Sunday, June 23, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
|Future fire pit site|
Maggie & Duke love to visit our friends' backyard, as it's large, wooded and fully fenced. They run up and down the hill and bark at anyone who approaches the fence. They check the perimeter when we first get there and then guard the yard from everyone, including the friends who own the house!
|Duke as Super Stinky Dog|
Duke had fun flopping in puddles and then rolling in pine needles and dirt. He had a lot of extra spots by the end of the day, and smelled awful! He had the most fun playing with a stuffed chicken and then burying it to hide it from Maggie when she was too interested.
|What 'chu doin'? Can we shred it?|
Maggie has no interest in toys unless Duke is playing with them, then she wants to destroy them. She doesn't play fetch and looks at Duke like he's crazy when he runs after tennis balls and squeaky toys.
|Maggie as Ghost Guard Dog|
She would much rather patrol the yard and scare away all squirrels, birds and people.
|Mission accomplished! No critters in this yard. Why the heck do my legs look so short? Camera lady is at a weird angle.|
|Duke surveys his woodland domain.|
Our friends bought the house recently and felt bad that they haven't had much time to work on the backyard. The dogs think it's perfect the way it is!
Saturday, June 8, 2013
We're going to the 6th Annual Whisker Walk (there is the cutest Chihuahua at the beginning of their video!) tomorrow with Maggie and Duke. The walk is organized by the Sterling Animal Shelter, but it helps raise funds and awareness for at least 45 different animal rescues, shelters and non-profits from around the country. Click here for the full list of groups participating. There are also more than 40 different sponsors and vendors, and events including CGC (Canine Good Citizens) testing by the Squakheag Akita Club and an agility course that your dog can try for a donation to the CMDART (Central MA Disaster Animal Rescue Team).
|You want us to do what?|
Maggie has tried the agility course 3 different times and Duke has tried it twice, I think we'll give them a break this year! Maggie isn't food motivated and Duke gets too nervous near the instructors/any new people standing too close, so we'll just check out all of the amazing groups and vendors. They both love being around big groups of dogs, big groups of people not so much, so it averages out. We can always tell that Duke is starting to relax when he finally takes a treat. We look like weirdoes, we get so excited that he's eating! People with normal dogs have no idea...
Monday, June 3, 2013
|Maggie and Stout|
This picture of Maggie and her long distance boyfriend Stout was taken in Summer 2009.
Maggie fell in love with Stout the second she saw him, she ran over and started licking his face and acting like a silly puppy. It was the first time we had ever seen her so happy in the year since we brought her home. He was 110 muscular pounds to her skinny 43 pounds but we never had any worries that he would play too rough for her.
|Ooh, what's she doing? Are we going to go for a ride?|
|You can take a nap, I'll watch out for the scary peoples.|
|Can we keep him? Pleeeeeeez? I don't care if he already has his own house, farm and peoples.|
|Stout and Duke eating corn off the cob.(Well, Stout was eating, Duke was just shredding the cobs.)|
|Stout and Griffin|
Unfortunately Jen found a lump on Stout, and when she took him to the vet he said "to make sure Stout had a good summer." I wish there was a better way he could have said it, or that it didn't need to be said at all. He just made it to summer, as he succumbed to lymphoma this Memorial Day weekend at the age of 9. He was a great dog, and he left a big space to fill.
(I feel really awkward writing this, as he wasn't our dog, but he made a huge difference in our lives, especially for Maggie and Duke.)