Beach babes

August 28, 2015 Glory, Sage Leave a comment

Glory and Sage   

During the summer, the college works four ten-hour days and takes Fridays off. The ten-hour days get a bit grueling, but the Fridays off are decadent. Today was my last Friday. I’m not really sure what happened, when the summer started we had big plans. Today we finally made it out to the beach with the babies. Their first trip to the beach.

Needless to say, I think we broke the babies. When we got back to the car they both laid down the minute they hit the cushions and we never heard another peep out of them.

Sage and Glory    

They were pretty excited when we first got there. They barely wanted to hang for a photo and were ready to go exploring.

New things to put in their mouths, people to watch, new air to sniff, the roar of the incoming tide to listen to and feel the sand in their toes.

Sage and Glory   

Despite their love for the kiddy pools in our backyard, they wanted nothing to do with the ocean water. They barked at the strange dogs on the beach. They didn’t like the feel of the stringy sea weed in their mouths. But the horse poop left on the beach? That was a delicacy and we were on constant watch to keep them away from the tasty nuggets.

Oh Slinky

August 27, 2015 Jillian, Slinky Leave a comment

Slinky and Jillian   

Yesterday was National Dog Day, a day we celebrate around here every day. But it sure didn’t start out like a celebration.

My mornings are always chaotic and rushed. I start my day out at 4:45 am and still it’s nip and tuck to get out of here and to work on time.

I got all of the dogs run successfully for the their first run of the morning, holding the pickles and the lettuce was no problem as I fixed all of the their different breakfasts.

Shower. Check.

First pack out. Check.

Second pack out. Something was wrong with Slinky. Honestly, I thought she had had a stroke. She could barely stand and couldn’t walk at all. It was 6:50 am. Evets closed at 7:30, same time my vet opened their doors. I finished running the dogs, kept checking on Slinky, tears streaming down my face. Jillian never left her side.

As I started to carry her out to the car, Jillian was not letting me out the door so I laid Slinky back down and kenneled Jillian. As I carried Slinky out the door, Jillian screamed. Not a bark, not a howl, she screamed at the top of her lungs. It only brought more tears, but I knew what I had to do.

The vet came immediately into the exam room, not really sure what was wrong. Her heart was racing much too fast, but after a little while she was able to stand and even started to walking.

I laid on the floor right beside her as they did an ekg and ever so slowly, her heart beat came down. They did a chest xray and it was unremarkable. We really have no idea what happened. But it scared the daylights out of me.

We celebrated the minute I brought her home. I let her outside and went to get Jillian. When Jillian saw her, her tail wagged like I have never seen it. She was so happy.

The twins turned 13 in May. Every day is a day to celebrate.

Re-defining dull moment

August 7, 2015 Glory, Sage, Zip 1 Comment

Sage and Glory

It’s a known fact that neither Karen nor I have ever had a puppy. We have always loved our more “lifestyle” dogs. You know, the couch potatoes.

When we got the call that the little girl was available, fear penetrated my soul, but the call of the wild was stronger. We loved the idea of experiencing a puppy.

Glory and Zippy    

Zippy is an amazing baby sitter. He is so patient with them now. It took a couple of days of watching them closely, but he is so good at wearing them out just even a little bit.

Taunting Zip, just a little bit   

It’s true, Glory teases Zip almost unmercifully at times. See that couch? Before we knew we were going to have babies, we invested in a custom leather couch.

Resting zone, if only for a minute   

We try to keep it covered for mild protection. I’m not really sure how successful we are now that the puppies have arrived.

Sage, Glory and Zip   

The entire living room has been converted into a romper room as they play leap frog from cushion to cushion and take flying leaps onto and off of the couch.

A boost from Zip   

This is what much of our day looks like now. Always having adult dogs in the house is so different.

What are they doing?   

The two younguns’ squabble like this all of the time. And every thing they say about those baby teeth being sharp is so, so true.

As Sage hung off of the arm of the couch for the longest time, Zip and Glory got in a few licks of their own.

Glory and Zip   

Yes, this is our new life. Laughter and fun and giggles and not much quiet time.

Life in the fast lane

August 3, 2015 Glory, Sage Leave a comment

Sage and Glory

I must confess, having puppies in the house equates to never having a dull moment. These have un-ending energy. And, just when I think they are winding down, their two-minute power nap has re-charged their batteries for another un-ending play session. They crack me up every minute of every day.

Glory and Sage   

Just when I think their batteries are running down, they take a two-minute power nap and they are off again. Running, chasing and just a whole lot of rough and tumble. I can’t help but sit in the middle of the action and just watch them play. They really are a ton of fun.

Glory   

Every once in awhile, we will catch those sweet and tender moments that bring a tear to our eye, hardly believing how lucky we are to have a puppy or two in our life.

Sage   

How could anyone possibly say no to this face?

My little fashionistas

July 29, 2015 Glory, Sage Leave a comment

Sage and Glory

Sage and Glory   

Apparently Glory thinks Sage needs a hat. He agrees.

Bedtime story

July 27, 2015 Glory, Sage Leave a comment

Glory and Sage   

Are you tired of puppy pictures yet?

Just for the record, when my daughters were but young pups I documented nearly every day of their first year too, and yes I know right where those photos are.

These two are growing like weeds. Faster than the weeds in our backyard. We are discovering that their batteries are lasting longer too before they crash. But the minute they crash, it probably has to be the sweetest thing in the world.

Oh, if they could just stay little.

 

The little toe

July 26, 2015 Cinderella Leave a comment

According to Facebook, the little toe was designed specifically to Geo-locate furniture in low light conditions.

I personally can attest to that fact.

Cinderella

Apparently, so can Cinderella.

It started with a limp. The kind that sends the fear of panic into us. Then, we noticed some swelling in the foot. We had a few run ins with spider bites, so we just assumed that we were dealing with another spider bite.

The toe   

Even with antibiotics, the swelling didn’t go down so we were off to the vet clinic, our home away from home.

A little touchy feelie by the vet and she was off for xrays.

Poor little pumpkin has broken her toe. There really isn’t much you can do with a broken toe and it is typical of a racing injury. We are guessing she probably did it while running around like a wild woman.

Cinderella   

Never fear little one. We will get you back to as good as new.

When we grow up

July 25, 2015 Glory, Sage, Zip Leave a comment

Sage, Glory and Zippy

Ever so slowly we are letting the puppies play with the other dogs. Zippy is incredibly gentle with them, but I still remain the nervous nelly and probably overly cautious.

We took the puppies out for a few meet and greets today and they are amazing with people. So sweet and loving.

I find it hard to believe that they are going to be as big as Zip… soon.

We took them shopping for chew toys today. The pig ears were a huge hit.

Life in the puppy lane

July 24, 2015 Glory, Sage Leave a comment

Sage   

Sage and Glory are our first puppies. Up until this point, Karen and I have always adopted adult dogs. We’ll always have room for seniors, we love them so much. But oh how we love these puppies.

Life is different in puppy land. Having two makes so much sense. They play and play, chase and chase, tug and tug… and then, they just crash. Freight trains, vacuum cleaners, other dogs… during the crash phase of life nothing seems to bother them.

Glory   

Sadly, one of the legs on this spider didn’t make it through the intense game of tug. As soon as it came off, they looked, dropped and started tugging on the other legs.

Glory and Sage   

Bitey neck seems to be the favorite past time of these two.

More bitey neck—Sage and Glory   

Sage seems to enjoy the bitey neck game best of all, but rest assured, Glory gets her licks in too.

Sage and Glory   

See? I told you so.

Sage   

And when they start to wind down, Sage is the most loving and adorable puppy on earth. Of course he was really cooperative after he peed on my backdrop.

Glory   

And Glory will grow up to be our little princess.

The comfort of siblings

July 23, 2015 Glory, Jillian, Sage, Slinky, Timber, Zip Leave a comment

Slinky and Jillian   

I have always thought that having litter mates was magical. There is a special connection that litter mates have, unlike any other.

Jillian and Slinky have been together since the beginning. They raced together and in the racing kennel, they lived side by side. When it was time for them to be adopted, they came to us so that they would always and forever be together.

While we were on vacation, Slinky gave us quite a scare. Our vet tech raced up to the kennel and got her back to our vet. She’s fine now, but she really had a worried for awhile. The twins turned 13 in May.

Zippy and Timber   

Timber came to Oregon as a young pup and Zippy stayed in Florida. Months before their fourth birthday, Zippy came to Oregon. The two connected just like they had always been together and never apart. I was out in the back yard with them tonight and after a little wandering, this is where they landed. Side by side. Just like they had always been together.

Glory and Sage   

And now, Sage and Glory have joined the pack. Just barely five months old, the two babies are two peas in a pod. Completely inseparable.

I can’t wait to watch them grow.

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