Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ask me about my grand-dog

Here are my grand-kids, says my sister, holding out her smart phone for all to see.

Ooh, we say. Aaah. The phone slowly passes by in an arc for the benefit of those seated at the kitchen table.

Well, that's only some of them, she continues. A couple of swipes with an index finger and now we're provided a look at a few more kids in various poses of eating, swimming, and even one in mid-tantrum.


I sit quietly, as I do at these events, clutching my own smart phone in my lap. If anyone's ready to see photos of dogs, I'm your girl.

Oh wait! I remember now. I have a grand-dog. Heck yes, people. Nobody leave yet, cuz I have family photos too. Hang on a sec and I'll pull them up.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Some dogs want to see their name in lights

Some dogs, with aspirations of celebrity-dom, want to see their name in lights. Other dogs have a different value system.

From Canine Companions for Independence's Facebook page ...

It’s National Dog Day and to celebrate, we are launching the#kibblenamegame! Harpo is calling out some of her siblings from theEukanuba #HeroLitter Hala, Hoagy, Holly and Hudson. Post videos/photos of your dogs and call out their four-legged friends.TAG #ccicanine #NDD

What's this now, Harpo? A challenge, you say?

Game On, sister, says Holly.

I accept your challenge, she says. And will add my weekly birthday shot to it. 

And..., Holly continues. I will stamp my own style to the event by attempting the splits, puppy style, while Food Lady is fussing around with her stoopid camera. I'm betting this morning's breakfast that she doesn't even notice.

Later, as Holly is crunching her breakfast, I recall the Kibble Name Game we did with Euka before she returned to CCI for her Advanced Training. Gotcha a link below for that photo and more.

But here's even another version of just how good these CCI puppies are.

Here's our Miss Euka at her Matriculation Party we had at P&G Pet Care back in May.  Euka poses with a section of her face cake.

Not a drop of icing on her nose. Good Leave It, you awesome dog.

Yowza, says Euka. I even
look good in frosting.

For an earlier collection of Kibble Name Challenges, be sure to click to our link to a slideshow of The Kibble Name Game here at Raising a Super Dog.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Put your thinking cat on for this one

Wait, what's a thinking cat?
And can I eat it?

Put your thinking cats on, y'all. We've gotcha a riddle today.

Ok, so what do these folk have in common?

Bob Hope, Alice Cooper, Steve Martin, 
Liberace, Tony Randall, Gladys Night,
 and Sylvester Stallone?

Oh sure, they're celebrities, the lot of them. Perhaps some more infamous than beloved. And a few can sing. But not all should (looking at you, Sly). Too easy, though. That's not it.

Need a hint? I'm guessing that this group of folk is random enough that you just might appreciate a connection, if only a raveled thread holding it together.

I'll toss you a few bones here. Let me know when it clicks for you.

  • Late 70's television
  • A blonde porcine diva
  • "Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue, Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!"
  • "Fifteen seconds to curtain!"
Got it? I'm betting most of you could hum the theme song by now... It's time to play the music! It's time to light the lights... For the rest of you, how about ...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Eating light

Does it seem dim out to you, I ask The Husband. Because it seems dim to me.

We both squint up at the early evening sky with its waning sunlight. Clear and blue with only a few long, wispy clouds.

The light is different, I say.

I guess we'll be noticing the days getting shorter now, says The Husband. It's that time of year.

And it is late, really. Almost eight o'clock before I can pull myself together for the weekly Watch Holly Grow photo shoot. I've been liking this time of day because the summer light is softer and more filtered. None of the harsh shadows you get from the mid-day sun.

I was hoping that fancy 40mm pancake lens would eat enough of the light so I wouldn't have to resort to the on-camera flash. Talk about harsh shadows now.

And I got lucky here. Just enough light to capture that sassy look on Holly's face.

Say cheese, Holly, I say

Squirrel!, says Holly.

Need a comparison for these weekly photos?  Give this link a click to Watch Holly Grow to see the past posts.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Stretching the week out

You remember that time you woke up and thought, whew, I'm so glad it's finally Friday. 

But then after the first cuppa Joe, you realized it was only Wednesday.

Don't you hate that? There's another way of looking at it, you know.

It's kinda like getting a gift of two extra days, right?

Well, good news, friends! Instead of celebrating our usual Wordless Wednesday yesterday, we offer you an extension to your week by sharing the newest Watch Holly Grow photo on Thursday.

But that's not all! This week, when you enjoy Holly's 21 Week photo, we'll toss in her 20 Week shot for free! No additional mouse clicks needed for this 2 for 1 special.

Right. If you were privy to my lamentations of an unbalanced life in our last story post, Skipping a Groove, you might see where all this is coming from.

But not to worry. It's not like I've forgotten to feed the dogs in all the latest stress overload.

They would never allow that to happen.

Hey, Food Lady, says Jager, tapping his wrist. It's seven o'clock.


Need a comparison for these weekly photos?  Give this link a click to Watch Holly Grow to see the past posts.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Skipping a groove

Has this happened to you?

You have the daily grind of Life in a delicate balance with the whole working on your career while paying ample attention to the family thing, right? There's a groove to be found with making sure everyone has clean-ish clothes to wear and that drive-through window sustenance is kept to a minimum. Worrying about the health and welfare of your adult kid is the norm because that's just what parents do. You've remembered to make the house payment on time. The dogs are getting their two square meals. The puppy training is happening. And the daily commute has been carefully planned out to avoid the annual summertime orange barrel rodeo.

The weather has been simply gorgeous and you even make it to the occasional local farmer's market. Fresh tomatoes and Ohio grown corn enhance the dinner hour.

Life is on cruise control and you've set it to a quasi-legal eight miles over the speed limit.

But the smallest nudge tips your world. In a week's time, actually. A couple of bad days in the one hour commute to the office. Accelerated deadlines for stuff you're still learning about at work. The cat's throwing up something more orange than clear in a manner best described as projectile.

No, no we got this, you say. Just bumps in the road. Carry on, y'all.

Then more. The weird noise you hear a car making at the traffic light turns out to be actually your very own Toyota.

A friend tells you about the cancer diagnosis for their oh-too-young service dog.

Oh man. Really?

But you can't flinch or you'll risk losing this Jenga match.

One more thing, Life. You mean it. Just one more thing this week and I'm gonna explode and these carefully managed wooden blocks will be crashing down.

Is that an invitation? laughs Life. Or a challenge? It's hard to tell with you. Because, either way I think it's a good time time for you to change jobs. Oh, not so fast there, missy. Maybe. I'll let you know what we decide on this one. Hang loose, ok? 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Recognizing Assistance Dog Week

You came back! cries Holly. She does a four-paw slide across the kitchen flooring to greet me at the back door.

Oof! Holly Don't! I say, using her middle name. I just went to pick some dill from the herb garden. I was only out there for for a couple of minutes. 

Would you make Bodine let go of my
leash, please?
The cat said you've been gone for days and I just wasn't paying attention, said Holly.  But I was! I was paying attention. I think he picks on me sometimes.

Ya think? I say. Anyhow, little one, let's see if we can get a calm greeting from you. This sliding across the floor and slamming into my legs is not becoming of a puppy as smart as you. We have to get you ready for Service Dog College and Good Behavior will be on the test.

But I am Puppy! says Holly. Hear me Rawr!

Indeed you are, Holly Reddy, I say. Still, a puppy needs to learn self-control. Especially one who is being raised to be an assistance dog.

I have important work to do someday, says Holly. I remember. You told me that.

Yep, and you know what else? I say. This week of August 3 is International Assistance Dog Week.

I have a whole week? Really? says Holly. Wait a minute. I thought every day was a Holly Day Holiday. 
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