Fun & Frolic – August 4, 2009

This is Cedar here and it’s my first post since taking over the blog for Dasher. He’s loving his new home with his uncle Fred and his friend Ginger. Dasher and Fred came to stay at Island house for about 10 days last month while Auntie Tamara and Uncle Kevin went on vacation. We had loads of fun and we missed them when they went home. Dasher says when Kevin introduces him to their friends he says “This is Ginger, this is Fred and this is Fred’s dog Dasher.” Mom about wet her pants laughing when she heard that. But it’s probably true – those boys wrestle and chew toys all day long. Now Auntie Tamara has to pick up the fluffy guts from the toys that Dasher disembowels.

Leisl’s puppies are just over 7 weeks old and have had their shots. That’s the fun part because now they are allowed to go play outside and have visitors. Dolly, Elektra and I babysit for them when they are outside. They usually mob me right away and then we run around and play chase.
They love to wrestle and bite and often beat up on Dolly and I but it’s all good fun. We love to take care of them and make sure they stay clean, which can be a real challenge as they move fast and run through everything, even poo.

Nana Kathy is away for a bit, so mom is babysitting for her doggies. They miss her lots and so do we, especially Kate. She misses Nana bringing in the dog laundry in the morning with a few kibbles tucked inside. We all hunt through the blankets like we’re tracking bunnies, looking for any stray piece of food that got left behind. Nana had to run to Montana and drop little Maggie off at the Tekelwood farm and then is off to visit family in Utah. We’re getting part of a cow in September – well just the meat and chew bones – so here’s a picture of Dinner Bell.

Stay cool amigos,


New Beginnnings – July 13, 2009

Well, I’ve spent some time off and on at my Uncle Fred’s place and have decided it beats living with a bunch of girls. We wrestle all the time and get rowdy. Auntie Tamara said I could come live there so I’ve decided to take her up on it. She took us to the local Earthdog trial this last Saturday and this is us after. Fred worked real hard to race in to the hole then breathed on the rats, fiercely. My granny Mitzi used to do that, but now she barks like the judges want, and had 2 legs of her Master level finished. As for me, I chickened out at the entrance. I’m just not sure I’m ready to go into that dark hole – unless there’s liver or cheese at the end. The rats are just not enough of an enticement yet, but maybe later. My mommy dog, Elektra hasn’t tried it yet, but she does bark at birds bunnies and kites.

Marti and Tessa were here for a few days and they had fun in the wild winds of Whidbey, flying the kites and watching Elektra and Cedar chase them. They couldn’t figure out what their facination was with the whizzing bits of cloth, but Elektra wanted to kill them every time they hit the ground. Maybe it was the spinning tails or just the whirring and flapping noise that they made. Either way, she injured Marti’s kite and it had to have a quick duct tape repair before setting aloft again.

Momma Terri, Daddy Mike and the Sahlin’s spent this last Saturday paying their respects at the traveling wall up in Bellingham. No, they aren’t joining a biker gang. This was the group of motorized patriots and veterans, that met at the rest stop north of Bowe Edison and rode as a memorial group up to the park in Bellingham for a ceramony and an hororary slaute ride past the wall and the 4 mounted pannels that held dog tags commemorating those lost in the current Iraqi conflict.
Iraqi Conflict dogtags commemorating Operation Enduring Freedom.

Waiting to pay our repsects to the memorials and the fallen heros they represent.

Making the ride.

Whatever your politics, mom thinks we should put it aside and remember that heros are fighting in a foreign country, away from their families, so we can keep our freedoms and to defend those of others. We strive to always remember them.

Since I’m hanging with Fred and Ginger now at Auntie Tamara and Uncle Kevin’s, Cedar will be taking over the Diary. I’ll still keep her posted on what I do and visit island house when I can. In the mean time, have an awesome summer.


Easter Basket – April 14, 2009

This post is very late, because mom’s been busy and I’m down in Bellevue with dad, so I couldn’t remind her. Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. We didn’t have an egg hunt, the weather was too ugly up on the island. Mom wanted to dye the puppies pastel colors before putting them in the basket, but Nana Kathy said “No way!” She tried to colorize them in her photo software, but it wasn’t the same and in the end, they settled for this. It is cute though. I’m sure you’re wondering where the other three are – mom couldn’t get eight in the basket. This is Connor, Houdini, Abby, Bunny and Maggie. It took about 50 shots, to get this one – they wiggle around so. The whole litter are over achievers. They have already started trying to walk and sit up and they are drinking goat’s milk out of a bowl already. Mom didn’t let me have that stuff until I was 5 weeks old and these guys are only 3 weeks today. Sheesh, some people’s children. Oh well, I’ll try to tell you all about my adventures with dad when I get back. He’s taking me to a field trial this weekend. Hope I see some bunnies.


Photo Shoot – April 1, 2009

The weather is really crappy. It’s your typical Seattle area spring – rain, rain and more rain. The down side is, we’re stuck inside. I could go out in the yard, but why, it’s mostly mud right now and mom would just make me wipe my feet when I come in. I hate it when she wipes my feet.

Mom snuck out to Nana Kathy’s tailer this morning and snagged a picture of the new babies. They were a week old yesterday, and mom and Nana are obsessed with their weight. You’d think they were ballet dancers or wrestlers or something. Anyway, I guess they’re all getting enough to eat because everybody has put on a few ounces since they were born – even the smallest guy, Houdini.

Mom and Nana decided today would be a good day to photograph everyone, so of course we were all relegated to the kitchen behind the x-pen. Elektra and Ganny Mitzi are obsessed with the babies and all they want to do is clean them – go figure. Anyway, we watched while this little sqirmers got their first portraits done. It was quite the production. I felt like we were hanging out at some photo shoot for a magazine or something.

Mom thought you would all like to get a good look, so here they are in the order of their birth – Connor, Mirage, Abby, Bunny, Preston, Maggie, Trixie and Houdini (Harry). I’ll try to keep you updated as they grow. Hopefully it won’t be too long before they’re running around. Maybe they can help me beat up Cedar and Dolly.











Island Life – March 29, 2009

This was the crew on moving day. We finally moved up to island house permanently the first week of February after mom got laid off from her job. There was no reason for her to stay in Bellevue, so up we went. She and dad spent 3 days with a moving truck running back and forth and we were stuck “behind bars” so they could leave the doors open to move the couches and stuff in and out. All in all, it wasn’t a bad experience and now we get to hang out in the country. The coolest thing, is the quiet and lack of city lights. Mom says it’s darker than the inside of her head, but it makes for a wonderful view of the heavens. The whole milky way is sprayed across the sky, like paint splatters on black velvet and the frogs sing to us every night.

We have a new computer room too, with a view of the pond. There’s plenty of room under the desks for our special dog bed and Cedar even gets special treatment sometimes. Nana Kathy lets her sit on her desk in a tiny bed and covers her with a blanket.

Watching the weather come in over the Straits of Juan de Fuca has become a wonderful novelty. The cloud formations are so awesome and make some of the most interesting shapes and colors across the canvas outside the windows. Winter keeps cropping up whenever it feels the urge, and though today is sunny and bright, the pond looked like this just 2 weeks ago. It makes life exciting and different. Mom says, “It sure beats sitting in traffic on 148th.” Whatever that is.

Despite the peacefulness of island house, we have had some excitement in the last week. This is Maddie. She’s very pregnant in this picture and, like all of us, loves to sit in the sun and bake on the cement of the car port.

This last Tuesday, she went in to labor and gave birth to eight puppies. Mom and Nana Kathy helped her of course and she had the job done in just over three hours. The rest of us were stuck “behind bars” in the kitchen, but it was better that way. I didn’t want to see that yuky stuff anyway. Elektra was all worked up, she kept wanting to lick the puppies and help keep them warm. I don’t see what the big deal is, they’re too little to play with anyway. There were five girls and three boys – six creams and two black and cream. The puppies have all gained weight and are very healthy. I can hardly wait until they’re about 5 weeks old and big enough to chase around the yard.

Well, we gotta go and unload some stuff off the trailer. Mom made a trip down to Bellevue yesterday to bring back the washer and dryer. I’ll leave you with another wonderful Whidbey sunset.


"Oh, Canada" – January 26, 2009

Well, I got to visit a foreign country. Some people don’t think about Canada that way, since it’s “attached”, but I thought it was interesting. Mom and Nana Kathy took me, Elektra, Maddie, Lisel, and my uncle BJ up to the Ladies Kennel Club show this last weekend. It was my first indoor show and only my 5th time in the ring. I couldn’t beat uncle BJ – he’s pretty good looking – but the judge did give me the Reserve Winners ribbon on Saturday over 2 other dogs, so I guess that’s pretty good. I just liked the liver mom had in her pocket. Maddie made it to the breed ring on Saturday and uncle BJ on Sunday. Mom took him in for Nana and they made the first cut – the top six dogs. Nana was pretty happy about that, but he didn’t place in the end.

The indoor ring was way different. It was at a fairgrounds area and we were in a horse arena or something. The floor was dirt and smelled like large animals. It was way cold up there too. They still have snow on the ground and Elektra and I took forever to find the right potty places. We had to search around our hotel – which was really nice but didn’t have much grass to speak of. Mom and Nana froze their hands and feet helping us look. The rooms were nice and the next morning we had breakfast in the room. Mom set off the fire alarm making toast and Elektra hid under a chair. No fire trucks came though and they didn’t even yell at us.

When we got back to island house on Sunday, I
pretty much passed out and so did everyone else.
Dad and Oppah spent the day chasing mice in Arlington under a crawl space. Lilly was going to help them, but they didn’t let her go down because it was too icky. She found a dead rat at island house though, after stalking around the heater vents for a couple of weeks. It must have gotten the special food mom and dad left for it and over eaten. He was totally stiff and dad threw him out so nobody got to play with it.

I should tell you that we had a really fun Christmas and New Years at island house. We still had lots of snow up until the day after New Years and some of the pond is still frozen and slushy. Here’s Cedar and Dolly all dressed up under the tree. I don’t think they really liked the dressing up, but they looked very festive. We laid around by the wood stove, watched some TV and ate junk food. I think our humans did the same thing, but they played a few games too.

Well, we are home in Bellevue for a few days and have to catch up on a bunch of stuff. I sure wish this house would rent or sell. We want to stay up at island house all the time. Just look at the beautiful sunsets we get to enjoy.


Lots And Lots of Snow – December 18, 2008

Holy cow, snow in Seattle. Well we get it sometimes, but not usually in feet. We have at least 10 inches in our Bellevue back yard and more up at island house. It started last Saturday. We were at island house and got about 5 inches there. It was very cold outside and when we weren’t running in the yard getting it all over our fur, we were piled on the couch in front of the wood stove, trying to stay warm.

I love to tunnel in the stuff and see if there’s anything under there that I need to catch. Mom’s been bugging me because I like to bring what I find into the house. I guess I still don’t get the
inside and outside toy thing yet. But hey, I think
I should get better soon. Today’s my one year
birthday and we’re going back up to island house tomorrow. I hope there’s cake.

Dad had to run up on Tuesday because our friend
Kathy (you know, Dolly’s mom) said the water wasn’t running right. There was nothing frozen but we think the pump is messed up. Hopefully we can get it fixed. Mom can’t live without her showers.

We were up there a couple of weeks ago for Thanksgiving. The weather was cool, but not freezing. Here’s Dolly in her little tie died coat. It’s cotton though, so I don’t thinks it’s very warm.
Mom took gobs of pictures of everything with snow all over it. So here are some pics of the pond and ducks. I gotta run so I can pack and get ready to leave tomorrow.

Merry Christmas,

Another Island Weekend – November 1, 2008

Well Kate and I wanted to make sure we didn’t get left behind, so we sat on the pillows and crates waiting for mom to load them in the car. We sure love our island weekends, even if they are way too short. Mom and dad ordered a new dog door and made a new area for us just off the car port so we can be out of the rain and have a bigger area to play with our friends, like Dolly here. Mom loves to give her raspberries on her belly and we run and play all day long, inside and outside. She’s almost a part of our family it seems, we are sad when she has to go home.

We have a new flock of ducks that are making the pond their home. Mom loves ducks so she won’t let us chase them like we did the geese. They don’t make as big of a mess in the field and they never come up by the house. The rains have started and we are hoping the pond will fill up more now, it has dropped almost four feet since we bought this new place and I’m worried about the fish. Mom says it’s plenty deep in the middle, but you never know.

The quiet is so peaceful and we had a wonderful visitor this weekend. Our neighbors, two properties to the west, have a nesting eagle, and he (she) stopped in to check out the fishing. Mom got some great pictures. He just landed with his feet in the water at the edge of the pond and surveyed the quiet surface – just waiting for anything to jump. Nothing did. I think our fish are too smart. But he sat there for quite a while, then quietly lifted off the waters edge and flew around the field, checking for mice. The resident hawks chased him away, but it was fun to watch him hunt. My ophthalmologist says they have such good eyesight because they have two maculas. That’s the area of the interior eye where the optic nerve comes through. I wonder if they have two of those as well. Hmm. I’ll have to ask.

Well, I will leave you with another wonderful island sunset. We sure love to sit on the deck and watch old Sol go down. I’m actually staying with my uncle Fred this week, since Elektra’s in season. She is my dog mom after all. I’ll update you when I get back.


October 23, 2008 – My First Swim

You read it right, I took my first swim. I don’t know what I was thinking. Dad took us all out in a boat on the pond for the first time. Elektra didn’t like it, so dad had to drop her and mom off at the dock. I guess I was just trying to get to them or something. I’m a puppy and sometimes I don’t know why I do things, I just do. It wasn’t that bad, but it sure was a surprise. It’s a good thing it was a sunny day.

We came up a couple weeks ago to work on the dirt and mom was so excited because the geese are gone. No more goose poo on the carport or the yard. They were fun to chase though and I sort of miss their squawking. Apparently uncle Bert just told a bunch of people and they decided to come collect their Christmas goose early. Anyway, the Canada goose is still there, all alone, but who knows how long he will stay.

We had this cool looking crane stop in on Saturday morning, but dad was glad he didn’t stay too long. I guess he likes fish in a big way, so it would have messed up our fishing time if he had eaten too many of them. There were loads of red wing blackbirds as well, flitting about in the reeds and playing tag with one another. The ducks are still in residence as well, and mom is glad about that. She has a special place in her heart for ducks, but don’t ask me why. They don’t fetch and you can’t pet them.

I was really cold when we woke up in the mornings and we all wore coats. Mom had a bunch specially made for us by Designer Doggie Wear in Kirkland. I don’t have one yet, but I think I will soon, the weather is starting to get nippy.

Friday and Saturday were “dirt days”. First the grader guy came in and made everything flat and even. Then uncle Ber came over the top of it and used his rock picker to get a bunch of the rocks up. You ought to see the piles he made all over the place. If you want rocks, feel free to come by island house and get them. We have lots.

After the grading and rock picking, dad and Tim went around with the push seeder and seeded the whole thing. This was followed by ripping apart hay bales and tossing hay over the top to keep the seed on the ground and help keep it moist. We are going back up there tonight so it will be interesting to see if any of the little grass has sprouted. It was about 2 acres when all was said and done. Mom and dad were sore all week after.

The whole weekend was topped off by my leap into the pond and aunt Lilly jumping out of the boat with her leash on. Of course she ran for the blackberry brambles where all the bunnies hang out so that she could get them.
Unfortunately all she did was chase them out, then got caught in the bramble. It took mom and dad an hour to cut her out, beating with sticks and using the big weed eater. Dad broke the line and the plastic blades before the job was all done. In spite of the cut on her tail, she wanted to go back in after the bunnies as soon as they got her out. I don’t get it, it’s all pickery in there. Mom was all scratched up too, from climbing in after her. Then there was the combing and shaving part to get the pickers out of Lilly’s fur. She hates to be groomed, but I bet it won’t stop her from trying to go back in there.

Well, I gotta run. We have a little more house cleaning to do in Bellevue house before we can leave. I’ll just leave you with a great picture of Mount Baker. Snow has already fallen for this year. Looks like the skiers will have a great time.

See ya,