Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Long TIme

It has been a long time since I blogged. I have been busy with holiday events and company plus shopping. I have also been helping my mommy with her blog.

I have to tell you Christmas is tough on me. Nothing is in its normal place. Mommy and Daddy put up decorations everywhere you look. It is beautiful. I like to sit and stare at anything that lights up. Especially on the banister there is a set of big lights and I sit on the step and just stare. Daddy laughs at me and asks me why. Because it is pretty and not up all year! Silly Daddy.

My couch that I like to jump and dig on is filled with special comforters in Christmas designs and BIG stuffed animals that take up all the room. That upsets me.

And the tree. I like to drink the water from the tree stand and I try to eat pine needles. I thought Mommy and Daddy knew that I was not going under the tree (they are afraid if it falls for some reason I will get crushed) but the pine needles in my ears gave me away.

I got some really cool gifts for Christmas and I hope you all did too. I got long thin bones and short fat bones, treats for when I am a good boy (which is always), a cool multi-color monkey and an orange fluffy carrot squeaky toy.

I loved watching everyone open their presents. I sniffed everything.

I am sad because Daddy is going back to work tomorrow. But it is okay, Mommy will still be here.

So all in all it was a nice Holiday season and I am happy.

I hope to blog more. It is hard because I have to share the laptop with Mommy and her bookblog is taking off so well she needs a lot of time to spend on it.

I want to thank my 10 followers. I just found out today. That makes me wag my tail.

I know it is a few hours away but I want to wish everybody -

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Poker Night!

I am so happy! Daddy is having poker night tonight. Mommy plays usually but she is not feeling well. But Mommy helped Daddy finish decorating the house for our guests. Daddy and Mommy and me when it got dark put the outside lights on and I got to look at the house (Daddy carried me out and held me. It was cold out!). They took me out last year too to see the decorations but some things broke so Daddy went out today to get a big light up reindeer and some light sets. And we have a Snoopy (my friend! I have a famous friend!) who is dressed like the Red Baron sitting on top of his house. But he will not light up. Snoopy is my Mommy's favorite so Daddy will be scouring the area for a new Snoopy. But I love the lights. As a matter of fact, instead of leaving lights on at night, Daddy put motion lights on our stairs. Sometimes I just lay in front of the light on the stair to it will light up.

Daddys's friends are cool! They love to pet me and play with me. I love when they come over. I know the dog that lived her before me, or so I have heard, you had to be careful of. She nipped sometimes and growled even though she knew the boys. Weird huh? Me? I would not hurt a fly. In fact, Mommy and Daddy laugh at me because in the summer sometimes you get a bug in the house. I see one maybe on the floor and do not eat him or hurt him like Mommy and Daddy say other dogs do. I just study him and see where he is going. Or she. Study he or she to see what this creature is all about.

But I was so happy to see all of Daddy's friends. Like I said the other day, this is a great time of year people popping in and out and lots of love and pets for me.

Everyone should be over next week again. I hope I can play. Texas Holdem seems fun and if you explain it to me, I am sure I can get it!

Kisses to you all!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It's Almost Daddy's Vacation!

On the Mommy front, she is downstairs today but still not feeling well. I have to take good care of her. I am also editing for her today. (I am on the arm of the rocker while her laptop is on her lap). I keep getting elbowed but then I get kisses. I am just trying to be a good editor.

The OUTSIDE decorations are inside. It has been very windy out for a few days. My Mommy said to my Daddy that I may get blown away because I am so little. YIKES! I hope not. I know Mommy and Daddy watch me when they let me out.

Daddy said it is still going to be very windy and that the outside decorations will go up on Thursday the day before he is off for five weeks. And the inside decorations are almost done. Basically I have nowhere to lay there is so much Christmas stuff around!

So I told you already how Daddy being off messes up my schedule. Well I will do my usual and pretend it is just his regular days off for a few days. When it hits me he is home for 5 weeks, I will still be with Mommy 80% of the time. I never know about Mommy so I spend time with her.

But Mommy is very happy Daddy is off for 5 weeks and I know Daddy will be playing a lot of ball with me and tackling me a lot. And we will all go for a walk. And Mommy and Daddy do not go anywhere they may do something local so no Kennel for me. Gramma would watch me anyway if that were the case so either way, no kennel.

And a lot of people will be over the house over the next 5 weeks so that is a lot of love and petting. Especially my Nephew Logan who is 6. He loves to chase me and I love to be chased.

So I am getting ready but you can't tell for Christmas. Somebody has to take me to the pet store so I can buy gifts for everyone. I hope they don't wait to long. I hate last minute shopping.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I Am A Happy Puppy!!

My Mommy has been sick.

And I am sad and I kiss her and lay next to her. But this means for me she is not busy and I get to sleep with her all day long! And I get to climb on her legs and her head and lick her hand for 5 minutes (I can tell time! I know how long a football game is!)

So I have been busy with my Mommy. She needs me. And I need her.

I cannot wait to tell you about how we have decorated for Christmas and how I helped! Daddy says I did not really help but Mommy says I did!

So I am laying here, all stretched out on my fleece purple blanket next to Mommy. When she gets up, so do I. But she is sleeping a lot. She has Multiple Sclerosis and when it is bad, she sleeps a lot. But she will be better soon. She always is.

Plus we played with my ball today so she is a little better.

I hope to tell you all about the words I know and the leaves I have been playing in really soon!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Decorating for Christmas

Wow! It is that time of year again. Everything is coming out of that little crawlspace at the top of the stairs. There is no where for all 7 pounds of me to walk and Mommy and Daddy have things all over my couches that I cannot play with. And I cannot jump on the couches either like I like to do.

I get underfoot a lot but I have to see what they are doing!

I do know that some nice music is going to be played, and Mommy and Daddy work really hard on this. When they are on the inside, it looks like an episode of Hoarders Christmas Edition. But these all of the decorations are special to Mommy and Daddy because they have been building up their decorations for 13 years. And each has a place. It always looks nice and homey not messy and thrown up.

They go outside too for the outside decorations. They used to tie me to the fence and use a very long leash so I could join them but now Daddy took the fence down so the decorations can be seen clearly. So I stay inside and bark and cry a little. Mommy keeps coming in to tell me everything is okay. Sometimes if Daddy is doing something and does not need help, Mommy will pick me up and hold me and take me out to look at the pretty lights.

This time of year coming up is great because Daddy is home from the day after Thanksgiving until 1/2/14. He plays with me a lot, Mommy, Daddy and me take walks. All kinds of people drop by constantly. And there is always food, and crumbs :)

Mommy already told me she is getting me a Christmas outfit and taking out my winter coat and she will be taking pictures that will be put here. I like to get dressed up. But honestly, a simple bandanna will do.

I will have much more to tell you in the days to come.

(I think I am related to him!)

Friday, November 8, 2013

I Love To Dig

I love to dig. I really love to dig.

And I love to do it outside and inside.

If Daddy is outside, he lets me go to town. I get down and dirty in the mud or dirt and then Mommy has a fit when I come in, if she is around. Daddy and I have been able to clean me up quick and slip past her on more than one occasion.

In the summer I love to check out what is in the garden. I am small enough to jump from pot to pot and dig just a little, and maybe even grab a cherry tomato! Mommy does not like that either. But I have seen her laugh a few times so it must be okay!

In the winter I dig in the snow. Daddy clears a path from me to go to the bathroom, but I love to jump on top of the snow, away from the path, and dig in it. I love to jump on top of the snow and fall in it. I come in the house soaking wet. Mommy wraps me up in a big fluffy towel.

I dig on the couch. The couches are old so it is okay. But Mommy and Daddy put a blanket down on my favorite couch for digging. So I am really digging on the blanket. I dig as Mommy says "Like he is trying to dig a hole to China" You can hear the scraping of the fabric as I dig dig dig. My nails are not that sharp though so nothing rips. But once I get into dig mode, it is very hard to get my attention. I hear my name called several times. Why don't Mommy and Daddy understand that I have to get this digging done? It is important and necessary work!

I dig on the big bed too.

And I have my own little blue fuzzy bed with a dogs head that I dig in.

I did on the computer chair. Which I like to jump up on it brings me up higher and closer to Mommy and Daddy. Especially when they come in the side door because that is where the computer an computer chair are. I run in circles and dig until they notice me. But sometimes I dig for the heck of it.

I dig when I am mad. I mostly get mad when Mommy and Daddy do not understand what I want, when I want to play and they are done for the day, and when I am trying to get their attention. When I am doing mad digging, I am usually almost doing a headstand and digging because I am doing it so furiously. Or I am completely on my side digging in the air, sometimes catching the fabric of the couch or bed.

I dig when I am tired. I try my best to tell Mommy and Daddy that I have had enough and have to get in the big bed and sleep but they get busy. So I drag out my blue bed and I start digging in it. I usually hear something to the effect of "Boy he is really tired"

Mommy said I should see a doggie psychiatrist.

But plain and simple, I like to dig! You dig?

Looks like me in the snow. This dog gets it!

If this poodle was black, it would be me in the yard!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

What I Did Today

Yep, I slept all day. It was not very eventful. I watched Mommy as she read, blogged, and cleaned up the house. I am just waiting for Daddy to come home. I am sure we will do something fun tomorrow! I heard Daddy say the Christmas decorations are coming out!!! I love them. I love to eat pine needles and drink from the bottom of the tree. Hey, if you do not want me to drink it, do not put water there!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I Went Out To Meet The UPS Man!!!

Today there was a knock on the front door. Mommy and I were in bed upstairs at the time. I barked and ran down the stairs. Mommy followed behind me.

She scooted my back with her foot and opened the door.

HEY! The UPS Guy!!

I know him! Mommy always picks me up before she opens the front door. But today she did not. I guess she wanted me to get the package. So I ran out the front door and down the walkway to almost to the sidewalk when I heard my name being called by the UPS Guy. Why is he calling me? Then I heard Mommy call me....a few times....then she yelled "NINO STOP" and I froze on the spot.

She came down the front walk in her socks and scooped me up.

Then as we turned back toward the house, I saw it. WOW! What a big package!! I wonder what is in it!? Mommy let the UPS guy bring in the big heavy box. And then we both said goodbye to the UPS guy.

I sniffed the big box. Hmmm...definitely not food. But I sure would like to see what is in there. I love when the UPS guy comes because it puts Mommy in a good mood. Well Mommy is mostly always in a good mood but getting a package sure helps things out. And anything she gets I sniff and lick to make sure that it is okay for Mommy to have.

I kind of get the feeling I should not have run out the front door. But I would not have gone far. I promise! Maybe Mommy did not know that. The last time I ran out the side door, her AND Daddy told me stories of dogs who run out their door and down the street and are never heard from again.

But I get so excited when someone is at the door I forget!

All that excitement made me and Mommy tired so I am going to take a little nap now.

I cannot wait to see what is in that big box. I wonder if it is for me?

This is pretty close to how big it is. Maybe a bit wider.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Day Out

I was very busy on Monday, I went to the salon for a haircut!

I go about every six weeks or else I get very fuzzy.

It is great. Mommy and Daddy drop me off and I get to see all my human friends as well as my animal friends. I am a social dog so I get to be down on the floor with my other friends who are dogs. I get to play, I get to go for a walk, and my favorite part - I get a great bath!!!

It seems like I am there for hours, and I have to admit sometimes I worry that Mommy or Daddy will forget about to come back for me. But they never do. Mommy and Daddy were busy Monday so Grandma picked me up instead. I am always happy to see Grandma! She fed me and then I went right in my fuzzy blue bed. And I waited and waited. Then Mommy and Daddy came home!!!

It is a long tough day at the salon catching up with all my friends so when Mommy went right up to bed, I followed. Mommy was so tired, maybe she went to the salon Monday too! I went up to bed with her and curled up in a little ball and slept.

I smell really good and Mommy made a big fuss over me. Hopefully Tuesday will be more of a normal day.

I have a special fall leave bandanna on. I look and feel great!!

fall leaf photo: leaf fall-leaves.jpg

My bandanna looks like this picture. I am already excited about my next salon visit where I get my Christmas bandanna

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Football Sundays at My House

Football Sundays at my house are the best days ever! Mommy and Daddy pull the couch away from the wall (it is too far back even to see our big screen television) to push it closer to the television. And they sit side by side instead of one of them on the couch and one of them on the recliner. And there is plenty of room for me in the middle.

The activity stats early when Daddy leaves the house in the morning. Sometimes early, sometimes close to game time. I have heard Mommy and Daddy talk and Daddy goes over to Grandpa's house to help him out. I take the opportunity to sleep because I know it is going to be a big and fun day. I get tackled a lot!

So Daddy comes home, usually with food, which he puts away. I love to stick my nose in the bags while he is bringing them in from the car. I have to make sure there is nothing dangerous in there! When Daddy gets home, Mommy usually gets up. Sometimes she has breakfast, and sometimes not which is there is a knock on the door then some yummy food comes! That is a highlight of Football Sundays. Sometimes I get chicken, or a piece of pizza, maybe some deli meat. Little pieces of course. I will take anything. Sometimes I put the food on the couch and study it first. That usually draws cries of "Nino why are you doing that? Just eat it" I have to check it out good first before I eat it. I love french fries too!

There is a lot of yelling on Sundays. Some of the words I talked before about Mommy using when she trips over my toys- I recognize a lot of those words on Football Sunday.

Sometimes Mommy watches one game, sometimes two. But my Mommy gets tired. If I am really lucky she watches all three games. Mommy and Daddy on the couch with me in the middle, on a blanket, or sometimes I will sit with Mommy for a while and sometimes I will sit with Daddy for a while in their lap or squished up right next to them, but we are all together all day. That is the best part. If Mommy has to take a nap I go up with her but when she is asleep, I sneak down to see Daddy and sit in his lap.

If I am really lucky, later in the day someone knocks on the door again and more food comes.

I have looked at the television but I cannot figure out what is going on. Mommy says I am a Steelers dog because I am my fur is black. Daddy pointed out because of my white fur on my chest and paw, that I would be more of a Raiders dog. Mommy says Daddy is silly.

Mommy and Daddy leave the couch out. So anything watched on Monday is with all of us together. There is more football on Monday night.

It is exciting and tiring to be up all day. This is me at the end of Football Sunday. Daddy always tells Mommy to look at me and look at my eyes to see how tired I am. Because sometimes I pretend like I can still be up and play. But I come back with the ball to slow. They know.

I look forward to this all week. Mommy and Daddy have no idea how much. I wish every day was Football Sunday!!!

p.s.- Do not tell Daddy, I do like the Pittsburgh Steelers better!

Friday, November 1, 2013


My Mommy says I am famous now. I do not know what that means. She told Daddy and Grandma all about it. She showed me something on her laptop. I do not know what it is. I lick it. I am bored.

Mommy said people I do not know have seen me. I do not understand that.

I just do what I do! Be a good boy, play, eat, sleep with Mommy or Daddy, run in the backyard, go for walks, sleep in my little blue fuzzy bed, sit on Mommy or Daddy's lap in the rocking chair, or on the couch between them when they pull it out on Daddy's days off.

My Mommy wants me to tell you if you have stopped by here, to look at what she is writing about me, and I see her doing that, and comment. That would make my Mommy happy. And if she is happy, so am I!!!

I promise you fame will not change me! I am not a spoiled rich dog. I am just me. And the best dog I can be.

My Toys

I have 23 toys. And I know all of their names. They are all over the house. But Grandma brought me a little bed to keep all my toys in. Every day Daddy puts all the toys in at night. But I have some I have to have with me at bedtime like my first soft squeaky leopard ball or my new blue squeaky octopus. I have a Snoopy, a squirrel, a doggie, a duck, and more. I have my favorites and I do leave them all over the house. I try to take them outside but Mommy makes me put them down before I go out the door. Thank goodness they are still there when I come in! I love to play fetch inside and outside. Sometimes I just drag every single toy out. Mommy asks me why. Because it's fun!

If I really want to play, I start throwing my toys around. And bark at Mommy or Daddy. Mommy plays fetch with me and some rough-housing. I go easy on her.

Daddy and I play a great game. He gets a big blanket and all my toys and scoops them up and grabs me and buries me under all of it. I get crazy when he does that! Daddy and I wrestle. I bite him gently and maybe growl but not much. I pretend I am boxing him. I just throw myself into him and paw at him.

One of my favorite things to do is come just close enough with my toy so Mommy or Daddy cannot reach it...then I walk backwards as they reach for it. I want them to get up and chase me sometimes.

I think Mommy is going to try to teach me to put my toys away. I heard some talk.

She trips over them a lot and says words I do not know the meaning of, but she uses the same 3 or 4 words when she trips over my toys.

Of all my toys, the toy I came to my new home with is my favorite, My soft leopard ball. It is worn. I chew it but have learned to not make a hole in it. I use it as a pillow when I sleep on my stomach and I throw it around when I am hungry or have to go out. I hold it in my mouth like Mommy said a baby holds a pacifier. It is in all reality a little big for me but I open my mouth over a corner and law there with it. It get a lot of slobber on it. Yeah!!!

My toys are very special to me. I love when I get new ones. I have big squirrels and I have three of them. But Grandma recently got me a small squirrel that is really soft. It is my new favorite. It can be found at various places around the house.

I never get my toys taken away because I am a good boy. Plus I do not think my Mommy or Daddy would do that no matter how bad I was.

I love my toys. And I know where any given one is at anytime. I will go all the way up both staircases to get a toy. I may get told to put a lot of things down, but not my toys, those are all mine.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Today is Halloween. My Mommy loves Halloween. I hear her and Daddy talk about how things were different when they were little and many more little kids trick or treated. I know I cannot have chocolate because it is bad for me but Mommy made the mistake of dropping and M $ M or something here and there. Usually she gets to it first and right away, but I have found one or two. Mommy has seen me eat them and then Mommy had a long talk with me about how dangerous it is. Especially to a little dog like me. I will try to to remember that when I see one drop.

I like this day because every time someone knocks on the door, Mommy scoops me up and I see a bunch of children who love to pet me. Mommy gives them candy and they pet me and make a fuss over me.

This year is different I am a little sad. Mommy was gone for a while yesterday and I cried. When she came home, Grandma was with her. Mommy had a big bandage on her neck and would not pick me up. I was told, by Mommy herself and Grandma, "Mommy has a boo-boo". Or sometimes they told me again "Mommy has an ouchie" I know this means mommy is hurting or got hurt. So Grandma took care of me but mostly I spent yesterday laying in Mommy's lap, looking at her from time to time to make sure she was okay. Then at 8:30p Grandma left and I followed Mommy upstairs to bed. Mommy was tired and so was I. Worrying about my Mommy makes me really tired!!

Today, I barked a lot to let Mommy know people were around. I am getting told a lot by Mommy in a loud voice to stop barking. I think because Mommy does not feel good. People are walking by but they are also coming and knocking on our door. I KNOW I have to let Mommy know someone is there because it could be Aunt Yvette, or it could be the UPS guy, but it could be a bad stranger.

But instead of petting this year Mommy keeps putting me in the wash room when there is a knock on the door. I guess she cannot pick up even 7 pounds. Probably because of her boo-boo.

But do not be sad for me! Daddy will be home soon. I get to sleep by Mommy. And get extra love later. Mommy already did something I do not think she was supposed to do and picked me up in the kitchen, told me what a good boy I was and how much she loved me. She showered me with kisses. I just leaned into her.

I am on a big fluffy blanket by her feet now. On guard because it is dark and the front door is partially open. I cannot sleep until Daddy gets home or Mommy locks that door. Even then I will be on guard with all of the activity today.

I did not get to wear my Halloween shirt either. Well that is okay too because there is always next year!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Mommy is Sick

My Mommy is sick.

I know because of how much she is sleeping. My Mommy never sleeps. Plus she keeps drinking this blue liquid that, when I sniff her breath, I do not like what I smell. It is certainly no good food.

So instead of my usual busy schedule, I will just be sleeping with Mommy, making sure she is okay.

She has been asleep since 10pm last night. Except for the time she woke up at 3:30am. I had snuck into sleep with Daddy while Mommy was alseep. Daddy snores so he sleeps in another room from Mommy. I do not mind the snoring so much. I do not even mind fireworks. Mommy said that is unusual. But I am like no other dog. So I was with Daddy. Daddy has the big bed so all 7 pounds of me can stretch out good!! Mommy's bed, although big, is not big enough for me. So Mommy got up to use the bathroom at 3:30am. I followed her as I always do. Sometimes she is really tired and closes her eyes and I bark. Then she opens them. I know how long she is supposed to be in there. I have to really watch our for my mommy.

I came back to sleep with Mommy after that. But I was not ready to sleep, Mommy got a snack. I was hoping for some but this time, did not get even a nibble. It was cheese too. One of my favorites. But if it was a banana, that would have been a different story. I cannot even see a banana without freaking out. I will tell you about that another time. Mommy snacked and slept. She slept all morning and up until 1:30pm. I went to see Daddy because I had to go outside. And I was hungry. But Mommy needed me. So I just went back upstairs. She is asleep but I know she needs me, and I have to be on guard, and me being here makes her feel better. She has told me that it makes her feel better.

I followed Mommy down for a light breakfast, again none for me. Then she sat in the rocking chair I thought we were sitting downstairs which I love but she just turned on the television, and then pressed some buttons, then shut it off. I know that noise of the television shutting off and know that means we are done in that room.

So here I am back in bed with Mommy. She was on her laptop and I knew she needed me so I get in the small space between her and the computer and sit there. Mommy stops typing, and grabs me and gives me a big hug and a kiss and asks me what I am doing. Duh mom! I am taking care of you. I show her so by licking her wrist for a about 2 minutes. She just pets me while I give her get better kisses. Then I am suddenly tired. I take go to the foot of the bed by Mommy's feet and stretch out. Mommy will probably go back to sleep. I will bark later to wake her up when I am hungry.

I hope my Mommy gets better soon so we can play!

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Christmas Scratchoff

Today is Daddy's day off. But I really do not adjust my schedule. There is Mommy time and Daddy time. Mommy time is most of the time. Daddy time is when he comes home from work and when I want to play at midnight, and sometimes in the backyard, as long as the lawnmower is not on. I am not afraid of it, it just takes attention away from me.

So I was taking a nap with Mommy, Daddy ran an errand for Mommy that took a long time. As far as I knew, he was at work.

So Mommy does not feel well today. Even I know that. So I am as close to her as I can possibly get because I know that helps her. Then Daddy comes home and I greet him. He scoops me up to say hello. We get the mail together. We do that every day. Then he put me on the floor and walked upstairs where Mommy was in bed. Daddy ruins things a lot, like my naps, Mommy time. Today, Daddy had a magazine, and a quarter, and those things, I think they are called scratch off tickets. I peek sometimes when Daddy does them on the snack tray. Mommy sometimes does them in the bed but I do not pay attention.

So Mommy is sitting Indian style on the bed. Daddy is kneeling next to her on the floor to look. Mommy puts the magazine on the bed and the thing that they scratch on that, when I sniff, I get pushed gently away. Mommy starts scratching the quarter on the shiny Christmas looking ticket Daddy brought home.

Well, this was a long one. So since the ticket was on top of the magazine which was on top of the blanket, and no one was paying attention to me, I took my nose and started tunneling my way under the blanket. Then I started digging on the sheets and Mommy said "Look at what Nino is doing, I do not think he is happy" Ya think Mom? Then I looked right into Daddys left ear. He did not notice me. Then I walked over the magazine and ticket which drew a "Nino!" and sat behind mommy. That also got no real attention. So I walked back though the same path.

Then mommy tapped the ticket in the garbage that I get gently reminded to keep my nose out of. And Daddy took the magazine, ticket, and quarter and left.

Thank goodness. I settled in by Mommy's feet and stretched out. I gave her a backwards look to make sure she was staying there. Because if she moves or puts her feet on the floor, I am up! Ready to go!

I hate scratch offs!!!

Eating with Nino

My mommy gives me wet dog food. She tried to wean me off of it by mixing in dry food but no dice. I can pick around the dry food and leave it on the plate. And I do.

My mommy took a while to get it, but this is how I like my food - Wet food first. And she talks to me when I am eating! Why? I do not get the fuss. Just because I like to bring it over to the throw rug and eat it. It tastes better that way, doesn't she understand? Maybe if she tasted it.

And put leave my dry food bowldown! That I sneak and eat when you are not looking. That is why I put on 4 pounds.

And you still, when you catch me on the rare occasion I am really hungry, you shake your head. Don't you know the dry food only tastes good after I drop it in Daddy's slippers? I need that flavor. Thank goodness even in the summer Daddy leaves his slippers by the back door in the kitchen or I do not know where I would go with my dry food to eat it!

It tastes so good right fresh out of Daddy's slipper. Yum!

Mommy always seems surprised when I eat. Probably because I like to play games. One day I may not eat at all. The next day I am hungry all day long.

I like when she sits at the table while I eat. When she gets up she does not understand I am her guardian I have to see where she is going. But I am nosy too, do not tell anyone. If I had something to say I would say eat with me Mommy but don't look at me. And don't keep getting up and down while I am eating. And you can always give me whatever is on your plate :)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Nino-My Dog, My Friend, My Companion, My Confidant.

So we can all agree to a point that animals are very much like humans. My Nino takes it to a whole other level.

He was special from the day we got him.

We were planning for a Mini Schnauzer, like we had before. My mom called and said "I have a proposal for you"

My mom has a pet sitting business, mostly dogs. One day I needed a ride somewhere so I went back with her to feed her boss's dog and her boss's father's dog, that his daughter got for him because he had just lost his wife.

I remember everything about that day.

I went down a hallway. I hear whining and barking.

Mom and I walk in. Only one dog comes to greet us. Nino. My mom's boss's dog is named Bocci. Nino ran to get close to us then when I extended my hand ran away. And kept doing it like a game.

He went on the wee wee pad (that would soon be an old habit). My mom applauded him. Trying to give attention to both dogs was tough because Bocci was like a frightened mouse and Nino was a hyperactive kid on sugar.

My mom feed Bocci and Nino went to eat it. I held Nino so Bocci could eat.

Then Nino got fed.

Mom and I ate, much to the dislike of Nino, who, at my mother's command, sat in the tv room watching us intently at the dining room table.

My mother and I then started watching tv. From left to right on the couch was Bocci, Mom, Nino, Me. Mom announced she had to run out for something and could I handle both dogs. I said sure.

Well Nino took that time to come by me lay down belly up and lick the heck out of me while looking at me with a "How cute am?" look.

I tried to pet Bocci too but Nino would was not having any of that.

So mom eventually came back. She took me home.

I thought about Nino.

When I got that call, I was sure my husband would not want such a small dog (Nino is a mini poodle). My eyes filled with hope I asked if he remembered the dog my mom sat for. I said the father is not well enough to care for him and the daughter wants him to not go to a shelter. My husband, classic things that he says that I do not expect, instead of a NO I got a "Why not it's a free dog" We were planning on shelling out 2 grand for our Schnauzer. And we knew what my mom's boss had paid for this Mini Poodle purebreed.

Nino came two days later.

My mom had to stay because Nino did not know me. I think he remembered me though.

It was the end of the summer and it was hot. He got in a backyard and peed out there for the first time. He was so happy. He then hopped up and took his place on what would never be mine again, my lounge chair. Cushion and all.

We did not want him to overheat. We brought him in.

My mom stayed a few hours so Nino would not be too traumatized, then left.

Nino, as if trying to tell me how scared and unsure he was CLUNG to me. Just this little 5 pound ball of fuzz over my shoulder like a baby. So I sat on the rocking chair with him like that for a few hours. If I had to do anything, he came, carried. (Which still happens frequently). He cried a lot. I talked to him like I would a child. "Everything is going to be okay. Mommy loves you. What a good boy. You are safe" Yes I am sane!

When my husband came home, Nino did not acknowledge him for at least 2-3 weeks. I was mommy. I was it- Nino's whole world.

He was immediately in tuned to my disabilities and adjusted accordingly.

Nino lives in his own world and speaks his own language and I want this blog to share that with you.

I will give some more history. But for example, right now he is sleeping at my feet. I am on the bed. He hates the laptop. He often peeks around the corner with his eyes which seems to say "Why is this thing in my way of my mommy?", he puts his face on the keyboard, he steps across my keyboard, he licks my laptop. I am about to get up and go downstairs and this is going to be a project.

First he is asleep. He is used to being asleep at this time. He is going to get very excited that I am moving to begin with. He will follow me into the bathroom and wait.

It is too early for him to eat.

He will excitedly get his first ball, a drool-filled leopard ball that squeaks. We have a "fake" one that we use when we are washing this one. So he, not unlike a seal, will jump in the air and bounce it off his nose with hit banging off the wall. Me trying not to kill myself on where it will land.

He will run down the stairs before me running in circles. I can see it in his eyes "Is she going in the kitchen? Is she going on the tv room? Do I get to go on the couch? Are we going to play? Is she going to ditch the laptop?"

So I plan to watch tv a bit or read.

Trust me this dog does many things everyday that could fill a book.

Does he sound like an ordinary dog?

You do not know him well enough yet.

Remind me to tell you about intrusion on mommy time or daddy time. Good stuff.