Being an Aussie is tough, I've got a brain smarter than most dogs. I need to go go go all the time. I love my toys especially the new ones. Microwaved chicken is food fit for the Gods. Every time is play time.
Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. Our family was invited to a friend's place. I got to meet 3 fur kids of theirs. They are a peculiar bunch. One won't quit barking since we got in the house. One would just sit in the corner on her own. And all the last one could think of was how to score food off the dinning table. He had a few successful attempts. Dinner was good (I had some table scraps). We then sat by the fire and roasted some marshmallows for s'mores.
We went to the State Park yesterday. It has been some weeks since we were there. I was excited about splashing around in the water, until I realized the lake was frozen!
It is a bad weekend for me. Mom seem to have left me at work. No wonder she brought my toy to work the other day. My parents have gone to Canada for the weekend. Thankfully Scout's parents seemed to have done the same.
We had our first snow last week. I wonder if mom and dad are missing me like i am missing them.
Tis the season to be spooky.... fa la la la la. Am I getting this right? Or is the song for another season? I'm confused. Maybe it is because mom's been putting clothes on me lately. What is going on?! Dogs don't wear clothes. Looking at Paw Nation's website, I'm not the only canine embarrassed this Halloween (http://www.pawnation.com/2013/10/31/best-halloween-dogs-in-costume/). We were at Scout's (my girlfriend) house party yesterday. She looked so cute in her costume. She had wings made of feathers (which she ate a few of). Wished I had taken a picture of her. Mom tried a hand-me-down rabbit costume made for 15lb dogs. Of course it didn't fit. What was she thinking! Thankfully, we did not go with this ridiculous monstrosity. No one can see me like this at the party. I have a reputation to maintain.
We settled for a SWAT costume with Velcro-ed on plastic binoculars and grenade. The grenade had too small a Velcro patch and would launch off my vest with each shake. Mom says we cannot go bombing our friend's house and confiscated the grenade for the rest of the night.
Do you copy? This is SWAT team Alpha, we're heading back to base. Happy Halloween.
A friend from a long way away came for a visit. It all started with an early (like 4am early) saturday. We drove to the greyhound bus station. It was my first time at detroit. There was a marathon going on and i got excited by the crowd. Mom and Dad were unimpressed by the traffic that resulted. I met PS for the first time. I can smell her journey. All the people she met, the different airports she transited at.
PS stayed for a short 3 days. But everyday, she broughy back a new wave of smells. We went kayaking together. I know they visited an antique place, went shopping and had good food. On the last day, they carved a pumpkin. Mom says that pumpkin is not to be eaten. I wonder why. Seems such a waste, i would totally eat it.
Fall is here. Cooler weather means I can play outside longer! I've been training hard the last few weeks. Maintaining a level of physical activity that keeps me challenged. We've been tracking our progress on Purina's P5 mobile app (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4evvAHI9f1U). I'm currently at 7.8hrs of low impact activities/4.6hr of medium impact activities/1.8hr of high impact activities a week. That is all mom can manage with her work schedule for now. I meet the requirements mostly by walks, fetch, flying disc, tug and play. I've recently learnt two new tricks - "wave" and "tree" (where I run, bounce off a tree and run back). We're working on balancing food on my nose. Food's so tempting it's a hard trick for me.
With the new fitness I've achieved, maybe I am one step closer to becoming a great Pakour dog like TreT in Ukraine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXElh_VM0Uc). I'll probably never be able to have muscles like him. But surely basic Pakour is for everyone right?
He has been in my life since I have known mom and dad. I've even learnt to look into his cage on command (where's Ted?). He has been slowing down the last few weeks. He hasn't been running on the wheel lately. His appetite seemed to have decreased.... and today he started breathing hard. I didn't quite understand, but Mom and Dad said it was time. They took you out of the house and I never saw you again. The place where your cage was is now an empty space. I think this means you're now in heaven, running free. Good bye my brother from another mother, you'll always have a place in my heart.
What more can a dog ask for. I've been running around all of last and this weekend. Swimming in lakes, fetching sticks and chasing squirrels. Oooo those squirrel, I'm going to get them someday. A wet muddy dog is a happy dog. I don't think my mom was as impressed by the dirt. I'll let the pictures do the talking. I'm sure you can tell I had a blast.
I see her at work once a week, it's our little rendezvous. She's just a few months younger than me. She had long legs, blue and brown sparkling eyes and prickly ears. It was love at first sight. We'll play all day when we're together. She never gets angry or tries to bite. And she is just as crazy as I am! They tell me she is a border collie, I say she is my angel. It is hard for me to predict which day she would come in to work, but when she does, my day is perfect.
Mom recently got me a Kong. What wonderful toys they are! It comes with yummy treats inside and it's a little different each time. Just like a box of chocolate, you'll never know what you're going to get. I got a large Kong to fit my large kibbles. I highly recommend all dog parents out there to give this toy a try.
We cuddle after a hard day's play
Not my best angle, but you can see how large my Kong is.
It was National Dog Day yesterday. I didn't even know. They say it is a day to honor the dogs. In that case, it should be National Dog Day everyday. It seems like we deserve it. Our job is to provide love, companionship and loyalty. Sure some of us have more specialized jobs like being the eyes for our master, assisting them with daily task, flushing and retrieving birds, and providing protection. We give 110% every day. Who else can say that?
Dogs are psychiatrist when you're feeling down. A lick on the cheek and a warm snuggle may be better than Prozac (without the side effects too!). We give you the much needed push to go outdoors because we know it helps you feel better. A dog's got to be walked. Dogs are physical fitness instructors, we'll get you off that couch. Even studies at Michigan State agrees (http://calorielab.com/news/2011/03/19/new-fitness-aid/#more-11227). Dogs are like the popular friend you wish you had in high school. Every stranger wants to talk to you and pet me. Dogs maybe the best chick magnet there is. You're one step closer to getting the number of that lady at the dog park.
So go to your dog today and tell them how much you love them. Take them for a walk around the block, a weekend camping trip, a trick training session, to the dog park or beach. We don't just want food and toys. It is the time spent together that matters.
It was 7am in the morning. The sun was still at the horizon. A heavy mist floats above the clear calm lake. All I wanted to do was run into the water and play fetch. But wait! Mom placed a weird contraption over me. It's soft but firm with a couple of straps under me. I feel trapped. Initially, I didn't even think I could sit. With some encouragement, I got in the water wearing this weird jacket. Then I was placed onto the inflatable boat and off we went. Oh no... *whine*. I don't like being on the boat. It feels so unsteady. I can only swim for a short distance and I get nervous when my feet floats off the gravel. I swear mom said " Mason sit, down, stay" more than 10 times. I wanted to obey her so much, but all I can think of was "I need to get off". It seemed like we were on the boat forever. Nothing bad happened. Eventually, I found it in me to lay down and relax.
Thankfully we did something a little more enjoyable that day. We were part of the Howell Melon Festival! We celebrated the famed, delicious cantaloupe grown only in Howell. There was more people downtown than I've ever seen. Lots of 4 legged friends too. By the time we got home, I was so tired. All I wanted to do was zzzzzzz.
Found my farm-dog roots :)
The Official Howell Melon Ice-Cream. Fruity and refreshing.
I did some brain training yesterday. It is based on the science of neuroplasticity. The brain has the capacity change due to changes in behavior and environment. In other words, I'm training to be smarter. Mom hid a bunch of treats for me in a muffin tray and covered them with different toys. My task was to recover those treats. Most dogs featured on U-tube removed the balls to recover the treats. I on the other hand manipulated my tongue around the balls to get the treat. There were a couple toys I had to "nose off" like the rope toy and rawhide knot because they were too large. What can I say, I don't play by the books.
Boy has it been a trip! We were in Chicago for nearly a week. There was so much going on. Cars, car horns, buses, people talking, other dogs (mostly tiny ones), food, birds, rabbit and more people. Everything is so exciting. I've never seen so many people in my life. I thought I could "say hi" to everyone. But no, Mom and Dad kept me on the leash... like the 6ft leash... like ALL the time. Crap. Strangely some people seemed afraid of me. I've never came across people who would shy away from me that way in Michigan. Are they not used to my good-looks? Oh well. We visited lots of new places, the Navy Pier being one of them.
We stayed at a sweet hotel. The bed was so soft. It took me a day to figure out where I was supposed to relief myself. I had a few embarrassing accidents on the sidewalks. Opps. Apparently Grant Park was just across the road. Montrose dog beach was nearby. I was released from the control of the evil leash! There was even a fire show that evening. We had a blast.
I am glad to be back in Michigan. As much as Chicago was a fun adventure, there was little area to run around. Back to my routine.
We started the morning late. Mom and I took a long stroll to downtown. She wanted to get some fresh bread from the bakery. The weather is becoming more and more unbearable for me. It was 30C today! Phew! We took lots of water breaks under shady trees but I am still toasted! Glad to be back in the apartment for now. I miss winter. I'm the only one in the family who does. Dad says we are going to the state park this weekend. Apparently DD the tiny chihuahua is coming along as well. I am excited to see DD, but she seems pretty upset the last time we met. Maybe it'll be different, maybe. The heat makes me sleepy.....
I was wondering why there were brown boxes
everywhere for the last 2 weeks. The old apartment was stripped down to it’s
bare bones. Dad rented a moving truck and drove us an hour west. I got to sit
in a big truck. It was a nerve-racking ride. I was shivering and panting most
of the journey. At least I didn’t express my anal glands. I say I’ve kept it
The new apartment has fluffier carpet to
lay on, but I still prefer my bed. My kennel seemed to have quadrupled in size!
We went to the city park today. There are squirrels everywhere! I wanted to
chase them all, if not for the leash, I could have…. I swear I would have
gotten them. We saw other people walking their dogs, fishing and tubing at the
I apologize for the long time between post. Mom was hogging the laptop and we were busy at work. To make up for it, I'll write a longer post.
It was late winter/early spring the last time I wrote. This time it is Summer. Mom seems real excited about the hot weather. Me, not so. I've to carry around this thick coat. I'm adapting gradually, but i still miss winter. The consolation is we go out a lot more since the weather had changed. For one, we went to Muskegon dog beach. That place is amazing! I got to go off-leash (and ran around like a WILD dog). I love running along the shoreline with the waves crashing in. I made so many friends, they were all cool. Several of them knew how to swim. They went out into the lake retrieving toys. I ran out with them until.... plonk. My head sank underwater. I had to turn around. I guess I haven't quite got my 'sea-legs' yet.
I'm on the far right, hanging out with my new found dog and people friends.
I make quick friends with this shepherd. So comfortable I rested my head on him.
We participated in the Dog Bowl at Frankenmuth. Touted as one of the largest dog event in Michigan. It was packed. Greatest concentration of dogs (and people) I've seen. There was agility, frisbee and dock-diving competitions. I saw some amazing athletes. I never knew we (dogs) could get air-borne. My proud parents enrolled me into the Dog-de-Lure race. Fastest dog to chase a lure through the course wins. There were 20 dogs in each round and we each had 2 practice run. Mom was more riled up than I was. I got crowd shy and became insecure when I realized mom was not running alongside. What more, the other dogs were twice my size with longer legs (*making excuses*). Fine! I did turn around in the middle of the race, but at least I finished okay.
Look at the crowd!
Awesome frisbee dog (far center). Look at how much air she is getting!
I'm getting cold feet mom.
Ok... they MADE me do this.
Lastly, we're moving east. We went to see the new apartment. It is about the same size as the current one. I am a little anxious about the move. They say it's for the better.
Spring is here! Other than the fact that there will be a freak snow shower tomorrow. For the most part, the weather is above freezing. Dad took me out for an 8 km run yesterday. I was like go go go..... but towards the end I started looking back. Mind over body Mason, mind over body.
The last few days has been a blast! Mom's sister and her fiance came to visit us. I love new people. More attention for me. We picked them up from the airport and I immediately checked out all the new smells. The following day we went to Boyne ski resort! I had fun in the snow and watched people slide down the slopes faster than I have ever seen before. The car ride was hard and long. I was cramped between the seats with little room to stretch my legs. They visited wineries and restaurants. All of which I was locked in the car. One time I got very bored and chewed on the handbrake. Dad was very upset when he saw the damage. What was I to do alone in the car? Now Mom and Dad talks about keeping me in the crate when I am in the car. Man, really?! Anyway, we'll deal with that when it happens. The trip was awesome and I really like Mom's sister and her fiance. Sadly, they seemed to have packed their bags and left today. I can sense that Mom and Dad are a little sad. I guess it's back to just us 3.
Mom stopped bringing me to work everyday. She tells me that the company's policy does not allow her to take me once I reach 6 months. My heart was broken when I was left alone in the pen all day... waiting.... she comforts me and tells me she can still take me to work when she works overnights. When either Dad or Mom comes home first we'll have play time at night. I also got a new nylabone. On the flip side, we go for longer walks on her days off. I still wish mom and dad can come home earlier every day. Guess it is not up to them.