Wonderful Wednesday Personal Blog
No, we don't live in Florida, but while the Northeast endures more snow than anyone can remember, and the temperatures that go along with it, we are experiencing 70 degree weather.
I admit this is a bit unusual for us, but we will likely get snow and ice- in lesser amounts than in the NE- in February. That seems to be the pattern here.
But, in the meantime, Ben and Freki needed the swimming pool filled. After just a few rounds of 'chase ball', Freki was panting and even Ben gave the empty pool a longing look. Since the hose fell prey to Freki-boredom a few weeks ago (it was terribly old, patched in many places, and too stiff to coil, so it languished in the yard. Freki chewed it in half), I just filled the pool directly from the spout, which Ben likes, though Freki eyed the water stream with suspicion and decided to wait until it stopped
Ah, Freki doesn't fit in the pool as well as Ben does. She has grown so much! I suppose I will be looking for a larger pool this summer.
The game is to chase the ball, then run it through the pool before bringing it back to be tossed or kicked again. Sometimes she just runs through the pool, sometimes she drops it in the water and pretends to be a seal, chasing it around with her nose as it bobs on the surface.
I don't know why. I didn't create this game. But I am glad Ben chose not to do the same with the stuffed bear he prefers playing with!
She has gotten to be such a big girl that I have to remember she is only 6 months old. She follows me around as usual, but now will leap onto the bed to watch the goings on or help fold laundry. (Yes, I laughed as I typed that). She scarcely fits on the couch with Ben and me, but she does her best!
Freki has been big enough to put her feet on the counter for quite some time, which is against the rules, and it got her into mischief this weekend. Dad seasoned some chicken breasts for dinner and put them on a platter for a few minutes before grilling them -- and left it on the kitchen counter.
No photo evidence, but there is only one dog who could have eaten two of the three breasts and knocked the rest into the sink. No way she could pin this on her short-legged buddy. We heard peculiar slurping sounds coming from the kitchen, then a rumbling crash. Yep, the platter was in the sink, along with one elusive chicken breast. Other than a bit of tummy trouble the next day- thank goodness for beautiful weather- she hasn't missed a beat.
Life is never dull with a GSD in the house!
Rainy days are tough on us and the dogs, and we've had quite a few lately. Can two dogs possibly look more bored? So much energy, so much water and mud on the kitchen floor. There is only so much racing through the house and leaping on the couch a person can take.
Once they start to gear up for round two, a bone stuffed with cheese and a biscuit or two keeps them occupied for a bit. Of course, I have to monitor 'trade offs' because Ben isn't always ready to trade when Freki says he is. Trade with Dixie? Freki wouldn't dare! They still have a love-hate relationship. Dixie hates being annoyed, and Freki loves to annoy her.
Unfortunately, a bone and a nap isn't enough to keep a German Shepherd busy all day. And if you've never been around a bored GSD, I will be glad to clue you in.
I sewed up 3 hapless stuffed toys this morning because someone was bored.
I took that same someone on a rather blustery walk because she had made 6 laps around the den, three leaps on the couch, and landed twice on my laptop, causing the paragraph I was writing to suddenly appear in Cyrillic- at least, that is what it looked like.
And DH had to retrieve the new roll of toilet paper from the depths of the toilet, which Freki had decided was her personal water fountain and toy. (Thank goodness she hasn't discovered the handle! BTW, we purchased a new refrigerator and declined the ice-dispenser on the front partly because Freki loves ice, and it would be waaay too easy for her to learn to push that little lever.)
It may be cold outside today, but thank goodness for sunshine and a dog who loves to play ball!!
It looks like we are back to normal at our house after the holidays. Or, as normal as two corgis and a German Shepherd can possibly be.
The tree survived, but only because it never made it out of its box. I think we will put up a real tree next year. Hopefully, Freki will be mature enough to not pull it over- just for fun. I found her pulling limbs off a small shrub in the backyard today, though. So, no promises for next year..
We had a great Christmas. Our Christmas Eve dinner was a success with the family- green chile stew, sweet potato cornbread (a huge hit), home-made salsa with chips and flan for dessert. Yummy!
The Christmas Day menu went to the other side of the family with smoked turkey and a prime rib roast. We had plenty of people to eat it all, with just enough left for a turkey sandwich or two.
Will all the bustle, the dogs were home alone more than I'd like, but they got new toys and seemed fine with the temporary change in their schedule.
If Santa was a bit late arriving at your house, well, it's possible he and his elves were delayed here a bit.
Happy New Year!!
From our dog-crazy house to yours!
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