Snowball Fetch

I loved the snow we had this winter.  Even though it wasn’t a bunch, it was so much fun.  Mom kept throwing snowballs for me, but I could never find them.

Every once in awhile I was able to get one in my mouth and run off with it.

Note to self – move faster next time.  Until then I’ll just wait around for the next snowflake.

Later dudes.

Winter

Life was sort of like Winter after September 22nd.  Granny Mitzi, my best friend, went to be with auntie Lilly at the bridge.  I was positive it was a mistake and I woke mom up in the middle of the night for a couple of weeks – just so I could go outside and look for her.  She never materialized so I just laid low and waited to feel better.

Rose and I did get our international championships after the new year, so that was pretty cool.  Well gotta go.  Dad and I have some serious hanging out to do.

Later dudes.

Today Was A Fairytale

Well today started off like most show days – up early, quick breakfast and then this.
specialty1But the ending of this fairytale was a bit different.  We met a wonderful judge named Nancy Bodine from Virginia.  She really loved me and gave me the win in the boy’s class.  Then she gave Rose the winner of the girl class.  Mom was so excited but it wasn’t over yet.  The judge had to see both of us again.  She said she could see that I was Rose’s son but loved the way Rose moved a bit better.  I know I have her eyes, but I keep waiting to get my dad’s handsomeness and smooth movement.  Mom says she hopes I will stop being a puppy some day, but hey that’s the fun part.  Like the hemorrhage I almost gave her after my bath on Wednesday.  I just had this urge after to go outside and dig in the dirt.  I thought she was going to have an aneurism the way she rushed me back inside and cleaned me off again.  It could have been worse – at least I didn’t roll in it.  Staying clean is the hardest part of being a show dog.

Well cutting things short because we go back to the show tomorrow and see if we can have a repeat of this.  Wish us luck.
rose-ruger-all-houndsd1We worked really hard and it was hot so when we got home we did a bunch of this.

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Later, dudes.

Ooh Rah!

So here I am just hanging about, waiting for some action.

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As you can see, it’s been sort of boring around here.  Mom has been working super hard and dad is busy being retired – whatever that means.  Last Friday mom said, “Tessa’s coming this weekend.”  This was me wondering what that meant.

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When Hermione heard that she was on the lookout immediately and Cedar just spun in circles.

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Anyway, we were all excited when she finally came on Saturday.  We had loads of fun and got to give her many sloppy dog kisses.  What we didn’t know is that it will be her last visit for awhile.  Tessa leaves on Monday for Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island.  Mom and dad are super proud of her and we will all miss her very much.  So we all wish her well and say, “Ooh Rah, Tess.  You do us proud.”

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Showing Off

This last weekend was hugely celebrated across America as a day of independence – for dogs it was all about the shows.  Mom took Rose (my dog mom) and I all the way down to Olympia for the Cascade Dachshund Club Specialty show.  That meant all Dachshunds all the time.  This was my second time staying in a hotel.  When we exited our room early Saturday morning to go potty, I saw this monster.

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I have no idea what it was, but it scared me enough that I had to voice loudly in defense of my little pack.  The blurriness is due to me trying to run from it while mom was taking the photo.  We spent most of our time waiting for our turn in the ring so we did a lot of this.

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When we weren’t doing this there was quiet time spent in our hotel room.  Rose mostly kept mom company on the bed.  While I kept busy on the sofa.

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Once on Sunday morning I almost made my escape with the end of the toilet paper.  My mistake was attempting to snag the lovely papery stuff while mom was standing in front of the bathroom mirror primping.  Needless to say I got busted so was unable to inflict much damage.

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All in all it was a pretty good weekend.  The judge on Sunday gave me second place out of 5 entries even though I was very naughty.  There aren’t any pictures from the show because mom was on the end of the leash.  We got lucky that mom’s friend Dee Dee Murry came by to watch and took some great shots and you may see some of those on our Cedarcroft blog later.  Well gotta run.  As usual, it’s dinner time.

Later,
Ruger

Flying High

You will notice as we go along here that I am conspicuously absent from this post.  Mom and dad went to the open house at Whidbey Naval Air Station and I stayed at home.  Mostly it was because of the heat of the day and security on the flight line – but they did share the pictures with me.
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Mostly they went to see this big guy – the new P8 that will be flying over our house regular by October.

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Here’s dad standing in front of the engine.  Way huge right?  They got to go on board and chat with the flight crew.  Very cool.

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They got to watch a helicopter rescue demonstration that started with all kinds of pink smoke, followed by a really brave sailor coming down from the helicopter, hooking up the guy on the ground and then flying off with both of them.  What a fun ride.

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Next they met this cool guy.  I was a bit jealous that Cicero (here with his handler) was allowed to attend.  But he works there – yup he has the coolest job in the world.  He’s a guard dog, trained to take down terrorists and bad guys.  He practices on another sailor dressed up like a giant squeaky toy and stops him from doing something bad.

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Mom and dad loved the dog demonstration then took a quick view of the evil looking growlers.  Intimidating, right?

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The only other dog allowed at the open house was this guy.  He didn’t have much to say but he looks sort of familiar.

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Well, I had my first big dog haircut over the weekend in preparation for our specialty dog show coming up on July 2-3.  If you happen to be in Olympia, WA we will be showing on the back lawn of the Red Lion.  It will be all Dachshunds all the time.

Later dudes,
Ruger

 

 

“Let’s Do This”

Hey, Ruger here.  Last week mom decided she needed to finish painting the walls in the studio.  Apparentlypainting1ly the office is going to move out there, so no more working from the recliner.  Not sure if I like that yet.  Anyway, I told mom I would be happy to help.  I thought it was going to be so exciting.  Wandering about the room checking out the paint smells, elicited an anxious response.  Mom kept yelling to keep my tail away from the wet paint on the walls.  But in my defense, my tail hair isn’t that long and it’s almost the same color as the paint.  Anyway, I tried various locations in the spainting2tudio, to make sure I was in the best place to assist should mom need it.  This didn’t seem to be the right place.  I heard a rumor that it was bad luck to be under a ladder, but this worked out really well for me.  Nobody ever stepped on me and it was only an issue when the ladder had to be moved.  It was a hot day and the plastic on the floor was actually very cooling.  Don’t let anyone tell you painting is fun.  My mommy dog, Rose got bored way before I did.  She finally gave up and parked on the rug outside the door at the top of the ramp.  Made it hard for everyone else to get in and out, but mom thought that was alright as it kept the studio from getting too crowded.  In the end I decided to park under the scaffolding.

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Well, gotta run it’s dinner time.  See ya.

 

When The Chips Are Down

Hey there, Ruger here.  A few weeks ago when mom said we were going for a chip, I figured she meant the crispy tasty kind that comes in a bag.  You know the kind I mean.  They crunch when you bite them and are fried in delicious oils.  Sometimes they even come in flavors like cheese or barbecue.  Mom loaded me, and granny Mitzi into theAHBTS car for our chip adventure.  I stayed really quiet in my crate, in order to make sure I would get as many chips as possible when the time came.  Big surprise, this place has no chips, at least not the kind I was looking forward to.

This is The Animal Hospital By The Sea in Langley, WA.  It looked super nice on the outside and I figured “what a cool place to get chips.”  The front room has all these shiney windows and comfy sofa seats.  All the people were so friendly.  That is until this happened.  Yup, that’s right, they put this weird thiYikesng on my nose.  It was for my own safety, so I wouldn’t jump around and it worked beautifully.  Then nice Dr. Jean took out this large syringe and needle.  Again, you know the kind.  The giant ones they use in all the Frankenstein monster and psycho people movies.  The “installation” went fine, but I’m still a bit put out that there were no chips of the eating variety – there was an obligatory cookie after so I took two.  The cool thing now is that if I ever get lost, that chip will help people get me back to my home, so I guess it’s all good.

Well, it’s about dinner time and I’ve been holding the sofa down all day so I’m super hungry.
See you later,
Ruger