Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Good Friday Adventure - by Hailey

Running with a new friend
After we got up yesterday, the Lady and Man shoved pills down Phod's throat. This made him nervous, but I knew it meant only one thing, we were going in the car. Phody needs meds to go in the car. I was also nervous until I heard one of the world's greatest 4 letter words - PARK! We were going to a park! We use to go to the park all the time, but since we moved to the middle of no where, and Phody gets car sick, we have only gone a couple of times. I was so excited. After Phod's pills had been in his body for a bit, we went in the car and drove for 87 million years. Phody was very upset, and even with his great pills still got sick (Lady says maybe 1.5 hours isn't enough time for them to work, maybe he needs closer to 2). I was very good in the car.

Finally we arrived and it was glorious! I can't tell you how excited I was. I got to run and play and make new friends. Uncle Chris and Emma met us there (they live near the park, so they are lucky), I was so excited to see Emma I sang!

We got to run and play for hours [Editor's note: about an hour and a half]. I made so many new friends. I checked every white dog to make sure they weren't Gemi. [Editor's note: This made Lady a little sad, that close to 3 years later, she would still look for Gemi].

Here are some pictures of our fun!

Emma and Lee getting check in cookies

The three of us checking the park out! 

Hailey practicing her "table" at the park. She was so good she would even do commands!

Hailey trying to get her new BFF Neil to play - he didn't want anything to do with her! 

Uncle Chris, throwing the stick for us

Neil deciding if he wants to play with Lee

One very happy Phody! 

Then it was time to go. Phody was a bit nervous that Lady and I were leaving without him (we had to go back on the horrible leashes to go into the parking lot), cause Lady and I got ahead. Then we had to walk slow to wait for him. I was very tired and slept the 87 million year drive home, and all evening. It was a good day indeed. I can't wait to go back again.

Note from the Lady: Phody has only been to a dog park a few times with us, and Lee has not been in some time, however, they were both AMAZING! I couldn't believe how good they were. They were friendly and playful. Phod always stayed close and since Hailey knew there were treats in our pockets, she always came when we called and she even checked in. We hope to do this a bit more often and hope maybe it will make Phod a little less scared of the car, because he clearly loved it there.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Getting Ready for Easter

Lady has had a very busy work week - she abandoned us for at least 12 if not 14 hours all week. She even said she has to do some work this weekend. She has a terrible mean boss to make her do this (FYI: she is her own boss, so we know how mean she can be!). Since she has been working so much, she hasn't let us read your blogs etc.

Today we are going on a big adventure! We have an exciting, all about us on Good Friday! More about that tomorrow.

And we have to be getting ready for Easter because Emma and Uncle Chris are coming tomorrow and staying til Monday. It is going to be an Easter extravaganza!

We will have time to catch up over this weekend, we just don't know when.

Must get ready for the adventure!

Lee and Phod

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Nemesis

Hailey has a nemesis, the little red squirrel. The little red squirrel has reappeared over the past few weeks. We first saw him during a morning walk when he came down his tree and ran 10 feet beside us, clearly mocking Hailey.

The little red squirrel has also been seen coming up to the back door, also to mock Hailey. 

The other morning Hailey started barking at the kitchen window. This is odd because the window is too high for her to see out. She was carrying on and I thought she was crazy until I turned and there was her nemesis, on the front porch:

Phod was completely oblivious to all of this. I am sure we are going to have more run-ins with this squirrel this spring!

Do you have a nemesis? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mischief Monday - Deja Vu

Saturday was a lovely day. It was the nicest day so far this year. We opened some windows to let the fresh spring air into the house. Man and Lady also had plans in town with friends Saturday afternoon, so after a walk down Lee's favourite street, lots of exercise and play, we went to town.

We came home later that afternoon to a disaster in the front hall.

Besides chewing the paw wiping towel, Hailey,

chewed up the leashes that I had not put in the drawer (thankfully I had an extra pair at home, will pick up another extra set next trip to the pet store):

and tried to get out the garage door again:

The damage is not as bad as the last time this happened, but is still upsetting. We know it was Hailey and not Phod, not just because of her history, but because she was the one with drywall on her paws. We have no idea why this happened. The window was open, did something sound louder? The last time this happened, August 2012, we had just moved into the house, and there was a terrible, terrible storm while we were out.

It feels like a defeat and it is going to take us some time to figure out what to do to further help our girl.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Catch Up Saturday

Where did the week go? It wasn't extraordinarily busy, but it flew by. The weather has been nicer and we are optimistic we will see grass soon. The snow is almost all gone in the city but us mountain dwellers still have some. They are forecasting warm temperatures and rain the next few days, so that will hopefully wash the rest of it away. We won't talk about Tuesday's forecast!

The great thing about spring, is it makes for awesome smelling walks according to the pups. We have gotten to sniff fresh deer tracks and deer hair. We even saw a deer yesterday. The wild turkeys are back as well. We have mostly heard them, but did see one early in the week. Morning walks are now accompanied by the sound of birds and not just the crunch of snow. It is a nice time to live in the country.

My arm seems to be all better. I guess I just seriously bruised it. It never turned all the cool colours I had  hoped it would! Even with two good arms, I am continuing to use the couplers for the walks. Overall we have less pulling this way.

Now to catch up on all your comments:

Monday's post:
While I would never fence the entire 3 acres (with the bush and the hill it would be too big of a job), I would really love to have a big fenced area for the pups to run and play. This is not something the Man wants, so I don't know if it will happen. As for her latest escape, now that time has passed, I can truly appreciate that I did this to myself and realize how ridiculous it must have looked!

A Busy Weekend:
Hailey tries really hard not to jump up on her favourite guests, but can't help herself. If they manage to get past the front door without a jump, she gets them later. It is like she remembers, I haven't jumped yet. While this is an undesirable behaviour, it is better than angel Gemi's jumping and biting the people she loved!

He did it to himself:
Chuck 2 is Phod's favourite toy in the whole wide world. When given the choice between Chuck and his new frisbee, Chuck wins every time. Over the winter he has been chewing that big hole in it. I throw it, he runs into the deep snow, chews it a bit and brings it back. Sometimes when he picks it up, it flops over his face like that picture. What you can't really see is that he is holding it in his mouth! Man happened to have his phone ready when it happened one day, to capture it. It always makes us laugh! Phod doesn't care if we are laughing as long as when he puts it down we throw it.

Hailey's Big Adventure:
I am very proud of Hailey for her behaviour during her big adventure. Our first dog, Angel Loki, loved the vet, which spoiled us for the dogs who followed. I think as Hailey remembers seeing the vet at social occasions last year it helped her during the exam part. That or she was just so glad to get away from the Reiki lady . . . . I can't believe this lady either and I think if I thought she was a true danger I would have said something or moved.

Brotherly Love:
They melt my heart when they are so lovely. Yes, I was watching the food network. It is currently my favourite channel, which is funny since I don't cook.

Have a great weekend!