German wire-haired pointer

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. They 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, wow, 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 excitement, 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 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? The doctor examines me, thinks maybe I need more vitamins or something,  and home we go with 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, looking silly and 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, who pays for all 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!

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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 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 not enough outside time during 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 be sure why they may be losing their hair. This has been a Pubic Service Announcement from yours truly, Drax!

Waiting on a Friend

I’ve been trying to find some new hobbies to conquer or something to keep me busy when I’m not out hunting.  With all this snow,  I am told there is a lack of birds to be flushed at the K&R Ranch. So here I sit in the house biding my time.

Waiting…..wondering…..looking for something to do.  I’m  just waiting on a friend.

Oh, look!!  My friend Adam is playing some kinda game on his little, awesome phone, which I can’t see from way down on the floor.  Let me get a closer look,  maybe I can join in? I’ll try the sweet whispers in the ear trick! Psst!! Oh Adam, let me play too!

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Well that was uneventful, unproductive and BORING! There really wasn’t much for me to see on that phone.  Not sure what he finds so interesting.

Oh, goody, he’s got an apple in his other hand!  I LOVE apples!  Hey, maybe just a little bite for your faithful, loyal, loving, and BORED friend??? Please??

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That, too, was unproductive. Not so much as a lick!! Time to move on…..

Now I’m looking for a game of toss and fetch, and there’s Grandma in the other room. She looks lonely, like she could go for a brisk game or two!  Come on outside and play with me, Grandma!

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I don’t think she can hear me!

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Oh Well….thanks Mick, the Rolling Stones sang it best!

I’m just standing in a doorway.
I’m just trying to make some sense.

I’m not waiting on a lady, I’m just waiting on a friend…..

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I’m just waiting on a friend….

Dog Day Afternoons

It’s been a little boring around here, not much going on,  not even so much as food being dropped on the floor. But I’ll wait along with Gunnar to see if that changes! That’s how I keep active, by sprinting for the food to see who gets there first!  I don’t think today is the day, apparently Gunnar is still hopeful!

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Last week I had to find a way to amuse myself . I couldn’t find anyone around to play fetch with but I found this big old stick in the yard and hope to get it into the house someday, you know, when they aren’t looking!

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Of course I can always just lay around the house and try to stay out of trouble, but that doesn’t last long.  Blankets, am I right? They are too hard to resist, a little gnawing, a little tossing around, a little ripping!! Ooops, I got caught!!

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So sorry, that’s about it around here. Diesel and I will stay cozy together on these cold days and wait for Spring like everyone else.

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Oh Look!! It snowed last night!!  Fun, fun, fun, chasing snowballs, toys and sometimes even shovels!!  Time for Play!

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Thanksgiving Thoughts

This is my second Thanksgiving with my family, and now I have a Grandma living with us to be most thankful for.   You know how Grandma’s like to spoil their grandchildren?  Well the same can be said about spoiling their grandpuppies!

Occasionally we will be minding our own business, when suddenly a snack of bread will come our way, or chunk of chicken happens upon the floor!   Not sure if it’s intentional all the time, but definitely some of the time!  So I just wait it out!

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If I wait long enough by the counter, there’s the chance she will give me treats, or at least there’s the possibility that I can snatch something  when she’s not looking! Toast, yummy!

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I’m thankful for another year of being in a loving home, and now being loved by a Grandma!  I mean, really?  How could she resist this face??

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Weekend Warrior

The Weekend!  It’s that time again to get some pheasants, chukers and serious flushing done.  Getting ready on Saturday for my much needed hunt the next day!  I need to get myself some sufficient protein for energy, some exercise to stretch those muscles, I must get some sleep, too, and then I will be ready for sure!

Early morning running is great, playing keep away is better!

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Finally, lunch time and I found myself checking out a tuna fish sandwich someone carelessly left unattended for just a short time, but long enough…BAM!  Seriously I am quick!!

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Afterwards, it was time to go outside for some exercise, some running in circles, tossing a stick, a little tug of war with Diesel. But the best part was enjoying the sunshine and some sleep!

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Dinner time came, and oops,turned your back for a second!  BAM, a piece of T-Bone left on your plate was mine!  Protein is awesome when it’s done medium rare, so delicious! I’m always looking for those moments I can sneak some people food off a plate.

Sunday morning, finally, and it couldn’t come soon enough.  I was up and about early, so very, very early as a matter of fact.   Where are you, when are we going?  I’m ready, WHERE ARE YOU??

8:00 am and off we went to the K-R Ranch and everything was wonderful. I flushed, I pointed and I retrieved.  Then I got tired.  It was a quick and frenzied kind of day, and I really wasn’t as agile and prepared as I thought I was.  We called it a day after about an hour, and back home we went.

Cleaning up the mornings worth of birds, and BAM, I’m out like a light, ZZZZZZZ!

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Next weekend isn’t that far off, you can bet I’ll be better prepared!

Halloween Happenings

The Graveyard, cemetery, home of  beloved family members after passing on, we have one down the road from us!  There have always been stories of  strange goings on in the houses that are on this road. Objects moving in the rooms and sometimes items mysteriously disappearing and all defying any explanation…ghosts, souls, maybe poltergeists? I don’t rule anything out! Even my doggy bed sometimes disappears and reappears late in the day! No explanation ever given.

So I thought maybe it was time to contribute to a holiday, and what better one than Halloween? They’ll never guess what is going on.

What? Food missing from the counter in the kitchen?  Not me!!  Chairs moving around the room? Seriously, it wasn’t me!! Ghosts?

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A bang,  a crash,  a bar stool knocked over!  I didn’t see anyone,  did you?

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Strange knocking on the doors?? We’re innocent I tell you!  Maybe Poltergeists?

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After all, it’s that time of  year for lots of spooky and eerie happenings!!  So why are we pups being blamed for all this paranormal activity??

OOPS!!  Caught in the act!! That’s some serious night vision camera you got there!!

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I’m looking forward to Halloween, and maybe a costume is in my future? I’m not sure but I certainly hope so!  I hear that’s the only way to move among the ghosts on Halloween night and score some candy and doggy treats!

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Happy Trick or Treating! Be safe out there!

Grandparents Day

I heard it was grandparents day this past Sunday.  I hope everyone was sure to let their grandparents know how much they are loved.

“Grandparents, like heroes, are as necessary to a child’s growth as vitamins.” — Joyce Allston

 

Grandma, she  officially moved in a week ago, ready to get the next chapter in her life going,  full speed ahead!   And I’ll be here to help her navigate if she’ll let me! She found her new room waiting for her.  Laptop and desk set up,  check!  Comfortable bed, check!

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It might take some time for her to settle in, so I thought it would be a good idea to show her where to find the goodies!  You know, Grandma does love her sweets!  And look, she even took along a basket to fill up, how smart was that?

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Then came dinner time and I thought I should be considerate and show her the best place to sit.  Of course, it was right by me and Diesel.  Just in case she should drop anything, we are the clean up crew!

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There you have it, Grandma is adjusting just fine so far.  Now with all this help I’ve been giving her, maybe I could ask her to help me out in my time of need.  Unfortunately this dish ends up empty pretty fast….

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“Every house needs a grandmother in it.” — Louisa May Alcott

 

Trust

 

Well, well, well. They apparently have started to let their guard down. Silly people! TRUST they call it.   I have after all been on my “best behavior”. However, that is up to interpretation depending on who you talk to!!  TRUST, I’m liking that word!  It’s like an all Access Pass! Silly people!

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I  tell you this because I  recently found a bag of bagels left out on the counter. TRUST. Nope, never expected that, and yes, all four of them were delicious!  Yep, I said four, no sharing here! They jokingly asked me why I didn’t wait for the Lox, not sure what they meant?

I can also tell you this is true because of the package of chicken cutlets I found on the counter.   Again, it must be TRUST. Somebody walked out of the room for just a little too long!  I took them into the backyard, but I just couldn’t get them open fast enough, the wrapper was on way too tight!!  Sadly, no chicken dinner for me!

Which brings me to today.  Everything was quiet, so I ventured into the kitchen sink. I’m thinking maybe I would find food left on a plate or something.  Nope, no leftovers, but I did find a plastic container in the sink.  It was clean but I still grabbed it and ran.

I apparently alerted someone with all that clanking sound.   Not to mention that small clue I left behind, so they knew that’s where the noise came from!

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 What fun I was having, tossing that plastic container around in the yard. Diesel wanted to get in on it but alas it was taken away shortly after they found us outside. Something about foam not being good for my digestive system and other stuff like that, but I didn’t understand or care!

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I guess I’ll be seeing a lot more of that laundry room again….It’s really not that bad, kinda cozy, always food and water available.  Here’s to TRUST, and trying to get it back!! 

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Que the Beach Boys, “In my Room”

There’s a world where
I can go and
Tell my secrets to
In my room
In my room

Do my dreaming and my scheming
Lie awake and pray
Do my crying and my sighing
Laugh at yesterday

In my Room….

 

 

Doggy Daycare

I’m Baaaaack …. I didn’t disappear, but knowing that my days are pretty much filled with the same old stories and misadventures I didn’t want to bore anyone. There is the continuous jumping up on the counters, still!!  Stealing the knob off the washing machine, again,   but this time it is really broken!  There was the time I got the SECOND set of weather stripping off from around the door …not happy people at all!

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I got out of the kitchen gate, twice in one day, stole some socks (almost swallowed one), grabbed a buckwheat pillow and dragged it outside…… don’t know what that filling was, but now it’s all in the grass!!  Yep, I seem to get these moments of crazy, not as often anymore, but when I do, LOOK OUT!!

 

Recently my hunting partner, master and good buddy had  double knee surgeries done, and would be unable to play and exercise with me for awhile. I missed him when he was gone. We did have some quiet moments together before he left for a week though.

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Now that he is home recuperating, I seem to get a little too active around him.  The K-R Ranch has allowed me to visit them during the day, and run with their hunting dogs and play and play and play!!  It is super fun, and at the end of the day, I’m exhausted……

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We all get what we need, I get to play at doggy daycare, and my family gets a little break!