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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Thank You!

Many thanks to The Zoo Crew for this recognition!

We are always happy to receive comments on our blog and hope you enjoy our photos and stories as much as we enjoy yours. We would like to pass it on to Mango and Savage.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Joys of Rain...

It's been raining for 3 days straight! Highly unusual for Puerto Rico. We generally get tropical showers that are really quick. During a break in the rain yesterday I decided to take advantage and head over to El Morro for a quick run with the dogs. There's a huge green expanse of lawn which is great for some off leash fun. Since there were no cruise ships in port and the weather was abominable, we had the place to ourselves. Seems no one knows what to do here when the weather is not the usual bright, sunny day! The girls started off with a game of catch me if you can...

...in which Lilly is constantly dodging because Roxy is by far much faster. I think she just lets Lilly run around until she decides it the right moment to POUNCE!

Everyone needs a good roll in the lovely rain soaked grass...

...except that Lilly always manages to find the most putrid pile of disgusting grossness to roll in. If you think it looks bad, you should SMELL it. Eeeewwwww!
and it was ALL over her.

At this point we figured we might as well carry on since we probably were just going to get dirtier and most likely wet as well. The stench was overwhelming but whatever...The next few shots are just various parts of the grounds of the fort.

We checked out the old stables...

and posed for pics...

and had time for one last roll in the grass.

Not bad for a rainy day! Now if we could just get a break in the rain today...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Pet O Bed

As you may recall, last month I told you about the Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League's Dollars for Danes Auction. They had fabulous items donated and the auction raised $6972 with a total of 346 bids.

I was one of those bidders and I have to say. a very happy winner of a new bed for the girls. It's made by Pet O Bed. I was able to order any size with any cover and they even included the shipping! Diana was especially helpful in taking my order and even sent me an invoice for tax purposes, since it's considered a charitable donation for MAGDRL.

So let me tell you about the bed. It's made of very dense polyurethane foam which is about 6" thick. The foam has a dip in the middle so it's like a nest.

Then it has a cover which is like a fitted sheet, no zippers, no velcro. If you have a chewer, this is a GOOD thing. Thankfully, my girls have outgrown the bed chewing phase.

This is the bottom...

...and this is the top.

The cover is really easy to take off and put on and should be a breeze to wash. The cover of this one is made from acrylic fur.

Time for a test drive. We let Sophie try it first since it's really for her even though they switch beds all the time and it's pretty much first come, first serve.

mmmm....smells good

yep, I like it!

Then we let the Danes have a look. Lilly was on it in a flash!

But she had to fight to keep it!

Apparently they've agreed to share!

Needless to say the bed is a huge success and we're all happy! Big thanks to Pet O Bed and MAGDRL

*****One more thing. When you place your order with Pet O Bed, mention Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League(MAGDRL) and they will receive a 15% donation. How great is that? Your furkids get a new bed AND you're helping Danes in need.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Looky, Looky...

...what we got from our new friend Addie It's like an award from your blogger friends, how cool is that. Make sure to check out Addie's blog, she's a beautiful Border Collie/Great Pyrenees girl.

Here are the rules for this award!! The winner can put the logo on his/her blog. Link to the person you received your award from..then nominate seven OTHER blogs! Put links of those blogs on yours and leave a message on those blogs you've nominated! So basically...keep passing it on!!

So here's our list of our very favorites:

Behr Behr
The Zoo Crew
Hawaiian Dane

Take a look around everyone's blogs and keep coming back!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Creature Comforts

Let's face it, dogs cost money. Just think of all the $$ we spend to keep them happy and healthy. Food, vaccines, heartworm preventative, dog dishes, beds, toys, collars, leashes, etc. So we go through all of these mental contortions trying find the BEST of everything right?

Take water for instance. Basic staple of life for all living creatures. But what do we put it in to serve our four legged friend? Roxy, Lilly and Sophie have various dishes. LARGE-like 2 gallon sized dishes-raised off the floor so they don't have to strain to reach it. Being giant breeds, this is important. So what kind of dish do they prefer? Is it stainless steel? Plastic? No, no, no. How about cool, clean, white, porcelain!! Yep, you guessed it, they're just as happy drinking out of the toilet as any fancy raised dish you can buy. We do NOT encourage this and I'm constantly reminding the rest of the family to "Put the seat DOWN".

Then there's the hose, that's really a favorite.

Or even the hot tub! That's Lilly having a gulp from the tub.

Here I am worried about their water being cool enough and changing it all the time so it's not too warm and there goes the little bugger into what she must think is the largest, warmest dog dish ever!!

And then there's the sprayer. God forbid I put anything in it that's not water. It was originally for plant food but THAT'S not gonna happen.

And how about beds? These days it's lots easier to find extra, extra large beds but it didn't used to be that way. Even still, they're pretty expensive. But only the best for our doggies right? BUT, do they use these beds? Well, yes, but why only part of the bed?? I purposely had the beds made quite big so they could fit their WHOLE body on them. So why are their heads always hanging off??

To be perfectly fair, Roxy's pretty much ON the bed in the photo above. That paw is hanging off just in case she has to make a quick escape!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Day in the Country

Over the weekend we were up in the mountains of Central Puerto Rico. Mountains is a bit of a misnomer considering the highest peak in that area is about 1500 feet, but for us, they're mountains.

One of the best things about going up to our friends house in the mountains is that there's so much space for the dogs to run around. The whole property is fenced so it's safe to let the girls run around and do as they please. They do check in to see what's going on though. Roxy really wanted to have a dip in the pool...

...as did our friends' Westie, Travis.

After a fabulous lunch, we took a walk down to the barn to check on the horses. I especially wanted to see how their Paso Fino yearling was coming along. Since Roxy and Lilly aren't very accustomed to horses, we put them in an extra stall to keep them out of the way of flying hooves. They apparently wanted to see what was going on too!

The yearling, nicknamed 3 Spot, is coming along nicely and is a really nice mover. He was mighty happy to get out and show us what he's made of.

The girls were happy to get out and run around some more after that "horrible punishment" of being left in a stall. "How degrading Mom, we're not horses ya know!"
I think they're looking fairly horse-like here though!

Lilly, as usual, got into a fair bit of mud! She seems to get dirty no matter where she is!

Lilly and Sophie doing a little exploring...

...and then it was back to the house for a cool drink and a siesta!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

But Mommy......

...you can't LEAVE us

This is so not right!

The stair gate is working out just fine but it doesn't mean they're happy about it! Whenever I leave they stand up on the landing showing the most pitiful faces. Not that I'm ever gone for that long! Queens of guilt trips reign on...

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Show us your Tongue!

That's all folks!