Friday, May 31, 2013

Blue Skies

We woke up to blue skies and dry streets today. But I am not going to get my hopes up yet as there are some dark ominous clouds hanging over. The pups had me up at 5:30am to eat as they do most mornings. The are taking advantage of the short time we will have sunshine today and running all around the back yard. The big dog is out next door and he hangs out right up against the fence. So Ollie and Gracie tend to stay on the deck side. No big plans today. Just wait and watch the weather and this beautiful lake.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Washed away.......

Guess what? Its RAINING! Go figure. I don't think it is ever going to stop. Neither do the dogs. They don't even want to go outside because it just downpours. I go out to do poop patrol everyday, but with all the rain and wind it has washed away by the time it stops raining long enough for me to go out and find it!
But other than that, we are all three just hanging out. I am getting cabin fever as I have left a total of three times since I have been here. I am sure the dogs are sick of looking at my mug all day. They will be so happy to have their mommy and daddy home.
Ollie is quite the character. If he is bored and wants to play, he lets everyone know it. Gracie just tolerates him and I have no choice but to play with him to wear him out a little. He is high energy. Gracie is content just to be lazy. Ollie has chewed up every one of his toys. Well, I take that back, he has ONE left. I worry about him chewing other things so I keep everything up out of his reach. But he is a puppy and that is what puppies do. He gets his bully sticks and that helps with chewing a little.
Well, that's about it! We will watch the rain another day and hope for the sunshine tomorrow!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Raining, Raining and more Rain!

Its a dreary day outside. And I guess the Corgis are just as bored to see the rain as I am. Ollie got bored and chewed up my phone charger. Funny thing is that it has been there the entire time I have been here and he hasn't touched it. That is why I think he is bored. He has been getting his bully sticks but I guess its time to give it to him again. Anyway, no big deal. This isn't the first one that has been chewed up by my pup mates!
Gracie is content to just hang out and snooze. They only go outside when they have to. I don't think they like getting wet. She is a good cuddlebug though.
Other than that, nothing exciting happening. Its a long, boring Memorial Weekend!

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Corgi Ranch........

We woke up this morning with a morning chore in mind. Ollie needed to have a specimen sent to his doctor to check the status of his infection. We tried gathering it yesterday but it ended up with a race in the back yard trying to catch it. It reminded me of those little pig races when the kids are trying to catch the squealing, greasy pigs. He knew I was up to something and he wasn't going to make it easy on me. So, I had to come up with a plan so that I look non-chalant and I was just standing aruond whistling enjoying the morning air. I let him wait quite a while so that by the time he got to go pee, he REALLY had to go. He goes in the bushes so its hard to see because he isn't a leg-lifter. I couldn't tell if he was just standing there or if he was truly peeing. But, I managed to catch a short stream but not much. It was just about a teaspoon and all I hoped for was that it was enough for them to do the test. Sure enough. The doc said they could work with it and it should be enough. When the doctor called me this afternoon, they said it was enough but that he still had a low white cell count and needed to go back on the antibiotics. So, I will be going back to the vet to pick up some more pills. His mommy will be home for the next morning stream to be caught!
Other than that, nothing exciting happening. We are hanging out watching it rain, then watching the sunshine in between. The weather surely can't make up its mind. Its beautiful right now but there are dark black clouds looming over the lake. Kathy is coming over tomorrow to help me with walks. I can't walk them alone. It is difficult just walking one because of my arm. I feel bad but I try to make up for it by throwing the ball a lot. Not only is the Rotator Cuff torn in my right arm,  I have frozen shoulder in my left. I just can't win for losing. It could all be worse so I am not complaining. So, no worries on the home front. All is up and running and everyone is doing well. Until next time...............................................

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ollie and Gracie

Well, it has been raining like crazy. We have been hanging out watching the beautiful view over the lake. Sometimes it comes down in buckets. But the pups don't mind at all as we just play ball or with their toys in the house. Except Ollie got a little bored yesterday. While I was in the living room, he was in the bedroom chewing up his bed. He likes the foam underneath and decided he was going to chew it up. I caught him in time before he completely destroyed the bed but he put a good dent in it. I scolded him and he seemed to know he did a bad thing but my scolding is not too harsh so I am keeping a watchful eye on him. I noticed he likes to chew the stuffing out of his toys. This is a trait all puppies go through. I have taken several away from him. Kathy said she did the same while she was here. Gracie on the other hand is being a little princess. She has not gotten into any mischief.
We went outside in the backyard yesterday and the big dog next door decided to come completely face to face with the gate. I didn't see him come up to the gate as my back was turned. He let out a huge and very loud bark and scared the bejeezus out of me! Ollie and Gracie just barked back as if they are used to it. Afterwards, I thought it was pretty funny.
No plans today other than to entertain them and hang out. It is raining still and expected to rain for a while. So, we will entertain ourselves and watch the rain!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Gracie and Ollie

The Corgis are doing well. Kathy raves about what good protecters they are. She said they were all sitting and watching television when all of a sudden they began barking and running toward the backyard. She didn't hear anything so she got up to see what the commotion was. It was a landscaper next door. Their hearing is very acute. Gracie loves playing ball and fetching while Ollie loves possession of the ball. So, Gracie has learned how to strategically drop the ball where Kathy or I can retrieve it before Ollie gets to it. Gracie is very smart. Kathy also said she noticed that Ollie kept going to. She couldn't figure out his fascination with the shrubbery but noticed a pathway. Once she explored she found that is his favorite place to go poop. So, she warned me to make sure I clean up there everyday on poop patrol. She has really enjoyed her time there and I think she is kind of sorry to leave. Too bad! Now its my turn again and I am looking forward to it. Not sure how I will walk with my arm in a sling but I will give it a try. Everything is great on the Corgi home front!


Chloe is doing excellent. She is recovering from her infection nicely. She hasn't licked at all but scooted one time. I am keeping a closer eye on her although she hasn't left my sight since I got here. I haven't even left. I haven't put her cone back on as she is doing so well. Its been a non-eventful stay so not much to report other than all is well. She will be very happy to see her mommy and daddy Monday night.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Chloe Girl.......

Chloe is doing great. She loves going in her back yard. She gets a little bored when we just hang out, so I generally let her out a lot during the day. Of course, I won't let her leave my sight so I hang out with her in the back yard when it isn't raining.
She has had her cone off since yesterday. She seems to do fine and isn't trying to lick the wounded area too much. If she starts to lick, I just say her name and she stops. She slept with me last night and did fine. But then, she has slept with me since she was little.
Everything with Chloe is running smoothly and nothing else to report.

The Corgis.........

Gracie and Ollie are doing very well. They are so well adjusted, I would have thought this was routine with them. They have been comfortable since we arrived and this is always a good thing for a pet sitter. The adjustment period is never very long since we stay in their environment, but to be accepted right away is the perfect scenario. Gracie has gotten more affectionate. Ollie has always been affectionate and loves attention. Since they are both the same size, I have to remind myself that he is the puppy. They have been playing with Kathy and going through their daily routine. Kathy feels very welcomed and thanks Gracie and Ollie's mommy and daddy for the coffee. She said it was GREAT! Not much more to report but as I always say, that is a good thing. Everything is quiet and running smoothly and that is the way I like it!

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Its been a while since I have seen Chloe but she greeted me with a wagging tail and little squeals of joy. She was very happy to see me! She looks good considering she has been through a lot over the last several months. She is a resilient little Cavalier and I just love kissing her little muzzle. It is so soft. We have been hanging out today talking back and forth between family homes. I talk to Gracie and Ollie via Kathy and she asks me how Chloe is doing. It is nice being surrounded by happy paws.
Not a lot to report as everything is running smoothly at both households. Chloe and I will continue to hang out tonight and enjoy a quiet evening at her home!

Gracie and Ollie

The Corgi household is running smoothly. I am getting to know a little more of their personalities everyday. Kathy will be spending the next few days with them and I am anxious to see how their personalities are with her. She loves to take pictures, walk, throw ball and entertain the pups while she is there. I am sure she will send me photos to update the blog with their cute little mugs.
Gracie and Ollie slept on the bed last night for most of the night and then settled into their own beds. They are great watch dogs as nothing gets by their noses and near the yard without them hearing it. They don't bark much at all. The first time I heard Ollie bark was when  he wanted to play. They both seem content and happy and that is all that matters to me. Stay tuned for more updates and pictures!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Meet the New Kids on the Block!

It's been a long time since my last blog! But, it is that time of year again when business is busy and new kids are joining the Playful Paw Family!
Meet Ollie and Gracie! Two very precious Corgis and cousins of Chloe's!
Ollie (the fair-haired Corgi) is the pup. Not a year old yet and sweet as can be. His temperment seems to be perfect for Gracie as she is the senior and has seen her 'puppy' days a while ago. Ollie will ocassionally tug on Gracie's ear in an effort to get her to play but Gracie has ignored him so far!
Gracie (Darker Corgi) is quiet. She is low key and likes to be off by herself most of the time. She is a little harder to get to know and I am still learning their personalities. We have only been together 24 hours so I am sure I will get to know them much better as my stay goes on.
Ollie and Gracie live in a beautiful house overlooking the lake. They are very lucky pooches and have a big back yard area to run in. They have the freedom of a doggie door which makes my job easier. Of course, I tend to be a little bit of a worry wart and check on them constantly. If I don't see them in the back yard, I start looking!
They seem to like my being here with them. I always make friends with treats right off the bat, so that helps! Stay tuned for more updates on the Corgi house. We will be together for quite a while!