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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

We're on Tumblr now

Hey guys, been a few years.

I began to really slow down on the blogging and eventually just stopped altogether. I was a teen when I began this blog, begun to have more interests and responsibilities placed on me and as that happened I began to lose interest in keeping this blog up.

However, I have now opened up a blog on Tumblr where I can post pictures of Treader and the newest edition to the family, Oreo!

Behold, Oreo:
Sorry, not the best quality photo. But one of the only full-body photos I can find on this computer, somehow.

Anywho, here's Treader and Oreo's new Tumblr blog.

Probably just going to post photos there for the most part. Oh, I got Oreo as a baby, and visited him and his littermates long before I brought him him, so I have tons of baby pictures! :D If anyone wants I can post some of those to Tumblr.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cookie is no longer with us

Cookie: March 10th 1998 thru March 9th 2011

Cookie was PTS on Wednesday, her incontinence just got too much to handle.
Just thought I should update this. I don't know what to say other than what I've already said elsewhere, other than, we all miss her.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Sorry, no pictures this time cuz I'm not using my desktop computer where the pictures are stored.
Not much time right now, so go here for updates:

Monday, August 30, 2010

I just realized...

I have not kept you guys up-to-date on the latest goings-on. I'm sorry. My blogs have not been my internet priority for quite a while.
Anyway, for one thing Cookie developed fecal incontinence later on in July. We almost decided to put her down. Almost. Fortunately, we asked some people to pray and then she quit having accidents. One or two, but not from incontinence I don't think. I think her fecal incontinence has completely disappeared!

Then Treader was actually afraid of the backyard so that he wouldn't go back there. That caused some problems as you might imagine. I had to start taking him to the front yard so he could do his business.
Then of course his sores from the fiasco with fleas these past few months are still healing and he's keeping them from healing by scratching at them. He breaks cone collars eventually, so we ordered him a "comfy cone" which is made out of cloth. Should be coming soon.

And then to top it all off my dad's in the hospital again for high blood pressure, possible neurological problems, a UTI infection, and I think that's about all.=/

You know, it's funny. Just when you think "nothing's going on, just the same old boring routine", something happens and you want that "boring old routine" back. I guess God's telling me to be careful what I wish for.
I'm very, very thankful for the support given by friends online and off during this time. God has really blessed me with some awesome friends and family. =)
Everyone's prayers and support is much appreciated. Again I apologize for not updating this blog.

And to end this post, the dog's water dish got smashed by a rock in June or July. So we had to get a new--and bigger, one. I was happy when we finally got a new one, because the dish we used in the meantime was so small I had to refill it probably 10 times a day.
Here's the new dish:

Monday, July 5, 2010

Yes, we're still alive

Very much alive. Just a bit bored lately.

Okay, so it's been a while.
Treader had to wear this fashionable cone collar for a while. The natural flea meds we've tried so far haven't been working with him and he was all but chewing holes in himself when summer hit. Poor fellow. It didn't stay on for long, though, and we ordered some Frontline. We're going to try one more natural flea control method before we quit using them for him. (Cookie, they seem to work with.)

So, I've been doing more artwork than photography lately.

And much of it not of the dogs. I still love animal photography, but am trying to expand my abilities.

Plus, I haven't been inspired for simply awesome photo of the dogs lately. But I did get what I thought was an adorable shot of Cookie throwing Z's:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cookie's Portrait

Last month, they had a deal at the pet store where you could get an free 8x10 portrait done of one dog, with a $10 sitting fee. The above is Cookie's portrait, which came in this Saturday. My scanner wasn't working, so I used my camera. Thus the quality of the photo you see here is not the actual quality of the photo I have.

Some poor attempt of mine at portraits:

Treader's beeing coming right along with his Agility training. Some nice photos of him:

The next five or so photos portray Treader eating a turkey drumstick. If you do not wish to see this, scroll on down until you get past the second row of plus signs.


I've been trying to teach Treader to sit up and beg, and we're making some progress.

Treader waiting in front of the weaves. (Don't worry, his paw isn't injured.)

Friday, November 13, 2009

This is a happy face. This is the face of "Oh my goodness, I get cold cuts for doing what my human wants!" Yep, I've begun using deli meat for training treats and it works just as well if not better than hot dogs.

Of course...
sometimes he still gets distracted. My little dirt lover thought the dirt was more interesting for a moment.

"Anything for turkey!"

Yay, finally some real progress with the weaves!

And Treader has always been good with the jump, but...
using the new training treats and a clicker, I've been able to make him do better on higher jumps. The one above is set at several inches over Treader's head!

I've also been working on teaching Treader to sit up and beg, pick up and hold objects on cue, and to go get his toys when he wants to play. Out of that list, the one with the most progress thus far is "sit up and beg", which to Treader is just "beg".

Recently, we went to the Petsmart near Jacksoneville and I was interested in the food choices there. We found canned Blue Buffalo. Cookie gets canned food about once a month, and up until now we've had to get her grocery store brands which are full of detestable ingredients.

How do you like my Collie figure? I saw this at the store and being a Collie fancier, I just had to get it.
Also got a figure of a German Shepherd puppy, to remember the puppy in Cookie:

These are the Kongs we I froze for the dog because I'd be gone for a while.

Now, very few Cookie pictures on this post for far, huh? To make up for here, here's her one and only, Mrs. Cookie Grumpypants:
This is what it looks like after a good brushing session with a German Shedder. Haha. But I can't take the credit for that pun. I got it from a fellow Shepherd owner.

No, I'm afraid she's not holding it. She'll take things out of my hand on command, but we have yet to have advanced that to where she'll hold the object until told to drop it. This photo was just taken very quickly, before Cookie dropped her comb.

I decided to have a mini Easter-egg hunt with the dogs the other day. Great way to exercise their minds. They both have to find the eggs, which is not hard to get them to do if you encourage them and help with the first few, and figure out how to open them to get the treat inside. This time, I put little bits of cheese-filled hot dogs therein.
Treader opening an egg he found.

Cookie with her egg.

Cookie getting her treat out.

I wanted to get a good shot of Cookie taking the egg off of the table, so I encouraged her again and again to take it off. I succeeded half-way a few times after many tries.
Heh, she thought I wanted her to paw at the egg.

Oh no, it's gonna fall down!

Well, I suppose that's all for this entry. Godspeed!