I'm a Pepper!

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Time is mine!

September 13th 2009 2:05 pm
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These are the life and times of Miss Peppercorn. That's me. At 14 months old, I am young and vibrant and have much of my life in front of me. But, alas, time goes by fast, especially for us dogaloos.

This past summer I went to lots of places. My family has a house that can move! We first went to Reno, Nevada. My pop's brother lives there. My uncle has 3 dogs! They weren't real sure what to make of me and my tennis ball obsession. One of them peed in my frisbee :(

Next we went to Wyoming and saw Yellowstone Park. I liked running next to pop's bike. The bison were big and scary. I did NOT bark at them. Mom thinks I am pretty smart.

Then we went to South Dakota to see Mt. Rushmore. This was mom's request on the trip. Quite a diversion from the rest of the route. I did not get to go close to Mt. Rushmore, but I did see it from the parking lot.

From SD we pretty much passed almost all the way through Colorado to see Mesa Verde. Not much for me to do here. I got a few walks but spent some time waiting for my people to come back to the moving house. They came back pretty excited about seeing some cliff dwellings. Why didn't I get to go?!

Onward, ho! to Lake Powell in Utah. THIS was my favorite place. In the early morning before most other people were about we would walk down to the lake. My folks would let me off leash a bit (this is a secret) and throw balls in the water for me. I did NOT ever want to leave that place. We stayed for 4 days. It was great.

But leave we had to, on to Bryce Canyon and Zion were we. I think Bryce was pretty neat for my people. They talked about hoodoos. Whatever those are. On my walks I saw weird tall, skinny rocky things. It was kind of hot here. No water to play in. NOT my favorite place.

Zion, Zion. Nice place. There was a big creek I got to splash in. My boy and my dad got sunburned while floating down the river on donut looking things. My boy forgot to put sunscreen on his feet and dad, well, he didn't put on any sunscreen. Mom was fine as she stayed with me in the shade while they did their float. I was very happy to see them when they finally floated down creek to us.

Finally we headed home by going through Las Vegas. Boy there were lots of lights here. We stayed at a place called Circus, Circus. They had a dog area for me to be off leash. Mom was a little uncomfortable with it. She felt like it was a big kitty box with all the dusty wood chips around. I went to get a drink of water. It looked good. But it was HOT water! I changed my mind about drinking that. I am used to nice, cool water in my home town of Boulder Creek, California. And that, my friends, is where we ended up. Back home. I was not sure if we were ever coming back but we did.

 

Wish me luck

October 8th 2009 8:26 pm
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Better yet wish me focus! I've been studying very hard this week for CGC. We have a prep test coming up this Saturday.

We've been working a lot on the loose leash walking and mom says I am doing very well. Although I do still get so very excited when someone wants to pet me! It is sooo hard to sit still for that!

Oh! Is someone going into the tennis ball closet? Gotta go check it out! See ya!

 

Not a CGC...yet!

October 17th 2009 4:46 pm
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Pepper and I (mom) took the CGC test today and passed 9 out of 10, which is actually pretty good! I have to admit I am a little disappointed to come so close and not quite make it. The slip up was on the reaction to another dog. I realize I need to be more aware of Pepper's position to me before making the approach. We'll work on that. Also the sitting for a pet was a bit weak. So we have another month or so to work on those items.

She was so relaxed during the visual and auditory distractions, I would almost be worried she is deaf or something. But I know she's not, as she can hear a tennis ball bounce from a mile away. Sigh.

 

I AM A CGC!

October 27th 2009 10:27 pm
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Bow wow wow wow & yip yip yippieeee!!!

Passed the CGC test today! Not that I even know what that is. Mom is pretty happy about it though. And she keeps telling me we'll do more fun stuff like fly ball or rally. Whatever those things are!!??!!

Actually on Saturday, which is spooky Halloween, there is a doggy event in our area. Something about dock diving. Mom is not too familiar with that but thinks it sounds right up my alley. So we'll go check it out. Should be fun with lots of doggy activities and other doggies.

Well it's pretty late now and I'm pretty sleepy. My doggy bed is calling to me. But mom wanted to make sure we get this diary entry in today. She's going to tuck me in now along with my fun new spooky spider toy.

 

I like my spider!

October 31st 2009 5:55 pm
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This is my 2nd Halloween. Last year I was 4 months old. I got dressed up with skeleton things. There were skulls on my paws and I had a bandana with skeletons on them. Mommy, cheapskate that she is, was thinking about putting those things on me again. But she couldn't find them in the Halloween box. Mom loses things.

Anyway, we were at the pet store the other day and their costumes were on sale. (Did I tell you mommy is cheap?) Well, she bought me a weird black and yellow spider that goes around my neck. I like this spider. I would like to play with it. I would like to tear off its 6 legs. Didn't I tell you it was weird? What spider has 6 legs and is colored like a bee?

Well, my joy with this spider started a whole round of "leave it" lessons. So now I am not trying to eat the spider. But we'll see about that later, he he.

We're about to go into our little town and walk a little bit with the kiddies. My boy is helping with a haunted house so we're going to pick him up. I wonder if I can go in the haunted house? Mom thinks it is too scary for me, so I doubt she will let me. Although I would like to!

 

It was a set up, I tell ya!

November 1st 2009 6:24 pm
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Ha! I was set up! After reviewing my last two diary entries I see that mom got me TWO spiders! One we got a week or so ago as a fun toy. The other just a couple of days before Halloween so I could dress up a little. So no DUH I thought I could play with both of them!

In her defense I will say the first spider is big, soft and fluffy and is purple and black with EIGHT legs. The second is yellow and black with six legs. Still think that six legged spider is so weird!

 

Dock diving, dock diving, dock diving, yippie!!!

November 1st 2009 6:33 pm
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I went dock diving for the first time this weekend! My friend at the pet store told mom about it. Sounded good to her. I like tennis balls. I like retrieving tennis balls. I like retrieving tennis balls in water. What's not to like?!

Anyway, we got there early and walked around while things were getting set up. Then lots of other doggies started arriving. There were a lot of Labradors like me! Some were yellow and some were brown and some were black like me. Because it was Halloween there were dogs in costume too!

We waited in a long line. Then I saw a yellow lab jump off a platform and into a BIG tub of water! Many other dogs saw it too and there was lots of barking because we all wanted to do that! I was way at the back of the line because it was our first time and mom did not know to preregister me. So we signed up later and were at the back. It was very hard to wait in this line! I did not bark too much but I whined a bit.

When it was FINALLY my turn we walked up a ramp so I could see how to get out. I was a little scared of this ramp (it was high) and thought about jumping off onto the ground. But mom threw my ball in the water and I HAD to go get it! After I was a bit wettened up we walked up the stairs onto a big platform. Mom told me to sit/stay and walked a few feet away to the edge of the platform. Then she threw my ball in the water and told me to get it. I ran up to the edge and hesitated ever so slightly (it was my FIRST TIME!) then saw my ball and jumped in to get it. I had to swim a little to get to my ball then turned toward the exit ramp. I tried to climb out from the side of the ramp. Dad came to help me get out. People thought I did good! They were clapping and cheering and everything!

 

Dog park minions

November 14th 2009 10:59 am
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Mom has started taking me to the dog park. She thinks I'm a little tennis ball obsessed and wants me to broaden my horizons. I am pretty well socialized and am fine with other dogs and people but I really just prefer for someone to throw the ball for me. If I can find a sucker for that then I can ignore the other dogs and just do my fetching thing.

Problem is mom won't throw the ball for me at the dog park!! She thinks the dog park is for playing with other dogs! Geesh, WHAT am I going to do with that woman! Each time we've gone, though, I've been able to find some accomodating dude to chuck or throw the ball for me. BOL!

Mom makes a point of saying quite obviously when we enter, "Pepper, go play with the other dogs. We can play fetch anytime." She can't blame the guy who is trying to throw the ball for his own dog and I join in on the game. But yesterday there was a guy whose own dog had NO interest in balls or fetching. I brought the ball to him and looked at him with my best puppy dog eyes and ... VIOLA new ball throwing minion for me!

 

CGC Certificate

November 21st 2009 11:44 am
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My CGC certificate came in the mail. Yay! Mom noticed her name was spelled wrong on the envelope. Hhmm. Opened it. Yeah, her name is spelled wrong on the certificate, too. Hey, what kind of doggy doo is that?! Although, why is her name even on MY certificate?

We were thinking about checking out a drop in rally class. But that might wait until after all the holiday hubub.

We're supposed to have lots of people over for Thanksgiving, my grandparents and my uncle and aunt. Might not sound like a lot of people to you but it is to me. I've never seen all these people at my house at the same time before. I hope they're all sloppy eaters!

 

Thanksgiving tag

November 23rd 2009 7:37 pm
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I was tagged by my pal Hershy. Here are the rules:

*List 10 different items you're thankful for.
*5 will start with the first letter of your name, and the other 5 will be the first letter of your Mommy's name. (Or typist, daddy, ect.)
*So my first five will be P, my last five will be M's.
*Tag AT LEAST 4 pals
*You can do rosettes, send a pmail, or anything.
*Copy and paste this entry into your diary, only replace my answers with yours
*Everytime you do this, add another name to the list. I'd love to see how far this game gets!

1. Pup pals!
2. Playdates
3. Parks (dog & regular)
4. Pleasant people
5. Pawresents
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6. Mommy
7. Milkbones
8. Meals
9. My Mickey Mouse toy
10. Mashed tennis balls

Now I'm tagging:

Pudge
Missy
Marley
Woofy

 
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