Sunshine in the evening!

Sunshine and Will!

Library night!  Our gooood friends Sunshine and Will came by for a visit!  We haven’t seen them in quite awhile and it sure was nice to see them tonite!  Sunshine has been coming to visit us since before she could actually read. Now she’s reading chapter books! What a smarty!  Right now she’s reading a book called Bella, by Ellen Miles. It’s part of The Puppy Place series.This book is about a family that fosters dogs until they can find a forever home. That’s a really good thing to do! Bella is an orphan baby cocker spaniel that the family is taking care of. Sunshine just read one chaper but it sounds like a pretty good story. In this chapter, the family had to stay up ALL night feeding and taking care of Bella. That sounds like a pretty good family to me. The girl Lizzie keeps a spy journal!!  And there seems to be some mystery with new next door neighbors. There was a funny word in the book — slurry . This is what they fed Bella. I don’t know what slurry is and Sunshine didn’t know either. And we both didn’t think that it sounded very tasty. But there it was – slurry! I hope Sunshine comes back next week to read me some more!

I was kind of a foster puppy myself. And I think I kept my family up for a few nights myself!  It’s hard being away from your brothers and sisters and real mom. I had to get on an airplane and go hundreds of miles away to a strange house with strange people and a strange bed. But it didn’t take long for me to discover it was a happy place to be!  And now it’s my forever home. I hope Bella finds a good forever home too.

Have you ever been a foster family for a dog before? I hear that there are lots of puppies out there looking for happy families.

Maybe you should read about Bella!

Go check it out!  SLURRY!

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Bathtime!!!!

really?!

We’re going to the library tonite. My Mom Person said I needed a bath!  Why, I ask?!

She says I’ve been rolling in too much smelly stuff and I stink!  I don’t know what she is talking about!  Stink? What’s Stink? Do I look like I stink? Do your dogs stink?

My Mom Person has a special shampoo that she likes to use. It’s called Petsilk. She likes the Rosemary Mint flavor. She says it’s hard to find and can only be found on the internet and at dog shows. So we go to alot of dog shows to shop. Do you do special shopping for your dogs?

Do your dogs like baths? I don’t mind them too much. I just don’t like standing still for so long. We have a really nice book that is all about taking care of your dog and has a nice bit about baths. It’s called 8 Weeks to a Healthy Dog by Dr Shawn Messonnier. It’s a pretty good book! You should check it out!

And head out to the library today! I am!

Birthdays and Frosty Paws!

Yum! Yum! Yum!

My friend Romeo had a birthday! He’s now 7 years old. In “dog years” that’s about 50! ( The kids I meet ALWAYS want to know how old I am in “dog years” – why is that?) For his birthday he got some really good toys. He is very happy about his new toys, but doesn’t want to share any of them. But he will share his Frosty Paws that my Mom Person made to celebrate his big day. We love, love, love Frosty Paws. And I have convinced my Mom Person to share the recipe. Her recipe came from her friend Mary many years ago. We are grateful to Mary for letting us in on it all.

Frosty Paws

1 big tub of plain nonfat yogurt
2 or 3 ripe bananas mashed
2 jars of turkey baby food
2 small containers of applesauce
some peanut butter sometimes

We save single serving applesauce and fruit containers to put this yummy mix in. You could also put it in ice trays and make little cubes.
Just mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl and freeze.
The boys in our family like to lick, lick, lick. I lick for a bit, then pop it out of the bowl and chomp it. Yummmmmmy!!!


There are some good cookbooks for dogs as well, if you’d like to check them out!

The Three Dog Bakery Cookbook by Mark Beckloff & Dan Dye
The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook by Liz Palika
The Doggy Bone Cookbook by Michele Bledsoe

Check your local library and show your dog how much you love them!!!

All By Myself!

all by myself!

Camden came to the library today. He starts kindergarten next week and he is very excited!  He wanted to show us how he can read “All by hisself!” He picked out 2 Mercer Mayer books about Little Critter. There are alot of books about Little Critter! He has alot of adventures. Sometimes I’m a little jealous. But I guess if I think about it, I have had some pretty good adventures myself!

One of the books tonite was All By MyselfIt was about all the things that Little Critter could do without any help — like getting dressed and helping to take care of his little sister and doing chores and getting ready for bed at night. He had a very busy day!  Camden told me how he could do all those things too! He even showed me that he could tie his own shoes!  Pretty cool!

The other book was My Trip to the Hospital. This book was kind of scary for me. I don’t like going to visit the doctor. ( Except for Dr Bruton! He gives me good massages and makes me feel better!) But in the book, Little Critter broke his leg when he was playing soccer! When I was a kid I broke my toe when I was playing with my buddies! Little Critter rode in an ambulance to the hospital. I just went in my Mom Person’s car. But we both got casts on our legs!  Little Critter’s friends signed his cast and it looked really cool. I just got to wear funny socks on mine – but those socks really got people smiling!

My Halloween sock for my broken toe

What kind of adventures have you had? Do you read about your adventures in books? It’s kind of fun to put yourself into the book you’re reading.

Go check out some Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer!  You’ll like them!

Going Round in Circles

Read this one to me!

“What Are You Thinking About, Robert?”

Went to the detention center – got to visit those sweet girls. They like to dress me up and take pictures of me. I kind of like being a star. Once they even painted my toenails. But sometimes we get to sit and read. This was a strange book of Concrete Poems, called technically, It’s Not My Fault by John Grandits. The poems were  fun,silly and kind of told a story about all the things that happened in Robert’s day.  The best part was that the words made pictures!  My reader girl had to turn the book every which way to read it!  Pretty crazy stuff.  I think you need to check this out to see for yourself! Maybe your library has one of these books.  Check it out!!!

Snakes Alive!!

2 good snake books!

We had an exciting time last night. There was a snake in our house! I didn’t actually see it. I just heard all the loud noise and alot of “NO dogs allowed – STAY AWAY!”  Not that I wanted to see the snake. I smelled a snake skin at school one time and WHEW! I didn’t want to be anywhere near it!  They are kind of creepy creatures. My Mom Person says they are good to have around when they’re outside. But not INSIDE!

So she said it was a good opportunity for me to learn more about these slimy things and we went to the library to find some books. Did you know that they aren’t really slimy? I’ll take the books’ word for it. We picked out The Best Book of Snakes by Christiane Gunzi and The Life Cycle of a Snake by Bobbie Kalman. The Best Book had lots of scary pictures of snakes eating other animals. The Life Cycle had lots of babies. They both had some good information. I think I will try to stay away from snakes!

Dancing Dinos

Dancing Dinos!

The Ladybug Princess read to us again. A fun, crazy book called
Dancing Dinos Go to School! by Sally Lucas and illustrated by Margeaux Lucas.  I always judge a book by its cover and this one looked pretty fun. The dinos started out in a book but danced right out into the classroom!  Then just ran amok having a jolly ole time!  Looked like alot of fun to me!  The Ladybug just started kindergarten AND she’s a dancer so there was alot about this book that she liked. It had rhyming words and funny pictures. She read it pretty easily and laughed at the silly dinosaurs.  I give it 4 paws up! ( that’s all I have!)

Go check it out! – at your local library!

going to the library

Daddy’s Little Girl

Rebecca reads My Little Girl

Rebecca visited us at the library and picked out a really nice book — My Little Girl, by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas. With illustrations by Julia Denos. Rebecca said it was her favorite book! I REALLY liked the pictures. Katie ( in the book) looked alot like Rebecca. And she had a dog, Palio, who never, ever left her side! Katie was ready for a “Better than Chocolate Ice Cream with Sprinkles” kind of day.  And she found it with her Dad. They went to a co-op. I didn’t know what that was and Rebecca didn’t either but when they got there Katie got to play with little chicks and rabbits. They laid around on the ground and looked at clouds. That seemed like a silly thing to do. But Katie and her Dad liked it. They did some other Dad, Little Girl stuff that all made everybody happy. Even Palio. It was just an all around happy book. It had some words that were a little hard for Rebecca to figure out. But mostly she did an excellent job reading it.

You should maybe check it out!

A Word about Rhythm

Guide Dog pups in training

The Mom Person is taking to the keyboard today. We went to visit an obedience class for the DFW Area Puppy Raiser group of Southeastern Guide Dogs. And since This was at one time a big part of Rhythm’s life and is a big part of who she is today, I thought I needed to write about it. Rhythm was bred by and born at Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, Fla.  SEGDI pups are placed with volunteer puppy raiser families when they are 8 – 10 weeks old. We were Rhythm’s puppy raiser family. It was our job to socialize her and teach her good house manners. With that goal in mind she went most everywhere that we went and became quite famous around our small town.

When she was about a year old she went back to SEGDI for her guide dog training. Sending your pup “off to college” is a very hard transition for the raisers and sometimes for the pups as well. Rhythm began having chronic ear infections and eventually the decision was made to “career change” her and she came back to Texas to live with us forever.

She needed another job. To keep her busy I got her registered with TDI, Inc. as a therapy dog and she now works in several facilities doing Animal Assisted Therapy. Rhythm holds a special place in our hearts and the hearts of our community. She’s a hardworking, caring, special girl.

To learn more about Southeastern Guide Dogs and their puppy raising program visit their website — http://guidedogs.org/

To see what the Dallas Area puppy raisers are all about visit — http://northtxpuppyraisers.blogspot.com/

Doggie Bookmarks

Walker and I posed for pictures this weekend.  We have to do that alot. Usually I like having my picture taken. But it was kind of strange this time. Our Mom person wanted us standing up – which is kind of hard to do!  And why, I ask!  Well it seems that she was inspired by some bookmarks that she saw on Pinterest.

We were supposed to look like we were climbing a rope. Really?!  Dogs climbing ropes?  Anyway, we did our best and here is the result. And the Mom person is now using me to hold her place in the book she is currently reading. She just can’t get enough of me!

And if you would like to make a bookmark using your own dog, here is a link to directions – http://www.creativefamilymoments.com/awesome-homemade-bookmarks-with-tassels/