Friday, March 27, 2009

Annual Checkup

Sable went for her check up yesterday, not fun for our precious girl. When Sable was a little puppy, we took her in the car with us all the time, she loved car rides. Somewhere along the way she has become anxious about car rides. She will get in the car fine, but pants, whimpers, and whines while we drive. So it is a good thing our vet is only a few minutes away.

Sable was such a good girl in the vet's office. She didn't like being on the table to be examined, she shook like a leaf! But she didn't whine or bark, even when she got her shot. She is healthy except she is a few pounds overweight. The vet admired her beautiful coat!

After her traumatic vet visit, Sable was a tired dog and slept the night away. But today she is back to her normal rambunctious self and we treated her to a new toy, she loves it as you will see.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Walking with Sable

Sable and I go for a walk every morning in the pre-dawn light, rain, fog, snow, or sunshine. We occasionally go for afternoon or evening walks on especially nice days or when Sable has been an extra, good girl.

Like any dog, Sable loves to be out and about sniffing trees, shrubs, grass, etc. and adding her scent wherever she feels it is necessary. Our morning walks are generally 1 to 3 miles, traversing various streets throughout our neighborhood. Sable and I are well acquainted with all the houses that have dogs, most of which bark at us as we walk by.

During the past year, Sable has started to look for one particular neighborhood dog, a shepherd mix. When we are a few houses away from the shepherd's house, Sable starts to get a little excited and pulls on the leash to get to the house quicker, the whole time she is looking at the house to get the first glimpse of the shepherd. Once the dogs have made eye contact the shepherd jumps up and down a bit and might bark once. Sable responds by prancing and pulling harder on the leash as we continue walking. The shepherd runs behind the house to get to the other side and leaps to put its front paws on the top of the chain link fence. Sable doesn't bark, she just continues to prance away down the sidewalk.

I think Sable is just a big tease! It is as if she enjoys seeing this shepherd behind the fence as she saunters away in her "freedom". There are many other dogs in fenced yards that Sable passes, but it is only the shepherd that gets the prancing dance from her. I know I'll never understand Sable's reaction to this particular dog, but I do know I'll never tire of Sable's antics.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Frisky Friday the 13th

Instead of a freaky Friday the 13th, Sable decided to have a frisky day. At 2 1/2 years of age Sable still can be a bit of a puppy. Today she was especially playful and was trying to goad me into play by taking a sock and trotting off with it. When the sock didn't get the desired result, she tried a pillow. The pillow was followed by a shoe. Sable didn't chew any of these items, they were just bait.

Since her bait tactics didn't work, Sable gave up and raided the garbage. I found her, looking innocent (of course), laying on my bed chewing on a piece of paper.

Oh well, what is a dog to do, but rest up til her human pal is ready to play. Sable did get her wish and we had several playtimes today to fulfill her Frisky Friday.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Merry Christmas in March

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Due to scheduling conflicts, some friends and I finally got together to celebrate Christmas just a few days ago. One gift is a very cute, motorized Begging Puppy that sings. Sable wasn't too sure what to make of our new friend.

Quotables

"When a dog wags her tail and barks at the same time, how do you know which end to believe?" ~Anonymous

Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend. ~Corey Ford