I give this beagle a 10 for creative problem solving.
Our Gracie was a counter-surfer when she first came to live with us so snacks, the butter dish, balls of yarn all needed to be kept off the kitchen table when unattended. Since the only dogs we had previously lived with were Freya (100 pounds) and Robby (70 pounds) who couldn’t have gotten onto a counter if they’d wanted to, nothing really prepared me for what this Formosan Mountain cat-dog could get into. The only difference between her and the beagle in the video is that she is so athletic that she didn’t need a chair.
One day I left the two dogs upstairs with their dog door open into their dog yard while I was downstairs in my studio with a client and the communicating door was closed. When I was finished for the day and came upstairs Gracie was all excited and was trying to herd me outside like Lassie. I walked out onto the porch and she leaped off to run a gleeful Victory lap around a cairn of avocados and other fruits she had stolen from the garden window over the sink and carried outside to stack into a pile. As I brought them all back inside I saw that each had a distinctive fang pattern pierced into it.
We have a fresh dusting of the lovely, clean, white stuff today!
Granted, it is 41F so it won’t last long but it is pretty. Rob and Gracie were so excited to run around in it this morning that it is already plowed under in the dog yard. Gracie apparently decided an extra layer was needed over her sweater because her blanket is out there too. I searched the archives and found some fun old posts…
Previous Snow posts:
And these two written by Scott:
I am just bringing you a public service announcement today.
If you haven’t chipped your pets this is something that I personally think is a good idea.
If you have, make sure to check your chip from time to time. Of course you want to re-register the chip when you move or change your phone number but remember when Gracie was lost almost a year ago? I felt an intuitive nudge to check her microchip registration number online and the information on her chip had reverted to the vet in Taiwan. I had to call AVID and refax my information in case she was found before they received the mailed registration form. It was all more stressful than it needed to be. Remember that if there is a real disaster, you may not be able to correct any information at that time, phone lines may be down, evacuations may be ordered.
I decided then to check them before camping season every year even though I haven’t moved or changed my phone numbers in 20 years. I also ask the vet to scan their chips at every annual exam to make sure they are still readable. It is a good thing to just make a habit of it. Like replacing the smoke alarm batteries before they start beeping at 2 am. The official website below has links where you can check your microchip #s and change your information online if you need to do so.
Keep your pets safe >^..^<
Here is Gracie checking my work. I hope she has better punctuation skills than I do.
Kevin is framing the cabinets with trim and then he and I will head to South Center to pick flooring. Marty, Gracie’s rescuer, finally got to meet Gracie & Rob today and I am hoping he makes it to our Winter party so you can all meet him too. In the meantime he has lots of homework from Scott (a gift of boutique cigars). Gracie was her usual, skittish self but he didn’t seem to mind.
This is what the cabinet ceiling trim looks like: Read the rest of this entry »
I had an opportunity to pay-it-back by reuniting a lost dog with their owner today.
I’ve always been pretty aware of watching for missing dogs but since Gracie’s adventure I’ve been hyper-aware.I was out for my walk and was way out near Shorewood when I saw a dog loose in the street about a block away. I headed that direction and saw that it was a rather senior Norwich terrier and that a woman was trying to catch it. I caught the dog for her thinking it was hers but it wasn’t. I honestly didn’t check to see if it was male or female so “its” tag said Scamp and had a phone number so I held “scamp,” the dog while LuAnne went into her house to call the number. The man who answered said he was in Maryland and gave her the number for his dog sitter.
Luckily the dog sitter was home and drove right over to pick Scamp up. She said that she hadn’t noticed that the little Scamp had escaped the fenced in yard yet. The adventure added about 20 or so minutes of non-walking time to my walk but it was well worth it. Please remember when you see a loose dog that they are probably lost, not stray. Be a neighbor and check for a collar and tags. >^..^<
Click here for the complete Gracie story
I didn’t post this before because I didn’t want it to intrude on or distract from my Gracie updates but these are the cards I got when I asked about finding her.
What is interesting is that no familiarity with cards is needed to interpret either of these cards. Look how the three is showing a group effort, papers being shown around and even a column, (the posts I was stapling signs to). Then, looking just at the picture and wiping any memorized meanings from your head, Judgment shows the action of either calling or hearing a call. Obvious, but sometimes cards are that simple. This reading says to hang up signs, talk to people, trust in cooperation, drive around calling and stay close to a phone and to home to respond to a call, and that is exactly what happened — amazing! Read the rest of this entry »
The floor underlayment is in, ceiling drywall is in, plumbing is roughed in and has passed inspection. Scott’s cigar lounge is full of cabinets and the living room is stuffed with everything that belongs in the kitchen. The job is going quickly and I think we are good as long as Scott has his lounge back by the time the rain starts. Read the rest of this entry »