Monthly Archives: May 2014

Changes and Vacation Fun

Well after a couple of weeks it’s apparent that having the crates upstairs isn’t the best thing since cheese and peanut butter stuffed Kongs.

The pups just couldn’t get used to sleeping upstairs especially Belle so Greg and I rethought it and decided to move the crates back down to the dining room on the 1st floor. They went right back to their routine and are happy pups once again.

Bonnie loving her crate!

Bonnie loving her crate!

While Greg and I took a trip a weekend trip to Iowa the pups took their own vacation to Mid-Day Play where they had fun playing and swimming.

Swimming Fun! photo courtesy of Mid-Day Play

Swimming Fun! photo courtesy of Mid-Day Play

It takes two! photo courtesy of Mid-Day Play

It takes two! photo courtesy of Mid-Day Play

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Early Morning Tennis Ball Fun

Belle decided this morning that we needed to play with her tennis ball. I was working on the computer enjoying my morning coffee when my arm was nudged and I heard a thump. I looked down and there was Belle looking expectantly up at me tennis ball at her feet.

I threw the ball and off she went to get it. She was trying to squeak it as she brought it back to me, not quite getting the squeak, she dropped it and I threw it again. Bonnie got to it first this time loudly squeaking the ball all the way back to me. Belle looked at me with very sad eyes. I petted her and told her that it was ok and to go get the ball from her sister. She did and the game continued. At one point my throw was off (ok let’s admit it my throw is usually off) and it ends up under the recliner. How much does Belle love her tennis ball? So much that even though she is my cautious pup she totally trusts me to tilt and hold the recliner while she grabs the ball.

Needing a break she takes the tennis ball to her cushion where she took time for some squeaker practice. You should have seen the look on her face when she was able to get noise out of that ball. In the loud squeally voice that means fun to her, I told her “Yea! Belle, You did it!” She then ran to me for a quick cuddle before heading back to get the ball before her sister did.

As I write this I am listening to the clank, clank, clank of pool balls hitting one another. Linus has discovered our kid size pool and air hockey table. His new favorite game is putting his paw in the pocket where the balls are stored and batting them around.Image

Yesterday was a rainy morning and Bonnie was clearly dealing with some rainy day blues! Image

This week brought change into the pups lives, we didn’t think it was going to be a big deal but once again we discovered something new about our pups, Belle doesn’t like change.  We moved their crates to our upstairs hallway freeing up space in our dining room and moving the pups closer to us during the night.  At first they thought it was great fun finally being able to go upstairs when it had previously been off limits.  Both Bonnie and Belle explored our bedroom, the bathroom and esp. their crates which were now in a new environment.  That first night after the last potty time I said what we always say “Ok, pups bedtime!”  and Belle ran into the dining room and looked first at the spot where Bonnie’s crate used to be then at her spot then looked at me with a confused look on her face as if to say “And where would bedtime be?”  I said ” come on, upstairs!”  and up we went.  I had made sure that their blankets and stuffingless foxes were in their crates and in they went.  Both pups were uneasy but Bonnie settled down pretty fast. Belle kind of whimpered then with much sighing settled down.  

The  next morning we came downstairs and began our morning routine.  When the crates were in the dining room it wouldn’t be  unusual for the pups and Linus hang out in the crates so in an effort to make a comfy spot  I put a blanket on the floor where Bonnie’s crate had been.  Belle settled down on the blanket but clearly was still confused. Image 

Last night it went better, although since we have had the pups I have assumed any noise in the night was Miss Bonnie but I am learning that Belle is quite the restless sleeper. I know though that given time both pups will settle into our new routine and will think it’s the best thing since peanut butter and cheese stuffed Kongs!