Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meet Ruger [Bath Time]

Hello world!  I'm Ruger and I'm the newest member of the Dawgs Bark Family.  Today I get to tell you about me from MY point of view. I'm making great strides so far in housebreaking and sleeping through the night, apparently two skills I must have in order to be a part of this family.  I've also learned how to type so I can entertain you with tales of my adventures.  My sisters told me that was a necessary skill also!  Otherwise they're going to be the ones telling you about my adventures and you might not get the "true" story!

Mommy tells me it had to happen sooner or later.  Every dawg gets a bath upon becoming a part of the family whether he needs it or not.  Dixie and Jenna each got a bath on their arrival day.  There's something about their dander that bothers Daddy's nose sometimes.  (I don't cause Daddy's nose any such problems.)  I was able to make it three days into my new place before Mommy broke down and gave me one.  She said it wasn't that I smelled bad, I just needed a chance to smell like I belonged to the family.

Normally the new dawg bath takes place in a traditional bathtub, with Mommy bent over the side straining her back.  I'm sooooo special, I got to take a different route.  I got to take a shower with Mommy!  She stripped us both down and placed me onto the built in shower seat.  I was good until a LOT of water starting falling all over me.  I manned up and didn't cry or whine about it, but I wasn't exactly thrilled.

Eventually Mommy soaped me up while I sat on the shower seat.  When it came time to rinse me, she picked me up and held me at all kinds of weird angles.  Mommy recalls Daddy doing this to Dixie once when she was a puppy.  She said it was very similar to the diaper changing scene in Three Men and a Baby.  Do you remember that movie?  I certainly don't.  It was waaaaaaay before my time!

I looked like a drowned rat after the experience.  Mommy dried me off and wrapped me in a towel. 

This experience wore me out; I promptly fell asleep!

But I smelled great!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Zap the Yap!

FINALLY!  My parents bought a bark collar for my sister, Dixie!  I know some of you are shocked (pun intended), but Dixie's incessant barking has taken a toll on Mommy and she was the one who finally made the big decision.  Mommy told Daddy if she'd known it would work this well, she'd have bought one seven years ago!

The excess collar hasn't been cut off yet!

Dixie doesn't bark all the time.  Yes, she barks if she suspects someone is on the other side of the fence and yes, she barks when we're in the front bedroom and someone walks by outside, but that's okay.  Mommy said she doesn't want to take away Dixie's natural protective instincts!  The barking that needed to STOP was the "play with me" bark.  Mommy says it's more like a nag!  (Daddy says Mommy would know all about nagging!)

Dixie loves to drop her ball and then wait on Mommy to pick it up and throw it.  If Mommy isn't fast enough, Dixie starts barking.  And it's very shrill!  Even if Mommy is trying to pick up the ball, Dixie will grab the ball, then drop it and bark at her to throw it.  Mommy finally said enough was enough.  Seriously?  It took this long to figure it out???

It's been interesting watching this new bark collar play out.  Our parents chose a collar by a reputable company that starts off automatically on the lowest setting and grows in intensity if the dawg ignores the stimulation it receives.  Dixie can usually get about 3-4 barks off before the collar really zaps her.
The first time Dixie got zapped, she ran over to Mommy and literally jumped in Mommy's arms for some snuggles!  I thought it was pretty funny from where I was watching.  Mommy felt soooo bad for Dixie!  She kneeled down to catch Dixie and loved all over her. Is THIS what a dawg has to do in order to be loved around here?  Just kidding.  We're the most loved dawgs in the world!  (With or without the bark collar!)

The really funny part (in my opinion) is that when she's wearing the bark collar, Dixie seems to lose the will to play.  As soon as she's zapped once, she runs to the shade of the patio and just hangs out.  No amount of calling or coercing from Mommy can make her budge.

Or she'll sit under the eaves of the house and just watch life go by . . .

For those who fear Dixie is being tortured constantly, have no fear.  Mommy only puts the collar on when we're going to play ball.  Sometimes the collar stays on Dixie's neck for longer than that, but Mommy turns it off.  Except for that time the UPS truck came by . . .

Apparently Mommy forgot to turn the collar off and Dixie let out a bark to say hello to the delivery guy.  Next thing we knew, Dixie was under the desk and at Mommy's feet!

My poor sister has no idea she's getting zapped because of Mommy!!!!  They say ignorance is bliss . . . I'm still debating on whether to tell her or not . . .

On the bright side, the needless barking has stopped for the most part.  There are times when I can tell Dixie wants to let one rip, but she restrains herself.  Sometimes the collar is on and sometimes it's not.  Most online reviews of the collar said it only took a few days to teach the dawg not to bark and then it was no longer needed.  That seems to be the case with Dixie too!

Until I tell Dixie that Mommy is zapping her . . . then she really might have something to bark about!

PS: Happy Father's Day to Daddy, Grandaddy, and Poppa . . . hopefully you won't receive a bark collar for your gift!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Meet Ruger

As we suspected, the rumor was true.  [sigh]  We have a new family member.  Meet our new baby brother, Ruger!  We really aren't quite sure what to think of him yet.  All we can say for sure is that he's without a doubt the cutest puppy known to man or woman, present company excluded of course!

Mommy and Daddy had read all kinds of articles about how to choose the best puppy from the litter.  They knew they wanted a boy and it didn't take long for Ruger to set himself apart from the litter.  He was adventurous, curious, and inquisitive.  And LABRADORABLE!

Upon his arrival here at the house, we surprised our parents with our regard for Ruger.  Mommy expected Dixie to be the most aggressive since she tends to be skeptical of strange dawgs on our morning walks.  Instead, Dixie was cool as a cucumber and almost ignored the poor little guy.  Jenna was expected to be more accepting of this new presence in our lives.  Instead, she's been more hesitant to accept Ruger.  We think it's because she's still cooped up in her crate and can't run and play with him.  (She does have her stitches out now thankfully, but is still in solitary confinement for several more WEEKS!!)

We have the feeling Ruger's going to be taking over the blog as soon as he figures out how to type.  Did you notice how big his paws are?!?!  Typing could be difficult for a while.  What he really needs to learn is how to sleep through the night so the rest of us can get our beauty sleep (except Daddy who's already pretty handsome and can sleep through quite a bit; apparently Ruger is no exception!).

We leave you with what we think is the best picture of our new brother so far . . . at least it's Mommy's favorite.  Despite the mud on his nose.  Or perhaps because of it!

Adjusting to new big sister status,  [sigh]
Dixie and Jenna

Monday, June 12, 2017

Shades of Summer

While Jenna was away at the dawg hospital for a few days, Mommy and I played around and had loads of FUN!  I think I like being an only child . . . temporary only child that is!  (Mommy made me write that last part.)

Temps hit 100 two days in a row while Jenna was laid up in her air conditioned suite (not that I wasn't enjoying the AC in the house), so Mommy made banana ice cubes for me.

On the days when it wasn't too hot to play outside, I got to run and fetch the ball.  Running is something my sister won't be able to do for a while.   I also chilled on my outdoor bed.

Hopefully this time will pass quickly and Jenna will be able to come out and play with me soon.  Until then, I'll just keep lapping up all this extra attention!


Friday, June 9, 2017

Tales from the Dawgs

Tales from the Dawgs

Dixie: Hey, Jenna, come here.  We need to talk.  Did you hear the phone call Mommy took yesterday?

Jenna: It's kind of hard for me to miss since I'm stuck here in my crate all the time.  Where else would I be? This ACL surgery has me cooped up all the time!

Dixie: What did Mommy mean when she said she and Daddy had to go pick up the new puppy this weekend?

Jenna: I have no idea.  Surely this can't be true.  They think they're ready for ANOTHER puppy???  What are they thinking?!?!?

Dixie: Who knows?  We've had three at once before, but none of us were invalids from recent surgery.  I'm not sure Mommy can handle a puppy and an invalid, no offense Sis.  And Mommy complains about the amount of dawg hair we leave behind already.  Why would she want to add more to her house cleaning workload?

Jenna: I think the new puppy's a chocolate lab.  Maybe it will take after our big brother, Hunter.  He was a chocolate and he didn't shed nearly as much as we do.  She'd better hope he's like Hunter.

Dixie: And it's a male?  I thought we girls had a good thing going.  Girls rule and boys drool, right?

Jenna: Dixie, have you seen me waiting for my food bowl?  This girl drools!

Dixie: I think Daddy might be feeling a bit overrun with estrogen in the house.  Mommy said he wanted a boy this time.  Hmpf!  What does he know?

Jenna: Don't make fun of Daddy.  He's my best buddy.

Dixie: Sure he is.  For a few more days.  Then this new puppy will arrive and you're history!

Jenna: I'll never be history.  I'm Daddy's favorite.

Dixie: You're only Daddy's favorite because he takes you hunting.  Word on the street is this new puppy will be properly trained to go hunting with him . . . it's only a matter of time before you're replaced in the field!

Jenna: Nope! Nope! Nope!  I refuse to believe it!  Besides if Daddy goes hunting with other people, the more dawgs in the field the merrier right?

Dixie: Just keep telling yourself that . . .

Jenna: And you think you're going to remain Mommy's favorite?  I know she carried you around cradled in her arms like a baby, but that's about to be history too!  This new little guy will be tiny.  He's going to get to snuggle right up in the crook of Mommy's neck and you're going to be sooooo jealous!

Jenna: All those super cute pictures of you as a puppy . . . well, move over Dixie Doodle, now there's someone new on the scene to star in his own super cute pictures!

Dixie: No!!  It's not possible to be cuter than I was a puppy!

Jenna: Just you wait . . .

Monday, June 5, 2017

Pup Cup for Me!

While my sister Jenna was laid up in the dawg hospital, Mommy and I had fun playing!  One of the adventures we had was visiting Starbucks!  Mommy really enjoys Starbucks, but she thinks it's a total waste of money on a daily basis.

She had heard that dawgs could be served a puppuccino, also known as a pup cup.  This sounds much fancier than it is.  The pup cup is simply a tiny cup of whipped cream.  Even if it's not as fancy as the caramel macchiatto Mommy had, it was delish!!!  And it was free!  Well, free with a purchase . . . Daddy said this is NOT really free considering Mommy's coffee was over $5!  I say, who cares since it was so yummy!  (Mommy agrees!)  Mommy would love to take Jenna there one day, but she said there's no way she could manage her coffee and two tiny cups for us too!

In the mean time, don't tell Jenna.  This is our little secret . . .

This is me waiting eagerly in the drive thru for our order.

And this is my first taste of heaven.  Can you tell I like it???

The whipped cream was a bit messy.  I splattered little bitty drops of whipped cream all over the center console.  Have no fear, I cleaned it up all by myself!

And I got every last drop of whipped cream out of that cup!

Once I was finished with my pup cup, Mommy even let me lick the swizzle stick in her coffee.  It tasted good too!

I hope Mommy and I can make another coffee run sometime soon . . . after all, Jenna won't be "running" anywhere in the near future!


PS: Happy 18th Anniversary to my parents today!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Kick Off to Summer!

The summer has officially begun!!!  Yippee!!!!

Kicking up our heels,
Dixie and Jenna

PS: Technically only one of us is kicking up her heels.  Jenna is still in solitary confinement recovering from her surgery.