Sunday, April 9, 2017

Update on Red

 Red is almost 1 year old and I thought I'd give you an update. Fortunately, (for us) not much has changed. He continues to be a solid, well behaved, loving pup. He plays hard, and relaxes hard. Sandi had him going after a Frisbee the other day.
This purple toy is his favorite to retrieve. He'll play fetch all day long. He still thinks he is the boss of Gypsy and will take a bone from her if he wants. Gypsy is so non confrontational that it isn't an issue. He and Gypsy have a good amount of play time in the yard together. He loves to walk the neighborhood, play in the backyard, go downtown and meet other dogs and people. Most of all he likes being the center of attention.

Now that it is warming up, this is a favorite spot of his first thing in the morning. He shares this spot with the cats.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dino

Here is Gypsy standing over her red Dino. Well Dino used to be red. He is more pink now. Anyway, I've told the story about Dino in the past. This is really the only toy Gyp would ever play with. The company that produces this valuable toy isn't making Dino anymore. They are making a similar toy but the most vital part of the toy has been left off the new version.
The tail is missing!!!
That's correct and Gypsy doesn't want a thing to do with the new model. We found a few of the original Dino's on line and paid a Kings Ransom to get a good supply of them. We are now down to one Dino left in reserve. I think this spring we'll break it out and let Gypsy have some fun.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Work Day Saturday

 We had a Saturday of 70 degree weather here on the Eastern Shore. It was great. I spent all day long outside doing things around the yard. Gypsy and Red were out with us, playing and investigating what I was doing.
The end of the day, they both were worn out and ready for a snooze. Gypsy likes this spot by the patio on the cool grass but close enough to see us.
Red is quickly learning to follow the shady spot. After retrieving that purple thing about 200 times, he needed a nap.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

#WOOF

It has been on the cool (cold) side of the spectrum this past week. We tried our best to have outdoor time with the pooches. We've been putting a sweater on Gypsy when it is cold. She seems to like it. She is getting older and is so thin we're afraid that she'll get sick. Now that I look at this picture her sweater looks like it is too small for her. The forecast is predicting more spring like weather over the weekend so, we'll be able to have "poodle days" in the backyard.
And lose the stupid sweater!!!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gypsy & Red

 Gypsy and Red continue to do well together. They pretty much do their own thing outside. Gypsy looking up into the sky, looking for birds or 747's. Red hangs out and looks for sticks. They do have periods of play. Gypsy likes running laps and Red tries his best to keep up. Gypsy is slowing down some in her old age but can turn it on for short periods. Red is relentless and never gives up even though he has short legs.
After an afternoon of playing laps, they both crash hard. Gypsy was so tired she didn't even care that he wants to share her bed.  A well exercised dog is a happy (good) dog.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Red...Sock Thief

Guilty

Just a quick update on Red. He is fitting in like a champ. Very well behaved and listens nicely. He has an abundance of energy but with a bit of exercise, will chill out. I never had a small dog before Red. I don't think he understands that he is small. He runs laps in the yard, will play fetch for hours, go for a swim in the warm weather, and chase all the birds away from the feeders.
That said, he is a sneak. When we aren't looking he will sneak a bite from the cat food bowl. Just a few pieces and he'll try to chew without making any noise. He is also a notorious sock thief. If he sees a stray sock, he'll quietly steal it and take it to his kennel. He doesn't chew them, he just likes to collect them.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Snow

When I took the dogs out this morning we were greeted by a wet, sloppy snow. Nothing serious, just an annoying mess. We'll hit 50 later today so this is not a big deal.
It made me think of how much Gypsy loves to play in the snow. I pulled a few photos of her playing in the last few snow storms. She loves to run laps through the drifts.
I love the powder snow dude!!!
During this storm we took her into the woods at the edge of the neighborhood. She really likes to run in the woods, smelling all the smells. She always keeps us in viewing distance.
We are ready for spring and warmer weather and the return of "Poodle Days" in the backyard.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Forward

The clocks jumped forward an hour last night and Tang is having difficulty adjusting. Losing that hour of sleep is tough on a cat.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Groomed Poodle

Last week was grooming time for Gypsy. This has turned into one of Gypsy's least favorite things. We have a great groomer that runs the business out of her house. Gypsy has been seeing her for years. She is excited when we get there but, when we go inside, she starts to tremble. Gypsy was starting to resemble Howard Stern so I had to leave her. Obviously she is super excited when we arrive to bring her home. I'm going to try to be much more vigilant between grooming sessions this time around. Bushing on a regular basis and generally keeping up after her. Maybe that will make the next visit to the groomer easier on her.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

NO BELLS Returns

No Bells (not his real name) is the cat that lives across the street. When our neighbors moved in, we soon noticed piles of bird feathers in the yard and quickly found their cat guilty of bird murder. We suggested that maybe they attach a bell to the cats collar, giving the birds at least a chance. They never did the bell thing. Thus, the name No Bells. Now that I think about it, attaching a bell to a cats collar would probably drive the cat crazy. Over the years we've become attached to No Bells. He comes to the front door, sending our cats into a frenzy. He just looks at them as if to say "hey, I'm outside and you guys are not...losers!" He then slowly turns his back to our cats, ignoring them.
We haven't seen much of No Bells recently. I occasionally see him down the street in a cat stare down with a few of the new cats in the neighborhood. No Bells keeps a close eye on his turf.
We haven't found any piles of birds feathers in the yard in many months. No Bells must be slowing down in his old age. At least he still comes over for a visit.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Adam's Park

We have a little park down the street from us. I think it was actually a lot that the developer couldn't build on so he just gave it to the neighborhood. We call it "Adam's Park." The name came from a neighbors dog. He'd walk Adam down to the park every morning and night to do his business. Like it was his personal doggie bathroom. Plus, he never cleaned up after Adam.
Don't blame Adam!!! It was the knucklehead owner!!!
Don't get be going on people that fail to clean up after their dogs.
Anyway we started calling it Adam's Park. Adam is long gone and thankfully he has not been replaced.

I walk Gypsy and Red down to the park and let them sniff around. This seems to have a calming affect on Gypsy. Not sure why.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Saturday

It was crazy warm here Saturday. We were up into the 60's. Gypsy and Red spent most of the day hanging out in the back yard.
When we came inside, Red found a sunny spot to lounge around in with his BFF Pokey. They keep an eye on the front yard, on the look out for the cat "No Bells"

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Flying Poodle

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 For those that are new to Gypsy, she used to be a great jumper. As a puppy she would leap out of the back door, getting some big air underneath her. So, we built a jump out of some PVC. I made two heights, 2' and then 4' thinking she'd have to build up to the top setting. Not so much. Gypsy just loved jumping for us.
When ever we had friends over we'd set up the jump and let her do her thing. She really enjoyed it and I think she would try to add a bit of flare when we had guests. We retired her from jumping a few years ago. She started knocking the bar down, something that never happened when she was younger.
Hey, you try jumping over that thing big boy!!!
Gypsy had a great time putting a jumping show on for us. It was a happy time for her.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines Day!!!

I'm fortunate enough to have several Valentines running around the house. Besides my sweetie, I have a few of the furry variety. Of those Gypsy is still #1!!!
Enjoy the day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fitting In

Red continues to "fit into" our life. Like Gypsy, he loves to walk and play in the backyard. Unlike Gyp, he will hang out in the yard by himself. He is great in the house and a world class chewer of bones. He has never chewed on anything but his toys. Most importantly he is learning how to live with the cats. He is still interested in them, sneaking a sniff whenever possible. He and Pokey are still BFF's and wrestle from time to time.
To me, the biggest risk of getting another dog was how Gypsy would react. She has been a real trooper with Red. He enjoys taking interest in whatever Gypsy has, bone, Dino, stick, and swiping it from her at the first opportunity. Gypsy just gets up and patrols the yard until she finds something new to play with until Red takes that. This morning I took them out and Gypsy sprung out of the garage, turning in mid air, and landed facing Red, daring him to chase her. Of course Red took off after the smiling Gypsy for a few laps around the yard. He tries his best to cut her off but Gypsy is still pretty fast. After a few laps they both were huffing and puffing and we went back inside. Gypsy went immediately to her bed, followed a few minutes later by Red. 
You can lay there for now boy but don't try any funny stuff!!


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Global Warming

Last week was a crazy weather week on the Eastern Shore. We had a 70 degree day. Crazy for February. We spent most of the day outside. The dogs loved it. Gypsy is recovered from her fall the other day. She tried her best to get Sandi engaged in a game of tag. Just like when she was a puppy.
Red had a big time playing fetch with Dino. Gypsy just looks on with disgust.
What a terrible thing to do with Dino!!!

The next day we followed 70 up with about 35 and snow flurries! The animals enjoyed a fire.
It makes me sleepy!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gypsy Falls

Gypsy was running laps around the yard with Red. Had a good game of tag going on when Gyp went down hard. I just caught it out of the corner of my eye. I think she was making a tight turn and just lost it. She got up, limping not putting much weight on her right rear leg. After a while she seemed ok with her pride hurt more than her leg. She seems to have lost some of her agility as she gets older.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Tang Sunday

It's been a lazy Sunday morning. Red is totally worn out from a busy morning of chewing his bone and following his Mom around. Tang is also taking a break from patrolling. Just a short break.

Tang

 I've talked about Tang before. He is one of our "Red Boys." Tang is about as sweet a cat can be. His nickname is "The Sheriff" because is always patrolling the house. If two of the other cats are wrestling, Tang will cruise by seeing what is going on. If was are watching a movie, Tang will stop by from time to time making sure everything is good.

Tang is going to the Vet on monday. Sandi noticed he hacked up some blood the other day. Usually not a good thing. He has always been a skinny little guy but looks like he might have lost some weight. Cats are strange creatures, they hide sickness/illness not letting others know they might be weak. Hope this turns out to be a false alarm.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fast!

It is difficult to get a decent picture of Red when he is running laps. He can scoot along pretty good.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Lap Time

Gypsy and Red run laps around the backyard. I had them out yesterday and they had a big time. It was a bit warmer so I think they were feeling pretty good about being outside.

Gypsy can still fly. Although for not as long as she used to. Plus she take a spill not and then on the tight corners. Red tried his best to keep up, determined to be a pest. He tries to out-think Gyp by cutting her off at the pass.
After just a few minutes they are huffing and puffing. Gypsy is generally the first to take a break from the lap running and Red is happy to join her.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Winter Fields

 We had a dusting of snow the other night.
The fields behind our neighborhood are pretty with the snow.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Snow

The weather folks are forecasting snow later today through Monday. We always enjoy a good snow. Particularly on a weekend when we can sit back and enjoy a fire with the cats and dogs.

Gypsy has always liked playing in the snow. We have wooded areas and wide open fields she can run through. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Red In The Beginning

 After we weighed Red the other day, seeing he was 23 lbs, it made me think of what a little thing he was when we first picked him up. Here he was tiny but taking control of Dino.
Gypsy isn't very keen on other dogs being close to her when she sleeps. (or walking, eating, sitting....)
Hey, I need my space!!!
Yep, we all need our space. From the beginning she really didn't mind if Red hung out with her. She still has her moments when she wants to be alone and Red respects that.
He was a tiny little thing but has had a huge personality from the beginning.