a cafe for breakfast. Jojo and I had to take it very easy and not do anything since we were still not 100% over the diarrhea and vomiting (me). So we did. That was fine.
Mom and our godmother talked and talked and talked and talked and ate. They were so happy to see each other. It has been a while.
After breakfast we went to check out places for our godmother and her partner to live. We weren't lucky, though, because the people who were supposed to show us around were either not there or late. The weather was not so nice, so we let it go. It's rude to be stood up and not apologize.
After our morning trip we all spent the rest of the day home, where we cuddled and cuddled and cuddled. We did not even expect to end up here at home, but we did. Then mom and our godmother did so much talking. They made plans for work interviews and meeting up for Thanksgiving and to watch the Harry Potter movie, they checked out more nice listings for housing, too. They even did some calls. That was neat. The places we picked were really nice places and sunny as well. They also allow pets! That is most important, because our godmother has 2 cats and her partner would love to adopt a Bernese Mountain Dog *yay* That is pretty neat. Mom loves the Swiss breeds: Great Swiss Mountain Dog (mom's favorite), Bernese Mountain Dog, Entlebucher Moutain Dog and Appenzeller Mountain Dog. All great dogs. Looking for ward to our new cousin :o)
Dad is coming home too, soon.
The day was very nice, relaxing, exciting and happy.
Tomorrow will be tough. We have to go see one of our vets *sigh*
Well, I am sure she will make us feel better soon..
We wanted to meet up with our SD pal Dexter for the Christmas tree lighting and join the opening ceremony for the ice rink, but since we are still not ok, mom had to cancel. She is very sad about that. But Dex comes back in a week from now and then we will get together. Can't wait!
Have I told you about our DART seminar last Saturday?
It was p a c k e d...... *dang* There were other dogs, who woofed at me and one snarled when we signed in, because he had a chewy treat under the table. I stood behind mom and let these guys be. Behind mom is the safest spot ;o) I really don't care about dogs, who want to show off.
The seminar was more on the chaotic side and nothing new really. That's ok. It was almost no practice, all theory and movies. That was no fun. Until the next class we will have to take three exams at a college to get some certificates for the DART:
1) Introduction to Incident command System (ICS)
2) ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
3) National Incident Management System (NIMS).
That will be a bit of work and all three have finals, but it's cool. It's fun, so it's easy to keep up with it. Mom is doing well with the learning. She did the right thing with not continuing the Chaplaincy Program for this year. DART is more work then we anticipated.
At the end of the seminar people were supposed to practice how to do certain things on a dog. They had stuffed animals there for CPR, which was not really useful and for fitting muzzles and stuff. That was ok. Mom offered from some people (carefully selected people - mom knows who is responsible and thorough and who isn't) to practice CPR on me, learn how to create a quick muzzle or harness. Mom is good at that and showed them so they could copy her. I like it when people use me as a dummy - lots of attention ;o) Also they could feel where my ribs were and my heart and they could feel my pulse and stuff.
Apparently people were very happy about me helping out. At some point somehow 4 people ended up working on me. I was wrapped in bandages and had a muzzle made out of bandages on, and a harness our of a rope and some other person had her head under my belly to find the pulse - not the right spot, but she tried ;o) That was fun.
I got a treat *pssss* don't tell. I look forward going back to the next class. These people are really dog people and love what they do. Their lives are all about dogs dogs and dogs. What great company ;o)
I got lots kind words, pets, rubs, kisses and thank yous.
I thank you all back dear people. See you soon for next class :o)
Next time mom will take the camera with the video, but last time dad forgot it at his office so mom could not tape.
Other than that the boys were here for a week. We had the best time. When Jethro and Buddy went back home, we were so sad :o( We love them. Their mom and dad love them so much. It's so wonderful to see. How lucky they are to have Jethro and Buddy as their furry kids.
Saturday evening, depending how I do we will go to the opera. If I am not well, Jojo will go. She is doing much better and is over the hump I think. We are going to watch the last opera of the year:
The Makropulos Case
Karita Mattila has a wonderful soft, yet rich and strong voice.. wonderful.
I will pay well attention to the storyline and then tell you about it. Pretty sure that there will be drama and complicated relationships........... *sigh*
Once the opera season is over, we move right into the Symphony season ;o) Dad chose wisely and picked mainly Jazz and Classic. We got one concert for free even! A really great Soprano is coming to town and we will go watch her sing. Hope her voice is not so screechy like the Aida voice ;o)
We will keep you in the loop!
Take all good care..
November 26th 2010 10:25 am
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I could not write for a while, because mom had a lot to do and could not concentrate on all the catching up for the diary. I can't recall all the details of the entire week, but I will share a few highlights :o)
Mom, two friends and I went to the Makropulos Case opera. We ended up sitting in a box seat again. How cool is that? So close to the stage. The opera was brilliant. The storyline could have been told in 10 minutes, as usual, but the set and the singers were really good. Karita Mattila is always good, but the role of Elina Makropulos was made for her.
At the end people died - I told you! They always do, always...... First someone who was in love with Elina took his life, because Elina was not in love with him, because he was her great great grand son or something. Elina was young, but in reality she was 337 years old! How come? Her dad, who was an alchemist for some ruler had discovered a potion that keeps you young for a long time. The ruler wanted that potion so bad and ordered for the alchemist to try it on Elina first. Elina fell into a coma, so the ruler killed her dad. These people...... But Elina woke up shortly after her dad's murder, she took the formula for the potion and ran. Throughout the centuries she had many relationships. One of the these relationships produced a son. This son was supposed to inherit his father's land and everything he owned. But somehow the notary messed up and wrote down the wrong name. Also the will got lost. For 100 years no one could really tell who was supposed to get what and when. A law office tried to settle this case but had failed. 100 years after the death of the rich man the law firm wanted to give up since they were broke and tired of all the research and the piles of files in their office! P i l e s. But then Elina, her name was Emilia Marty now, showed up and helped to resolve the whole mystery/misery of the Makropulos case. She also helped to find the will and also the paper with the formula for the potion, which she had lost 100 years ago. She needed it, because her strength was going and she started aging. Long story short, she found the formula, her great great grand son, who wanted to be her lover killed himself, the case was solved and there was only one thing left. Elina aka Emilia had to tell everyone the truth. People were skeptical, because of her detailed knowledge of all the things she shared from events that were 100+ years back!
She told everyone the truth, but it cost her so much energy, she died :o( How sad. She was really cool. She was tired, though. Life had no more meaning, love did not, nothing mattered. I mean, when you live for such a long time things repeat themselves and the excitement goes. Elina never really found happiness. She found fame and wealth, but that was about it. All her friends and husbands, lovers and everyone she got to love passed on or left. Usually she left, because it looks rather suspicious when after 30 years in a marriage you still haven't aged a minute ;o)
This time she opened up and her friends eventually ended up burning the formula, because she did not want to live another 300 something years and no one else wanted either. She made them understand that this one lifetime everyone has is so valuable and something to be valued.
Mom said that this is true and she also said that life is so short even though it seems so long sometimes. One live lived mindfully is worth more than anything.. We often times feel that some things that happen to us are just so big and important, but in reality they are not. They are just part of life and come and go.
Elina said, all repeats itself over and over again throughout the centuries and lives she had.
I can see that.
It was sad when she died. Mom was sobbing and her entire box was :o) I did not. I just hung out there and listened to the music. Elina's solo was wonderful. Thanks for taking the role, Mrs Mattila!
Life is precious.
We met with friends and went to other things together. We spent time in the city and did lots of learning. We also went on hikes and to the beach.
Jojo, mom and dad did some shopping at grocery stores, clothing stores, lumber places, all sorts of stuff.
Our godmother came and we went to check out places for her to live. We hung out with her, too.
The day before yesterday a friend of ours, mom and I met up for our pre-Thanksgiving breakfast. It turned into a brunch and lunch they had so much to chat about. Next time we will meet in January. But this time some more friends will come. Someone we have not seen in 5 years will come only to see me ;o) What a surprise. Our friend organized that. She is wonderful. Thanks Peggy.. We can't wait.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving day. We met with the Fritzies and Muffies for breakfast and a hike. It was wonderful. The weather was stunning. Seriously. The air was fresh and crisp, the sun was lovely and there was no wind. People we all happy this day. They took photos of all of us in our Chanukkah collars, little videos, we met dogs to play with and the humans met people to talk to.
But now the bummer comes.............. If you are more on the sensitive side of life, please skip the following part. It might make you cry or feel bad.
Jojo found something about ten feet off the trail. It was a dog cadaver. Mom and dad checked it out. It was very clear that someone had dumped, not buried, a large and probably sick dog. The body was already turned into a skeleton by coyotes, I suppose. The head was intact, so was one of the legs that was laying about 2 feet away from the actual body. The reason why we decided it was a dump of a sick dog was - you know how the vets shave our front legs for IVs if we need them? And then put a bandage around it once all is done? Well, this dog must have had some treatment done, because it was just recently shaved there and war still wearing the bandage. There was some more fishy stuff. Mom had tears in her eyes and dad seemed upset. He got up and we left. Dad said that this was not a grave, this was a dump site. He decided to call the park police asap. Dad did call them and told them about Jojo's find. They were as sad as we were and came out to investigate the whole thing. They took it very seriously. Apparently very frequently people dump their old and sick animals around the holiday season. They cost money, they want to travel, sometimes even want a new dog or cat, because the old one is no more useful. Sometimes they find the people who dumped the animal, sometimes they don't. I know, that this time they will find them. Boy, we so hope they will. How cruel.
People need to understand that there is other ways to "get rid of" their old or sick animal. ACC takes them in, the vets will help, but you don't have to dump them in the woods! Also when the animal is sick, it might be very unhealthy for animals that survive on dead meat.
Shame on these people....... *shaking my head*
We were glad the Park Services took care of everything. We drove back home in silence. Jojo had to get a bath since she was one walking mud hole.
Jojo actually enjoyed her bath and she enjoyed her blow dry even more. She looooves blow drying. Mom sings to us when she dries us off and that is so cool. She hardly ever sings even though her singing is really good, but she is too shy. She says that with the blow dryer running no one can really hear her ;o) Dad says that he likes to hear mom sing with and without the dryer..
Once Jojo was done with her bath, we all started goofing and playing with each other. The humans did the cooking and chatting in the kitchen. Mom needed a little break and we went into another room to hang out on the couch for a little bit. We girls all got on the couch with mom and took a nap. The couch is too big for one person only ;o)
The Fritzies and Muffies left around midnight. What a wonderful day.
Today we are going to start with the chicken coop. Dad just left to get the lumber and wire for it. But first we will go into the city for some breakfast and donate lots of stuff to the 'Out of the Closet' thrift store. We do this about every other month.
There is so much more, but it would take a while to put everything in writing. On Tuesday we will go to another Thanksgiving dinner with the friends who have this great swimming pool and the chicken. There will be many of our human and dog friends - well, and the chicken :o)
Saturday will be Football day and there is something else.... ummm..
I will remember when we get there ;o)
here some random photos from the week:
day in the city
Woofs to you all and hope you all had a good day.. Love and bless you all, Jolanda and sonja
November 28th 2010 9:56 am
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Yesterday was my very own birthday! That was so cool :o)
I found really awesome gifts on my page - again here, thank you so much for all the thoughts and gifts and rosettes and phone calls (yes, you heard me right! I had pups call me :o) and send me emails and I even got a card.
The day was pretty cool actually. At first mom, dad and Jojo deliberately ignored the fact that it was my birthday.. Can you believe it? I sat on the bed, right in the middle - nothing. Then I started to lick dad's and mom's face - nothing. Then I started to push mom and dad around with my paws and head - nothing. Then I started bouncing - NOTHING! Eventually I gave up and fell asleep. But then all of a sudden dad got up, attacked me with lots of rubs and he squeezed me and did the morning play :o) He even congratulated me - finally. It was about time........
Jojo got up, too and started singing/barking and howling a song for me. Mom gave me loads of kisses. This is the way I like it. Jolanda the most important dog :D
We got a really awesome breakfast and then got out of the house. We got a second breakfast with mom and dad at the cafe......... Guess what? Dad got me a birthday Quiche. It had salmon and eggs and spinach and cheese and stuff - It was so delicious. You won't believe unless you'd try. I had to share with Jojo, but that was cool. She shared her fig tart, which we had for her birthday..
I got so much attention and pets on the street, you won't believe. I was in heaven.
Then we moved on to do our let's-go-get-treats-in all-the-surrounding-stores round. That is our favorite task.. The stores in the Hayes Valley are very dog friendly and so are the food places. We like it there. It's very relaxed and open.
Once done in the neighborhood, we drove to the Sports Basement. They are welcoming to dogs and have treats! We know our way around there ;o) First stop, treat bowl. Then we went from one level to the next to get stuff for mom and dad. Mom needed shoes to work out. Her's gave up.. Dad needed goggles to go swim, he lost his (again!). We met several dogs in the store. One was a little guy with a big mouth. Jojo loooooves little dogs with an attitude. No kidding. She loves them. The guy was happy that Jojo did not eat his little guy but did all she could to make him like her. She succeeded partly at least. He was really cute actually. We said hi to every dog we met. I fell in love with an old fellow. He was so fluffy and cute.
When mom walked around in the store, dad walked around, too and so did we.. Mom thought we were with dad and dad thought we were with mom. Well, Jojo and I thought that being with each other is plenty enough. So we went to say hi to people and staff. Apparently that was perfectly fine, because we got pets and awwws and oooohhhs and "come here" and stuff. No one told mom or dad about our spree, but yet everyone knew who we belonged to.. At some point mom realized that we were not with dad. I had an eye on mom the entire time and knew exactly where she was. But Jojo has really awesome ideas and knows the best spots in the stores and the city in general, so I naturally want to be with her ;o)
Eventually we had to go stay with dad *dang* But that was no problem, people then came to us. Fair deal, right?
You guys have to come join us on our trips. Really.. This city is dog nut. Neat :o)
Have I already mentioned that dogs, which are not Service Dogs, are allowed on public transportation in the city? They are... How nice :o) That makes things easier and we can get on public transportation as a family now. There will be a Menorah lighting on Union Square soon. I am sure we will go!
We spent a looot of time at the Sports Basement. Mom found shoes and a wallet. Good. Dad his goggles. Good. We had a big belly and were at ease with the world. Good.
After the Sports Basement we walked around in the neighborhood. The store is right next to the SPCA so it's really interesting to check things out. Dad had to go to Ross real quick to get some hangers. We got some really nice ones for little money.
We finally drove back home.
Our evening was nice and cozy. Dad tried a few things out for the coop and mom did some writing and knitting. Today we will all work on the coop. Mom said that we will build it without nails or screws! How cool is that? I am sure it will look nice.
Sending you a happy day and a warm thought..
November 30th 2010 6:25 pm
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Sunday was really cool.
Mom, dad and us started building the chicken coop! Mom and dad had some tools and carved rectangular holes into the wood. Awkward. But dad said that we won't use nails or screws, so we had to prepare the wood accordingly. Well, ok.
Jojo and I supervised the whole thing, because they really needed supervising. They were really busy and at some point one of the side structures was prepared and seems stable.
Here are a few pictures:
Then later we all got in the car to head into the city. During our walk we walked by a place where they showed a play by the name "Westside Story". All the cast from the stage were outside signing things for their fans and took pictures with them. That was really nice.. That day was the last show for SF. We watched the crowd for a little bit and then moved on to the Union Square to say hi to the pretty Christmas tree.
We also said hi to the animals in the Macy's adoption window. The night in the city was really beautiful. This time of year is the most wonderful time we find.
Back home then we had a great dinner and a cozy evening.
Monday mom was not feeling well and I wasn't either. Well, today we are fine.
We mainly stayed in bed in the morning, did knitting and watched "The Waltons" :D
Mom got up around noon and took us on a nice long walk. That was cool. The rest of the day was really nice. We ended up not going to Yoga. I think we are going to class on Thursday instead.
Today, Tuesday we got up early and drove to the Golden Gate Park where we took a 3 hour walk. We met a few people we knew and a guy, who walked his cat! We said hi to her. She was really brave and sweet. Back home mom started shivering and freezing. So we crawled under a blanket on the couch and cranked up the heat. Like totally cranked it up. I think it was set for 85 degrees O_O It felt good. Jojo, mom and I fell asleep for 10 minutes. Once mom woke up, she was fine *weird* Then we continued with the knitting. Mom had to undo the cardigan. It was so cool, but mom had no more wool and there is no more of this kind *dang* That was ok, though. Mom just decided to make scarfs with different patterns out of the yarn. They look really nice. In Germany mom and dad will go visit a friend, who has a huge room full of yarn. Mom gets her stuff from there. The lady is so very nice.
Well, there is still time for making a cardigan. Mom could re-do it in Germany.
Other than that all is well :o)
Happy woofs to you from all of us..
December 2nd 2010 6:47 pm
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ground control to major tom
yeah, today was one of those days.
I have been throwing up on and off for the last few days. Not a whole lot, only a little at a time, but well.. Mom and dad decided to have me checked out. We contacted our nice vet yesterday, the one who did the surgery on Jojo. He offered for us to come in today since Jojo had to get her last x-ray for her leg. We got there at about 8:30am. Then I was checked and poked with needles and checked and squeezed and squashed and poked again and x-rays were taken, too..
Jojo and I were in one of these vet cages forever since an emergency got in and they had to do surgery. Mom and dad left for an hour, came back, took Jojo and left me there for more exams by another Dr. But then at some point mom came and made the vet people get me out and go home with her. Mom said that we are not going to do any more testing and checking with yet another Dr. Too much. Mom was fairly short with the other Dr, because she was tired and stressed over my potentially being sick. She needs me, you know, we are going to Germany soon.
The Dr cleared me and said that there was absolutely nothing wrong as far as all the test told him. The simple food is our safest bet. If I am still having problems after the weekend, we will go see them again.
All those tests came back absolutely top nudge perfect. Well, I could have told them before. My blood was even totally awesome. That is all good, right?
Dad said that it might be the food and my stomach might have a bit too much acid in it. He has that, too. I might have his genes.. We all agreed that we will get us back on the cooked diet. We did best on it.
That sounded very good to me. We were back on it for Jojo's weight loss program, which made her lose 5 lbs. That is more than good. After that we went back on kibbles. Well, now I am having trouble. That means back to bases. That is cool, because we like the cooked food most anyways.
Well, the visit had some good too, the vet said that my skeleton look mighty good. I have no arthritis and no problems with elbows or hips or anything. That was great news :o)
Here are s a few super cool pictures of me:
the inside me
It was very stressful for all of us. The trip is long, the wait was long, dad had to go to work at some point, so mom had to do the long trip twice..
Now we are home and all tired. We even missed the lighting of the 2nd Chanukah candle :o( When dad gets home we will catch up with the Chanukah. We still have no Menorah - how terrible. But we will come up with something ;o)
I will get the rest of the week off and take it easy. We will see where it goes.
Jojo is cleared and all looks wonderfully:
Jojo's last x-ray
She is ready for work and beach and everything. Jojo is so happy. You won't believe it :D
Ok now, helmet on and protein pill taken :o)
Be good you all, we will keep you in the loop.
December 7th 2010 7:59 pm
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I am sorry for being more on the inactive side on dogster right now. We have to do so much before going to Germany. We don't even find "a moment" to sit and read our pals' diaries. I just saw that we got really nice gifts by some of you. I thank you all so much and apologize for being so slow or not responding. I will get new zealies around Christmas and have probably more time in Germany..
I am going to write this entry in a compressed format.
One morning we heard a "ploing" at the window. Mom jumped up and ran to where it made this sound. She saw a little bird laying on her back, twitching. We all ran out, mom picked up the bird to check. She was fine, only had a dizzy head from the collision with the stupid window. This window is a bird trap. We check this spot every day twice to make sure all is ok. Mom, Jojo and I we sat outside with the little bird and her friends and kept her warm and comfortable. She totally trusted us. Mom petted her carefully and kept her safe in her hands. After about an hour she was ok and took off with her pals. Boy were we glad.
Next morning, when we got up, the little bird girl sat there and waited for us. We knew it was our bird, because the day before her tail got stuck in my mouth at some point, which made her lose a few feathers. Don't even mention it - I got in big, big, ultrabig trouble and was shunted for the rest of the morning. It was purely an accident. Really. Mom knows, but well. However. Next morning she sat on the fence, I saw her and said hi :o) She did not take off. Once mom was there, she started circling us and "took" us to our cabbage. She had brought all her friends, who were busy eating the little caterpillars!! How cool is that? I watched them for a little with mom. They seemed to say thank you by helping us getting rid of these little critters naturally. The little girl and her gang come to visit us every day now to eat the critters off the cabbage :o) Cool.
Then we had a post Turkeyday gathering with friends and had lots of good food. Mom and dad spent a big chunk of the evening playing pool. They had a good time :o)
Then mom made new flyers for me. We ran out of the recent bunch. Seriously - within the last 2 months, we gave out more than 150 flyers!! That is a lot. We have been contacted by several people and mom has made referrals to places for them to apply for a SD or to get more information specific for their needs. Nice.
Then we have been running errands like crazy. It seems like we are done for now, though.
Today we spent most of our day with our friends. First we went to the dog park to meet even more friends, who we grew up with. Everyone was in a cheerful mood. We all found someone to talk to and play with. After several hours of walking, talking, playing and hanging out, we left to go to mom's Dr. I went with her. Mom's Dr always gets the Jolanda fix when I come it. He likes me and I like him. The office is very nice and they take good care of mom.
After the Dr visit we met up with our friends again and went to do some more shopping. Not for us, but for our friend. Mom did not, I repeat, did not stop at the dog store for us!! That was outrageous. The humans, though, they did gift exchange. That was even more outrageous. We got nothing. Nothing. Our pal was really surprised, too. Just like we were. But well, we had to hang in and swallow it. We went for dinner then, Ethiopian food. Then we drove home. After we crossed the bridge, we stopped to give one of the homeless fellows a few dollars. Mom does that. She says that if we can afford to drive across the bridge, spent time there, buy things and eat, we can afford to spare a few dollars for someone who has probably less than we have. Sometimes it's just a few coins but sometimes, like today, it's more.
This particular homeless man was very kind and gentle. Jojo, who never ever does that with strangers, stuck her head out the window and let the man cuddle her and kiss her! That is unusual. He wished us a good and safe holiday season, blessed us and told us that even if the season can bring up sad memories, they will pass. He said that spring always comes after winter. What a wise man. Mom told him to make sure to sleep in a shelter at night and not on the street. It's cold here at the moment - 30 - 45 degrees. Today was warm, about 50, but still when, you live on the street it's a different story. Homeless people die each year, because they are too "low functioning" to be welcomed in shelters! or they just can't handle being there. Sometimes the shelters are just simply too full and can't take more homeless people in. We had a homeless guy come to our place in Berkeley and let him sleep over under the patio and gave him a little breakfast in the morning. That's all he wanted and needed. He came maybe twice, when it was really cold. That was it. If you can, let them sleep in the yard or shed or garage or doorway or anywhere warmer than outside..
Also we continued building out coop :o) Here are some new photos:
more coop photos
enjoy - thanks for joining us today :o)
December 8th 2010 9:23 pm
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I think I have to clear my name - I told mom to sit and write what happened.
That thing with the bird was really unfair. Dad told mom that she was not nice accusing and shunting me. I don't hurt animals in any shape or form.
Mom had put the bird in the shoe for a moment to get a pillow to sit on since it was cold and we were sitting on the stairs. We both went inside. Mom also brought out stuff to practice retrieving from different spots with me. We started doing our tricks to kill waiting time. At some point we did the "get me this and that" game. It's my absolute favorite and I just bring whatever I can find, including the water hose! One of the items I grabbed was the shoe.. The bird was not visible and the tail feathers ended up in my mouth. Once I realized that there was the bird, I dropped the shoe and spit the feathers and froze. I did not expect for the bird to be in there. It hopped a few hops and let mom pick it up again.
Mom was upset - about herself, because she forgot about the bird. It was an accident and mom could not believe how dumb she was letting me do that game with the shoe standing around. She placed the bird in the Jasmine after that, where she stayed until she flew off. Mom and I sat next to her the entire time. I tried to make mom play with me again, but she just sat there annoyed about her not thinking about the little bird.
Today was one awesome day.. We were out all day. First Jojo and I took mom to the Fort Funston. It was raining but that was cool. We did not walk far, but far enough to make mom happy ;o)
Then we got in the car and home. We dropped off Jojo and took off again. A very short time later we picked up our Godmother from her house. That was cool. I even howled for her :o)
I learned that we were doing a mall trip. We are not friends of malls, but needed to go to Target and JC Penny. They had really good sales. Mom needed pants and my godmother needed clothes, too. Mom found her pants and some string tops, the ones you wear under a blouse. The fitting room was great! It was big and warm. I took a nap :o)
In the mall then we developed a strategy for the rest of the day. Mom needed some help at some point, because she and our Godmother started going in circles, because they did not know where the store was they were looking for *sigh* humans..... I stopped mom by sitting down. Mom was glad I was so focused and did my task. We all took a much needed short break. Then we started over. I took all of us down to the Old Navy store. They got all their mannequins out. Mom had the idea to pretend we were mannequins, too and take pictures. Not only we did, but others did take pictures of us, too - after asking. The store staff said that this was a fun idea. We will send them the photos.. I even got really awesome pets :o)
We all found what we needed. It looks like all is set for the trip now.
Then we got home, where Jojo was really really happy to see our Godmother. About 30 minutes after we got home, the postman came to drop off a package!! Guess what? It was for Jojo and me! We opened the package together :o) It came from Dora! That was absolutely cool :o)
Mom took photos but we can't get them off the camera and don't know why :o( Well, dad will bring a USB stick and then we can get it off, hopefully. Maybe not. We will see. Not only this, the battery for the camera was empty all of a sudden. In the middle of the photo series it gave up on us *huff*.
Hope you all have a good and warm time - woofs to you and a happy dance..
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