Thursday, May 23, 2019


We had our long weekend last week. Like many self-employed people, long weekends don't always mean days off. They can mean catching up at home, so I brought some paperwork home to catch up on Monday. 

I had finished up with one project that required binders and clipboards brought in from a centre. I set them on the floor beside my desk. I heard the little pitter-patter of toes and looked over to see Lee sniffing the documents. She may have even given the clipboard a little lick!  I laughed and called her the sniffer-visor. (Don't worry, I never left the important work documents alone with her. I would hate to say, my dog ate the data!)

Sniffing Lady's work - confidential information has been blacked out

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Project Hailey Fail

As you may remember, our Lee is on prozac (the generic form picked up at the human pharmacy) from about April-October every year. She is on the prozac to help her with her severe anxiety cause by fireworks and thunder. (If you have forgotten how severe, in August of 2012 she chewed her way through the wall).

She went back on it in early April. We had our first storm. Short story, I ended up asleep on the couch with the TV and lights on and she ended up in bed with the Man after almost 2 hours of stress. 

I spoke to our vet after this and we decided to try increasing her dose. He said we could double it. We increased it to see. 

The increase caused Hailey to be extra tired and she looked uncomfortable in her body (I think she just felt too stoned). After a short time, we returned her to her regular dose.  I spoke to the vet and he said we could look at an in-between dose and I said let's see.

We just got through our first long weekend of the year which means a lot of fireworks for us. While she was a bit pacy the first night, we let her out of the bedroom and she settled without any destruction. Overall she did really well. So for the time being, we will leave her meds as they are. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Mischief Monday by Phod

Dear pals,

You know I am the best dog in the world and I try very, very hard to keep my peeps happy and safe. On the weekend, I had to do my safety job. You see the deer are back. Sometimes there can be up to 10 in the yard. 10 intruders. I don't care that my people say they are nice, I see them as intruders. At any rate, Man had taken me out on leash. He did a survey and there didn't appear to be any deer around so he let me off leash. What Man didn't know is that the deer were in the bush behind the house, so I ran after them to give them a ticket for trespassing. 

A sample picture of a deer in the yard

Lee was really not happy I got to guard and she started to bark. The Man was calling me to stop and come back, but I couldn't listen because I had a job to do. Lady dragged Lee back to the house. Man started on the low path behind the house and Lady started on the high path.

Can you spot me in the bush?

It was only a few minutes before Lady could hear the gentle jingle of my tags in the bush. She called to Man that she had found me. Slowly but surely (one must stop to eat some deer poop) I made my way back to her. 

I wouldn't look at Lady

The Man was not happy that I left the yard. He gave me a stern talking to. I pretended to show remorse, but really it is fun very important to keep my people safe. 

After such an adventure I needed a really good nap!

Lady says it was mischief but I think I was just doing my job.  I have found I have been on leash a lot more since!

Lesson, my safety measures are not appreciated by my people.

Your pal, Phod

Friday, May 17, 2019

Nature Friday - Bryce Canyon

I am joining Rosy and the Boyz for Nature Friday.

When I started this blog 8 years ago, I had no idea that it would result in 4 trips to meet other bloggers and their dogs. There is so much negativity on the internet and so much hate - it is nice to have a little corner that has united us with wonderful, like minded people (aka huge animal lovers), who we have no business knowing any other way.

This year, the mini-BAR was in Bryce Canyon, Utah. Utah is now the 25th State I have visited. 

Today, I share pictures from Bryce Canyon itself. 

Me  at the top of the canyon before the first descent

Looking into the Canyon

The Hoodoos

More Hoodoos

The rule breaker . . . one of the trails was washed out (no we didn't go far on the closed path)

The pups that have brought us together - Mabel, Arty, Jakey, Rosy, Murphy and Stanley and of course the Lee and Phod flats

Even more Hoodoos

Me and Man and flat Lee and Phod at the top

Murphy and Stanley's peeps and the Man on our big hike

Making sure we don't get lost

I wonder how long before this Hoodoo falls over

Hiking in Bryce was fun but tough. First, we live around sea level (about 1000 feet above) and in the Bryce area it is 7-8000 feet about sea level. So we were starting with thinner air then we are use to. Second, when you decent into the canyon (which isn't too bad), you go down about 1000 feet. This means you have to come up about a 1000 feet. Third, it can be very steep in places (it is a canyon after all).  I did it twice, and I am going to say, both times that last 500 feet were very hard. I found the second time harder, I think because my legs were sore from the 2 full days of hiking on the previous days. 

I don't think the pictures do the magnificent canyon justice. It was stunning. I am so glad to have had this opportunity. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thankful Thursday - Thank You Mabel

Today we want to send a big thank you to the sweet Miss Mabel whom our peeps got to meet in the furs last week at the mini-BAR. Miss Mabel sent these wonderful chews for us because we couldn't be there. 

Look how big they were!

We took them gently,

and spent the next half an hour enjoying them. 

Thank you Mabel!