My Own Wrecking Ball

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Well Christmas came and went and I survived being away from the parental units.  Yep I survived…I did run a lot and lost a few pounds (Mom says I’m “insulin-sensitive vs. her and Dad being “insulin-resistant” so I lose weight quickly – once again another way canines are the preferred species).

Now I am back home eating like a champ to get my fighting weight back on since I did get a little skinny.  Unfortunately, it is not by eating junk food as Mom has a close eye on my healthy treats.

Southern California’s weather has been a bit schizophrenic with one day like summer and the next winter but it doesn’t matter since my life of luxury continues.  However, being away and sleeping in a confined space I am sure glad I am home with my big comfy chair.  I like the country but I like the comforts of home.  That said the parentals did bring me a gift, which I love, a Harry Barker toss and tug rope toy.  Mom thought it would be good for me since it’s made of cotton and is free of bad things that make canines sick.

photoWhy do I love my new toy so much?  Because apparently Dad was not thinking of the damage this toy can cause.  When I am bored I rummage through my toy box and bring toys to Dad.

I usually wait until he is on the phone or doing something important.  I then come to him running with toy in mouth and try and thrust it into his hands.  This method gets him going and he usually ends up playing tug of war, WHICH I LOVE PEOPLE!

This gets Mom a little irritated  and she usually says, “no playing in the house Jeffrey Michael.”   When the middle name is used it means trouble.  Perry 1 and Dad a big fat 0.

OK, sorry I digressed  – so they got me a rope toy with a hug ball on the end.  They thought I would just chew on the ball and Dad would pull by the handle.

Seriously?  I am all about holding onto the handle and shaking my head all around so the ball hits everything.  That’s right folks – my own wrecking ball…Miley Cyrus has nothing on me.

I do know how to behave – it’s just whether I decide to do it and how many walks Dad decides to take me on to tire me out.

Catch you after the first of the year.  Remember my 2 year old birthday is less then two weeks away so that limits your shopping days.

Peace and good Health in 2014!

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Merry Christmas People…

photo-3Tis the season to be Jolly – at least that is what I am hearing lately.  I find it a season of good treats and extra pets.  As with all of my weekly adventures, Mom and Dad have kept me busy and out in public, which I LOVE.

We had an important meeting with a top couture designer in Santa Monica, Hanna Hartnell, who made Mom’s wedding dress and is now making warm clothes for all breeds of dogs, large and small.  Since I am big and am cold a lot of the time I was am the perfect candidate to try to model her new line for dogs.  You know I honed in my modeling skills with the Gluten-free cookie book, A Healthy Baker’s Dozen.

On the way to our appointment, I had to be on my best behavior as we walked through Fred Segal and every one of course checked me out and you all know how much I love that.  My favorite part was when a little fan wanted to give me some love.  I was very good and just let the little girl pull on my ears and play with my short tail.

photo-4Then we met with the designer lady, Hanna and she was of so nice.  She is used to dogs since she has her own named Biscuit who she calls the butler since he shows everyone into her studio.

She has some very tasty treats and as you all know I love good treats.  We tried on a lot of outfits in a variety of colors and patterns and it was pretty cool.  Of course I love making Dad on edge and kept him on his toes.  Here I am showing off the cool velvet neck on each one.  I decided I liked the red one the best and it had a cool green neck to match!

photo-2At the end of the day I was polite and did my best.  Remember Santa is coming in a few short days!  I’m excited since Hanna is making me something warm for my stocking so hopefully I won’t have to wake up the parentals in the middle of the night to cover me up.

OK, I need to get going.  Wishing all of you a wonderful and safe Christmas!

Pre-Christmas Car Shopping

Today was fun but I had to be on the best behavior as the parentals were a little on edge.  You see Mom’s car is very old and even with very low miles it is just too small for her and especially for ME so we all had to go car shopping.  Anyway that is what we did today…boring just driving cars, but not really go anywhere interesting.  The Volvo dealer was the most fun, since Julio was nice and gave me the loves and pets I deserve.  Max helped Mom with answering all her questions about a car since she is so concerned about safety.

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But enough of that – let’s talk about ME.  I have been on my best behavior and have not gotten into too much trouble this past week.  I do get a little out of control when other dogs walked in front of my house.  My ferocious bark continues to annoy Dad to the point I see his veins pop out of his neck.

It has been busy with all of the parental’s book work as they are getting ready to print a few real copies of the gluten free cookie book, A Healthy Baker’s Dozen, so that will be available soon.  I never understood what the ebook thing was anyway.

This week is going to be busy and it is not about Christmas shopping.  Dad is working too much and it is HIS birthday, but more importantly I hear Santa comes soon.  I have made a list of the toys I would like but my list is a little heavy on the snacks.  Hopefully Santa will fill my stocking with treats and more treats.  No coal here…I have been perfect…that’s my story and I am sticking to it.

OK, Dad wants to do some training now and it involves cheese so I MUST GO!

Later People.

 

Montana Ave Holiday Walk…A chilly evening in Santa Monica

IMG-20131206-00154I just have to tell each of you that I had a FANTASTIC night last evening at the Montana Ave. Holiday Walk.  It was even better then that thing called Halloween and I did not have to play dress up.  The other cool thing was Auntie Robin and Uncle Darrell came with me so my pack was bigger than usual.

The best part was all the treats, stares and adoration I received.  Dad said it was more then nauseating but his Downer Dad syndrome did not take away from my glorious time.

As with all my outings there is too many to count…”gorgeous, magnificent, stunning, etc.”  I love it because Dad has to be polite back and engage with my fans.  He said his favorite comment was when a big burly man came up to us and said, “that is the first real dog I have seen here tonight.”

Of course my favorites are the little children who want to pet and touch my ears.  I try my best to be nonchalant and not scare them too much with my size because some could ride me like a horse.  Enough about my fans lets get back to my adventures.

IMG-20131206-00148We first went to Palmetto and got a candle.  I just love that store since it has lots of smells and the staff are so polite with chatting me up.  It was a little crowded but we managed and I did not break anything.  Of course the parental unit had me on a tight leash.

Then we walked up and down the street, hearing the sounds of Christmas and smelling all the wonderful treats.   I tried real hard to eat the ones dropped on the sidewalk but you know those parents of mine always wanting to make sure that I get my proper balance of proteins and healthy carbs…I guess popcorn and cookies are not in that category.

IMG-20131206-00161Then we went to Mom’s and my favorite store – Williams Sonoma.  I just love all the culinary delights in there.  Since we are a cooking family and our new Gluten-free Cookie eBook, A Healthy Baker’s Dozen, depleted our baking supplies we needed to stock up.  The more important thing is they had SNACKS!  My new friend Gloria spent extra time giving me love and pets.  I think she paid more attention to me then the customer…my Mom.  I for sure will be going back to that store.

I did meet some new friends on the walk and it was fun.  Of course we ran into some uptight dogs that just were not too friendly and barked at me but I just walked on by because no one was going to dampen my evening out.

Finally we went to the cool pet store called To Wag For and it was crowded at the door by the humans wanting snacks.  What?  This is my store and I just barged right in.  It was great because Dad had to do all of the apologizing….I was on a mission…snacks and toys.  Santa came early and I got a Doggles Sillypulls and the nice lady  Jean gave me a treat.

As we walked back to the car I was a little tired and cold.  Dad said I was good and that made me happy.  I love my family and these things we call the holidays are a great time because you get to count your blessings and spend time with your loved ones.

I’m Featured in A Healthy Baker’s Dozen: gluten-free low sugar cookies

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This thing called Thanksgiving was pretty cool and as with the rest of my pack I am thankful for a bounty of food.  What I did like most about it was that the parental units were home for 4 days so I got a lot of my deserving attentions and affections.  However, I did miss my buddies at my day program just a little.

Just because I got to lounge around for 4 days does not mean Mom and Dad did.  There were going non stop and up at all hours.  You see we finished up with the gluten-free cookie book, A Healthy Bakers Dozen, which I am the star of I might add.  But what was really cool is it was uploaded for Cyber Monday but made it up on Amazon on Black Friday. Remember there is a dog cookie in there with my picture so be sure to look at that one first!

I am proud to say my parentals are now the authors of three books and I hear there are more in the works.  I just hope the next one has some food in it as I did like clocking all the hours in the kitchen with this last book.

I did not get into too much trouble this past week, though Dad was on my case because I just love to run in the mud and it rained a few days.  Yep – that is right I paid him back with running in the house with mud on my feet.  I thought he needed a little exercise…smile.

I may have landed a gig as a model for dog clothes, which I am ambivalent about since I am not too fond of playing dress up but I hear this is a top designer so who knows?  You might be seeing me as a super model, so stay tuned for this one folks since it could be really BIG.  I am just saying Dad better make sure there are treats in my contract.

OK folks stay cool and remember there is only a few more shopping days until Christmas.