Saturday, December 31, 2011

I'm not a snow dog any more!

WOW! Now I know what mom and dad meant by 'snow bird'! Guess I'm now a snow bird instead of a snow dog. There's no snow here where mom and dad took me!
This is me walking in my new fenced in back yard and it it SO big! I run and run and run and...well, you get the idea! Mom said she's not so sure about this big yard for me...plus, instead of the big rocks we have at home (that I play with!) they have this wood stuff that's so much fun to pick up and run away with. Mom calls it "bark" but I don't hear the wood barking! I think mom is just confused from the 2 1/2 day trip we took in the car.
This is me in our hotel room. I had fun there too with dad throwing my ball and toys and just playing with me.
It was a little confusing for me but mom said I did really good. By the 2nd day around 3 in the afternoon I decided I wasn't going to go potty anymore so I held it really good until 10 at night! The next morning mom took me out and there were so many doggie smells I just didn't want to go. Mom put me back in my crate and every 10 min. she would take me back outside. Finally, she asked dad to take me out while she got ready. I did go potty for dad...only because I couldn't hold it anymore! I just didn't like all the smells but I'm back on track now and ringing the bell to go outside. Mom and dad think I'm just the best little dog! I try to keep my old parents happy by doing little things like that for them.
This was me the last day...I sure slept alot! But there really wasn't anything else to do. So I just laid on buddy (my favorite toy) most of the trip. Gracie sat next to me and we would look at each other. Mom was afraid she might bite my nose!
This is me eating my chewing while mom and dad were having breakfast. Yep, I'm good when mom and dad eat. I lay on the floor next to them and chew my chewie or take a nap. I'm really good because I don't jump up or beg for food. Mom said that's just because dad hasn't taught me a bad habit yet. I'm not sure what "bad habit" that would be...maybe some day dad will teach me! Well, I have to run and play in the yard again! Mom took me for a walk yesterday and our first morning walk today already! We even rode the golf cart yesterday! What fun it is being a snow bird! I just hope I don't have to eat that seed food they give Gracie!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Yes, I'm still a snow dog!

I just love the snow and especially like making snow balls! Mom said they don't have snow where we're we are going for the winter so I don't know if I'll like it after all! Mom took these videos of me making a snowball this morning. I really am a SNOW DOG!



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Friday, December 23, 2011

I'm such a fashion diva!

Isn't my new coat pretty! I wore it for the first time the other day when it was raining out. Mom always puts my boots on because she doesn't want my feet to get dirty! I don't know why! When they do she just puts me in the sink and hoses me off! I don't care either way, really. I like my coat and boots and got to wear them again today when we went for our walk.

Sometimes I get really tired after our walks or after dad plays with me. So I jump up on dad's lap or sit in his big comfy chair and go to sleep. Sometimes it's hard to sleep when mom is always taking pictures of me or just laughing at me! Not sure why she does either one but guess I'm glad she does...or I wouldn't have anything to show on my blog.
Well, have to take a nap now then make mom and dad play with me...even though they might just want to watch their TV shows! I'd rather they play with me!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Just hanging around


Boy...mom sure has been busy lately...has something to do with being those 'snow birds'. I still can't convince her I'm a snow dog and not a bird! Sure takes a long time to train her!
Yesterday I had my 2nd hair appointment with Angela. I really like Angela and tried to show her with lots of kisses while she was trimming my face. She just kept laughing!
Today mom said she is packing some clothes for our trip. I guess it's a long trip because she's getting out lots of suitcases and some big bags. She calls them space saver bags. As long as she doesn't put me in one I don't care.
Well, I have to get back to finding some more presents. Sure hope I get something good!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My first sleepover!


What a fun weekend I had! It was my first 'sleepover'! I didn't know what a 'sleepover' was until Mom started to pack all my toys, food and crate in the car. I thought I was losing all my stuff! But mom put me in the car and off we went down to the grand kids house.
I got to spend the night and play with the kids and cats! I never played with cats before and we had so much fun!!
Alley and AJ are the cats that live with the grand kids. Alley was my favorite because she would play with me! Mom put a video on this post for me of us playing together.
The kids played with me a lot too, which was fun. Amber and Nick took me outside on my leash lots of times. Mom likes to make sure I go potty because she says she doesn't want me making any mistakes! I don't make mistakes and I was a good girl even in a strange house.
I did get wore out from playing so much so last night I slept on Amber's lap and this morning I slept on Nick's lap. I really like Nick and Amber and I'm looking forward to our next sleepover in the spring!










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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I love my blankie!

Mom said Amber made this blankie last year and I just love it!
Sometimes mom puts it on her chair for me to lie on.
I like to bury my bones in it too...except sometimes mom sits on one. She's not very happy when that happens!
And sometimes I just like to sit on the end of the couch. I like to tease mom that I'm going to reach over and grab her knitting or sewing! I figure if it's there, it's for me to play with! Mom doesn't feel that way.
I had to go to the vets today for a slight ear problem. I had an itching ear but mom has been cleaning it out with some of Mandy's ear cleaner. The vet said mom must have done a good job because I don't have a bad infection at all. He gave us some dumb drops that mom puts in my ears. I don't like that very much because it tickles. Mom said it will only be a few more days of ear drops. Now I can just pretend like I don't hear hear when mom calls me...because of the ear drops you know! I guess that will work for a few days!

Friday, December 9, 2011

I'm a big girl now!


I really love my mom! But...if the truth be told she doesn't take pictures very good (dad tells her this a lot too!).
Anyway, mom and dad have been telling me what a big girl I'm getting to be! First, I go potty outside all the time. I either bark or ring the bell on the door...I have to do this because mom and dad get distracted and don't know I'm sitting at the door! It's really been hard to train them but we're doing it! I love being outside so this 'potty' training was a snap for me!
And check out the latest tooth I lost! See what I mean about mom not so good at taking pictures! I did have four of my baby teeth pulled when I had my 'surgery' two weeks ago. Mom seems to think I don't have any baby teeth left. She said she's happy abut that too and it just proves that I'm getting to be a big girl.
It's snowing again and I just love the snow! I like to run in it and push the snow with my nose! Mom lets me stay out but she stands at the door and watches me! I think I just make her happy to see me playing. I just wish mom or dad would come and play in the snow with me. Then maybe they would become a 'snow dog' instead of the 'snow birds' they are now!

Monday, December 5, 2011

My Cousin


Mom said this is my new cousin. Her name is Sherry and she lives in Pennsylvania (I don't know where that is) with my mom's sister. Mom said Sherry only weighs two lbs! That's how much I weighed when I had my very first checkup. I'm a big girl now and I weigh 10 lbs.!
When we become "snowbirds" - Mom still won't call me a "snowdog" - I'm going to go with mom to visit my cousin. Mom said her sister is a "snowbird" too. I bet we'll have lots of fun playing with each other! Mom said that will give her and her a sister a break! We'll see!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Snow Bird? or Snow Dog

Mom and dad keep saying that we are going to be Snow Birds! I know I'm not the smartest puppy but I do know that I'm a dog! So I think I should be called a snow dog! I love the snow!!! It tastes so good! Feels nice and cool on my tummy! And just fun to play in! I tried to make a ball to play with yesterday. I started to push some snow with my nose and it made a ball! I kept hitting it with my nose and it started to get bigger!!! What fun that was! Mom said she wished she had the video camera...you know how my mom is...she has this thing about taking pictures of me all the time. Oh well...it keeps her happy and that's what I'm all about is making mom and dad happy! Well, most of the time anyway!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Ouch!

Well, my mom sure tricked me! She brought out my car taxi the other day and, since I love going for a ride, I jumped right in! I should have known something was up because dad drove us...and we ended up at our vet's office. I thought I was getting my day at the spa again but NOT!!
Turned out I had what mom called surgery! I don't like surgery so much. It's not a game and it makes your tummy hurt...well, just a little. The vet made me go to sleep then they put me in a crate...I don't know what happened in between so I guess that was the "surgery".
They told mom that I couldn't get my incision (that's what they call it when they cut you!) wet....so Mom had to figure out a way to keep my tummy dry. The vet suggested Press N'Seal but it stuck to my fur and I didn't like that so much. So my mom put on some gauze, then she cut up some fabric then put the Press N'Seal around my tummy! Actually, I liked the way it held my fat tummy up!

Dad was holding me so mom could take my picture. Whenever I go outside, mom wraps me up. You see we have this wet, white stuff on the ground. Mom calls it "snow" but I call it "fun"!! Last night I was playing with a piece of the "snow" and I started to roll it and mom said I made a "snowball". It was fun! Mom made me stop because she said I'm not suppose to run (yet!).
I guess this surgery thing is so I don't have puppies like myself! Actually, I'm too busy to have puppies...it's just "all about me" so mom made a good decision for me. Although, she didn't tell me that I was also having four baby teeth removed too! The vet said my baby teeth were sitting next to my big girl teeth and stopping them from coming through. Who knew! Mom did...she said she could feel and see the teeth next to each other.
So lots of ouch's this week but I feel really good now. Mom and dad won't let me run around yet..I don't know why! I feel great and I'm ready to play and drive mom and dad nuts again! Hmmm Maybe that's why they're keeping me in the big girl crate! Now that's an OUCH!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

My first Thanksgiving!

What fun I had this Thanksgiving week!!! I got to meet Ben! Ben belongs to Ian's family from Indiana and he is a big boy! He weighs 105 lbs. but mom says he's a "gentle giant". I really liked Ben and I had fun with all the other company we had at the house too!
Mom took some video's of me (mom put them below) trying to get Ben to play. Ben has what they call arthritis which means he can't run and play like I do but he did 'walk' me around the coffee table!
I was so tired after our company left that I fell asleep on top of my Frisbee! I've slept a lot today too. I'm sure I'll be rested up soon and start running mom and dad around the house or coffee table!


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My first grooming!

This is Angela and she's my newest best friend!! Mom took me to Angela today for my first 'hair' appointment! I thought we were going to see our Vet friend (Angela works in the same building as my Vet) but mom said, no, I was having my first grooming! I wasn't quite sure what that meant as mom does my hair, baths me and cleans me up in the bathroom sink. Wow! This grooming thing sure is different from our bath time! But I love Angela! She's the best!! I guess Angela used to take care of the Mandy dog that used to live here too. Mom said no one can do a doggies hair like Angela.

This is me early this morning before I did the 'grooming' thing!











And this is me after I had my day at the doggie spa! Dad said I now look more like a Bichon! I think that's a compliment! Mom said she loves my little feet trimmed better than anything. Mom and dad sure are silly about how I look!

Friday, November 18, 2011

I graduated!

My diploma!
Mom and me graduated from puppy class!! Yippee!!

Boy did mom and me have fun at our last puppy class Wed. night!!! They had us run recall races with each other! I got to run next to Oscar my little Yorkie buddy in class. I did real good at coming back to mom when she called me! One time the trainer was holding me at one end of the huge yard and I slipped out of my harness! But because I'm trained so good, I just raced and raced back to mom and sat right in front of her. Everyone laughed and said we entertained them and mom said I did good.
Next we go to play some agility games with a big tunnel! I was first to run through the tunnel and I did it real fast and never looked back! I ran to mom and she gave me good treats. The trainer stayed at one end and mom went to the other end of the tunnel until it was 20 feet long! That's a long way for me to run through but I never hesitated at all (one BIG black dog was scared but not me!). It was so much fun! then the trainer made an 'L' shape with the tunnel so I couldn't see my mom at the end but I knew she was there! I could hear her calling me so I ran as quick as I could! Again, mom said I did great! I really liked this agility stuff! Maybe mom will do that with me when I get bigger!
Of course I was really, really tired when we got home so I jumped up in dad's chair to take a rest! Dad had to sit on the couch but that's good for him to sit in different places! Oh, yea, I forgot to say I can jump up on mom and dad's chairs now. But I'm only allowed to do this if they say it's ok. I try to sneak some naps when they aren't looking...it's ok...I'm a puppy remember! I have a puppy brain so I don't remember everything yet!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Some of my day(s)...

Mom and I have been busy as usual. She's either trying to get me to do my lessons or I follow her around when she does this 'cleaning' thing. I don't get to help her but I like to watch her. sometimes I get bored so I get my favorite toy, Buddy, and we just play together.
This is my place to sit or sleep when mom and dad eat their food. They don't want me to jump up on them or beg for their food. I've never had their food and I don't think I want to. They use these 'metal' things to eat with! I'll stick to eating out of my metal bowls! That's a lot easier.
This was me last Thursday playing in 'snow'! I didn't know what snow was. I thought mom put white pieces outside for me to play with! I don't mind the cold so it was fun to run and try to eat the snow. Mom said to "get ready" because soon she said there will be lots of white stuff to play in. She also said to enjoy it because soon we'll be in a different house where they don't have snow. It's called "Florida". I don't know what "Florida" is but I'm sure it's nice if mom likes it.
Yes, I even did my bathroom activity outside in the snow. It was kinda cold on my backside but I don't mind that much.
Tonight is my last puppy class and mom said we should graduate tonight! I'm going to miss going to see the nice trainers and all the other dogs. Mom said when we get back from the Florida house that we're going to go to class again. I can't wait! Gotta go rest now so I'm ready for my graduation tonight!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Waiting to go to puppy class

Geezzz...it takes my mom so long to get 'us' ready for puppy class on Wednesday's. She puts my puppy taxi up on the counter then she gets her coat and purse and other stuff together. All I can do is stare up at my taxi on the counter! I'm all ready to go! I'm hoping to get her attention when I do the 'stare' but...
that doesn't work so then I lay down in front of her and give her the 'stare'! I love going in my crate and going for rides in the car!
Finally!!! Mom puts the crate on the floor and I jump right in...now I have still have to wait for her to close it up and put me in the car! It's just a big old waiting game on Wednesday's!
I love my mom but I guess because she's old it just takes her a long time to get us ready!
We only have one more week of puppy class and I'm going to be sad. I love seeing all the people and the dogs! Maybe when we get back from Florida mom said we'll do another class. You know I have to be well behaved to become a therapy dog. Mom said it's going to take a year but we'll make it!! Aren't mom's the best! They always believe in you! But they are slow...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A day at puppy class

Dad came to watch me at my puppy class this week! I tried to do really good so he would be proud of me especailly since he was taking pictures and video's!


In this picture I was cheating! I was suppose to lie down and stay...but I kinda squated! I knew what I was suppose to do but mom had some really good treats so I thought I'd just sneak a bite!
I did end up doing my sit/stay and down/stay good!




Sometimes I start to get tired before the class is over with so I'll just lie down. Mom said that's ok as long as I get back up and do the lesson.
This was me doing the 'watch me' command. That's where you are suppose to just stare at whoever has your leash! I think it's kinda dumb but I always get a treat when I do the 'stare' so that's what I do. I sit and stare or I walk and stare! Silly isn't it!
Here are two video's dad took. One is of me smelling the floor and mom dragging me to get my attention. This is the 'down/stay' command and I did finally do it good enough for a treat! The 2nd video is where Diane, the head trainer, took me out in the middle of the class to do a demo. We were being taught the 'leave it' command. That's where someone teases you by dropping a good treat on the ground but you aren't allowed to eat it! Isn't that mean! Mom said I have to learn this command if I want to be a Therapy Dog like Mandy was. She doesn't want me to eat someone's pills in the nursing home! I guess that makes sense but still...I love my treats!
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