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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Winter Solstice

Mom says today is the shortest day of the year. I think that means that there is less sun which means less time to play outside. We are also having an unusually cold December here in Furrginia. I am a hot blooded doggy even with my short coat but I know dad and particularly mom are complaining about the cold. My swimming pond is frozen over which makes me sad too. Dad was going to take pictures of the special eclipse last night but the 20 degree temperature (not counting the wind chill) changed his mind. He CLAIMED it was too cloudy but mom and I know better.

Mom and I decided it would be fun to participate in the Winter Solstice gift swap that The Portugese Water Dog Blog sponsored. Mom and I sent a gift all the way to England and we got a package from the Portugese Water Dogs themselves ten days or more ago now. Mom would not let me open the package because she said we had to wait for the Winter Solstice. Well, today is the day so we opened the package. Drum roll please!

Mom and I love the presents! There was a whole family of knit doggies. Of course, not as many doggies as there are over the Portugese Water Dog Blog house, but still a mom, dad and baby dog. Here is a better close up picture of just the dogs:

Mom says I can't play with them because she likes them. But I think they are fun to look at too!

I am really excited about the other present. It might be hard to see in the picture but these are dog biscuit cookie cutters. The best part is they come with a recipe and thankfully for me what mom said was an "easy" recipe because otherwise they would never get made (just saying mom).

So short days or not, I am thinking this Winter Solstice thing can't be but so bad. Mom also suggested I share with you an article that tells you everything you would ever want to know about the Winter Solstice. It's by Richard Cohen and was in Sunday's New York Times.

I know Sue and her whole family of dogs are celebrating a double early Christmas and Winter Solstice because Morgan's pathology report came back with great news after a lump was removed from her neck turned out to be benign! And, be sure and check out this blog post from them because it has lots of pictures from Colonial Williamsburg at Christmas. Williamsburg is right down the road from where we live!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holiday Greetings to all my Friends

If you happened to be at the last #Pawpawty and listened to me DJ, you may have already seen my holiday greetings, but I know efurybuddy didn't get to, so here is the slide show video mom and me put together using Animoto. We have to say that Animoto is THE coolest thing we have ever played with. Mom even made some videos for work with it.

So for my pals that celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas. For those that celebrate Hanukkah, Happy Hanukkah, and if not you have my greetings in the season!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #16: My 2nd Job

When I read the first two posts from this photo hunt theme on 2nd jobs I felt like I was a useless cog in society. My friends were doing something to help other anipals or people and here I am a happy go lucky dog having fun 24/7. Sure I have to take care of my humans - waking them up in the morning, fetching the TV remote, protecting the cats from the vacuum, getting the humans outside to exercise but the rest of the time I'm just playing and sleeping. So I have been moping around, refusing to blog.

Mom tried to make me feel better. She said I was only 2 and still a little too rambunctious to do good works in a public setting. After all most people don't appreciate a big dog that gets in their face and starts slurping hard enough to lick off some skin (although I met a nice lady at the V-E-T the other day who loved my smooches).

She also pointed out how valuable my stick patrol activities are in our yard. We have lots and lots of trees and those sticks are raining down every time the wind blows a least little bit. I also get the sticks out of the pond.

One other job I would really love (but mom and dad won't let me) is cleaning out the litter box. They keep a gate that blocks me out of the bathroom where the litter box is. The other day dad had it up just a little too high and he caught me slithered underneath it. I could get half my body in there and that was enough the reach the box and do some selective scooping. Unfortunately, extracting myself from that position knocked the gate down so I was caught. Sadly dad did not have his camera handy to capture this particular exploit. He was probably laughing too hard to focus anyway. Maybe I can hire myself out for the litter box job. I know humans hate that work!

Finally, mom says she thinks making people who read my blog laugh or even just smile is a good job to have. I hope I do that!

I am hoping my other pals will share their second jobs on this Anipal Photo Hunt. Just click the button below for information on how to join in!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

So much to be thankful for

I am a happy dog and every day is a new adventure so there is so much to be thankful for!

First, I am thankful for all of you! Since I started my Twitter account and blog, I have met so many wonderful anipals and humans that I feel truly blessed every day. Mom has even gotten to meet some of you in person!

I wanted to share with you all the other things I am thankful for!

 A good hoof or bone to chew

Swimming in my pond

The time I had with my sisfur Majel before she went to the bridge
Belly rubs!

Snuggling in bed AND my mom and dad for taking good care of me


And my waggle that regularly gets filled with treats

Happy Thanksgiving to efurrybuddy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #15: THE VET

Mom says the correct word is "ironic." It just so happens that is it just about time for me to go see the V-E-T to get my S-H-O-T-S and annual check up. I have to go next week as a matter of week. Mom will make the appointment for Friday.

This year I have a real V-E-T. Last year mom and dad took me to Care-A-Lot pets for their Vet Clinic. The vet and the people there were very nice but after the scare with that bump on my leg (that was just a fluid pad), we needed a vet that is there all the time. So I am now a patient at the Seaford Veterinary Clinic. Oh and the other good thing is no waiting in line!

Here are the pictures from my trip last year at Care-A-Lot.

This is when we are waiting in line. I am clueless since the last V-E-T 
visit they put me under and snipped me at the same time. 
Don't remember a thing.

 Even on the table, I am fine.

Not sure why I deserved such a big hug until I realized this was to 

I will share pics of my next visit with you when I go next week. In the meantime, how about sharing yours on the Anipal photo blog hop? Just click the widget below to get all the details!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Guess WHO mom saw and the Saturday blog hop

Mom was at a conference this week (actually she went to two). The second one was at one of my favorite of her state parks, Shenandoah River. The park staff and volunteers were doing research on a special kind of owl called the saw-whet. Shawnee gave her the idea to hunt for one of those high tech thingees to show you all what those owls sound like.

Bruce Marcot - Northern Saw-whet Owl call .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine

Mom said she could hear them doing the fake call to lure the owls so they could put bands on them. The bands are supposed to help scientists learn more about what the owls do and where they go.

The night mom was at that park they did not catch one of those saw-whets but a long-eared owl instead. Mom took this video so you can see what this owl looked like.

Mom said if you want to know more about the owl banding project going on you should read about it by clicking here. Pretty interesting and lots of people are helping with the project. Mom was real excited she got to be so close to that owl.

And now join in the hop with us!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #14: MOM!

Mom does not like to have her picture taken. She says she likes to TAKE pictures because that means she can't be IN them! BOL! However, as long as we abide by one rule - waist up - she will let us take pictures under certain conditions.

This is the best picture of Mom and she is in the BZTAT Be the Change t-shirt. She took that picture the day she and dad took all the pictures of where I love for the Anipal World Tour. I also like it because mom works for parks and it was taken in a park (although not one of mom's state parks).

Of course I like this picture because it is me and mom when I was just a pup. Also taken in a park.

Finally I like this picture that dad took just last Friday when mom was teleworking. You can't tell for sure but yes, she is teleworking in her pajamas. I like her fur stole (that's Sabrina).

I hope you will all join in the Photo Hunt and share pictures of your moms! Just click on the button for more information.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

That darn capcha and the Saturday Blog Hop

I am really bored today. Dad and I went and played stick fetching and I went swimming but I am still raring to go and dad and mom keep telling me to calm down. I was at a loss as to what to write about today too. So, mom and I settled down to read our bloggie roll. It is not possible for us to keep up with every post from all our friends, but we do try.

 Just plain bored

We like to add a comment when we are inspired, but we read a whole lot more blogs than just the ones we comment on. REALLY.

I had never noticed before since mom does the typing but today I saw she had to do this weird thing when she posted comments - type these strange letters that make no sense. She says they are called a CAPTCHA and they are used to tell comments from humans apart from computers. I didn't even know computers read blogs!

Sometimes they look like this:

Mom says those are actually two real words but they also put that line through it to make it hard for the computer to read. Mom says sometimes it is hard for humans to read too!

This one is from mom's work bloggie. This particular one is easy compared to some that pop up. She says sometimes she has a hard time getting it right but believe it or not the spammers get through anyway!

Most of the blogs we follow are on Blogger and the CAPTCHA is not too hard. 
The Word Press bloggies are a little harder and look more like the official CAPTCHA in the first example above. A couple of the blogs we follow do not have one - my blog does not have one. I know we get a little bit of spam but Blogger has actually developed a pretty cool spam blocker that catches the most annoying ones now. We certainly understand why people like to have them and some people even moderate their posts (mom's work blog does that too).

We wanted to share with you some of today's CAPTCHAs!

imelays Harremoes

Sounds like a foreign language!

Be sure and check out the other bloggies on the Saturday Blog Hop!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #13: From Where I Stand...

This week's anipal photo hunt challenges us to show pictures to share what we see "where we stand."

If you read my bloggie on a regular basis you probably know that I love swimming and fetching sticks in my back yard. Here are some of the great views I see when I am not looking for sticks, chasing sticks, stripping the bark off sticks, eating sticks, barking at mom and dad to throw more sticks, ....

This is a picture of MY pond and the geese.

Here is a view from another direction.

You can see that I barely pay attention to those geese when I have a stick in my sites.

The other pictures are from last March but this one is from January. No swimming on that day!

I hope to see some of YOUR pictures - join onto this blog hop. Find our about the hop and how to join by clicking the button below!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

#Lub2Rock Adoption Option Redux and Saturday Blog Hop

Last night I got to be an Adoption Jockey again for #Lub2Roc k Adoption Option sponsored by the Mattie Dog Foundation. The Shibbering Cheetos were on hand and there was overflowing bacon beer and bacon and quizzes with prizes.

I had all my rescue pets selected and the tweets all ready before the pawty so I could just paste them in Twitter and Facebook so I got through all 15 of them. It was so hard to choose the animals to feature and even harder not to run down and adopt them!

Won't you help get the word out about these very adoptable pets in Virginia? I am going to spend a little time talking about the rescue outfits they come from too.

The first few doggies came from BROOD. Isn't that a cool name for a Rescue? It stands for Basset Rescue of the Old Dominion (that's Furginia for those pals not in the know). Mom found out about this group because she met one of their supporters through her job and nothing having to do with doggies. Nice coincidence!

BROOD is a nonprofit animal welfare organization run solely by volunteers for the welfare of abandoned basset hounds. BROOD’s mission is to locate abandoned basset hounds, provide appropriate interim foster and veterinarian care (including spaying/neutering) for them, and place them in qualified permanent homes. Adoptable bassets cared for by BROOD are from shelters and pounds, or are strays. They have a Facebook page. In November they are waiving adoption fees for all dogs 8 and over!

Georgette is a 5 year old Basset mix and will steal your heart.

Dapper Jax and Lady Jax are a senior Basset pair.

Emerson is a senior Basset with lots of love to give.

I also featured some doggies from Virginia German Shepherd Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of the German Shepherd Dog. They provide a safe haven for German Shepherds (and, sometimes, other breeds/mixes) who are left in shelters to await uncertain fate; are owner surrenders (moving, illness, divorce, death, etc.); or are victims of abuse or neglect. They adopt dogs to loving, responsible and secure homes, typically, in Virginia and the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.  In the eight plus years that we have been in existence, we have found homes for over 2,600 deserving dogs, 247 in 2009 alone.

Java is an 8 year old female, fun loving GSD.

Alias is a GSD former street dog  Gotta read his bio!

Bobby is a GSD who loves to play ball. This fellow had a tough life.

I couldn't forget the kitties. The first group of kitties came from a terrific organization in Hampton, Virginia that has been rescuing kitties for 29 years called the Cat Corner. They are an independent non-profit no-kill shelter which provides lifetime care for its resident cats and offers them for adoption to suitable homes. They love to see their kitties adopted, but their first concern is  the cats' welfare. Their goal is to find each of their cats a home that provides love, care, and permanence. 

Lucille aka Lucy is a super playful female orange tabby.
Jonesy is a short haired/orange mix kitty who will purr his way into your heart.

Ninja is a black long-haired mix female lap cat.

Misty is a lovely special needs short haired mix. She has a heart condition and needs to take meds but if you watch her video, you will fall in love with her.

Last time I was an AJ I featured a few other doggies from the next rescue, SEEVA GRREAT. Southeastern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training is based out of the town we live in, Yorktown, Virginia that has been rescuing Goldens for 20 years with more than 1,000 rescues. They are a volunteer-staffed, non-profit organization that rescues abandoned and unwanted Golden Retrievers and places them in approved adoptive homes. They have a Facebook page too.

Pebbles and Bam Bam are an inseperable senior Golden couple.

The last doggies and kitties are from the Heritage Humane Society. Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, Heritage Humane Society serves as a compassionate haven for stray or unwanted companion animals, educates the public about humane care and treatment, advocates animal welfare, and promotes adoption to measurably reduce overpopulation and pet homelessness.They have a Facebook group and a Twitter account.

Fred is a shy tri-color Walker Hound.

Hershey is a charcoal short-hair mix male kitty. There are a zillion kitties needing adoption at Heritage Humane Society.

Katiebug is a 1 year old friendly hound - how can you resist that face? I always fall in love with one of my AJ finds and Katiebug is the one! And I happen to know Williamsburg is just one town over.

Felicity is an 8 month old visually impaired black lab mix sweetie. 

@MattieDog and @Mariodacat were also AJs. @Brutusthedane's mom got stuck on the way home from a business trip and @LadyCat3 filled in to tweet their adoptable pets.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #12: All Souls' Day

Another great subject for the weekly anipal photo hunt hop, The All Saints Day and All Souls Day traditions are wonderful and mom says humans like to think about their loved ones waiting for them in heaven. But it is also a great time to think about those beloved animals who are waiting at the bridge for us. I am thinking about all my pals in the anipal Twitter community that I have lost in the year and a half since I've been on Twitter.

Of course, foremost in our memories now is our dear sweet Majel who went to the bridge in early September.

While the rest of these animals were before my time, they have a special place in my humans' hearts so I wanted to include them.

There is Majel's beautiful sister who was named Isis (Isis is on the left - too bad you can't see their really nice calico tails):

There was Christie:

There was Skipper:

Mom at one point had three doggies when she had Skipper and Christie but she can't find any pictures of the third one, an Irish Setter named Red. You might notice that the animal naming got a little more creative when dad came onto the scene. When we were looking through the pictures I also noticed that mom's picture taking has gotten better since there were lots of half chopped off dogs in those pictures.

These were all rescue pets - the kind less fortunate than me where they had to go to a shelter before they found their furever homes.

There were other pets we just can't find pictures of - family pets like BoBo, Jingles, Happy.

I will tell you a secret about BoBo. He was mom's dad's dog and went everywhere with him. BoBo was cremated when he died and her dad requested that when he died BoBo's ashes be mixed with his. They are now in the urn together in a special place in Church (the BoBo part is kind of a secret from the church people because some might not understand) just like they are together in heaven.

Our most favorite telling of the Rainbow Bridge story can be accessed by clicking here.