Archive for December, 2009

Christmas morning began with a team pet effort to rearrange the ribbons and wrapping papers. These items were stored, rather haphazardly, on the bottom shelf of the linen closet. Curious Stan and Ollie opened the linen closet, pulled out ribbons, etc…and Lucy took over. Need a personal shredder? You can hire this team. Wish I had thought to take photos before the clean up…but here’s what it looks like when it’s almost done.

The Christmas wrap cleanup!

The Christmas wrap cleanup!

When I finished organizing….Lucy and I headed out to Manteca to celebrate Christmas with my family at Honara’s home. Lucy was beside herself with an 1 1/2 hour car trip…looking every which way to take in all the sights along the way.

There were already three dogs there when we arrived…Honara’s two pugs – Charlie and Lucy (yes, another Lucy)…and my sister’s family dog, Cody. They all played reasonably well…but Lucy, with her high energy level, did get some “time outs” into the back yard….when all the guests arrived the four dogs were sent to their separate spaces. In my Lucy’s case, she had the backyard and her crate…the weather was good.

About mid-day my nephew and I took Lucy for a walk in a large fenced area…she had a great time…as did we…and then I discovered that I lost my cell phone in that large park…and it was not to be found again. Ugh!

Lucy and I headed back home at the end of the day…she and I were both “pooped” and due to several phone searches…did not get home until early evening…rather than in time to join with Bill and his family for a second dinner. Lucy “crashed” and slept through until morning. I cracked up as her head nodded off and she brought her paw over eyes.

Began this post about the linen closet and will end with the coat closet in the same hallway. It has been very cold here and the thermostat on my heater went out a couple of days ago (to be replaced in a couple of hours)….the boy kittens found a new place to sleep last night. They also found the warmest spot in the house during the day. Here are the boys!

Stan and Ollie

Stan and Ollie in the coat closet

Stan and Ollie

Stan and Ollie basking in the kitchen sun!

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In early December Lucy and I were on one of our many walks at Pt Isabel and we met Lincoln and Maude. Lincoln and I walked and chatted while our dogs ran and played. Maude was about 1 year old as I recall…and Lucy just moved up to 9 mos old. Maude was such a beautiful loving dog and at least twice the size of Lucy….but Lucy is the “gal” of no fear of size and she romped away.

Lincoln was kind enough to send a couple of photos of Maude. She is a Siloh German Shepherd….she has the most silvery shaded coat. Here’s Maude!

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“Cousins” to my domestic animal farm. My cousin, Paul, and his wife, Joy, have a couple of great dogs. The photos make me want to jump through the screen (all the way to Idaho) and hug them.

Here we go!

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Who could believe that it would be snowing in the Greater Bay of San Francisco yesterday…well, it was! This morning at 7:00 am it was truly freezing…33 degrees when I entered the car (yes, I know that freezing is 32 degrees…but given the look of my car I knew that 32 had hit)….no wonder the whole car looked like Jack Frost. I tried to leave home…but found that I needed to “water” the car…well, that was not so successful at the beginning. The water in the garden hose was frozen…I thought I’d leave the driveway anyway…and that the ice would magically disappear while backing out of the driveway. How quickly one forgets when not living in the snow! I parked the car on the street…ran back up the driveway with the idea that I would get water from the house to pour over the car windows. Then I heard the water coming from the water hose…the same one that had previously been frozen. When I threw that frozen hose aside minutes before I thought I had turned off the water flow. Wrong! When I picked up that now functioning hose, I wasn’t prepared for the blast of water. I am surprised that I my body didn’t suddenly appear with frost with the amount of water which sprayed not only over my car but me!  It’s now 7:20 and I’m thinking it would be best if I didn’t leave home…but rational thinking came back quickly…I called the office to let them know I had survived the “great freeze” and that I was on my way.

One might ask, “What does this have to do with the Animal Farm Blog?” The answer – the animal farm was not let out of the house today or yesterday…except Lucy for business purposes… the boy kittens, Stan and Ollie,  have now been indoors for two days. I did not want to risk them being outside in freezing weather.

Photos (not related to the freeze) to follow!

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It was great to get away to spend time with my niece and her family. We RV’d at Woodsmith RV camp in Felton, just a few miles from Santa Cruz.

As all we pet owners know it’s a joy having them and often a challenge to be sure they are taken care of when we are away. In this case I am more grateful to my neighbor, Hildagarde, for taking care of  Stan and Ollie; and to Metro Dog for taking care of Lucy.

The boy cats, Stan and Ollie,  stayed inside and were well tended…. I had to laugh when I came in after being gone for two days…all was well but they had rearranged a couple of things. Who knew they were so strong as to pull a blanket off the futon?!

I then let them out to the outdoors and had much pleasure watching them explore the yard that they had missed for a couple of days.

When I came back into El Cerrito yesterday morning, I picked up Lucy from her dog “hotel” Metro Dog. I love this place. Lucy is always well cared for…and I get a full report of how she behaved. I picked her up around 9:45 am…came home….a few minutes later we were home and I was on the phone with Lucy at my feet on the deck. She was basking in the sun and falling asleep at the same time. I broke out laughing as I saw her head nodding off…and of course, that woke her up. It has been a blessed weekend as Lucy is “recovering” from her great hotel stay. She is resting from so much dog activity…and I have been able to easily get lots done.Thank you Metro Dog!

And here are some recent photos of Lucy at Metro Dog and at Pt Isabel. You will see also a photo or two of the elusive cats.  Soon I will post about a beautiful dog that I saw at Pt Isabel last weekend…she was a Shiloh German Shepard. I am expecting to receive photos any day…I forgot my camera that morning.

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