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Saturday Morning Musings…

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I  love to see my girls run.  Although both are coonhounds, they have distinct running styles.  Bella is a graceful gazelle.  She digs in, runs low, and fast.

Daisy on the other hand, clumbers along. It takes work to get her moving and her ears make running very dramatic. She runs like a car out of alignment and it is very entertaining to watch.

Sometimes though, when they are running around something clicks and they get into a great rhythm chasing each other.  Love the ears.

Thanks a bunch to Grandpa for taking these pics yesterday with his good camera. It is hard to get fast action shots with a point and shoot type camera.  He also got experience the wonder of The Cadillac of Dog Parks.

In his visit yesterday Bella actually came up to him to smell him and wagged her tail and let him pet her. I am very happy about that. Bella has a fear of men and I really would love for her to know Grandpa is no threat.

In more random news-when I was very, very young Grannie bought a bunch of pre-cut quilting squares. She never did anything with them, and now, over a decade later, I have inherited the fabric. I’m planning on making quilts for the girls to go in their crate. They have egg carton beds now. I wash the covers and febreeze the egg carton but I find they still stink a lot. Hopefully a quilt will be easier to clean. What do your dogs sleep on? Do they have a crate and any padding in the crate?

I also wanted to let everyone know I loved reading the blogs from the pet blogger challenge. I found some new blogs that are now in my RSS feed and I see some of you found me!  And now…I’m off to join the Blog Hop! I like the blog hop even though I never add the list to my blog. Copy and pasting the html code doesn’t work for me for some reason. But you can click the icon to the right to find out more.

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Wordless Wednesday

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I say I'm the pretty one!

Pet Blogger Challenge

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So, I was looking around at pet blogs and one name in particular really caught my attention and I learned about the pet blogger challenge. I thought It’d be a good way for readers to know a little bit more about my blog.  And today’s post was born.

So onto the questions….(you can click the badge to the right for information if you are interested)

Well, most of you do not know that this blog didn’t actually start here. I had 4 whole posts on a blogspot site. I started it a couple months after Bella joined my home, but then I decided to get Daisy and a couple more months went by without me posting. The other site was really set up for one dog and in reading about blogging I thought the wordpress site might be better for me to use.

I originally started blogging because I was so happy to have a dog (not dogs) in my life. All I wanted to talk about was the girls…wait…all I still want to talk about it the girls!  I thought if I had a verbal outlet online I could find some people to read about them and I would talk about other interests in life.   My purpose is still very much the same. The only difference is I don’t fool myself into thinking it will stop the desire to talk about them in everyday life any less.  In fact, some of you very lucky people hear the stories I put on here then come back and read them all over again.

I don’t blog on a schedule. I really try for 2-3 posts a week.  I have to have something to write about or pictures to post and our lives just aren’t busy or exciting enough for a daily or even a scheduled blog.  Sometimes I feel a bit guilty when its around 4-5 days between posts. I want people to read about the girls and enjoy the stories just I like reading on other people’s blog. I see some people with so many followers!  I have two, one of them I know (Hi Grannie!). I know by my stats and those fabulous people who leave comments that others are coming by. I can understand not following a blog-I don’t follow blogs on follow buttons. I recently learned how to add the blogs I follow onto RSS feeds that go into my mail program.

I don’t generate money from my blog and wouldn’t have the slightest idea how. If anyone wants to let me in on the secret-by all means share away!

I like that with blogging I have a record of my life with my girls. I can look back and see what kind of fun, or what struggles we were having.  I like that it has opened me up to a community of other dog (and cat) obsessed people who don’t think I’m strange at for the type of life and relationship I cultivate with my girls.

A couple thing I don’t like is when life is boring and I’m not sure what to write about. I may only have a few regular folks stopping by but I want them to keep coming back!

I hope I will continue to gain an audience this coming year.  Hopefully next year Daisy and I will start agility so there will be even more to share. If I get enough followers/traffic I might even try my first give away in the second half of 2011.  Everyone likes free stuff, right?

How do you follow?

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I’d love to hear how you follow other blogs. I have been going down my list of bookmarks everyday to go to each page and see if there was a new post. I don’t like being a ‘follower’ because I don’t want the posts clogging my inbox and I can’t associate it easily with my wordpress profile. Well, when my hard drive crashed and I had to buy a new one it came with the newer operating system for mac. The new mail program allows me to organize and make a RSS feed for all my favorite blogs. It checks for updates every thirty minutes.

So, although I won’t be coming to your site everyday I will be getting every update from y’all. You all have you own place now. I am very excited!

Now I need to go clean up after Daisy. She has pulled pretty much every toy out of her box and is eating the strings off of one of them. LOL

The Cadillac of Dog Parks

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So, our regular dog park is near the bay, the trees inside are under a year old, and too sick and sparse to provide any shade. Sea oats line the inside of the fence. I guess a combination to make it look nice, keep the dogs off the fence, and to keep any port trash from sifting its way in.

The girls and I have fun there but it is nothing like the Cadillac of dogs parks I found in a neighboring city. It’s a 45 minute drive as long as it isn’t rush hour.  You almost can’t see this dog park from the road but it opens up into a huntress oasis in the back. When you walk in the front looks like a normal dog park. Some trees, some grass, some dirt. There is a separate fenced area off to one side that has some agility equipment to play on.  Then, you cross over a ravine on a wooden bridge into a back area that is about 10 acres.

There is a wide sand/crushed oyster shell path that meanders around the park. More importantly there is palmetto scrub all over and in several places there are large areas of this brush and pine and oak trees everywhere. They are dense enough that once your dog is a few feet in, you can no longer see them and once they near the other side you can no longer hear them running through the brush.

Bella, upon first sight of the woods took off running, leaping like a gazelle and darting into the brush. This of course made Daisy excited and she took off running only to stop as soon as she touched the bushes. She backed up looking and following the sounds Bella’s body was making and looking like “I don’t want to go into there!  Those plants are pokey and sharp!”  So, you tell me, who’s the real huntress?  LOL

The girls run and run and run at this dog park. There is something constantly new to smell and see.Daisy doesn’t care about balls that other dogs are playing with at all.

Of course, being hounds they don’t have the best recall-here I can use the excuse that when they dash into the woods they go out of earshot. I’m glad I found this park because of the woodsy experience they can have while still proving me with the piece of mind that they can only run so far.

 

The second time we went to this park I stopped at a Chik-Fil-A less than a mile away. The girls had their first dog treat through the drive thru experience! I rolled down the window and Daisy willingly stuck her head out and grabbed the milkbone (sweetly) from the lady. Bella was a bit more unsure so I took the treat then handed it to her myself. I hope they don’t think they get food every time I go through a drive through!  Daisy already wants to steal my fries.

Wordless Wednesday

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You gonna share that?

Happy New Year!!!

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So, let me tell you about Christmas morning with the girls. The grandparents were here to deliver presents and Santa came for Bella and Daisy!

Daisy is like the little kid who wants to help open everyone’s presents. She was so interested in everything and wanted to smell it as you were opening it.  Her tail never stopped wagging, she was just so happy that we were happy and that she got to be included!  When it was her turn to open gifts she was sooo excited!  She dove into the tissue to find a new squeaky toy. I think her favorite new toy is her flirt pole. It has a squeaky squirrel on the end.

Bella was very interested in her boxes. She was also very nervous because grandpa was here and he was holding a camera.  But, she did well and laid and watched all the excitement. She rolled her eyes at Daisy’s exuberance (well, that is what I think I saw).  Once it was her turn she went right over to Grannie who was helping with the gifts. She likes smelling everything as it was opened.  Of course, Daisy wanted to help with Bella’s too.

Both of the girls love their new rhinestone collars and custom bandannas (with their names and everything!).  They both got food toys. Daisy loves hers and I’m helping Bella learn how to play with hers.  They ended their morning snacking on new bully sticks.

Santa came!!!

Pretty new collar!

This smells good!

Grannie! Open it faster! Hurry!

OMG!!!!! It squeaks! Get the paper off!!

Bella likes the squeaky too

Bully sticks for Christmas!

I think I'd rather shiver than wear this.

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