Archive for Mar 2010

I had a ball. Taylor wanted it. Badly enough that she didn’t mind the camera in her face. I took advantage. :o)
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Smiling for Spring!

March 30, 2010

 Smiling for Spring!
Libby is pretty happy that Spring is here!!!!

Twins

March 29, 2010

King and Gus look an awful lot alike…
 Twins
except for the ears that is!
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oh, and a few years too!

(p.s Gus is the pointy eared older one of the two….)

I introduced you all to Marcipan (Marci) on Wednesday with the creepy tongue….today I thought I’d show off his non-creepy-tongue side!

IMG 7162 The Many Sides of MarciThe Serious…

IMG 7151 The Many Sides of MarciThe Happy

IMG 7166 The Many Sides of MarciThe Surprised!

IMG 7157 The Many Sides of MarciThe Calm…serious, this is about as calm as he gets…

IMG 7156 The Many Sides of Marciand the happy…again…that’s pretty much how he is all the time…

From any Angle…

March 25, 2010

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You have to admit that Maddie the French Bulldog cross is absolutely adorable. She had a great first visit at daycare and took time out of her busy schedule to pose for some photos….

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The Boys Club- Jasper, Cooper, Milo

We have at least two (and often more!) Golden Retrievers at daycare every day. They are a very popular breed, and for good reason!

They are happy, friendly, and generally easy to train. Raised right Goldens adore people and make great family pets. They are active enough to enjoy hiking, camping and other outdoor activity, but are equally happy playing fetch in the backyard.

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Milo

The Goldens at daycare range from the wild and crazy, to calm and easy going. They are great daycare dogs and are often found in the middle of anything that is fun. Fetch is a favorite game (they aren’t called Retrievers for nothing!) but they are equally happy wrestling, or playing chase games.

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Roscoe- all puppy smiles!

All goldens seem to have that sweet, melt your heart expression and they aren’t afraid to use that to their advantage. It’s awful hard to stay mad at a sweet golden face! They also seem to all share the clown trait- they do the goofiest things and love to make us laugh. Rolling around on the floor, playing with a toy by themselves, or laying in a puddle….

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Dasiy- she LOVES the pool…
Golden Retrievers are VERY smart, and pick up training really fast. They are easily motivated by toys, food, or just a “good boy.” They are popular in Obedience Competitions, Agility, and Search and Rescue. Goldens seem to be an all purpose breed that can do just about anything!

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Barley is happiest with a toy in his mouth…

Because they are so smart, and active- it is important that you exercise them both physically and mentally. A bored Golden is trouble! Teaching tricks, obedience commands, and general manners are all highly suggested! A golden requires more than a walk around the block and will drive you a little nutty if they don’t get a good run or a few long walks a day!

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Cooper (often called “Super Duper Cooper” in a sing song voice) :o)

Golden Retriever are very social and love their people. They need to be an important member of your family and are happiest in the house, being spoiled. Nothing is better than the happy wag of their tail and the smile on their face. They really are an all around great dog!

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Jake, showing off his serious side

From the CKC site:

ORIGIN
The most glamorous of the retriever family, the Golden was developed in the mid-19th century by a Scotsman, Sir Dudley Majoribanks, later Lord Tweedmouth. The romantic story that first unfolded concerned Sir Dudley visiting a circus and being so taken with a troupe of Russian sheepdogs that he bought them all. But when his breeding records were made public, they revealed the Golden was all sporting blood. It had been created by crossing the wavy-coated Retriever with the yellow Tweed Water Spaniel. The offspring were crossed with the Irish Setter and the sandy-coloured Bloodhound. Linebreeding finally created the Golden. It was first granted breed status in Britain in 1913. Among the most ingratiating of breeds, the Golden’s manners win friends for him wherever he’s seen.
TEMPERAMENT
As a family pet, especially with children, the breed has few equals. The Golden is noted for being friendly, reliable and trustworthy. In addition to being a gentle-mouthed retriever, the breed excels in obedience and shines as a guide dog for the seeing-impaired.
ACTIVITY LEVEL
A powerful and active dog, the Golden does well in suburban or country environments where he gets lots of outdoor exercise, but keep him well-fenced for his own protection.
COAT
The dense and water-repellent coat lies flat against the body and may be straight or wavy. It is firm and resilient. There’s moderate feathering on the back of the forelegs and heavier feathering on the front of the neck, back of thighs and underside of tail.
COLOUR
It’s golden, of course, but in various shades of gold.
GROOMING
Regular brushing is the only grooming required outside of the occasional bath.

For more information about this happy breed, or to find a breeder check out the Golden Retriever Club of Canada website

Puppy Party

March 20, 2010

Are you ready?  Here is your weekly puppy fix!  They probably won’t be there next week and I’ll be really sad. They were so much fun to spend time with.  I took them into the room I use to photograph the cats today and let them run around and have fun.

This little girl (I finally looked) thought my fingers were the most fun thing in the room.
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Patch is trying hard to look sweet and innocent but I saw him grab his siblings’ rolls of puppy fat and Shake, Shake, Shake!  Don’t let this cute face fool you.  He is a sassy one!

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What did I tell you?

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She was so cuddly and sweet…
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… when she wasn’t trying to bite me.
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And just when you thought she couldn’t open her mouth any wider, she cranked it open one more notch.
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The black and tan siblings seemed to be the much mellower of the litter.
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This little one enjoyed hanging out in the cat stand instead of biting my fingers and toes.
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She also managed to get the toy briefly and pose cutely.
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Usually when they got the toy, the tried hard to get in a corner to chew it in peace.
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By the end of our play session, they were all ready for a nap.  Even little Jersey.
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I’m gonna miss the little cuties!

Shelter Pictures

March 19, 2010

I hope you guys are getting tired of pictures of the dogs and cats at the shelter.  I’m still enjoying visiting with them every week.  Some weeks are emotionally harder than others.  This week was a good one.  It probably helps that I spent about 45 minutes hanging out with Lily’s puppies.  You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see those pics though.  Today I’m going to grace you with some of the dogs and cats waiting for new homes or waiting to be claimed by their previous families.  I believe all these dogs are still within their first 72 hours and may be reunited with their homes still.

This big boy was the first Great Pyrenees I’ve met that gave me the time of day.  He was so friendly and took treats very gently. He has obviously been loved.  I hope his family finds him.
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This little pitbull girl was so cute.  You just needed to playfully jab her on the side and she take off and get the zoomies.

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And did you see her eyes?  Gorgeous eh?
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This poor girl was petrified of the camera. I could get her to come up to me with a little coaxing and even sniff the side of the camera but the moment I pointed the lens at her, she just melted and backed away.  I spent most of my time just petting her and hanging out.  If she is still there next week, we’ll try again.  She really is quite cute.

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Today was not a good day with me and the cats.  First off, I wasn’t very happy with many of my photos – lots of them were blurry.  Secondly, I hadn’t been hissed at once in all my visits and today it was almost constant. This guy hissed every time I entered the room.  Hence his picture of him still in his litter box!  Notice how innocent he looks?

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This one at least gave me the benefit of the doubt and didn’t actually hiss until I tried to pick him up.  Hence his picture in the kennel.

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I’m not sure if I made this guy happy or really annoyed.  At one point I thought someone was running some sort of machinery outside… and then I realized it was him… growling.  Yikes!  But then I realized he would growl when eating the treats I had.  So maybe it was a happy noise?  That doesn’t explain the hiss when I reached out to pet him though!  Really, it wasn’t my day to interact with cats.

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And this dude was seriously good looking.  You have to go see him for yourself as the picture does not do him justice.
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As always, if you are looking at adding a furry friend to your family, be sure to check out the Lethbridge Animal Shelter!

Jolly Blue Ball

March 19, 2010

There are only a few types of toys that stand up to daycare use. The Jolly Ball is one of them. The rope has long since been chewed up and thrown out- but the ball itself still provides lots of entertainment….

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Matty the Vizsla cross had a great time playing with it- she prefers to try and bite it to pick it up.

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Tucker the Cattle Dog likes to chase and “herd” it around.

IMG 3102 Jolly Blue BallWe may need more than one!

A Short Video

March 18, 2010

Here is a short video of the Big Dog play group on Friday.