Tuesday, December 29, 2009

...the Grandchildren

Ok, they aren't children but they are my daughter's "Babies" so even if they are four legged and furry, I consider them my "Grandchildren" or Grandpets to satisfy the eternally picky.

I'm in no hurry for my daughter to have actual children, but I have to admit, Rory, Thumper, and Bella are terrific stand-ins. Particularly Bella or to be more accurate Bellatrix LaStrange Zombie Wonder Dog (more on that name later).

Bella is a Toy Fox Terrier Labrador mix and I don't believe it's possible for her to take a bad picture:

Bella in snuggle mode

And with her "Dad"

OK, you see what just happened? I rolled out the pictures - just like a typical grandmother!

Before you think I have gone off the deep end, I do respect the concept of pack behavior and how it applies to having a dog. Consequently, Gavin is her Pack Leader and my daughter is Pack Leader's mate. Bella gets that. I'm not her pack leader, but I did spend time establishing dominance so she knows I am higher in the pack order than she is, and yes, you have to reinforce that from time to time.

However, like a typical grandparent, I spoil her rotten (lots of attention, treats, dog beds, etc). Consequently, when I get home, I am greeted by a wildly excited Bella eager to get one-on-one attention from grandma, a lot of love, and of course a treat. To be fair, I have been using the treats as training, so she is learning commands. We have mastered Sit and we are currently working on Fetch.

Now, why is she called the Zombie Wonder Dog. Check out this YouTube video of the puppy Bella and Thumper the cat.... ok perhaps she is a bit of a slow learner, however.....

...My granddog could easily run down and kill any squirrel in our subdivision...

So there!

Monday, December 28, 2009

...we now?

It's been almost a year since my last post and even I am wondering "Where in the world...??"

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since last January - most of it frozen! We did survive our first winter in Michigan and even enjoyed it. Of course when we say that, folks around here give us amused smiles and say "just wait until the novelty wears off"

Well, as we go into Michigan Winter #2 the novelty hasn't worn off yet.

My ever patient husband eagerly awaited using the Craftsman again, the snow still looks beautiful, and we even say that 32 degrees seems down right balmy.

So aside from the weather, where in the world have we been?
  • My husband is halfway through his second year in Graduate School and I still introduce him as "This is my husband, he's a graduate student and has no life" He makes time for me though, that's really all that matters :-)
  • My daughter and future son-in-law are living with us and planning their wedding! They brought with them my grand-pets (one dog and two cats). So now we have three cats and a dog. Our older cat June has banished herself to our basement (which is finished and furnished) - we call her Basement Cat. The other two cats (Rory and Thumper - sisters) have taken possession of the upstairs and Rory has taken possession of my husband. Bella - the dog, is an affable, adorable fox terrier/lab mix who spends her time alternating between bouncy terrier-like behavior and being a lounging Labrador, taking possession of my lap and my recliner. More on the pets in a later post.
  • I am working full time, doing the same type of stuff I did in Los Angeles. Same hours, same headaches, much shorter commute!! Yes, small town life has paid off big time for this former victim of Commuter Stress...

    8 minutes round trip
    . Rush hour or not. Pretty sweet.
Trust me, a lot more has gone on in the last year, I just need to sort it out and write it down. I promise I will and before the snow melts!
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