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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 have been 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 unmistakable HAPPY PICTURES of your Pup and send it in!

Smile Contest

Here is a picture of their subscription card, if anyone is interested.  ( I have not been paid nor have I been compensated for the plug 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!

 

 

 

 

 

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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2017 New Year Resolutions

Christmas is almost here, there are decorations everywhere and in every room. A beautiful tree in the house is always exciting to see. Then there are these owls I spotted in the yard and they’re pretty cool all lit up at night!

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Well, decorations are in almost every room. Here in the kitchen where Diesel and I hang out, not too much decorating going on. I have a feeling there isn’t much trust in us to leave all the awesome looking, glittering and bright ornaments and trimmings alone. Even Gunnar gets stuck in the kitchen occasionally with us when all the hustle and bustle of Christmas decorating is happening!

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And of course, there’s that Naughty and Nice list going on again this year. I’ve been trying every chance I get to share my toys with Diesel. At least most of the time! Sometimes it’s just too tempting when new toys are bought and to not want them all for myself. Diesel just has to wait while I check them out!  Your turn’s coming, promise!  Just let me gnaw on them a little longer.

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Helping in the kitchen is always one of my favorite things to do. Just to let Santa Claus know I’ve been trying to change my ways, I won’t be jumping up on the counter stealing the toast today. Help whip those eggs for you?? It would be my pleasure!

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I do have a New Year’s resolution to do better at listening to “commands” and “requests”. And I will be working on that in 2017, because that paper towel on the counter was just taunting me today.  The naughty corner, yes, I hear you……let me know when my two minutes are up.

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Let’s all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  By the way, who’s hat is this and why all the fuss to give it back?

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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!

Let it Snow, let it Snow, let it Snow…..

Although the GREAT Snow Storm was already a month ago, I’m going to share some pictures of our yard.  It was the coolest thing to have snow so deep I could barely walk, and so thick I could barely see as it came down!20160123_130412-1

 

But I still was able to sniff out some birds that tried landing in the yard, or maybe it was a squirrel??

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And try as I might, and even getting way, way down into the snow with my nose, I couldn’t find anything…..

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So I went back to the house to try and help clear the snow from the steps. And my good friend Diesel, well, he just watched from inside the doorway!

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Say CHEESE!

Well, well !! Finally !!  They brought along a  photographer to take pictures during our hunt for pheasant, chucker  and whatever else I could flush out at KR Ranch!  I  was so ready for all my close-ups… (is this my good side?)

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And action shots…  I GOT ONE !

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I GOT  ANOTHER !!

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It was really cool having someone  come along on our hunting expedition to capture all my awesomeness on film!  I suppose she captured some good shots of the guys too, since they were there, and they did, in fact, do their part keeping up with me quite well!

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It was a fast and furious day, a lot of running, a lot of flushing, a lot of chasing, and most of all, a lot of praise for doing my part.  Occasionally I did get quite involved in the search and felt somewhat lost in all those weeds, but one look over my shoulder and I saw the guys right behind me!  “Way to keep up !!”  See, I can give praise too!

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Then it became late, and I was called to come back and that we were done for the day. NOOOO, this is much, too much fun, and I am NOT ready to leave!!  Apparently giving me water to drink was not to help me keep going on, but to lure me back to the jeep to head home.  It came out of their ” bag of tricks”, and here I thought they said bag of treats…that’s in my “must remember for next time” memory!

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I was so sad, and also I was not going to make it easy on them!! It took two of them to get me back into that crate!!

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It was a good day all around, even if it ended too soon.  On the bright side, I overheard that next week I’ll be going to KR ranch TWO DAYS for some more fun!!  They call it “working the dog”, that’s me the dog,  but it’s definitely not work to me!  Also I’m still wondering where the cheese was that photographer kept promising us all day??

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