Mom had to do something called a WEBINAR for those trying to learn that language she teaches called Motivational Interviewing. I’m not sure how this is helpful since all I saw her doing was talking to a computer. Even I can do that without too much effort but if that’s the way people learn I guess it’s a good thing.
Apparently the organizers of the webinar did not want her to use some of her pictures so I had to step in and make it right. In motivational interviewing you are supposed to be dancing with your clients versus a tug of war. Since I frequently dance with Dad that’s a no brainer and I have been known to have a tug of war with him now and then.
We all know dancing is so much easier than fighting but sometimes people forget that concept and resort to trying to tell people what to do. So if you truly want to learn how to help people this is the language to learn. Unfortunately it does not seem to work on canines but I’m happy to help out where I can.
I know it has been ages since I have reached out to you all. I have to admit I’ve been more than busy keeping the parentals on their toes. They have been downsizing and going through everything, including my toys. Apparently our house is not in “carry on” shape.
Last week I watched Dad spend 10 hours shredding paper. Mom has been going through files and closets and I have not been receiving the special attentions and affections I so need. This lack of attention has frustrated me so every chance I get I find her shoes and take them outside. Of course my excuse is I want to be close to her. She hasn’t been so happy searching for her shoes in the mornings.
It is also tax season and that makes it even more stressful. My house has become a flux of paper. Look, they have even taken over MY chair and have resorted to using ME as a shelf.
OK, just wanted to pop into all of your lives for a second and let you know I’m still alive and well. However, if you want some Perry love please feel free to drop by but leave your papers at home since we have enough here to last a while.
The parentals may think they rule the roost in the Dopart-Batchelor house but secretly it is I PERRY who dictates what happens here. The only thing I have not been able to control lately is the rain and there’s been a LOT of it. Dad even had to go in the back yard with his high boots to wade through it all. I was smart enough to stay in the house – that’s what we Weims are known for – that we are smarter than our owners.
So here’s what I do: 6 am if the parentals are not up I start to scratch and itch so they can hear the ching-ching of my collar. If that doesn’t get them up I go to Dad’s side of the bed first and then Mom’s side. Eventually one of them gets up so we can all get started on our routine.
I’ve trained them to put on the little space heaters in the dining room and bathroom so I can go from heater to heater to soak up all the warmth in the house. You may remember I don’t have much hair and am prone to chills more than other canines – can’t imagine what my friends in Germany do but glad I’m not one of them.
I did rise to nursing status this week when Dad had a colonoscopy – he was sad and cold so I laid on the floor with him to help him feel better but it seemed to take a long time. Thank goodness canines don’t have to have cancer prevention procedures like that!
Anyway, Mom is busy with her Motivational Interviewing trainings and the new book on diabetes which will hopefully go to print this month. I know it will help a lot of people with their health. My health is fine since I eat my broccoli every day and Mom gives me my probiotic and fish oil all at breakfast – that’s also part of the schedule but that one I don’t have to worry about controlling .
Hope you are all having a good year so far and I’ll check in again soon. If you all watched the Superbowl today I hope your team won and you ate some healthy food.
It’s been a busy month around our house with food testing, and doing “year end” things as Dad calls them. It seems like it’s always about food in our house which is A-OK by me.
Last week we had a little furry visitor named Viva. You may recall she came two years ago for the Christmas holiday. I couldn’t help myself but I was a little cold the first day as I had to share my toys, my bed, my favorite chair AND the parentals.
However, I did warm up to having her around since there were extra toys to play with, more walks and treats. She did have this wonderful habit of leaving her food in her bowl which I’ve never even thought of doing. I tried to eat her food but unfortunately Mom watched the whole time so I could not even sneak a bite.
I thought she was trying to take over but on the second evening she actually put her paw on mine trying to show her appreciation – it was very sweet.
When it came time for Viva to leave, Mom was beyond surprised that I whined a little bit that my lady friend was leaving, but then life changed and I was on to the next adventure. Thanks to all for following my blog this year and let’s hope the New Year will bring more love, treats and peace to all man and caninekind.
The weather has been pretty cold for LA and it’s actually been raining – a phenomena we rarely experience here.
Yep, I am slowly getting into the mood of the holidays even with getting a late start. First the parental units decided to explore India and I did NOT get to go. They sent me to camp which meant no Thanksgiving treats. So I am late to the party of healthy holiday snacks.
Mom and Dad decided to go on a research outing that consisted of cultural adventure and vegetarian eating. They are currently working on a new cookbook and wanted to research spices, ideas for recipes and diversity to peoples eating choices on this side of the world.
That’s OK cause I am not really into vegetarian food unless it has broccoli in it as the crowns are my favorite.
However, I was a little jealous when I heard about all of the animals especially the dogs. I overheard Mom talk about one friendly dog where they stayed that would follow her around in the morning. She was bragging that he was not even on a leash and just went where she went. What! Someone moving in on my property! I was not happy about that.
I also heard that most of the animals roam around like people without being tethered to anything. Maybe I should go to India since the animals seem to be the bosses – that would be the ultimate holiday gift!
And…there was a dog on one of their flights. Now that would have made me crazy to have to hold it that long so it’s probably better I stayed home. 24 hours of travel would have been a bit much both ways but then again I would have loved to roam the aisles of Air France eating all the leftovers from everyone who did not want their meal.
The one highlight upon coming home is there is a new puppy in our neighborhood – she’s a 10 week old Great Dane and Mom and I got to play with her on our walks the last 2 days. Hmm – maybe I can coax Dad into getting me a puppy for Christmas.
Yes, folks this is a REAL thing – I even heard it on CNN. Dr. Heather Silvestri was being interviewed by @alisynCamerota on @NewDay and I realized why I’ve been MIA.
She suggested we take a #socialmediabreak so that’s what I’ve been doing the last few weeks. I’m not sure it’s helped much but at least I’m not hearing the arguing from the #PresidentalDebates.
Instead, I made my appearance last week at Mom’s Motivational Interviewing trainings and it helped her with helping the participants be at ease. After all, it is stressful trying to learn a new language – at least for others. I only know dog speak and that’s good enough for me. The one exception is when the Parentals make me mind – then I share my grunting which they equate to sassing.
The parentals have been busy with Thanksgiving cards for clients and I’ve been staying clear of all those envelopes so I don’t make a further mess of the living room.
Although it is SUPPOSED to be fall we’ve been having summer weather in Santa Monica with high’s in the 80’s.
Let’s all pray for cooler weather and calm for our country.
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You can tell Fall has crept into Los Angeles. It is chillier in the morning and darker and Mom is happy that I’m sleeping in a little more.
Mom and I have been hanging out this weekend. We went on an outing to see another Peri, but his one was human AND pretty. I was hip to meet someone who almost has my name and she was thrilled to meet me too – but of course. My only complaint was that I did NOT get a mani/pedi but I sure tried my hardest putting the charm on. I’m not sure how color would look on my nails but I was hip to try.
We also went on a great walk…yes I still have issues with my heavy “leading” AKA “pulling.” Mom did not bring her walking sticks, which are a new thing around the house. I am wondering how she is going to walk with her new sticks AND me at the same time.
OK, the sticks are these things I have been warned not to touch. I mean come on – it’s not a magic broom. I know Halloween is coming up and that dreaded costume Dad makes me wear outside. No- these sticks are for walking, and Mom says the studies show using the sticks increase upper body strength and burn almost 30% more calories than just walking, as well as helping to reduce heart disease.
I don’t know about these studies since I burn plenty of calories just running around and my muscle mass is just fine as well as my cholesterol, thank you very much!
The best news around the Dopart-Batchelor house is the continued spring cleaning going on AND maybe that ugly Halloween costume got into the donation box. That would be just about the best news of the season!
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