Monthly Archives: November 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I sure did! Today, as I did a year ago, I went with David to his parents’ house and had a really fun time. I didn’t get to eat any of that big turkey on the table but I did get to eat Spirit’s food. I can’t really say that I liked it too much, I’d pick it up in my mouth, then spit it out when I tasted it, but then I remembered it was Spirit’s food and ate it. See, for those who don’t remember, Spirit is David’s parents’ curmudgeony sheltie. He doesn’t like me very much, he’s never liked me very much. Last year before I left their house on Thanksgiving I smacked him in the face with my paw. This year I was much better behaved though, I didn’t bother with Spirit at all, I just ignored him.

My favorite part about Thankgiving Day was watching David’s mom’s birds. She has these two finches in a cage in her office and I couldn’t get enough of them, I just sat there and watched them, my tail thumping against the door. Watching them made me so happy. I didn’t bother them or anything, I didn’t bark or try to push over their cage, I just watched them fly around in the cage. It was great! They’re so much more interesting than those stupid fish in our aquarium at home.

I watched them very very closely.

They made me smile.

Another great thing about Thanksgiving was running around in the backyard. While they were doing boring things like playing board games, I decided to do high speed laps around the yard. I usually save my “crazy puppy run” for indoors when guests come over, but I decided to break it out for turkey day.

One thing I didn’t like about Thanksgiving was Thomas’ light saber. David’s 7 year-old brother had a Star Wars light saber and was waving it around like crazy. I got really scared and ran and hid under the arm of anyone who was close by.

Burke Station Park

So at the beginning of November, one of my favorite places in the world, Beulah Park, closed for the winter. The Park Authority closed up the gates to the ballfields and locked up the bathrooms. This left me without my big open field to run around and catch frisbees and tennis balls. But no fear because I’ve discovered a new favorite place, Burke Station Park! This is a park that’s right down the street from Amy’s parents’ house. We go over there about twice a week. It’s hidden in the woods so it’s pretty secluded. Amy and David let me run around on the tennis courts. I love it! This is me getting ready to take off chasing after the tennis ball.

This is me running back with the ball…I have floppy ears.

After I a few rounds of fetch, we head out into the woods behind the tennis courts. We walk along paths in the woods and then down to the edge of a little stream.

The stream is perfect because most of it isn’t very deep so I can just wade in the water, which I love to do.

Amy promises that we’ll go back soon, I sure do hope so!

November

Once again I apologize for my lacking of blogging as of late. Let’s see, let’s get everyone caught up. I finished my agility classes and Amy got me my own set of weave poles and just made me an agility jump. When we go over to her parents’ house we set them up in the backyard and practice. I’m getting a lot better at the weave poles. David went to our last agility class with us and took video of me doing some of the obstacles but he’s been super busy so he hasn’t gotten a chance to put the video up. Maybe we can get some pictures of me doing the weave poles or going over the jumps.

The weather is getting colder outside so at night I’m not longer content sleeping on the laminate floor in the bedroom, nope, I like to sleep on the bed now with Amy and David. I especially like sleeping at the foot of David’s side of the bed. David’s been getting mad at me because I haven’t been waking him up in the morning. Usually what happens is that Amy leaves for work and puts me back in the bedroom with David. What used to happen was that I would start getting restless and start bothering David, wanting him to get up to play with me. You know, I’d shove my head underneath his hand and stick my wet nose in his face, the usual. Well, lately, it’s just felt so nice and warm on the bed and with Amy gone, I can stretch out fully on her side, I just don’t want to wake up. Yeah, sure, I hear David’s alarm going off, but heck, I figure, what’s a few more minutes? Then he usually glances over the clock, realizes he’s late and rushes into the bathroom.

Hmmm…what else? Amy has started auditing a class with a training facility in Leesburg for “reactive dogs”, which I guess is what I am. I don’t go with her though because the class was already filled but they said she could go and watch the other dogs and learn the training methods. She went last night and said that this place is just crawling with border collies. One of our agility instructors recommended it because she’s got a border collie too and knows that this Leesburg facility works a lot with the breed. Hopefully with this class, we can find another way to make me not so dog aggressive and maybe one day I can be that top notch agility competitor I know I can be.