Archive for May, 2010

Lucy and Sophie!


A couple of weeks ago Karen and I crossed paths crossed again. For years we walked with Toni and Breezy…our beloved dogs who both have died within the last 18 months. We lost track of each other for awhile…and then we were recently both at Pt Isabel walking our pups – Lucy and Sophie – and we literally crossed paths. I heard a familiar voice say, “You don’t recognize me, do you?”

Now how much fun that Lucy and Sophie are great friends like Toni and Breezy were. They run, jump into the air together….even drink out of the same water bowl (Breezy certainly would not have done that even though she loved Toni!)

Here are the girls!

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It wasn’t an earthquake!

…..it was Ollie, the kitten now cat, hitting the child’s gate that I use for a barrier between rooms (this barrier is simply propped and not secured to a wall)….and  OMG it was the middle of the night and I awoke with a start. I no sooner sort that out when the curtains come crashing down…that tension road just couldn’t support the romping of one of the cats…which one I don’t know. It truly felt like a nightmare…but it wasn’t….it was real!

The next morning continued to be a comedy. The cats, Stan and Ollie, are doing a stand-off with each other meaning they were actually having a “meow-out”…a rarity as they are so calm and good buddies. It turns out that the other thing Ollie got involved in was a new bag of yarn that I brought home just the day before. The great news is that the yarn was untouched…but  one of the handles from the bag was missing…I noticed that first thing since the bag of yarn had been deposited at the foot of my bed. It was a few minutes later that I realized why the cats were grumbling. Ollie had the handle of the paper bag around his body. I couldn’t think fast enough to grab the camera…so this is one of those visualize moments.

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Ollie and Stan

Be sure to scroll down to the slide show link.

The boy kittens, Stan and Ollie, are just easy going….settled and somehow they have bypassed their “teen years”. They are just plain settled! In  the meantime Lucy is still settling and it could be some years! Ha!

Saturday started with Lucy waking at 4:30 – and that is a.m. –  believing the whole world was on her clock…after about an hour where I was barely responding she began standing up over me in the bed – all 50-60 lbs of her. Now that is not the best way for the dog to be….but I must say when I finally get out of my groggy sleepy state, it is quite comical to see her so full of life and energy…I’ m clearly not yet there but I am trying to jump on board. I crawl out bed about 6, make the coffee….now everyone is excited – the cats, the dog, and almost me!

Pt Isabel Trail

Now we are off to the dog park. We are there just a matter of minutes when I walk on a rock and throw myself to the ground. The good news – no broken bones! Hit both hands and one hip….but only have small bruise on palm of hand. Lucy did the right thing – she stopped and checked back in to make sure I was okay and then she was off on her run.

It’s like the whole dog park is her perosnal trampoline. She runs, she checks in to see if I am following, she flies through the grass….and all of theis reminds me to be more grounded in the things that are important to me…my family, my friends, my pets.

Lucy - the lively girl!

And now a slide show – many more of Lucy the pup only because the boys are harder to capture.

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Another Lucy girl moment!

My glasses!

Can you imagine what these use to be?

One morning recently as I was getting ready for work I began looking for my glasses. Oh….where were they? Certainly not in the familiar spots…my night stand…the bathroom….the computer….maybe even the kitchen. No! Finally I think I better check under the blankets on the futon/bed and sure enough there were the remains!

Of course I am stunned….these are my progressive photo gray glasses…not my dime-store magnifers. My girl dog has great expensive tastes! Be reminded that his happened in the middle of the night and I was certainly not awake to this event so there was no training hours later that would help alert her that she made a grave mistake!

However, tonight as I am working on the computer she stole one of my shoes resting underneath my computer chair….and I was able to lecture about taking my stuff……she had the appropriate dropped eyes and mouth.

Got to love this girl dog!  And that I do!

More tomorrow re: the wonderful boy cats.

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That Lucy girl!

So many things to report! I was watering the garden this afternoon …(what the heck! a couple of weeks have gone by since I started this post)….while talking on the phone with my niece Honara. Now Lucy doesn’t love it when I’m on the phone so she finds many things to do. This afternoon’s caper was digging where there was lots of water in the rock garden area. Her feet changed from honey-colored to mud up to her dog elbows. She marched into the house…..and the kitchen floor (which I mopped this morning and yesterday morning) once again has the pattern of pup paws! It’s really a good thing that I love this pup to death…because she doubles my household workload. She was so proud of her digging. Check out these feet….and this is a cleaner version.

Lucy - Dirty paws!

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