Saturday, April 19, 2014

Squirrels In A Tree - Ginormous Edition

We survived another week! It has been cooler and rainy for the end of the week. There appears to be a pellet stove truce going on. Although Emile looks more confident about it than Leela.

What I really wanted on Friday was Thai food, but that would have involved a drive into Issaquah and I was beyond spent. So instead it was time to wash Nim at Pet Place Market in town and impulse buy a $30 ginormous version of the Kyjen Hide-a Squirrel toy.

I really wish Rusty was still alive. His favorite part of the regular size was the stump (I am not even sure he knew the squirrels were in there). He would have loved a large stump like this.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

2 Weeks Into April Already!

I can't believe how quickly time is passing right now. Clearly I am failing miserably at my Friday posts on favorite organizations.

We had an unusually warm day again today. Flowers are blooming and I was able to take some time in the yard.

Nim waits all week for weekends like these. By Wednesday or Thursday of each work week Nim starts to really struggle with my work schedule and my patience wears thin. Friday is usually a day we just survive. Then the weekend comes and we balance out again.

Today he watched me clean the roof. It is a crappy job but at least it is over for the year.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Monday, March 31, 2014


Sunday was an unexpected completely free day. It feels like forever since that has happened. While it rained in the morning I cleaned the refrigerator, and the second it stopped raining we were outside.

Much to Nim's delight, I decided to work a bit on the garden beds. He happily was digging next to me. That dark soil in the wheel barrow is a manure mix of some type.

The second I started trying to combine the manure with the dirt already in the beds I had a sneaky Doberman trying to get in there and "sample." I could hardly be mad at him as he was having such a good day.

(Is there poo on my nose?)

 He spent a lot of time running circles around me or digging, but when the sun actually came out he melodramatically flopped down in the grass.

Then it started to rain again and we were back in the house. :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TTouch Seminar, Body Wraps, and Fremont

Sunday morning we got to Seattle early to get a walk in around Fremont before the seminar started.We started on the trail along the Ship Canal. In the background you can see the Fremont Bridge (blue...and if you live in the area you know is actually worse than the Ballard Bridge as a traffic area) and behind that the taller bridge is Aurora (Hwy 99).

Nim liked being along the canal and watching the ducks. He did not like being on the Fremont Bridge. It is a tight walkway and even at that time of the morning you are dealing with bikers, runners, and other walkers. I am always impressed just how aware dogs are that they are high and over water too. On a bridge like this he could see down between the joints in the bridge.

We walked around the Fremont area a bit but were too early for the Fremont Sunday Market which supposedly is a good market. This ramp goes down to the Lake Union end of the Ship Canal. On the right are some house boats.

By the time we started our return walk back you can see the sun was coming out a bit. It never got super warm but the sun felt good.

One of the things covered in the workshop was body wraps. They have many uses from physical to behavioral to emotional. The blue wrap on his body is considered a "3/4 wrap" and the pink is his rear leg wrap.

I added the front leg wrap at the end. For a dog that has never been wrapped before this was actually "too much." Once we got everything off him he ran around in a scurry.

The "3/4 wrap" he seemed to tolerate fine. The leg wraps made him freeze. I do need to be careful with the "3/4 wrap" in the future as it seemed to rub his inner legs a bit much. I actually don't have to have it dropped that far down his tail if there is no rear leg wraps and I think that might help.

He looks thrilled doesn't he? :)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

TTouch Seminar

Today was our first day of the Lori Stevens TTouch Seminar. We got off to a rocky start. Nim was really in a mood this morning and it wasn't until I got part way to the class in Seattle that I noticed his face was covered in hives (photo is post-Benedryl).

You would think I would have Benedryl packed everywhere for this pup at this point. I have never had a dog hive up like he does and I often don't even know why. So we made an emergency stop for Benedryl and a new toy.

I knew it wasn't a great sign that he wouldn't even play with his new toy on the drive in, but by the time we got to K9 Fun Zone in Seattle the Benedryl was starting to kick in so I got us set up for our day long class.

The material has been really interesting and it has been nice to have more ideas on interacting with Nim especially given his love affair with massages already. We ended the day just starting with the body wraps and will do more tomorrow.

Much of the day was lecture. So I sat on the floor and let Nim pretty much do whatever he wanted. As long as he was behaved I really didn't want him in the kennel much considering he has had a very low activity week.

Between the 3 Benedryl and his long work week Nim just laid in my lap with his dragon wing in his mouth alternating between sleeping and people watching. He seemed very content during the workshop and really enjoyed having another woman in the class try "Noah's March" and some ear work on him. The Noah's March seems to be a pattern of strokes down the body...for lack of a better way to explain it.

I really liked the tail work ideas. I think because he is docked I just don't think about working the tail much but I started doing a bit of what I learned in class and I think it is going to be very good for him. Tomorrow will include a section on leash walking which is an area that continually needs improvement for us so I am hoping for some good ideas to try out.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Signs of Spring! Soi Dog Foundation

Despite a snow on Wednesday night and freezing temps we are still showing signs of spring.

I can hardly wait. This weekend is supposed to be nice weather. I will actually be at a TTouch seminar with Nim over the weekend, but we will find ways to enjoy the sun.

This Friday is all about the Soi Dog Foundation. Someday if I make it to Thailand visiting this facility will be on my list. I wouldn't even mind adopting a dog from there. Thanks to the latest Olympics, attention has been brought again to street dogs.

Every country (including our country own in my opinion) has work to do the in the area of humane treatment of animals. I have a lot of respect for what Soi Dog does. They seem to do a very good job trying to curb the growing street dog population, the related abuse and neglect, and dog meat trade while also respecting the culture they are serving.

There is a pretty active group in the UK that supports Soi Dog Thailand efforts. They had calendars this last December and they were all bought before I could jump in there and order! The UK group seems to actively travel to the Thailand facility and helps get some of the dogs on their way to adoption if they are adoptable.

Have a great Friday! Hopefully I will get some TTouch updates posted. I am looking forward to it.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Soos Creek Trail and Nim Goes to Work

This week Nim has been going to work with me. Not in the office part yet, but hanging in the car.

If I get in early we go for a walk on the Soos Creek Trail.

It is a very short walk due to flooding and me being in dress slacks.

There is a ton of water fowl for Nim's entertainment.

I LOVE these dogs. They are next to the office and they like to check out Nim and I each day when I park. They are both girls. Sometimes I call them The Grunts. :) One of the first days I saw them one of them was shaking and chewing on a bird. I would expect nothing less of Blue Heelers.

Some day I will get their names.