Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tin Pan Head

We seem to attract the weird ones at the Waffle House. We agreed to watch Tamika for a few days while her person was out of town on business. She had been with us once before, and didn't do much to endear herself to Waffle. I guess she was picking on Waffle's friend Nisha, which Waffle feels is her right ONLY! Anyway Miss T is very smart. Think too smart for her own good. While staying with another raiser she learned how to use the indoor ice dispenser on their refrigerator and treated the other pups in the house to a little happy hour treat.

So while here she developed a new habit. Keep away with the dinner dish. Don't know why, she didn't do it at her house, she was running around the yard with it, fighting with Waffle clutching it in her mouth.

The dish she is carrying in her mouth is actually two bowls stacked. When they would get knocked apart she would simply re-stack them, pick them up and keep going.

How the tin pan head could see around the bowl is anyone's guess. I tried to talk to her about this pan thing and she pretty much told me to mind my own business. I think she was just bored, she and Waffle would play fairly nicely, but her raiser said when she is bored she will make her own entertainment. Glad we could be of service.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Lani Babies

Lani and her pups, she looks so happy!
If you notice the extra black body they slipped another puppy in. You think she'd notice
up close with the fatties

Look at the short stubby legs, she is sooo Lani's child

Happy Turkey Day. The people in our family spent a wonderful evening together. The K-9 member not so much. But she still got to have a pumpkin frosty paws so it wasn't all bad.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Shameless Plug for Lani Lu

Ok I jumped on the band wagon and entered Lani is this contest. I love this photo of her so vote for her and often.

Lani Afuso | A Dog Named Christmas

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Happy Birthday Lani LU

Happy Birthday to the new mother, Lani and the rest of her litter are two today! It was a good litter, of the 7 - 4 are guides and Lani is a mommie.

I sent her a jolly ball to play with when she gets home, she really loves it. Carol went on down to say hello and give her a little birthday treat. Hopefully new pics are on the way.
Lani Lu it is late and your sister is sleeping so tomorrow I'll get her to sing you a song. Good nite sleep tight my sweet girl.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Shopping with Nisha

So when Nisha was here I took advantage of having a PIT and took her out with me. I had a volunteer gig in Santa Monica so we went on down to Third Street which is an open air mall. Lots of other dogs, food on the ground, and street musicians. Lots of fun! I made it a point to take her to a few really really really smelly places.

We went to one of my favorite bath shops Lush 1st saw it when I was in London on vacation several years ago. They came to LA and I've been a happy shopper ever since. The only draw back is that like most bath shops it has a very strong sent. I can't shop very long in there before I'm over come. I just wanted to walk her to the door to see how she did (the smell wafts out the door and down the street) she was fine , so I walked her in and took a quick look around. I was thinking about these bath bombs and looking at some handmade soap.

Didn't want to stick around too long so we took a few quick pictures and were out the door

We took a little break outside so she could watch other dogs passing by and listen to the street musician before we headed out to my other favorite store Penzy's Spice Store
I found them when visiting my sister in St. Paul, and lucky for me we had a shop open not too far away. Again a smelly store, but to me not an offensive one. The spices are strong but they just smell yummy to me I could (and have) spend mucho dinero and time in there, today I was on a budget and the parking meter was running, so I just picked up a few things and was out the door.

She handled the whole shopping trip like a like a pro. Much different than back in the spring when I took her shopping, she always has been good in stores, it is just getting there that was the problem. She didn't like all the walking that we did. This time around a few weeks shy of 1 year walking around was not a problem. Like most PIT's when she is in jacket and working she is a pro, never a problem such a good girl. It is just when she blows off steam that you need to hold on to your hat. Let's just say that Waffle can handle about a weekend of Nisha before she retreats to her corner of the sofa and buries her head in the pillows. Nisha's off button is sometimes hard to find.

But we love her and she will be back for another sleep over and a shopping date before she goes off to college.

Grown' up

So I spent this weekend doing chores:
washing the dog
sorting out my sock drawer
finishing 97 loads of laundry
shopping for a washing machine (HE or old school?)
cooking dinner
walking the dog...

when did I grow up?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

THEY'RE HERE!!!!!!!!


6 in total, 3 of each - all yellow except for 1 boy.

She looks so tired. When Carol went to take pictures Lani barely raised her head.
Mother and pups are doing fine. She started pushing at 8:10 am and fished around 2pm, not bad for 6 hours of work. And best of all since her new mom works in breeding she was able to go down and snap some pictures. My poor girl looks tired, and her pups look big.

Lani came through for me we will have our yellow girl.

Pretty sure the litter letter will be 'T' so bring on the names. We being a food loving Asian family from Hawaii extra credit to names meeting all criteria, so far we have : Tofu (bean curd), Tako (octopus), Tomato, Toast, Tamarind, Tamiko, Tiki, Timothy (ok not in any of the category, but ha a personal tie with her breeder keepers)

any others?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Not yet

Well I just got off the phone with Carol and she has been peeping at Lani in the monitor. She was panting earlier in the day, but has now settled down and is resting. So technically I guess that is part of pre-labor. I think she is just resting up for the big event. Most dogs I am told will wait 'till the dead of night before they actually give birth, so I hope that tonight is he night.

I guess if she doesn't progress anymore tonight they will strap on a belly monitor and watch her like they do pregnant women in the hospital. So hopefully I'll get a phone call in the mid-morning with the news.

Carol says she is doing fine. as she has progressed closer and closer to her due date, what I feared has come true...... she ran out of leg space! LOL I shouldn't laugh, but her short little legs did not offer enough clearance for her boobies, so when she squats to potty they drag in the cold grass - not a happy camper! Chalk it up to the sacrifices mommies make for their children.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Tail of Two Dogs


So when Nisha was here two weeks ago Waffle needed a bath. Hence the Halti. At three Waffle certainly knows he preparation for a bath and proceeds to make herself scarce. Do you know how hard it is to give an unwilling dog a bath AND keep a willing dog out of the bath. The whole time I'm trying to pry waffles little toes off the bath tub railing, Nisha is trying to get around me to hop into the tub. This is a sample of the conversation.

ME: Waffle come!.......
SILENCE.....then the pitter patter of paws
ME: Not you Nisha, get out, No in the tu....Nisha NO!
NISHA: water, WATER! Me! Me! pick me!
WAFFLE: la la la la can't hear you! blah, blah, Waffle, blah, blah....
NISHA: I love water, I can blow bubbles and every thing. Hey that is water, WATER! Me! Me! pick me!
ME: Hmmmmm (very loudly) Nisha would you like a CARROT!
NISHA: carrots? why would I want a carrot? the TUB that's water, WATER! Me! Me! pick me!
the galloping sound of paws on hard wood
WAFFLE: Carrots? you're giving MY carrots to the squirt!!!!
NISHA: Did I tell you how much I love baths! water, WATER! Me! Me! pick me!
Waffle boldly pushes her way into the bathroom
ME: SUCKER! PIT's don't get treats
the sound of the bathroom door clicking shut! cue the dramatic music
NISHA: water, WATER! Me! Me! pick me!

So now I've got two dogs locked in a small bathroom. one trying to jump into the tub while the other is desperately wishing she had thumbs so she could open the door and make a run for it.

Most certainly a Tail of Two Dogs

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Do you remember this pup's 1st day of work.

Such a chunky monkey

Who was a right shoulder girl!

With huge paws

'honest, I don't know how it got it my mouth'

And who could forget this belly

Ms. Lani Lu - before

Lani Lu - After (look at that belly now)

Wow what happened to my svelte little girl

look and that baby bump! or bumps actually. Her short little legs doesn't leave her much clearance. I wonder if she will get much bigger. Her people say she has gained 16 lbs, how much more can she go?
love you Lani Lu!

9 days and counting.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Missing GDB puppy!

thanks to Sara for the heads up. Please if you live in Nor Cal, spread the word.

Help Us Find Missing GDB Puppy, Gannon!

Hi all - we need your help in finding a lost GDB puppy in Lodi, Calif. The following is the media release we sent out today. Please keep your eyes and ears open if you're in the area, and pass this information along to anyone that might be able to help us locate the pup. Thanks so much.

Guide Dog puppy Gannon
San Rafael, Calif. (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) - Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) is asking for your assistance in locating a lost puppy named Gannon. Gannon, a 3-month-old black Labrador Retriever male, is a Guide Dog puppy in training for the GDB puppy raising program.

Gannon was last seen on Friday morning, October 30 near the corner of Armstrong and Davis Roads. He may have been spotted early on Saturday afternoon in the area of Thorton Road, north of Stockton, between 8 Mile and DeVries Roads.

Gannon is being raised by a volunteer puppy raising family in Lodi, Calif. The puppy raiser families teach puppies, like Gannon, to have excellent house manners and socialize them to the world by introducing them to new people, places and experiences.

Gannon, like other Guide Dog puppies in training, stay in their puppy raising homes until they are approximately 15 – 18 months old. At that time they begin their formal guide work training at GDB and are eventually matched with blind students enrolled at the school.

Gannon has tattoos in both ears with his ID number and is wearing a black collar with Guide Dog tags. If you have any information about this lost puppy, please contact Jim Russell at 209-669-7657 or Guide Dogs for the Blind at 800-295-4050.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Happiest Place on Earth

We took Nisha to Disneyland for a quick trip to see how it was decked out for halloween. We had this collar that has red flashy lights on it. It helps people see her int he dark. You can just see it flashing in the pic. Not sure she was too impressed with the whole thing. There were like tons of people there- shessh people it's a work day. Plus way too many kids out of control.

REALLY this one kid about 5 was hiding next to our table in the Pizza port, another kid around the same age comes up and whoops her on the head and runs off. So here is this kid on the floor crying and no parents in sight. The adults were not much better - just one thing to tell all of you adults who can't be bothered to teach or use basic good manners.


It was dark and there were too many people for good pictures. this was the best we could do.

All in all Nisha was really good just a little on edge, it's dark and crowded and we tried really hard to get out b4 the fireworks - but got held up in line. She saw/heard the start of the show and was a bit un-nerved. I'm not sure if she has ever been exposed to night crowds so I think she handled it pretty well. With just a bit of jumpy-ness.

Really want to take her back during the day with less people and more freedom to take some good pics. The train and the mono rail were down so no rides for Ms. Nisha. Sooo Saaaadddd. Next time honey-bun!