Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

America's Next Top DOG Model

Today Kramer and Wilma participated in a photo shoot to model a dog fitness vest. The photos will be used for marketing and advertising Laguard Dog vests.
These vests are used to add weight to your dog, so a 20 minutes walk with the vest gives the dog the same amount of exercise as a 60 minute walk without the vest.
These vests are also used in physical therapy and conditioning for dogs. Wilma is demonstrating how to stretch in the vest on an inflatable egg physical fitness ball.
Madison and Kramer worked together to show that all breeds of dogs, even poodles, need to exercise.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Macy is a Leader Dog

Macy is a working girl now! She was delivered to her new handler on Wednesday!
Jennifer and I drove to Rochester on Tuesday to see her and wish her luck in her new career. At first, she didn't seem to even notice us, but then after a few sniffs she seemed to all of a sudden remember us and started wiggling all over.

Macy is working somewhere in Michigan! So we'll be watching for her everywhere we go!
Good Luck Macy!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Here are the kids dressed up for their Dock Club Halloween Party. This year, the Cat in the Hat had his sidekicks Thing 1 and Thing 2 with him.

The party was complete with a costume parade, dog games (Wilma won the Peanut Butter Lick!) , a scanvger hunt in the woods (where we found a pumpkin with dog bones tied to it!), and lots of good food and dog treats!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Macy Update

I received word today that Macy has been issued (meaning she was matched with a blind person) and is in the current student class at the Leader Dog school! IF all goes well, she will graduate on Oct 16th and me and Jen will get so see her again and meet her new handler.

Cross your fingers for her!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Kramer's Renaissance Festival Birthday

Kramer turned 5 today! And he celebrated it in Holly Grove at the Renaissance Festival with Amelia. He got a fancy new Birthday collar.
The Duchess and her Ladies sang to him.
We were checking out the Dog Scouts booth and there was a golden there that looked a lot like Wilma. Well, there was good reason for turned out to be Wilma's brother Mitchell and his owner Joanne! Mitchel is Joanne's Seizure response dog and he's also Dog Scout. Joanne helps run the Dog Scouts of America up in St Helen MI. Too bad I didn't bring Wilma so she could see her brother again. But we plan on getting these 2 together, maybe for their 5th birthday next April. It was so good to see Mitchell again and to meet Joanne!

After the fun filled day at the Renaissance Festival, Kramer had a little party celebration at home with Wilma. Wilma thought it was a pool party!
Happy Birthday, Kramer!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Paws in the Park

Last weekend, Wilma competed in the Ultimate Air Dogs Dock Diving competition at Paws in the Park in Canton. This was a Short dock event with a 20' dock, as opposed to the Long dock that's 40' long. Although short or long does not matter to Wilma...she still only jumps 3 ft. But she has fun! Petie and Tommy from Wilma's dock club were there competing too!

Wilma got a new float toy with lots of places to hold treats!
And Amelia tried it for the first time during the open jump. She did great!

The Dearborn Animal Shelter "gang" came to the event with their dogs. Barb and Tito, Pat and Jessie and Abby, Suzanne and Boogie and Sadie, Diane and Amelia, and Sue and Timmy all cheered Wilma on. And Andrea and Aussie stopped by to say hi on Sunday. Here's Aussie, Wilma, Abby and Tito.
And Jill, Jennifer and Flurry came to cheer Wilma on!
We saw some old friends from Paws. Jane and her service dog Ukon, Erica and her service dog Cooly and Andrea with her puppy in training Felix and her keeper dog Aussie, and Ken and Mary (with no dog). We met Quasi with his client too. We also saw Kricket, who is Kelso's (my second Paws puppy) sister. It was good to see everyone again. Jane got wet giving Wilma some loving!
Here's Quasi's client..... The Dog Whisperer.... one cookie is all it takes to get 5 dogs to give you 100% of their attention! (Wilma, Ukon, Cooly, Flurry, Quasi)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bunnies In the Garden

My garden is growing more than tomatoes this year. We have a whole litter of bunnies! I found them in a hole, just moments after they were born. Tiny, pink, and hairless with their ears plastered against their heads. At first I thought I found a nest of mice!

The next day, they were buried under a mound of bunny fur, all comfy and cozy. I was careful not to touch the nest, but I couldn't resist peeking under the bunny fur blanket by lifting it with a stick. They already had fur! The "blanket" grew bigger and bigger, bunny fur knitted with dry grasses.
And day by day the little bunnies grew. There ears got bigger and their hair thicker with white spots.
Then one day when I went to peek at them, one little bunny hopped out of the nest! Without touching him, I scooted him back in his nest and covered up the hole. The next day, all of them were gone. And I never did see the mamma bunny.
And through all of this, Wilma and Kramer didn't realize that there were bunnies right in their own back yard!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Beating the Heat

It's been very hot summer in Michigan. Wilma and Kramer have been cooling off in the pool almost every day. Kramer has actually walked up the the steps and stood there until I bring him in (he won't go in by himself). He's gotten very comfortable floating around on the raft.

Of course Wilma is still a little fish. And she dives into the pool like a pro! I just wish she would dive like that from the Ultimate Air Dog dock.

We took off for South Haven one day, to spend the day on Lake Michigan. We had the dog beach all to ourselves for a short while. Sun and sand, that's the life!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


This past weekend Wilma and I traveled to Kalamazoo to compete in the Ultimate Air Dogs competition at Woofstock, a fundraising event for the SPCA.
Wilma wore her groovy bandana.

It was a hot 90+ degrees and sunny! But there were several Doggie Oasises with kiddie pools and plenty of water and even a misting station.

Wilma did much better with her diving this time....not in distance (she still only did 3 ft 10 in), but she jumped in much quicker. She ran up to the edge of the dock like she was going to fly in....but then she stopped and looked down, then looked back at me. I said "Go get it!" and then she jumped in. The secret is her new's a floating treat holder! She'll do anything for food!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Bark for Life

Last weekend was the first annual Jackson Bark For Life, part of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. The event was held in Cascades Park in Jackson. Kramer and I worked a booth for Therapy Dogs, International. We passed out TDI information brochures and testing requirements. We also had some doggie treats to lure the pups in, some dog stickers for the kids, and licorice sticks for the kids at heart.

The event included a walk around the park with doggie games and contests afterwards.

Kramer was happy to see Jennifer and Flurry at the event. The bobbed for hot dogs

and tried their paws on the agility course.