August 19th 2010 10:26 pm
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Dad noticed a problem with the boat trailer a coupla days befure the end of our trip. So we went into the closest town to our campsite, Page, Arizona, in search of repair supplies.
We were on our last errand, to get gas, when Dad saw a little beagle headed straight for a very busy intersection. We were stopped at the intersection with one car ahead of us. All Dad could do was honk his horn hoping to alert the other drivers to watch out for the little guy. Poor driver in front of us was scared to death with a big, old motyhome honking behind him. Meanwhile, Mom was screaming her head off, sure that we were going to witness a tragedy.
Anywoof, the beagle made it across the intersection unscathed. My folks watched to see if any peoples were in pursuit and maybe she just got loose. No such luck, nobody cared, nobody stopped to help this little dog.
So Mom told Dad to pull over and get gas at the gas station right on the corner. She grabbed a dog biscuit and one of my leashes and off she went to try to round up this little dog. She got across the intersection to where the beagle was. The Beagle found a nice patch of grass where she seemed safe fur the time being. Mom approached her showing the biscuit but apparently got too close, too quickly. Oh no! Off went the little beagle again!
Mom walked away from the street into the nearby parking lot and suddenly Miss Snoopy decided she was, indeed, interested in the biscuit Mom was holding. Yay! Mom tossed her a piece of biscuit and let Miss Snoopy do the approaching this time. At furst Miss Snoopy was a little scared of Mom but she soon figured out Mom was only meaning to help her. Mom managed to get a leash on Miss Snoopy.
Miss Snoopy had a nice collar but no tags. She looked relatively healthy, a little dirty on her backside, but mostly seemed well cared fur. Mom didn't think she'd been a stray for too long. She didn't look malnourished but she acted quite hungry. She pawed at Mom's leg fur the rest of that biscuit.
Mom walked her back to the gas station where Dad and me were waiting. Dad did a very naughty thing and asked Mom if we should keep the little dog. Oh temptation! But Mom knew this was not the place, time or method to take on a new dog. If Miss Snoopy's fambily is lookin' fur her they deserved someone to put up found dog signs and/or take her to a vet to check fur a microchip. As tourists we were not prepared to put forth that kind of effort.
Mom left Miss Snoopy with me and Dad at the motyhome to give her some water, while Mom went in to ask the gas station clerk to call animal control. The guy was a little hesitant about getting involved at furst. Mom explained that she is a tourist and while she's not going to stand around and let a dog get hit, she couldn't wait around fur animal control. She had 3 fambilies waitin' on her to cook dinner that night!
We found a safe place in the shade to tie up Miss Snoopy. Mr. GasStationClerk was now responsible until the police showed up.(Turns out Page does not have animal contol.) We left her with a bowl of water and some kibble Mom had handy in a ziplock fur the lunch I refused to eat that day.(was havin' too much fun swimmin' to eat) Mr. GasStationClerk wasn't too happy Mom also left him an empty poop bag (just in case). BOL!
Once Mr.GasStationClerk realized what a sweet little girl Miss Snoopy was he softend up quite a bit. Turns out he was quite a nice guy. He even thanked Mom & Dad fur helpin' out a little Arizona dog. While Mom & Dad were not unkind, they sorta bulldozed the guy into helpin' Miss Snoopy. In the end we think he felt good about helpin' out.
The next day we were listening to a local Page radio station and they had a program about lost and found pets. They mentioned our Miss Snoopy as a friendly, female beagle found the previous day! We're glad they're helpin' Miss Snoopy find her fambily! She's a sweet girl who deserves a sweet, luvin' fambily, as all dogs do!
August 21st 2010 11:02 am
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My uncle, Dad's bro, had a furiend stayin' in a houseboat on the lake. One day, we got togefur with them and all the peeps wanted to go see sumptin called Rainbow Bridge(huh!?). Wellwoof, lots of other peeps had the same idea at the same time as my peeps. There was lots of boats already at the dock fur Rainbow Bridge. We were patient, though, and waited fur a spot. Then we all got out to hike out to Rainbow Bridge. Wait a minute! There's words all along the dock "No Pets"! NO PETS ALLOWED AT RAINBOW BRIDGE! Waddya mean!? I'm hearin' about Rainbow Bridge all the time on Dogster!
Turns out this Rainbow Bridge is a big hunk of earth erosion and stuff shaped into an arch shape and the humans named it Rainbow Bridge and only allow other humans to go see it. Wellwoof, I guess I'll just have to wait to see the animal Rainbow Bridge and that's just fine with me.
Mom waited behind with me while the other peeps took the short hike to go see it. While we were waitin' a French family came up and docked their boat near our boat. Their two girls thought I was just adorable with my lifevest on. They came over and gave me some pets and their dad took a picture of them with me. So now maybe I'm on some French girl's facebook page?
Anywoof, the peoples all returned and said the Rainbow Bridge was neat and Mom should go take a look. She walked out to where she could see it from afar but not all the way out to the base of it. Definitely it was nice but it's not like she's never seen a natural arch befure. She told me not to worry about not seein' this one, our Natural Bridges (that I can go see!) in Santa Cruz is just as nice.
August 21st 2010 11:36 am
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While Lake Powell was a very beautifur lake with some high canyon walls and gorgeous scenery, the conditions while we were there were not ideal fur my fambily's tendency to want to tow live bodies behind the the boat. Due to wind and many other boaters the water had a tendancy to be quite choppy. So other than my dad and boy wake boardin' on the furst day we would either find a nice beach and play on the water's edge or do sightseein' with some swim breaks in between.
On the last day they decided it was now or never to do more wake boardin'. Once again Dad went furst. Poor Dad! He kept fallin down til he was so tired he didn't want to try again. It's not like he's brand new at this, he's been doin' it fur years. But there's a certain magic(?) needed between the rider, boat driver & water to make it work. We could find no magic fur Dad today.
Next my boy gave it a go. He IS new to wake boardin'. This is the furst year he has tried it. The last time we went boatin' he was 10 years old and his feet too small fur the board we have. Now he is 13 and only one shoe size smaller than Dad. Anywoof, he got up the furst time and hung on fur a bit. But this was difficult, choppy water to board in and he ended his ride with a spectacular crash.
Finally, Mom did it, too! I hadn't seen her do any of this stuff befure! Only witnessed her as an accomplice to my dad & boy's shenanigans! Who knew she had it in her! Wellwoof, she got up on the very furst try. Then she hung on fur a bit. Then befure she could crash she let go. Kinda boring, actually. She says she's gettin' too old fur this stuff.
With the water being what it was we decided to put away the wake board and get out the giant inflatable frisbee. My boy rode it fur a bit. Then, as it was being pulled back in to be retired Mom asked me to jump on it fur a quick pic (see my new photo). Then Dad crazy, goofy guy that he is said, "let's see if she likes being towed!" Wellwoof, I tolerated a short ride but can't say I really enjoyed it. I jumped off after about 20 seconds. Crazy humans!
August 27th 2010 11:01 pm
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Woo hoo! What a week! My boy went back to school on Tuesday. Me, Mom and Boy all have to wakes up earlier again. And with the heat it was hard to fall asleep at night.
Speakin' of the heat Monday and Tuesday were real scorchers. It got up to 105 in Santa Cruz, which is very unusual fur that coastal city! But what a difference a coupla days make. Today it's back down to the high 60s and low 70s. Mom even wore a sweater tonight on our walk! So shorts & tank top (and still sweaty) on Tuesday night and sweater with long pants on Friday! Talk about a quick change artist! Tomorrow the high is supposed to be 65! A 40 degree drop in just 4 days!
August 29th 2010 5:15 pm
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Ok, I am going to admit it, I am not always the perfect dog I seem to be. Last fall my neighbors had a lot of work done on their yard. This included lots of new plants, a waterfall and a pond. A POND! With a water crazy labrador that lives across the street!?
Wellwoof, once I realized there was a new pond nearby I wanted to investfurgate it! My folks realized that the easy going arrangement with me being off leash and unsupervised had to end. Befure I had no incentive to go out of my yard, now there was an attractive nuisance. My folks did not want to have to take out a 2nd mortgage fur what I might mess up over there! Plus our neighbors are also friends and very nice people. We do not want to cause them unhappiness & distress.
Anywoof, thru no fault of my own, I found myself in their pond a coupla times. Once Mom had me off leash while she was getting some stuff out of the car. She thought she was supervising me but obviously not well enuf. "Um, Pep, where'd you go?! PEP! PEP!" then splish, splash, splish, splash then lady neighbor's voice "Getoutta here!" Eeks! Sorry!
OK, I got the message, nobody wants me in that pond. For many months I stayed out of that pond. Then Mom screwed up again and left me outside with my ball to make a quick sandwich fur my boy's lunch. Wellwoof, my ball rolled down the driveway and into their pond. I HAD to go get it! This time neighbor man's voice, "GETOUTTA THERE!" Yikes! Mom heard that from in the house! She rushed out to get me, but I was already outta there. She apologized and promised it wouldn't happen again.
Wellwoof, we have all been able to keep her promise. I no longer even LOOK at that pond! That guy, nice though he is, scared the bejeebers outta me that day! Today we spent the whole day outdoors doin' yard work. When I get hot I go in my own pool and cool off. Mom and Dad do keep a better eye on me and I am never left outdoors alone with my ball. That seems to be workin', I show no infurest in goin' over there anymore.
September 2nd 2010 4:12 pm
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So yesfurday the dadster says "Hey Pep, you ready to go ... frog driving?!" or was it "bog bribing?" or maybe "clog frying?" Then Mom says, "Honey, don't spoil her surprise!" Huh? A surprise for moi? I wonder what could it be?!
September 5th 2010 7:41 pm
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Furst, the surprise had nothing to do with froggies AT ALL! Sorry, Whitley & Finley, fur the false alarm! Next, Zaidie probably knew because he's a furry smart pup. I shoulda figured I might get to do my furry favfurite thing...DOCK DIVIN'! WOO HOO!
It turned out to be an all day event. We left at 7 o'clock in the mornin'. Then we drove 2 hours or sumptin'. When we got there I got to practice fur a bit then the Splash Dogs had sumptin' called Super Vertical. I never did this befure so I just watched, which drove me CRAZY! Later they had the regular dock divin' and I did furry good. We just got home about 7 pm so I am a bit tired tonight. I'll do a better update tomorrow. Night, night.
September 6th 2010 7:07 am
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I did very good at my dock divin' yesfurday! On my furst competitive jump I did my best jump evfur of 12'7". Then on the 2nd heat I beat that with 13'1"! I was on a roll!! Mom and Dad thought we were done fur the day, then found out I qualified to participate in the finals! Yay, the finals! That's the furst time I evfur made it to the finals!
Then in the finals I came in 6th place among 10 dogs with a jump of 12'11". I won a green rosette fur 6th place! My furst real life rosette! Mom thinks this is just the beginning. We both are hooked!
Plus, the place I went to today is a new permanent pool somewhat local fur us. Itsa coupla hours away but Mom thinks we can make it out there once a month or so. She wants to keep me in condition so I don't injure myself. I am just happy to go dock divin' more often!
September 8th 2010 6:25 am
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Wow! Furst I win a rosette, then my diary is one of today's picks! What a great week I am havin' so far! Woo Hoo!
September 10th 2010 6:43 am
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Unfurtunately, our week of good news has ended on a rather sour note. On Thursday while walking with Mom to the Fedex box we saw a motorist blatantly drive over a female duck.
Luckily the duck, maybe, will be alright, because the truck passed over her, rather than on top of her and thanks to a couple of Good Samaritans walking their own little dog. Mom's not sure how helpful she could've been with me in tow, so she was grateful for their presence.
The lady scooped the duck out of the road to safety. Because the duck had blood coming out of her beak things seemed bad.But after a few minutes she seemed a little less stunned and, unfortunately, wanted to run back into the street.
We did our best to keep her from getting hit a 2nd time and the lady scooped her back into her arms again. A nice man on a motorcycle also stopped and said he saw the whole thing and maybe the duck just needed a little recup time.
The kind lady, man and dog agreed to take Miss Duck to a safe area and see if she would recover.
We are so grateful for their generosity to spend their time and energy in the care of this humble creature.
Unlike, the motorist who at best was so inattentive he did not see a large, slow moving bird in his path or worse could not be bothered to stop for a few seconds and let the animal cross. Since there was no other traffic it's not like there was a safety issue in stopping.
Mom was saddened at how idiotic and self absorbed people can sometimes be. On the other hand she was heartened at how kind, generous and helpful others are.
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