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Tanner and His Need to Collect

Tanner and the plastic container

Tanner and the plastic container

I swear I don’t give these things to Tanner just so I can take pictures. This was a cat’s food container and it was downstairs in a basement. So I’m on my laptop, looking around to see that all the dogs are behaving themselves. Which means my two because they’re still puppies and Mishka is 5 years old and well-behaved, and I see Tanner with the plastic bowl in his chops.

Tanner, my son's slipper and the chew toy

Tanner, my son’s slipper and the chew toy

Now the chew toy had been lying on the floor for days, but Tanner decided to collect things around the room. He wasn’t chewing on them, just…collecting them. Hoarding them.

Tanner, Max, and the slipper

Tanner, Max, and the slipper

And then of course if Tanner was getting his picture taken, Max wanted his picture taken also. Only Tanner wasn’t giving up his new found slipper for anything.

I took the slipper away from him and put it where it had been with its soul mate, but a few minutes later, Tanner had carried it back to his cot. Soooo, I put the slipper up. Then I watched as he sniffed at my son’s sneaker but it didn’t have the appeal that the slipper did.

Puppies will be puppies. Though it’s also the perfect training tool.

Have a super wonderful day and may you see the humor in the world like I do.  Because sometimes that’s all you have. 🙂

(Note: Says me who was rushing to get Mishka off the carpet when she was throwing up, and hurry her outside while the puppies were excited and underfoot. She managed to throw up on the deck and I cleaned it up much more easily while the puppies wanted to get into it. It’s all an adventure in life.)

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Fun for Memorial Day? Or the Same O’ Same O’?

Well, I’ve got edits for SEAL Wolf Diving for Trouble and waiting on a beta reader to see if I need to change anything more on She-Wolf, so that’s what I’m doing. Working, and working and working.

But today, at 6:30, at BN, Waco, we’re having a multiple author contest, so that will be my big exciting thing to do.

I’ve got to get back to edits, but I had to take some morning pictures too. It’s wet out and the snails were having a gathering of the clan.

Then I tried to take a macro portrait of the puppies. They move too much.  But I did get one of them where they didn’t when I was teaching them down before they got their morning meal! Bad hair day or cute and scruffy? The puppies were out in the wet grass before I fed them, and they tend to nose through the wet grass, so they don’t look half as cute as when I brushed them all up last night. Will have to try this again later. 🙂

snail on the walk copy snail on wall copy Bad Hair Day or Cute and Scruffy (640x427) In down, and didn't move (640x427)

Okay, back to writing. Have a super great, wonderful Memorial Day weekend. And if you’re in town, drop by Barnes and Noble for chances at all kinds of prizes, and I’m giving away free copies of The Vampire…In My Dreams to anyone who purchases a book at the store. (Or if you’re bringing in books to have me autograph also).

Woohoo, TGIF!!!

Are you doing anything special?

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Did You April Fool Anyone?

Pink Max

Pink Max

Pink Max really wasn’t pink at all. I am way too busy to turn my dog pink. I’m having a time enough brushing out tangles. 🙂 That was an April Fool’s joke for yesterday. Did it work??? 🙂 <3

Fairy Bear

Fairy Bear

But I finished Fairy Bear for an order.

Rainbow Bear

Rainbow Bear

And I finished Rainbow Bear and Grizzly Bear. I couldn’t find the picture of the one I finished. 🙁

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

Max and I have obedience training tonight. We are learning to sit/Place for 2 mins. I don’t have a stopwatch, and I don’t think it’s working. Him sitting for 2 mins. The problem is that I have both puppies sitting. I can’t leave Tanner out. So either one or the other move before time is up. If one moves, the other moves. The other new thing we’re learning is Over Place. This is where they move from one Place to another. You use your body to exaggerate Place on the other spot. They don’t do badly for going to the one side, but when I have them go to the other, they hesitate. Tanner is always first. He gets things much quicker. After a while, you should be able to just motion with your hand and give the command. We have a LONG ways from doing that. But, they are moving from one Place to another, so I remind myself it just takes time to learn all this stuff.

For sitting on Place and not moving, I think for obedience trials it’s 5 mins. And the owner actually leaves the room. We watched the dogs sitting in trials doing that. A beautiful brown standard poodle just couldn’t last. She wiggled her butt on the floor, so anxious to leave and find her owner. Finally, she stood up. And walked off her Place. She had trouble with everything. She didn’t go over some of the barriers, came around them or went over some the wrong way. They had some border collies that are so smart and they just did everything perfectly. 🙂

But I will say that I have been taking Max out without being on leash for a week and a half and he’s done great. He only tried to run after a car once and using the collar remote, I called him back and he immediately stopped the behavior and hasn’t done it again.

Need to ship bears this morning and run other errands. I HATE running errands. So my heroine in She-Wolf hates running errands.

So I’m trying to resolve another issue: Max has terrible eye stain for one eye, so one thing they said to do was feed distilled water rather than my regular water. I don’t think it’s making any difference. But my water is heavy with minerals and they said that can cause for eye stains. I have grooming eye wipes. They do NOTHING. I also have Tear Stain chews. It does NOTHING. I ordered something from Amazon and it should arrive in a few days. So we shall see. But also, I read adding a couple of drops of white vinegar can change the ph in their tears and that might help. I haven’t tried it, just picked it up, don’t have anything to measure out just a couple of drops, but that’s next. They say it can be caused by allergins, smoke (nobody smokes in the family), tear ducts that are too shallow–I even have that problem, so any number of things. The bad part is once the hair is stained, it’s stained. You can’t wash it out, according to sites when I was researching it

Okay, back to the book. I’m ONLY 11,618 words away from word count. Normally, with being that close to the end, I can write it in a couple of days. But with the puppies as a constant distraction, it’s taking longer. Not to mention I had to stop and make bears. Need to start on another!

Have a super great Thursday!!!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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