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Me and mum tricksies each other!

April 15th 2010 9:22 pm
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Fur awoof now I've been playing a trick on my folks. I am a fetch addict and they enable my addiction by throwin' the ball fur me every day. Well even though I like havin' them throw the ball I also like keepin' it fur myself awoof and not bringin' it back right away. Apparently, this makes my folks feel impatient, silly and a bit useless in between throws.

Mum figured out that if they don't stand around lookin' all interested in me bringin' the ball back I tend to bring it back sooner. So now she looks at her flowers, stretches or works on a sudoku puzzle in between throws. Maybe it's just like watching water boil but Mom doesn't think so. She thinks I am bringing the ball back quicker now that it appears my fetchin' is just a side activity and not her main focus. I might be a little worried she's not interested in throwin' the ball fur me.

So I guess Mom is the end trickster FUR NOW! Woohahahaha or however you spell maniacle laughter.


Weather is playin' tricks on us!

April 12th 2010 7:51 pm
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It's been rainin' since Safurday here in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Finally today there seemed to be a break. The sun was shinin' thru the windows. So we went outside to play fetch. There were some clouds but they seemed pretty far away. But then it started rainin! Where was these raindrops cumin from!? There were NO clouds right above us! It was kind of pretty because the sun was out too. So we stayed out a bit and continued our (my) fetch. We was also hopin' we might see a rainbow.

But then the clouds came closer and were black and right above us. And it became a cold rain. So we went in the house.(only because Mom wanted to)

A few minutes later it was not raining anymore. We went outside again. The rain came again! We went inside.

We did this a couple more times! Doy!

Finally we had a long patch of no rain, but then the sun went down behind the mountain. So we came in. (only because Mom wanted to) These humans are sooo soft. They want dry conditions and light to see. Good grief!


Diary pick!

April 11th 2010 8:11 am
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Yay! My diary is one of today's picks!

I am happy and grateful but... seems my diary gets picked every time I let out some secret, hmm.

Anywoof, thanks Dogster!


Dogs in Yosemite

April 10th 2010 11:59 am
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My pal, Hershey, asked me to report back on how dog friendly it is at Yosemite. We found it to be quite dog friendly in the areas dogs are allowed. Basically leashed dogs are allowed on all paved paths. The Gallery in the Village even had a bowl of water out fur us. I always think folks who do that are so kind!

The walk to the the Falls View is all paved so I could have gone there but did not. The path was kind of icy so we did not want to risk anyone falling over with a bike in one hand and me in the other.

At the campground I did go off leash a bit to catch snowballs. Silly people posted evidence of this crime in a video on my page. Please don't call the rangers on me!

While I got to run with the bikes and go on walks I did not get to go on real hikes with my family because these were on unpaved foot paths. On those occasions I stayed back and guarded the motyhome.

We found just about everyone to be very nice and furiendly to me. I got to play with a 7 month old Chesapeak Bay Retriever. Plus I met several other dogs and got to sniff them a bit. All in all we found Yosemite to be a furry nice place for doggies to visit.



April 9th 2010 6:08 pm
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OMD! Yosemite was PAWSOME!

We left the Santa Cruz Mountains Friday afternoon in the pouring rain. It was kind of miserable for my family to pack up the motyhome. Dad almost didn't bring the bikes because of the rain. But biking around is a big part of Yosemite for my folks. So he toughed it out and the bikes came along.

Friday night we made it to a place called Casa de Fruit. Not too far from Santa Cruz County, I know. But it was getting dark and everybuddy was getting hungry. So we stopped fur the night.

Safurday morning we got moving real early. It was overcast and kind of cold and rainy. We heard a storm might be coming in fur Sunday and Monday.

We arrived in Yosemite Safurday afur noon. We did a little biking around. Well my family biked and I ran alongside Dad's bike. Mom says I looked wild and crazy at furst. But I soon found my stride and learned to pace myself. Boy! My folks sure can move faster on bikes than on their feet! I got a pretty good work out.

We woke up Easter mornin' in Yosemite! It was still overcast and quite cold. We enjoyed watchin' the campers with small kids doing their Easter egg hunts. My boy is now a teenager so he didn't hunt eggs but Mom and Dad did have a little camoflage Easter basket fur him with some goodies in there. My boy is NOT too old to eat candy and chocolate! We walked around the campground to check things out and did a little bike ridin'. But it was pretty cold so we also stayed in the motyhome a bit and played games.

Monday mornin' I woke Mom and Dad up cause I had to go outside to do some business. Mom opened the door of the motyhome and the ground was all WHITE! I hesitated a bit. I've never seen the ground all white. I came out and the white stuff was real cold. I LUVED it! I got very invigorated and had to do some puppy zoomies!

My folks call the white stuff snow. And apparently Yosemite got about 18 inches of it Sunday night. It also snowed off and on all day Monday. It was very pretty and like I said very invigorating fur me. I learned that with snow there are endless snowballs fur my peoples to throw fur me!

So Yosemite was great but I have to say the snow really made the trip fur me. It stopped snowing on Tuesday but the snow on the ground was still there when we left this mornin'. So it was a snow that stuck pretty good.


Hoppy Easter!

April 2nd 2010 1:28 pm
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Early wishes to everypup for a nice Easter. I will not be able to access Dogster on Sunday. My fambily is taking me somewhere called Yosemite. They have been there many times and say it is very beautiful. This is my first time. I hope I like it! We'll be there for the next week.


Our Path to Dogster

March 31st 2010 6:36 am
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About 2 months befure I was born, a fur girl named Jamaica went to the Rainbow. She was a 12 year old chow/aussie mix. Strangely, Mom was surprised at how quiet, sad and lifeless the house felt after saying goodbye to Jamaica. There was such a doggy void in her family and her life.

The next week or so she and the boy (her son) were at the library. She found herself in the animals section. She figured if she can’t have a dog right now she can at least read about them. She checked out Dogs for Dummies.

Dogs for Dummies had a small section on grief. This was not why she checked out the book but she was drawn to this section. It suggested internet sites that might have grief support. Mom found the Dogster memorials/goodbye forum. So many folks there feeling what she was feeling. She didn’t quite feel up to posting herself. So she was grateful for the strength and courage of those who did post and for the understanding and kindness of the responders.

There was some home improvement the family had delayed during Jamaica’s life. It would have involved displacing Jamaica from where she was used to lounging during the day. They did not feel it was right to do that to her in her senior years. So now that Jamaica was gone construction began but this postponed getting a new fur baby.

Almost 3 months after I was born dad announced he wanted to go see some lab puppies he heard about in Manteca. Mom was surprised, the work on the house wasn’t yet finished. Dad didn’t care. The family had gone long enough with no fur baby.

This is where I come into the story! I was about 11 weeks old when I joined the family. Mom did not start a Dogster profile for me right away but she visited Dogster fur information and training tips quite a bit.

Today is my one year annifursary on Dogster. During this furst Dogster year I have made pup pals and started my diary. We (mom and me) have laughed and cried at blogs, forum postings and diary entries. We have figured out how to read and appreciate dog speak. We now understand some of the Dogster short speak such as OMD, BOL & PPR. We have given and received rosettes, stars and special gifts. We have learned and grown through Dogster.

I am a Dogster dog. BOL!


Spring Ahead!

March 20th 2010 8:28 pm
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Mom's been wakin' up crazy early this week! She says it's because the time changed. I don't know what that's about. I been snoozing away while she's getting ready fur work. Now she's been leavin fur work so early I don't get my mornin' fetch. It's too dark to see the ball! But Mom and Dad come home from work earlier so I do get more fetchin in the evening. Apparently this is daylight savings.

Also been workin' on sumptin called taxes. Don't know what that is but it sure makes Mom and Dad grouchy.

So it's been a bit of a tough week. But the sun has been shining and the weather warm. Mom filled my pool up fur me fur the furst time this year. I've been havin' a good time splashin' and playin' in there. Happy Spring everypup!


Yappy St. Pawtrick's Day!

March 17th 2010 6:50 am
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Yappy St. Pawtrick's Day to everypup! Thanks to my pals who exchanged gifts and paw mails with me. That's always fun! Enjoy the wearing o' the green and Irish luck today!


A Fetchin' Good Day!

March 6th 2010 8:59 pm
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Today was a WONDERFUL day! I got to spend pretty much the whole day outside running around loose.

The last few weekends have been wet, rainy and cold. And the forecast was kind of the same for this weekend. But guess they was wrong 'cause it was BEAUTIFUL!

Mom spent the day outside planting some pretty flowers in the garden. Dad cut up and piled a bunch of brush in the truck and later hauled it off. My boy was outside pulling weeds. So all of the fambily were outside together fur much of the day. I LUV that! Cause then I can run around and I got lotsa ball throwers.

To top things off when we went for my evenin' walk I found my glow in the dark ball I left down the culdesac awoof back. And Mom even let me bring it in the house wit me. Isn't that great?!

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