Likes: Duck jerky! Swimming, running, camping, meeting new dogs/people and playing with the greyhounds.
Pet-Peeves: The play or the walk ending too soon. He is scared of Fergus.
Favorite Toy: Squeaky toys but, plush squeaky toys are the best. Laser pen?!
Favorite Food: he'll eat anything.
Favorite Walk: Walk? Anywhere? Let's go!
Best Tricks: sit for food, stay, come, get in car, fetch, whine and groan.
Arrival Story: With the loss of my eldest cat recently, I decided to adopt another dog as a companion for Biggles. I looked through my city's animal services website and found a dog named "Hunter" who was a stray before coming to the City Pound. There, he caught kennel cough (still has it) and lost weight because of it. They said online he needed a good home to recuperate in and I thought; I should be able to provide that. I adopted him June 1st (yesterday at the time of this writing). Renamed Beavis, he will get all his current medication and proper medical care as well as lots of food, chews, play, companionship and lovin's.
Bio: At the Pound, they said he really seemed to like water, being a lab X of course. Biggles loves swimming and I thought it was about time he had a buddy to do the things I can't. Maybe because Beavis is still coughing, he can't really do any exercise that doesn't promote a coughing jag. He acknowledges the cats but, doesn't want to wrestle with them, just sniff. He can catch things in his mouth easily and I look forward to welcoming him in the family even though he is still technically on trial.
Hi there. Beavis here to tell you the tale of my latest visit to Chris' house. Well, it wasn't bad. Biggles and I had chews and water. I got to sleep on the couch or Cooper's bed. Now there are two cats who live with Chris: Pittswell (a young cat) and Milo (an old cat). Now Milo usually hides in the bedroom when us dogs come over but this time she came out into the kitchen to eat.
I just got really excited when I saw her and skittered around the kitchen floor barking and telling her how excited I was to see her! Pittswell was in the corner of the kitchen and the Barbie took my attention away from the cats. I didn't see it, but the Barbie did. Apparently, Pittswell jumped from the corner of the kitchen (6-8 feet) in a perfect arc and landed on my head! He didn't hurt me but, I sure skedaddled out of there! Barbie says she will have that picture in her head of Pittswell absolutely silent with his paws out landing on my head forever. None of us had a clue that he would do that. Everyone involved decided that Pittswell was just trying to protect Milo as she is an old girl. Let me tell you, I don't think I will have much to do with her anymore as I don't want a 15 pound cat landing on my head. I have visited since and Pittswell has behaved himself and so have I!
So a lot has happened to me since I last wrote. I moved twice and am actually glad to be home. We have been walking at Little Mountain Park almost every day for about a year now. There is an old pit that has standing water that I love to go swimming in. I ran in there to swim while Barbie stood on shore calling me to come out. Biggles listened but, even he kept going back to swim. Barbie was not happy about this but, what could she do? She changed the route that we walk and it worked for a while.
On Wednesday, I ran off to swim with Biggles in hot pursuit. She called for us and I didn't listen. I happily went swimming. When I was done, I looked for Barbie but, she wasn't there! I stayed in the field in eye view of the car and Biggles went trotting down some paths to look for her. She came eventually and told us both that we were bad. I was scared that we had been left behind. Barbie told us that she is there to walk and if we want to swim, she will go without us. Let me tell you that I have not been so interested in the swimming hole anymore. We have gone there these last few days and I won't run off again. I guess I had to learn the lesson that I don't call the shots and do whatever I like. I stick close to Barbie, the real alpha now.
We recently went on a trip to another Province called Ontario. The place we went to was Kenora and let me tell you it took a lot of time for us to get there. No worries for Biggles and I. Tom (especially) and Barbie took us for walks and watered us up during the journey. I whined a lot, I am afraid, as I have never been in this big vehicle so long before. I was assured the whole way that the drive would be worth the wait. I was doubtful and expressed myself. Seeing that whining did not change the circumstances, I decided to wait in the back and see what would happen.
We made a stop where we were allowed to relieve ourselves and then Barbie and Tom went to some stores checking up on us each time. We finally all ended up driving some way to a campground! It had something called a lake!! As SOON as we got there, Barbie and Tom took Biggles and I to something called a dock. There was the lake for the swimming. No hesitation! It WAS worth the wait! Swimming with my brother!! What fun!
I don't know how long I swam but, all I can tell you is that it ended too soon. We met a friendly dog named Gizmo and her owner Leanne. Gizmo wouldn't swim although she did deign to wet herself in the lake a little. This is the first of the nice people and their dogs that were also in the park. Barbie was even walking around offering other people OUR duck jerky treats! We also met a beautiful golden retriever who went swimming with us too!
We came back to camp and I still wanted to play. I still get excited and bark and I am told that I can't do that in the RV park. We went to sleep in the motor home and Biggles and I have finally decided where we will sleep. I like the passenger seat.
We went swimming 3 times with Tom the next day! I like lakes! I swim 'out to sea' in circles and bark like a puppy that either Tom or Barbie could hear all the way at camp! I chased the 'found magic stick' too! We found a great stick that Biggles and I could chase/chew/fight over together. I could have out swam Biggles and gotten the stick every time but, sometimes, I just didn't want it. Let Biggles have fun playing fetch. I preferred to swim in circles and bite the water and bark out my joy at being here and being able to swim to my heart's content. I still enjoyed chasing the Frisbee and the football at camp while Biggles slept. Did I yet mention that I, in pure zealousness and willful abandon, chewed a stiff competition Frisbee apart in less than 30 seconds? Oops! Dollar store ones for me!
There is some talk of rare footage and rumors of a number of local eyewitness' accounts of a strange set of beings looking like pre-historic "Loch Ness Monster looking-like things - eh?" seen swimming out in Lake of the Woods this week. Softball games were interrupted, jet ski lessons and a number of people who noted the strange 'monster-like' shapes in the boating area boldly swimming close to them actually near the dock. The collective witness descriptions are still being analyzed and the local authority's information that is released to the general public at the present time is vague. Some kind of Hush Hush Government deal. This is what I have been told.
I personally, didn't see anything out of the ordinary.
We only went swimming once more. Dogs weren't allowed on the beach and also not in the water at all. Probably about this new monster scare. This also meant the dock. We were banned from the beach. I was sad. We could see the sparkling water all day and didn't understand why we couldn't go enjoy ourselves again. I really wanted to hunt down that creature when I heard of it. I guess it was good that we went home the next day. The ride home was easier than going as we were really tired. We know what 'home' means by now and it means tired dogs can sleep. The mystery of the Lake of the Woods Monster will have to remain unsolved.
A couple of potty breaks and we were home. Let me tell you how happy I am to see the cats and *yawn* oh, I am so tired. Goodnight...
loving camping, swimming, and everyone!