A couple shots of Roxy here. First helping to unwrap and then, sporting her new bandana from her bestest boyfriend Huey, who now lives in Hawaii. Read about Huey and his little brother Higgins in their blog Hawaiian Dane
Dogs need Christmas cookies too so we're trying out some new recipes so we can give them to friends. The recipe we tried today is from the Three Dog Bakery Cookbook. It's a really easy recipe and of course it's made from all natural ingredients. This one is for peanut butter cookies. YUM!
The girls had to test the peanut butter first to make sure it was OK. I think it's a go!
We added some garlic to the batter just in case there are any pesky fleas lurking about. Garlic apparently deters fleas. We've never had any problem but I add a little bit to their meals every once in a while. Roxy thinks it's a bit heavy on the garlic here! Sophie gives it a paws up though. Pssst...she eats anything that seems like a treat! We put a tropical twist on Christmas by making the cookies in the shapes of marine animals. Here are some seahorses cooling on a rack. We think they came out really pretty!
I rescued a human today. Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them. As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.
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Sophie rescued our family over 10 years ago. She's the most wonderful girl with whom we expect to spend many more fun times.
Lilly is such a poser. She's always got her nose in the camera as soon as I turn it on. Luckily it was a bit windy today so she didn't hear the camera turn on. Still posing but at least a little further away!
We call this "scritchin'". It's like scratching an itch...I guess. Roxy does it to Lilly fairly often. Lilly ends up sitting on her haunches while Roxy nibbles on her chest. Very funny! It usually ends with a game of bitey face.
All in good fun, they don't actually hurt each other even though it looks like Roxy's going for the jugular!
Yes, we now have a dog park in Puerto Rico. According to the Governor, it's not only the first dog park in Puerto Rico, but also the first in the Caribbean and Latin America. YAY!
I went over the other day to check it out. It's quite small, in fact I could pretty much fill it up with my 3, but it's well planned and the construction of the small scale agility equipment is excellent. Lilly and Sophie thought it was pretty cool.
There are a ton of rules(in Spanish), all pretty basic like picking up after your dog, no aggressive dogs, no prong or shock collars, etc. The one I didn't like was, only 2 dogs per person. Hey! What's that all about?!
Sophie was on high alert when we got there and then proceeded to spend the rest of the time with her nose to the ground. Lots of smells!
Lilly was kind of overwhelmed at first I think. She's never seen anything like this before.
She soon got the hang of it though and was checking out the sites from up high on the dog walk.
And check out this cool water fountain especially for dogs.
They even had a small baby pool where dogs can play around and get wet. Sorry, no pics. It was a fun outing and the girls enjoyed themselves. Can you believe the place was empty? Next time I might bring all 3!
No offense to any of you small dog owners out there but we found this particularly funny! I won't get in to all the silly names we have for small dogs because I'm sure you all have some for the giant breeds and we don't want anyone to get their hackles up. Yep, we're easily amused!
This past Saturday was the start of the Great Dane Club of America National Specialty. It's all happening at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center in Lousiville, Kentucky. You can see the program HERE and hopefully photos will be up soon. Over the weekend they had Obedience, Rally and Agility. Today they started judging Futurity and regular classes will continue throughout the week. I've never been to Nationals but I have promised myself I'll go one year. It must be so exciting seeing so many Danes in one place, and all of them Champions or future champions. Pure bliss!
Our Mom has been delinquent so we just wanted to let you all know that we're still here. Life is good although we know something is up with Mom. She's been getting all these weird clothes, called dresses, out of her closet and trying them on. We KNOW those are not fun doggy playtime clothes. What the heck is going on?? To avoid worrying about it, we just laid on the deck last night watching the sunset. We'll keep you posted.
We've been having beautiful days recently. Still quite hot but with a much cooler northeasterly breeze, hopefully autumn is on it's way. This makes for ultra blue, clear skies which I was hoping to capture in the wide expanses of El Morro, our favorite playground. So off we went.
They're doing some work on the lighthouse and the garritas now so we decided to go and check out the progress. It's quite a ways up the hill to the top of the fort. You can just see it in the background. Roxy's got her own personal air conditioning going on! Ears flipped out and tongue fully extended! We make it to the top and both the girls check out the progress There was a pretty stiff wind blowing which I think made me underestimate the heat index. Dogs don't sweat the way we do and they seemed to really be seeking out some shade at this point. There's not much shade to be had so we took just a few minutes for a couple more shots before heading home.
I really like this shot of Roxy. The contrast of her color and the cerulean blue of the sky is so striking.
This last shot shows a terrific view of the Atlantic, the cemetery and a good portion of Old San Juan.