Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tasty Tuesday - What Was I Thinking?

Note: I love the company Hero - they employ soldiers with PTSD and/or their families, and they are Canadian. The following has nothing to do with the quality of their product, more to do with me . . . .

On Christmas Day, when I opened these treats, the treats I had picked out for Christmas, my first thought was WTF!  What the heck was I thinking getting furry rabbits feet. They have the bones and nails. I could barely hold them, I was so creeped out. 





While I was creeped out the following happened:

Zaphod ate his so quickly I didn't have a chance to get a picture.
It took Hailey a bit to figure it out, but she got it eaten (see below).
Emma wouldn't eat hers, she just carried it around and as Phod was trying to sneak it, I eventually took it from her and put it away. 


Now that they have had them a couple times, I am not as bothered, although I am not sure they will be my first choice the next time I go treat shopping. (Which will be a long time as Uncle Chris has left a lot of treats for the pups while he is away)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mischief Monday - Destroying Disturbed - by Hailey

The other day I was sitting on my bed, happily destroying a toy. It was a cold day and my walk had been sort so I decided the toy needed to go. 


I am minding my own business when Phod comes over. 


Before I knew it, he was trying to mount me to get him to play.  I told him right off and he moved along.

Then I got back to destroying my toy. 




Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy Birthday - Hailey



Today we celebrate our girl's 8th birthday! It is hard to believe we have all survived to see this day. While she bring so much joy and energy to our house, she was a very difficult dog those first few years and looking back I am really not sure how we got through it all. However, if I could do it again, I probably would . . . .

Here are 8 fun facts about our girl:

1. We call her Hailey Bug because her last foster mom had nicknamed her Bug because her niece was Hailey (and Hailey was a huge bug-ger). We had called our previous dogs Loki Worm and Gemini Cricket as nicknames, so it was perfect.

2. Hailey is super food motivated. The picture above was taken outside, off leash. She is posing for a cookie.

3. If you touch Hailey in her sleep, she will tell you off!

4. Her morning routine is walk, breakfast and then back to bed for a nap.

5. She will scratch the door to tell you she or Phod needs to go out.  Sometimes she scratches it for attention.

6. If you ask her where her dish is, she will go to it and smack it.

7. She is starting to go really grey around her mouth.  The only sign she is aging (besides her mellowing out).

8. She is an obsessive bum licker (for no medical reason, just because she can!)

She still has her puppy eyes


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A special thanks to Madi and her Mom for this wonderful card!





Friday, January 12, 2018

Flower Friday - From Jamaica!

Today we going Rosy for Flower Friday. I took this picture in Jamaica in November because I knew we wouldn't have any flowers hear for months. If memory serves me, this is a banana plant! 


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Tomorrow is Miss Hailey Bug's 8th birthday so be sure to stop by to celebrate!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

I Don't Have A Problem - By Phod


Falling asleep holding my Precious

My people think I have a problem. They think I am too obsessed with my house Precious. Yes, I like to keep it near me most of the time. Yes, if I can't find it/remember where I put it/the Man thinks it is funny to hide it, I get worried and won't stop searching until I find it. I think this is just taking care of thing I love.

Here are some special moments I spent with Precious last week.

On the couch while watching TV
I wanted to play fetch with it while Lady was in the bath

While supervising Lady working at home
While Lady did yoga
While I was sleeping on the couch
This is how I know it isn't a problem. I got too hot on the couch and moved to the other couch and left Precious and Hailey got into my spot and I was totally fine with her sleeping with it. Lady says it is just because I was tired and forgot. But I disagree.


Emma arrives tomorrow for her 6 month stay. I really hope my peeps will let me keep it with me until spring. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Keeping Active During The Deep Freeze

Like many of you, we spent most of the 2 weeks post-Christmas in record breaking cold. With the wind, it felt like -40C/F (they feel the same). 

My dogs don't do well in the cold, so we minimize our time outside (sometimes to like 30 seconds, just long enough for business). For the most part they did really well without their daily exercise. We did get 2 lovely days in a row and had long walks, and if the forecast was right, starting yesterday and for the foreseeable future, it should be more reasonable temperatures (like closer to freezing).

We have been dusting off our assorted puzzle toys. 

We always talk about how brilliant our girl is (and she is) and we don't give our boy enough credit for being smart. He is also very smart, he is just much quieter about it. He is actually much better at doing puzzles because he isn't as food driven as Hailey and he is focused and careful. 



Hailey is impatient (she is so like me in this regard) and just tries to use brute force to get the treats out.


Phod finished his puzzle first, so he went over and helped Hailey. She was totally fine with this. We are lucky they don't fight over food! He remembered you just had to lift up a piece to get the food. 


Once Phod had enough, Hailey used her force to get the last of the cookies out. 



What is your dog's puzzle strategy?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Mischief Monday - For Phenny

Phenny, 87 days ago, or something like that, you sent me a gift with a toy we called 'dis' (after what my human cousin says when he doesn't know the name of something).  While I had enjoyed playing with it, I head left it alive, waiting for the perfect time to dead it.

I decided the weekend, after 87 million cold days, was the perfect time and I am happy to report dis is no longer. 




Sunday, January 7, 2018

Self-Sunday - by Hailey


This was taken on Christmas Day. What you can't really see, is I was so tired while taking it, I kept sort of falling asleep sitting up!



Saturday, January 6, 2018

Helping Him Cope


In the winter, Precious (aka Phod's ball) goes away (it is too easily lost in the snow and some of us have a really hard time coming inside if we can't find it, and that can be dangerous) and is replaced by a chuck disc. We usually go through two discs a season as to show he doesn't love this replacement but it is better then no fetch, Phod chews holes in it. 

As we have mentioned, it has been really, really cold here (as it has been in many places). This means our time outside is very short and chuck has been getting only 2 or 3 throws before cold feet bring us in. Phod has seemed a little depressed about not having as much time outside. On New Year's Eve, the Man brought one of his Precious' in. You can't see from the picture but that is the first Precious. We know this as it is the only one he chewed a big hole in.  They played some fetch (more like soccer then high throws) in the house. He was so excited he hardly let it out of his sight for the first night. He didn't know what to do with it when dinner was given. If he could have, he would have eaten with it in his mouth. 

We are going to let him keep it for now. It may have to go away when Cousin Emma arrives next week. We hope this helps him with his winter blues. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

A Feline Friday - A Visit To The Feline Cafe

Before Christmas a friend and I met for coffee. We decided to check out the Feline Cafe. It is a cafe, that has a cat room which holds cats from a local rescue who are looking for homes.


There are rules about interacting with the cats. No one under the age of 12 is allowed in. They only allow a certain number of people into the cat room at a time. They ask you not to pick up the animals or disturb sleeping ones. Flash photography is forbidden. The cats do have a way out of this room away from people, if they wish

Here are some of the cats.


This little kitten had a great time hunting. 


Here was my favourite cat, Othello. He had arrived at the cafe the night before. While he was active, checking the place out, watching all the people, he was very sweet. If the Man would not have had my head, I would have brought him home! 



Three cats in the bed and the little one said . . . .


This one didn't move from this chair the whole time we were there (which was like 2.5 hours as it wasn't busy!)


Reminded me of my angel Bagheera!


This one, Flower, had an adoption pending, and was my friend's favourite cat.


More with Othello. 



While the beverages were a little more expensive then other cafes, I think it was totally worth it. I loved spending time with the cats and look forward to going back!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Thankful Thursday - by the Lady


While the pictures aren't great (it is hard to get a picture on your phone without moving so not as to disturb the dog), I am thankful for all the cuddly time Lee and I had over the holidays. It may have been in part because it was sooooooo cold (record breaking cold, cancel the polar bear swim, cold, a zoo has to bring the penguins inside because it is so cold kind of cold), but I will take it.