We thought we would take Max to visit one of MY parks this morning and went over to the Arboretum gardens for a look around. I explained to him the importance of being a bark rangers and his Moms say they will take him over the get his bark ranger tag soon. The big fella seemed to enjoy it a lot and we did too - we don't get our so much during summer as it is so hot but today we went early and it was just perfect under all the trees.
Hi Hi - I KNOW - we haven't been around much. Mom has been busy with her little home business (she is saving for Denny's knee surgery) and has also had some sickies to deal with and my jippy foot has got so bad I have trouble walking much now so we don't get out and about as much as we did - but we are still here and now we have an extra buddy to play with. Meet Max - he is a boxer/mastiff mix and belongs to my human sister Elise (dad's daughter) and her Fiancee Tara. They have moved to Florida and are staying with us until they find an apartment. Now as you can see Max or Maxi-Moo-Moo as his Moms call him (gawoof gawoof) is one BIG boy. The first week he was here we did have some disagreements. I had to tell him I was the oldest dog and therefore the boss - of coarse he thought being bigger made him the boss - but we got it sorted out and now we getting along fine. Denny basically ignores Max and just stays out of his way but he still a little scared of Elise and Tara although the last couple of days he has allowed them them to pat him. We are sorry we haven't been visiting you all - we think of you often and do read your posts we just don't comment much. Hopefully when Denny has his surgery things will be a little easier.
We are making sure that Dad just sits and relaxes today -(we are not letting him move off the sofa) Happy Fathers day to all the Dad's our there. Can you believe that dad "sometimes" calls us 'trip-hazards' !!!
Hi hi - sorry we have been missing lately. Mom has been so busy with her little shell business we have hardly had time to do anything. Mr Denny continues to have problems with his knee and will be be having surgery on it soon. I am still having problems with my foot and even though in my mind I can walk for miles and miles in reality I can only go about three houses down the street and I have to head home again. We are also into the hot temps again here in Florida - it has been in the 90's for a couple of weeks and that means we spend more time at home because it is just to hot for us in our big flooofy coats. Anyhoo we FINALLY convinced Mom we had to go to the park so we got up early while it was still coolish and headed over. We both loved the sniffing and even though neither of us couldn't walk very far - we still loved it.
So Mom says we are going to have a nice "Spa Day" today and I am thinking - pawsome - trip to the beach, lounging in a chair - a nice hamburger patty (hold the bun), beach umbrella, gentle breeze, waiter bringing cold water and cookies when ever I want them - sigh! Instead this is what I got - feet trimmed, nails done, butt shaved (Oh the indignity of it!!!!) ear cleaned and BRUSHED so much I barely have a hair left on my body!!!!! Mom - we have a serious disconnect when it comes to this whole communication thing about what constitutes a spa day ! Revenge is sweet though - she was so tired after doing all this and still had to start cleaning up and vacuuming !!! And YES - Denny got the spa treatment too !
Mom went to the beach this morning WITHOUT us! Okay okay - so it is the ONLY beach where Mom finds the shells she needs but it is also the beach where we dogs are not allowed ...... which in itself is SOOOOOO wrong. Anyway - on her way back she came across this guy - a Gopher Tortoise (so named because they dig and live in burrows in the ground) Mom felt sorry for him as he was heading straight for a sand dune and she knows how hard they are to walk over for her - can you imagine how hard it is for a tortoise!!!! Now although Mom was tempted to help him - she knows they are a protected species and are not to be touched so she left him alone - apart from sticking a camera in his face that is :)
I told the Mom that as much as I LOVE my deck it is starting to get a bit hot out now's (we have been in the 90 for the past week) ....so I also told the Mom "I need shade - get me an umbrella woman" and she said "Yes Mr Reilly, Right Away Mr Reilly" Okay - so it didn't QUITE go like that .....but Mom did get us a very fine Canter Lever Umbrella that we can tilt it all different directions to keep us cool when we want to be outside on hot days.
Now we must apologize for not being around much - Mom joined a new shelling art group on Facebook and has been undated with orders - so much so she hardly has time to take us walkies. She tells us that it is important though as Mr Denny continues to have problems with his back leg and it has got so bad we have had to put down rugs everywhere as he can't hold his footing on the wood floors. Mom thinks he might have to have surgery on his leggie so she is squirreling away as many pennies as she can.
The last few days we have had a visitor to MY yard - it has broken 3 of our bird feeders and got into the trash one night - Mom KNEW it wasn't the squirrels and she was proved right - look who came visiting. Even though it broke Moms bird feeders (they were old and cracked anyway) - she still thought it was cute - what gives with that???? It has been really hot here ....in the 90's for the last few days and Mom was surprised to see that racoon pant to keep cool.
One thing Mom loves about walking at this time of year all is the wonderful smells there are, cinnamon ferns, native sages and mints, lemon balms, lemon grass, peppermint - there are just so many and you can not help but breath in deeply as you go - personally though nothing beats the smell of good pee mail, deer droppings or racoon poop and that dead bird - it was blissful ! All depends on your point of view and level of your nose we guess :) :)
So the Mom was wandering around a gardening center today when she smelled something wonderful in the air and after moving some plants around she found it - a Double Tahitian Gardenia. Mom had never seen or heard of this type of Gardenia before but dog oh dog - what a glorious perfume it has and the flowers are huge ! We wish we had smell-a-blog so you could all enjoy it with us.
It has been a rough week for the Mom - she got a really bad cold a week ago and it just hasn't wanted to leave - even today she is still coughing and snuffy and she says her head feels like there are sledge hammers being banged around inside of it. Added to that, MY laptop died - it was pretty old and I had typed so much on it that the letters were worn off the keys and some of the keys didn't even work anymore. The final straw was on Saturday when I went to turn it on and NOTHING happened! Thankfully Mom in her cold induced wisdom had realized it wasn't working properly for a few weeks now and had backed everything up on a portable hard drive. So on Saturday Mom and Dad bought ME a nice new laptop and within 2 hours I had everything back up and running - it is a good thing I am such a technologically savvy doggie..
So Mom decided she didn't like the new bench out the front our house and even Dad admitted he was worried it might get dognapped so they moved it around the back and put it on MY deck - I must admit it makes a very nice addition and is perfect for relaxing on and doing a little squirrel watching from. And see that big green pot on the right - it is one of two that Mom has and both are gardenia bushes that are just covered with flower buds at the moment - she says she can't wait until they start opening so she can sit on the deck and enjoy the beautiful perfume. I sure hope she is planning on bringing her own chair because the bench is taken!
Mom says we will NEVER have to worry about finding our way home now because we have very own guiding light. This is the Cowspotdog Lighthouse and YES - it actually works and has a flashing/rotating light in the top that is solar powered. Thankfully we get so much sunshine here in Florida that I stays on all through the night.
We have this odd little garden at the front of our house - well it looks like a garden but actually it is just some pine mulch on top of concrete - so Mom decided that seeing how we couldn't plant anything there we might as well make some other use of it. Dad hunted around and found this wonderful little seat with planter boxes on each side and now we get to sit out the front of our house - watching the world go by.