This week is the beginning of volunteer week for us here at the Canine Country Club and we had five kids come and volunteer to walk, play, brush and do search dog training. Saturday was full of fun as we went to hills to train for the search dogs. Luke, Kade and Maddie came to play victim and it was great fun. Luke hid from me first and I found him right away. Then, cause I thought it was too fast of a problem, I fiddle faddled around taking Vickie back to Luke for the finish.
She was not happy but I got to sniff and play longer. I better not do that again.
Then it was time to find some old buried cadaver stuff. (Yep the human body parts) Ok it is not as sick as you think. I mean, Vickie says people volunteer most of the stuff we get. Like one man had a knee replacement and we got his old knee bone to train with, and stuff like that. So it is not like we go out looking for, well, Vickie says I have to stop explaining now cause some of you may get the wrong idea.
WE let Tucker and Bernie come along cause they are just pups but they are thinking they might want to be Search Dogs When they grow up.
Remember Bernie. He is getting cuter and cuter every time I see him.
Anyway, I was really good at finding my human knee bone. And believe you me, after being buried for a week where the water came up and covered it like a lake, then snow and mud and all that other weather stuff. Well, the scent was everywhere around it but I just went right too it, unburied it and showed my Vickie what I had.
Now here is where Vickie had a blogging problem and doesn't know how to change the order of the pictures after she gets them in, so before we go on about the rest of our Saturday with the volunteers, we have to talk about Larry and his visit this week.
Larry is a handsome greyhound that comes to visit and stay with us often. Because of his height, he needs to stay in the house with me and my family. I kinda like Larry but he can be a bit moody. The first few times he came to visit, Vickie learned a very expensive lesson. Larry, being as tall and long as he is, has easy access to cupboards, counter tops, garbage cans, well just about anything. And he takes advantage of this. On his first visit, Vickie and I went for an afternoon walk and when we came back, all the dog food on the counter, all the canned food in the cupboards, all the garbage in the garbage can, was spread through out the kennel, the house and the yard. It was a very colorful mess and Vickie was not happy. She learned a lesson on that day and has pretty much dog-proofed the place when ever she knows Larry is coming.
So Friday, she had to go to the tax guy and when she came back she WAS NOT in a good mood. Oh boy, was she in one of the worst moods I have ever seen her in. She was walking round the house just a cussin. I mean really cussin. About 10 minutes into her rant she stopped hollering, stood lookin up at the door that goes from the office into the kitchen and had the most quizzical expression on her face.
I looked up and true enough, there was something really odd dripping from the ceiling and all down the wall above the doorway. It was a beautiful orange and it squiggled up the wall to the top and down again like the pattern of the Green River running through the Grand Canyon. It took her a minute to figure it out and then she realized what all the rest of us knew and was hopin she wouldn’t see. I mean, she never looks upward unless she is outside lookin at the sun, moon, falling snow, mountains and other stuff. But never in the house. (Which explains the cobwebs in the corners of the rooms. Anyway we all kind of slipped out of range as we saw recognition spread across her face. I figured she was gonna be real mad, but to all of our surprise she started laughing. I mean, yes, it was a bit maniacal of a laugh but she laughed anyway.
You see, Larry, had gotten up into the cupboard while she was gone and gotten a can of squeeze cheese. Well dogs don’t know how to work squeeze cheese in general, but Larry, he is very skilled with human foods. He had somehow got the squeeze in the squeeze cheese to squeeze long and high. It was a beauteous site to see, this wondrous streaming orange treat flowing along the ceiling and wall. I am so glad that Vickie saw the beauty in this and not the mess.
OK, now the pictures are in order again for Saturday so lets go back to our earlier story.
So Then it was time to go home and get our second set of volunteers. When they got there we all got to go for walks again and I got to play ball for an hour. Tough work for them volunteers, you know, walking us, playing ball, playing hide and seek with us. Mystery the collie, got all kinds of attention with some of the boys who brushed her and loved on her, then they took me and her for a walk and I’ll be darned but she just decided about half a block into the walk, that she didn’t want to go for a walk, and she laid right down in the middle of the road and wouldn’t move.
I was all, “yeah, lets go Mystery, a walk, how cool”….but she was all, “no, I don’t’ want to go… Its too hot, take me back” and when they wouldn’t take her back, she just stops and lays down. Some of the cars going by thought she had been hit and turned around to come back and help the poor boy and his dying dog, only she wasn’t hit, she was just NOT GOING ANY FURTHER. Frankly I find this behavior to be a bit embarrassing to us dogs. I mean, who doesn’t want to go on a walk? Geese Mystery….You put us all to shame….
FAVORITE PICTURES OF THE WEEK.
This is Jade and she is such a sweet girl. She is always smiling. Even though some folks dont see this as a smile, it truly is. Vickie and I had a fun time trying to catch her smile on film.....
Sam and her family came by after their visit to the vets today too. She is getting so cute. She gets to come and stay with us next month and I can hardly wait. I have a lot of "Golden Things" to teach her about.
She is doing pretty good on learning "Golden Things" Like for instance "THE LOOK" She is already doing "THE LOOK" pretty good.
FYI Ginger is doing very well and we think she has settled down and is more relaxed now. We thing it is time for her to find her new home. So please keep her in mind. She is wonderous with people. She loves being loved. She needs being loved.....She deserves to spend the rest of her life being loved.
One of Vickies favorite pictures of me is this one of me and Dr. Doughty. He is always so comforting. I know he is going to give me a shot, or maybe cut me open (Cause I ate something I shouldn't have) and sometimes like last week, it is just to give me a health check up. But I know every time I go to him, he will take good care of me. And he always gives me a gentle hug.
One of Vickies friends did this really neat characture of this picture for us. We didn't get a real good copy for the internet but I thought you would like to see how she made me and the Doc look. I even look like I am smiling.
Pretty Cool isn't it. She does a lot of other great drawings and when she gets her web site up, I'll pass it along to you.
Well, I guess I talked enough. Thank goodness I did part of this in the middle of the week or you would all be asleep by now. If you didn't get to read my middle of the week one, just check the archives and pull it up.. You know, if your not a sleep by now.
Have a great week everyone.
It is raining now but I bet it gets pretty sooner or later.