Friday, April 30, 2010


Bradley jumping on the log at the dog park.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bradley 's First Fetch

We've been so proud of Bradley. He really seems to be advancing with trips to the dog park. I guess he just needed more stimulation. He goes to daycare, but the park is even more excitement. He jumped in the pool because he was chasing a golden retriever. In this video we just happened to catch what we would call his first official fetch being that he ran after it, ran back and actually gave it to us. You can hear our excitement.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Fetch Brodie

Here is a video of Brodie playing fetch at the dog park. He is so fast.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bradley Jumps In

Bradley has not really had the chance to get in very deep water yet. So far he is too hesitant to get in the kiddie pool or Grandma's pond deeper than his ankles. So when he jumped in the big pool at the dog park we were ecstatic. Of course this was after about 6 trips to the park. Never the less we were happy that he got into water of his own free will and isn't actually scared of it. However, I didn't have my phone out and so I didn't get a picture. But here are a couple of shots of the pool that he jumped in.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lucky the Thief

Brodie insists that we bring his Chuck-It to the park. Even though we try to leave it in the car for a bit to get him to play with the other dogs he has none of it. In fact, when I didn't bring it in, and he realized that I through like a girl, he actually took his ball to another lady who had a Chuck-It. Hilarious. So once while we were playing fetch a little 6 month old puppy named Lucky managed to sneak the Chuck-It away from Rob and take off with it. We just laughed as his owners chased him commanding that he give. Yes, we understand that keep away is the best game of all to a puppy. Bradley so sweetly followed him around like "That's my brother's toy." But he never try to take it from him. It was so cute.

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day! Learn how to be a Green Pet Parent. I read the article to see what it means to have a Green dog. Below is a list of things that I've done which are considered to be Green. Some of them I didn't even realize when I was doing it that it helped the earth as well as us personally. How green is your dog? Tell me ways that you are reducing your dog's carbon pawprint.
  • We recycle plastic bottles as toys. In fact we recycle our neighbor's bottles too. Well, actually if the boys get loose on recycle day they go pull the plastic bottles out of the neighbors' recycling bins. Well, now that I think about it, it's not just on recycling day. If they get the chance they will go into the neighbors' garage and pull the bottles out of the recycling bins. They are very reuse conscientious. We're proud of them.
  • I've switched to Green cleaning supplies for inside the house. I realized that when my boys are licking their paws they are consuming whatever I've used on the floors and that prompted me to switch. For carpets I have learned that vinegar and baking soda will clean anything. Yes, poop, pee and vomit. I've even scrubbed linoleum floors with just vinegar water and it was the shiniest I've ever seen it. And baking soda and vinegar are cheap!
  • I repurpose our old dog blankets into homemade dog toys.
  • I make homemade dog treats like frozen banana slices and sweet potato chips.
  • Bradley was recycled, I mean adopted.
  • Brodie and Bradley are both neutered.
  • We now use the Chuck-It Rebounce Balls which are made recycled Chuck-It balls.
  • When we outgrow our puppy toys or don't need as many chew toys we donate them to the local animal shelter.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dog Park

I haven't been to our city's dog park for a number of reasons. I was afraid that it would not be clean because people don't pick up after their dogs. I was afraid that someone's dogs would have worms or illnesses and my dogs would catch it. I was afraid that someone would have an aggressive dog and we'd have problems. I was wrong. While selling our house we had to get everyone out so that people could come look at a minute's notice. Where do I go with my dogs? I decided to give the dog park a try. They loved it. During the 11 days our house was on the market, we went to the park about 6 times. I do wish we had started going sooner. They quickly made friends, had no fights, it was pretty clean and they were exhausted afterward. I'll be sharing a few pics and videos of our trips to the doggie park.

Vera, a 6 month old Great Dane, was the first to greet us. She was sitting pretty for the picture but she had quite the puppy exuberance which we love.

Not once did anyone comment on how big Bradley is. There were so many massive breeds.

There big logs to climb over.

And pools for cooling off.

Selling a House

I haven't posted in a while because we've been so busy getting our house ready to sell and I've been bombarded with showing it. But a few interesting things happened so I will share them over the next few days. The first is that if you are selling your house and want the appearance of no dogs living there then I highly recommend getting the pop up kennels. Brodie has used one for camping, but Bradley easily adapted to a sturdier version. They are easy to pop down and slide under the bed when you get the call that someone will be there to look at your house in 10 minutes. We have had our complications though as you'll read later.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Chloe is really enjoying the
new mulch beds and
potted palm tree we put out.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Momma Cat

My neighbor Lady B tells me that her 11 year old boy asks if he can take out a box and towel to make a bed for a cat that has befriended him in their backyard. She says yes. Ha. Ha. Turns out the cat is pregnant. A few days later, while I was outside chatting with another neighbor, she tells me that the cat has left them for a few days, but they have found her. She's crawled up under the bushes in our neighbor Mr. D's front yard, with her litter of kittens. Neighbor Lady H tells us that last weekend she had set out iced cookies to cool in her garage before her twins' birthday party. The cat licked the icing off about a half dozen cookies. Fearing that my boys might actually be at fault, I offer someone else up for sacrifice, "Chloe might have done it." (Chloe is our cat). But Lady H tells us that her husband actually saw Preggie cat doing it. Whew! All my kids are safe! So we all go look at Preggie, whose not so pregnant anymore, with her litter of kittens. I tried to get a picture, but it was getting dark so it's hard to see. Unfortunately the kittens did not survive. She was hiding them in the neighbor Lady B's garage. But Lady B is going to get Preggie spayed and take care of her.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

More Party Photos

My friend Hope sent me some more pictures from her baby dog's birthday party. Here's Bradley right before he busted through the flower border.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Eating from the Table

Bradley has never eaten anything from the table. He's still reinforcing his training of not eating off the table. But at Riba's birthday party we made an exception. **This is not people food** Bradley was staring at Cali across the table eating homemade doggie treats from her momma's lap. So Hope pushed a piece over for Bradley. He looked at me for permission. When I said "okay" he didn't believe me. But when I said it again he jumped at the opportunity.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bacon Chicken Layer Cake

This is the recipe that Hope used for Riba's birthday cake

This recipe makes a real layer cake! Chicken, bacon and yogurt provide aromas that drive dogs crazy for this cake.
* 3 cups flour
* 1 T. baking powder
* 1/2 cup margarine, softened
* 6 eggs, beaten
* 1/2 cup corn oil
* 2 jars strained chicken baby food
* 2 cups finely shredded carrots
* plain or vanilla yogurt
* 2 or 3 strips of bacon, fried crisp, then crumbled, or use bacon-flavored jerky strips, cut into bits.
Generously grease and flour two 8" round cake pans; set aside. Combine flour and baking powder; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat softened margarine until smooth. Add eggs and corn oil; mix well. Add strained chicken, and shredded carrots and mix until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Pour batter into the 2 prepared 8" cake pans. Bake at 325° for 60 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before removing from pans. Cool completely on wire racks.
Place one layer on a serving plate and spread yogurt over top. Place second layer on top, then spread yogurt on top and sides of entire cake. Sprinkle crumbled bacon or bits of jerky strips over top. Use "Pupperoni" sticks for candles.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

House Paint

We're in the backyard at night. I'm sitting on my swing throwing Brodie's glow in the dark ball and using the laser pointer for Bradley to chase. Bradley all of the sudden gets something. It's a cup left behind by the men painting our house. I tell him to "leave it." And he does, which is a little unusual, but I see a piece still stuck on his nose from where I assume he has tried to destroy it. He won't come to me like he thinks he's in trouble. Finally he comes to me and I try to swipe the paper off his nose but it's wet and it's on my hand. It's PAINT! He stuck his nose in a cup of paint and didn't like it so he he left it alone, but he knew something was wrong. I took him inside to wipe it off with a wet washcloth. Then I took pictures. The pictures would have been cuter if I had taken them before I washed off the paint, but being the overprotective mom that I am I was worried and wanted to get the paint off in case it would hurt him. I don't think he actually ate any, he just stuck his nose in and smelled it first. But he may have licked some off his nose. I asked Rob if I should call the emergency vet and he said no. We'll know what's wrong if he gets sick though.