Monthly Archives: August 2015

Bedtime

So our pups sleep upstairs uncrated with us and we made the choice to have them do this. Having said this I thought I would share some of the silliness that can happen as the result of this choice.

Typically when we go to bed Princess Belle  drapes herself over the foam wedge that I sleep on due to health reasons.  She gives me the same regal Cleopatra look that she does when she beats me to the corner of the couch that we “share” in the evenings that simply says “I win!” If she could stick out her tongue and say “pbbbtttt” she would.

Bess jumps up on the bed in all of her wiggliness with whatever toy she has brought to bed and asks us if we would like to play one more time before we go to sleep. We usually decline her offer although we thank her for offering.

Bonnie simply comes up lays down on the blanket or on the floor by Greg’s side of the bed and says “goodnight”. That’s my sleepy girl!

Bess has been doing better sleeping all night. Now when she decides we need to party during the night she jumps up on the bed, stands on me, while doing her Darth Vadar breathing (if she has a toy in her mouth) and in all hopefulness says “can we get up, please let’s get up!” to which I reply from under the covers I have thrown over my head, “It’s still bedtime, go back to sleep.”  And to her credit she gets off of me, jumps down from the bed, sighs loudly and lays down on the floor until the alarm goes off at 5:00am

When for some reason she really has to go outside she does the above plus burrows under the covers to lick my face,  if that doesn’t work she goes and gets Belle.  While Bess is standing on or very near me licking me, Belle is at the same time using her head to try to roll me out of bed. Belle is a very strong and determined pup and while she hasn’t rolled me out of bed yet the combination of the two usually works to get me up. If like last night that doesn’t work, they go get Bonnie to help them, Bonnie’s contribution is to stand by my side of the bed and lick my arm, fingers, hand.

I have learned that if they get, “I would rather be sleeping” Miss Bonnie in on the action they mean business! Now the trick becomes to convince them I am awake and to stop licking, head butting, and standing on me so I can get up out of bed in order to take them downstairs and into the pup pen.  Usually Bess when I tell her I’m up regardless if it’s in the middle of the night or in the morning responds by laying on me instead of sitting on me. which effectively hinders the response that she was trying to get.

Our pups have proven themselves to be smart and resourceful so I have no doubt she’ll soon figure that out as well.

Pup and Kitty Updates

Bess and I have started our third round of obedience classes. In class we are reinforcing polite greeting, learning how to walk next to another dog and not freak out, and how to bring her focus from what’s happening around her back to me.   Greg has been taking Bess on walks and she is using what she has learned in class on their walks.  I call that a success.

Greg likes to give the pups a treat when he brings them in the house from the pup pen.  As a result Miss Bonnie has been ringing the “gotta go ” chime  and when we go to let her out she turns around and sits which is what they are to do in order to get a treat.   If that wasn’t enough Belle and Bess now come running when they hear the bell so they can get a treat too.   They tend to give me pouty faces because I don’t give them a treat when they come in. If you can’t beat them you might as well join them and I  decided today to be consistant and am giving them treats when they come in as well. My justification besides not wanting to be the recipient of pouty faces is to use the treats as an incentive to teach Miss Bess how to be polite so she will stop pushing her sisters out of the way in her excitement over pretty much everything.

Linus and Lucy have been pretty much doing their own thing but popped in to say hi!

The pups

The pups

 

Hello from Linus

Hello from Linus

 

Boss Kitty

Boss Kitty

Lucy Kitty

Lucy Kitty

Lucy Kitty

I don’t write about Lucy Kitty very often because she prefers it that way.  She is the very determined matriarch of our 4 footed family who keeps everyone including her people in line but she also likes her space and her alone time. Boy, can I relate to that!

Lucy was born on our farm 13 years ago and while she was still a young kitten barely old enough to climb she climbed up to our landing windows and meowed to be let in.  Fearing this tiny kitten would fall I brought her in and gently placed her back outside.  This happened several times that day (did I mention she is determined? Add persistent to that list as well.) That evening during supper I asked Greg if we could please bring her in the house to join our Pete cat who was about a year old.  Greg agreed and in she came.

She is a vocal kitty who will answer if you call to her, well at least most of the time.  She keeps me company while I am working on the computer and insists on starting each day by gently bumping my forehead.  Luce has seen many changes in her time with us. We have said good bye to several precious 4 footed family members and hello to new people, and new 4 footed family members. The people she tends to hide from but she has let her feelings be known when the 4 footed members join the family.  Lucy doesn’t like change so it takes her awhile to get her head wrapped around small barky pups, who don’t stay small for long and a kitten named Linus who seems to have a mind of his own and rarely does what she says.

Below are a few pictures of Lucy tending her many tasks.

Keeping the pups in line

Keeping the pups in line

Doing her owl impersonation.

Doing her owl impersonation.

Lucy's normal pose while I'm working at the computer.

Lucy’s normal pose while I’m working at the computer.

Tummy Rub Break

Taking a Tummy Rub Break

Study Partner

Study Partner

Keeper of the basket

Keeper of the Basket

Laundry Helper

Laundry Helper keeping those towels from floating away.

Relaxing after all of her hard work.

Relaxing after all of her hard work.