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OMD Christmas Tree

December 15th 2009 11:02 pm
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Crazy things going on around here recently. Last week mom got a big pole from somewhere and set it up in the living room. Then she started sticking green sticks in it. This was interesting at first, then it got boring so I took a nap. When I woke up there was a tree in the living room! A weird tree that doesn't smell like a tree.

If that seems nuts it only gets stranger. She put all these wonderful balls on the tree. I am a ball obsessed girl and she expects me to "leave it". Really!? What is she thinking?!

I did manage to get one really big ball at the bottom down and roll it around a bit. But she heard me and took it away.

Strange creatures these humans. I am really not sure why they do a lot of the things they do.


Christmas 2009

December 17th 2009 12:42 am
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While this is Pepper's 2nd Christmas, it is her 1st Christmas tree in our home. Having a 5 month old puppy our family decided to forgo the tree last year. In hindsight that seems like a very wise decision.

This year, at a year and a half, having a tree in the house covered with balls is very interesting and tempting. She has managed to get down ornaments on two occasions. Fortunately they are of the inexpensive, unbreakable variety and too large for her to fit in her mouth, so all she can do is roll them around. These are the only ornaments toward the bottom of the tree. This was by design. Give mom some credit.


Away fur Christmas

December 19th 2009 4:03 pm
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My family and I will be going to Southern California fur Christmas. My folks have most of their family there. We're taking our moving home and staying at the beach. I LUV it at the beach! It is the only place I actually retrieve and bring back frisbees. Any where else I get all possessive and keep it fur my self. But at the beach catching the frisbee is so fun I remember to bring it back so it can get thrown again fur me.

Mom's old fashioned. No lap top fur her. So this is it until after Christmas. Wishing all my pup pals and everyone on Dogster a very Merry Christmas!


2010 Restolutions

January 1st 2010 11:22 am
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Boy I r tired! My folks had lots of friends over last night. They stayed sooo late! Way past my bedtime. Then at midnight they made all kinds of noise & kissed each other. No one remembered to kiss me:( and I had no doggy furiends to kiss either. Bummer!

We played bowling on the wii. Whenever someone got a strike we all did hi 5s including me. That was fun.

Now for my New Year restolutions. I do like to rest. But I also like to play. I plan to start rally real soon. Hopefully this will keep my obedience training from fading. But mostly it's something me and my fambly can do together and have an activity focused on me. I like that! I also hope to meet new doggy furiends.


Hershey was right!

January 2nd 2010 9:10 pm
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Hershey said humans were hard to train but eventually they would come around. Well, today we went to the dog park and mom threw the ball for me, with the chuck it stick even!

We were headed for the Covered Bridge park, which is not a dog park, where I usually do my fetchin. But mom discovered she did not bring the leash she intended to bring and her usual leash reserves in the car had ended up in various jacket pockets over the holidays. It was a warm day here in CA so she did not have any of these jackets with her. So no Covered Bridge park. There were too many little kids n stuff for me to be running around without a leash this day. I was sad to drive away with no fetchin.

She drove to the Dollar store to get me a leash. They had collars but no leashes. So she bought some twine and a box cutter and fashioned a pretty sorry lead for me. But she was proud of her Boy Scout resourcefulness.

Anyway, we finally ended up at the dog park as it was the closest park to the Dollar store. She brought the chuck it stick along and threw the ball for me. I brought it back to her 3 or 4 times then decided I needed to meet some new people. So I took the ball to other humans to throw the ball for me. See I don't need mom anyway!

We have never been to the dog park on a Saturday before. There were lots more humans and lots more dogs. Fur the first time there was a dog there, a Visla, that was just as ball intense and could run faster than me! What a shock fur me. I guess I had to meet my match sooner or later.


I have created a MONSTER!

January 10th 2010 8:32 am
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Hi, Pep's mom here. Ok, as you can see from Pepper's last entry I have relented and now throw the ball for her at the dog park. On the visit she refers to we were not planning on the dog park but ended up there due to lack of a proper leash. We were planning on a fetching session and so I did plan to throw the ball for her a bit and go.

I intended this to be a one time exception. But have realized it is not realistic to expect her to only socialize at the dog park. There are always balls laying about, she is too insistent in bringing the ball to people and there are too many willing ball throwers at her disposal.

I wanted her to play with other dogs at the dog park rather than fetch because I thought she might be forgetting how to play and interact with other dogs. But perhaps she is just growing out of that kind of puppy play. I see no unreasonable fear or aggression in her and no problems in her dog to dog interaction. So what was MY problem?! Don't fix it if it ain't broke!

She does seem to have learned some doggy manners in all this. She picks out a ball that becomes HERS. She then brings it to another dog owner. She ONLY fetches when HER ball is thrown. This seems really smart and polite to me. But then maybe I am just anthromorphizing?

I have discovered that my reluctance to throw the ball for her has created a dog that actually now prefers to interact with strangers. I realize I created this preference (and a certain neediness). It can be a little embarrasing when she brings the slobbery ball up to people who don't really want to throw it for her. However, that is actually very rare. Most people are very good natured about it and will comply with her very obvious request. At least I think they don't mind!?

Now I am trying to get back in her good graces and get her to bring the ball to me, at least some of the time. Ah the problems we humans cause with our good intentions.


OMD NO Christmas Tree!

January 11th 2010 6:46 pm
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They did it again! Just as I was getting used to a tree in the house they go and change things and take it away!

First went the balls. I dreamed about those balls. They were extra fun to play with because they were forbidden. Then went the ribbons. Not as fun as the balls but good chew toys, again because they were forbidden. Next came down the lights. Lights weren't that big a deal to me. The green sticks, now I know they are branches, came down next. Finally the big pole was broken into 3 short poles.

Everything tree is gone now but I have my unimpeded view back.


Mom! Where was u?

January 17th 2010 6:25 pm
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On Thursday mom left work early. I was happy because I was with mom. I've been going to work with her everyday lately because our nice neighbor man said I was unhappy barking. Anywoof, we went and met dad and went out to lunch together. This is very unusual. Dad's work is about an hour away from mom's work.

After lunch, dad drove mom to a place called the airport. Mom got out of the car with her purse and an extra big bag. Then dad drove away. Mom did not come home fur 2 nights! I listened for her car and I checked her side of the bed on Friday and Saturday morning. NO MOM! What's up with this? What happened to mom?

This is the 1st time mom did not come home to sleep at night. I'm used to my boy going off camping with his scout troop. But not mom! I guess dad's the only one I can rely on now!

On Saturday I was getting used to her not being around & dad's a pretty fun guy. But Saturday night dad and I went to the airport again and there she was, mom! She said she had a pretty good time at something called a baby shower. I was pretty happy and wiggly. Also one of the security guys gave me a ball when dad was circling the airport to pick mom up. But it was not a tennis ball and I popped it in about 5 minutes. Ah, well, easy come easy go. Welcome home mom!


Wet, wild weather in the west!

January 21st 2010 9:27 pm
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Well, it's been an interestin coupla days here in the Santa Cruz Mountains. On Tuesday the school called and told my boy not to bother coming in, no school. The wind and rain made things too bad. He already had Monday off for MLK day. Mom loaded the both of us in the car and made us go into the office with her. She just had a couple of things to check on then we headed back home. The main road to get home was in pretty bad shape. There was traffic control in one area then it was totally closed a little further down. We got thru using other side street detours.

On Tuesday night the school called again and told us there would be no school on Wednesday either. Wednesday morning dad left at his usual 6 am but then came right back all soakin wet. He said there was a tree down on the little street leading out of our neighborhood. As he was turnin around to come home another neighbor came along and said he needed to get through. So dad tried to help him move the tree but it was too heavy. They ended up tying it to the neighbor's truck and dragging it out of the way. That's how dad ended up all soakin wet.

Well, when mom heard this she decided she is not going anywhere. But dad felt he had to try again so he left the house at around 7. Then at 9 am the power went out. Now we are mountain folk and used to power outages and we all have generators. So mom went out and started up the generator. But we don't like to use the computer on generator power so we did not get to visit Dogster.

Mom noticed the gas looked pretty low in the generator. When she talked to dad he said he had more gas in a can in the garage. But when she found the can it was empty. So no more stayin home for her. She drove around the fallen tree and into town to get some gas. This kept us going for a while.

Later we found out one of our neighbor lady's generator was not workin. When dad came back home in the afternoon he tried to start it for her. It did not start. Dad said it needed some work done to it by a professional. So we invited the lady and her two girls over to play board games. I was very happy and wiggly when they came over. It ended up being lotsa fun!

Finally the power came back on at around 9 pm. We were out of power for around 12 hours. Good thing we have that generator!


Miss Destructo!

January 23rd 2010 10:40 am
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Well, this rain is wearing on me. Mom, fairweather person that she is, is just not getting me the exercise I need. I destroyed one of my doggy beds. I've been dumpster divin and throwing my food dish around. I haven't done stuff like this since I was a little puppy! She thought our little walk to the post office yesterday was enuf, but NO, I NEED MY FETCHIN SESSIONS!

This morning there seems to be a break in the rain. We went outside and she threw the ball for me. Then we went for a nice long walk down to the tennis courts.

Awoof back, some kindhearted soul left one of the tennis court gates unlocked. I luv fetchin in the the tennis court! And mom likes it because I am safe and can't run off. But, alas, today it was locked back up again. Don't tell anyone, but mom knows how to reach thru the slots and break in. But she chose not to do that today. If someone cares enuf to lock it back up then she doesn't want upset anyone because, heaven forbid, a dog is using the court that she has NEVER seen anyone play tennis in.

Anywoof, on the way back home we spotted a tennis ball in the bushes and I retrieved it out of there! Mom said I did a good job.

My fambily is hopeful my destructive stage is over fur a bit. But we shall see!

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