My Whirlwind Weekend

img_5068You 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!

Love,

Perry

 

Spring, Easter and New Beginnings

FullSizeRender-2Happy Easter People!  I’m beyond excited this week as it was the beginning of spring, Easter today and the garden is in full form!

Well the parental units have been busy as usual so that they forgot to let the bunny know where my Easter basket was.  However, they did do me right by letting me have a few treats – healthy dog treats vs. the peeps I’ve heard humans like. Then again, I will take any treat I can get away with.

Mom and Dad went to church and I got to stay home and rest…but we know how that goes.  I never rest except after 6 and only if I’ve had a proper walk – after all, a dog needs to get his 10,000 steps in, right?  And I DON’T even need a fitbit or an iWatch to track my steps!

I finally got to try the new snack Mom got at the Natural foods Expo by Pet Naturals called Hip and Joint treat.  Of course I had to pose but I don’t mind as long as I get treats.

The Santa Monica weather has been amazing this week as it was quite a pleasant 73 degrees today when Mom and I had our walk and Dad even joined in as well.

With spring in full swing, the garden is beautiful and the birds and squirrels are making me a little crazy, but hey that is part of my story and backyard…Perry’s playmates.

Enjoy all the wonder life has for you right now!

Love Perry

Happy Peaster

PerrypatioThere is a lot to celebrate this week…patio, Passover and Easter all within 7 days.

Yep – that’s right folks – our week started out with a bang and ended up on a reflection.

Monday and Tuesday Dad and Zach worked long hours and created a beautiful paver, patio which added a nice outside space for our family. What I like best about it was that unbeknownst to Dad he subconsciously color coordinated the patio to match ME…once again, it is all about me here at Casa de Perry.

Even though I only watched Dad and Zach moved over 20,000 pounds to create the nice oasis in the backyard and do some work in the front yard, it was still a workout going to and fro with all our supplies.

All in all our yard got a nice little face lift.

This year Passover fell on Good Friday and today is Easter, and Mom’s friend Lisa said it was a “happy peaster.”  Last year I had an egg hunt in the back yard, and this year my gift was being left outside my crate while the parental units went to church. Now that is what I call the good life.

Otherwise we are hanging tight here in Santa Monica and the weather was a beautiful spring 70 degree day!

Happy Easter Peeps…but don’t eat the peeps since they are a bit high in sugar.

Perry

A Letter From Doggie Camp

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Things here at camp are awesome!  I really did not want to write and check in since I know you still think of me as a puppy – maybe because I still act like one!

I just cannot get enough of the running around, playing with others and all the animals. When I was riding up here my traveling companions were these big rats that were also hanging out at Daneen’s to help with training – I’m not sure what that was all about but I decided to remain calm since you never know what those non-canine creatures can do.

Now, if I saw them in my yard I would have gone postal. However, it was different somehow and I was as content as could be when I got in the truck since they were my neighbors for the next hour. Dad – you would be proud of me!

I have been getting in plenty of exercise up here and don’t need the fitbit as Dad does, and Mom – you will be pleased since I am eating for healthy and not using the vacation to be off my “health vacation.”

I hope your conference at Sweet Success was good and your talks went well. I heard there were over 300 people gave a lecture to and I would have been a little more than nervous.

OK, got to get back to my running and will see you in a few days.

The weather up here in Acton is quite a warm 82 degrees. I really prefer the calm Santa Monica weather but the 22 exercise play yards here, along with my sheep, donkey, horse and pig friends is way more exciting than our small yard – hope you are enjoying your “Perry free mornings at 6 am.”

I’ll be in full force when I get home Dad so enjoy your rest now while you can.

LOVE,

Punky

They Went to The Natural Foods Expo West 2014 Without ME!!

photoI guess I should start with the good since being grateful is what it’s all about, right?  We got some much-needed rain – remember I now am the Weather Weimaraner so this is one of the first things to report.  Our yard is greener but apparently we still need more rain.  I’m just happy since it’s sunny today and 82 degrees in Santa Monica – how’s that for some post Daylight Savings time weather?  We did have a very small earthquake but it did not affect my Perry world so it was fine.

The thing I am NOT so happy about is the parentals got to go to the Natural foods Expo West in Anaheim.  Mom has gone for the past 15 years, Dad apparently does not like to go because of the crowds but Mom makes him and I WANT to go but canines are not allowed.  Can you imagine?  The biggest food show in the WORLD  and I the biggest dog foodie is NOT invited or allowed?  Close to 4000 food booths with endless treats are at that show.  I guess I should be GRATEFUL (there’s that word again) that the parentals thought of me and tried to find me some new healthy treats.

photo-2The humans at Castor & Pollux were apparently the nicest and recognized the large breed that I am and gave Mom a big bag of their Organix Jerky Chip Cookies made of oatmeal and chicken.  All I can say is double YUMMMM!!!  Here I am trying not to attack the bag and then Mom finally opened it for me.  As she’s scripting my blog for me right now I’m at her feet trying to be ultra good to get another one – the good behavior I must have for treats is unimaginable.  I know they are trying to make me a respectable dog but it’s Sunday afternoon and I need a day off.

Later People and pray for more rain in our region of the country.  I don’t want to have to contend with a brown yard since I might be camouflaged!

I’m the Weather Weimaraner – Check out my #SELFIE Forecast

photo-2Well folks it has been a little soggy around here lately.  Thanks to Auntie Chris for giving me my new name!

The 2014 storm called the Titan came and went. It was quite bothersome to me because I was not able to get outside and play. I know this factor bugged the parentals as my inside land became my exercise turf.

Yep that is right I tore this place up with my fast paced runs down the hallway and the carpets pushed up against the wall like a cartoon. I have been having lots of fun.

Dad has been cool when he has time off from his photography class to take me places, keeping me out of too much trouble.  I love our time in the car as he plays the music loud and I can hang my head out the window. I’m sure some of you have seen some of my own #SELFIES.

On that note have you guys heard that new song called #SELFIE? It bugs but I guess it is this generation’s equivalent to “Valley Girl” from the 80’s or at least that is what Dad said.  I have no idea as he is getting old and I am still young and fresh.

Mom had another one of her Motivational Interviewing workshops yesterday and spent lots of time looking for fun videos to show – I like the one best of all the people dancing in other countries – the only thing wrong is there are no canines in it.

I heard a bunch of celebrities are getting dressed up to walk on the red carpet for gold statues. Something about Hollywood and the Oscars?? I sure wish someone would let me prance around on a red carpet.  I would run back and forth with that little gold statue and make a muddy mess.  Now that would be award worthy.

Catch you when the sun is back out People!

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!

Pre-Thanksgiving Treats!!

photoHello Everyone!

Things are going great…it is a warm autumn and I have been helping the parental units with all of their projects.  We have a very busy house!

However, I get a little confused as they are doing all of these recipes and it is not even Turkey day.  I overheard them talk about getting recipes together for blogs and clients.  It’s all about the Gluten Free up in here.

Then on top of it all I have had to be on my bestest behavior as there are a tons of cards and envelopes lying around and I mean EVERYWHERE.  It is Mom’s annual Thanksgiving Card that she sends out to 1000 people.  Dad took the picture of the office so it is an art project as well.

I have been really good as Mom was creating a gluten free pumpkin bar and we all know how much I LOVE pumpkin.  She had a little bit of pumpkin left over and let me lick the spoon, which made it a little better since we know its ALL about the treats!  The picture is me trying to be good waiting for my pumpkin.

Anyway, the new Gluten Free cookie book is in the final stages and will be out by cyber Monday.  I’m not happy since there is NO paper involved for me to steal and chew on – something about an eBook – silly, right?  However, I cannot wait for all of you to see my recipe and my photos – I had a photo shoot all to myself one day and of course I look like the show dog that I am!

Peace!

I’m Getting Better and Here’s my Report Card

203I’m 20 months old right now and Mom says she can’t wait till I’m 2.  Auntie Deb in Florida says I will be a great dog at 3 so that makes me excited to get older.

I still have many issues that need what Dad calls “training” but I thought I’d give you a current report card to let you know just how much I’ve improved:

  1. I can do a 10 minute wait for a snack when I want to…yes I drool but can wait even when the parentals leave the room
  2. I’ve slept on the chair in the living room all night by myself for at least a week without waking up Dad till 6:30 am
  3. I rode in Mom’s car this week and behaved myself the whole time
  4. I have not shredded toilet paper for a week (although I did get into some paper towels – I guess I still need paper anonymous)
  5. I’ve never to this day had an accident in the house and always go potty outside.  This is old news as I was fully potty-trained at 8 weeks.  I guess you could say I am an overachiever but only with things I want to do
  6. I always eat my vegetables without a complaint and my favorite is broccoli
  7. I went to see a new friend Koby yesterday and played very nicely with him at his casa – Dad made us look cartoon-like to be funny…I kind of like the psychedelic look

I still could improve on car etiquette with Dad, lowering my propensity for counter surfing, and barking too loudly when someone I don’t know walks by the house but for the most part I’m turning out to be a respectable dog.

I always appreciate all my fellow blog friends and invite you to come by and give me treats when you are in the neighborhood.

Peace People!

Chaos Is My Middle Name

photoAgain Mom had one of her trainings in Motivational Interviewing for LA Best Babies this last Friday.  I was bummed out because I was not able to be the greeter, as we all know I do flawlessly.  I ended up spending the day at The Wags Club.

But that is not the half of this week’s plight people!

Here’s the rundown:  on Thursday night we were all getting ready for bed.  I am growing up so after I go outside to do my nightly business I come back in and hang out in the living room.  The parentals no longer tell me to get in my bed.  Really what happens is they go to bed and shut off the lights.  I get scared and come into the room and crawl into my bed all by myself.

Well you will not believe what happened!  Mom was washing her face and Dad and I were almost asleep.  Mom came into the room and woke Dad up saying someone was trying to get in the front door.   Of course curmudgeon Dad responds with no worries – the alarm is on.  Then all of a sudden there was a loud noise.  I was not having that and ran out of the room with Dad in tow.

Dad looked out the window and can you believe who was there?  CHRISTMAS KITTY!  I cannot believe that thing was back and I was not happy because Dad felt sorry for the flea infested thing and went outside to feed it.  I went crazy and am still upset with him.

Upset to the point I was holding a grudge and knew I had to pay him back.  We all know that it is getting darker earlier as the season changes.  We really do not have seasonal changes in LA, but during the wintertime I get up earlier and this morning was no exception.  Of course Dad likes to have Mom have a chance to sleep in a little bit.  But not this morning…

Squeaky squirrel was outside my bedroom window squeaking away.  I had to get outside and so I faked Dad out.  Got outside and he ran to the trees, and next thing you know I am barking full force at 6:30 AM Sunday…why you ask?  Two reasons, the squirrel instigated it and all people need to be on my time!

Low and behold the day of rest turned into a fiasco!  Next the dog from down the street got all in my front yard, which caused me to freak out.  Then Dad is outside once again trying to save another animal.  Then he brings Kojo into the backyard but I was not having any of this.  I was barking, Mom was trying to sleep and Dad was attempting to be a humanitarian.  Needless to say Mom got up and was outside in her PJ’s helping Dad since I had poor “play date behavior.”

Yep – you guessed it.  I got a big “time out,” but right now I am doing pretty good.  Mom is making more cookies for the gluten-free cookbook so that makes everything better, especially since I get to eat all the crumbs that fall on the floor.  I’m excited since my dog cookie is due to be made next weekend so stay tuned!