Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Hanukkah Celebration

First, I should remind everyone we are not Jewish, but we celebrate Hanukkah (we aren't really Christian and we celebrate Christmas - we see it the same). It started over a decade ago as a "theme" party over the holidays (to do something different) and has grown into a true celebration. We have Hanukkah dishes, decorations, books, music and toys.  We eat a brisket type dish, latkes (one of my favourite foods in the world),  green beans with peppers and pine nuts and donuts. This year Man did up some deep fried Brussel Sprouts. Those are a new favourite.

This year is an extra special Hanukkah because it was my niece Maggie's first Hanukkah. Maggie and I are exchanging 8 crazy nights of Hanukkah gifts (plus she will get some Christmas gifts from us too - she may be a little spoiled). We opened the first one early on the weekend (because Hanukkah started on Tuesday night and with everyone else's holiday schedule we decided to have it the weekend before). We will open the rest on the correct night.

Hanukkah is probably my favourite holiday of the year.

Here are a couple of my favourite pictures.

Posing by the Hanukkah Tree

Maggie opening her first gift - Phod looks on and Emma helps out

Maggie - she is 6 months old now

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Zaphod's Santa Letter

Dear Santa,

Thank you very much for all the wonderful toys and treats your brought last year. I really loved them. You are very nice. I would give you licks if we met and I wasn't too scared.

I don't know what to ask for. I have everything a pup could want. I have 3 soft dog beds. I have a basket full of balls and chucks and discs. There is a drawer of puzzle toys and cupboards full of cookies. I have my places to sleep by the fire. I have a wonderful sister Hailey and a Nin and a great Lady and Man. I know they work very hard to give me the best life they can.

Hailey says it is rude at Christmas not to ask for anything so, if I have to I have 3 simple wishes: a new fetch toy because I love fetch so much Santa; for Lady and Man to love me forever and maybe not to have to do things like clean my ears or give me a bath or use the vacuum; for all the puppies and kitties in shelters and rescues to find amazing loving homes. That is what I would like the most Santa.

Have a safe trip and I will try not to chase your deer that live near our house.

Love your Phody Boy

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hailey's Christmas Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,

This has been my best year yet. I did not really destroy much or run away from my people. You know I was super excellent girl when I was staying with my Grammie and the Big Guy. I have patiently tolerated my Lady's crazy demands for taking pictures (which often include the humiliation of dressing up), I have continued to allow her to write about me in such a public manner, I was fine when Emma stayed with us for months and months, and I have worked hard on my tricks. Overall, I know I have earned an A+ for my behaviour and should be rewarded with lots and lots of treats. To show you how much I have grown the past year, I am not going to even be picky about what kind of treats. I love all types. So whatever you have lots of, feel free to leave an A+ amount. 

Lady says she hopes this kind of growth will continue now that I am almost 5. I make no promises, but think ample rewards for being a super star this year, may help keep me motivated to behave next year. 

Thank you,

Love your Hailey Girl

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Card Count

Us - electronic and snail mail - 25     Peeps - 0

Sorry we haven't been around this weekend, it is our annual Hanukkah party this weekend, so we have been busy shopping, cleaning, cooking and soon entertaining, more about our party later in the week!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Feline Friday - Nin's Adventures

While we were away, Nin went to stay with Uncle Chris and Emma. 

Nin has always hated the car, and here is a sample of him protesting on the way to Uncle Chris'. (This is only a fraction of the yelling at I got when I brought him home Monday night, but being alone in the car made it impossible to tape. Needless to say, it was a long hour drive home!)


Nin did great at Uncle Chris'. As soon as we got there, he checked the place out. He didn't hiss or seem stressed, which is impressive especially when you remember he is 19.5 years old. He found great spots to sleep. Uncle Chris gave him lots of extra treats (any food he was interested in he pretty much got!). Uncle Chris reported that he was annoying (he has always been a chatty cat) but more active then he has seen him for a long time. 

Emma, who normally can be found snuggling with Nin when she is visiting our house, did NOT enjoy having him in her house. She began piling all her toys so she could guard them. She did not like when he drank out of her water dish (there was another for him, but he is use to sharing with dogs). She didn't like that he slept in her spot. Overall, she was the stressed one.

Emma will be staying with us for all of February and March, so we will see how the two get along then!

Hailey and Phod were very excited to see Nin and to check him out and smell him and hump him etc. etc. when we got home and Nin seemed happy to be there. 

All members of our pack had a great time away! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This and That Edition

This week has been a bit of a gong show for the Lady. No one really did her job while she was traveling the world so she has a lot to catch up on. She has been reading as many blogs as she can, but not commenting as much as we think she should!  She has been taking us on great walks and we are working on a new trick we will share another day.

This is how Lady feels about being back to work

We thought we would address some of the comments/questions from our blog since our return.

We were so glad to hear that Dory and the Boyz got our gift after the headache of having to mail it!

The Trip
-Lady will share some more adventures likely after the holidays. We want to do some holiday posts!
-Bella, Roxy and Dui mentioned that when their peeps were in Norway, they only found North American food. Lady found reindeer when she was there:) She said it was awesome!
-KB mentioned the awesome coffee in Italy. Our peeps can't speak to that as neither of them drinks it!

Grey Sunday
We are sure Phod was extra excited to be on the beach and swimming. Our little lake freezes over very quickly so we stop taking him early in the season. We believe he has another ear infection - the last one was from his summer visit. We are waiting to talk to the vet.

Things that Go Snap
It is one of those situations where I wish I could read Lee's mind. She is such a lovely girl most of the time. We do know that Tendra and Hailey are both dominant, bossy females, so that may be part of the problem!

The Routine
-We would like it noted that the boy dogs could have slept in either bedroom, but made the decision to sleep in the living room. It is where Barley usually sleeps and for whatever reason Zaphod picked it as his spot too. It is funny that our one night after the trip there, that Barley, Hailey and Zaphod all wanted to sleep in the guest room with us!

Wordless Wednesday - Waiting Patiently
-Lady would like to say that is not her with Phod, that was Phod playing with his Grammie while she abandoned us.

Stop by tomorrow to read about Nin's adventures.

Lady is trying to keep her head in the clouds!