Archive for January, 2013

January 28, 2013

Secret Santapaws

Dis does be anofur Christmas story abowt a fery nice fing what happened dis year.
Owr luvly Twitter friend Jessie da cat @JessieJaney and sume ob her pals did make an idea abowt hafing a Secret Santa swap wif ofur pals. Dis was fur ANZAC anipals – dat is paws what live in Australia & Noo Zealand. Der was dawgs & kittins & Billy who does be a guinea pig!

Jessie did collect a littl’ infurmashions abowt all da pals wooo wanted to participate – like how many paws lived at each house & what kind ob anipal dey all were. And ob course, owr most secret addresses fur mailing ob parcels. Den her did do a random draw ob which pal was going to send to which. We is sworn to nefur tell woooo owr sekrit pal was. Ob course der did be sume discovering ob such top sekrit infurmashions, but I ain’t going to tell any on my bloggie. 😉

We did send da hoomans on many expidishions to da pet stores in da city to find most exactly da fings we wanted to send to owr sekrit pal. Da hoomans did haf success in da end, and along da way dey did buy ofur noms & toys & such likes just in case dey cudn’t find da exact ones we requested. So dat was most advantageous bekcause den we did haf sume extra noms & toys what needed homes.  I finks my tummy will be a fine home fur sume ob dem extra nommy noms.  I is pritty sure der will be room in der.

We sended owr parcel off in good time & we breafed a big sigh when we knowed it got der safe.  Den we crossed owr paws & waited fur owr parcel to come from anofur different pal. Dat parcel did cause a few wurries. I fink maybe Jessie chewed her claws down a little, but in da end it arrived to us before da Big Day.

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Da Big Day fur opening owr Secret Santa pressies was da 23rd December. So dis year it was kinda like we had Christmas twice! Here woo can see we is opening da parcels wif a bit ob helps from da Mum.  Dat sticky stuffs on parcels does be not so easy fur dogs.

And I sure woo can see me getting my snooter straight in to dat bag ob chewy fings.
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We also got owr fery own uooonique Christmas cards – ones dat woo can NOM!! We was pritty happy abowt dat & we hafs to try dem owt right away.  Izzy near nommed hers all up because her secretly took it away to da big bed & da hoomans didn’t see her!!

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Efen dat stinky cat got sume fings in da parcel. He got treat noms. And sume nip. We haf nefur gifen him nip before so he was pritty excited abowt dat. We may haf to buy him one ob Penne da Parrot’s special fishies what his warden makes so we can put dat nip in it. (Seeing as I stoled his first fishie what warden made him.  )

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I is glad to say da hoomans did torture dat cat wif da antlers too. He no more happy abowt da idea than us. Meybe he does haf sume sense afta all.

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If da mum gets sume werk dis year & we hafs sume spare dollars we sure join in da Secret Santa next year. Dat if Jessie recovers from dis year!!

So a big truble triple fanks to Jessie fur her organising skills and to all da pals what participated & maked it such fun.

January 25, 2013

Blog Award!

Well, I does be interrupting my Christmas repawting to make an announcement dat I have been gifen a blog award!! Does be only da second wun dat I haf got in my whole life and I feels qwite proud.

It does be from da blog  ob my grate Aussie Pal Thomas @puppynumber7 and his most sweet & booutiful wife Keely @AngelKeely, who does watch ofur us all from da Bridge.

I haf been on Thomas’ blog afore bekcause I did have to help him wif a big project a while back. If woo want to check owt da werk Tom & I did dis be it here:  Summer House Extensions

Dis whatda Award looks like:

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Fur da getting ob dis award I needs to pass it on to five pals dat I fink have owtstanding blogs.

Well. Da choosing ob five only does be a most practically impawsible fing, but here dey does be

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Bryn

Dis be a bloggie what we has just finded. And I haf to say dat da mum was a littl’ ofur excited abowt dis one because it haf two ob her most favouritest kind ob doggies all in one blog. Dat does be, ob course, us most handsume cowdogs. But also did bloggie have da Corgi dogs. 😉 Dey is quwite da fing at da moment, but my mum haf a littl’ corgi way long ago when her was just a littl’ 2legger herself. So her haf a soft spot fur dem. We is gonna be looking at dis blog sume more dat is fur sure.

Jasper’s Doggy World

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Dese two doggies Jasper &  Nellie does be Maremma doggies. We haf nefur heard ob dat kind ob doggie before. Dey is pritty good looking we haf to say, but da even most pawsume fing is dey live right here in my Noo Zealand. And der does not be dat many doggies what blog in Noo Zealand (dat we haf found) so we is glad to find dem. And if der is any luvly girl doggies out der wanting to go to a Valentine’s Ball, well da most handsume Jasper is looking fur a gawgeous lady to accompany him. 😉

Jack & Molly’s Blog

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Jack & Molly does be @JackMolly3 at Twitter and dey is da most chirpiest friendliest littl’ pals a dog cud want. I haf known dem on da Twitter fur a bit & dey have ob recent started der own bloggie.

Dis be der own werds abowt der bloggie:

We iz to Borda Tewwias – brofur nd sisfur oo iz bofe good lookin, cool nd tellijent!

Weez been askin mom fur long time now if weez can av blog.  Er be animal behavrist nd fink er do no bowt uz dogz (snigga behind paws).  Enyways er az agweed to uz avin a blog so long as we use it to elp umanz undastan ow uz dogz finks nd lerns!

So look at der bloggie & woo will be sure to haf sume funs and sume learnings from it.

Marley & Lola’s Border Terrier Life

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Dis award be in honour & respect ob owr dear pal Marley who haf gone to the Rainbow Bridge. Marley was a doggie woo was one ob a kind.  Despite da fact dat him was often not well wif a heart condition he was always da most  cheerfulest ob pals and did still haf sume luvly adventures. Him haf 100s of pals especially ob da #BTPosse (dat is da Border Terriers) but him always haf a kind werd and a happy greeting fur all on Twitter.  His bloggie was fur him & his sisfur Lola and he haf left it in da care ob his littl’e son Clapton. Wooo will haf a suprise when woo meet Clapton, but we says no more. If woo wants to meet Clapton woo find him at Twitter @claptonterrier He especially luv to meet woo if woo anofur BT.

Southern Most Moose Lodge 

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And last but not da least is my old pal Mooses. I haf known Moose da longest ob any ob dese pals and once in a while I takes da time to read back on his bloggie abowt da times afore I knowed him. He haf kept a good record ob all his adventures and da foster pals what him & his momma look after for Labrador Rescue. So if wooo wants to learn abowt Floridah or abowt hafing foster pals at your house, dis be da blog to go to. Moose does be a most handsume black Labradog, and now Moose haf a sisfur, Pixie, who is somewhat a golden Labradog. Pixie is Moose’s sisfur now bekcause him & his momma do bof luvs her when her was der foster doggie. 😉

So a big fanks to Thomas, and I hopes woo will check owt his blog and some ob my pals, noo & old, what I hafe gifen dis award to.

Now, I haf anofur award what I haf been given & I gets to gif more pals a Showt Owt fur dat one too, so stay tuned fur anofur day.  I will be doing sume more Christmas repawting afore then tho. 😉

January 23, 2013

Christmas Repawt

(Editor’s comment: I know tha photos aren’t displaying right. But I’m darned if I can work the ‘new’ WordPress media thingie. I think Ruger will be looking for a new secretary very soon. )

Well. I know it do be qwite a few weeks afta Santapaws time. But I does finally be getting to my Christmas repawting. Dis be mostly sume picktures ob us wif a few captions fur explaining fings. I hopes woo likes it.
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Jeff 1

Dis owr Santa pictures that my Twitter pal Jeff the Turtle made for us to get Christmas started.
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Izzy & I had to help da hoomans wif da Christmas Tree. I fought da littl’ white bear was so cute I took him away fur some personal attenshions. Well, I wouldda. If dat meanie mum hadn’t stole him off me. I was just gonna cuddle wif him. Dat is all.

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We wasn’t so good wif helping wif da lights. Just as well we had da dad to help wif dat.

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Efen if I do have to say so myselfs, we done a pritty god job. But I is sure da hoomans cudn’t haf done da dekarashions so nice all by demselves.

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We don’t haf dem pritty lights & fings owtside like a few places around town. Owrs just be inside.  So da hoomans went on a little tour to look at all da fings what ofur peoples did put owtside der houses.

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We got lots & lots ob luvly cards from owr pals all arownd da werld. Dis one I is posing wif is from owr grate littl’ pal Bean. Her is a tiny wee poodle dog what works at a vet wif her mom & auntie. We made sure to read dem all fery well. We has fery special pals woooo luvs us a lot. We did not qwite get more cards den da hoomans. But I fink we will do better next year.

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Unfortunately dem card haf gifen da mum a terribul idea. Her wishes to make a Christmas card ob US!!!! Howefur, I does not wish to be tortured wif da wearing ob antlers & da such. So I hope her haf forgotten dis crazzeeeee idea by next Christmas.

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And I hafs to say, my Izzy is a wise doggie abowt sume fings. Her is efen LESS enfusiastic abowt da idea den me.

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A fing which I is enfusiastic  abowt howefur is Christmas noms. I did haf to wait a darn long time fur dem tho. Dese veggies  & gravies are from Grammie’s house. Dey were DELISH!!! usually we goes to Grammie’s house but owr hoomans fought derwas going to be too many ofur hoomans der & sume what didn’t know us. And we is rafur ‘enfusiastik’ sumetimes.

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On da 26th December – dat is called Boxing Day here in Noo Zealand – we hafed a BBQ and owr pals came ofur fur noms. Dese be Tylar, Milo & Buddy. We did sume zoomies & sume nomming. I nommed Milo. I doesn’t know why I bofured. Her not taste dat good & my hoomans was sooper grumpy wif me. 😦  I shud haf stuck to nomming da BBQ noms I fink.

Anofur fery nice fing did happen dis Christmas. We did get present sended to us from all ofur da werld. We is fery fery lucky pups indeed. Opening parcels does be grate fun. I is pritty good at it. Just sometimes if der is sellotapes & sticky stuffs like dat mum haf to help me a tiny bit. But den I gets my snooter right in der.

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Dis parcel was da most soooper nomilicious littl’ treats made owt ob peanut butters. Dey was winners! Dem treats came from owr pals Molly & Loki & der mom at Red Collar Photography. Her uses dem fur getting da doggies to pose fur der picktures. I hafs to say, dat might efen make my Izzy pose nice fur a pickture. 😉

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Dese ones is fery delish too. Dey was most especially made fur us by owr furiend Punkie & his momma. Punkie’s mom was most clever & writed da recipe too so we can make sume more ob owr own. I hafs to get da hoomans on to da cookie baking ASAP bekcause we has almost chomped all Punkie’s ones right up. We was most pleased we actually got dese ones fur I finks dat Customs doggie might haf darn near nommed dem too.

So dat be sume fings abowt our Christmas. But not all da fings. I has anofur post or two to write.

Tail wags,

Ruger

January 10, 2013

Pet Blogger Challenge 2013

Today I is doing da Pet Blogger Challenge at  Go Pet Friendly. I fought it was anofur good beginning ob da year fing to be doing. Today does be da 10th alreadys here in Noo Zealand, but I guess most ofur paws & der hoomans won’t be doing dis one until tomorrow in der part ob da werld.

Dis challenge be fur getting to know abowt ofur pet bloggers & talking abowt owr blogs. So I finks dat be qwite intresting & I might meet sume noo pals too.

Der are special qwestions what we all has to answer, so dis is my answers.

If this is your first time participating in the Challenge we are looking forward to getting to know more about you and how you got started. Here are your questions:
1. When did you begin your blog?

Well, I did start my blog on May 14 2011, so not dat long ago.

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?

I did start my blog afta my Angel sister Neve went to da Rainbow Bridge. I needed sumefing to do and to make sume noo pals.

My Angel Neve what was my troo sisfur frm da day we was borned from owr dogmom.

My Angel Neve what was my troo sisfur frm da day we was borned from owr dogmom.

 
 
3. Is your current purpose the same?

Not so much

If not, what’s different?

I doesn’t so much need sumefing to do now, because I is so busy wif my Twitters & Facebarks dat I hasn’t got so much spare time. Plus I haf a nooo sisfur so I has sumebuddy to play wif now.  But I still likes to get to know noo pals. I writes more fur entertainments now & fur remembering fings what I does wif my hoomans & my sisfur & owr friends.

If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals?

I sure has met lots ob nooo pals & I did join Dogs wif Blogs on FaceBark. So I guess dat was meeting my goal

4. How often do you post?

I posts whenefur I can get my secretary to take dicktashions. Which last year was only eight times. I is hoping her will do a fery lot better dis year.

5. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you? If you don’t publish on a schedule, why? 

Well, da secretary haf a most irregular job, as well as unpredictable volunteer activities, so pretty much nuffing happens to a schedule at owr house, not efen nomstime. So my bloggie writing does be totally no different. I did try to haf sume schedules, but it nefur did werk owt. Maybe I needs to do sume Clicker training wif da secretary to improve her behaviours or sumefing??

How do you think your decision affects your audience? How do you know when a topic is “post-worthy?”

I not really fought abowt how dat affecks my audience. Dem doggies what find my blog amoosing seems to come & read it anyhow. A lot ob dem gets email notices or have me on der readers & stuffs like dat. I fink da way I does it is better because if I did haf a schedule and nefer did stick to it dey might get innoyed. Dis way, whenefur I does write sumefing, it does just be a nice surprise fur dem.

Fings what is worf writing abowt is any fings I wants to remember abowt or dat was funny or intresting fur me & da secretary. I likes to put sume Noo Zealand picktures on my bloggie  if I can include dem bekcasue my ofurseas pals does fink my Noo Zealand is luvly.  I likes writing abowt my own life bekcause dat be uooonique. I cud do da reviews and da behaviour hints and da best places to stay wif doggies and all dat stuffs I guess. However, I finks ofur doggies covers dat pretty well, so I just writes about me. I does be da only Ruger Blue what is owt der. Dat I knows ob anyways.

A Noo Zealand pickture fur my pals.

A Noo Zealand pickture fur my pals.

 
 
6. How much time do you spend writing your blog per week? How much time visiting other blogs? Share your tips for staying on top of it all.

I doesn’t stay on top ob it. But I has high hopes fur da secretary dis year dat der will at least be sume improvements. Meybe her might haf a bit less activities to be involved wif & der be none ob da ofur issues what haf needed her attenshions like da last couple of years.

I did try da google reader fingie fur keeping up wif ofur blogs fur a few weeks. I did not fink much ob it because I likes to read da acktual blog, plus I doesn’t fink reading blogs does be supposed to feel like a competishion to keep da counter at zero.  Now I has qwite a long blog roll which I goes fro once in a while and da secretary keeps sume partickular ob my pals on a Pinterest board fur me & we checks dem ones more regular like maybe once or twice a week. Sume ob my good pals puts on Facebark or Twitter when dey has done a nooo post so we knows to check dem owt dat way too. Dat is what werks fur me.

7. How do you measure the success of a post and of your blog in general (comments, shares, traffic)? Do you look strictly at the numbers, or do you have a way of assessing the quality of those interactions?

I partly writes my bloggy fur my own entertainments and to remember da fings what I did wif my hoomans, so I not too much wurried abowt number fings. Dem pals what finds my bloggie intresting or entertaining comes & reads it whenefur I writes sumefing. If der only a handful what appreciates my style, I be ok wif dat. I does look at da littl’ graphs and fings dat WordPress provides  because it does be kind ob fun when suddenly dey goes way up fur one day. On da whole tho, I doesn’t be dat much influenced by dem. I writes what I enjoys, not to get da numbers.

8. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one issue you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

I fink I needs a training programme fur my secretary so dat she gifs my blog more time. Does Clicker training sownd like a good idea or shud I take her to obedience skhool?? What does da best kind ob treats be to get a better pawformance from a secretary?? I wud consider all da recommendations I can gets abowt dis issue, but recommendations abowt treats dat is also good fur doggies shud dey ‘acksidentally’ get dropped or be left sume place is best. I did once nom almost a whole block ob chocolate and dat was not a experience I wishes to repeat.
Or ofurwise, if any pals haf found a way to make der be more hours in da day or days in da week, dat wud be most helpful to learn abowt too.

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2013?

I haf a grate hope dat I will get more den eight posts written. If I gets an average ob two a munf dat wud be good. But dat main fing is dat I hafs fun writing and dat my pals maybe gets a few laffs from what I writes. I hopes dey enjoys looking at my picktures ob handsume me & my Izzy and learning abowt Noo Zealand too.

And finally - my handsume self snoozing

And finally – my handsume self snoozing

Please visit the other Pet Blogger Challenge blogs at GoPet Friendly.com  to meet some pawsume new furiends. Scroll down for da Blog Hop.

January 9, 2013

A Noo Year Walkies Challenge

Well hey der my pals. Welcome to 2013.

I hope woo haf all had a fun and safe holiday season wif lots ob noms involved.  The noms at my house were a bit scanty fur my liking, but I was saved by kind pals wooo send me sume presents. But more abowt dat in anofur post.

Today I wants to talk abowt my New Years Challenge. Da mum & I cud bof do wif getting a bit fitter. So her has started on a healfy eating plan and we haf bof started on da 30/30 walkies challenge.

We found owt abowt this fanks to our Twitter pals Garth and Gizmo.  Chester and Gretel da weenie dogs at YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner came up wif da idea & we fink its a good one.

We started it on da 3rd of January here in Noo Zealand.  We is not fishes. Which is what we wud haf to be to start on da first day of da year because owr region was busy hafing torrential rains and funders & lightnings  and flooding.  We not dat crazy abowt getting healfy to go owt when it not really safe. 😉

Da 2nd ob February will be owr finishing day. We is gonna miss one day because ob a wedding. And der sume days of vackashion dat I’m gonna haf to trust da mum do do her walkies by herself because i will be at dawg prison camp. L  I fink her can do it.

Hopefully afta dat we be in such da habit ob it dat we just carries on. Well, dat be da idea anyways. And da Iditarod walkies challenge be coming up too. We nefur had much lucks wif dat one before because efurytime we tried it sume bad fings happened & we had to stop. Meybe dis is da year! Paws crossed.

Anyways da ofur impawtant noooos is dat it is safe fur me & da Izzy to go walkies in owr forest again. In Noo Zealand we doesns’t really say forest – well unless we just talking abowt pine tree forests fur timber. Owr native forests does be known as ‘bush.’ Dat is what owr Australia pals say too.

Zooooooooom!!

Zooooooooom!!

I fought abowt playing in dat mud. ;)

I fought abowt playing in dat mud. 😉

Der did be poisonous stuffs in it fur da killing ob pesky possums. But  da stuffs wud deaded us doggies too. Efen qwicker than a possum. 😦 So we didn’t want to go der. But da poison sign is all gone now.

So here is sume picktures. Some is from owr bush and sume from anofur part ob da bush near owr house too. I does luv hafing  zooomies in da bush so if wooo blinks wooo might miss me in a picktures. 😉

I is a tree climbing dog.

I is a tree climbing dog.

Dat is my Izzy, my hudad and most handsume me.

Dat is my Izzy, my hudad and most handsume me.

Dis is anofur different walkies in anofur place where der is only a bit ob da bush left. I likes da boardwalks. I like to walk right beside da hoomans so der near falls off. 😉

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We goes across da railway line …..

....  and by da lagoon

…. and by da lagoon

No walking string fur me. Unlike dat Izzy.

No walking string fur me. Unlike dat Izzy.

Yes, we is posers. ;)

Yes, we is posers. 😉