buy Proscalpin with no prescription Like most four-legged people, I am feeling reflective about the year that is about to end and the one that is going to begin. I am another year older and more handsome than ever! However, I have been thinking about the past year and all I have experienced and learned. I would like to share my journey with you. So, grab your new bone from Santa Paws, hop on your parents’ couch, snuggle under their favorite, just washed blanket and let’s begin……
go site Last January there was a lot of buzz about trendy new dog coats. Some parents were buying coats and some were returning coats purchased at Christmas after seeing the “what the …….” look on their puppies’ faces. Well, I must tell you that I am not a “dog coat” sort of guy. My Mom once put one on me and I am telling you, it was tight, itchy and, frankly it covered my important parts when I lifted my leg. Just because my parents feel cold, doesn’t mean I do. Just because my parents want to dress me up like a doll doesn’t mean I do. There is nothing I love more than having a cool breeze run through my fur as I lift my face to the sun. There were experts warning that dressing a dog in a coat prohibits him/her from regulating their own body temperature. Another important consideration: “Note to all parents: We do know when people are laughing at us.”
http://gabrielaembon.com/locations/gabriela-embon-coaching-academy February, a lot of hoo-ha about love. I don’t have a girlfriend right now which means my parents still dote on me, showing their love for me through generous portions of chicken and peanut butter. Now, that’s love! I was on my blog reminding parents that while chocolate may be this month’s choice of sweet, it cannot be fed to a puppy. Chocolate contains cocoa and cocoa contains the compound theobromine. Theobromine is toxic to dogs. As I always say, chicken is the safest treat and as everyone knows, my most favorite! Bring it on!
In March, there was a lot of discussion at doggy day care about Purina recalling dog food for vitamin and mineral issues. Luckily, for many of us, it was the wet dog food they were recalling, with most of us preferring the dry food variety. Once home, I reminded my parents about why it is so much better to feed me their food (whether they serve it to me or I grab it off their plate when they are not looking; they have noted they don’t care for me licking their food then walking away…) My parents were not convinced, but pledged to give me their leftovers whenever appropriate.
Every April I make my annual visit to the doctor where I receive treatments my Mom always says “won’t hurt.” I disagree. I am weighed in the waiting room with all the other guests looking. I am poked and prodded. A shiny metal probe is placed in my ears for a look-see, I am patted down in places I don’t want to be touched. My mouth is pried open to look at my gums. There is discussion about braces; thankfully my Mom doesn’t bite (no pun intended). Then, for the finale, my butt is shot full of “medicines” to keep me healthy. Happy April!
May brought some sad news for the puppy community. Bruiser, the Chihuahua from the movie “Legally Blonde” died at 18. Through we were sad to hear this, Bruiser had a great life! That lucky Chihuahua was a real skirt chaser due to his celebrity status, even getting to look up the skirt of Reese Witherspoon on set. Rest in peace Bruiser.
June. Ah, yes, boat season has begun. My parents have put our boat in the water and at night after work, they begin bringing me on picnics. Mind you, they eat great smelling people food and I have my Blue Buffalo. If I am lucky and I look especially pitiful, my Dad will pass me some chicken. My parents want me to swim with them, but I really don’t care to get wet. It reminds me too much of a bath – not my most favorite thing. However, over my protests, they buckle a life jacket on me and insert me into the water next to them. I float there with an expression that says “ok, is this enough?” before they finally pick me up and put me back in the boat. I make sure I shake a lot, both to get the water out of my fur and to nail my parents with fresh dog coat water as revenge.
On my blog in July I explored the meaning of friendships and why cats don’t like dogs. I love my Grandma’s cat, Koko, but Koko doesn’t exactly play with me, preferring to run and hide in a closet when I arrive. At first, this hurt my feelings, but in the months since, we’ve been spending a lot more time together and I think Koko is warming up to me. My Mom had said to give this relationship time and I am glad I did.
August, ah, the sweet smell of summer in the air. This was my most favorite month as this is the first time my family and I went on vacation. My parents and I visited my grandparents in Maine and other than one unfortunate incident involving an animal in the woods and a porch that used to be screened in, everything went swimmingly. Wheatens are not known for careful consideration of their actions…oh, well.
Feng Shui (fung shway) was a topic of discussion in our house in September. My Mom was busy rearranging our house according to this ancient Chinese discipline. The thought is that our environment can positively or negatively affect the way we feel and our lives in general. As the general belief in my house is that I could use a little balancing of my emotions, my parents took great interest in a non-pharmaceutical approach to my behavior. At first, I was thinking this was a lot of hooey, but when my Mom started washing my toys, buying me more chew bones and paying special attention to the cleanliness of my blankets and my room, I started to get on board with the idea. Since then, there has been a lot of lavender and rosemary scents filling our home – time will tell if this is a good idea or not.
The fall was particularly beautiful this October. My Mom and I take a lot of walks during this time. However, as my blog noted, the squirrels are particularly troublesome to me. They seem to be scurrying everywhere. Gangs of squirrels collecting their acorns as they run up the trees my leg is lifted to pee on. This behavior antagonizes me, causing me to run after them dragging my Mom behind me screaming for me to slow down. Once, after dragging her through a muddy puddle that splashed her entire body, covering her face in dirt, she sat me down to explain that the squirrels were scurrying all around us to collect acorns to live on as they hibernate through the winter. She reminded me how lucky I am that I live in a warm house all year with plenty of Blue Buffalo in the house. This was an important lesson for me and I took it to heart. However, they continued to torment me and once, they got me so aggravated watching them from the living room window that I ran around in a circle on the l rug and, yes, you guessed it. Did something that really got me in trouble. The look in my Mom’s eyes as she cleaned up this unfortunate mistake was downright scary. Reminder to all my friends: The only “good” business is done outside! This month, I also carved my first pumpkin and spent most of this time discouraging my Mom from buying me a Halloween costume…not!!!
November. The holidays are coming, yeah! My grandparents will be coming, yeah! Need to look my best, yeah! On the way to the groomers, noooo!!!! A fun Saturday ride in the car with my Mom turned into a visit to the groomers. No surprise, my long hair had just enough tangles in it to warrant a close cut, leaving my eyes and my private parts open to inspection by all. Yes, I smelled good. Some say like corn chips. Yes, I was still incredibly handsome. But, I kind of miss my hair. Oh, well. Thankfully, it will grow back. My family seems to really love it. I had my first sleepover at my Grandmas with Koko the Kat. We played a lot of hide and seek and I squeezed myself into his cat bed which was really soft and cozy. I looked out the sliders at the beautiful view. Thankfully, there were not squirrels outside ready to tease me. I spent a lot of time reflecting on life during this time and wrote a list of things I was thankful for on my blog (reference November 27, 2016, “Happy Thanksgiving”)
Ho, ho, ho. Santa Paws came in December. I even had my picture taken with Santa (reference my December blog). My friends from doggy daycare gave me a wooden sign that my Mom hung up over the fireplace for me. It says “If you want the best seat in the house, you’ll have to move the dog.” Love it! My house was lit up with all kind of lights and a variety of smells filled the air (all good ones, I had nothing to do with this.) My Grandparents stayed with us, bringing me a large bone in the shape of a ring. I am still working on that! There were leftovers galore for me to enjoy and many people visiting fed me under the table – outstanding! My motto is “Always look up; dropped food is their loss and your gain!” Mostly, I just lounged in front of the fire listening to Christmas music. It has been a very calming month for me.
Wishing all my friends and family a very Happy New Year! My best advice for a tranquil 2017:
Exercise, meditate and shower your love on the puppy community. And, if you can’t eat it or play with it, pee on it and walk away.
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