Sunday, March 29, 2009

My quote for the day

"When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it."

by A.A. Milne(1882-1956) from the The House at Pooh Corner(1928)

Friday, March 27, 2009

I am not a perfect dog owner.

You would think that dogs are wonderful.. Every single one of us, unless we're born into a normal family want one at least once in a lifetime. Do you know anyone who can resist a puppy?

Yep, and once we get a dog, most of us think it is the most beautiful loving thing in the world. I'm going to blog about some of the bad things about dogs.

1. They have hair and it comes out.

2. Puppies chew and chew and chew. Despite owners giving puppies chew toys, entertaining and educating them--most..sometime before their juvenile stage is over.. DESTROY something. My beautiful wild crazy chocolate lab did just that. She did it between 4:00 AM and 6:00 AM. She left our warm snuggly bed and wreaked havoc on my MY hiking shoes. I do not have another pair. I walk her in them. I play with her outside wearing them.

I have to earn a living which means I have to leave home. This week, because our college educated son was home, I did not cage her the entire time. I left instructions for him to watch her. The house as a result looks like a war zone. There is pieces of torn fluff all over the house and instead of gardening, I will have to spend some time CLEANING.

I am not a perfect dog owner. least she is not in an outside little square kennel with plastic on top and she is not on a chain. I am trying to educate her and myself.

Still I am not a perfect dog owner. She is not the best dog. We just do our best to be happy.

I am not a good blogger. I am only learning this. I hope I get better.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Dogs and Country

It is the first day of spring and a good time to start a gardening journal.

But first, coming with me on this adventure will be two Labrador retreivers.

Both are learning new tasks. The younger, a 6 mo old chocolate female is working on the new Super Puppy program credential recently started by AKC. Cudos to them, and all the trainers who are taking time to incorporate SUPER PUPPY into their schedules.

KoKo is small and active, already an accomplished Frisbe catcher and retriever. This week she has to work on SETTLE, downstay and sitstay and preparation for her final weeks. Ohmigosh she hates being still for long, unless she is sleeping or looking out the window