February 4th 2011 1:47 pm
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That's what we spent on Wednesday for me :o)
This is what happened:
On Tuesday we went on a hike. The hike was great altogether. But at some point I stormed down natural stairs, meaning those rocky man made ones on trails, and tripped! *dang* Just like this. I fell down a few steps, got up and ran on on three legs. You would think something like this would slow me down, right? But it does not. Mom had a little bit of a panic coming up. She froze. I went up to her and showed her my foot. Mom's worst fear is for Jojo or me hurting our legs to the point that we can't walk anymore.
Ok, I hurt my paw, mom froze, Jojo came right away and licked my ear. Mom carried me back to the car, which was only a half hour walk :D Neat, right? Mom sobbed, but I could not really figure whether it was because of my paw, or her arm falling off, or her memories about Jojo and the surgery and the challenging recovery (for mom, Jojo was cool with it). We made it to the car and drove home in silence.
At home then I laid down and did not get up until dinner. Jojo hung out with mom mainly.
When dad came home Jojo told him about what happened. Dad said to wait and then go to the Dr next morning. He knows that mom is always worried about broken bones or cancer..
Next day dad, Jojo, mom and I drove all the way to the Dr, which took care of Jojo's legs. They checked me out like I was a very expensive racehorse they were planning to buy. Telling you. Every millimeter of my body was checked. Not kidding. They even took x-rays. Luckily my x-rays did show nothing but good stuff. I don't even have arthritis. Nothing. Not even a hint *relief*
There is only one toe that shows something we can't make out. It's nothing to worry about, but the one bone is more dense than the others. The Dr will take another picture of this foot in about 6 month, just to check. Other than that all is good.
I got a stupid old sprain. It's annoying, but ok. Mom knows how to bandage my foot, the Dr said that her bandaging technique is brilliant. Whatever that means. I find it annoying, because I can't get that stupid thing off
However. I am doing better today. I had to take lots of rest and some doggie Ibuprofen, I think they call it Rimadyl. That all helped a lot. My vet called this morning to check in on me. If I am not back to my old clumsy self on Monday, I have to go see the Dr again. That is ok. We don't think we have to. I walk a lot better already.
Also I am only 45 pounds. Mom wants me down to 40, which is a little too light for me, but maybe better for my feet and legs. The Dr says I am perfect, though. We will see.
Here are the photos:
Other than that Jojo has to do the main workload. She loves it and follows mom around like I usually do. She really wants to work. Our vet is so happy about her being so well. He did magic with her. Did you know that they do this surgery with professional athletes so they can go back on the field and continue to do what they do? This is amazing. Jojo is back on the field for sure.
Yesterday they went to a Pizza place, which is called Patxi's They have vegan cheese and they have soy cheese, which is not vegan, though. Their dough is vegan and they have lots of options for toppings! Jojo said that mom and dad loved the pizza. Mom and dad don't eat the Chicago style, though, they like the thin crust.
Today we went to the Marina. I had a good time with Jojo. We did a very short walk, but long enough for me. Now we are home, mom and Jojo are going out soon and I will stay and make sure the house is safe.
Take good care you all :o)
February 1st 2011 11:21 am
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This weekend I was sick. My tummy was kind of mean to me. I had to stretch all the time, I threw up and showed mom my painful belly. We don't quite know why my tummy was upset. I could not even eat for two days. I refused everything. At some point I tried Rethy's food but brought it up again later in the evening.
Due to this undesired condition, I had to face undesired consequences. I could not work on the weekend!! Meaning - my sister got to go to the dog show *huff* She wrote about it in her diary. One day Jojo even came home from the dog show with a ribbon!! She got a blue and white ribbon from the show. She got it from a lady with two little Greyhounds. Jojo got it, because she was a fun playmate and could do the flyball thing *double huff* I can do that too! Maybe not, but I could for a ribbon. Maybe. Jojo is such a show off. But then on the other hand, she had so much to tell me, which I really enjoyed.
I was home with dad, which was very boring. Not that dad is boring or so, the opposite in fact, but the days were just simply uneventful and boring. With the tummy hurting I could not do much. So I walked in and out the house, hung out in the sun and then the shade and then the sun all day. Dad went on a couple of (very) short walks with me. That was a nice distraction, but not the way it usually is.
During the nights mom was up mostly. She massaged my entire body for several hours. Whenever I fell asleep, she dozed off, too. I woke up frequently, though. Mom massaged me whenever I got up and started with the stretching. The massages helped a lot. I should consider stretching at night more frequently, maybe mom will continue with the massaging for the rest of my life? That would be so very nice. But really, I was glad she did this. Mom said that she would do this for a non furry child, too. That's what mom's do. They make pain go away.. Neat.
On Monday, though, mom took both Jojo and me to the Marina. We went on a walk with Rethy. It was a short walk and a slow walk, which was good for me mom said. Rethy had to leave that day unfortunately. Well, on the plus side - I got my sofa back. On the minus side - Rethy went home. Rethy is a fun pal and easy to hang out with.
Today I am feeling so much better. Mom did some cleaning and re-arranging the house for our our guests from Germany. She did the laundry, too. I supervised the whole thing. Right when mom and I took the laundry out of the dryer, I sensed a dog roaming around our house. I recognized her right away and told mom that she was on the driveway. Mom and dad checked. I was right, we know her. It was one of our neighbor's dogs. She and her sister live across the street from us. Mom went outside and bribed her with our treats.. She is very shy and insecure, which makes her nip sometime. But she was cool with mom and in particular our treats. I think she let mom come close, because she knows us. Mom could attach a leash and walked her home. She and her family were very happy to be re-united. Their little boy accidentally let her out. He thought that she needed to go to the bathroom. Happens. Our area is not a busy traffic area luckily.
We will go to the Fort Fun at some point. Probably not down to the beach, but up on the trails. That is fair. Mom gives me the week off until next week. I think that is ok, too. As long as we go on our walks, I don't mind.
In case I don't write that much this week, it's because of the uneventfulness......................
Happy woofs from a semi-bored Cattle Dog :o)
January 22nd 2011 5:58 pm
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I just saw on our pages that we got presents today :o) Jojo got more, though, because she is a diary pick. She got one from Ceeley and Zaidie and Walker & fam., from Hershey, too :o) Jojo is all excited (hugs)
Today was great. I am writing, because Josephine is tired from all the running and swimming and stuff.
We went to our cafe this morning. Josephine got loads of attention. Mainly because of her shaved butt. I think she really enjoys her butt being bald. We met many doggie pals. It was little boring though, because we had to lay under the table the entire time. Mom said that she has been a little lax for the last month or so. So what? But well..
After the breakfast we went to the beach for a really long walk. We found a stick and a Labrador, who played with us in the water. We did a lot of running, swimming, chasing, barking (guess who?) and having a great time. Some other dogs joined in, but the Lab was the best. We had to be really fast otherwise he would have gotten the stick all the time. But we are smarter than a Lab :D We usually got the stick out of the water before the Lab could get to it - with strategy. I went to distract the guy and Jojo followed the stick with her amazing eyesight and then picked it up once it was coming in with the wave. Smart her.
We stopped by our newly discovered coffee shop where we met a bunch of dogs and a bunch of people. We did not spend a whole lot of time there, but enough time for a nice long break.
We moved on, back through the GGP. The weather was fantastic.
Then we drove back home. At home then Josephine and I showed dad our new friend Saidie. He loved her, too! How cool. We really would like for her to live with us, but she can't. She lives with Marvin's mom. Well, we share a driveway, so it's easy to go by her place for a quick chat :o)
Here are some more photos and videos from today's day and the whale photo is on there, too!
Have fun and hope you enjoy romping at the beach with us :o)
Happy woofs to you all!
January 21st 2011 3:54 pm
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look! We got a new neighbor
We love her big time. She is one fine dog.
January 16th 2011 6:48 pm
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with a lot of sadness in my heart I want to tell you that one of my best and dearest SD pals will be crossing the bridge tomorrow, the 17th at 11am. She is so young. She got very sick. Her mom and dad did all they could but Polar can't hang in any longer. She is such a precious little girl. It hurts seeing her go. It hurts, because her mom needs her so much.
Run free little girl and know, we love you.
Maybe you could drop by her page and leave a thought..
here she is - my favorite photos of the sweet and loyal little girl:
What a shock.
January 11th 2011 1:29 pm
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I just saw that I haven't posted anything since the 3rd of this month! Oy vey.
3rd.. what did we do until today? Um, I think we went to grandma's house on the 4th for a breakfast. Mom was not really "there". She wanted to go home, be on the plane and get to Jojo. After the breakfast we drove back to auntie A and uncle N to do some working. Dad did the working on the computer and mom did something, but I forgot. I know that I had a good time hanging out :o) We went on a nice evening walk, packing, re-packing and talking. It was nice to spend the last day at their house.
Next day, the 4th, we took off. It was sad. I like being with uncle N and his family, but at the same time I like being home with Jojo.
We got to the airport way ahead of time. There was absolutely no traffic. We even had time to go on a walk at a river before going to the airport. I remember that place, mom and I walked there last time we were in Germany! That was great. Then we dropped off the car and checked in. The check in went really fast and people were very nice. They made sure that everyone knew I was coming. At the security I met a little pug. He told me that he was on the same plane I was. There was another dog, but he was not on the same plane. Mom, dad and I spent some time in the lounge, ate some lunch, which is for free there, and then walked to the gate. We were able to walk past the line, because of me. How nice :o) The seats we had on the plane were very nice. United really cares. Apparently the seats had been taken already, but they moved the passengers who were assigned to the seat to other seats when we got booked on the flight on the 3rd. Our seat neighbor was really nice, too. It turned out she worked with the same people dad worked with and lives close to us! We are going to meet up at some point for coffee. How neat. The world is so small, telling you. We met nice people altogether on the plane. The flight attendants came to cuddle with me frequently and to check in whether all was ok. Every time we are on a plane, staff comes to have a few minutes with me. I like that. The ride was uneventful and nice actually.
When we got off the plane, we had to go through immigration and then customs. A custom officer came up to us and asked about me. Well, he asked whether I was a Cattle Dog. When mom said yes, he got all excited and told us about his sisters ACD. We spoke for quite a while. I really liked him. Finally we left the airport and I could relief myself *phew* - 13 hours without peeing. That was ok, though. We got into a cab and home. Boy were we glad to be home not knowing what expected us. Besides the furry visitors we had in the house, the house looked like a mess! We had workers exchange the water pipes while we were gone. These guys left the house like a battle field. That was totally uncool. Mom and dad cleaned the house from top to bottom, before they could even unpack! Mom had to do 6 load of laundry! Our beds were totally dusty and so was everything else..
After such a long time of travel having to clean an entire house is no fun. I was so exhausted, I fell asleep in front of the door, outside. The air was so wonderful and warm *sigh* After all that snow this was like heaven.
In the middle of the night they were done with the cleaning. When I thought that we would go sleep, Jojo came flying into the house! Muffie's dad brought her back in the middle of the night! That was really nice of him. She said hi to me, checked out all I brought for her, said hi to mom and dad quickly and went right to bed. Mom and I went to bed right away with Jojo. Dad spent a few more minutes talking with Muf's dad.
The followings days were busy and happy. We met up with people and went on nice walks. Good to be home.
Then, at some point dad had to go to work.
One day, when our friend came to visit, I overheard them talk about horses and races and a planeride and stuff. I think mom said something about Kentucky? I have no idea what Kentucky is, but it seems like were are going there for some horse race in May. Later, when I know more, I will tell you what this Kentucky is about. If am not mistaken, they were talking about that:
Then another day dad and mom were talking about Dallas and Jojo. I think they want to go travel to Dallas with her and spend a few days. I think I will go to Muf then. I don't know exactly. Jojo can tell you more.
Mom got sick a few days after we got home. She has been sick since. I think she got the flu! She has spent her days at the cafe in the mornings and in bed for the rest of the days, except yesterday where she could not take it any longer. We got in the car and drove to the Crissy Field with us! Boy was that great.. I got some videos:
Mom looked like a walking pillow. She was dressed like we were going to the snow. But mom said that she had to be careful and not get cold. We had a splendid time. Then we drove back home and did some knitting. Mom had been too sick to knit. Her bones hurt from the flu. Boy did she hate that.
Then this night mom had a set back - stupid - I told mom not to go to the Crissy Field, but she had to and did not listen. Neither mom, dad nor us like like being inside when there is so much to discover outdoors. Well, today we are inside again............ *dang* Mom said that she had to, because otherwise she will never get back on her feet. I have no idea what she means, because she walks around on her feet. I think she could just get her shoes on and go on a hike with us *huff*
Maybe later today. Cross your paws.. Luckily dad helps out and takes us on regular walks, so we don't get bored.
Ok, mom said that she can't type anymore for today.
Hope you enjoyed the trip to the beach with us :o)
Woofs to you all.
January 3rd 2011 2:21 pm
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Guess where we are? Guess one more time..
We are at uncle N and auntie A's home. No, we are not on the plane and no, we are not at home. We missed the plane by 10, yes, you heard me right, 10 minutes! How come?
We got up very early this morning; all was packed as you know. While mom and I went on a long morning walk, dad put the entire luggage in the car and went to get some yummy rolls and pretzels for breakfast. The breakfast was nice and slow. Nevertheless we left early enough to be at the airport on time. All went smoothly until all of a sudden we ended up in a traffic jam. There was stop and go traffic for many miles, well, more stop than go, which trapped us for a good three hours! No kidding. We were late as a result, dropped off the car and galloped to the check in. We missed the luggage cut off time by about 10 minutes! They tried to convince the gate crew to make an exception, but there was no way. People were boarding already and their luggage was stored.
Mom let out a loud whine and could not stop the tears. In regards to travel mom is not very flexible and things out of the order cause stress.. I could not believe it - we ran so fast and yet still, we missed it.
What now? The ground crew managed to find us another plane with really good seats so I could be comfortable, too. Boy, were we lucky. The only downside is that we could not get a flight before the 5th. I totally did not mind. Mom was a little besides herself but then when the lady told us that all was fine, all was fine for mom, too. Dad did a good job handling the situation. The staff was so kind and caring. United is really our favorite airline.
What now? Hotel? Back to Duesseldorf?
I suggested going back to uncle N’s house and asking whether we could stay for another 2 days. Mom called, he said yes and all was fine :o)
Then we raced back to the car rental and tried to get the car back. We did not, but instead we got the same model and did not have to pay for a new rental. They treated it as an extension of our prior rental, which saved us a bunch of money.
On the way back dad took us to a very special place. When mom and dad were younger, about 18 years ago, they went to a college freshmen weekend in a forest near Montabaur Dad was one of the organizers. Somehow, long story short, they fell in love and have been together ever since :o)
We were very lucky.. when we got there, the nice guy who takes care of the place was at the huts! He opened all the doors for us and let us take photos. He took photos from us, too. What a nice man. We talked for a long while, but then had to go unfortunately. It got dark and we wanted to get out of the forest and back on the freeway before darkness. Also it was snowing, exactly the way it did 18 years back. How cool.
We drove back to uncle N's house, got some groceries for dinner on the way and 'moved in' again. Boy was I happy. I sailed right through the door and got some dinner. Everyone was there - they waited just for me ;o)
The humans had a nice dinner together, chatted a little and now we are doing some catching up at the computer. Dad has to work and type some stuff.
Tomorrow we will surprise grandma with a breakfast appearance :D
I am posting the link to the photo album again. Please check out the entire thing, because we added newest photos and the videos finally! The videos appear in a chronological order, so you have to click you way through..
Germany photos and videos
ok, two more days in Germany but then we will get back home. Jojo misses us. Fritz and Muf take her to really cool places though! They go to all sorts of beaches and hikes in the hills. Just the way Jojo likes it :o)
I miss her..
Woofs to you all (hugs)
January 2nd 2011 12:56 pm
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*phew* mom is not feeling so well. I was on her case all day. Just now after we left the restaurant she had a seizure - damn. No good. Mom was not up to her game so she did not take a pill to prevent. We drove home right away.
Let's start from the beginning..
Mom could not sleep again! That makes it many nights without sleep. That hasn’t happened in many, many years. Meanwhile mom sleeps well at night, but not here - darned.
I hopped on the bed and snuggled with mom all night. She was cold like an ice cube. Dad tried to keep her warm, too. Between dad and me it worked ok. Over time our bodies got used to the CA climate, being here is like sitting in the freezer. I don’t even leave the house without my jacket! When mom calls and wants to go somewhere, I don’t move until mom grabs my jacket *brrrr*
We got up early again today, got in the car and drove over to grandma’s house. The humans had dinner and I had nothing but a nice spot right next to the heater. Then we looked at pictures from where we live. After a while, though we had to say good bye. Dad will be back in Germany soon for a conference. Maybe mom, too and Jojo will travel with them.
We got in the car again and drove over to one of our horse friends. Remember the knitting lady? This is the place we went to. Dad forgot a jacket there, which we had to pick up. They were so happy to see us. These nice people are always worried about my wellbeing and want to feed me good stuff.. Mom does not allow it, though – that is heartbreaking. Mom is a tough cookie sometimes….
After saying good bye we got in the car again. Guess what? We ended up at our favorite family’s home where uncle N and auntie A live! Boy was I happy. I stormed right in and plunked myself on my favorite spot right where the wintergarten is. You know, I haven’t really slept either, so I was glad to get a break at their house. It feels good to be there. We spent some time chatting (the humans did) and dozing (me). Mom got really sad. I knew. I went up to her a few times to tell her that all is fine. But again, we had to say good bye. That was sad. Mom does not like saying good bye to this fine family. In the car then mom and dad both were very sad. Mom had some tears running down, dad did not, but he was very quiet. I curled myself up in mom’s lap and was sad, too :o( I hope we get to see them again this year.
I the afternoon we started packing. Dad was worried that we had too much stuff, but after mom sorted things a little, we figured all was ok. The most challenging part was all the yarn! It’s so much.. the packing went well without any more challenges. The suitcases are light enough, despite all the things we piled up in them.
Once the suitcases were filled up, mom, dad and I went on a very nice walk in the woods. It was already a bit on the dark side, which made it so much nicer. Especially since no one is in the woods in the dark :o) the walk was so quiet and soothing. Mom and dad talked about all their impressions, about the trip altogether and, how else could it be, about Josephine and me! I walked very close to mom so I could hear every word they said. Dad said that I am nosy! I am not - just want to know what’s going on. We herding dogs have to be fully up to date with everything.
I was looking forward to a nice no-do evening when all of a sudden everyone got up, and we left the house again! Man.. This time the car took us to an Italian restaurant. Mom was very quiet and a bit on the restless side. Dad was too, though. I went to alert her a few times, because I was sensing something crawling up. First I looked at mom, then I nudged mom, then I got up and put my head into her hand and at some point I put my paws up on her lap. She got it but did not take her medication. She felt uncomfortable and was hoping it was nothing. Dad asked for the bill, though so we could leave. Shortly after we left the restaurant, in the car mom had a seizure. How stupid. Dad got us home quickly. I jumped on mom’s lap during the drive and squeezed myself very close. Our in-laws wanted to pet me, they meant well, but I stayed focused. I was doing my job. Even when people cuddle me or talk to me, I am with mom. At some point I could feel the seizure going away. Mom was exhausted from it. That is normal. When we got home, mom went up to the room, laid down for a little. Since mom likes writing at the computer I suggested writing the diary. We closed the door to be alone. It’s very quiet with the door closed; feels good. I am on the couch right next to mom now. In a minute we will go to bed and watch Lord of the Rings and hope we can sleep this night for once!
Tomorrow is travel day. I think I will say ‘see you soon’ and get back to all of you once we are home.
Stay safe and happy, Jolanda and sonja
January 1st 2011 10:45 am
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After mom finished her entry yesterday, she started crashing. Mom felt overwhelmed, and wanted to go sleep. We were all planning to go to the theatre at night to celebrate New Years there. It was supposed to start at 11pm, with a break of an hour and then more theatre. Mom has a hard time going to social events and socialize - especially the ones where you have to look nicely and dress up for.. She felt so insecure and could not get herself dressed or up from the chair for that matter. She just sat there and tried to make a decision, which she and the others too felt most comfortable with. I in the mean time sat on mom’s lap and listened to the sounds outside the window. Loud noise.. Mom and dad talked, dad went to talk with the rest of the family and tataa, all were really happy about not having to go. That was neat. Everyone, including mom were very happy and relieved. The weather was not too nice, there was ice on the streets and fog and it was freezing cold. On top of that I was really confused about all this noise! I am not kidding.
You know, fireworks and fire crackers are illegal in the Bay Area. We know the big firework events in the stadium and stuff. That is ok, but here everyone has something that makes huge noise. I got used to it, plunked myself in my bed, right next to mom’s feet and fell asleep. Luke hung out right next to me. The humans played with dice and little stones and stuff. Apparently they had a pretty cool time. They played games for a long time until about midnight. Then we all got up, went outside into the yard and watched fireworks and listened to loud fire crackers and and and. The sky was on fire. No kidding. Everyone in the neighbourhood had loads of noise makers and rockets to shoot into the sky. At first I was insecure about all this kaboom and zzzzzzzzz and shhhhhhhhhhhh around me but at some point I decided that chasing the fire crackers and barking at the fireworks is way more fun! I barked the best New Year’s welcome you can possibly imagine, I bounced and wagged my tail and did happy dances in-between the ‘imaginary’ chases. The neighbours thought that this was absolutely great. They all wished us a happy new year. The fireworks and all the turmoil started at about 10pm and did not end before 2am! These Germans are very loud people when it comes to New Year’s celebration *phew* Truthfully, I had no choice but get used to it ;o)
My favourite part was the barking part. Luke helped – telling you, his voice is very low and very loud! Mine is shrill and annoying, per mom, but I think my voice is great :D
At about 12:30am, mom and I went on a little short walk and then to bed.
Dad watched some Lord of the Rings on the computer next to us.
Unfortunately mom could not sleep again. This is so annoying mom says, but she gets so cold, she can’t fall asleep here.
Next day, which is today, we got up early, went on a quick walk and had some breakfast. That was nice, because the day promised to get busy again. Boy, Germany travel is stress and not always fun. We got in the car and drove to dad’s sister again. Mom picked up her knitting material. She and her mom in law used it together and now it’s hers. Knitting stuff is nothing special, right? But the memories connected to it are special. The knitting was so joyful and fun. Also dad’s mom was a great teacher. Mom wanted the knitting stuff after dad’s mom died :o)
After the visit we drove over to grandma’s house, where we had some lunch. All of a sudden mom and dad got up; we left the house and drove off again. Mom needed something from the pharmacy but they were all closed for the day due to the holidays. There was only one, which was open. Mom bought what she needed. When dad wanted to pay, he did not have enough money! He forgot his wallet at home. Oh my. The lady at the pharmacy really liked us, though and gave us what we needed for less. Wow, that hardly ever happens here. We had some homemade jam in the car, so mom gave her a jar. She really liked that! Glad we could pay our debts this way.
We spent a little while at grandma’s house and talked, ate, played SUDOKO and some other stuff.
Later the afternoon we got in the car again to go to mom’s brother’s house. He is back at home so we decided to go visit them and say good bye in person, which we did. How sad.
Then we returned home, ate some and decided to do nothing. Dad is fixing my dinner right now. We ran out, so we had to cook some more. That is ok. I can wait :o)
Take good care you all, tomorrow is our last full day and Monday is travel day. Can’t wait! Dad already spoke with Jojo, who is doing very well. She told him that she misses us - we miss her, too – big time.
Mom and dad are homesick. I am too…..
Woofs to you all :o)
December 31st 2010 1:39 am
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I am falling behind. No, mom is falling behind typing for me! What else is new..
Ok, where were we? My uncle is in the hospital, right.
The 28th was a very interesting day. We had breakfast in the morning and then took off to go to a really big bookstore in the city. Not only that, we also went to Starbuck – yes, you heard right – we found the perfect spot to have coffee, work on the computer and monitor the street :o) you can see it on the photos. It was better than perfect. Everyone had to pass by our wall sized window. There were tons of dogs. One of them was a doxie, a regular sized one, not the small ones you see in the States. This doxie really liked goofing with me through the window. People had a splendid time watching us and taking photos. At some point we moved upstairs, where I had an even better spot! I could watch from above.. Neat. At some point a fire truck came along. They had to remove snow from the roof. Telling you…. Lots of snow.
After the Starbucks visit we went to a bookstore. Guess what, the bookstore had a cow inside!!! Really! Unbelievable.. Mom and I walked up to the cow to say hi and take pictures. I looked at the cow and moved right into action. I walked up to her slowly, and gave her a good nip into her heels. To my surprise the cow did not move! I could not believe it. I sat and looked at her with a question mark on my face. When I saw people around us laughing and mom blushing, I thought that something was fishy. I walked up to the cow again, checked her nose and realized it was not alive. *dang* how embarrassing. I decided to make up for my faux pas by placing myself under her head. I looked like a pro. Then the photo session started. Mom placed me under the cow’s belly, too! More pictures were taken by bystanders and mom. I liked the cow actually and wondered whether it would look nice in our house. Mom said we could not fit it into our suitcases. Well, ok, at least I will have chicken soon. The reason for our book store visit was to pick up a book mom and dad ordered. A book about the teenage brain and why they are the way they are. We also found several great comics for my uncle in the hospital. Mom and him have a fairly large collection of Spirou and Fantasio (Spirou et Fantasio), Marsupilami, Asterix, Tim and Struppi (Les aventures de Tintin)... this stuff, you know? They had specials, so we got some.
Then we walked back and had some lunch. After our trip to the city we visited dad’s mom and dad at the cemetery. Dad’s mom died this year and his dad about 15 years back. I don’t know him, but I know that he would have liked me and Josephine. He was a dog person dad told us. We knew dad’s mom, though. She was one cool lady. She had the best treats ever and lived on a farm! Yes, I had my very own farm. Not anymore, but the memories are still present. We miss her.
At the grave dad lit a candle. It is supposed to burn for several days. That is cool, so they will have a light for the New Year’s celebration. The dark can be a little chilly once in a while – you know, right? Trying to light the candle was not such an easy task. The candle holder was buried under a bunch of snow but with a little effort, it all worked out :o)
After the cemetery we drove for a while and ended up at a house, which I wasn’t familiar with. We got out of the car and went on a walk then we went to visit the people, who live in this house. To my surprise there were dogs! Two of them. One I did not get to meet, because she is not happy with other dogs. The other one is a really funny little Jackie and Basenji mix. We had a splendid time. I learned that the people we met were family, too. The woman is an aunt of mine, dad’s sister. I also met my human cousins and grand cousins! How cool is that? We had a really nice time. We did not stay for too long, because we were planning to go see mom’s brother in the hospital.
Not only did we go see him, we went to visit the nice lady first. Boy was she happy to see me! I was too, though. We spent a good 20 min with her and learned that they let her go home next day! That was one big surprise for all of us. I got loads of cuddles from her and she got rubs from me. The humans did some chatting and then we moved on. We will stay in touch.
Mom’s brother was really happy to see us and could not believe we brought him all the cool comic books.
He did way better than the day before. Glad they took care of him. We spent some time chatting, I did some snoring and eventually we drove back home. Luke was very happy to see me :o) Nice to come home to an admirer..
The rest of the evening was calm and easy going.
Next morning, which was the morning of the 29th, we got up early. Mom hasn’t slept well in many nights, so getting up early is an easy task for her. Somehow she can’t sleep in this room, bed, house.. no idea. I can sleep wonderfully :D We got in the car and drove off to grandma and grandpa. Dad told me that we would go do a shopping spree. Oy vey. First we had a nice breakfast, though. Luckily our spree took us to the KÖ again. We went from one store to another but the humans could not make up their minds. We ended up buying nothing except some coffee and tea in a café. That was ok. Our unsuccessful trip was successful nevertheless. We had a good time together.
Dad drove us back home, where grandma made dinner for the humans and me. I thought we were done with the day but we weren’t! Dad gave mom and me a ride to our horse-friend’s place. Mom got out of the car and left me with dad. What was that about?? I drove home with dad, which was ok. Hours later he told me to come so we could pick up mom again. I was right there, ready to free mom wherever she was. We ended up at a nice Italian restaurant in a different city. I dragged dad inside, where I found mom right away. I walked right under the table and settled on mom’s feet. There was no way she could disappear again. We spent some more time, more hours at this place. The humans talked about dogs and horses.
Somehow nice evenings are always too short. How sad.
We said good bye and set up a date for New Year’s Eve. Nice :o) I love being at ‘my’ horse place. We have several friends with horses but this one is our favorite. Mom has known her ever since she was my age. They are pals. I am pals with her dogs, too! We got videos but as you know…………. Next year :o)
Then comes the 30th, which was yesterday. Our days are so busy.. We got up early again, had a very quick breakfast and got in the car. I really like this lifestyle. Car, some walking, car, visiting friends, car, home, car….. the car has heated seats!!!
We ended up at another horse place! How cool. I had never been there before but the humans seemed to know each other very well. I was greeted by a very nasty cat by the name Moritz. He did not want for me to come inside the house. But his dad shushed him nicely aside. He let me in under protest. I ran in like an arrow, hoping he’d miss me. I was safe in the living room *phew*. The humans talked and talked and talked. At some point we all got up and walked into a room with a looooooot of yarn, wool,…. No kidding. I mean shelves full. I then remembered who the woman was. She was the professional knitter lady. No wonder the room was overflowing with yarn. Usually dad and his mom went there to get yarn, but since his mom is not there anymore, the three of us went. Boy, what a task to pick out as much yarn as we can carry. After hours of searching, mom and dad found what they liked. It took forever.
On the way out we went to visit the horses. One of the horses was young when dad was younger. He used to chase dad all over the place. Now he was older and much friendlier. He loved me and I loved him back. We did some nudging and whining and play bowing and nose blowing. Horses like it when you carefully blow some air into their nostrils. They blow back. I had a hard time saying good bye, but had to.
We drove home with all the yarn and new knitting needles. The afternoon was nice. We did nothing! Mom was not doing well. I guess she was tired and the cold did the rest. Mom and dad and I rested together. Later we all got ready again! Oh boy. We got in the car and drove off. This time we ended up in a tiny village right next to the Rhein River. Dad told me that we were going to meet up with friends from college – neat. I always wanted to meet them. The place we chose was closed for the holidays unfortunately. Luckily there was a place right down the block. What an awesome choice. Everyone was nice, the food was absolutely great, and the atmosphere was cozy and happy. Well, ‘non-smoking’ area is fairly loosely defined in this country. The room we were in was right next to the actual pub area so all the smoke traveled right into our room. It was ok, though. We opened the window and had a good time.
The evening was really great. Seeing these people again was wonderful mom said. I liked them, too :o) It got late. When we drove home the streets were very icy.
Today, the 31st, we were busy again. First the entire house had a breakfast together. That was neat. I got a nice treat, too! Luke did not, because his stomach is very sensitive therefore he gets no extras. After breakfast dad and his sister in law sat down to figure out what we needed for dinner. Once they were done we went shopping in a grocery store. We were stopped several times by staff, but treated kindly for the most part. We are fine with being asked or stopped as long as people are friendly and willing to listen. The concept of a SD other than a Guide Dog, is so new, people just don’t know. One staff woman was rude, though. Mom did not stop for her but instead ignored her completely. The woman got very angry, but mom had no energy to fuzz with her. To our surprise, people around this woman told her to back off. Dad tried to explain calmly, but the woman said that she did not care ‘s***’ about it. The scene drew quite some attention. One other customer walked up to the staff woman and told her firmly that without me mom would not be able to go shopping and she better get used to SD in the store. Dad was stunned. The nice lady was a complete stranger to us. Mom guessed she was some therapist or works in this field in some shape or form. She was knowledgeable and well informed. The staff woman felt uncomfortable with more people surrounding her and being ‘protective’ of us. She eventually backed off, still blabla-ing. Dad said that the lady, who stood up for us was really nice. Mom did not get the whole thing, but dad later told us. The rest of the grocery shopping trip was uneventful. Well, it was very busy and people were rude left and right, but that is nothing new in good old Germany. When we left the parking structure, two drivers ended up having a war over our spot. We took off quickly. Crazy..
We dropped by grandma’s place quickly for some lunch and proceeded to our horse friend’s place. Mom said that we were going on a walk with the entire pack! The walk was absolutely great. I did a lot of playing and sniffing. We met loads of dogs on the walk, too. Nice area. Nice people. You know, the average German is fairly grumpy. There are very nice exceptions, though ;o)
After our walk we all went inside for some cow skull. Mom could not believe it, but we doggies got some skull from a cow. *yum* The humans had tea and coffee, though.
Later we had to say good bye until next year. We were all sad.
Now we are home, the fondue is going to start very soon. I will get dinner later than usual, because I had so many treats :D Neat.
Be safe tonight – we got 5 hours left until 2011.
Have a good night, enjoy your party, or have a good night sleep – thinking of you, Jolanda, Jojo, dad Hendrik, and sonja
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