Saturday, March 22, 2008

Helmut at June Mountain

Helmut taking off with his family for a June Mountain (California) ski vacation this March.

He was a grinning California beach boy last month and a happy snow doggie a month later! :)

Helmut at June Mountain
Helmut sporting his doggie backpack in the snow.

Helmut at June Mountain
Enjoying a good run!

Helmut at June Mountain

I asked Geno if he got bowled over but he said Helmut never bowls him over, he's so agile.
I'd probably still want to duck or something! eep!

Helmut at June Mountain
These big dogs really love snow!!

Helmut at June Mountain
Powder faced, Helmut.
I absolutely LOVE this pic!
Isn't he cute?! :D

Thanks Geno!

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Blogger Judy sent us a woof // March 24, 2008

What a wonderful life Helmut has! A well-rounded dog-of-all-seasons. It's so much fun to see how the litter is growing. Thanks for sharing -


Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // March 29, 2008

Helmut seems like a natural in the snow. I'm glad to see he is still doing well. You raised a good pup there, Janice.


Blogger doubleh sent us a woof // April 06, 2008

He is so happy.. what joyous pictures!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // April 06, 2008

Thanks everyone. :)

I think he's such a cool dog!   

Friday, March 21, 2008

Catching a Breath. . .

Taxes are done for the year, I hope. Whew.

Now, for one of the funniest news articles I've read in a long time! Doesn't it seem to be script for "The Simpsons" or "Police Squad!"?!

Now that put me in the mood for some... hot cross buns

P.S. Found some of the Police Squad! shows on YouTube! -- no captions... sigh :(


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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // March 22, 2008

The police were just doing their civic duty as prescribed by law!

Those look good. Can I have a donut, please?

Who wants hot-crossed buns?


Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // April 06, 2008

I still do! :)
I got some but didn't last long enough.   

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Khazu and Dylan at Amboy Crater

Above: Khazu (L) and Dylan (R) with Susan at Amboy Crater, Mojave National Preserve.

Happy update from Khazu and Dylan, who I last posted as Surprise Visit in 2006.

Khazu is Ruya's brother and Dylan is Zor's sister. Dylan is starting to slow down but Khazu is apparently ready to climb any mountain. Don't they look good?! There they are standing shoulder to shoulder, blocking access to Susan, and each looking in opposite directions. Nice guardian shot. :)

More pics below...
Dylan is ten years old in April. Over the years, she has loved the challenge of hiking, being with her people and Khazu, and she was strong and as sure footed as a goat. This trip was a bit rough on her due to the desert heat -- also perhaps arthritis has taken a toll... made the rough terrain a challenge this time.

No fun watching our beloved dogs grow old. :(

Khazu in the midst of desert sunflowers!

Khazu enjoying the terrain.
He was naughty once and took off but never went out of sight, and came back when he was tired and ready to.

I loved the update. Thank you Susan and Steve!

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Entertainment Center for Ball Driven Dogs!

Of course, most Anatolians will probably not be endlessly amused. :)


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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // March 16, 2008

That dachsund is WAY cute! Admittedly, the very feline personality traits that an ASD has would drive them insane with this toy quickly, but still, it's good for this toddler and pup!



Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // March 18, 2008

Agreed! Way cute! :)

I love the machine and noted that several on YouTube put requests to order one like it!   

Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // June 04, 2008

Awww too cute. I need to get one for my pup to keep him away from chewing my entertainment center   

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Abducted by a Flu

Past couple of weeks have been rough ones with a most gawd awful flu, worse than any I've ever had in my life. Still out of breath a lot and coughing - symptoms that are unusual for me, but I'm slowing coming back to life and don't feel so much like I've been hit by a truck or as though I've just had another aortic dissection! :(

Molly is doing very well and fitting in with our girls. She and Coco are good playmates.

We made great progress on food. Molly didn't like Kirkland or Costco, nor Diamond's Chicken and Rice at all (these are all probably essentially the same formula by the same maker), but she snarfs up Pedigree Mealtime without any show of pickiness. So she's put on weight and looks really nice.

She's very bouncy and playful, sometimes more than I'd like! When she's excited, she'll dash at me and bounce her front paws playfully off my chest. Now I can't handle that since I have to lean on a walker to stay upright, but her joy is contagious and I don't scold. She is learning more self control and when she remembers herself, she's very gentle indeed. :)

She spends the nights in the Magnum kennel and is allowed out during the day. She is often so excited to be let out, she bounces around with her paws up against the kennel, standing on her hind feet and dancing around. oi! So to start getting a handle on that, I would just turn and look away from her until she put paws back on the ground, then I unlatch the kennel door and let her out. She quickly realized that waiting with feet on the ground gets her the freedom she wants. Then I upped the ante... she would have to sit with her butt on the ground for a few seconds befor she got her freedom. She's a quick study and has this figured out now. I'm pleased. :)

The moment she gets out, she politely sniffs Ruya and Coco, then sprints out to go pee and make a poop. At some point, her body language invites Coco to chase and play. And then they are off! LOL. Ruya sometimes joins them but Ruya tends to stick near me if I seem to need her help. What a sweetie she is.

Now, take a look at the clipper cut pattern on Molly's back.
Isn't that odd? Clipper tracks are still fairly visible right along the spine.

Anyway, as you can see, she is filling out and looks quite nice. :)
My Anatolians are usually kept about this trim so there is a distinct waistline right behind the rib cage.

While being sick has been no fun, I am so glad that the dogs are always such good company. I sometimes would get outside for just a short bit before the chills would knock me down again, and Ruya would sit on the glider with me and snuggle up good and close. :)

On other miscellanea, just say no to the Chinese menu of cooked dog paws and no to their hackers too. Better news is that the mass killing of dogs that was scheduled for dogs of Kashmir, India has been "suspended". I'm skeptical about how they would know which dogs are rabid as rabies usually has to be tested in a lab, using the decapitated head of the animal in question. We have rescue groups in the USA that import pets to be sold from shelters, and occasionally these imported animals are vectors for disease untypical in the American stray dog population, including some dogs that are actually rabid - so obviously it is not so easy to tell. :(


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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // March 08, 2008

Molly's education is great! It's good that she is quickly learning to settle down for you. And her fun with Coco will hopefully be good for both of you. I'm glad to hear you are on the back end of your flu.


Blogger Judy sent us a woof // March 15, 2008

It's good to see Molly settling in so well, and learning so quickly. She sounds delightful.

Hope you are feeling better. This latest flu really seems to knock people out!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // March 18, 2008

Ugh, this flu has been the pits! Actually the whole month of May this year has been a difficult one.

Thanks for the well wishes. Energy is springing back (but now we gotta do taxes...sigh)

Here's one for looking forward to a brighter and happier year starting right away!