Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Day the Water Died

I'm baaack! Mom hasn't let me on the PC in a while; she's been busy and actually had to go to work on Saturday so there went the entire weekend. She promised me we were going to the agility trials up in Maryland this weekend but she worked and then got too tired to take Emmy and me today (Sunday). I'm so disappointed!

Anyway, I wanted to show you what happened the day we got our water pipe replaced that goes to the house. One day in May our water died... it really did! The old gray plastic pipe from the street to the house broke somewhere and for six days Mom gave us store-bought bottled water to drink. She said it was like camping out in our own house and she hated it! I didn't see any difference really, except for that yummy bottled water!

So one day Mom stayed home and didn't go to work and these strange men came and dug up the front yard. Here they are working hard making piles of dirt. Even I can't dig up that much dirt! We have some really hard clay to dig up around here.

Well I kept an eye on them in case they pulled any funny stuff. I'm the big bad protector of the house and I'm here to see everyone behaves themselves....

Emmy and Clancy couldn't be bothered with all the commotion and slept in the den where Mom was most of the day, and Josie was out at Linda's house with her baby puppies at the time, so it was all up to me!

I looked outside and this is what they put in the big hole they dug right next to the house. All that noise and work for that little pipe thingy? Then they put the dirt back in and the plumber guy worked on some pipes in the basement (I came and watched him too) and then they all left! I was happy about that but Mom was happier. That's when we started drinking tap water again and Mom and Dennis started using the shower at home. I was wondering why they weren't smelling bad with no water around! People should live more like dogs 'cause they sure make a fuss about little things. I don't need a bath every day! Mom says she needs a bath a LOT more than I do. Whatever....

I understand this was a lot of money but it was covered by insurance so Mom wasn't too upset. Now we'll have water for a long long time!

Next time I'll show you the weekend Josie's puppies stayed at our house. Ohh they were so bad! They've all grown up and left for their new homes now (yea!) but Mom's sad they're gone.

Who's sad -- I'm glad!



Friday, June 8, 2007

Baby Puppy Pictures --- Awwww

Well here's what everyone's waiting for, new pics of Josie's puppies who are now 6 weeks old. Mom says they're coming to visit us on Sunday but that's the day we're going to the dog show so Uncle Dennis will have to babysit them. Ha! But then next weekend we have them for 4 days. Oh no! Not puppies! Mom just loses her brains when puppies are around. I just want to hide!

Here's a closeup of one of the little suckers. They sure are dark little balls of fur! Kind of reminds me of Josie when she came to live with us. I was afraid of her! She had a big attitude and none of us wanted to play with her except for Mom. After 10 days of hiding in the kitchen I came out and started to play and she was and still is my great playmate. She's almost white right now 'cause when girl Bedlingtons have puppies their hair turns whiter than normal. Yeah I get it -- kids make your hair turn gray! (heh heh)

This is what they looked like at 4 weeks old. Not quite as hairy and a little bit smaller. Mom thinks they're so adorable -- was I ever that small? Naaah...

And this is what a couple of pups at 4 weeks look like together -- mostly head!!

One more pic for the road. This is what these puppies love to do most of all, eat their Mom's food. Josie gets so irritated at them, she's always hated it when anyone eats her food. Those puppies are learning fast that their Mom won't stand for that. We learned! Linda shaved their tails in different patterns to tell them apart; she always does that. This one looks like she has a lion tail.

Hope you enjoyed the show! Maybe next time Mom will show more pictures of ME since it's MY blog after all.... (sniff)


Sunday, June 3, 2007

Tummy Tagged and My Busy Weekend

So now I got tummy-tagged. Just so happens we have some pics of tummies. This is my imitation of our friend Mr. Possum.
Who is more awake?

And this is Miss Josie getting into the action with a tummy shot of her own! She had plenty of
tummy to show at the time, about two weeks
before her puppies came. What a belly!

We just got back from New Jersey for another Earthdog test weekend. Saturday morning Mom and Dennis got us up at 4 AM (what????) and we left about 4:45 and drove up about 3.5 hours to Miss JoAnn's place where we have so much fun! Mom entered me in Master and Senior and that was twice the fun... In Master I got to run around in the field and check out the scents and managed to stay out of the woods for once and listen to Mom. I had a Border Terrier as a partner and he barked at the rats at the entrance to the tunnel first. Oh poo, I saw them first but I always try to find another way to sneak up behind them so I run around a lot. They always let the first dog to bark or dig at the rats at the tunnel entrance get in the tunnel first.

I had to get chained to a stake and stand around with Mom while the Border got to have fun first! They move the rat cage to the end of the tunnel before they let us in. Mom hides my face but I KNOW what they're doing! When it was my turn I raced into the tunnel and got to the end in SIX seconds and barked and dug holes in front of those rats. That ol' Border Terrier can't beat that! Both of us got a ribbon from the judge, we were that good. Made Mom happy.

Then I got so happy I totally messed up the Senior tunnel, but I had to have some fun. I backed out of the tunnel too soon and whizzed around the test area for a while and popped back in to yell at the rats again. Mom was rolling her eyes, but what could she do. She can't say anything it's against the rules. I wasn't playing by no stinking rules! wheeeeeee!

Emmy and Clancy played in the Intro tunnel, the simplest one (those wimps) but they're girls and pretty sissy if you ask me. They tried the next higher level, the Junior tunnel but they said it was too hot and they didn't feel like working. Who's working? I'm having fun!!!!! I like wasting Mom's entry money!

Dennis set up the tent and we slept there for the night. I think I heard snoring.... the people were tired.... so were we!

The next day (today) I didn't feel like sticking to the rules either, so I basically ran around like a fool when I could. In Master I ran into the woods and found a woodchuck hole but nobody was home, but that's not what I was supposed to do. I'd rather play with the 'chucks!!! Mom was so busy with me she had to get Dennis to run Emmy and Clancy, who played better in Intro but Emmy was the only one who got a ribbon for being good. My mom Clancy did get to play in Master 'cause they needed a spare dog to make up a pair for a Masters run (an odd number of entries needs a 'bye' dog and Clancy was available since she has a Master title already). Mom didn't think she'd do anything 'cause she hasn't done Master in a long time, but at least she went in the tunnel. Dennis had to run Clancy 'cause Mom was busy with me.... and rolling her eyes! Maybe now Mom will let Clancy play in Master again.
Clancy just hates those baby lower-level tunnels and wants to run with the big boys!

So after a big weekend we need a rest. This is what we do after a long hot weekend harassing those rats...


Good night!