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Celebrating Annie

Having a puppy reminds me of the years when my kids were little and we counted their age progression in months. 3 mos., 8 mos., 17 mos., etc.

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My life-sized Christmas bear

Winn turned 9 mos. this week and as fun as is to watch her grow and change, I am also reminded that Annie continues to age as well. She has a few more grey hairs on her muzzle and is having a slow recovery from recent oral surgery.  Aside from those two reminders, she still acts like the Annie that I know.

Every morning she runs to the back door with an urgency and expression that says, “outta my way, I gotta pee!” and I smile as I watch her quickly go down the stairs and run around the yard looking for the perfect spot to relieve herself.

She sleeps a lot and I love watching her snuggle up in her bed as she snores away the afternoon. When she is waking up, she will rub her face and head all over her bed, groan, snort, and roll around.F3900E19-B1D5-40C7-B1B1-D1F7B7397FC7

Her stomach is her time clock. She gets restless and lets me know with an elbow nudge, a bark or a stare when she thinks I should be in kitchen preparing her meal. Currently, she’s on multiple, small meals which suits her just fine. I think she takes great pleasure in getting fed more times than other two! (Of course they get a little smackerel while she’s occupied with her bowl.)

Since it is recommended that senior dogs get twice yearly health checks, I think it’s only fair that they should have twice yearly birthday celebrations. Yesterday Annie turned 11 1/2!

I decided not to put on birthday hats, instead I tied a big red ribbon on each of them.  I froze some vanilla yogurt in my cupcake mold and brought them out after dinner. They were a big hit! It was such an easy treat to create, and they loved it. They knew something good was coming their way when the camera came out and after they each had one, they chased me into the kitchen for seconds. IMG_6837

We love you Annie, you make every day a wonderful day. We will plan a HUGE celebration for your 12th birthday in June!

Maisie’s country dream

We recently visited the family that fostered Annie after her rescue.  They live on a huge, beautiful piece of property that includes chickens, guinea hens and 5 Newfoundland dogs.

Maisie adapted very well to all of the open space and while she wasn’t successful in getting the other dogs to play with her she did discover a new love for chickens.

img_3021While Maisie is pretty comfortable being a city dog, it was really fun to see her flourish in the country.  She loved running free.  She stuck her nose up and sniffed the fresh air.  She raced through the tall grass and got wet with the morning dew.  And she made friends with a chicken.

If I ever doubted her gentleness, that was put to rest with this interaction.  She regularly chases bunnies and squirrels in our back yard.  I have seen her catch a bunny a couple of times, and she acts like she wants to hug them but they usually escape too quickly.  With this chicken, she was allowed her moment of affection.  She hugged it, rested her chin on her back, and carefully sniffed her all over.  Once she was done, the chicken hopped up and ran off.  It was a beautiful moment and Maisie was thrilled that she had made a new friend.img_3023

Annie’s midnight mayhem

A couple of months ago I was mystified by the disappearance of items, mainly from the kitchen.  The mystery has been solved and indeed, Annie is the culprit.

The table outside has also proven to be a source of good crumbs. Sometimes there are leftovers from the the night before after the table is cleared in near darkness.

Are dogs like people in that when one sense starts to weaken another gets stronger?  Annie’s eye sight is compromised, especially in her right eye and sometimes I think her hearing may be getting weaker as well.  However, her sense of smell is just fine and quite precise!  It almost seems that it is getting stronger.  As time has gone by, she has gotten more adventuresome and she has made new discoveries.  Chances are, if she swipes along the counters she might knock something off that is quite delicious.  She has also learned to trust her nose to target specific areas so she’s gotten quite successful with this technique.

Our previous Newf Bailey was always hungry and would get into anything that was left out. We learned to always survey the area before we left the house and look for things that might appeal to her.  Occasionally she would still find something, but it was pretty rare.  She’s been gone for about 3 years and Maisie has no desire to search for food so we’ve gotten pretty relaxed about leaving things out. I am having to retrain myself to make sure everything is put away or out of reach because the bottom line is, if she gets something, it’s my fault that she found it.

We are finally starting to see her true personality.  She is so affectionate and is very silly.  She roams around the house with confidence and I love seeing her so comfortable in her surroundings.  Annie has only lived indoors for the last 2 years.  First in her foster home and now with us.  That has opened up so many new discoveries that she really is like a kid in a candy shop.  Everywhere she turns, there are nice things just for her.  She is warm, she is fed, her water bowl is always full and she has multiple beds to choose from.  When one gets hot or uncomfortable, she just moves.  She lets out little moans of contentment in her sleep and it’s wonderful!  I love seeing her so happy, so really, her joy of discovering treasure when my back is turned is also wonderful.  She has no fear in our house, and that is exactly what I was hoping she would discover.

One morning, I came down and there were paper wrappers all over the kitchen floor.  I was so confused because Annie had come up to bed with me the night before, and was still upstairs with my husband.  I had gone shopping the day before and had stopped into a new pet store and bought a couple of toys and some Nature’s Miracle.  Before I left  a bag of “samples” was thrown into the bag.  They were in a brown paper lunch bag that was stapled shut and decorated with stickers.  I didn’t open it and had forgotten about it when I went upstairs that night. The sample bag was still in the shopping bag in the middle of our kitchen island.  At some point in the night, Annie had tiptoed downstairs, gotten the bag off of the island and torn into the smaller bag finding 3 different food and treat samples.  For a dog with no front teeth, she has proven to be perfectly capable of tearing into sealed plastic bags!

I remembered a story her foster mom told that one night she got up to let one of the dogs out and when she came downstairs in the dark she was greeted by two black dogs that had white faces. In her confusion, she flipped on the light and was greeted by Annie and Rayne and a bag of flour that had been ripped open and strewn about!  Rayne is their #1 scavenger and if something is within reach, she will find it.  This was Annie’s first lesson in the art of midnight munchie counter surfing.

There has been one other successful midnight kitchen raid that resulted in a shredded, empty treat bag on the floor so now the kitchen is surveyed very closely before we head to bed.  The idea that she wakes up, quietly sneaks downstairs without waking us and then returns hopefully with a full belly really makes me smile.  She still has success with mid-day discoveries and this weekend she snatched a loaf of bread that was with a few things that still had to be put away after a trip to the grocery store.  I had run upstairs to change laundry loads and when I came back down there was only 1 loaf where there had been 2.  Sure enough, the plastic bag was ripped open and was in the back of her crate along with a pile of crumbs.  At least it was bread, I had quickly put away everything that I thought would appeal to her (lunch meat, a pot roast, some cheese and butter) but somehow thought the bread was safe.  The answer is obvious, everything must be considered irresistible because she keeps having success.  The only way to guarantee that her waistline wont continue to expand is to remove temptation immediately!