Sunday, December 10, 2017

Fixed? Oh no! I mean, oh... good... (by Ojo)

Hi hi hi! Ojo here!

You fixed my toy??


Oh NO!

I mean, oh good. Thank you. Really. I am so excited that you fixed my toy. Now Santa will not need to bring me a new one. This is great. Really. (Sigh.)

Okay...

Actually, it's kind of fun. I really do like this toy!


But just don't tell Santa, okay? I still want NEW toys for Christmas! Please?


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Another dead toy! (by Ojo)

Dear Santa,

Another toy had an accident! Please bring new toys for Christmas!

Thank you, I love you!
Ojo




Friday, December 1, 2017

A toy story! (by Ojo)

Hi hi hi! Ojo here!

I was very clever! Look what I did to my toy! I made it dead!

I did it for a very good reason! Let me tell you why...


It started with these things. They appeared on the wall!


This is very exciting! This means that SANTA is coming!

The little one belongs to Cobi, and the big one is MINE!

I started getting excited thinking about all the things Santa could put into my big stocking! Bones! Treats! And, of course, TOYS!!

But then my person said to me, "Ojo, you do not need any more toys. You and Cobi already have twenty-gazillion toys. They are everywhere. You do not need any more."

I reminded my person that we love toys!

And she said, "Yes Ojo, I know you do, but you do not need any more."

Hm. This is not good.

Look here. This is me and Cobi chewing on our toys. See how much we love our toys? And see how gentle we are with them?


We are very Good. We take good care of our toy-friends! Our toys last forever! We suck on them and chew on them, and we play tug with our person, and we make them squeak! But friends, all of our toys are in very good condition, and almost all of the squeakers still work!

Because we are very good and very gentle with our toys!


But wait.

This is why we do not get NEW toys!

So I had an idea... A very perfect, perfectly naughty, but perfectly perfect idea...


I deaded my toy!

I took all the guts out! I pulled out the squeaker! I pulled out the plastic bit and chewed it in half!

(This is the first time I have deaded a toy in ages and ages! I forgot how satisfying it was!)


Aren't I clever! Now Santa will have to bring me a new toy!

Wait, what did you say Cobi? Deading a toy is naughty?? And Santa doesn't come for naughty Dogs?

No, that cannot be right. Santa will come for Clever Dogs! And that's me! I am a very Clever Dog!

Dear Santa,
My toy is Dead.
For Christmas please bring me a new toy. And bones. And treats.
Thank you. I love you!
- Ojo.



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Fall in our forest

This if Fall in our forest. Damp and smells and trees and leaves and wet. We love Fall in our forest!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Lost!

Today Ojo and my person got LOST!

I know THEY were the ones who were lost because I knew exactly where I was. It was them that were missing!

Here is what happened.

For some reason, Car decided to park in a different spot this morning. This was very silly of Car, so of course, at the end of our walk, I went all the way back to the regular place where Car likes to park. This is many minutes of walking. But Car was not there. And neither was Ojo. And neither was my person.

So I walked in a big loop, since clearly they were lost. I had to look all over for them.

Meanwhile, Ojo and my person barely went anywhere at all. They stayed on the same path where we'd seen each other last, and kept looking for me there. But clearly this was silly. Why would they stay there, when I was somewhere else?

As I was walking and looking, I told every person and every Dog that I passed that my pack was missing. Finally, someone found my person and told her where I was, and she and Ojo came to find me.

When I saw Ojo and my person approaching on the path I played it very cool. I simply walked up to them and rejoined their pack. I hoped they would not notice.

But they did notice. Ojo gave me a sniff, and my person gave me a nice pet. But then she said to me, "Cobi, what were you doing on this path? We haven't walked on this path for months!"

I told her that clearly she and Ojo were lost, and so I had to go looking everywhere to find them.

And then she asked me, "Oh Cobi, why didn't you use your nose to track us down?"

At this point, friends, I must admit that I had to turn away.

Because I forgot to look with my nose! Instead I was just looking with my eyes, and they are nowhere near as good at finding lost packmates as my nose is. And I know this because I have passed the first two classes of Search and Rescue Dog training, and I am very good at finding people with my nose. But today I completely forgot!

This was very embarrassing.

Although, honestly, my person wasn't looking with her nose either!

So then we went back to where Car decided to park today, and then I remembered that things were different today because there were big trucks taking up the usual place that Car usually likes to go.

So this was a bad part to our Walk today, but in the end it is all good friends, because I found my lost person, and I found Ojo who I'm sure was lost too.

So now I can go have a nap. And next time I will keep a very close eye on Ojo and my person so they do not get lost again!


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sunrise! (by Ojo)

Hi hi hi! Ojo here!

We got up early! But not that early I guess, because the sun is sleeping in longer now! But still early for us! And we went for a Sunrise Walk!


The sun was barely starting to peek over the mountains and the trees! The birds were not even singing yet!


The squirrels and bunnies were not awake. I am not sure why I was awake.


But I will never, ever say "no" to a Walk!

You cannot see it very well, but there was frost on the ground! It melted very quickly in the peeking yellow sun. But all of the nighttime smells were fresh and crisp!


It was a lazy Walk. We did much sniffing, and much stick-chewing. And our person pointed her big-black-eye around taking pictures.


And then the sun came up fully into the sky, and the day was started. Hello, new day!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Jacobi and the Bad Good Bad Good Day

Dear friends,

I had a Bad Good Bad Good Day.


Bad Thing Number One

The first Bad Thing happened last night.

Last night there was something Bad with my crate-den. At bedtime I did not want to go inside.

My person did not listen. She insisted that I go in, and because I am a Good Dog I went into by crate-den for her. But as soon as she shut the door I started banging with my paw to be let out.

My person let me out, but she did not understand. She took me outside to pee again. I did not need to pee again. She led me to the water bowl in case I needed to drink. I did not need to drink.

Then she told me to go back into my crate-den. I refused.

At this point, friends, I must admit that we got annoyed with each other. I kept trying to tell her that there was something BAD with my crate-den. My person disagreed. She put her head inside to look and smell, and she said it was fine. It was NOT FINE.

It was BAD.

After many minutes of disagreeing I began shaking and I tucked my tail. By now both my people were awake, and finally they decided to listen. They took the donut bed from downstairs up into their room and invited me to sleep there instead. (Meanwhile, Ojo went to sleep in her crate-den. Hers was fine. It was just mine that was BAD.)

However, it turned out that the donut bed was not good either.

And so I climbed into bed between my people. My person asked me to go back into my donut bed. I am a Good Dog, and I did. I waited forever (about two minutes), and then I climbed back into bed between my people.

They didn't understand - everything was Bad! The only safe place was right in between my people!

But my person disagreed. You see, sometimes I leak pee. This is not my fault. It just happens. But my person still sent me back to my donut bed. She put her hand in the bed on my back, and then finally I could lie down. And then finally I could go to sleep.

Ojo thinks there was a ghost in my crate-den last night. She did not mind - black dogs are friends with ghosts, you know - but I did not like it.

So that was Bad.


Mischief Interlude

This part of the story is only sort of Bad, and it is Ojo's fault.

When our person went to put our collars on this morning so we could go on our walk, she discovered that Ojo had decided to leave her tags in the bushes yesterday. This meant that we had to stop at Place One to get a new license for Ojo, and then we had to stop at Place Two to get a new ID tag for Ojo.

Ojo is very bad. This was Big Mischief, and it meant our walk took forever to happen!


Good Thing Number One

But then, something Good! Something better than Good! Something amazing! Wonderful!

Last night it SNOWED!!!


Snow is my favourite thing in the whole world! There was only a little bit at our house, but my person knew where to find more. So I forgave her for not listening last night when I said my crate-den was Bad, because look how much snow she found for us!

We sniffed! We ran! We chased snowballs!

This is a picture of Ojo, but if you look in the very top corner you can see ME! My bum is in the air because I am about to roll in the snow. Did I mention that I love snow??? It's the Best Thing Ever!



Bad Thing Number Two

But then, another Bad Thing.

My belly decided it did not want breakfast any more. Instead, my breakfast wound up out of my tummy and in the snow.

This was Very Bad.

My person did not even let me eat it again! She put it in a bag, and put it in the poop-bin. And so I was not happy with my person again.



Good Thing Number Two

But I have forgiven my person once again, because there was another Good Thing. This Good Thing is that dinner tonight was boiled chicken and rice! And also some peas, and also some pumpkin. This felt very nice in my tummy, and my tummy is happy again.



So there is the story of my Bad Good Bad Good day, with some Mischief from Ojo. I would like tomorrow to be all good, please. Maybe there will be more snow?


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Another photo shoot

Sigh. Why must we do another photo shoot??

The good things about Photo Shoot are that sometimes we get to go to new places, and also that there is cheese involved.

The bad thing about Photo Shoot is that our person stays in the same place for a Very Long Time. Mostly she lets us wander around, but sometimes we have to stay in the same place for a Very Long Time too. Yes, there is cheese. But still.


Yes, we are beautiful. Yes, we would like cheese. But can we go sniff again now please? It's time to point your big-black-eye at something else!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

More fall sunshine! (by Ojo)

Hi hi hi! Ojo here!

It rained pretty much forever! Then it was windy! Then the sun came out!

The sun felt So Nice on my fur after all the rain!


For some reason though our person is pointing her big-black-eye-called-camera up, instead of down at us Dogs. Aren't we Dogs more beautiful than this?


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Grey? What grey??? (by Ojo)

Hi hi hi! Ojo here!

What do you mean when you say I am going grey?

I am still a spring chicken, thank you very much! I still leap and bound through the bushes! (Mostly.) I still catch rabbits and squirrels and ratties! (Sometimes.) I am still young and beautiful!!

I am a Black Dog, and I don't see any grey! Do you?? Of course not. Sheesh.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

I love you, couch

Oh couch, I love you!

With your pillows and cushions and blankets, you are soft and perfect for napping on. You smell like my people, and also a little bit like the syrup from my littlest person's midnight-waffle-snack last night. I think I will stay on you forever!


What do you mean, you want me to move? What do you mean, this is your spot? Clearly this is MY spot!


Friday, October 20, 2017

This is Fall

This is Fall where we live.

Rain.
Leaves.
Mud.


Also:
Smells!
Forest!
Running!


What is Fall for you?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hello, is that CHEESE?

Hello there. Is that Cheese I smell in your pocket?


Yes please, I would like some Cheese! Look at how nicely I sit and wait for Cheese!


Pee. Ess. To any humans reading this, did you know that us Dogs smell in stereo? Each of our nostrils captures scent separately, just like each of our ears do! If you look at the first photo of me up above, you'll see that my nose is angled to one side with my right nostril pointing at the Cheese, even though my face is straight on. Aren't we Dogs amazing?

My person says to watch this video if you're interested in learning more about our noses and how we smell in stereo!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7fXa2Occ_U

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The rains have started! (by Ojo)

Hi hi hi! Ojo here!

The rains have started!


The plants and grasses and trees are breathing a sigh of relief!


At the same time, the plants and trees are getting ready for Winter. The leaves are on the ground as they get ready to go to sleep for the year.

But most exciting is that all of the smells that dried up all summer are now moist and very strong! It is a very good time of year for sniffing! We like walking in the Fall.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

The beaches are for Dogs again! (by Ojo)

Hi hi hi! Ojo here!

The Beaches are BACK!


All summer most of the Beaches are for the people only. But now it is something called October and so the Beaches are for people AND Dogs again! Hurray!


We love the Beach. Do you have a Beach?


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Yellow fall sunshine and an early morning Walk

This morning we went for a magical, early morning Walk.


Everything was yellow! And the sun was in our eyes.


But the air was still and calm.

The magic was in the smells of the night creatures, still fresh on the ground.
The magic was in the sparkle of sunlight in the drops of early morning dew.
The magic was in the shimmery spiderwebs and dancing grasses.

(And the magic was in this pile of deer poop. Look, I found deer poop!)


Soon the rain will start and we will not see sunshine for a very long time. For now, we closed our eyes and breathed in the magic of the early morning sun.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Me (by Ojo)

Hi hi hi! Ojo here!

This is ME.
In the fall sunshine.
With a cold breeze.
Under the oak trees.
Among the tall grasses.
That hide the tasty bunny poops.

I think I am the most beautiful thing in the picture, don't you? Even better than the bunny poops tucked into the grass!



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fall is here

This part of Fall is very good. Nature is making sunshine, but also cool air and even colder breezes.


There has been rain, and the awful smoke from the wildfires has gone away. However everything is still dry enough for hanging out outside.


The air is ten to fifteen degrees colder than it was two weeks ago, and this is a relief for us with fur coats! (Our person, however, is now wearing multiple layers plus a jacket!)


I hope Fall decides to keep the weather like this for just a little while longer!