Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The One After Awhile

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with lots of love and left overs!!

After this....

Was a lot of this....

Then I worked on my Christmas cards.

And then it was time for dessert!

I also sent the two-leggers to the post office to mail off a top secret package to Sarge!! I bet he's surprised when he gets home! The biscuit he sent me is long gone (since I had to share with my sisters) but I still love my bandanna!

Friday, November 26, 2010

The One with Frankie's Shopping Spree

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of lots of left overs!! This being Black Friday and all, Frankie thought it would be a great time to post what pressies we want to get our two leggers and WHY. He was very clear that it has to be something we can BUY.

So... for mom... I picked out this....

WHY? Umm.. I think this one is self-explanatory.

For papa... a remote controlled lawn mower in Kubota orange!

WHY? So he has more time to play hide and seek with me, of course!!

I also picked out pressies for my sisters!

For Cali...

WHY? It's a delicious place to store her license and snacks!

And for Phoenix...

WHY? She's a Doxie. Duh.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The One with the Story of Me

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for a warm and dry bed each night, fresh food each day, constant love from my family and great doggie friends. I'm also thankful that there are wonderful, caring two leggers out there who work tirelessly to ensure that as many critters as possible have these things to be thankful for every day.

Some of my favorite websites:

Minna Krebs and Frankie had the most fabulous ideas for Thanksgiving posts! Today I will share the Story of Me and tomorrow I will post all about Shopping with Frankie!!

I was born in North Carolina and soon rescued by a league in West Virginia. When I was eleven weeks old, my litter mates and I made the trek to Virginia for a Pet Adoption Day at Petsmart. It was a long ride and very, very noisy. They wheeled us all in to the store in crates stacked on a dolly, as people stood to the side and excitedly watched all of us tiny pups roll in to the store. Into the puppy pen we all went. My siblings were beyond excited and happy to play with anyone and everyone. Meanwhile, I sat quietly to the side a bit anxious with all of the noise and two-leggers looming over us.

As some kids were making their way toward me, I faintly heard someone say, "That's her! The puppy sitting by herself: that's the one we liked from the website." (They fell in love with my solemn good looks on the rescue league home page and called about meeting me at PetSmart the next day.) A man hurried over and scooped me up before the kids descended. I loved him at first sight! Papa soon handed me over to mom and she never let go!


I cuddled in her arms as she filled out the paperwork and answered many questions. I was sneaking quick peeks at my new family, excited but still nervous. Finally, finally, it was official. I was going home! When we got outside, my nerves returned. These WERE two-leggers after all! Mom put me down on the grass to potty and I froze. I'm embarrassed to admit that she had to pick me up to carry me to the car. I wouldn't move a muscle. They softly spoke to me in the car, trying to coax me to look at them - even tapping the window to determine if I was perhaps deaf!

I started to warm up during the drive and realized I already loved these two-leggers of mine. When we arrived home and I met my two sisters, my shyness was quickly forgotten! I knew I would be happy and loved forever. I was right! (Of course.)

Cali's Gotcha Day story is here.

And you can read about Phoenix's homecoming here.





Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The One with Wordy Wednesday

So much has happened since I last posted!!! Let me try to get you up to speed.

First Miss Cali headed off to a day at the spa.

Before.... and after... notice how we inspected her hair cut!



Then we hitched up the Airstream and headed to Delaware to meet some great two legger friends for the weekend! Bonus: I got to color in anot
her state on my map!!





Click here to see more pictures of the trip!

Well, it's time for me to wrap up! Tomorrow is a big day. Remember last year?

Click the play arrow to view the video.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The One with Friendly Friday


Mayzie's thought provoking post on Monday made me think about one of my favorite organizations.
Mission: Bring dogs into the home and family!

From their website: "Dogs Deserve Better, 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award, is a voice for chained and penned dogs, whose sadness speaks only through the eyes. As the days become years, many of these dogs sit, lay, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius. Chained by the neck, they exist without respect, love, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Chaining is not only inhumane for dogs, but has taken a severe toll on this nation’s children as well. In the period from October 2003 through today, there were at least 324 children killed or seriously injured by chained dogs across the country. Chained dogs, unsocialized with humans, can become very territorial of their tiny space, and any child who wanders into this space can be attacked and killed before adults can intervene.

Would you for one second choose to live the life of these dogs? No matter what reason is given, the bottom line is that it is NOT okay to chain a dog for life. Dogs should not have to live chained or penned as prisoners, yearning for a place in a family, craving acknowledgment, respect, and love. They DESERVE BETTER, and we as caretakers have the obligation to provide it for them."

Click here to visit their Facebook group!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

The One with the Lock Down

Remember a few days ago when I broke the rules and left the yard graciously went visiting the neighborhood doggies? And remember how I said I heard the two-leggers talking about a gate and fencing?

It happened.

We live in a tiny neighborhood and only residents of three houses pass our driveway. Papa was home one morning and got all fired up about a teenage two-legger doing about 40mph on our virtually single lane gravel road. I'll spare you the details but aside from getting that taken care of with his parents, he got a gate up within hours. (Mom has been asking for this gate since we moved in.... back in 2002!) She was SO happy! Papa just had the materials lying around in one of the sheds.

Haha... just teasing.

Papa did some reading on the automatic gate openers and all the trouble they cause so he rigged up a pulley system, since mom is so lazy spoiled. We're in the testing stages but it's working great! You drive up to the orange cone, pull the cord and ta-da! Open sesame!

Then they park the car and walk over and close it so we can't saunter down the driveway to go visiting. Phoenix is completely unable to chase cars if the mood ever strikes her, as it used to when she first came to live with us... Cali sticks her face through the gate for treats from the delivery people but can't jump in their trucks... and I.... well, mom suspects I know how to open the gate but I'm not saying for sure. I did say they're in the testing phase so we'll see!

Not only are we blocked from the driveway, papa put up rolls and rolls of fencing!! Ms. Lisa the Crazy Cat Lady will be excited to know that we're now that much closer to being ready for goats! But my outdoor doggie friend Jackie will miss my visits since I can no longer walk under the fence to her yard. The back has always been on lock down but now the front is too. You probably have to click to make the picture larger to see the tiny fencing but it's there. I promise.


Oh well. Mom's happy because we're safe so that makes me happy. I guess. I'm pretty smart so I may find a way out of this prison - stay tuned! In fact, I was busy inspecting the perimeter all weekend so I'm late getting to your blogs. I'm making my rounds now, please excuse my tardiness! Did I miss anything exciting?

Friday, November 12, 2010

The One with Friendly Friday


So, do you think my Chicken Dumpling looks more like...

Little Bird from Sesame Street...



Or Beaker from the Muppet Show....


Or someone else???

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The One on Veterans Day

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Freedom isn't free.
Thank you to the men and women
who fight to preserve our freedom.



An estimated 100,000 brave dogs have served in the
United States military over the past century.
We salute these four-legged veterans and their handlers.


Click on Smoky for her AMAZING story!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The One Where I'm Back

I'm back!!!!!!! Did you miss me? I missed all of you. I was away getting all betters. First Phoenix... then me... and then... can you believe this.... PAPA. Yep. He woked up with an ouchie knee. I gave him some of Phoenix's anti-inflammatory medicine. It worked for me! I just took the syringe and squirted it up near his gums like mom did for me and he was good as new in a couple of days.

I figured since I was allowed to take Phoeny's medicine a couple of times, I should be allowed to squeeze myself into borrow her tiny bed.

"What? I'm small too!"
I am slowly catching up on your blogs so please excuse my tardiness!! Have I missed anything exciting besides Booker Man's second birthday??

On Sunday my two-leggers left us home with my favorite two-legger, Stacey! One of Stacey's 15 year old dogs, Katie, crossed the bridge last week so I was anxious to see her to give her a great big Zona snuggle. Katie leaves behind a loving pack, including her litter mate Samuel. I'm sending lots of prayers up for all of them to get through this sad time.

While we were visiting with Stacey, mom and papa went into the city to eat (of course) and go to a hockey game.

Their seats were pretty much as high as you could get and still be in the stadium. BOL!

But they still had fun!

A couple of times the players took a break and they washed the ice down with beers. That's my kind of place!!

Then again... there is a pretty huge bird there. I think he'd make me a little nervous in person. Even this photo is kind of skeery!

But then mom showed me this photo of the Big Bird throwing burritos (not a typo) to the fans.... I suppose I could grow to like this bird.

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