June 6th is the day we brought Robert home! I figure most of you have never seen any puppy pictures so here are a couple along with some more recent ones. It is pretty hard to believe he wasn’t always part of the family and even harder to imagine what it will be like without him someday. He was about 6 months old and only 45 pounds when we brought him home… as you can see he was an adorable pup! Freya went along with the idea during the initial meet and greet at a friend’s home until it suddenly occurred to her that we meant to keep him, then she took a bit of um, convincing. He was always really good with her. In fact, when he was about a year old, Freya was getting really arthritic but still loved to play fetch so we would go to the park near us at night and let them both off leash. Scott would throw the Frisbee, Rob would chase and retrieve it, and then bring it right to Freya so she could return it to Scott for the next toss — all without a word spoken or a prearranged plan — it all just somehow fell into place thanks to Robbie.
That intuitive caring is why Robbie has been such an amazing therapy dog. I would take him to an assisted living facility for a scheduled visit and as we’d enter the common room where everyone was gathered for the event, I’d have him sit at the entrance to get our bearings. I’d watch him scan the room’s occupants and then look up at me to indicate he was ready. I’d nod to him it was okay to go and let him lead me as he walked right up to a specific person and engage them. Without fail, the event coordinator would come up to me and whisper, “That’s who I was going to ask you to be sure to visit. He or she has been having a really hard time. How does he do that?” I’d just beam at him and say, “He’s a rock star!”
I’ve heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child and a dog is no exception. Thanks to…
- Audra, for pulling him from the Pierce County Humane Society
- Dana & Larry Babb of Paws-Abilities for making training fun for us
- My Mom for teaching him so many of his tricks
- TDI, Therapy Dogs International, for giving Rob a job he loves
- Drs. Theresa Hetrick and Tim Cavanaugh for taking care of him
- The staff of the VCA Emergency Animal Clinic for saving his life a couple of years ago
- Tanya for being the best dog-sitter in the world
- Everyone else who falls in love with him everywhere we go.
Happy Gotcha-versary to Robert Bruce… Toast!
We have completed the excavation and unearthed … our living room!
Rob is happy to have his couch back and I am so happy to have a complete house again. Everything was so dusty from the kitchen demolition and reconstruction that it was more like archaeology than house cleaning.
The colors and wood in the kitchen and living room look great together and once the den is dusted, the house will be clean again.
Apparently, I spoke too soon. After the plastic parts on my laptop were successfully replaced, the hard drive crashed. Dell is sending a tech out to replace it this week.
This is not the first time this has happened to me. I had this same problem with a previous laptop. It was overheating and Dell decided to replace the fan. The fan was replaced and once it was working properly and the laptop tried to boot back up… no hard drive. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
So Robert was doing his “Reading With a Doggie Friend” gig at the Puyallup library today. It has been a long time since we went there and about a dozen kids were waiting for him. I can’t photograph the kids but you can get an idea from the pictures how much they enjoy this program. He was pretty filthy from rolling around in all the construction debris and plaster dust from our kitchen remodel so I gave him a shower. I can’t get a picture of bathing him because I have to get in there with him and I am sure that any pictures of that process would violate WordPress decency rules. The cool shower attachment is available here: Rinse Ace on Amazon. I love how fluffy he looks after bathing but the ring it leaves in the shower is pretty horrifying!
In other news:
The kitchen project proceeds — we are drywalled, taped, mudded, sanded and primed. Painting will take place on Saturday and cabinet installation on Sunday.
Don’t forget about the Holiday Craft Bazaar in Bonney Lake tomorrow, Saturday the 13th.
Related posts about Rob:
The drywall, or sheetrock as Kevin calls it, is up but has not been inspected yet so we won’t get any tape or mud on it until Monday. What is the difference between sheetrock and drywall, you ask? see below…
Here is what Wikipedia says about drywall:
Drywall (also known as plasterboard, wallboard or gypsum board) is a panel made of gypsum plaster pressed between two thick sheets of paper. It is used to make interior walls and ceilings. It is also an excellent quick DIY repair tool. Drywall construction became prevalent as a speedier alternative to traditional lath and plaster. In many places, the common term is a genericized trademark such as gib, sheetrock, or gyproc.
No new sightings yesterday, sigh. I did get two calls with tips and some good suggestions from FB. A woman said to check the For Sale listings on Craigslist. I have G listed in the Lost/Found and the Pet categories but she said her two Belgian Malinois disappeared and then turned up for sale on Craigslist, luckily a friend noticed and called her. She said she went with an animal control officer and a microchip reader and got them back. Then Joe sent this idea:
First map out a series of spokes radiating from the house to the south and west. Load Robbie up with water and drive out to the far end of a spoke. Walk Robbie home, pissing all the way. That way the strength of the scent shows the way home. Repeat for the other spokes.
So, that is what I will be doing today, taking Joe’s more systematic approach.
Thank you Katie & Erika for posting more flyers for me! If any of you would like to print some I added a link to the flyer as a button in the nav bar or in Pages in the sidebar, or here. I don’t know what area she’ll turn up in next so more is better. I am checking all the links in the previous post several times a day to see if there have been any new sightings or ideas. If you would like to help with this, please check Petfinder, PetHarbor or any other shelter any time you have a chance.
One benefit of all this driving around is that it reassures me that she isn’t lying hurt or dead by the side of any of the roads I’ve been on. I am keeping my attitude optimistic and I still keep visualizing that she’ll either be waiting on the porch when I get home or that someone will call and say she is hiding under their deck and would I please come and collect her.
As if having Scott out of town and Gracie lost wasn’t enough, today is kitchen demolition. It has been scheduled so long that I can’t put it off again, besides I have no room to store the cabinets when they arrive on Monday. I moved everything from the cabinets and drawers into the living room last night and early this morning and now that Kevin is working, I can get back to the hunt. Hmm, I looked for an emoticon (a smiley icon) of someone tearing their hair out but I can’t find one. You would think there would be one.
I found this gem while going through all the pictures I have of her. She’s such a nut!
Rob and I are registered for Paws Walk this year. It is the 20th anniversary for this fundraiser and it is always a lot of fun. Scott will be at the Wooden Boat Show in Port Townsend and Gracie isn’t ready for that big of a crowd yet so I’ll have to leave her home. Paws Walk is a 5k walk through beautiful Magnuson Park in Seattle. The dogs are on leash except for a segment that goes through the dog-park area. There is a vendor area where various pet-related services hand out samples. Volunteers are along the route handing out water bottles and dog treats. If you’d like to walk with us, just drop me an email!
Here is the link to my original blogpost.
To register on your own, here is the official PawsWalk website.
If you’d like to make a donation, this link is his fundraising website.
I decided to put together a report for everyone who has asked about the recent ordeal.
I walked the dogs late in the evening, four weeks ago, because it was too hot for Robert in the afternoon. Gracie isn’t very used to the leash-thing yet so I was kind of preoccupied with her and continually unwrapping the two webbing leashes as we walked. About 4 blocks from our house, a dog that is always chained to its garage was loose and attacked me, Gracie and Robbie. We had no warning. we were just even with the lot line when he was on us. No sniffing, meeting, nothing.