Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Why a Black Lab:

10. They are so easy to find in a snowstorm!
9. If you like to wear jeans a lot, black fur doesn't really show up as much as yellow!
8. Black and white photography is so much fun!
7. Their coats are so shiny and their teeth look whiter on a black background!
6. You and your new black lab will make a great fashion statement, as all the new hot collars look great on a black background!
5. You never know if they've been rolling in mud!
4. Makes a game of hide and seek in the dark, oh so challenging!
3. More likely to scare off a bad guy, or they'll lick the intruder to death!
2. You look so chic and accessorize so easily with a black lab. They match that little black dress or black pants that go with everything!
1. Walking a black lab makes you look 10 lbs thinner!

Monday, January 21, 2008

"Making" Her Bed:

After spending some time "making" her bed, LW needs a nap!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

At the End of My Rope:

I have never harbored a fondness for the leash. To me, it represents yet another human attempt to control a creature meant to run free. This sentiment was probably inspired by my first dog: a beautiful collie mix who was loving, trusting and loyal; a friend who wouldn’t leave my side, no matter what. In fact, I can’t recall ever owning a leash for her. Our family adopted her from a farm when I was 4 years old. Shortly after my 18th birthday my house filled with an overwhelming silence, an anomaly resulting from, and accentuated by, the missing sound of her paws on the floor. Though I’m not a fan of them, I do understand the need for a leash in certain circumstances, and I support the numerous leash laws in our county. With the burgeoning population in many areas, comes increased traffic flow. This necessitates the leash being employed for the safety and well-being of our 4 legged friends. It’s a situation somewhat analogous to the seat beat laws: no one likes the wrinkled clothing and bulky straps, but we know they must be endured as they are there to protect us.

Orlando, being exactly like my first dog, is granted the privilege of being “leash free” at any safe opportunity as he will stay close by my side. Conversely, Murphy will accept any such occasion as an opportunity to run off and join the French Foreign Legion for dogs (that is until he discovers an hour later this organization was only a rumor and then promptly returns home, bearing a humble posture). Thus, he must wear a leash but is often allowed to drag it along on his travels (convinced he’s still tethered with it on). LW, like any of my SE puppies, is never permitted off leash by TSE rules. Often, we will take our three dogs for long outings in the woods. On one such foray recently, Orlando trotted along by my side, Murf was given as much freedom as a dragging leash allows and LW was on a 50 foot cord. As the two “leash free” dogs trotted along sniffing and jumping through the tall grass and reeds, LW (who was limited to the range of 50 feet) suddenly comes to an abrupt stop. It appeared she had come to “the end of her rope.”

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

Is That Dinner I Smell?

With hopeful anticipation, she drops the prize stick at her feet. Then, much to her disappointment, she learns the T-bone on the neighbor's grill was NOT for her.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Puppy at Play

Innocent until proven guilty; we are awaiting the results of the DNA testing on the evidence left behind, but we are pretty sure it was the "Puppy at Play”.

Puppy at Work

Friday, January 11, 2008

LW, Come

Yes, she has mastered the "come" command.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Friday, January 4, 2008

Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Collar

Let's hope the new collar lasts longer than the new Santa toy!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Years Resolutions



10. To cut down on my chew toy consumption.

9. To spend more time with fresh, rather than “recycled” food

8. To stay out of the trash cans

7. To do things when told once (ok, let’s not push it, let’s say in only three times)

6. To let my brother Murphy actually guide himself around for a change

5. To refrain from leaving surprises in the living room outside of the holiday season

4. To sleep at night and play during the day, not vice versa

3. To refrain from slobbering on the hand that feeds me

2. To spend more time at the park meeting hunky shepherds

1. To refrain from eating "fermented fruit."