18
Aug 15

Vacations and Staycations!

This past weekend, mom and dad went to Chattanooga for a vacation, Boney went to Grandma’s for a vacation and I stayed home for a staycation with Sienna!

Mom and dad went up for the Tennessee State Smallbore Silhouette Match. Dad competed in the standard, hunter and cowboy versions of the sport. The match was Saturday and Sunday, but mom and dad drove up on Thursday so that they could do some fun things on Friday. They decided to Canoe the Sequatchie! The river was pretty low and there were some small “rapids” in parts of it. They got stuck a few times, but never flipped the canoe. Mom said they also saw a bull on a grassy island in the middle of the river!

Saturday they spent most of the day at the range. There were 10 people from their local range that went to compete so they had lots of fun visiting with friends! Dad took home 2nd place and High Animal in AAA Hunter. On Sunday, dad competed in the cowboy match. He’s just started shooting that category and it was only his third match. He did pretty well and shot in his class, but didn’t take any prizes home.

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Brad (left) and Dad (right) practicing for the big match.

 

Sunday afternoon, mom and dad went to Chickamauga National Battlefield and Lee & Gordon’s Mill. Then they met some friends in downtown Chattanooga for dinner at a cute little place called The Blue Plate.

While mom and dad were busy in Tennessee, I was snuggling and playing with Sienna and Boney was keeping Grandma and Allie company.

I always have fun with Sienna stays with me, but I was glad to see mom and dad walk through the door. I know Boney loves Grandma, but he was happy to see dad walk through the door to get him too! Mom and dad had a good time, but they missed being with us and were happy to receive our kisses!

 

 

 

 


04
Aug 15

Has It Really Been Two Months?

It’s easy to get out of the routine of regular blogging. Sometimes I think – why do people want to read about the same thing all the time? But then I look back at the blogs I follow that don’t regularly blog anymore (I won’t be cruel and mention any names, but you know who you are!). Reading about other people and what their dogs are up to is a way to gain insight on things that I might be going through myself – or I might know someone with the same kind of issues. Our lives are not perfect and although I try to present everyone in a good light, there are times when I just want to scream (this week was one of those).

In a nutshell, this is what has happened in the last two months:

Mom sliced open and broke her big toe (right foot). It was 6+ weeks before the skin healed and unfortunately, the bone will remain broken (aka crushed) unless surgery is preformed. For now, I’m opting to see how far I can go without surgery.

Mom went on a trip with some other blog friends to Myrtle Beach. She had a great time and really enjoyed getting to know each of them more. Despite having a broken toe (she couldn’t get in the water!) it was a good time for relaxing.

Moby started laser therapy for his back. Our own vet didn’t have the laser equipment, so we were referred to an awesome vet down in Kingsland for the treatment. It’s an hour drive one way, but it definitely seems to be working. Moby has been for 6 treatments in the last 2 months. Our regular vet recently got the laser, so we’re going to start treatment there today.

Mom and Dad went on a camping trip and rented a Little Guy (teardrop trailer). Boney went to stay with Grandma and Papa while Moby had a new sitter, Sienna, come stay with him. He first met Sienna just before mom broke her toe – which worked out perfectly because Sienna came to walk him while mom couldn’t. Moby loves Sienna – she takes him for walks, plays stick, cuddles and gives lots of treats!

Mom now works from home. Moby and Boney spend most of the day snoozing in the home office, but we take breaks on the new side deck that dad built for us – complete with a railing and gate! We can watch the neighbors go by and try not to bark too much.

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Tomorrow, Boney will tell you about a new piece of furniture in our house that he thinks was made just for him…


20
Apr 15

Bed Time

Do you sleep with your dogs? We never used to.

When Brutus got sick, we let him sleep with us because he had to go outside a lot at night. Boney and Dixie still slept in their crates.

Then Dixie got sick and we let her sleep with us and we felt bad that Boney had to sleep alone, so he slept with us too.

Moby was crate trained at his foster home and we bought a crate for him, but we wanted him to feel comfortable with us (and his crate is HUGE) so we decided to let him sleep with us. For a while, Moby AND Boney slept with us.

Generally, there are both good sleepers – Moby only wakes up a few times a night and want to either get out from under the covers or get back under the covers. Boney sleeps pretty soundly until Moby starts to walk around – and then Boney is up for the day. Doesn’t matter if it’s 1:00 am or 4:00 am. So, Boney started sleeping in his crate again and Moby sleeps with us.

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Moby and I usually go to bed before Dad – I’m one of those weirdo’s that gets up at 5 am, so I need to go to bed between 8 and 9 to function to be able to function the next day. When dad comes to bed, Moby and I are usually cuddled under the covers. He has his own pillow in the middle of the bed, but often opts to share mine.

I can’t tell you the last time I slept through the night without being woken up by a paw or nose, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Do you sleep with your dog(s)?


30
Mar 15

Routine

We’ve been out of our routine for a while and it’s affected all of us. Most of us do better when our lives have a routine. Moby is one of those.

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As you know from the last blog (two weeks ago – sorry!), we had a great visit with the foster parents, Moby got hurt, and Moby passed his CGC. Because Moby pulled a back muscle, he wasn’t allowed to jump up for a week. So he and I slept on the air mattress.

Then I went to Minnesota for a few days. We thought he was better (he was acting better) but he had an episode in bed and airsnapped at bed. So, we extended his medicine and he slept in the living room until I got back from my trip and then we slept on the air mattress together again. Sounds great, right?

Nope. Moby is not keen on the air mattress. It makes him nervous. He’s fine sleeping on it, but during the day, he wants to stay as far away from it as possible. The only reason dad didn’t sleep on the air mattress with Moby was because when he tried to put it up, Moby tucked tail, ran outside and wouldn’t come back in.

When Moby gets out of his routine, he gets more nervous than usual. Because he had almost 3 weeks of no solid routine, he was definitely a little “off” the last few days. Moby doesn’t like to be cornered or feel like there’s no way out. Yet he constantly puts himself in those positions.

This weekend, the boys had an incident. Moby jammed himself under a chair in order to be pet. Boney approached. Moby gave the lip and soft growl. Boney didn’t take head. Next? Air snap. Boney wasn’t retreating. No one got hurt – unless you count Boney slamming himself into the piano leg and having a red face for a while. Boney is easy enough to pick up in order to diffuse the situation. The hard part is – I was across the room and saw it happen before I could even get there to diffuse it before it started. Boney doesn’t know how to properly read signals and Moby doesn’t realize he shouldn’t trap himself to start with.

Routine helps with our normalcy. Last night, we got to sleep in the bed for the first time in 2 weeks. We had our normal bed time. Today had our normal wake up time, breakfast and our normal length walk. Time to get back to routine. It makes everyone happier and healthier.

All too often we’re afraid to write about the “bad” things that happen in our lives. I can’t be upset about what happened – I just have to look at it as two siblings that are having a fight. “Mom, he’s touching me!” For the most part, the boys get along great and enjoy snuggling with their parents on the couch together. We’re normal and things like this happen to everyone. The most important thing is that you can deal with it, move past it and not let it get you down.

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16
Mar 15

Moby Monday: A Whirlwind Weekend

I had a three day weekend that started on Thursday night when I graduated from the Intermediate Obedience class. That meant that I was ready to take my Canine Good Citizen test! Shortly after we got home for class, Foster Mom and Dad showed up!

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I was so excited to see both of them, I just didn’t know what to do with myself! It was pretty late, so we snuggled and caught up on what ‘s been happening with them.

Friday morning Mom and Foster Mom took me for a walk before Mom, Foster Mom and Foster Dad went to Savannah for the day. Since they’ve never been here before they wanted to see some of the sights. I spent the day relaxing at home and when they got back we snuggled some more. I even mustered up ALL my braves and slept in their bed with them!

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Saturday morning, Mom and Foster Mom went garage saling, while Dad and Foster Dad went to the gun range. That gave me some down time before in the morning to rest and relax for my big party on Saturday night. When Mom and Foster Mom got back, Foster Mom and I played ball in the back yard! It was so much fun!! Then came time for my party. I was really excited at first, but then I got kind of tired and didn’t really want to socialize (Sorry, Mrs. Newberry – I really do like you!!)I spent some time relaxing by myself in the bedroom and came out a little bit later after things had calmed down a little bit. More snuggles and treats!

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Sunday was a big day – my CGC test was at 4:00. Mom and Dad took Foster Mom and Dad and showed them the sights of St. Simons and Jekyll Island, while I stayed home to rest up for my test. They saw the Avenue of the Oaks, the Lighthouse, Bloody Marsh, Driftwood Beach and the Jekyll Historic District. Then they came home and Mom and Foster Mom took me to my test. Guess what? I passed!!! I’m now officially a Canine Good Citizen. Thanks to all my friends and family that have helped me work on my Manners and Braves over the past 2 years. Who would have thought that I would be able to to accomplish this! Mom said that we might take a little break from classes, but that we are definitely not done! There’s always something new for me to learn.

After class, we came home and Mom and Dad took Foster Mom and Dad back out to go meet Allie, and finish seeing the sights of St. Simons. Then they came home and guess what?!? More snuggles and treats!

Foster Mom and Dad are headed home. I’m so glad I got to see them after all this time! I was a little worried at first that they had come to take me back to Kansas City, but then I realized that they just wanted to come visit me. As grateful as I am for everything Foster Mom and Dad have done for me, I can’t imagine life without Forever Mom and Dad (and Boney)!

This morning, Mom took me to the vet, because it’s apparent that I hurt my back some time during the weekend. Last night I was pretty sore and didn’t want to jump up for snuggles, so everyone came to my level. When it came time for bed, I had a hard time getting in and I whimpered a lot at night. Then this morning it hurt to go out the dog door. Turns out, I threw out my back at some point (I wiggled instead of waggled!), so now I’m on an anti-inflammatory pain med and have been told that there will be no running or jumping and I can only go on very short walks for a week! Mom can’t believe I felt that bad and still passed my test yesterday – but I knew she was stressed about it and I didn’t want to disappoint her! So, my week will be pretty boring with not a lot going on for fun and games. Just lots of snuggles on the floor. I guess that will do :)

 

 


06
Mar 15

When Reality Hits

He’s not always the perfect gentleman. Last night, at class, he air snapped. At his grandma. The trigger? I’m unsure, but it was probably a combination of things.

His grandma loves him very much, but knows that sometimes Moby can be a little skittish. So, she’s very cautious and tells him how much she loves him and what a good boy is when she pets him.

Last night at class, we had a crowd for the dogs to walk through and for them to also learn to be petted by a stranger. Something we’ve been working on, but it’s always good to get new people involved as the dogs tend to get exicted then (as it is in the real world). Moby went first – he had 3 people come up, shake my hand, ask to pet him, pet him, lift a paw off the ground and brush him. Grandma, Aunt Betsy and my friend Alix. He did great with all 3. I was actually pretty happy that he did that well, as the first (and only other time) he’s met Alix, he air snapped at her and barked at her while she was at our house. This was shortly after we got him, so we were still building up our braves.

When it came our turn to do the same exercise again, a man that Moby had never met was first. Moby sat through the petting and paw lifting like it was no big deal. Then grandma came for a second round and something happened. He got uncomfortable and air snapped.

I’m not going to lie – I was mortified, embarrassed, and deflated. I was mad at myself because I didn’t see any signs that it was going to happen. I was standing next to him, telling him he was a good boy and then BAM – air snap. Thankfully, it was just an air snap, it was no where near her hands and he recovered from it quickly. Also thankfully, it was grandma and not a stranger. She understands his issues too and was quick to shrug it off (Thanks, Lucy!).

After that we sat back down – Moby was pretty good the rest of the night, but he certainly wasn’t himself. We all have bad days and dogs are no different. I have to remember that. It was a good exercise because we know what we need to work on and we will most definitely be working hard on it all week!

Next week is a run through of the CGC test. Snapping is an automatic dismissal (understandably so) so we’ll be working hard to boost Moby’s confidence. Does anyone else have similar issues and if so, what have you done to help your dog through them?

Special shout out to Grandma, Swen, Betsy & Garrick, Alix, Kat & Ryder for coming out last night to help with the crowd and being the strangers!

 


23
Feb 15

Weekends are for Parties!

Boney celebrated his 10th(!) birthday this past Monday and Moby’s 4th birthday is tomorrow, so what better way to celebrate than by having a joint birthday party?

We invited some family and friends over for burgers, hot dogs and cake. The boys had a great time, got LOTS of treats, and enough attention to tire them out for the night AND the entire day Sunday! Thanks to everyone that came out to celebrate with us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


09
Feb 15

Miranda’s Monday: Are there ever enough hours?

Between walks, workouts, projects, play time, training and work, when is there ever time for sleep?

Our day starts pretty early and we have a routine, but sometimes it seems like there are never enough hours. Here’s our typical day:

5:30: Wake up
5:45: Breakfast time!
6:00: Take Moby (and sometime Boney) for a walk
6:35: Training time
6:50: Leave for Crossfit
7:15: Crossfit
8:30: Get ready for work
9:00: Go to work (gotta make money for treats and collars!)
4:30: Go home (except for Mondays and Thursdays when I go to a second job for an hour or so)
5:00: Dinner time!
5:30: Project/training/walk
6:00-8:15: (Tuesdays and Thursdays) Walk to class, class, walk home
8:30: Bedtime for Mom!

Sometimes we swap walk and crossfit time when I have to be to work early. Sometimes we get up at 5. Sometimes I end up falling asleep on the couch because I’m exhausted. I usually try to fit some me/couch/wine/snuggling time in there, but it doesn’t always happen. I’m struggling to find some time to start running again – I have some races coming up and I’d be lying if I said I was ready!

I know I can’t be the only one with a hectic schedule. Do you have any tricks to finding more time in the day?

 


29
Jan 15

Reminiscing

February has two birthdays coming – Boney will be turning 10 and Moby will be turning 4.

March brings a couple sad days – we said goodbye to Dixie on March 11. Brutus’ birthday was March 19. But it also brings a happy day – we adopted Moby on March 14. The Fosters are coming for a long weekend to celebrate Moby’s first Adopt-a-versary!

That got me to reminiscing about how I fell in love with Moby to start with – though His Foster’s Blog! I think most of you already follow Our Waldo Bungie – either through their website or through Facebook (or both!). I’d been following them for a while when they first brought Moby home. At the time, I didn’t think anything of it, since they’d had such great luck in adopting out their other fosters. Turns out, Moby would be different. That’s okay by me though – he became a celebri-dog, started his Sirius Republic collar collection, and learned about being brave. And I fell in love. And I brought him home. And we found new friends. It was a win-win all around.

Read about Moby from start to end (scroll down and read from the bottom up) – there are some GREAT pictures of him (though really, can he take a bad picture??).


28
Jan 15

44 days.

Until this.

46 days until my Adopt-a-versary. And what better Adopt-a-Versary present than Foster Mom and Dad visiting me! I’m counting down (mom is giving me a few treats every day until they get here!)