Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cat Sunday

It has been so overcast and dreary out that the cats are taking full advantage of a good sun spot.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Still Hunting

Gypsy has always had a thing about rabbits.
I hate bunnies!!!
I know you do gal. And we have an abundance of the furry critters in our neighborhood. They are everywhere. You'd think that they would know not to come into our yard but, more often than not, first thing in the morning we have a few out there grazing without a care in the world.
Make my day bunny rabbit!!!
Gypsy goes after them with gusto, and the bunnies scatter. They have escape routes through the wood fence or under our deck. Gypsy then will sniff everywhere they've been. With all the rain we've had over the last few weeks, she has been getting a bad case of the brown nose.
She has never caught one but has come close a few times. At first I thought I'd try to get her to cease and desist this behavior but, I think she has so much fun doing it what the hell, let her have fun.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Wrestle Mania

Here is a sample of what goes on in the backyard. We think that Gypsy enjoys the interaction with Prim. Most of the wrestling involves Dino, Gypsy's favorite toy. They both will sleep for a few hours after a bout.

Sunday, February 21, 2016


At first Prim looked more like a Springer Spaniel to me than a Standard. She is getting taller by the day and I think beginning to look very Poodle like. A beauty with a great personality.

2 Poodles

 Yesterday was a total Poodle day. For once it was dry and the temps were not too bad. We spent the entire day outside with the Poodles. They played all day long. Most of the play was centered around who had Dino.
Gypsy really seems to like Prim. Gyp will coax Prim into attacking by dropping Dino. After several rounds of doggie wrestling, they settled down and relaxed with us up on the deck. They were exhausted. 

After a good drink of water and nap, Gypsy got up for a break and Prim followed. Girls always go together.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Prim Update

This is week two with Prim in the mix here on the Eastern Shore. I was away at meetings for the week and so Sandi had to handle the entire crew solo. Gypsy, the Cats, and new pup. I thought either two things could happen, either upon my return Sandi would be stark mad or, things would be good. Very happy to report things went very well. Prim has been an easy puppy so far and Gypsy likes her company. The first few times we put her in the crate she protested loudly, very loudly. But then a switch went off and she easily goes in the crate. In fact most mornings I have to ask her to come out after I open the door. House breaking seems to be going well. I think she is going to be a quick learner.
She has noticed that Dino is Gypsy's favorite toy so, she is always trying to get Dino first.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cat Sunday

With Prim entering our house, that cats have been somewhat neglected. At least from me. Moose is always looking for a way to get more comfy. Yesterday I dumped a load of laundry on the bed and before I could fold it, Moose made a little nest in the warm pile of clothes. What a great way to get warmed up on a cold morning. I found something else to do until he was ready to move.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Poodle Palooza

This past weekend we loaded Gypsy in the car and headed for Charleston, West Va. to meet up with Linda and Prim. Linda breeds standard poodles ( and Sandi has been waiting for a few years to get a puppy from her beautiful and sweet Violet. So, off we go and don't let anyone tell you that from the Eastern Shore to Charleston is not a long drive. Gypsy did enjoy the fresh mountain air.

I wasn't really sure what to expect of Charleston but went with an open mind. First thing, we had to find a dog friendly place to stay. We ended up at a Holiday Inn on the South side of town. A very industrial area with a beautiful view of the refinery. At least it was clean. I knew we were in trouble when we asked the guy behind the desk for a dinner recommendation and his response was, "we really don't have anything very good close by." Humm, that is customer focused. We did find a neat Bistro a few miles away on top of a mountain that was very cool.

Saturday came and it was time to meet Prim. Another couple from the Boston area arrived to pick up their pup. Talk about a long drive! A very nice couple and we discussed poodles, beaches, Charleston, and had a beer while waiting. Imagine finding my favorite beer from Cleveland while staying in W. Va. Linda arrived with three poodle pups and another of her own dogs. She had a car full. After the initial introductions, the puppies played in the courtyard. Gypsy was very patient with them and had some good interaction with the pups.  After a short visit Linda packed her dog and hubby up and headed back to St. Louis. The Boston couple packed up their pup and headed north. Sandi and I were left with Prim, Gypsy, and another puppy that we are dropping off in the DC area.  That night, since we had two puppies and Gypsy we decided to pick up something to have in the room. We ended up with Beef Jerky and frozen shrimp. Not sure how that happened but it seemed like a good idea at the time,
Is that West Virginia surf and turf???
Bright and early (it was still dark) the next morning we headed back home with Prim, and the other puppy in the back seat with Gypsy. We called the other puppy Red. Red was a bit of a whiner but all things considered it wasn't such a bad ride.
Those puppies smell and they kept touching me!!!

Gypsy and Prim were troopers the entire weekend.  It was a long weekend to say the least and both dogs were exhausted by the time we got home. Prim is fitting in nicely and Gypsy is adapting to having a little one roaming around.