Saturday, September 26, 2009

The One with the Pedicures

PáPá celebrated his 84th birthday yesterday!! We all wish we could have been in Arizona to celebrate with him. I've never met him but have heard many, many wonderful stories from the two-leggers and from Ginger and Cali who have had great fun with him in the past!

For us, yesterday was a full day. We headed into the city to visit Dr. Mitchell. As you can see, we were anxiously awaiting her arrival.

It was a pretty quick visit. Despite her fall allergies kicking in and stirring up her asthma, Cali's lungs sound great! We're still keeping her on natural supplements for her arthritis, which is also good news! I am now, once again, legal. That is, current on my rabies vaccine. Mom neglected to get me vaccinated when I was due last month!! Can you believe that? I will have to personally put it in her calendar for next time. That's not until I'm seven... three years from now. I wonder if I'll still be blogging or if I'll have graduated to something more grand.

While mom and Dr. Mitchell got caught up and scheduled a visit and potential hike, we pups were getting pedicures courtesy of Tracy. I only screamed once. Mom happened to be looking over at us and swears no one was even touching me yet. I beg to differ.

Regardless, Tracy is our favorite vet tech. We all really like her - even Phoenix who tends to hide under the bench during appointments. Cali said she's enjoyed seeing her since her first puppy visit about eight years ago. I believe it too! Cali gave her about 47 hugs. These hugs were mostly when Tracy was busy with me or Phoenix. You know Cali! She loves to be loved! I secretly appreciate it. I'm not too keen on the attention so I'm perfectly happy with Cali being a hog.

In contrast to yesterday, today was a complete washout. In the morning, we kept mom company downstairs while she worked on both the laundry and organizing random areas. Then the rain began and we snuggled on the couch to watch some Big Bang Theory and do some computer work. By the late afternoon, we were all sleepy so took a very rare NAP with mom. Naps are not mom's thing so this was a real treat. I bet she's up late tonight!

This evening we have been trying various tricks to get Phoenix to go out to potty. That girl does NOT like the rain. Though she will tolerate it with her beloved raincoat. In the process of opening and closing the door, a stick bug made his way in to the kitchen. This is the second bug of this sort that the two-leggers have rescued from the kitchen and returned to the deck. We seem to have a few living around the deck and patio of varying colors and sizes!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The One Where Monkey Finds Out

Today was a disappointment. Not only did that screeching phone machine announce that I have to go see Dr. Mitchell tomorrow for an exam and my rabies vaccine, but my nemesis taunted me all day. He spent the majority of the afternoon blissfully snacking on chestnuts and gazing at me arrogantly through the glass. He sure made himself scarce when mom got home to let us play outside!

I guess the squirrels are all out and about collecting winter treats. This relative of my nemesis was hanging around mom's office window most of the day.

The good news is the weather has been wonderfully warm! The frogs in the pond have been enjoying the evenings. Can you spot his eyes reflecting the flash?

Well, I need to wrap this up early. We need to rest up for our outing tomorrow and mom is very tired - she had a three hour commute (one-way) and a stressful day preparing board reports and statistics. In comparison, I guess my day wasn't so disappointing after all!

Monday, September 21, 2009

The One with the Rumor

I've been hearing some rumors.
What's a duck-dog?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The One with the Flowers

Greetings, blog followers,
both new and returning!

Yesterday was a beautiful day! The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the temperature was warm! Mom spent a good part of the day washing the siding on the house. Yet again, I don't understand some of the things two-leggers do. Regardless, we were able to run around the yard and enjoy another nice day.

That is until I was found guilty by association and banished to the house! Let me explain. I was minding my own business by one of the sheds when I became aware of some movement, I thought perhaps it was the weasel that has a nice home under there. My M.O. is to let out a single, half-startled, half-ominous bark. Well, maybe 70% startled and 30% ominous. I have been known to do this to alert the two-leggers to various critters passing through the yard. I then carried on with my perimeter check. Unbeknownst to me, Phoenix darted under the shed to investigate. After she returned repeatedly, she was scolded and we BOTH had to sit in the house for awhile. Sometimes having a little sister can be a detriment to my freedom.

Later she redeemed herself with mom when she pointed out this creature!

The consensus is this a harmless, garter snake. Regardless, we kept our distance.

Before long, papa was home from the best coast. We sat on the patio, while he and mom admired the pond and had a Caipirinha. Mom LOVES these drinks, which are made from Cachaça. (For my carb-concious readers, I should point out that my two-leggers usually substitute Splenda for the sugar.)

We pups played various games to entertain ourselves - chase was my favorite. Cali found a huge stick which intrigued her for some time.

Click play arrow to view the video.

As we enjoyed the evening, ET flew over our house. Papa said it was not a bicycle but an ultralight. I guess ET had to upgrade his equipment?

Papa left early this morning for work so mom did some housework and ran some errands. She came back with flowers!

While she was out, she found a sale on some bedding for Dr. Aunt Katie's room. She said she had grown tired of the floral comforter that was on that bed. This is curious to me. Let me illustrate...



Do both quilts not have flowers? Am I missing something? Oh well, I suppose it doesn't matter to me! They're both comfy. Phoenix gives it two paws up!

Time to close this post! We have to go inside and set the DVR to record the Emmy's so we are sure to catch Jim Parsons winning his award! Not to mention, Phoenix has dug a hole in our sandbox, aka: The Beach, so deep she's hard to see now.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The One with the Catch Up

Another weekend is here and there is no sign of camping in our future. :: sigh :: Mom promised there is a trip on the horizon but I guess it's not soon.

In the meantime, it's been a quiet week. The two-leggers went over to the Crazy Cat Lady's house on Wednesday to view a video of one the neighborhood bears and were surprised to meet lucky #9.

This is Casey!!

Photo "borrowed" from The Crazy Cat Lady's blog.

Mom fell in love with this little kitty. I do agree with her that Casey is truly a lucky boy and is certainly cute, if not a little vain. I've never seen a cat holding a camera out to take his own photo. He's quite nimble! But love? I can't imagine that. He's a cat! My loyalty must lie with Miss Phoenix, who is secretly frightened of cats. Maybe that's justified - look at those nails! I must admit that I do think it would be a little funny to see Phoenix answering to a tiny kitten but don't tell her I said that!

Thursday morning the two-leggers headed to work so it was calm here. Our favorite pet sitter, okay our only pet sitter since mom wouldn't let anyone else do the job, came over to feed us and we played outside. It was a little rainy but we really needed it! We still need it the two-leggers say. Mom sent me a few pictures during her ride in to work.

I have to say the view of the sunrise is more beautiful here in the country than it is during her ride into the city but watching the sunrise is never a bad way to start the day. I suppose having the privilege of being able to go back to sleep afterward makes it's easier for me to enjoy it so much. Mom had to stay awake and continue on to work for the day!

Today was filled with hopes of winning the lottery while mom worked all day on various reports and statistics. We did get a few walks in so she could clear her head and stretch her legs. That was great!

Fall is officially here. Not only are the mornings chilly but the chestnuts are starting to fall!

We even spent some time on the patio when she brought her laptop outside. We had to go back in after awhile because the birds were too loud when she was on the phone. Not a bad thing to hear in the background, of course, but I guess she didn't want her boss to be jealous.

All-in-all it was a pretty good day. Phoenix was certainly tired. She found a blanket neatly folded on the guest bed and worked hard to arrange it into a suitable sleeping pad. I guess that will teach mom to put a blanket on the bed instead of straight into the closet where it belongs.

In the evening, we met a new friend. He was very brave!

No grasshoppers were harmed during the creation of this blog.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The One with A Dog's Advice

The last two posts, focused on inspirational thoughts, got me thinking... we dogs really do have it all figured out! So, my final segment on this topic for now is something that has been circulating the internet for ages:


If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.

Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back in the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout! Run right back and make friends.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The One with The Secret

Mom was a bit under the weather last week. Mom doesn't get sick often so this took her by surprise. She is a firm believer in what many summarize as mind over matter. The silver lining to feeling unwell is that she refocuses on the effectiveness of positive thinking and, most recently, a method called The Secret. I don't understand this but sometimes it's hard for two-leggers to stay positive! Crazy, right? To help get her back in a happy mindset, she perused some of her favorite quotes, as she often does, and shared with me a few of her favorites:

You can begin to shape your own destiny
by the attitude that you keep.
- Michael Beckwith

When you focus on something with a lot of passion,
it makes it happen even faster.
- Bill Harris

Whether you think you can or you think you can't,
either way you are right.
- Henry Ford

Whatever it is you are feeling is a perfect reflection
of what you are in the process of becoming.
- Esther Hicks

Imagination is everything.
It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
- Albert Einstein

The enlightened give thanks for what most people take for granted. . .
As you begin to be grateful for what most people take
for granted, that vibration of gratitude makes you
more receptive to good in your life.
- Michael Beckwith

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The One Where Emails Repeat

What a lovely weekend we had! The weather today was just beautiful! The two-leggers did some chores outside and we got to run and play in the grass.

We had visitors today too!

Some two-leggers say that often times young two-leggers who are new big brothers or big sisters want to be like their newborn siblings: sitting in high chairs, being carried, drinking a bottle - all things they have outgrown. I recently heard my mom talking to Dr. Aunt Katie that perhaps I have some of those tendencies. I'm not a baby!! Okay, I do like to sit in laps now and now I've taken to laying ON Baby Phoenix's pillow, as she does... Is that so wrong??

When papa left for work, mom sat on the patio while she argued with someone named "Outlook" on the computer. Finally, after many loud sighs, they made peace with each other. After this truce, I noticed that many of her emails were displaced from her folders and piled into her inbox so had to spend some time sorting through them. One email from 2007 in particular caught her eye:

Check out the link Ginger sent way back when (you'll need your speakers turned on)... it's interesting that, despite it remaining uncovered when mom cleaned out her email folders just last week, this old message surfaced after she spent so much of the beautiful day frustrated with her computer. Just as the frustration started to spill over into other tasks, Outlook recovered and presented some old messages. This proves that inspiration will find you when you need it and help put everything into perspective!
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