Wednesday, September 29, 2010

For A Good Cause

This weekend our boys made their first celebrity appearance. Well, that's what they think was going on. After all, they were greeted upon arrival by a professional photographer and a group of puparazzi. They believe they were their to model their Halloween costumes, slobber all over everyone, mark the territory and leave the entire pack in awe upon their departure. What really happened was that the daycare where they attend had a fundraiser for a local no-kill animal shelter. A professional pet photographer waived his sitting fee in lieu of a pet food drive. I believe the profits from the pictures sold go to the shelter also. There was a lady from the shelter selling some jewelry she had made with proceeds going to the shelter. We bought Grandma a bracelet. Shhh! Don't tell her. The owner of the daycare had made goodie bags. Let me tell you, those were not goodie bags, they were great bags. They included a coupon for a free day of daycare, a free doggie bath, Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer with clip, people and pet treats and other paraphernalia. Thanks Kim and Mike! There was a costume contest and both Brodie and Bradley placed. They got awesome prizes. I still can't believe it. They each got a 2 night stay with bath before returning home. That means no kids for an entire weekend! I mean, that means that we can rest assured that our children are taken care of if for some reason we are stricken with the unlucky task of going away for the weekend. 

Here's a sneak peak of Bradley in his costume. Don't worry. You haven't seen it all. There's more to his costume. And Brodie's is similar, but not identical.

Here are some of the puppies that were up for adoption. If you are in the SA area and you are able to provide a loving forever home for a puppy or older dog or cat you can contact me at for more information.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Weight A Minute!!!!!

We went to the vet's office yesterday to get some more heartworm and flea prevention, food for Brodie, break the bank account, etc. They weighed the boys and I couldn't believe it. They both weighed less than I expected. Brodie now weighs only 48 pounds which means he has lost 4 pounds since starting his new food. The good news is that his medicine is working and he hasn't been vomiting so the weight loss is just because we haven't gotten his new diet balanced out yet. So we have increased his food intake again. He now eats 1 1/2 cups of food 4 times a day. Yep! That's 6 cups of food a day. That's the maximum amount of food recommended on the guideline for a 65 pound dog. He gets even more if Rob can sneak it by me. Bradley on the other hand weighed only 75 pounds. I had also expected him to weigh more but we're not disappointed that he didn't. He definitely isn't underweight. He's no longer a smushy puppy. He's putting on the muscle mass of a big dog. The doctor said that he shouldn't get any taller, he'll just grow out. I was so surprised. I really expected him to weigh more. He feels so much heavier when stepping on me, laying in my lap or pushing me out of the bed.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hermine VS. Brodie & Bradley

Tropical Storm Hermine came through last week. She tortured my boys by keeping them inside and driving me nuts in the process. I will tell you the last place you want to hold a lab hostage is inside. They need room to run and exercise and get out their energy. Or they will find other ways to get that energy out. Usually ways that we are not so happy about. So I spent two full days trying to keep down the demons that live deep within my sweet-faced little puppy dogs. On day three the rain had stopped but the yard was soaked. So we still couldn't run and play fetch or we would destroy the yard with those precious feet that leave giant gorges in the ground when the grip for traction. So I pulled a new toy out of my arsenal. They were wrestling over it and having fun. They ran outside. Then. . . I didn't hear anything for about five minutes. I knew something was wrong. I just knew. A red flag went up. It's mother's intuition. There's an internal clock that says "warning- it is now one second passed the longest time for which they have ever gone without barking, yelping, whining, running by, jumping on, stepping on, slobbering on or begging from you." So I go to check on them. When I look out the window I immediately see Bradley digging in the mulch bed at the fence like he's trying to escape. I yank open the door and scold him. Brodie's running back and forth like there's some injured prey on the other side calling out to the wild hunter within him. This time I remembered to get the camera. So I call into evidence, your honor, Bradley's hole:

My camera fogged up with the change in temperature coming outside but you get the idea. Thankfully I caught him early.

You can see Brodie's rear end in the picture. He is diligently trying to show me something. So what prey tell is Saint Brodie so vigilantly trying to show me?

Hermine had blown our fence off it's post and it was coming down. Had I not gone out and seen Bradley's hole and Brodie pointing, I would not have noticed the fence so soon. It was resting against the palm. I think they were really looking for a way out and Bradley got frustrated and started digging. But Rob was able to repair it.
Good thing the palm was there to block the bottom or they would have made their way out. And they are runners when they get free. So they would have gotten lost pretty quickly. So really Bradley's digging a hole ended up being a good thing.
Hermine was not match for my boys!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fun PicR

Rob found this fun pic on the web and just wanted to share it with you

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fetch Makes Me Smile

When we were out at the farm, back in February, we were playing fetch with Brodie. I love these pics. He caught it and then smiled.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Toy Basket

Is this the face of guilt or what?

Bradley cannot stand for all of his toys to be in the basket. He always comes and digs into it and knocks them all over the floor. He doesn't play with them then. But he can then relax. He just likes his stuff all over the place. He's messy.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Jack's Bow-Wow Blogger's Award

Here is my award to your excellent site about your dogs. I love dogs, too.  I love anything fuzzy and furry and friendly.  Keep the good work and I hope this doesn't get sent back to me!!
Jack and my human Missy  :0)

Of course Brodie and Bradley accept any awards since they are not very humble creatures. In fact, Brodie always tries to hold his head higher than ours as he is from an AKC champion pedigree on both lines. Brodie and Bradley would like me to share with you their acceptance speech. "We'd like to thank Jack, Missy and the entire committee who have made this possible. Thank you to Daddy for going out to earn the kibbles everyday then coming home and playing with us afterward. Thanks to Momma for taking us to school all the time and for picking up our poop so we don't run through it. Most of all thank you to God for making us such wonderful creatures that someone would want to write about us and that others would want to read it. Oh, yeah, and that it doesn't go to our heads."

After School Special

Around My House This Is What I Call An After School Special.

A pup dog too tired to bark at his brother
A pup dog too tired to beg for fetch
too tired to wrestle
too tired to whine
too tired to tug
too tired to chase
too tired to pester
too tired to care
too tired, two tired


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