Wordless Wednesday: Geaux Tigers, Beat Bama

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Wordless Wednesday: Wild Eye

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My Basket Runneth Over

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I have a lot of toys.  Now you might think that’s because I’m spoiled, but really I am not spoiled. Well, maybe just a little bit. You might even think that I have too many toys, but I would argue that there really is no such thing as “too many” when it comes to toys. No, I have a lot of toys because I am very kind and gentle with my toys, so I have a four-plus-year collection. Unfortunately, as my toy collection has grown, the size of my toy basket has remained the same. My human mommy does her very best to keep all my toys piled into that tiny little basket . . .

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 . . . but somehow all those toys end up scattered all over the floor. Honestly, I have absolutely no idea how that happens.

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So earlier today, Mommy went to the store and bought a brand new toy basket for me. Isn’t it fabulous? It’s big enough to hold all my toys . . .

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. . . and I can dig my head way down into it . . .


. . . and I can pull out the exact toy I want. Oops, looks like Mommy’s going to have to put a few toys back into my new basket.

Happy Birthday, Bacon!

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Today Pink Pig and I are sending Happy Birthday kisses to my little friend Bacon.

Click here to hop on over to Bacon’s Pig Love blog, and wish the cutest little piggy ever a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Merry Christmas! Really!

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No, I am not crazy. Yes, I do realize that it is the beginning of August. But Christmas happened at my house last night . . . well, it happened for me, anyway. Last week I told you that I was participating in a blog dog gift exchange and that I had been matched with a handsome young Scottie named Ranger. (You can click here if you need to refresh your memory.) I received an email from Ranger earlier this week letting me know that my gift was in the mail. I’ve been watching the mail every day since, and then yesterday it happened.

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My gift from Ranger arrived. I smelled it and knew immediately that it was just for me, and that it had to be something exciting. Because it was my special Christmas, mommy and I went into the living room, which is the room where Christmas is celebrated. I was going to wear my Christmas collar, but then Mommy remembered that it was packed away with the Christmas things–and she was not going to get all those boxes out–so she found this festive bow for me.

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Ok, we’re in the living room and I’m wearing a festive bow. It’s time to start unwrapping. Look at the beautiful paper . . . and yep, this fabulous gift is definitely for me. It says so right there!

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Oh look, there’s a card . . .

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 . . . Ranger has his own special stationary! (Note to Mommy: I need my own special stationary.) The very sweet note read, “Dear Miss Harper Lee — Happy Christmas in July/August! Wags, Ranger”. So sweet! And Ranger has his own little paw-print stamp with his name. My mommy seriously needs to step up her game!

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Let’s see what’s in here . . .

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. . . it’s an alligator with eggs! I’ve never had a toy with eggs before! I pulled it out of the box and ran to my bed in the den, because that’s where I take the things that I really, really like. I was so quick that Mommy didn’t even have a chance to remove the tags.

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Even though I wanted to play with the extra eggs while they were still in the packaging, Mommy explained to me that they are for after I have removed Mr. Alligator’s current egg (wait, it has an egg; maybe it’s Ms. Alligator) and destroyed its squeaky. Oh, I get it. What an excellent idea!

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I ran back to the living room to see what else I could find in the box. I know you can’t really see–Mommy couldn’t see either at first because I was just so quick–but these are Puptato Chips all-natural guilt-free sweet potato dog treats. What’s guilt? Anyway, they are super crunchy and super good. Yum!

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Finally, Ranger had enclosed this wonderful little magnet. I’m wearing it for the picture because I want you to see it, but it is going to go in a very special place so that all humans who enter our home will know that Ranger has given me permission to lick anyone. This definitely gets added to the Golden Retriever Rules! Thank you, Ranger, for making my Christmas in July/August so very special, and thank you to Sprinkles for matching all the bloggers in the United States and to Finn & Charley Too for matching our international friends. Pet bloggers are the best gift ever!

Wordless Wednesday: Bird Dog

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Rainy Day Fun

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Yesterday started out extremely hot and oppressively humid. Imagine being on the face of the sun. Now imagine being there wrapped in heavy, wet towels. That’s kind of what my morning walk felt like. Then in the late afternoon, the wind started to blow like crazy, the sky got very dark, and the rains came. My mommy could not have been happier. I know many of you have had too much rain lately, but not us. The garden needed a little watering by Mother Nature, and Mommy needed a little break from hose duty. It was time to find some fun activities for a rainy afternoon.

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Mommy and I started the fun with our fourth session of obedience boot camp. I know what you’re thinking–obedience boot camp doesn’t sound fun at all–but I have to tell you that I am having a fabulous time and I’m progressing exceptionally well. Here I am doing Leave It. That’s Elephant, Parrot, and Lion and check out the pumpkin-and-blueberry-flavored treats on my feet. Pretty impressive, don’t you think? Leave It is one of my favorite commands. I hear it all the time on my walks.

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After obedience boot camp, my mommy thought that we needed to do another rainy day activity. I thought that taking a nice, long nap sounded like the perfect rainy day fun; but Mommy seems to think that it’s important to stimulate my mind, so a nap was completely out of the question for the moment. Earlier in the day, she had read a blog post by Human Rescues Dog called “Dog Toys You Can Make Tonight.” One of the ideas was called Treats in a Bottle. You take an empty water or milk bottle (plastic, of course), put treats inside, and let your dog figure out how to get the treats out of the bottle. My mommy broke just a few of my favorite treats into little pieces and put them into an empty water bottle. As you can see, Mommy’s a little tight with the treats. She says it’s because she wants me to maintain my girlish figure. Whatever.

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I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I had trying to get those treats out of that plastic water bottle. I rolled it around. I picked it up. I made funny inquisitive-puppy faces that I hadn’t made in a very long time. I even did an odd little puppy-like bark that even startled me. It was as if the Treats in a Bottle toy had shaved four years off of me.

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And then the light bulb went off: If I raised the bottom and tipped the mouth of the bottle, those yummy treats would spill out. Brilliant! Thank you so much Human Rescues Dog for filling my rainy afternoon with fun, fun, fun!

Black and White Sunday: Bliss

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Retail Therapy

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Earlier this week, I had a bit of a Big Dog hangover. I know exactly what you’re thinking and, after my post on hitting the bottle, I don’t blame you; but it wasn’t that kind of hangover.

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Last weekend, my humans went to New Orleans without me. I was initially slightly miffed that they would go to one of my very favorite cities and leave me at home. Then they gave me the excellent news: While they were running around the French Quarter taking pictures of beautiful buildings, eating fantastic food, listening to excellent music, and indulging in the occasional cocktail, I would be staying with my friends The Big Dogs (Sunshine, Maggie, and Kenai) and their humans (Miss Gaye and Mr. Frank). Well, I could hardly contain my excitement because I love, love, love staying with The Big Dogs. There is always something fun happening at their house, and I had the very best time. Then I came home–boring, boring, boring–and that’s when The Big Dog hangover hit. After three mopey days, Mommy decided it was time to do what girls do when they need to lift their spirits: retail therapy. But not just any retail therapy. Retail therapy at PetSmart.

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I spent some time looking at clothes, but there just aren’t a lot of choices for “large” girls like me.

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I looked at toys, and some of the toys looked right back at me. That was a little intimidating.

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I think I made some excellent choices (just FYI, the poo poo bags were Mommy’s choice) and I was much, much happier when we got home.

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This morning I spent a little time playing with my new Frisbee. It’s my very first one, and I love it.

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I could have chased and retrieved that Frisbee all day, but my humans got a little tired.

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To be perfectly honest with you, I was also getting a little tired. So I curled up on my bed with Parrot. The weather humans are predicting a rainy weekend (I think they may actually be right this time), so Parrot and I plan on spending lot of time in this position. I am extremely happy to report that my Big Dog hangover is a thing of the past. I am also happy to say that retail therapy can be a very successful remedy for the puppy dog blues.

Hitting the Bottle

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From time to time, I like to hit the bottle. Oh goodness, I don’t think that came out right. What I meant to say is that I like to play with empty water bottle toys. Although Hedgehog and Cow and a few of my other stuffed squeaky toys do occasionally have to be admitted to Squeaky Toy Hospital, I am generally pretty kind to stuffed toys. Empty water bottle toys are another story entirely. I just cannot get enough of that crunching plastic sound. I will chew and chew and chew and then–sometimes in a matter of minutes–that cute little outside covering is in tatters. Yes, I have ripped the tails from empty water bottle squirrels and removed the cute little noses from empty water bottle puppies. I just cannot help myself. My mommy decided that buying those cute little covers was a complete waste of money, but she didn’t want to deny me the tremendous joy that is the empty water bottle crunch.

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So my mommy hit upon this brilliant idea: Why not take those empty water bottles, shove them into a couple of tube socks, tie some knots on the ends, and let me have my fun?

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The tube socks and the poor empty water bottles inside of them don’t last any longer than those cute little covers she used to buy at the store . . .

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 . . . but Mommy sure feels a whole lot better about watching me destroy this far less expensive homemade version . . . and I get to hit the bottle a whole lot more often. Now everyone’s happy!