Point, Flush, Retrieve

A German Wire-Haired Pointer, or in my case a Deutsch Drahthaar, we have many skills which include pointing,  flushing, and the retrieving of game.

I’ve become quite skilled at running full speed, and doing the searching.  It’s fun and productive and so enjoyable! I have a hard time waiting for the next hunting season.

drax jumpI’m quite skilled at pointing as well!  Find the intended bird, give a point, check to see you are being noticed, flush ’em and boom! Maybe not all my points are poetic, but I get the job done! Practice, practice, practice is my motto and look forward to becoming the best I can be!

drax pointOnce you get the hang of it, you will have a most rewarding day of retrieving. I’ve had many, many trips and hunts.  And quite my share of retrieves, so I’m thinking I’m like a professional now! Chukers, pheasants, whatever your needs are, I’m on it!

drax retrieveAnd then just the other day, there I was minding my own business, and suddenly seeing this flying creature,  I gave chase.  Now I know it’s not hunting season, but why not practice. I pointed and flushed, I tried to retrieve, but sadly it was having none of it and turned and attacked!  OUCH! What happened? Oh no, my poor eye!! I don’t want to be blind! Get me some medicine, hurry please…..

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So to recap, flush, point and retrieve to your heart’s content, but definitely do NOT try to retrieve a Bee … They won’t be happy and neither will you!

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Handsome And Helpful

I usually try to spend my days staying out of trouble.  You know, the kind of trouble that keeps me from getting the perks of doggy treats and free roaming privileges.   I believe being helpful around the home will get me brownie points, and offset those times I misbehave.  That term “misbehave”, well, it’s pretty much up to the discretion of those around me.

Today was a good day! In fact, it was a great day!  I earned my keep by being the refrigerator watcher. It was kind of boring, but I watched to be sure the wires were secure and not dangerous while it was being repaired!   Stay low please, those wires look active!

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And then came time for dinner. So, basically I watched the corned beef to be sure it wouldn’t fall off the counter and accidentally become inedible! That cutting board was dangerously close to the edge. No, I’m not moving towards the food, I’m trying to push the board back a bit. It was a difficult task I might add!  It’s blurry, so I can see how it can be deceiving to the eye.

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After dinner came time for me to help make desert. Well, actually more like watch and count the cookies to be sure they were spaced properly.  Baking cookies is a fine art, so be sure to have the right temperature for the oven and correct baking sheets! Love, love, love the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking!

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Yep, today was a good day!  Lot’s of helping, lots of time spent with the family, and lots of praise came my way.  There you have it!  Not only am I handsome, but I am quite the helper around here! It was a long day and Diesel has the right idea, nap time here I come!

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Tomorrow will be here soon enough, and more opportunities to help.  I’m not just a pretty face after all!

Mother’s Day

Thank you to all the mom’s who keep us safe, warm and fed.  We know we will always be provided for when our stomachs are empty, and when our water bowls need to be refilled.

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Thank you for being sure we are comfortable and have a cozy bed to lie on and for the many gifts of toys.  You always find the time to be with us and give us the much needed activity we crave!

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Thank you for making sure we receive the care we need when we are sick and comforting us when we don’t feel well.  Hugs are the best medicine!

 

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Thank you for all the times you let us lay on you or lean on you, and you just stayed still knowing we needed some time to just be next to you.

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Yes, today we celebrate Moms. The wonderful, always caring, unconditional love of our MOMS!

 

Christmas Eve Happenings

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house…….

Diesel and I are trying to figure out what is going on all through the house! There’s noise, busy people in the other room, and music playing on the TV saying something about Ole’ Saint Nick? I don’t remember anyone with that name, do you Diesel?

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So I thought it was time for  one of us to check it out.  I tried peeking around the corner into the other room.   I’m not really sure what I saw, or what it all means, but it sure looked pretty important. Why else would they close the gate on us?

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WOW, I can see boxes wrapped in fancy paper!  Some neat looking toys, too! I can only hope they have a present on that table for me! Oh, and Diesel and Gunnar, too, of course!

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What?  An early Christmas present for us?  Thank you, it’s just what we wanted!  Tasty flavored nylabones, one beef and one chicken!  I just can’t choose which one I want more, but the chicken is what I got. I think Gunnar got a toy!

Sorry Diesel, I need to try the beef, and you didn’t look like you would mind sharing it with me!  I think what I would really like for Christmas is a larger bed. So Saint Nick, if you can, put that on my list for delivery tonight!

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….And not a creature was stirring, not even Drax…

Fridays with Lou

It has begun! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  No, not Christmas, HUNTING season.  You have yours and I have mine. The joy of hunting, the high paced flushing and retrieving of birds.  I’m on my game and ready for the season!  I had a little practice with this leaf. It just flew out of the tree and dangled on the fence,  a little disappointing it wasn’t a bird! Seriously, steady and still, watch me hold that pose!

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As I sit in my backyard, I hear all the shooting going on at the K-R Ranch which is across the road. Yes, it is one of my most favorite places.  It can be a little frustrating knowing all that activity over there doesn’t include me, though.

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Finally,  this past Saturday my best friend took me to the ranch, and we brought along one of his friends, Mr. Lou. We had such an amazing time our first day out.  I was swift, and I flushed so many birds over the 2 hours there. I even jumped the gun, and I mean that literally, and grabbed a couple of birds out of excitement before they could take flight. Sorry, I’ll try to curb my enthusiasm! It was a little tiring and I did take a brief rest, but you couldn’t stop me from soldiering on!

I’m told Mr.Lou had a great time too, and can’t wait until our next trip! This may even become a regular outing I hear on Fridays! This is my Field of Dreams come true!

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It was a long day, an awesome day, but now on to my much deserved nap in the sun. I bet Diesel wishes he could join us.  See you next week Mr. Lou!

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Fridays with Lou

It has begun! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  No, not Christmas, HUNTING season.  You have yours and I have mine. The joy of hunting, the high paced flushing and retrieving of birds.  I’m on my game and ready for the season!  I had a little practice with this leaf. It just flew out of the tree and dangled on the fence,  a little disappointing it wasn’t a bird! Seriously, steady and still, watch me hold that pose!

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As I sit in my backyard, I hear all the shooting going on at the K-R Ranch which is across the road. Yes, it is one of my most favorite places.  It can be a little frustrating knowing all that activity over there doesn’t include me, though.

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Finally,  this past Saturday my best friend took me to the ranch, and we brought along one of his friends, Mr. Lou. We had such an amazing time our first day out.  I was swift, and I flushed so many birds over the 2 hours there. I even jumped the gun, and I mean that literally, and grabbed a couple of birds out of excitement before they could take flight. Sorry, I’ll try to curb my enthusiasm! It was a little tiring and I did take a brief rest, but you couldn’t stop me from soldiering on!

I’m told Mr.Lou had a great time too, and can’t wait until our next trip! This may even become a regular outing I hear on Fridays! This is my Field of Dreams come true!

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It was a long day, an awesome day, but now on to my much deserved nap in the sun. I bet Diesel wishes he could join us.  See you next week Mr. Lou!

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Baaa Baaa Baaad

The Laundry Room. The all purpose mud room, and also it’s the place where my food dish and water dish gets filled up.  But they keep me waiting a little too long once in awhile, so the tossing and banging of the dish on the floor most definitely gets their attention.

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Usually, my water dish gets refreshed several times a day.  But some days it can’t come quick enough for me.  All that running around in the hot weather makes a pup thirsty don’t you know. Good thing I can help myself to some fresh water before the other dogs slurp and slop it all up.

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The laundry room, yep, it has many different sounds going on in there, too. Sometimes I enjoy laying on the floor listening to these gentle rumbles coming from the big white machines. Sometimes I try to dig at the stuff I see rolling and spinning around inside them.  I haven’t been caught, but I have left my mark behind. A few scratches here and there, sorry. That scratch on the wall, a little paint could fix that right up!

Then it happened.  While I was casually walking past the room, something caught my eye as it leaped, literally, out of the big white machine.  What luck I thought to myself.  I tracked it down and grabbed it. It was soft and chewy and round and awesome!  But it was also short lived happiness, I was cornered in the laundry room now with nowhere to go.

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It was a dryer sheep ball, and I really, really wanted to keep it!  I did put up a fight. Well, not so much a fight as it was more of a clenched jaw. Serious clenching, but I was wrong and finally gave it up.

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Sorry little sheep ball of wool!!

 

SMILING DOG CONTEST

“The Bark”, the magazine, is asking all owners of happy, smiling dogs and puppies to submit their favorite pictures to be included in the next several issues.

Here is my picture with best buddy, Diesel the Rottweiler,  which we are submitting.  We just came in from outside playing keep away, tug of war, catch me if you can, and well, I won every one if you must know!

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We are so excited to enter the contest!  So many happy dog pictures are displayed in the magazine, and always a great bunch of articles, I’m told, since I don’t read myself! So get out your cameras,  your cell phone, your goPro, whatever you use to capture the unmistakably HAPPY PICTURES of your Pup and send it in!

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Here is a picture of their subscription card, if anyone is interested.  ( I have not been paid nor have I been compensated for the endorsement of this magazine.) It’s a magazine about dogs, dogs and more dogs!  What more do you need to know?  DOGS!!  All breeds, all the time!

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Well, I’m getting ready for another round of Keep Away in the yard with Diesel. Maybe I should give him a chance to win once in awhile.  Maybe, I’ll think on it!

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Keep Smiling, My Friends!

 

 

 

 

 

Buckets, Bones and Blankets

Dear Blog,

My week in review!

Found this old bucket outside, thought I’d check what was inside of it.  Hmm, smells like there was dirt in it, but not any more from what I can see. These people seem to find the need to fill in the many holes I like to dig in the backyard! Well, something’s got to keep them on their toes! Just consider it exercise, I know I do.

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Then the bone I was enjoying suddenly, and without warning slid away from me and right through the steps and under the porch it went.  This also keeps them on their toes! All my whining and barking alerts them to the loss of my bone, and someone eventually retrieves it for me!  But Wait? What’s this? The porch steps are being closed up, look there’s a hammer and some wood slats!!   Problem solved I guess.  I will miss the whining, will they?

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Now on to the next event of the week, the Blanket banning!  I love blankets, I love anything soft and chewy, but they don’t appreciate my chewing.  There I was, minding my own business. Quietly laying on the floor, quietly gnawing on my blanket, when “cough, cough, gag”! A piece of blanket in my throat! Wow! And suddenly a hand opens my mouth and, yes, digs out a gooey, soft chunk of blanket. “Thank you, thank you for saving me!”  So,yep, that’s the end of that blanket. So, nope, no longer will I be left alone with another one. Probably safer that way!

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While most of the time my curiosity and my playfulness doesn’t get me in trouble, chewing on that blanket could have really hurt me. If somebody wasn’t there to help me, I could have choked, or swallowed it and got a bad, bad tummy ache if it got stuck inside me!  All’s well that ends well, at least this week!

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A Public Service Announcement

What is going on I asked?  Why am I experiencing thinning hair and baldness at such a young age as 2 years old?  It was quite the shock to suddenly have my hair falling out as you can imagine.   I’m a handsome dog, but this loss of hair is making me uncomfortable!

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So off I go to the doggy doctor to be checked out.  Could it be allergies? Could it be premature aging? No, that would be silly! Could I be sick? Dr. Prieto examines me, thinks maybe I need more vitamins or something,  and home we go with a bottle of oil type pills and a gentle shampoo. Hoping for this to be the end of it and hoping my awesome coat grows back.

Nope, nothing changes after a few weeks, and it looks like it’s getting worse. Back to the doctor we go.  She does some blood work, maybe it’s  a thyroid issue she says, whatever that means.  I’ll just lay around sulking, waiting for answers, feeling silly and still balding! No, I’m not too vain!

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Nope, nothing shows up in the blood work. That’s good, I’m otherwise healthy! And it’s back to the doctor we go, and by the way, do I have insurance for this??  She does a skin scraping, nothing there, no bugs of any kind. Good! She then takes a tool and proceeds to punch out some of my skin for a biopsy. “OUCH” …she says!!  Yep, she might want to have someone hold me a little tighter if she plans anything like that again. No, I didn’t bite her, just a little warning grab. My eyes, they say “I’m sorry”! I think she knows that! Dr. Prieto is quite the good sport!

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And then the call comes.  Third time’s a charm, finally an answer! She says it’s called “Seasonal Flank Alopecia”, such big words which mean temporary balding on both sides of my body. Yes, we know that, but why? And how do we fix this? She recommends melatonin, twice a day to help. It may be due to the winter months with less sun being out, it could affect the hair growth. Maybe this, maybe that, here’s to hoping I get my wiry coat back on track.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get used to that melatonin, made me a little too sleepy and unable to wake easily in the morning.  So we’ll just sit back and hope it only needs some time in the sun!  Sunning myself is easy enough, I like it outside! Tomorrow is another day, and each day it looks a little better!

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For all of my dog families out there, stuff like this happens sometimes.  Not all dogs get it, and Wirehair Pups like myself aren’t the usual breed affected by this condition. So get your puppies and doggies to the doctor to find out why they may be losing their hair. This has been a Pubic Service Announcement from yours truly, Drax!