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Monday, July 27, 2009

Remnants of the last snow

Woof, woof
What a weekend it has been. So many places visited and so many things done. I think I will need this week coming to get over it all hee hee.
Saturday morning I 'helped' Mummy get the sheets on the line - only to be told firmly- NO! Yelp, how was I supposed to know this task was for humans only?? Anyway, it got her speeded up a bit, I think, because I wanted to go for my beach stroll and soon afterwards, we got going! There were not so many friends around this time but I still got to meet more new friends.
Again, as usual, they do not seem to be interested in socialising a lot but rather go chasing after frisbees or tennis balls. I'm learning about this. You must see my new frisbee!
I just have to figure out what I must do with it. I must add though that, to Mummy's dismay, I truly found the sticks on the beach to be more interesting than the frisbee. I again discovered some Star fish that had washed up on the beach.
Oh, and I ventured into the water by myself and thought that I had to drink it up or drown! Problem is, there was so much of it and it tasted awful!
Some of the humans I met on Saturday seemed very unfriendly and just ran - and then kept on running. I tried to catch up to them but Mummy called me back. You must also see, I left my own paw prints in the sand!
After our beach walk, Mummy and I ended up going to Pane Cucina (not La Panini as Mummy originally thought - HUMANS!!), the cafe and bakery in North Hobart. Sad things was, there were no other doggies there for me to socialise with!
On our way home, Mummy stopped off at our usual 'Sunday Walk' place and I got to run around a bit to let off some more energy before we headed for home.
On Sunday afternoon late, Mummy, The Dad and I drove up Mount Wellington because Mummy wanted to show me the snow. Was it windy and cold up there, Woof!!! I got dressed up warm but the cap kept falling over my eyes and I could not see where I was going so, in the end, it was pushed off my head. It was an experience to feel all this wet, cold and watery white stuff under my eetsy bitsy tiny paws (OK - they are not that small - still). I got to climb and run in this stuff and found it very interesting. I even left my paw prints in the snow too!
It was dark by the time we left but The Dad sure enjoyed standing outside and looking down at the shimmering lights of Hobart! Lucky for me, Mummy travels with a supply of food in the car and I got to have a bite to eat. I think I was starving (but Mummy is always there to look out for me - mwhah!) by this time.Then The Dad wanted to go to the Waterfront for something to eat because Mummy was very hungry and I got to go with too! I had my own chair under a nice gas heater outside the restaurant. Although I do not get fed from the table, Mummy gave me a lick of some cream that came with the desert. I think I can get used to that stuff! Yummy! Pity, Mummy would not let me have more.
When we got home, Mummy gave me a nice bowl of my own special food (which I cleaned up quickly) and I then got into bed almost immediately! What a busy weekend it has been. We now have a new letterbox too and I got to rip the box apart that was wrapped around it! I will get Mummy to take a photo of this during the week. I think it looks nice. We still need to put up a proper number on the pedestal but the small one is OK for now. I noticed that Mummy also put up a 'No Junk Mail, Please' sticker - we sure get a lot of that in our letterbox here!
Will keep you updated of how the painting of the passage goes! Oh, I did not mention this before? The Dad bought some paint for the passage because there is a big unpainted place in the wall from where he removed the passage bank heater. Got to get the house looking nice for my Nan's visit from South Africa! I am looking forward to her coming to visit (as is Mummy) because then I have somebody with me ALL DAY! Wooofffeeeeeeee! The Dad wanted a white but Mummy is dead-set against a 'sterile' house as she wants to bring in bright colours. Anyway, the colour is a very, very pale lemon. I will give you a peek when it has been done.
Stay well all my other four-legged friends - oops, and human friends hee hee.
Until we meet again, God Bless.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Training 'Mummy'

Woof, woof
As promised, I have had some photos taken at the training classes last night. Even though Mummy was not feeling up to it, she still took me (which I am grateful for) but she sure did not look that much alive! I am not all too sure about these classes. Firstly, my first need is to socialise and this does not seem to happen so often at the classes. We must sit, stay, go play, come and just, oh, so many other silly commands, followed by a click and then you get food. Last night I was not interested in the food and just wanted to socialise! Maybe next week will be better.
Anyway, here is Mummy and I looking up at the camera.
Here I have my most favourite toy, my wabbit!
And here, I have NO idea what the lady thought she was doing - my best side??? Do you notice how trained I got Mummy - she is sitting nicely on my blanket hee hee
Despite this all, I do enjoy going as 'Mummy' get to be taught new thing. She bought me a new toy too. It is made by Aussiedog and called 'Home Alone' which normally hangs from a tree branch or frame; has a stretchy rope, a plastic ball (which has a small hole in it where you put pellets into) attached to the end of this rope and then another tug rope at the bottom, onto which I am supposed to pull to have the food drop out of the hole.
Mummy is very keen to keep me occupied during the day when she goes to earn money for bird seed and puppy food - she does not want me to become bored and lonely. At the moment I am kind of wary of this big yellow ball and it is left on the ground for me to knock around.
I seem to have lost my craze for these fancy pellets Mummy bought me - which normally happens after a class because of the titbits and treats we get fed during training. I suppose once I get the hang of it, this will become another of my favourite toys. Until then, my wabbit will do nicely, thank you!
Going to have to go outside now for a bit of fresh air and let my 'neighbours' know that I am still the boss in this yard!
Thank you for stopping by again!
God bless

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Understanding Humans

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Am I glad to be of the canine species and not human! You lot are sure complicated to understand and sometimes trying to understand The Dad is totally alien to both Mummy and me. I have heard of humanoids and although I do not know what those things are, could The Dad perhaps be one of those things and have a chip malfunction?
You see, it is like this. Humans always tell you that just because a dog wags his tail, does not mean that he is friendly. Right? With Mummy, when she is sad, she will either cry or be very quiet; and when she is happy, she has too much energy for her own good, is always smiling, laughing and chatting away. With The Dad, there is nothing from which one can 'read' his mood or mind. Now, normally things like this would not be a problem; however, the problem is just that even The Dad himself does not seem to know what is happening. And you humans have a thing called 'communication' too. This is supposed to mean talking, right? Lots of practice needed here.
If you ask me, Paxton, then all I can say is that Humans are a very complicated species - and that's no woofing matter!
Anyway, this is now our second attempt at getting this blog onto the page - in ONE piece. Previously Mum had written it all and what happened when she published it? Only the first two paragraphs came up! I could tell that Mummy was not that happy.
Now, to catch up of my socialising over the weekend! Mum thought she would try taking me to the beach again since I am now a bit older. Was it fun this time around!! There were, oh, so many other doggies on the beach that I could socialise with. Best part - there were HUMANS too and I love socialising with Humans! You get lots of love-rubs and pats. I also met a she-dog that was so Ooh-la-la - if you know what I mean! Yes, I know, I am still a puppy but I am a quick learner and also learnt on Saturday what is the difference between a he- and she-dog! Mmmmm, have to still work that one through later on when I am on my own (don't want to embarrass you all here hee hee).

From Bellerive Beach, Mummy and I went into Hobart and stopped off at her favourite Saturday Cafe spot - La Panini in Elizabeth Street. Lots of Humans take their dogs for walks along this stretch where you can sit and have coffee or something to eat on tables outside on the pavement. This was where Mummy and I met this lovely young lady who works at the RSPCA Animal Shelter and she came over to ask whether she could introduce her dog to me. Naturally Mummy said yes and, Boy!, was I glad - it was another she-dog!! She was a mixture of Pit Bull and Staffie and eight months old. Then this lady said that I reminded her of her Pit Bull (which she saved from being put down after he was maltreated by his Human owner) and invited us up to her house - just up the road - where I could meet Pedro. Woof! He was BIG and looked very much like me with all the white marks on my chest and paws! He turned out to be a very likeable fella too! We then walked back to the cafe and that was where we parted ways - they went to the park and Mummy and I went home. Here is the evidence of just how tiring this socialising business can be!Oh, and this is my 'car' blanket. It always stays in the car and I can only sit on that. I also only sit in the front next to Mummy because otherwise I get too noisy in the back.
Tonight we have Puppy Classes again and Mummy will be taking her camera with and asking some of the ladies there to take some pictures of us training. Then I can share that with you too!
I also thought I would share my favourite time of the day with you. This is normally weekend mornings when I get taken outside for a poop and peep and then get to jump into bed with Mum! That is sooooo nice. I get right down underneath the blankets, push my body next to Mummy and go to sleep. Sometimes I snore so loud that Mummy has to bump me to keep quiet hee hee. I sometimes also have the opportunity to try to wake The Dad. Human beds are just so comfortable AND big.
This is me with The Dad.And this is me on the weekend sharing Mummy's space in the bed with her! Nice, hey?

I so hope that everythings stays on this page up to where we are now so that I can share it with you all! Hopefully by tomorrow we can upload some Puppy Class photos too!
Look after yourselves and God Bless.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Saturday was not so good

Woof, Woof
You will never guess where and how I spent my Saturday! In bed with Mummy for most of the day!!

Yip, despite all those plans of Mummy to go into work quickly to finish off some things that needed doing before Monday morning, we got to go nowhere! Mummy awoke with one mean migraine and that put our plans right out the window.
The Dad left for work, as normal on a Saturday, and Mummy took something that looked like treats but are not (I think Humans call it tablets?), fetched me and we both got back into bed - oh, after putting me outside for breakfast and doing my usual toiletry.
I cuddled Mummy and tried to lick away her headache but eventually we both fell asleep although I must say, Mummy moans and moves around a lot when she has a headache! She only got up to let me outside or take more tablets. When The Dad got home, we were still in bed! I then jumped down to go and lie with The Dad in the lounge whilst Mummy went back to sleep.
Eventually Mummy got up and made herself some toast and put a frozen Lasagna in the oven for The Dad. Normally Mummy makes me work a bit for my food but today I just got given my food but I must admit (don't tell Mummy or The Dad, please), I don't think that I quite like the new food The Dad wanted her to get me. I know that she gradually changed me over from the one type to the next but, hey, even Mummy thinks the new food stinks! And it is not your usual off-the-shelf supermarket type food either! Anyway, Mummy tries to camouflage the food with little bits of crushed dried liver but I think she may try to feed it to me as 'wet' food today by putting some hot water on it. Mmmmmmmm - will see how that tastes!
Mummy got up just before 6am this morning and I think her headache is almost gone but we'll see later on. We must go to her work later and perhaps, if her headache is really gone, she may end up taking me to the beach again - unless the rain comes down as was forecast for the weekend. It did end up raining yesterday afternoon late and is very overcast now.
Hopefully I will have time again later today to have a chat with you all to tell you how my day went today. At the moment I am cuddled up in my own bed and am not silly enough to leave the warmth thereof either hee hee.
Enoy your day too.
Take care and God Bless.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Me, Mummy, The Dad and my Jackets

Woof, woof
OK - as promised, here are some pictures of only me, me and Mummy, me and The Dad an then some of me in my jackets. I will start with my favourite one - or rather, Mummy's one:

I look just oh so innocent here - real puppy-faced. Mummy even commented this week about how much I have grown since I came home. I think I must have her print this photo and put it up on the fridge for the day to look at when I was really, really naughty. Who would be able to stay cross with somebody looking so innocent? Would you. No Human would be able to resist kissing and cuddling me! I even have The Dad wrapped around my black-tipped tail - he might as well stop protesting and face facts hee hee - he is hooked on me too.
And this is me in my 'going-out' jacket. It also has a hood on but Mummy never puts it on because then I cannot see. Sometimes when it is very cold, Mummy puts this on me so that I can sleep nice and warm. It is still a little bit big and has one BIG problem.

When I make a No 1, if Mummy does not turn the jacked up on my back, I sometimes wet the bottom inside of the jacket and that means I have to take it off for Mummy to rinse.

This is me and The Dad in our garage. He always seems to love 'wrapping' me up. I enjoy this very much and often go back for more. I do not think I can ever get too much cuddles. This pitbull is a real souk for kisses and cuddles. I'm a real people-pup.

Mummy loves to get down to my level to crawl and play on the floor and I really have fun jumping all over her. We both normally end up laughing very much - I sometimes get so excited that I mouth her and am pretty surprised when I hear a very sharp 'No Biting!' Here is a picture of me and Mummy lying on the floor in the garage - The Dad was sorting out Mummy's 'gym' area and we went to 'help'. This my favourite play time when we roll around on the floor.

And this is my 'hunting' jacket and I call the colour khaki. Unfortunately I do not think I will be able to wear this jacket for that much longer because it seems to be getting a bit short along my back. Mummy puts this on every morning before she leaves for work so that I remain all snug and warm when I wait for her to come back after work. As you can all see, I am just checking up that that she is giving the right amount of food and not skimping like she did when she just got me.
I am now just over 10kgs and becoming heavier! Mummy notices that when she picks me up and cuddles me like a human baby.

Oh, and this is my 'sister', Georgie, a Galah! We are being introduced gradually but I have absolutely no interest in her. She is typical girl - just pink, fluffy and totally spoilt! She even bit my neck and ears when she sat on my back! I tolerated her for a while but when she bit my ear, I just yelped: No more - I am not allowed to bite but you bite me all over! Anyway, she screams real loud too and hisses at me - but she is OK, I suppose. She is also a real Daddy's Girl. Not that I mind because I am a Mummy's Boy anyway. Mummy stood guard the whole time watching us together - I think she was more concerned about me getting bit by her rather than me biting her. I am not that sort of dog!
Well, that is a bit more about me and my family. I now also just sneak off to my bed in the laundry all by myself but find that Mummy still comes to close the entrance - just in case I make an oops in the house during the night. I also do not cry at night anymore. See? I am now a Big Boy.
Mummy has to go to work for a bit tomorrow morning and I think I may get to go with her. If it does not rain (as forecast), I may get to go onto the sand again and see how I take to it this time.
Thank you also to all you lovely people that follow my Blog. Puply appreciated.
Until later, take care and God Bless.

Puppy Classes!

Woof, Woof
The fact that I am getting Mum to do my blog for me is proof that I made it through my first Puppy Class. And, boy, was it an experience!! My puppy-mind got totally boggled with all the things expected from me. I even lost interest in the food - but that was Mummy's fault too. Since Mummy was not too sure of what to take as treats or whether to feed me or not, she decided to give me just a little bit of food about an hour before class. At first we drove around for ten minutes trying to find where the classes were being held because, from the map we were given, they had moved to another shed at the show grounds. Eventually we got there, five minutes late - which caused Mummy to be a bit upset because she hates being late.
Anyway, when we got there, I was just so excited, yet reserved, about all the other doggies there! Then, Mummy was told that her treats were not 'yummy' enough for me - which ended up in pouring hers into another container and them giving her some of theirs (the instructors). Anyway, I was over-excited with all the shenanigans going on there and hardly heard a word of what I was supposed to do. Thank goodness Mummy was listening. At least we could follow what everybody else was doing.
At one stage only me and another black Lab puppy (HUGE puppy) was let off our leads to 'Go Play'. I did go and investigate but, Man, that BL was all over me! The fact that I had my purple coat on made things more exciting for him as he just could not get his nose under my tail and kept up-ending me all the time. In the beginning I was very stressed by this whole black thing over me but I stood my ground and did not run back to Mummy! I can see who is Pack Leader in his house. Certainly not the humans!
There were five other puppies besides me and the BL. One was a cute Jack Russel sheila - real small and petite and once I made myself known to her - I was all over her! She most certainly knew how to socialise because everytime I got to her, she just rolled over onto her back to let me meet her. There was a very small ball of fluff there too which just seemed to roll along the floor. Could not make out heads or tails and eventually gave up on trying to socialise with the fluff.
Because of all the training and treats, I quickly got full and eventually did not want to take anymore food or do anything; however, at that stage, it was almost time to go home too. Now Mummy knows NOT to feed me. Good, Mummy hee hee. We also received a clicker - THAT is something new to me but I am learning.
Have much more to tell you: my 'Down' training, my jackets, more pictures, a close encounter with my 'sister', Georgie, the Galah!
This is just a short telepathic message to Mum at work from me relaxing at home.
Until then, take care and God Bless.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My First Real Bone!!!

Woof, Woof!!
I have so much to tell you all and do not know where to start! Maybe at the beginning will be good, yes?
OK. I've got Mummy trained so well now with our walks. I took her for a nice long walk on Sunday morning - mmmmmm, probably about 2.5kms. We only turned back because it looked like the sky was turning darker and darker and did not want to get caught in a downpour (which never came - just light rain). Anyway, I ended up jogging a bit every now and then. Mummy thinks I look too cute with my ears flapping!
Mummy did some more pruning this past weekend too and now the apple tree looks clean. I was outside my normal fence (still in our yard) but was not listening and ran next door where Mummy had to fetch me from. I could tell she was NOT happy or impressed with me. I did say sorry!
Also, I got taught something new over the weekend too! Mummy showed me my favourite liver treats and had it in her left pocket (she let me smell it) and also in her hand. She then patted her left leg and said 'Side'. I had NO idea what she meant but she gave me a treat because I saw it. This she did for about ten minutes and, Boy, did I love those treats. I even impressed The Dad! Now Mummy can just pat her left leg and say 'Side' and I will come to her left side - even without a treat. I do get a lot of praise though and I love that too!
On Sunday I went with Mummy and The Dad in his ute to one of his jobs as he had to go and look at a broken-down truck. At first it was fun riding in the ute but after a while I did not enjoy it anymore. I just lay down and I think Mummy saw that I was starting to turn 'green'. The Dad had to drive the big truck back to his workshop and Mummy ended up driving the work's ute. Now that I was not being held by Mummy, I really could feel the movement of the ute and that just did it for me! Mummy saved the day by pushing The Dad's jacket underneath me onto which I ooopsed big time! And she did not even moan at me! I felt so sad afterwards but also much better. Anyway, when we got to The Dad's work, Mummy gave me some water and took me for a nice walk on the grass. I just loved breathin in the fresh air and having terra-firma under my feet again. I think I prefer being in Mummy's car. Smoother ride, Yeah!
Mummy and I went for a very, very long walk tonight - well, it felt like it, at least! We then had The Dad pick us up on his way home and he measured our walk. Just over 3kms we did. Luckily for Mummy most of it was down hill and we jogged a bit too. We are slowly getting fitter and doing longer distances. My puppy legs are growing stronger every day! Way to go, Paxton!
Now this is my favourite of favourite stories to tell you all. Woof!
Tonight The Dad brought me a present from somebody at his work. My first real bone! At first I had NO idea what this thing was and stood back a bit but it smelled sooooooo good. I went closer and took a couple of licks. That is when the natural 'dog' inside came to the front - I got stuck into that bone! Let me tell you all. It sure was lip-licking good. Luckily Mummy took it away after a while so that I could continue having nice chewy pieces for tomorrow too. She is going to add some new photos for you all to see.
And on Wednesday after Mummy comes back from work, her and I are going to my very first Puppy Classes. I am really excited about this because then I can socialise! That is the bestest of it all. Mummy will be trained and I will have fun - hee hee - don't tell her now, you hear! I will let you know how that went. I do know that I will be getting lots and lots of treats and am looking forward to that too! I know that Mummy is desperate to potty train me - I keep on making lots of ooops' and she is starting to let me know that I am not impressing her at all. I suppose I will have to come to grips with that too.
I better let Mummy go so that she can finish her and The Dad's supper. I've had mine already and am relaxing underneath her chair at the moment.
Thank you to everybody for leaving comments for me to read. I so enjoy hearing from you all!
Take good care of yourselves and God bless you all.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th July Wishes

Woof, woof

To all my American visitors - Happy 4th July Independence Day!

Hope you have a wonderful day and that the fireworks do not traumatise you too much!

Take care

Oh wooooooee is me

Woof woof! And a very special Woof to Max my mate!
I have not been updating my blog for a long, long time and am so sorry to let all my friends down. Some of the recent events in my little life has been a bit harsh and upsetting but I feel things are almost back on track again - or at least, I hope so! And then, to make matters worse, my dear Mummy forgot my password and could not enter my blog! THAT was a crisis on its own, believe me!
Anyway, now, where do I start? Let's see ....... mmmmmm ...... oh, yes; I start my Puppy Classes this coming Wednesday and I do not know who is more excited - Mummy or me LOL. She has bought me so many treats for the training and is reading through the paperwork sent to her. I think I am going to be one of the best behaved dogs out there! Mummy has HUGE expectations for us both - she always did dream big!
Mummy has been mulling over writing a book about me for kiddies - what I do, how I learn things, what lessons kiddies can learn from it, and some other things too. I just let her get on with her dreaming. Who knows, I may end up with a well-known author for a Mummy LOL (I wish).
Oh, and I am now also up-to-date with all my shots. We went to the Vet past Thursday and I met one of the Vets - he is such a nice elderly man. Gave me a treat too -yummmmmm! I had my outside coat on (the one I wear when Mummy goes to work is a thick canvas type one with warm fleecy material against my skin) and the humans there thought I was the cutest thing on four legs. Mummy bought me a soft plastic ball-type toy where you have a treat on both sides of the ball. I just loooooooove this new toy and lick and try to chew at it all the time. Woof, before I forget, the Vet was just so impressed when Mummy had me sit and give him Five when he gave me a treat. He said that I was sooo clever for a three-month pup. Whose your Daddy????? (can I say that?)
Mummy has also taught me a new thing - she was given this tip by Mr Dean (he is the principal at the school where she works) - and that is to come to her side when she calls me. It works too! I really cannot resist the treats I get as a reward when I listen to her - and I do, every time. At first Mummy made sure that I smelt the treats in her left pocket and gave me one so that I KNEW it was a treat. Then she kept saying 'Side' and would bring me around to her left side by my collar. Hey, I am not a stupid dog and caught onto this process pretty quickly, I must add. Now, Mummy can just pat her left side of her leg, and I will come to her side. Hee hee, she thinks I am listening but I will not let on that I just want the treat. Poor Mummy!
Mummy also came across a new halter she will be getting me soon. It is called the Infin8 halter and is especially good for walking and training as it gives Mummy powerful control (I will have to work on that bit!). I suppose, with Mummy being a Cesar Millan fan, she is working very hard at letting me know who is the Pack Leader around the house. Not fair! I wanted to lead - I am the male! Grrrrrr.
We have had such cold, rainy and windy weather here lately and most weekends everything outside is damp and wet. I even have my own little 'stream' on the one side of my play area. The water is just not draining and I do not like walking there. Hey, it is wet??
Mummy pruned the apple tree yesterday and climbed up into it to get the top branches. Luckily she did not use her ladder like she did with the nectarine tree - and fell! Mummy's ladder got buckled and bent (The Dad fixed that later) and she pulled the muscles in her left shoulder because she grabbed onto a branch with that arm. I actually thought she was playing!! I started tugging at her feet and got yelled at! I did not know what was happening and ended up being very confused but Mummy soon reassured me that she was not angry - all this through her tears and I felt so sorry for her; I tried to lick away her tears. She felt better soon, so my licking obviously worked. Good Boy, Paxton!!
I know that Mummy has been promising to add more photos of me and that will come soon. I am working hard at getting Mummy's life into some sort of order - she is all over the place at the moment; very scatter-brained and very unusual of her. Lots of work ahead for me. A real dog's life I am having! Woof, only joking.
Mummy also got me my own health insurance - with the same private medical aid as what she is on! AND mine is called 'Gold Paw'. Got Mummy eating out of my paw!
Well, now that we are back online again, I am sure I can convince Mummy to get down to writing more regularly for me again. You all take care now and behave like I do (hee hee).
Until next time
God bless