Sunday, September 17, 2017

FREEDOM!


I've been footloose and fancy free of my crate and other restrictions for over a month now.  Mommy says my leg still worries her from time to time.  She doesn't remember Hunter ever getting stiff after his recovery period was over, but then he was half my age when he had his surgeries!

One of the first things Mommy treated me to was a walk and a swim.  She said later that she probably should have held off on the swim until later, but I enjoyed it at the time!


This was the calm before the storm arrived . . . meaning me and Dixie!


We aren't sure what we rolled in and enjoyed to the fullest, but it certainly did have quite the aroma!  (We had to have a bath when we got home!)


And whatever it was made Dixie's collar seriously dirty!


Dixie and I had so much fun playing in the water.  Usually I'm the one who listens to Mommy best, but I was having such fun being out of jail that I pretended not to hear Mommy call for me!







Free at last!  Free at last!
Jenna

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fly Away, Fly Away, If You Can . . .


I recently found something new!  I caught a dragonfly!  It was sooooo much fun to chase around.  Mommy discovered my antics too late to save the poor dragonfly.  Those are her words, not mine.  That poor dragonfly should have known better than to keep flying near my jaws and paws, don't you think?



After I finally got my jaws on the dragonfly, I took it to my outdoor bed.  Mommy tried to rescue it before this, but she wasn't successful. Have you ever tried to chase a puppy?  I can't say the insect wasn't harmed during the process of taking these pictures, but I can tell you it was already out of its misery by now!







Mommy thought I was going to eat it, but every time I tried, the crunch seemed to turn me off.  Mommy finally took it away from me and gave it a proper burial.  (I think I saw her toss it over the fence!)

Until the next flying creature comes my way!
Ruger

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Paper Please


Did you know statistics say 3 out of 4 dawgs eat paper?  Well, that's the way it is in our family!  Our big brother Hunter LOVED to eat paper.  He didn't care what kind it was.  He ate toilet paper, Kleenex, cardboard, and was even known to snack on papers Mommy had to grade!  (Gives new meaning to the dawg ate my homework excuse!)

When I joined the family, I took note of Hunter's habits and decided to follow in my big brother's footsteps.  I LOVE to eat paper as well.  I follow my parents to the bathroom and come running when I hear a nose being blown!  You may be grossed out by that, but surely there are nutrients in there in addition to the fiber!


So that's two dawgs . . . any guesses who makes the third dawgs in our statistic??  RUGER!  I'm raising him right!  He LOVES paper too!



We keep the bathroom doors closed most of the time just to keep an eye on Ruger so he can't wander away and potty inside (although he hasn't had an accident in a while!).  And because THIS happens when we don't close those doors!




Finally Mommy wised up and removed the toilet paper from the wall holder . . . wonder when it will be put back??  Of course the trash cans in the bathrooms sit on the back of the toilet and have been since way before Ruger joined us . . . just saying . . .




Maybe one day Ruger will learn some self control like me.  I'm able to hold myself back most of the time.  I only steal toilet paper when one of my parents is in the bathroom.  Otherwise the old adage "out of sight, out of mind" holds true!



I'll let you know if I think of any other tricks I need to teach my little brother.  Until then, is your dawg part of the seventy-five percent that eats paper or like Dixie, one of the twenty-five percent that does not?

Jenna


Friday, September 1, 2017

Ruger's Randoms


I thought you might like to know a few random facts about me . . .

I'm about to be too big to sleep on Mommy's lap!  When I first came here to live almost three months ago I used to crash in her lap every night.  I'd run around like crazy and then let her know I was ready to rest when I crawled in her lap.  I'm getting too big to fit now!  Mommy is so sad about this.


I like to watch TV.  I don't have a current favorite,  but Daddy says I'm going to love football season!



I don't seem to be afraid of anything.  My big sister Jenna is only afraid of the vacuum cleaner.  I'm not even afraid of that!  And I love it when Mommy sweeps!  It's so much fun to chase the broom!



I like it when Mommy wears skirts.  At first she thought it was just her long maxi skirts I had a fondness for . . . nope, I like ALL of them!  The way they swish and sway catch my attention and I love to grab hold!



I love to chew on cardboard boxes!  When Daddy has an empty Coke box, he passes it on to me for a few days.  I don't eat the cardboard.  I just tear it into small pieces and spread it all over the house.  Mommy's so thankful I can be entertained cheaply . . .


Also, I've been sleeping through the night since my second week home.  And I know where I'm supposed to potty and where I'm not!  Mommy's thrilled with me.  She says I might be the best dawg yet . . . but don't tell Dixie and Jenna!

Ruger



PS: Happy belated birthday to Grandma and Cousin C yesterday!  Grandma turned the BIG 70!!!  That's pushing 500 in dawg years!!

PPS: Hunter passed away two years ago today . . . Mommy says I'm more and more like him every day!  That's a good thing, right???



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Dawgs


Last Monday's solar eclipse was pretty amazing.  Mommy  and Daddy both remembered seeing one way back when they were in elementary school.   We weren't in the path of totality on Monday, but we still saw somewhere between 70-80% of the moon eclipsing the sun.

To make sure we were ready, Mommy and Daddy took a trip to Krispy Kreme on Sunday evening when the HOT NOW sign was on to sample their eclipse doughnuts.  Mommy actually called ahead to find out what time the doughnuts would be HOT!  That's doughnut love right there!  For the first time Krispy Kreme replaced their original glaze with a chocolate glaze.  Combining Mommy's favorite doughnut with her favorite topping . . . what could be better???  The doughnuts they brought home had just come off the conveyor and our parents were told to expect the doughnuts to be sticky.  The chocolate version of the glazed doughnut was quite messy!  (Mommy thinks they tasted better the second day.)  And the worst part . . . they weren't dawg friendly!  Hmpf!




Our parents also made sure we were ready to view this solar (lunar?) phenomenon . . .


Jenna



Dixie



Ruger




Mommy and Daddy


Mommy read somewhere that most welding masks aren't rated high enough for proper viewing, but she figured some protection was better than none.  She says this wasn't the first time she's looked directly at the sun!  (insert eye roll)  They also created a viewing box from a cereal box and tinfoil, but that view was so tiny that she wasn't thrilled with it.  She finally just threw up her cell phone and snapped away!

Mommy came home at lunch and watched Oregon be the first state to experience total darkness.  She even took pictures of it since this was as close as she was going to get to the total eclipse.



The sky where we live was very cloudy with the sun  (and moon) only peeping out occasionally.  This is what it looked like most of the day:


As the clouds gradually moved in and out of our viewing experience, Mommy's pictures varied greatly.  Sometimes the camera captured a reflection of the sun.  Can you see it in green?


Other times, the camera captured a direct image of the eclipse . . .




The best view for Mommy and Daddy was not with the eclipse glasses but through the welding masks.  The mask was able to pick up the image of the sun even through the clouds.  The glasses only allowed for viewing when the clouds drifted away.  Although the welding masks let our parents see the eclipse the best, it was tough to get the camera focused through the mask!


This last image was taken two hours north of where we live by the father of one of Mommy's co-workers.  It's amazing how different the eclipse is just a couple hours north, isn't it?  (and we're not referring to the picture quality, although that's pretty amazing too!)


Until the next eclipse . . . 
The Dawgs