Thursday, February 25, 2010

Grumpy, Growly

That is going to be my pup-pup's new name any day soon. Lately she had been grumpy and growly and snarley. I'm not sure why. Anywhere she is laying down, sitting or you just go up to hug her and pet her, she starts growling and snarling. Now, she has always done this to a slight degree but now its gotten worse. Almost anytime you pet her and get too close to her "personal space" she starts up. I'm not sure what to do. I've started to say no very loud and stop petting immediately but then she noses my arm to be pet more, as soon as a pet more she starts growling again. So now I have lightly flicked her nose once or twice when she does it, and give her a very stern look. She apparently knows the "stern look" now cause when she growls I just give her the look and she walks into her kennel aka house and will stay there indefinitely (or until she hears food). But the thing is I cant coax her back out of her house. She stays in there, and I will sit outside of it calling her to come and she will take one look at me then "pretend" she doesn't hear me anymore and start to look away. I'm confused on what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
And PS: the other day my boyfriend was getting too much into her personal space (and I warned him) and she nipped his nose.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Collar Clipper

I know there are a lot of dog blogs around, and in them they have great idea on items for their furry 4-legged companions. There is an invention of a little pouch you put the tags inside to stop the insentient jiggling. Well this is what I want help with: I want a clip that you can easily transfer their tags from one collar to another. I have trial-and-erred a few different options and have found something that serves as a mediocre solution. Another problem I come across: my dog is a Corgi, they are log to the ground, so any type of clip that is too long drags on the ground even when she's not bending over to sniff.
Any ideas or links to a product let me know please. :-)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Cocheting VS Knitting

I have quit an artsy crafty person. I was taught how to sew when I was about 7 (mind you in was buttons on a washcloth), but still you gotta know the basics right? I would make clothes for my teddy bears at a young age, and took home ec in high school one summer. Where I made a full sized quilt. I really do quite enjoy sewing, I am currently in the middle of 2 quilts, one that was a college art project and another for a cousin. My mom has currently started knitting. I thought it looked cool, 2 needles moving in such precision. I asked if she would teach me, she did, we went to Micheal's craft store and got me my own set of needles, and I started work that night....on one screwed up looking scarf. (P.S. I am a perfectionist), so needless to say I was less than happy with my progress. Of course it didn't help that I had a furry 4-legged kitty going after my yarn. Knitting is not my cup of tea I have learned. I did in the past and still know the basic stitches of crocheting. So I scrapped the knitting needles and switched to crochet hooks. I crocheted a little doggy scarf with the scrap yarn that I didn't knit into the scarf from hell. This one was nice, actually looked right, with a few (minor) imperfections. So in the end of my debate. I am now an old crocheting lady (according to my boyfriend).
More to come on my croteching accomplishments soon.

If I didn't...

I got this in an e-mail from my Corgi pup-pup's angel, that rescued her and gave her a chance.

"If I Didn't Have a Dog.... Or Cat......

I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.
My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.

All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture & cars would be free of hair.
When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel.

When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without
wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.

I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted,
without taking into consideration how much space
Several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.

I wouldn't have to get up at 8am every morning.

I would have money, & no guilt to go on a real vacation.

I would not be on a first-name basis with numerous veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grandkids through college.

The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay, & leave him/her/it ALONE.

My house would not be cordoned off into zones with
baby gates or barriers.

My house would not look like a day care center,
with toys everywhere.

My pockets would not contain things like poop bags,
treats and an extra leash.

I would no longer have to spell the words

I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.

I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.

I'd look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of dreading 'mud' season.

I would not have to answer the question 'Why do you have so many animals?' from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.

How EMPTY my life would be!!!"

As crazy as life can get with all the furry little critters, I wouldn't trade it for the world.