November 29, 2012


Venting alittle, sorry..

I am a bit irritated. And I don't know quite how to handle it. Every Thursday night we have, what we've dubbed our "game night". Whoever hosts, usually cooks dinner (sometimes we eat-out) and we either play a board/card game or just sit and chat. Us and another couple (sometimes one other couple) get together every Thursday and we switch weeks on who is hosting. Us and couple #1 have been doing this "get together" for years, and always have brought each of our dogs to each others houses, so the dogs got their play date, while we had ours. Couple #2 came into the picture in the past 2 years. The wife, we get along great! The husband... not so much. He is nice enough but when it comes to dogs, he has no insight or consideration.

Couple #2's, husband was in town for work, he was in town after about 4 months since the last time we saw him (they recently moved out of the country, for work) and he was the first to show up to our house. He has never been "nice", "good", "understanding".... whatever you what to call it, of Riley and Grace. I think he thinks of them more as a nuisance, even from day one (yet he loves couple #1's dog). Today was no exception.

When he came in the door, the dogs were of course excited to see a new person in the house, but knowing he wasn't exactly nice to our dogs (particularly Grace), I tried to redirected them, go say "hi", come back to me, say "hi" come back, etc... Well, Grace got exited at first and jumped up, he hit her in the face... "whimper"... I asked him, please do not hit her! (not the first time I've asked this! Even told him how to correct her positively). We walked further into the house (I was in the middle of cooking dinner), Grace got the zoomies and jumped at him again, he smacked her again and I hear a YELP and her slinking towards me... damnit... I didn't know what to do at this point... I called her to me, pepped her up and them sent her and Riley outside to run off the zoomies, which then couple #2 and dog showed up and Riley, Grace and Sadie, went on playing, as happy as can be, yet I was still very, very irritated the rest of the evening.

I just don't know what to do. I have told him numerous times, to not hit or interfere with my dogs. (he yells at them for wrestling). So, I try my best to keep Riley and Grace calm at the door or nonchalantly away from him, when he is over. Tonight, I was unprepared... sorry Grace :(

November 27, 2012

Red's Visit

A couple weeks ago, Red came to spend the weekend with us. It is always a full house when he comes over, which Riley and Grace enjoy.

When ever Red comes to visit, I try to get a group picture of them. I wanted something different then the usual "everyone sit and look over here!" So while outside playing with the pups, I looked over at the swing and it got me thinking, could I get all 3 dogs on the swing for a picture? Riley and Grace get on the swing all the time when we sit outside, so I knew it was no problem for them. Red on the other hand had never been on a swing, so I had to take it a little slow. I asked him to get on and off, all while giving him treats for getting on. After a few reps, I was able to get all 3 dogs on the swing, although it took some convincing to have them stay on or lay down, while I backed up to take the pictures. They all did an awesome job and I got some really cute group shots!

Step 1, getting all 3 dogs to sit and stay on the swing.
Step 2, trying to get all 3 lay down
Riley: SQUIRREL! Grace: "Amateurs, I am a pro at this". Red: Class clown.
Perfect Picture

November 19, 2012


Ugh, I am such a bad doggie mom! I forgot Riley's Gotcha day! November 3rd, 4 YEARS ago we adopted Riley. Gosh, it does not seem that long ago! He is our first dog as adults and as a couple. He was there through our engagement (was a must in our photos!), through our apartments moves and our wedding. Riley is the dog that got me started in the world of dog sports and activities! He is my first agility dog and we have learned the ropes of this wonderful game together.
The day we adopted Riley!
So, today we celebrated a belated Gotcha day for Riley. I got new toys, antlers and bully sticks for both dogs, cuz Grace needed to celebrate too! But, I got squeaky tennis balls just for Riley, they are his favorite toy in the world!

Here is to many more years together! We love you Riley!

November 12, 2012

Red spent the weekend with us, and now I have some tired pups for a little while! My new header is just a sneak peak of the little photo shoot we had :) More pictures of the weekend to come.