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Gotcha Day Annifursary!

September 20th 2010 5:59 am
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Today is my 2nd year Gotcha Day annifursary! My diary was not started on my original Gotcha Day so we are going to try to remember those times and get us all caught up.

On my original Gotcha Day in 2008 a man, a lady and a boy came to see me and my fur brothers. Me and my brothers all really liked people and swarmed all around them. We were all fun and friendly and cuddly. Wellwoof, somehow I got picked and got to go with the new peoples in the car. I did not get to say goodbye to my fur mom but my furst skin mom and sisters said goodbye to me and seemed very sad.

My new fambily had a little bed in the car fur me that, somehow, I knew was fur me. I sat in the back in my bed with the boy who is now referred to as ‘MY boy’. Drivin’ away from my furst house was the only time I cried or seemed scared of being away from my fur mom and brothers.

At my furever home, my fambily had a crate fur me to sleep in. I liked the crate and I use one to this day, although a slightly bigger one. But I really wanted to sleep under Mom and Dad’s bed! They thought this was pretty funny and they let me do it. Eventually, though, I grew too big to fit under there. So now I sleep in my big crate.

One of the furst things my fambily did was help me learn where I should go potty. It was NOT under the dining room table! Next we went to the veterfurnarian to make sure I was all nice and healthy. I was and am. Finally, we signed up fur training classes, where I got to meet and play with other puppies. My classmates were:
Scooter the dachshund (best pup to ruff house with)
Shadow the lab mix (fun girl & we looked a lot alike)
Daisy the pit bull (a bit skittish, but a sweet girl)
Abby the poodle mix (feisty little thing)

I liked my classes. We went every week, me and the whole fambily! My fambily thinks I was one of the smartest and quickest learning pups but they are very biased so they might not be that credible.

We spent pretty much that furst Gotcha Year in training classes. By my furst year Gotcha Day annifursary in 2009 we, me and mom, were workin’ toward the Canine Good Citizen test. I did not pass that test my furst time around but I passed it when I tried again a coupla weeks later.

Shortly after earning CGC we learned about Dock Divin’. And that is my favfurite thing in the world to do! I am glad my fambily takes me Dock Divin’!

Well, I think that helps catch us up to when I furst started my Dogster diary in 9/2009.


Gotcha Day Festivities

September 19th 2010 9:01 pm
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My Gotcha Day is tomorrow, but we celebrated today. It's just easier on the peeps to do it on a weekend. More free time.

Furst, I got lotsa fetchin'! But I get that every day, so guess that's just normal.

Then I got a bath. BOO! Even dogs who love water hate baths! At least, I do! But the bath was because Mom found a flea swimmin' in my water bowl and I had a bit of an embarrassing accident in Dad's truck (not going into detail on that).

So what DID happen in honor of my Gotcha Day? Wellwoof, I got some extra spawcial treats to eat and a glow in the dark ball. I really like my ball! We went out tonight in the dark and it was so cool to see. It was like I was carrying the moon in my mouth!


A couple of firsts

September 17th 2010 10:22 pm
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Hello! Pepper's humom chiming in today.

Pepper loves her ball fetching. But not so much that she is aggressive about it. She's had some encounters with some not so friendly dogs, but nothing major. Just think she's decided balls and frisbees are safer and more predictable than other dogaloos. So her preference at the dog park is to focus on her fetching and mostly she ignores the other dogs. She is a favorite of the herding dogs. They love to herd her. And she's good with it too. Doesn't mind as long as they don't get in the way of her fetch. If there is a very pushy dog she stops running, drops her ball, lowers her head and lets them sniff her. Most dogs are satisfied and soon let her go on her way. She has never challenged another dog until this week.

There was a swiss mountain dog giving her a bit of a hard time. He'd let her get the ball but then not allow her to bring it on back. This went on a few times until she finally told him off! Her tail was wagging and anyone else would've thought she was playing with him. But I knew better. Pepper doesn't puppy play anymore. For the first time Pepper decided to stand up for herself. Think the reason is this swiss mountain dog is a puppy. Although he is about 3 times her size! She's finally figured out she's not a lowly puppy herself anymore. She will never be alpha dog. But she's confident and happy, so she shouldn't be omega dog either. I'm glad she was a little assertive. Although, the swiss pup was pretty much unfazed.

The other new development is Pepper is now willing to voluntarily leave the dog park. I used to have to hide the leash and sneak up on her. It seemed she was never ready to go. The other day while I was going to get the leash off the hook near the gate she followed me over and stood at the gate ready to leave! I was pleasantly surprised.

I think both incidents are signs that she is shedding her puppyhood. This is good but makes me feel a little meloncholy as well. My friendly, excitable puppy has become a sweet, good natured dog.



September 13th 2010 8:19 pm
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I had a very important job tonight, pre pre cleaning tonight's post casserole dish! I luv my work! Wish my boy liked his chores as much.


Mind Control

September 12th 2010 8:30 pm
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So Mom was out workin' in the garden today, rakin' leaves and tryin' to do some clean up. She told me I had to wait fur her to throw the ball fur me. Although, later she found herself putting the ball in the chuck it stick and throwin' it fur me. She then realized she had not made a concious decision to throw the ball fur me at that point. It's not like that has nevfur happened befure. She now has an inkling of our places in the universe. When it comes to fetchin' I am a Jedi Master and she is weak minded fool! BOL!


Poor Duck!

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.


Diary pick!

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!


A Real Life Rosette!

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!


And the surprise was...?

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.


Frog Driving?!

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?!

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