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Guest Post by Guppy, Lucky Dog 3

She Who Must Be Obeyed says I have to write something. She says I have been coasting along. Just napping through summer! Really! It has been hot here. Too hot to do much but watch Dog TV and nap. And some days she turns off Dog TV because she says too much sunshine is coming in so I have to nap.

Anyway, I’m gonna be a calendar girl. Those nice folks at Saving Grace are making a fund raising calendar and I get to be on it. She and I have been experimenting with poses. She thinks we should use something avant garde (whatever that is) like this ear shot.



But you know that doesn’t show my whole natural beauty. So I don’t know.


Anyway, we’ll have to decide soon. And I get to take a vacation. I’m excited about that! I am going to discover my inner wild dog and run with the pack. What fun! She says there might be squirrels!

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Will it ever end?

Guest Post by: Guppy, The Lucky Dog 3

March is an awful month! All that basketball. Will it ever end? I mean that is about all My Ben and She Who Must Be Obeyed do is watch basketball games on TV. They stay up late. Get all excited! She yells at the TV. Really!

If that wasn’t enough, I am going to dog school again. Repeating the same class. She told me that the teacher had called and asked me to be part of the class because I was such a good role model. So I agreed to go. More dogs in class this time. A beagle and his room mate some sort of stubby hound type, a real low rider. And this ditzy little fluff bit that yaps. And my new BFF, Nova. She is a very pretty German Shepard. Very classy. But she knows how to have fun. Anyway, at the first class, since I was supposed to be helping with the class, I was just pointing out to this Lab puppy how he was doing sit all wrong and everyone got all upset with me!!!!!!. So I hid between the shade and the window and just looked out the window for a while. Then when everyone had calmed down I watched the class for a bit. Then that silly lab puppy couldn’t figure out how to walk around so I had to try to explain it to him. And everyone got all upset again! The teacher brought me over some toys. So even though other dogs had touched them I batted them around a bit. Finally all the other dogs left the room and I thought we were going somewhere fun to play. But I had to wait and wait for She and the teacher to finish talking. BLAH BLAH BLAH! So we went outside BUT ALL THE DOGS WERE GONE! Well, that was it! I just sat down and refused to move. I was so upset!

She was a little bit upset with me. And now everyday we have to do homework. And on Saturdays I have to go out for ‘pack walks’. So I can learn how to walk past other dogs without getting upset. You know, all I want to do is be a dog for a bit. When I first arrived at Saving Grace and filled out my questionnaire, I checked that I wanted a family with kids that would play, and a big couch and a fireplace. And what did I get….two old people who can barely move, no couch and no fireplace! Ohhhhhhh But I have made the best of it. I love them with all my heart and protect the house they are gone. So I guess I’ll try to control my outbursts.

The nice thing about March is that I’m sitting out on the deck more.

I have been working on these new black patches.

I think they look real nice when they finally grow out.

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Scaldaletto

Guest Post: By Guppy, The Lucky Dog 3

I don’t know what that word Scaldaletto means.  I’m hopin’ it’s nice since She has taken to callin me her little Scaldaletto.  She says She used to have one in Italy and She misses those.  Her bed, which She only lets me use when She doesn’t want it, is right next to the windows.  It’s usually kind cold up there so  I’m guessin’ that She likes it when I get it all warm and toasty for her.  Always happy to be of service.

I’m a little scaldaletto…

Today, she forgot to feed me.  It was almost 11:00 before I got breakfast.  I almost had to call Saving Grace to come get me.  And She and Ben went out at night this past week!  I should get double bones for having to work over time.  I mean!  Really!  I spend all day protectin’ the house from squirrels and then they go out and I have to sit up and protect.  That cuts right into my quality nappin’ time.  They went to see a movie at the library, Crazy Rich Asians.  Came back all happy and laughin’.  I guess they had fun so I suppose it’s okay.  Long as they don’t make a habit of it.

It snowed here last week.  Boy was that fun.  She didn’t let me play in it though.  But I walked around in it enough.  Had to stick my nose in to tell where those pesky squirrels had been.  And I sat on the deck a little bit but it sure was nice to come inside.  

I’m seein’ lots of Chewy boxes on porches but not one on our porch.  I’m thinkin’ I might not be gettin’ any new toys for Christmas.  She says I really might not need any.

I don’t know how She figures that.  Those red ones always end up under her bed so I only see them about once a week and then BOOM they escape under the bed again.  Or maybe I throw them under there.  

Well, She says I’m being too whiny.  And that I am a Lucky Dog and should be grateful.  So, I guessin’ I am.  

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Such a sweet dog

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Yes, that is our dog lounging on a piece of furniture, like a lioness hunting big game or squirrels.

Before we leave the house, I move things off the wire racks to the left of where she is sitting, so that she can climb up there and look out the front window.  Just minutes before I took this picture, she had just climbed up there and was facing in the opposite direction and wagging her tail looking out at the rest of the room.  I could just see the thought train going through her mind.  “I could jump on the table, then Ben’s chair, then the bed!  I could go from the front to the back without touching the floor!!!!!!”   Yes, that is our sweet dog…..

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A Big Week

Guest Post:  By Guppy, The Lucky Dog 3

Well this second full week in June was certainly a busy one for me.  On Tuesday I went to see my new vet, Dr. Melissa Hudson at Northwoods Animal Hospital in Cary.  Link to Northwoods  She said that She had known Dr. Hudson since she was a pup.  Apparently, She used to come here all the time many years ago, bringing good dogs to see Melissa’s father, Dr. Dan Hudson.  Going all the way back to Bailey, the cocker spaniel.  That was a really long time ago and then there were the two Afghan hounds, Shamir and The Contessa, and then Hawthorn and even the Sainted Siena came here.  I’m guessing that the only dog that She had, that never came here, was Nerone.  (Sometimes Ben calls me Nerone.  That’s okay because he was a pretty good looking dog so I don’t mind being mistaken for him)  Anyway, my Dr. Hudson was pretty nice and didn’t do any thing really awful to me.  So I guess I won’t mind going back to see her again.

That night after we finished at the vet, we went home and got Ben and then it was off to dog school for graduation. Link to Dream Dogs  I think I did pretty well.  I lost a few points on ‘recall, come and sit’.  I got distracted by my friend Grace.  (She’s just so cute and stylish.  And petite.  She reminded me of my puppies)  Otherwise I did real well on all the exercises.  She and Ben were so proud of me.  She said that one of those Afghans, The Contessa, had flunked dog school.  Can you imagine?

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(Photo credit Robina Thornton)

Anyway, She said we are going to work all summer on exercises and then in the fall I can go back for ‘Distraction Dog’.  I’ll learn how to ignore squirrels.  I was going to work on that this summer since some group has opened a day camp for young squirrels in the big tree by the deck.  (Sometimes there must be 15 or 20 of them up there!)  but what happened to me next will keep me from doing that.

On Wednesday, She and Ben took me back to Saving Grace, the rescue place that I came from.  link to Saving Grace  I know that She and Ben hugged me and told me that they would be back.  I didn’t want to go.  It took a whole lot for me to walk through that gate.  I was real upset and depressed.  I was there for a long time.  She said it was only two nights but it felt like a really long time to me.  Anyway, they gave me big ole shots that hurt.  They are for my heartworm.  So now I need to be quiet for 60 DAYS.  The nasty heartworms die and break off.  If I get too excited too many of them might break off at a time and that would be really bad.

I was moping around on Friday, really sad, napping in my little box when one of the nice volunteers came to get me.  The volunteer walked me out and there was She waiting for me.  I was soooooo happy.  And Ben was in the car.  She says that all the papers are signed and they are really my people now.

 

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I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am.

 

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Uh Oh

Guest Post by:  Guppy, The Lucky Dog 3

She says I have a lot of ‘pastore’ in me.  Whatever that is.  I just know that my Momma told me that I had some Shepard blood in me.  I like to be with my peeps and have them in my sight.  Which is actually pretty easy with She and Ben.  There is not much place to hide here.  I mean, there is that upstairs, but those steps, kinda slippy and steep.  It took me a few weeks before I would go up there.  (There are real nice beds up there.  I’m kinda hoping that will be my room….)   Anyway, only She goes up there and never for too long.  But they do both leave!  Really!

Why leave?  I’m here.  What else do they need?  I was okay the first few times they left.  I mean I was takin’ drugs for the pain from my operation and still getting adjusted and all.  So everything was fine.  But then I started to feel better, the drugs stopped and a little bit of anxiety returned when they left.  I could climb up on the bed at the back and see out to watch them leave but I couldn’t see out the front.  It took me a while before I figured out that I could climb up a metal rack that She has all these pots and pans on, then pull down the shades and walk around on the big piece of furniture so that I could see out the window in the front.  I pressed my nose up against the window and made all kinds of noise asking folks if they had seen my peeps.  I mean, it had been at least 10 minutes since I saw them.  I was so upset.  I walked around again and my tail must have hit something so this bowl went flying off and broke.  Well, that scared me so I jumped down and more things went flying off.  (Bananas I think.)  I ran off to hide on the bed.  After a while, I stopped shaking so I came over to look.  Had to bat those bananas around.  Turn them from yellow to black.  That was kinda fun.  And then they came home!  Oh, She was upset!

So the next time they went out they made me go in my crate.

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I figured out how to get out of that pretty fast and climbed right back up on the furniture again.  I knocked a bunch of stuff off again and got scared, but nothing broke this time.  But I’ll be….there were those yellow bananas again.  I played with them for a long time until they got all black.

The next time they went out, She put those cords on real tight and I couldn’t get out but I was still real scared.  I think the dog training lady told her to cover up the crate so I couldn’t see as much and that I would feel better about things.  That pretty much works but I don’t like it when they go out.  The next time She decided to put my crate in Ben’s cubby hole.  Every now and then I like to sit in there for a bit so I guess she decided that might be easier than covering my crate.  WELL!  There was this big ole Chinese man staring at me.  I had to tell him what’s what.

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I just ripped him up.  That got rid of him.  I was about to start on the other one when they came home.  Ohhhhh, She was awful upset.  She says that I have to buy a new Chinese man for Ben and a new rod and pay for them  from my money.  No new toys for me.

So, I’m trying to be better.  She got me ‘hug shirt’ that I can put on whenever I have to do something scary.  Probably wear it a lot this week.  I have to go to the vet, then dog school graduation, then back to Saving Grace for my last treatment.  I have to spend two nights there.  Then when they come to get me She and Ben will sign my final papers.  Even though I made her pretty mad I think She will come back to get me.  I sure hope so.

 

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Introducing Guppy

Guppy has taken time from her busy schedule to write a

Guest Post:  By Guppy, the Third Lucky Dog

It has been a whirl wind spring for me.  One day I was down and out on my luck and then the next I was at Saving Grace, (link to Saving Grace web site).  They are just really nice folks there.  Then I was off for a little surgery and then on May 4,  I came to live with She Who Must Be Obeyed and Ben.  I have to be honest, I was kind of hoping for a home with some kids and a big comfy sofa.  These folks are old.  Ben is really old and uses a wheel chair.  It only took one time for me to catch on that wheel chairs run over toes! She is okay.  She takes me for nice walks and plays with me a lot.

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I get to sit outside on the deck.  Which is really nice.

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And I get to watch a lot of Dog TV.  Wow, it is really interesting, all kinds of action, lots of dogs and people.  It’s good!

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So She has this BIG bed, but won’t let me share it with her!  But She does let me use when She isn’t using it.  So I guess that is okay.

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This is my bed.  Between Ben’s chair and that BIG BED.  But that is okay.  I can keep track of both of them.

And She put me in Dog School.  Like I need it….. Really?  She needs it.  It took me TWO WHOLE DAYS of snubbing that awful food she bought me.  I was gettin’ a little faint before she finally went back to the store and bought the kind I like.  So I hope this school helps her.

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Otherwise, I’m having a very good spring.  Thank you for asking.

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We’ve been DOGGED!

Introducing Guppy

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She came to us from  Saving Grace in early May.  We don’t know too much about her past.  She likes to remain mysterious and really does not like to have her picture taken.

It has been two years this month since Nerone died.  Ben and I had been talking about getting another dog.  The expense was one thing that was slowing us down.  But we were gifted with a small amount of money so that helped to cover her adoption costs.

I started looking a few months back for a ‘rescue’ dog.  Always the best kind.  There are a number of organizations here in Raleigh that handle adoptions.  Lots of paperwork to fill out for each of them.  References!  One wanted vet records for any dog we had owned in the past ten years.  I tactfully explained to the lady what it is like to pay for, pack and physically move (yourself) from the other side of the pond.  How, perhaps, I had not moved Nerone’s records which were in Italian….. Still she persisted.  ‘I’ll just call the vet.’ she said.  I pointed out that many Italian businesses did not use the internet the way Americans do and that there was only one person at the vet in Italy that had some command of the English language.  That wasn’t enough.  Finally, I listed the last vet we had here in Raleigh in the 1990s, the vet we had in Virginia until we moved to Italy and gave her a link to my blog, most particularly Nerone’s guest posts on my blog.  Something in that group must have worked.  We were approved.  By that time, we were 4th in line for the dog I picked out.   So no go there.

I had the idea to get a smaller dog.  Sort of a Jack Russel type (like Eddie on Frazier).  Didn’t bother to discuss this with Ben.  I’m looking at sites.  Most dogs seem to be Chihuahua types, Beagle types or Lab types.  No in between.  No mid-size.  No dogs with long fur!  Finally one appeared on the Saving Grace site that was a terrier type with some fur, not too big.  So with much appointment making Ben and I went out to see him.  He (the dog) could have cared less.  We were disappointed.  So the volunteers brought out some other smaller dogs, lap dog types.  One sat in Ben’s lap.  I walked it around.  Ben made a face.  “There’s hair on me.”  Ohhh, clearly Ben doesn’t want a small dog.  Who knew.  It is really busy there and volunteers have figured out that we really don’t have our act together.  So we leave.  Agreeing to keep looking at the web site.  As soon as I saw Guppy on the site I was emailing away.

When a dog comes to a rescue, they see a vet and have the appropriate ‘operation’ to stop producing more rescues.  We saw Guppy two days after her ‘operation’ and she came home with us that day.  She is very polite, well-mannered, curious, loving and is gradually trusting us more and more.  We are all going to dog school to polish up our behaviours.

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So, we have all agreed not to worry about the past and focus on our bright future together.

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