Monday, May 28, 2012

No Dog Crate for Me

Ever since I was adopted by mommy and master, I've enjoyed my freedom at home. I know my host mom at the rescue shelter used to leave me inside a dog crate when she went to work, but those days in captivity are history for me.

Somehow this weekend mommy thought it would be a good idea to try dog crating me again. I don't know who gave her that BAD idea.

She bought this portable dog crate to see if I would go in there. My bed and some toys were placed inside, but I knew better to put one paw inside that box.

I walked around it, sniffed it, stretched my neck to try to get my toys out of it. I took some out, but there were some in the back I couldn't reach.

Mommy placed a trail of treats into the crate and I carefully went inside, eating the treats quickly just to come back out. The only way mommy got me to stay inside the crate/tent was by throwing the entire bag of treats in there. Once I saw that, I knew I had to go in an protect the bag. As long as the treat bag was in there so was I, but I was not planning on being trapped into staying inside this tent.

After a few hours of just watching me come in an out of the tent, mommy knew this is not what she wanted for me. Why would I be confined to this plastic house, when I've walked free in the house for 2 years. I don't destroy anything in the house and I don't have accidents. I do understand that I'm on guard when visitors come over. I pace around them a lot, but that's why we have that dreadful gate they put me behind.

I was glad to see mommy pack up the dog crate to return it to the store. My days of freedom are not over. I'll continue to stroll around the house at my own discretion.

I promise to stand down my guard when we have company. I will try.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Picnic at the Park

Summer is here! Well at least this week it is. Today the temperature reached 95 °F and since mommy is working summer hours we decided to go to the park.

We went to this huge forest preserve with many ponds. I saw ducks, geese, weird birds and fishes in the ponds. There were also other dogs there.

I wanted to run free and chase everyone, but with so many people around - bikes, skaters, runners, kids and family fishing - mommy was afraid that I would just try to mark my territory and keep everyone away. I wanted to play, but the leash only let me do so much.

Mommy set camp under this big tree and we sat there for a while. I explored my surroundings, ate grass and marked the tree a few times. The heat was a bit intense and I saw mommy was resting on this blanket she brought with her. I decided to join her to cool off. On the blanket I drank iced cold water and had a few treats.

Mom and I snoozed for a while enjoying the cooler breeze. We were waiting for the sun to go down before setting off on a trail to explore the park.

The park had so many different smells I couldn't stop sniffing, but after a while we decided to head home. The closer we got to the water the more mosquitoes I encountered and mommy said she didn't want me to get bitten.

I was tired from the heat and the long walk, so I was looking forward to the car ride back home.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Where's Mommy?

This is me waiting for mommy.
So yesterday I missed mommy so much. Since she likes running a lot, she signed up with her coworkers to run a 5K. She left very early in the morning, didn't come see me during lunch time and then came home after midnight.

I was going crazy at home.

I kept looking at the door. I paced around the house, waited for her on my window seat, and I even checked every room to see if she was hiding from me. My search came up empty, she was nowhere to be found.

My Master kept me company. He came to walk me during lunch time, and rushed home after work to spend time with me. However, life without mommy is just not the same.

In the afternoon I went to a friend's house with Master and I got to chase a rabbit. Then we stopped by Baba and Granda M's house, so I thought mommy would be home once we got back, but she wasn't.

That's when I decided to go up to our bedroom and just wait for mommy there. Around midnight, I felt the garage door open and I rushed downstairs to meed her. I was so happy to see her that I didn't want to leave her side. I think she missed me too because last night she let me sleep on the bed with her. I wonder if I can sleep there tonight again.

Friday, May 18, 2012

My First Bike Run

As you know I like running, but when it comes to my walks I want to sniff everything that is out there and I love to mark everything in my path.

Mommy had been thinking about taking me on a bike run but she wasn't too sure if I would be up for it.

I heard her in the garage getting her bike ready and I started to get excited because I knew I was coming along.

The first 2 minutes of the bike run were a bit rough. I wanted to sniff everything as usual and not really run, but once mom picked up a bit of speed I felt super excited and started barking and running really fast.

Mommy was a bit scared, she thought I was going to run in front of the bike, but for the most part I kept to her side. I did cross in front of the bike two times and that was pretty scary. The first time I wanted to go chase after this dog I saw, and the second time was to scare off a goose. After those two attempts I learned my lesson. Never cross in front of mom's bike. I can get run over, but if I don't get stepped on/smashed by the bike's front tire, my neck gets pulled backwards by the tension of the leash and that HURTS.

Mommy and I went for a 40 minute bike ride and it was fun. I hope we do this again soon and often.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Birthday #3!

Today is my day. Happy Birthday to me! Oh yes, we are celebrating BIG today. Ok, not big. I'm having a small gathering with mommy and Master.

I hear I get a special birthday treats and gifts.

Master of course is on photography duty while mommy gets the cake, candles, treats and gift ready.

Today I'm getting doggy birthday cookies as well as my very own homemade birthday treat. Since mommy knows I love to eat and cake is not really good for dogs, she is making me my very own birthday meat ball. I hope it is as large as my face and it better be all for me because I don't feel like sharing today.

Master and mommy sang me happy birthday and since I can't blow off candles, the candles were never lit, but I got the idea. Once mommy took those candles out of my meatball I gulped it down in seconds. I wasn't going to share it with Master and mommy is vegetarian, so I never have to share with her.

After eating my birthday meatball I grabbed a doggy cookie and I headed to mommy's bed to eat it. See the picture to catch all the action.

As for the birthday gift, I got a stuffed toy! Geoffrey the Toys R Us giraffe. He is funny looking but I love playing with him. His long neck is an easy target for me.

Thank you mommy and Master for this unforgettable birthday!
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