Archive for July, 2012

July 30, 2012

Izzy Goes to the Spa

Or, the Spa comes to Izzy!! 😉

Well, sume pals haf been asking fur more picktures of Izzy.  I dunno why, because I am obviously superior in looks and brains.

But nefer-the-less, I want to make my pals happy, so here is a blog abowt Izzy.

As you mostly know, our Izzy is a bitzer dog. Mostly terrier, but maybe something else too.  Woo knows what, but her did turn owt cute I guess.

Howefur, she can get pritty scruffy looking too wif that furs. The mum foofs her furs, and five minutes later it is back to scruffy looking again.  Her gets her paws washed ALL THE TIME because her gets so much mud stuck to them.

The  mum has got Izzy groomed a couple ob times to try and help wif  the scruffys and dat lasts a BIT better. We haf tried owt two different groomers. They bof came to our house  wif a mobile spa.

Here is sume picktures from Izzy Spa Day #1  This lady was kind ob OK in some ways.  She was friendly and explained what she was doing all along. She was happy to let mum watch.  Her set-up was good & well organised. And her didn’t let Izzy escape!! But not so good in others. She had her own dawgs wif her which mum wasn’t too happy abowt because it cud have been distracting from focusing on owr Izzy. Her didn’t follow mum’s instructions too well, so poor Izzy got trimmed a bit shorter than was really needed – which da dad wasn’t so happy wif how Izzy looked. And her didn’t do a grate job with paws or ears – they got no special attentions.  And her water was too hot!  Mum fought her was about to cook poor Izzy at one point!!

‘Get me outta here Mum!!!’

‘Do I REALLY haf to do this Mum?’

Before & After Shots

Snuggles wif Mum

Dis is Spa Day #2. The second lady was really friendly & chatty too.  Her was just in a little trailer so wasn’t so well set up, but is getting her van soon. She was OK with letting mum watch though her wasn’t sure how Izzy was going to behave wif Mum there.  She used the Furminator on Izzy which did a grate job & trimed off just the right amount of furs.  She knew alot about her shampoos and had put a lot of thought in to which products she used. This lady did a grate job of trimming owt Izzy’s paw furs, pucked her ears, and even offered to trim her butt fluffs which meant Izzy had a good tidy up all around.  She did haf water trubles too, and trubles wif Izzy escaping!!!!  But ofur all da mum finks her will get the second lady again, especially once her gets her full set-up in a van. And now that her knows owr Izzy is a Houdini!!!

Getting Furminated

Smelly shampoo – but look who is on the sticker! 🙂

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July 26, 2012

Time for Tricky Trick Learning #2

I did some new fings this week. I did some great games with carrots. I like carrots, maybe even more than kibbles. Acktually, much more than kibbles. A carrot is nice & crunchy & juicy and kibbles is all kind of dry & boring.

So when my mum tied a string to my carrot slice instead ob gifing to to me to crunch I thought she was qwite crazy indeed!!!

‘Why are you doing that to my carrot Mum?’

But I am so clever that getting my carrot back was no truble. Carrot goes under couch.  Waaaayyy under. String  sticks owt. Dawg pulls on string wif mouth & gets carrot owt. But hey. No one told me that rules, so I just use my clever paws & scrap the sting owt until, voila, here is my carrot. Nom nom nom. Crunch crunch crunch.

‘See me using my paw. ‘Scuse Mum’s chubby arm in da way!’

Ok, what’s next mum?

Noms under cups. I’m pretty smart abowt this game too. Mum hides the bit ob carrot under a upside down paper kaffee cup. I knocks da cup over wif my paw, and chomp, nom is all gone.  Now – da trick is, maybe there is two or three cups. Which one has the nom under?  Sniff, sniff, sniff.  Ah, dat one! Whack. Chomp. Nom all gone.

‘Wooo won’t trick me Mum!!’

Well, those are the fun ones. Da mum has also started to teach me to go backwards. Why, I just don’t know. Why would I want to go AWAY from her who has the noms??
Anyway, being as I am pretty clever I started figuring it owt right away. But only once I tried every other trick I know to get her to hand over that nom. I mean, she doesn’t reaaaaallly want me to go BACK does she. Yep, it appears that is want is required.

‘See. Now I am here ….’

Oh well, anything for food.

‘……and now I is back here!’

And I finks I might get an extra nom for lying down. So I tries that as well!!

I is a dog, after all. 😉

July 16, 2012

Tricky Training

Howdy there Pals!!

I haven’t been here on my bloggie for qwite a bit, but I’m about to make a new start. And it’s all abowt tricks today. Yep, that’s what you heard – tricks. And it’s all the fault of a Moose.

A Moose

No, not THAT kind of Moose. This be a moose moose what hangs owt with Fi & Abby ofur at  Another Tequila Sunrise

I blames this kind of Moose – which is a Labradog Moose. Qwite a different species. But see how his name be on his bed?? Well, he definitely is a Moose. 😉

A Different Moose. 😉

This is one of my nooo Twitter pals, and he has been finking about getting a special award for doing tricks. So he gave a challenge to any pals who wanted to join him wif learning tricks. Woo can learn more ofur at his bloggie Southern Most Moose 

As da hu-mum has been trying to get back into more walkies & games wif me, she got to thinking that learning sume nooo stuff would be good for my brain too.

So the ofur week we had a couple of sessions on remembering the fings what I shud be able to do. I was pretty good at remembering. This is da list of what fings I can do at da moment:

Dat normal fings:

Sit – I pritty good & fast at this. We haf to check if I still do it wif just a hand signal. And I haf to learn better about getting back up to sit if I lying down.

Down – I pritty good at this too. In fact sometimes I super speedy thunk down so hard I might make a hole in the ground!! BOL!! I finks I remember da hand signal fur this one.

Wait – (this the werd I do fur ‘stay’) I pritty good at this up to a point because I haf to do it efury morning & night to get my noms. I waits fur about 5 seconds if da mum abowt 10 metres away. Dat be too far fur me to be away from her. Da mum finks we werk on dat a bit.

Heel – well, I doesns’t know that werd!!! I just does it naturally when I be off leash. And not at all when I be on leash. Da mum can’t figure dat one. So maybe we werk on dat one some. When da mum figures owt how. 

I also gits inside when I am told, and gits up, and off & all dat stuff. I moves when Mum asks it appears, but da hu-mans never taught me any of dat. I just figured it owt.

As fur tricky tricks, at dis moment I only does a few.

I does ‘shake’ fur pawshake with my right paw, and ‘other paw’ fur a pawshake with my left paw. But I has to do them in order.

I does ‘roll over’ – I rolls half way ofur. I doesn’t go roly-poly right ofur. I can do this one wif a hand signal too.

I brings da mum da newspaper every night. When da dad comes home wif it he gifs it to me & I carry it quite nicely.

I can even usually pick up random things off the floor & under the table when da mum can’t reach them. She points to it & says ‘give’ and I picks da fing up & brings it to her. I does get a bit muddled if there be more than one fing, but her is planning on teaching me da names of sume fings now.

So all in all, I is a pritty smart dog. But da mum & I fink old dogs can learn nooo tricks. So we are going to find owt. I not so sure if a old hooman can learn new trick tho’. !!!!  (Just kiddin’ hu-mum. I luvs you really. )

In case woo be wanting to see a pickture or two ob me, well, here they is.

 

See me Sit!!

I lies Down