While attending my 50-year class reunion, a friend’s toy poodle had a puppy that was ready to wean …and I got her! She is almost 2-pounds of apricot fluff and is a cross between a toy (poodle) and a tea cup. She has a tiny white spot on her head, face, chest and paws and is a very busy little girl.
My little Sophie (a sweet and wonderful very, very pale apricot toy) is slowing adjusting to the busy little interloper, but will soon love her too (we hope). Pumpkin is such a hoot, and I’m just crazy nuts about both of my little ones. I hope you enjoy the photos.
PS: I’m going to re-try that one attachment that didn’t open (I just deleted it, so now you should see only one).
Edited 9/15/2008 8:49 pm by sewslow67
Well crumb! The first photo won't download, and the second one is way too large. I tried to make it the smallest, but obviously don't have a clue what I'm doing. Oh, so sorry everyone.
congratulations momma! Another sweet baby to love and nurture! I'm sure Sophie will teach her the ropes and love her like you do. Mary
Thanks, Mary. Now then, how are your little puppy projects coming along? tee hee!
wellllllllllllllllllllll, it's been very very busy around here ever since I got the puppy and the grandkids started back to school and have so many activities and and and whew! I'll let you know as soon as I catch my breath!
Last night I did manage to start a winter coat for Miss Zoey, will post a photo or two when it's done I hope.
She has already grown out of 2 of her harnesses so have got to get busy on more.
Pretty Puppy! Going to have your hands full with the cute grin on this one's face :) Cathy
Aaww - so cute! She looks soft & cuddly, too. Congratulations, Mommy! Did you have any trouble bringing her over the border? You'll be too busy to sew now. How is the shoulder doing?
She's cute. Just one request, please resize your pictures smaller. Thanks. Love ya!
Thanks Rodezzy; now then, would you (or anyone else) please tell me how to make the picture smaller? I have tried repeatedly on this new computer but cannot figure out how to do it.
I'm going to download the software that came with my camera this afternoon, so perhaps that will solve the problem. Right now, there just doesn't seem to be a way to do it. Thanks for any help anyone can give.
Bring up the picture on your computer and click on images and resize it. Save it in your pictures file folder.
How cute!!!! Bet she's not gonna be spoiled.I just got electrical power back after Hurricane Ike. I'm looking for your report on the reunion.
Thank you JQ; I now have two numb legs, as there is a pup on each one. She is a real corker, that's for sure. Busy, busy, busy ...; and I just love her to bits. ;-)
You and others in your area have been in my prayers. I just talked with a friend from Portland, OR who has a beach house on Galvestine - and she said it was a "gonner". I feel so bad for them but far worse for those who lost loved ones.
I am glad to hear you ahve your power back too, as that is a real bummer. Do you still have to boil all your water etc and wash everything down with Clorox? What about any damages?
Edited 9/16/2008 8:03 pm by sewslow67
The beautiful trees we all love here in East Texas become our enemy during these storms. We are far enough inland that we, of course, get none of the storm surge. We do get torrents of rain that flood our rivers and creeks and soak the ground. Then the 80-90 MPH winds just lay waste big oaks and pines and elms that are 100 years old, both uprooting them and breaking them off. They land on houses and cars and power lines. When even a limb falling from a tree can cause thousands of people to be with out electrical power, you can imagine what winds of this magnitude mean. Our emergency services people have done a magnificent job here as well as the people working for the power companies and the tree trimmers. In my rural subdivision almost everyone of my neighbors had several huge trees uprooted. We were lucky with only a couple of small saplings and a TV antenna we use for our local TV station down. We are nearly back to normal in our area, but we do still have many evacuees in our town. We have friends and their 8 dachshunds (they rescue dogs) with us at our home from near Beaumont. Since we raised dogs at one time, we have kennels here at our house, so the dogs are comfortable and relatively happy. They cannot go home yet because there is no water or power. He has advanced colon cancer and was supposed to have surgery this week. Can't get home. It will be very hard on them when they do get to go home with the raw sewage and other damage down there. With all that said, we were truly blessed to have had so little damage and so little time without power and running water.
Edited 9/17/2008 1:30 pm by JunkQueen
Bless you for your kindness to your friends and their pets. We went over 13 days without power in the Ice Storm in '98. With out heat, I had to leave with the kids. With a milking dairy it was hard. I will pray for your friend. Cathy
Thank you. My DH loves this man like a brother, so it's like the old song... lean on me, you're no burden, you're my brother..... We were very fortunate to have power restored so quickly. Our Rural Electric Co-op is exceptional, in my humble opinion. And they've had a lot of practice in recent years. Hurricane Rita was only 3 years ago.
I can't even imagine. My mind just shuts down with the thoughts of how aweful it all is for so many people. I just pray.
Rodezzy, I look at the pictures of Galveston and Crystal Beach, and all those communities that suffered the storm surge, and my heart bleeds for them. It brings back the devastation of Hurricane Carla in 1961. I lived right on the Texas coast then and foolishly rode that one out. Keep praying.
So glad things are improving there and that you are safe. I've been praying for everyone affected by this hurricane and all the other "natural disasters" around the world. Hope the rest of the year is onward and upward for you! Mary
Thanks goodness you and yours are all right! My prayers are with everyone in hardship there. I can't even imagine!
Edited 9/17/2008 8:54 am ET by rodezzy
Soo Happy to hear from you JQ! It has not been good in your part of the world. Hope all is well, and not much damage for you. Cathy
Got any new pictures this this precious little fluff ball?
I just wrote you a long and detailed response ...and all of a sudden, the page disappeared and the home page came up. I'll have to start again later, but the bottom line is no ...not yet ...as the wee one is just too busy to catch her unless she is sleeping. What a little buzz ball! Oh ...I'm having so much fun!!! She races around the house at MAC speed, too. giggle
Here's the photo, resized.
Oh Ruth; that you so much for resizing the photo of Pumpkin. I'm using the program that came with my new computer, and just haven't been able to figure out how to do simple things like resizing. It doesn't have any drop down menu's to do much of anything. I'm going to download the program that came with my camera as soon as I have time.
BTW, my mother's name was Ruth also; what a blessed name. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness.
I know what you mean, Zoey is finally mellowing out a bit. Yesterday I gave her a bath and she actually sat still on my lap and let me brush her out for quite awhile. Guess she finally decided it felt good. I just had to chase her all over the house because she got a plastic clothespin. She loves to play "chase me". It's much easier if I leave a leash on her when she's so full of energy. The lab has figured out to stand on the leash though to tease her. They are such characters!
How are the two getting along? Mary
Hi Mary; we sure are having fun with our little ones, aren't we? Do you have any recent pictures of yours? I'd love to see one with your two darlings together.
Sophie is adjusting to Pumpkin, but Pumpkin is such a playful little bugger, that she likes to tease Sophie and bug her to bits. Sophie is getting more and more patient with her but ...sometimes it wears thin.
I've tried to get another picture of Pumpkin to post, but she just doesn't stay put long enough. All I've gotten is blurs. I'll have to catch her when she's sleeping ...but then you can't see her expressive little face.
Pumpkin certainly is named for her colour! I thought you would get a kick out of my latest 2 "pets" HIM and HER. The last duck we had was named Ducky. What can I say, our dog is named Bob. Cathy
Him and Her look very healthy and happy and curiouse and regal at the same time! I bet they are lots of fun! Mary
They are. The ducks are 4 months old, but because they were older, not chicks when we got them, we did not know if they would attach themselves to me. They did. They sure know who feeds them! They were let out in the yard for the first time that day. Nervous little duckies. They settled in fast, and were waiting in their pen to be locked in that night. Whew! I have them eating corn out of my hand now, and will hopefully be able to actually pet them soon. I try to kid proof all my pets.
I would love to be able to have ducks! I bet they are so cute toddling along behind you!
I've tried to post two messages to you in the last 12-hours. I re-read the first one, and decided to edit it, as I shared a story about my sister's pets that was not relevant (still funny though, in a very strange way). The edited message then disappeared.
I wrote another one, sent it and went to bed ...but it is not here this morning. I guess I should always check the thread to see that it is there before closing out the browser.
Anyway ...I love your little ones and their names as well. What fun they must be. A friend told me recently that they have pet chickens and how much fun they have watching them. I had no idea that these little guys would be so interesting to watch. Do these guy stick around the house and do you have to keep them in a pen so the barn yard dogs don't bother them? I heard that they are very good at defending themselves, but not sure if that is correct.
My sister had white geese for awhile, but they were mean and would chase you and bite you when they caught up to you (which they always did, as these little buggers were fast). She finally decided to "invite them for dinner" over the holidays - if you know what I mean. ;-(
Bob the Dog, his real full name,(cause he thinks he is a cat) has been trained to protect all the little animals in our menagerie. And the little people as well. So he is not a problem. The cats have learned to steer clear of them real quick, they do defend themselves well! And they do not like it when the cats eat their food! They are hilarious to watch, esp. in their wading pool pond. And they walk funny. They talk back to you too.
We have had chickens and turkeys as well. I liked the turkeys, they were dumb, but had personality. Layer chickens have personality, but meat birds are...well....bland. We had 3 geese, who we had to get rid of because they used to chase the girls. And after being goosed by a goose, it is NOT FUN. I had a bruise for a month! I could not bear to eat my pets. I was told they were very tasty tho.
These were SUPPOSED to be DD3's ducks, but guess who got custody when she moved out? I don't mind tho, as I am the small pet person in the family. Cathy
Edited 9/23/2008 12:11 pm ET by ThreadKoe
That's great that Bob the Dog is such a good caretaker of the others! We used to call our Yorkies "puppycats". It would be so fun to be able to have all those animals! Mary
Yes, it is fun. I am wondering now tho, with the girls away, who is going to be our pet sitter? tee hee Gonna have to pull in a few favours from family and friends I think. Cathy
How many (and what kinds) of pets do you have, Cathy? No doubt, living on a farm, you have quite a few. Of course, I'm not including the dairy cows...giggle!
PS: The spell check for Gathering messages isn't working on my computer this morning. Is it a problem only for me, or do you have the same issue today?
The last of our cows left this summer =( It has been really hard seeing the last of our heifers grow up and go. We are debating a few beef for next year, but no decision yet. DH says he wants a break from the animals for a year first.
So we only have the little pets now. 2 ducks, a rabbit, 2 1/2 cats, and the dog. The half cat is actually my brother's cat who spends a lot of time visiting with us. She lives in the city, and comes here for visits so she can have some activity and freedom. We still have a few barn cats that live in the barn, about 6, that we feed, but they are not really pets. They all keep me quite busy, and good company when I am alone.
Bob the dog is 13 in Oct. He is in failing health. We are looking at having to have him put down. =( He has a big tumor, and his hearing and eyes are really really bad. He can hardly get up and down the stairs anymore. In 24 years is really only the 2nd dog we have had. He is the son of the first dog. It will be heartbreaking, and I am really upset over it.
Spell check usually works for me. Seems ok. It is always telling me my british/canadian spelling is wrong as usual. Cathy
Oh, dear ...Cathy; I am heartsick for you regarding Bob the Dog. It is hard enough to say goodbye to our pets under normal circumstances (i.e. natural death), but to have to put one down is devastating. I had to do this only once; on May 1, 1986 @6.25 pm. I feel your pain ...from way across Canada. I am so sorry. You shall be in my prayers.
We had to do it with his father, and now him. It is such a hard decision. But you can't let them suffer, and they know when they are failing and are so embarrassed when they have accidents in the house. So it is a wait and see thing right now, as long as he is able. So I enjoy him while I can. Spoiled rotten right now. What can I say. Cathy
I always have the grandkids come and stay at my house when necessary for our big lab, otherwise I'm afraid it would be a kennel. I'm hoping to take little Zoey with me wherever I go if possible. She needs to work on her manners a bit more though as she still likes to nip sometimes.
The little neighbor girls came over and I tried to show them to stand still and tell Zoey No! when she jumps or nips at their heels. It works for a while, but then the little girls giggle and start jumping around and it's a big game. She is a puppy so I can't expect her to understand when even the kids don't! It's entertaining to watch and no one gets hurt, but it will take alot more training to work it all out I'm sure and time....Mary
One of my brothers kept buying ducks, but they always ended up swimming across the irrigation ditch to the neighbors', guess the grass was greener on the other side, lol.
That is so funny. ;-) I hope the neighbors kept them for pets only ...
I don't know, my brother was always upset when it happened and finally gave up. Then I moved in with him for awhile when I was a single mom with my daughter. He got a nanny goat....great for milk but she thought "nanny" meant "candy" and we had to explain it wasn't candy droppings behind Nanny. Luckily we caught her before she found out for herself!
The nanny goat was hysterical. She allways escaped no matter how we tried to confine her. She ate the laundry off the clothesline, escaped to the neighbors a few times, went to the little store up the road and they called us to come get her but they did appreciate her cleaning up the trash in front of the store. She chewed through the rope and set a horse free that we were taking care of and they had a high old time while we chased them all over the country. The horse was so gentle you could ride him with a rope and no bridle. One day we came home, Nanny had kicked in the back door of the house and was laying on a rug in front of the fire place like she belonged there. Many highjinks! Mary
Just had a thrill. My dogs were barking like mad at the front door. The neighbor's poodle was desperately trying to get in because he was being chased by a big dog that is often left running. He was so thrilled to be at his "second home" and play with my pups. They raced through the house several times before I could get to the back door. Had to find the cell phone so the neighbor wouldn't panick. One dog would come in for a drink at a time, lots of running and wildness ensued. Then we had to catch the little poodle and my little Maltese so they wouldn't run out the front door. The chase was on....ha ha ROTFL. Now we'll all need a nap.
Today I am going to the high school to hem the Colorguard uniforms. Think I'll offer to measure, then bring them home to do on the machine. If they don't like it, they can do it themselves. I don't do "handwork" unless I have to these days! Meanie G'ma, but it's hard to haul the machine around and the arthritis makes the handwork uncomfortable! Mary
Sounds like you've had a fun (and busy) morning already. I was just telling Cathy that Pumpkin was on the same wave length as your pups this morning. And good for you, saving your neighbor's little dog. Oh my, but I do wish folks wouldn't let their dogs run around in the city. It is just too dangerous for the little ones and the big ones can get hit by a car as well. I worry about them. My country cousins let their dogs run, but that is an entirely different matter, with few if any, problems.
I think you are an angel, hemming all the Colorguard uniforms. And since you've got such a great sewing machine, you can do them that way and they will look perfect. The school is lucky to enjoy your skills.
If you wanted to take a machine to the school, you might want to ask DH for something like my little travel machine for your next birthday or for Christmas. It is a Janome Jem 760, and I just love it. That way, I can leave my Pfaff 2170 at home (it's too heavy for me too,) and take the little 12-pound Jem to classes or traveling in the RV. It's just a thought. Actually, if I didn't do embroidery, I would be very happy with the Jem as my only sewing machine. It even has one-step automatic button holes that are done beautifully.
Well, I am several days behind in doing some tests on fleece that I promised to do on another thread, so must get with the program here. I'll check back later to see what you'all are talking about; probably some interesting stuff. Thanks for starting my day with laughter. Very funny about your little pups.
You are so right about letting dogs run loose. Even living in the country, you have to be careful. We live near the end of a dead end street in a rural sub-division, but we have been diligent about teaching good manners to Boss. He is obedience trained and well mannered. That's one of the reasons the neighbors like him. He minds well. It's particularly important with a large breed, since people are understandably fearful of them. Being retired, we are here most of the time, and we began early keeping him close. He has a few select neighbors he likes to visit, and they encourage it with the treats. All dogs have to know who the leader of the pack is, and we owners have to be responsible with our pets. I can't sew today. Have a routine doctor's appointment. Keep me posted on the fleece testing.....
The poodle, Max and Beau Bailey, my big lab run straight across the street to each other's houses because they are friends so we are both so careful, but once in awhile, they escape. It's rare, but thank goodness, they don't go far like the "bad mommy and her poor dog next door. The dog catcher can't even catch that one, they just go to her house and give her tickets!
My little one has only gotten out once, I wasn't home or would have been scared to death! She is really hard to catch because she loves to be chased. When there is alot of coming and going of the grandchildren, etc. I keep her leash on her even in the house and we try to be holding her when the door opens. The big dogs are much easier to train for us. I think I'll have to take Zoe to obedience school! Mary
ROTFL BLOCK PARENT for the DOGS! How Wonderful! My stars Mary, you are priceless. Thanks for the giggle this am. needed it. I think they would make it easy for the Volunteer G'ma who hems so wonderfully for them. Esp if they were to realize what they were to have to pay if they had to? (*HINT HINT*) tee hee Sometimes we have to tell people that we like what we do, but we like to make it easier. Have fun, working with the kids is fun, isn't it. Cathy
Yes, gotta love the activity most of the time. I really did take a nap! Mary
Not very recent, but here's one of the two together. Sorry they are so large, If you go to the bottom of Bailey's legs, you can see her. One the second picture, scroll down to the center.
It says July because that's the folder they are in, the pics were taken the end of August.
One of these days, I have got to figure this sizing thing out! For now, it's back to sewing! Mary
Edited 9/22/2008 7:35 pm by MaryinColorado
Edited 9/22/2008 7:36 pm by MaryinColorado
They are so cute together; and how wonderful that they have become such nice friends. Of course, it must be because of your good "mothering". The wee one is about the size of the big siblings's paw. giggle! Thanks so much for the recent photo.
Like you, I need to figure out the sizing, and suspect it will work out OK when I get around to downloading the software that came with my camera. So far, I just struggle with the windows component that came with this computer.
Thanks, it is so funny to watch them play. Beau Bailey is 9 yrs. old and we thought he'd quit playing. Now neither one will go out the back door without the other.
I have taken alot of pics of Zoey, but most of them end up a blur or her back side. I'm thinking she might need some booties for walking in the snow. I have some coat patterns cut out that should be fun.
Just when I was ready to learn the new camera and software, the expensive camera got dropped and doesn't work at all. So will just have to wait awhile longer and see what happens when we can afford to have it checked out.
I love the names of your little loves! Mary
You three look like you are having a great walkie! Bet the little one walks circles around the rest. Do you also do the Halloween costumes for her? Just asking. Cathy
Hope to get one made for her but haven't decided what to make.
Hi JQ: Thanks for asking, and finally ...here she is. She is exactly 12-weeks old here. She needs a haircut though, but she won't sit still for me long enough to cut her hair safely.
The breeder where I got Peche' started cutting the babies hair almost immediately, so that they would get used to it. Unfortunately, that was not the case with Pumpkin ...and she sort of freaks. I'm not sure how I'm going to do this, because I sure don't want to frighten her. Still ...she needs certain areas anyway, cleaned up for hygienic reasons. Thankfully though, she sure does like her baths ...which is unusual but quite fun.
She is growing really fast! She blends right in with your rug, too, so you'll have to watch to not step on her when she's sleeping, eh? :) Thanks for sharing - she's a sweetie.
How cute is that puppy!?!?!?! I almost didn't see her on that carpet. TeeHeeHee I can see why you've fallen in love with her. I such a fool about puppies of all kinds. Nothing sweeter than sweet puppy breath. Here's mine. He's not a puppy any more -- 95# of personal protection. His name is Boss.
Oh my; he's a handsome big boy and yes ...lots of protection, no doubt. How big was he when he was a puppy, i.e. when you adopted him, and how old is he now? He sure is in good shape; nobody in their right mind would mess with him. And since he's got his ball there, he obviously like for you to play with him. Fun! Thanks so much for sharing the photo.
I always had big dogs until the 1970's, when I got my first poodle. Before that, I kind of thought it was funny, all these "little old ladies and their toy poodles". I have to laugh, because: Now I am one (a little old lady with a toy poodle)!! giggle
It's late for me, so need to get some sleep. I hope you got to sew today. I still haven't had time to try out all the different ways of sewing fleece, but hope to get that done tomorrow. Thanks again for posting the picture of Boss.
Edited 10/2/2008 12:12 am by sewslow67
Thank you. We think he is beautiful. He is a real sweetie, but very protective, especially of me. He sleeps either on the floor at the foot of my bed or on the sofa. He was 5 months old when we got him and probably about 25#. His "birth father" is the son of one of my high school friends down on the coast, and he worked off shore on an oil rig. I met Boss in late May, and fell in love at first sight. I told J that if he ever decided he didn't want Boss, I wanted him. When I was down there again in late Sept I got to bring him home with me. He is about 6-1/2 years old. His dam is English Mastiff, and his sire is from a one-night-stand, known only to her, and she's not talking. I am so fortunate. All my neighbors love him and take care of him if we both have to be gone and can't take him with us. Any one of them would take him at any time we needed a home for him. They keep water out for him and also give him treats regularly.
He is one big, beautiful animal. He looks so well cared for. I am sure you never worry about sounds in the night with him around as probably all he has to do is bark and scare anyone off.
You are right on all counts. He is very healthy and just the right weight. Very muscular. His bark is loud and fierce and just plain scary. The only problem is that I probably feel too safe with him around. The worst thing about him is he has that Mastiff tendency to drool. I keep paper towels in my pocket to wipe his mouth .... which makes my DH laugh at me.
Oh, he's a handsome lean big boy!
Boss is Right! What a regal dog. Bet he is just a big ball of puppy fur underneath tho......Cathy
What a little darling she is! I love her coloring, she's a pretty girl! Hey, how did you get her to "pose" for that photo? Way to go!
Zoe likes her bath, and holds still to put harness or "clothing" on, but she really squirms and wriggles when it comes to other grooming too. I have got to take her in to be groomed now because she has tangles that I cannot get out and looks wild. I keep cotton balls handy for her face and used regular nail clippers for her nails, but her hair is long now and her feet get so dirty every day. Mary
As time goes, I am sure she will get used to and love her grooming. I can see the intelligence in her eyes! Ya got your hands full with that one. What a darling. Cathy
Thank you, Cathy; is is just adorable ...although right now she is pure entertainment. She is (like Mary's pups) racing through the house, taking with her either "Mr. Bear" or "Bunny". I see she has left those two and had worked hard, dragging the bathroom rug down a long hallway. She got it all the way to what will be my new sewing room ("studio" ...tee hee) and is piling all of her toys on it.
If my grandfather was still alive, he would say the she is a real "rip-snorter"! giggle
UH OH! you have a collector! My Mom's dogs had a basket for their toys and blanket scraps. They used to take them out and then put them all back! Funny to watch. You could even tell them to clean up their toys. Cathy
Cathy, I was thinking the same thing as I looked at the picture -- how intelligent her eyes looked. And mischievous. Ohhhhh, those are the kind that pull on the heart strings. Sewslow, you have your work cut out for you. I adore her.
Yes, Pumpkin has mischief written all over that sweet little face! I honestly do not know if I could handle a puppy and all the training right now, I have gotten lazy! I always thought I would like a little dog, but I end up with big ones. With all the space we have, it just seems right. Cathy
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