Now as a 1-year old, I have an insurmountable workload. My day is grueling and begins around 6:00 a.m. with me reminding mom and my feline sister, Smoki, that it is time to rise and shine. I certainly don’t want mom to be late for an appointment and Smoki to be late for her morning scout around the yard. My morning commute is simply atrocious, as I have to maneuver around obstacles in my crate to exit the door and then on to the laundry room for my morning chow. It doesn’t make it any easier with mom in the slow lane most mornings and refusing to pull aside so I can make my way down the hall for breakfast.
1. I’ll use my “inside” voice when barking indoors
2. I’ll make a conscious effort not to stare at the cat
3. I’ll refrain from pilfering from the cat’s litter box
4. I’ll do my best, but no promises, to stop stealing the cat’s food
5. I’ll refrain from sitting down and refusing to budge when mom and I are on our walks
6. I’ll desperately try to perfect the art of calm greetings with the two-legged creatures
7. I’ll stop hogging the sofa and trying to sleep on mom’s face
8. I’ll stop snatching paper towels off the kitchen counter and eating them
9. I’ll not put up a big fuss when mom gets the crazy urge to play dress-up with me
10. I’ll give mom even more love and slobbery kisses in 2013 than in 2012!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY FRIENDS! WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GOOD HEALTH AND PROSPERITY IN THE NEW YEAR!
XOXOX Baylie Dog
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CONGRATULATONS SHARON G, THE WINNER OF MY SPOT DOG TOY GIVEAWAY!!!!!
Baylie Dog here. The nice folks at SPOT, Ethical Products, Inc. brand dog toys have put a holiday slant on their super fun SPOT Plush Chirpies Dog Toys with the SPOT Holiday Babblers dog toys. PetFoodDirect.com and SPOT sent Baylie Dog one Holiday Penquin Babbler dog toy to pass along to one lucky Baylie Dog reader. The Holiday Penquin dog toy is a unique way to tell your dog Merry Christmas! It has a special sound chip that sings “Merry Christmas” and “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”.
Baylie Dog here. Just recently, mom attended BarkWorld Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. What is BarkWorld, you ask? It’s a National Pet Social Media Networking Conference and Expo. Can you believe that mom didn’t take me along even though pets were allowed? Sheesh!
This is my dear friend, Elisabeth Gardner, with her rescue cat Frankie. Frankie lives in my town, and I plan to post more about Frankie’s journey when I visit Frankie. We will discuss the medical issues associated with a morbidly obese cat per Dr. Norman of The Ark Animal Hospital in a later post, but I first wanted to introduce you to Frankie. You can follow Frankie’s journey through his Facebook page, FrankieThe 30lb Cat, as he begins his weight-loss journey.
Frankie’s rescue story began in Mobile, Alabama where he was surrendered, at 11 years old and morbidly obese, so his family could travel in their RV. Elisabeth, through Have a Heart Rescue in Birmingham, Alabama, drove over three hours to Mobile, Alabama to rescue Frankie. Frankie is now in a loving home and under the care of a local vet (my feline sister’s vet, as well) and on a strict diet. In the attached video, Ashley Norman, D.V.M, of Ark Animal Hospital in Millbrook, Alabama, discusses some of the problems associated with an obese cat.
Hope you will stop by Frankie’s Facebook page and say hello to Frankie and his family. His mom, Elisabeth, has such a kind spirit for all animals. Thanks to Elisabeth and her husband, Paul, for giving Frankie a loving home and the medical care he so desperately needs!
Baylie Dog here. I’m ashamed, but I can’t help myself. Yes, it’s true. There is a seedy side to my private persona; I’m a digger. My digging sometimes puts me in time out by mom. But, she loves me so much it usually doesn’t last very long. Afterwards, I feel very guilty and sad that I have disappointed my mom, so I turn on my cuteness and give her sad puppy dog eyes and she melts. She’s a softy like that.
Mom’s tried different means to break me of my habit; even consulting advice from experts. Some, I had rather not go into detail about because it involves procedures that, to tell you the truth, are just down right embarrassing. I also dig after it rains. What dog doesn’t love the cool, damp dirt and mud between their toes. Of course, I also transfer it onto the patio and inside if I can slip by mom and get into the house. Mud transforms me into a hot, muddy mess as you can see by this photo. And, the bad thing is, I’m not like my feline fursister, Smoki, who can wash up on her own. I’m pretty well stuck with the mud until mom gives me a ~~~bath~~~ ugh!
If you have any advice for my mom to prevent me from digging, I would love to hear about it so I can pass it on to mom, as she is at her wit’s end. She now thinks my digging may have something to do with separation anxiety. Because I never dig when she is outside with me. It’s only when she leaves me alone in the yard. That could be true, as I’m a mama’s girl and always will be. Don’t tell anyone but I still crawl up in her lap on the sofa to sleep. I feel safe when I do this. I tried to convince mom that this digging thing is just in my genes; I’m a dog, duh. And, I’m a working dog, so my job description includes digging and herding.
Woof and love, Baylie Dog!