Hard to believe it is September already!
Sadly the month ended with the passing of Lilly of the Fathers Day Litter. She was very well loved by her family and extended family. I have no information as to the cause.. hoping only ‘old age’ although 12 is not old in my book! Good Bye Sweet girl.
No onto the photos sent to me during the month of August…..
It has been almost a week, and as you know puppies grow fast!
Lets Start with Lorelei:
She is one smart cookie! I tell her to go bring Joey, and she will herd his easily distracted butt back to me! Her water fetching skills are amazing. She now walks in a tandem lead with Penny. At this point she is only a few inches shorter than Penny! She always comes when I call Puppy Pup Pup! Morning swims in the pond continue to be her favorite. After morning walks she races into their ‘room’ without being told!
Next up ( by order of birth) is Jotun aka Joey:
He is hitting LANKY big time. Finally playing with Goliath much to the big guys joy. If he can’t find me because he got distracted he will wait at the last place he saw me until I return or run up to their room. He also runs into it after morning walks without being told ( I think it is the fact food is waiting – always goes for the food!). NO lap will be left empty is his motto! If you are squatting to pick something up- he will be in your lap in a heart beat! He finally went on a swim all by himself yesterday! He is now instigating play with the other pups! Prefers to walk solo on a lead and to carry it himself.
This pup is awesome! He did inherit the climbing gene from Penny! He can climb almost 3 ft up the gate! Always comes running when I call either his name or Puppy Pup Pup! He loves to fetch and carry things. Morning hugs are so sweet. He will run into my arms and dispense kisses. He is one solid puppy! Ramses is so tickled that Joey will now play with him. While watching Freyia playing with Mommy Penny he learned to grab tails… much to Willows dismay! Yep, he can be seen hanging from her tail regularly.
Senior dogs… make me smile. I see the inner puppy, the mischief maker, the klutz, and the goof. Lately I have been seeing more and more posts from rescue groups of dogs 14-16 being dumped into shelters. The excuse is basically they didn’t want the responsibility of having an OLD dog in their lives. I think this is selfish. Here is this loving being being who has brought you joy, laughter and friendship only to be thrown away? Would you through your spouse away when they got old and grey. Opps, some people do. But, you get my point. Aging parents get tossed into old age homes and forgotten. Sadly people are scared of the aging.
Growing up I spent time with seniors because I found their stories fascinating. I learned some cooking tricks because I listened!
Now, back to our senior dogs. I am currently graced with FOUR! Loki is our eldest at 11 yrs rascally. Those who have met him knows why I say rascally. He has never grown up. Thank goodness! I may grumble over stolen shoes, but he looks so cute when lightly scolded. His scolding I hold the shoe shake it at him and go ” RELLY?” He always flashes that smile at me.
Loki may be wider in the back end, but so am I! I love that his grin hasn’t aged at all.
Next UP is Freyia. She is currently 9 yrs young.
My happy girl who has always managed to make me smile. When a puppy some teenagers came up the lane and sprayed shaving cream in her face. Causing her eyes to recede back in her face giving her tunnel vision. We couldn’t do any surgery until she was full grown. So for the next four months plus she had tunnel vision. Surprisingly it never dampened her outlook in life. She is just starting to show signs of age. Her love of life may of taken a hit when her best friend died in January. She has regained her zest of life even up to pulling on Penny’s tail. Which she has taught to the puppies.
even with her odd haircut Freyia keeps on smiling!
Ozzy! I know this may shock some of you, but he turned 7 this year and is technically a senior!
When I see Ozzy I still see that chunky little determined puppy who picked me at 3 weeks of age. My big loveable lug.
Penny! Yep, Penny is now technically a senior. She turned 7 this year. Most of you are Penny fans and have followed her antics over the years. I still see her as that mischievous rascal she was as a youngster.
When I look in my senior dogs faces I still see the silly, happy, goofy pups from the past. I love puppies, but… I love seniors MORE!
Love your senior pet……. they are the best of you.
In loving memory of.. Cassies Andy, Neppy, Rosco….. Memorable seniors who never stopped making me smile.
Didn’t realize it was National Dog Day this morning. So, I felt celebrating by honoring those who have passed through here and those who continue to grace my life.
In NO specific order:
Cassiopeia- Cassie My first Golden Love & a true Lady
Oddie- my first goofy male Golden
Neptune – Neppy My happy boy who stole hearts
Andromeda- Andy- My first RED HEAD! My feisty lass!
Mercury- Merc- My best buddy who was stolen …
Ariadne- Ari- aka SweetPea- Drunk Drivers Suck!
Duke- Ducky- I hate antifreeze! Taken too soon by stupid neighbors!
Good Morning! It is time to share updates on our happy crew. And for those who suffer from what I call ” I know that face who is it?” Here we go a cheat sheet of sorts.
Our eldest and lest acting his age! His shoe count for the week is 8! He even stole a whole PAIR! I caught him in the act just yesterday. He put it gently on the ground and flashed that smile of his. HMMMMMMMM
Loki’s daughter and our second eldest. She is still sporting her odd hair style. I didn’t have the nerve to shave her down the rest of the way.
She is finally over her deep depression after losing Kyrie back in January. The puppies help. She is their mentor and Auntie. A job she so loves.
Starting to show his age, his face is going white. He is slowing down a tad bit. But, that hasn’t stopped him for instigating an escape and letting out Andy the resident failed Rescue girl to boot.
Loki’s niece. What can I say? Still gets into mischief, constantly getting seeds and such caught in her coat! She loves playing with the puppies. Recently she lost her tags. Why do I mention that? Well, she has had her puppy tags up til this point. Yep, her microchip ID tag, and AKC reunite tags.
Soon she will be altered and become a full time lady of leisure, and become Auntie to those new puppies who will pass through here.
My hugging boy! He recently passed his OFFA heart certifications. Now, to straighten out the mess with his hips- the xrays got lost. Ugh! Otherwise he is doing fantastic.
Ah my quiet girl. Some would consider her standoffish. See, she didn’t get any stimulation prior to coming here so she is slow to show affection. She loves hugs though. She is doing well. And sporting a similar haircut as Freyia. Those hotspots are horrible.
Penny’s Daughter and escape artist! Uncle Loki ( great Uncle) taught her well. MUCH to my dismay. She is sweet and happy. She also recently passed her heart certifications! Yeah, we did have to do an echo gram to prove her heart was good. Her upper vessel is kind of talkative- also known as an innocent murmur.
Ozzy’s daughter. Sweet Willow. She is surprisingly well behaved considering until recently she was the resident baby! She loves the puppies and is being a fantastic big sister to them. Gentle and patient. I am so proud of her. She also passed her heart certifications recently.
She is growing so fast. Learning new things every day. She now water fetches, and will fetch a tennis ball! Recently she has started this cute thing of coming up to the park bench near our pond and crawling through the back for attention. Always after her morning dip. Yep, I always get wet. But, she looks so proud of herself for figuring out this trick. She knows when I say ” Go To YOUR Room” to run in and get told she is a good girl. I rarely have to tell her twice!
Joey to those who know him. He has been slow to adjust to our routine here. He comes when called after the third or fourth time. He is easily distracted. Finally leash trained! Yesterday was the first day I saw him actually playing with the other two puppies! I almost started jumping up and down with joy! Today he surprised me by running up to Goliath to say good morning. Goliath was so surprised he looked up at me with pure joy.
Now, to turn him into a proper water pup!
Penny’s son. Oh my the things this fellow does at this age is amazing. He water fetches, fetches tennis balls. Comes when called, leash trained. Loves his Unky Goliath. It is so cute watching him tackle the big guy. Today, he taught himself a new trick. Squirting MOMMY ( Me ) with a garden hose. See, when I fill the water buckets up I tend to fill the food buckets. Well, he was trying to help me and removed said hose and was walking it to me. He got me twice. He was so proud of himself. Was I angry? Heck NO! I was proud of the little rascal.
Our resident non- golden. He continues to be a great Uncle to the puppies. When we go to the river he watches over them. He is so patient with them. He loves to swim still. Now, we have to work on his barking and chasing of the cats. The cats have filed a protest.
Our resident failed rescue. She is a fantastic dog, sweet girl, who has had 4 failed adoptions. Why? Dog fighters suck! She has an old injury on her spine. And if you touch it just right she will snap at you. This girl is OCD when it comes to her over sized ball. To the point she has gotten it stuck several times in her water bucket!
She is a mastiff/boxer cross.
And the cats:
hard to believe she is now 12! She is doing fantastic. Still watches over the dogs, and helps me do night feedings.
our resident master hunter. Also helps with night feedings, and harassing the dogs boarding here.
He is sad that his puppies have left, he loves when we have a litter. He is doing fantastic. Still overly loving towards the dogs to the point they roll their eyes.
Today the crew and I took our Kennel helper Brian to the river. Brian is leaving for College this weekend. Given the choice of canine friends he chose the pups, Penny & Goliath. Joey is very taken with his Unky B.
Here we go………
Today I noticed Loki had gotten into the bag containing the water toys we take to the river. One in particular caught my attention. It is one of the oldest and holds the most memories. Here are some of them.
Years ago long before the blog I used to go around looking for my missing shoe. I usually found the missing shoe outside. Ariadne- Ari ( Kyrie’s Mom & The Stormin’ Gobblers Mom) would steal them. Never chewed them, just borrowed them. After she was killed by a drunk driver I felt the missing shoe trend would go away. Almost a year later I found one of my missing sandles- still new ( she took out of the box ) in an odd space. It was like she was telling me I still love you Mommy.
Flash forward in time….
Where is MY SHOE!? LOKI! Yep, our resident mischief maker steals shoes! Never chews them, just borrows them. I can’t tell you how many times I have walked out the front door wearing only one shoe, walk over to his treasure area and picked up a shoe. Yesterday I found my missing shoe, and a sneaker the rascal had taken. It was full of water. I pick it up and go ” REALLY?”, his reaction. Cheesy Grin.
When a litter leaves for their forever home, and yes the rescues I always have a ‘talk’ with them. It starts out…
( Insert name here ) You know I love you , and WiLL ALWAYS BE Proud of you. Insert personal memories of antics. I end with NO stealing of shoes, stealing yes- chewing no. No chewing of electronics even if they are tempting ( if they have kids- insert kids here ). If resident dog/cats are present- NO tormenting your new brother/sister dog and remember to bow to the cat ( if applies ). End with hug and kiss.
Yes, the shoe theft is always included. See, Loki teaches the pups this trait! I kid you not. Oh, if not shoes… SOCKS! ( In loving memory of Kolby)
Now, where is my shoe……… Not again……… LOKI!!!!!!!!!!!