Throwback Thursday – Meet Duke!

Happy Thursday Friends! I haven’t done a throwback in a while so I’m going to throw it back to early last spring when I was a few months old!

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Do I look like a little bunny here? That’s what Wilhelmina’s humom likes to call me sometimes because I have such big ears! I was such a small puppy back then!

Way back before I met Wilhelmina, I used to play with a puppy named Duke! He’s a month younger than me. Isn’t he so handsome? His humans think he’s a mix between a Rhodesian Ridgeback and Mastiff.

He is much bigger than me but he was always very gentle when we played together.

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I haven’t seen him for more than 6 months now. There was an incident where he chased after a car and he dragged down his human. She broke her leg and arm and took a while to recover. Since then, Duke hasn’t been able to be out off leash in public, he gets very nervous around dogs and strangers. It was a very traumatic incident for him.

(This photo was taken just a couple of weeks before the incident)

We visited him once at his house and we had a good time running around in his backyard. I hope he is doing okay, we miss him a lot!

 

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Sunday (Not so) Funday

Hello friends…*sad face*…I am having a not so fun weekend…during one of our trail runs I somehow managed to chip part of my toe nail!

How did it happen? Well, I like to play a game with my humom called “Find the Stump” where I will look for a stump, jump on top of it and I get a treat! I play this game with Wilhelmina too, it’s her humom that told us about this game!

Mia: Where’s my treat?!?!

Well, if you ever meet me, you will see that I love food, and I will do almost anything for food! There was this really tall stump that I usually have NO PROBLEMS climbing but this one time for some reason I got stuck half way. I tried my HARDEST TO HOLD ON (because I really wanted the treat) but alas…I couldn’t pull myself up to the top and I fell awkwardly. My toe nail must have somehow caught onto the wood and it ripped a little.

I didn’t show any signs of pain or discomfort until that night when I was on the bed ready for sleepytime. At first my humom thought I pulled a muscle (again). *side note: I pulled a leg muscle a couple of weeks ago from running too hard on the beach with Auntie*

I was being very needy and asking for lots of attention all afternoon and night.

Mia: Mom, stop playing on your iPad and cuddle with me

When my humom looked closer, it was indeed my nail that was damaged.

We went to see the vet right away. My humom was expecting the worse but fortunately the vet said the damage wasn’t too bad! She just clipped the hanging nail part off and then cleaned my foot.

Hooray! No sedation! My humom has to soak my foot in a pink solution 2-3 times a day for 5-10 minutes for the next few days.  My humom is not looking forward to it because she knows I won’t make it easy for her. Boy does she know me well! BOL!

Lucky for her I love my food and I can be easily bribed.

My humom was hoping she could clean it for longer than 5 mins but hello???? Does she not realize that 5 mins really feels like 5 YEARS in dog life????

 

The vet also said no beach or trails for 5 days!!! Is she crazy???

So now my humom has to get creative and find ways to keep me busy indoors. Good luck with that! BOL!

One of my favorite toys is my Kong Wobbler. But it doesn’t keep me occupied for very long because I can get those treats out pretty easily with my special whacking skills!

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I recently got a new treat toy, I don’t know what it’s called but it’s pretty tricky! I think my humom got it on purpose because she thought it would be a hard challenge for me.

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 I kept trying and trying…

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Mia: Um….excuse me, a little space here? I need to get this treat out!

But eventually I GOT IT!!!!!!! TAH DAH!!!!! My humom isn’t very impressed with this toy. She was told I would be occupied for HOURS! Well humans, you have underestimated me! BOL!

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Mia: So…What’s next Mom??

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What kinds of activities do you do indoors to burn off energy? Share it in the comments!

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Friday Fun with a new friend!

It’s always a fun time at the beach, especially when I go with my bestie Wilhelmina. But this time it was extra special because with met another dog that I follow on Instagram! Her name is Pyper and it was her humans that recognized me because they follow my instagram too!

We look like we could be sisters!

My humom tried to get a group shot of us but it was mission possible. C’mon, what do you expect?? We’re at the beach…with new friends..and you want us to stay still? Human, please….

What’s that over there?

They want us to look at the camera…pfft. Silly humans.

Sniff sniff…your ear smells nice!

Enough of this photo taking! Lets have some fun!

If you want to know more about Pyper and her family, check out her Instagram page!

 

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(click on the photo to see her Instagram!)

Happy Friday friends! Hope you’re enjoying the summer so far!

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Play hard, work later?…

…or was it Play harder, work never? No wait..it’s Play hard, Play Harder! Right???

I know what you’re thinking…this girl just plays all day every day, amiright? Little did you know…my humom is what some people call a “Tiger Mom”. Yup, I know, it’s confusing..how is a human a tiger at the same time???

Mind you, she uses the term “Tiger Mom” loosely. What I mean is, she will always have high expectations when it comes to obedience/commands and behaving well but she will never physically discipline me. She believes in positive reinforcement which means I always get lots of praise and yummy treats to encourage good behavior! We always try to practice a little bit everyday, or at least a few times a week so that I do well in my classes and behave well in public.

She’s probably a bit stricter than most dog owners but it’s only because she’s trying to protect me. I don’t know why I need protection, I’m a pretty tough girl I can protect myself! She says there are people in this world that will judge me before they get to know me. They have the power to remove me from my home and even have me put down! How horrible is that??? That’s why my humom says I have to be a good girl in public and not bark or growl at strangers on the street or in the trails (unless we are actually in danger then she says I can bark).

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My humom says I have been doing very well in my obedience classes, I’m already taking the Advanced class!

 We’re learning off leash heeling, walking sits and downs, drop on recall, sit/down stay (where the humans leave the room) and all the other things we’ve learned in intermediate class.

Sometimes, I also get to drop in on the intermediate class that’s after my advanced class to review some of the things I’ve already learned. (My humom would call this a Tiger Mom moment). We go over loose leash walking, sit says, down stays, hand signal only commands, figure 8’s, recall, right turns, left turns and finish.

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I like this class because I get to see my doggy daycare buddy Frankie! She’s a Boston Terrier mix but her humom thinks shes mostly Boston Terrier. Frankie can be pretty shy with humans but she likes my humom a lot. Frankie will run to greet her when she sees us come out from our advanced class.

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Frankie: Pssst!…Mia! Mia!

Mia: Shhhh!!! Don’t distract me Frankie! You’re going to get us in trouble!

Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate on our sit stays because we just want to play!

This is Reggie. She’s a Parson Russell Terrier. She always tries to play with me and I’d like to play with her too but my humom doesn’t let me because she’s too small. She’s afraid I will accidentally hurt Reggie because I can play a little rough and I’m very strong and muscular. Reggie looks like she would be super fun to play with! Isn’t she adorable??? She’s actually in my advanced class but she drops into the intermediate class sometimes too.

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These are my advanced class buddies.

We’re doing a long down stay while the humans go to another room where we can’t see them. My humom is so sneaky, she took a spy shot from a tiny window in the wall!

This is Cindy. My humom says Cindy’s off leash heeling puts us to shame so we have to work harder. (That’s another Tiger Mom moment by the way…*rolleyes*)

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This is Max. He looks like he could be a lot of fun to play with but his human doesn’t let him play after class.

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My humom likes putting me in these classes because before we even get home I’m already wiped! I’ll be passed out in the car on the way home!

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Do your humans ever put you in classes like obedience or agility? Share it in the comments!

 

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Lazy Sunday Selfies

Boy it’s been such a busy fun filled weekend so far…it’s time for some (lazy) Sunday Selfies!

These are my tummy rub faces. Can you tell that I’m enjoying being spoiled? BOL!

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Yup…that’s the spot. Ahhh….

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A little to the left…there we go…

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Perfect!

Now it’s time for a snooooze…..

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ZzzzZzzzZzzz….

 

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Happy Birthday Canada!

Today is Canada’s 150th birthday and what better way to celebrate than hanging out with my bestie Wilhelmina! (And of course my terrier pal Duffy!)

 

 

We saw a beautiful bald eagle too! My humom wanted to get closer but she didn’t want to scare it away

I was was too busy protecting my stick to look at the camera. Even tasty treats didn’t work. My humom was not impressed.

 

Thank you to Wilhelmina’s humom for getting us these great Canada Day bandanas! Don’t they look great on us?

We had lots of fun running around on the jetty!

I even found a tennis ball! Score!!!

Happy Birthday Canada!

Happy Canada day from Mia, Wilhelmina and Duffy! 

We were all so pooped that we passed out before we left the parking lot!

Keiko wasn’t able to come with us, car rides scare him now so we took a couple of photos on our patio.

Mia: Moooom…do we have to take more pictures?? Do I have to hold my toy in my mouth??

Keiko: I don’t wan’t to take pictures either! It’s scary up here on this chair!

Mia: Sigh…lets just do what mom wants so we can go do something else. Just look at the camera Keiko! I don’t want to hold this toy in my mouth anymore. 

Happy Canada Day from Mia and Keiko! 

Bear-Bear couldn’t come with us so I told him all about our day today.

Ummm..excuuuuse me mom??? A little privacy please??? Sheesh!

Anyways…as I was saying Bear-Bear…we saw this bald eagle and um..we…uh…zzzZzzZzzzzz….

 

Happy Canada Day to all our friends! Have a great weekend everyone! Thanks for visiting!

 

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