Sunday, April 06, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

always remember.....

 Today is Moxie's birthday... and the fifth one that we have been apart. I still  miss her, and think of her often. Even with all my other beloved dogs... she will be always special in my heart....


                                               Happy heavenly birthday, little "Moo"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

puppy training 101......

Seems like I just don't have (or haven't taken the time) to keep up with my blog like I used to. But, I certainly do manage to keep busy, and the day always zips by on me. Today, it was visit the hospital day with the puppies. Cappy got a ride on the elevator. She sat quietly and seemed to enjoy her new adventure. 
Kathleen brought Mookie along.. and Debbie was with my friend Wanda. After we did a couple of trips in the elevator, it was off to the stairs. The hospital has this great set of steps that are tile, and in a hallway that echos. We practiced having the puppies go up and down the steps are various speeds, and stopping and going again.
It's funny how I view things with a service puppy, most of the time I run up and down stairs without a thought. But with a pup, and one in training for sure, it is important for them to know how to take the stairs carefully... sometimes only one step at a time... because who knows how a future owner will be able to do stairs. Both puppies did very well, and weren't bothered at all about the steps or the sounds of the hallway. 
Wanda was happy to sit in the front hallway of the hospital with Deb and just watch the world go by. Deb is good with elevators and steps, so this was a nice "training" for her..... course you know that almost everyone who walk threw had to stop and chat  with her. 
And then I got to work some "unders' with Cappy ....
After our visit to the hospital, it was onto puppy school. Good thing I have friends who like to play with puppies, because Kathleen took over Cappy's obedience work, and Bernice comes down to work with Livy for me. Both puppies love going to school and seeing all their buddies....
Making friends with 'other" kinds of dogs is important work!!!!
A few nights later, Abbie came for an overnight, and even though it's still really cold and wintery, we had to make our first ice cream run of the year. Abbie was all for taking the beetle with the top down (no less).. but we said it was way too cold. We even tried to tell her it was too cold for ice cream... but nothing doing, she only replied... "ice cream will melt slower when it's cold"  (LOL)
And then, when the days are too stormy or cold, this is how we get rid of puppy energy!!! Deb and Livy have become very good friends, and can spend hours, rolling around and playing together in the mud room...
I have to say, it pleases me that they play so well together... Debbie is certainly bigger than Livy, but they keep it all fair....













And have a grand time, wearing each other out. 

The horses have done well over this long winter. Everyone has stayed in 'good coat and weight"... I can only imagine what's it's going to be like when warm weather hits and all that winter coat comes off. Tonka has had great fun with the snow pile that Ed made plowing....
He's the king of the mountain for sure, but as I said somewhere before... I'll be glad to see "this king  lose his mountain"!!!!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

sled hockey...


The winter seems to want to hang on... but I have noticed that the snow is dropping, not melting per say.. but "dropping lower".... so, some day, we'll see the ground once again. One thing,, the sun is much stronger, and tonite as it set, I could see it shining threw the woods... this is a "summer" sun - the "winter" sun doesn't hang around long enough to shine threw the woods.....
We had a real treat!!!! Craig, our friend who is a veteran and plays on a sled hockey team, actually had a tournament here in our area!!! Most of the time he has to travel to the tournaments, so to have one here in our own back yard was grand!!! He asked if we might be interested in coming to watch, well.... that answer took us all of a second to answer!!!!
I love hockey... but it has to be in "real life"... I don't enjoy it as much on the TV. I like seeing the whole rink, I like the sound that the games makes, and being near the ice. So, to see a sled hockey game in "real life" was a real thrill.  I'll tell you, to play hockey this way, makes playing it on skates easy. Moving those sleds... moving that puck, playing with team mates from the height of a sled.... amazing.... 
I brought Debbie along thinking she might enjoy the outing... oh my goodness... she LOVED the outing and sat bolt up right and watched the game the whole time. I don't know what had her attention so much.. the players or the puck, but she never laid down once and watched just like this the whole time!!!! 
Here's our guy!!!! and he won't tell you, but I will... he is an amazing player!!! and (not because he is our friend..) but he's one of the best players on his team.... he even tried out for the Olympic team and missed by just a small amount. I have no doubt that one day he will be on the Olympic team.....
We sat with a veteran who knew a lot about this game, and he was happy to point out all sorts of things to us.... and to Debbie.......
Because waiting down in the player's box... was this service dog!!!!!
The action of the game was even more exciting that regular hockey!!! and it's just as "mean" as the other hockey is.. these players are serious.... the game ended in a tie, and it was a close game, very exciting to watch!!! I hope that Craig will have  another one here soon,because we will certainly be looking forward to going again....
At the end of the game the service dogs went out on the ice to be with their handlers....not that either needed their dog to get in off the ice, but the dogs wanted to do their jobs....
And help where they could. I told Debbie that she should get a match with a sled hockey player, I know she would love that!!!!!
We had a chance to meet some of the veterans and chat about the game. Debbie was more than happy to turn on the charm and got many compliments in return. Almost everyone knew about NEADS, which was really nice to hear.....










And even as we left the rink, we had to stop and say hello to other folks as well. Debbie loved the whole evening... as did I .....

Thursday, March 06, 2014

say hello to......


Here we go... on our way home, Miss Livy!!! I didn't take her last week, after deciding to 'take her" because I had some busy days (neads, Reagan's birthday and such) and just didn't want to get her home and then "not be there" to settle her in. Though, the way she hopped in the jeep and snuggled up to Debbie, I have a feeling that getting settled in, isn't going to be a problem. 
She is so curious and outgoing... I (obviously) haven't spent much time with her, but she seems like a little "live wire"... and I already love that about her.  I have big plans, and can think of so many things that I would like to try with her, but of course, in the end... much of that will be her choice......
Naturally, the moment we walked into the house, everyone else had to check her out. I was a bit "worried" about the other three... Hunter, Trevor and Tazzy, aren't youngsters anymore, and I had wondered what their thoughts would be about a puppy. Pretty much as I figured... they all "told her" what they thought and that was it.... 
Other than Camille, Hunter is probably my most patient dog... course Livy knew that, and she spent much time, trying to get him to run and play with her. He, basically, went about his own business.... 
I could just hear her  "awww... come on Hunter, you know you want to"......
She certainly doesn't  mind the snow.... and when I take her out for potty breaks, it's hard to get her to "pay attention" to business... she's too busy running and playing in the snow. 
I, myself, am rather sick of all of it.. but who can't smile at this sweet face, and the antics that she does in the snow....
One thing for sure, I am already falling in love... and the next 14 or so years... I am planning on having a grand time with this little gal......

WELCOME HOME... OLIVIA...... (AKA  .. BEACHSTONE'S HOLIDAY SCANDAL!!!)

Sunday, March 02, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (S)

Well, here it is... this is it!!!! Reagan is one today!!! and a whole year has passed in the blink of an eye. As we celebrate this most amazing day, it is so fun to look back over the year, and "where" his Mom and Dad were a year ago.. and the fact that both Deb and I had the amazing privilege of being there to see his entrance into the world..... how grand is life?????






His "theme" .... monsters!!! but the cute kind, and I can't believe that Kassy's friend Amanda went to all that trouble for the cute monster cake ... that is only to be smashed!!!!! 




A family photo......















and my dear little grands together......


And Debbie, who I brought along for the "experience" of a children's party... but she was, of course, wonderful and a hit herself. Thought that maybe a "sit/stay" in the ball pool would be tough... she made it look easy!!!!

I think that if marriages were still "planned" this would be Reagan's future wife. But for now, we'll go with a close friendship... little Scarlet... daughter of Kassy's friend Amanda (and not the cake Amanda!!!)
Family and friends turned out for the big event... lots of wonderful food, conversation and the joy of the celebration.....
Diana, Reagan and Kassy.... (Diana is a birthing nurse and was right at Kassy's side the whole time when Reagan was on his way. She was such a huge help to Kass-- and also coached Sadie when Abbie was born...) so nice when childhood friendships last forever....
Reagan wasn't so sure at first what to do about this whole cake idea....
but then, he got it.... and had a grand time doing the "smash"......
After a bit of clean up, it was time for the other cake... which actually was two other cakes... because we celebrated Sadie's birthday as well.... (her sort of birthday, since February had no 29 this year!!!).....
Presents!!!!!
and could these three really stay out of trouble???? not likely......












Deb loves little Reagan, and when he had sometime to play on the floor with some of his new things, she was right there to watch over him. She is such a good girl......



and so, we're off again, a whole new year, a whole new time for growing, discoveries, and watching this precious little boy becoming the person that he is meant to be...


Happy #1..........