Friday, September 25, 2009

Not sure but maybe Bella could do this?

Dog Riding Bicycle Video...

Found this video today and was VERY impressed!

Time to start training Bella?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Driving R-man insane!!!

While mom was in the hospital this week, R-man took on the full responsibilities of taking care of Bella and I. While myself, the saint, gave him no trouble at all..... Bella was another story entirely.

Bella is the cutest, goofy, silly, clown of a puppy I have ever met. She can be destroying a remote control one minute and looking at R-man with her innocent little eyes the next. It is as if she thinks he would never guess that she is the doggy that chewed new holes in his remote.... She runs to the next thing and starts with that.

It is a never ending cycle. When mom is here Bella is pretty good. She listens and only gets into things when mom is otherwise occupied. R-man is like TOTALLY opposite for Bella. She gets CRAZY ideas about what is okay and then acts on them. R-man never knows what will come at him next when she goes nuts.

I try to help by herding Bella around the yard when he is on his last exasperated nerve but I have only SO much time to devote to Bella. DOESN'T SHE KNOW THE SQUIRRELS ARE GETTING READY FOR WINTER AND NEED DIRECTION AND HARASSMENT!

The squirrels are a never ending job around here. Work, work, work. Bella has a lot of training left in order to ever be able to assist me with the squirrel work.

Mom came back home the other day and has really worked hard to wear out Bella and keep her in line. R-man has finally relaxed again and is enjoying the cute little things Bella does.

She really is adorable. Really.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

South Park Run!

The girls were allowed to run free in South Park yesterday. RotKnee and I drove the girls over and parked the car in the shade. Before I could get out, Bella and Lucy were OFF and running. They stay together and are used to running through Greenmount and Woodland cemeteries without a leash. As we walked together and talked about how hard our days were, the girls were happily trotting along and following our voice commands. We love this aspect of the Border Collie breed. The are all about listening to their people. They learn the voice commands quickly and have awesome hearing.

We took them around and down toward the first hill that goes to a low portion of a stream. We didn't even have to remind them which entrance to enter thru the trees. They ran into the water and started playing and splashing around. They didn't want to get out! Lucy lowers her front chest and nose into the water and soaks herself. Bella grabs Lu's collar or fur and pulls. Romping and growling and splashing around! Bella is great at making sure Lucy is TOTALLY wet. They run down the stream and then chase each other back up toward us.

When we call them to the path toward the meadow, they stop and look at us like we are crazy. They try to drown each other one more time and then reluctantly follow us. Chasing Bella into the woods and trying to abandon her, Lucy looks satisfied. Bella runs out into the tall grass of the meadow and starts to "dance". She loves the feel of the tall grass as it rubs her baby face. She jumps high in the air and floats down into the field. Running in circles, jumping, diving and really smiling! Lucy is glad to finally be left alone so that she can stalk a squirrel and chase a rabbit.

As we reach the other side of the meadow and enter the woods that go down to another portion of the stream. Lucy holds back. She waits, lifts her nose into the air, and you can see the pleasure on her face. A dog that can express her feelings. Rare. Beautiful.

Bella is already running thru the water and about to eat some algae. RotKnee and I shout to tell her NO! She forgot we were there and runs to greet us. Just then Lucy comes down into the stream and Bella chases her to the other side. We get the leash ready. Bella will soon be harnessed. Two more minutes in the water till the girls climb the craggly cliff. We cut through the baseball field and walked steadily up the steep hills that we love at South Park.

Bella is tired. Lucy is still chasing squirrels. RotKnee and I are feeling less stressed and VERY happy. As we approach the car, two little ladies are sitting in their car eating Dairy Queen. I hear one say, "This should be interesting....". RotKnee easily gets Bella in the car since she is on the leash. I casually call to Lucy to "Load Up" and she gracefully hops in the backseat. I hope we have fully impressed on those gals that the at least Lucy is well behaved enough to be off leash every so often. They go back to their ice cream as if we never existed.

Driving home with the back windows open, we have two VERY wet and VERY happy dogs. Their heads hanging out the window, their tongues flapping in the wind. THE SMELL of wet dog! What a perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Bella Proof?

Bella is getting to be such a goofy girl! We are having a blast with all her antics... Laughing at her when she burrows under the comforter, flipping the comforter up and diving under. Holding our breath when she toots really loud!

We are working on letting her stay out of the crate and it has been a creative chore to Bella proof the house.

First we decided to block the kitchen door with her kennel and close the bedroom door. The kitchen, bedroom and back porch have been pretty Bella proofed and is only carpeted in the bedroom. The first afternoon..... Chewed sunglasses and pretty bits of acorn were strewn about the kitchen. A lipstick and old sunglasses were taken from their perch on the TALL dresser - destroyed. A little picture frame off the bedside table. Chewed.

SO, The bedroom became off limits. Closed off now, the kitchen and back porch were all the room Bella could roam...... Garbage strewn on the floor, more acorns found and destroyed, and FROM the counter - papers, buns, dishrags, and much more... destroyed. At least none of it was of any value. When I saw her elbows on the counter I thought.... THERE IS NO WAY TO BELLA PROOF THIS HOUSE. When a beast can climb on the counters she can get anything!!!!

Third try... Totally clean off the counters, dressers, bed side tables. Store the garbage in a cabinet, close the closet doors. Buy a baby gate and take the dreaded kennel back to its original location. Big treats for everyone!!!

SUCCESS. Bella is great. She barks out the back window when she shouldn't but is otherwise content to eat a big treat and nap. When she is let out the back door she RACES to the yard and pees for what seems like hours!

THEN she goes to town tearing up the recyclables in the back yard. No big deal. You have to learn to fight the right battles.

More later on our adventures in South Park today.... Geesh Bella is the biggest clown EVER!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Joy, Joy, Joy

Mom and R-man found their way home!!! They were in Colorado? and they didn't take me? That is so close to my motherland of Wyoming! I coulda seen my peeps! I love the open range, the sheep, the COWS, and the runnin' all day long.....

Mom said they might take me next year if I can be good on an airplane!

No ploblem! (Mom says that alot.) That is the promised land RIGHT THERE!!!

Here another pic mom took of all the kids I will get to play with!!!
Woweewowowowowowow!!! Talk about a crazy looking clan. I think they are R-mans family. They look too cool to be Mom's family..... hahahaha

Summer officially ends in late September but Mom says Labor day kinda marks the end of summer for her. The final fun of Labor day. SHE WASN'T HERE!!!!! HOW ABOUT A LITTLE SUMMER FUN WITH ME AND BELLA??? for a change.

I love it when Mom chuckles after I crab at her. Bella and I missed her bunches. Take care of your Momma you DoGs. Hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mom?? R-man??

Where did mom and r-man run off to now??? I am gonna have to get them a leash. They just run wild in the hood!

If you see them out, call me or bring them home. PLEASE don't take them to doggie jail!