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This sweet little girl, Pepper, isn't so sweet anymore. 

If you will recall, I asked for some advice regarding our girls that were fighting all the time. 

I really do appreciate all your advice and words of encouragement. 

A couple of people mentioned talking to the Dog Whisperer, Cesar, so I went to his website and did a little research. I learned that we needed to be the dominate ones instead of letting one of the dogs dominate things. I am pretty sure a couple of you mentioned that as well. So, we started dominating more, and that has helped tremendously.

We have only had one more fight since we have changed the way we are handling things. It was the strangest thing. Little Miss Pepper, sweet as she could be girl, was the one that started the fight. Abby did not want to fight, and tried to get away. I was able to grab Pepper and keep them from fighting. 

Earlier this week, McD and I went to San Diego for a few days, and took Pepper to the vet to be spayed while we were away. We are hoping that she is still young enough that spaying her might help. 

We will see.

I wanted to let everyone know that we are keeping both dogs. We are working with them, and hope to see more and more improvement as time goes on.

Thanks again for all your feedback!! 


Puppy Love

Here's one of my favorite photos of Mia and Abby. Abby was less than a year old, and we hadn't had her ears cropped yet. She looks so little here!

Fast forward!

Abby will be three this month, it is unbelievable how time has flown right by us! Here's a more recent photo, she's grown quite a bit.

She is a super sweet girl when she wants to be, but in a blink of an eye her mood can change.  She was named after Pauley Perette's character "Abby" on NCIS. We *love* that show!!

Isn't she beautiful! 


There’s A Special Birthday in Our House Today

Abby is two years old today!

I have been looking back through the photos of her growing up.  I thought I would share a few with you.

This one is one of my favorites.  Of course, this is before her ears were cropped.

Here she is with her favorite toy.  She takes this football with her everywhere, even to bed.

Last winter.  We actually had snow last year. 

Happy Birthday Abby!  We love you!!!

Animals, Photos

Gifts for Abby

On January 31, Abby turned a year old. 

It is unreal that she is already a year old.  She thinks she is a person most of the time.  She loves laying on the couch, with *her* pillow, and *her* blanket.  Her blanket happens to be any blanket that is on the couch. 

She received two gifts for her birthday.

A nice juicy treat.  Of course, there were two dogs at this party, Mia received one as well.  Consider them the cupcakes of the party.

And a football. 

That squeaks!

At first she was scared of it.  Now she loves it!!

But the cat voices his disgust every time Abby plays with it.  Seriously!

ACR_0685 Since the following weekend was the Super Bowl, we felt a football was quite appropriate.

ACR_0686 She can play many different positions.  She is a blocker (as pictured above), a running back, a tight-end, and even a quarterback. 

I might just be a proud momma, but she is talented!


Animals, Family

Happy 1st Birthday Abby!

Today is Abby's first birthday!

It doesn't even seem possible for her to be a year old yet.  It seems like just yesterday we brought her home.


She was so tiny then.

She had such floppy ears.

She really, really wanted to big the BIG dog.  She wanted to be in charge. (Now she is both, the BIG dog and in charge.)

There are those floppy ears again.

This is what happened when we put her first collar on her.  She didn't like it.

She loves sleeping on our bed. 

We cropped her ears.

She falls asleep with her bone in her mouth just so Mia won't get it.

For some reason she likes to touch the tip of her ears together.  She was about 8 months old here.

She likes to snuggle with Mia on the couch.

Oh these were the days. :)  She still loves her treats!

Happy Birthday Abby! 

We will be celebrating her birthday a little later this evening when McD gets home.  Right now she is sacked out on the couch, enjoying the warmth of the fire and cutting her eyes at me when I mention that I am getting ready to go to the store.  She knows this means she has to go outside, and she knows it is cold out there.



Abby Update – Nov 2010

Our little girl is growing up. 

She is spoiled rotten!  Sometimes I think that is an understatement. 

The other night McD was in the livingroom watching some television, and I was in the kitchen piddling around.  When I made my way into the livingroom to take my place on the couch this is what I found.

Mia is in Abby's spot, and they barely left me any room at all. 

We never, never let any animals (except for Mordecai) on the couch.  Never!  Then we got this little puppy named Abby, right after we lost Hoss.  Abby does just about anything Abby wants to do, and she gets away with it.  Mia decided that if Abby could get on the couch, then she could to. 

Mia and Hoss always played with a rope.  They played tug of war with us for what seemed like hours.  They loved it.  Abby loved to take that rope and chew it into hundreds of tiny threads.  I kid you not.  I was so irritated that I forgot to take a photo.

We decided to get them something they can't tear up.  We got Nylabones.  They each have their own bone, but Abby thinks they are both hers.  Imagine that!?

Mia has become quite the sly dog.  If Abby is getting attention, and Mia wants attention, she will go get one of the bones and start chewing on it.  Abby realizes that Mia has her bone, and takes off to get "her" bone.  Mia then slinks over to whoever was giving Abby attention, and gets all the attention she wants.  It works every time.

Abby playing with her bone.


Here she is after she fell asleep playing with her bone.

She slept like this for almost an hour. 



We Are Home

We made it home this morning at 3 a.m. and we were so very happy to sleep in our own bed.  I actually slept for the first time in 2 nights.  It felt good!

The first thing on my agenda this morning was to go and get Abby, Mia and Mordecai.  I could hardly wait! 

Abby had her ears cropped so she had to skip the ride in the back of the pick-up.  I think Mia kind of liked having the whole pick-up bed to herself.  Abby on the other hand wanted to see Mia.  They were not able to stay with each other since Abby had her ears done.

She was ready to model again.  She loves the camera.  Let me rephrase.  She loves the camera when she wants to love the camera.  Today she was a total ham.

Her ears are quite a bit smaller now, and she is looking more and more like a Doberman.  She is doing great, and doesn't seem to be in any pain.

Here is where she decided she wanted to be camera shy. 

Mia on the other hand wanted to smile for the camera, and that is rare.

Now I am headed to go lay in the floor with them.  They need some attention something fierce!  Mordecai just needs to go hide somewhere so we don't have to deal with his attitude anymore.  Cats and being boarded at the vet don't really mix well. :)  Will keep that in mind next time.


A Worried Mother – Abby

WOW!  It's only Tuesday! Time tends to move slowly when you are looking forward to something.  That is how it works for me anyway.

We are off in another world, okay another state, but still.  McD had a business meeting this week, and if I actually had a job I would not have been able to join him.  So, I am kind of glad I am not working right now. 

I am ready for Thursday!  Why?  Well, it might sound silly to some people, but I miss my girls!  I miss Abby a little bit more than Mia right now, and that might sound horrible but that is how it is people.  I do have a good reason though.  Little Abby had her ears cropped yesterday morning.  I was all out of sorts yesterday because I wasn't there for her.  It drove me nuts!  So I decided to call the vet clinic and check on her. That is normal, right?  When the very nice lady answered the phone I told her who was calling, and then I told her that I was the worried mother calling to check on Abby.  I heard her smile.  Really, you CAN hear people smile over the phone, and she smiled.  She said that it wasn't a problem and she went to check on Abby for me.  She came back and told me that Abby was just waking up, but that I could call back that afternoon.  How sweet was that? 

We went to lunch at the Cherry Cricket and loved it!  I don't mean loved it.  I mean LOVED it!  This is the very first place we have been that actually cooked the hamburgers as ordered.  Back where we are from if you order a Medium hamburger it is still Well Done.  Here, oh my word, if you order a Well Done hamburger you get a Well Done hamburger.  If you order a Medium hamburger it is MEDIUM! It was THE best hamburger I have ever had.  Oh my, I might need to go back today.  If you are ever in the Denver area you must, MUST go there. 

After lunch we ran into some people we kind of sort of know real well, so we had to stop and visit.  I was chomping at the bit to go call and check on Abby again.  Oh, but I must be nice and friendly first.  I had to tell myself that several times, especially when it turned to shop talk and I was just holding down a chair.  All of these people are very nice, and they tried to include me in the conversation as much as possible and I tried to look interested.  Ever had to do that?  Try to look interested?  Normally, I would have been interested.  Yesterday, they were talking as a group mind you, it wasn't a one-on-one conversation or I would have paid better attention.  But as they were talking I was saying a prayer for Abby. 

Poor Abby!  It is her first time to be boarded at the vet, and she gets her ears done, and I'm not there to spoil her.  I mean take care of her, hold her and make her pancakes with syrup favorite meal.  Yes, I felt guilty!

We finally escaped broke away from the group to go on a walk.  We did go on a walk, but we called to check on Abby right away.  And I think I fell for McD all over again when he said, "Would you call and check on Abby?" He missed her, and wished he could be there for her too.  He didn't say that in so many words, but he tried to make me feel guilty for leaving her so I knew he felt the guilt pangs too.  He really is a sensitive guy.  The bald head, muscles, and tough guy look could lead you to believe he isn't, but believe you me…He Is.

When I called the second time the doctor got on the phone and tried to make me feel better.  He said that she was doing great!  He knew that this was her first time to be boarded, and he let me know that she was a natural.  She wags her little nub every time someone comes to see her, or just walks by and speaks.  He said that she went through the surgery great, and that she kind of resembles the Flying Nun right now.  I asked him if she is on anything for pain.  Yea, giggle if you want, but that was one of my biggest concerns is that she was in pain and I wasn't there.  Dr. W was great.  He didn't giggle or anything, he just told me that she is doing great and isn't acting like she is in any pain at all.  He said she won't hurt unless she shakes her head, and they want that to hurt a little because they don't want her to shake her head for a while.  So they are not giving her anything for pain.  Just in case you were concerned as well.

We will pick them up on Thursday.  We are looking forward to it, Abby is probably looking forward to it, Mordecai is really ready, and Mia is probably enjoying the alone time.  :)  That's okay, I completely understand!