Sunday, November 08, 2009

New Maggie

We needed another dog. Like we needed a new hole in our heads. Why do we go make things so much more complicated every time things seem to get easier? I think we finally have the dogs sorted out, so obviously we should get another one. A BIG ONE.

Magda was sold from a pet store. The new owners had concerns about her front legs being crooked or lame or something (im not sure) and returned her to the store. We looked over her vet records and decided to take her home.

The kids werent taken with her at all, you can tell. I was kinda led to believe Magda was 3 month old mostly boxer with 1/4 mastiff. One look at her says she certainly is a lot mastiff lol. Her body shape, size...

a whole lot of mastiff. ive since gotten her original vet records along with a photo of her father (a whole lot of mastiff is he; she looks just like him, colour included). And she is more like 4.5 months old and has not been vaccinated since she left the pet store. Great.

the other 2 dogs didnt really pay much attention to Maggie for the first while; in fact Dylan almost seemed to turn his back and deny her very existence. But i was relieved they didnt bother her either.
Zoey was actually first to warm up to Maggie, shaking her toys in her face to get her to play. Maggie didnt really get it at first but liked the chase game.

But she spent a lot of time trying to sort out what those two are doing.

She has come a long way since she came; she's not really house trained at all...and can be a little sneak about it too. Coming along. If we can train Zoey we can train anything! She Doesnt like to be wet and she doesnt love snow although after a bit I did coax her out into it. She's fairly timid and doesnt like raised voices; maybe a result of little patience with the house training? Hard to say.

She did learn pretty fast about her cushy bed and when she sleeps, she really sleeps :) Cute :) Zoey sleeps with her alot. I think she is nice and warm but she also kicks a lot.

When she plays she is all feet. She puts her paws on top of the heads of the other dogs lol Dylan plays with her nicest tho; he like to wrestle and play bite games and Maggie rolls him over and stomps him.
I love her wrinkly little forehead. Much.

cuties together :)
there is that wrinkled forehead :)
the playing goes on :)

So Maggie is improving and fitting in here really well. She is big and clumsy but when she wags her tail her whole body wriggles it is really cute :) She's affectionate and happy to see us. Oh and kennel training is going well although the dogs spend most of the night on their beds now. She does chew things but we give her a lot of toys. And carpets can be cleaned SIGH. We always wanted a boxer and now we have half of one. Im not so sure about the mastiff side. BUt I want a dog to run with and once she grows into those legs she could be it. No one would mess with me :) lol As long as the elbow/leg issues straightn out; no abnormalities on radiographs so chances are good she will grow out of it. In a couple of years. LOL.

Welcome Home Maggie :)

Corn Maze

Annika's class got to go to the Corn Maze and I got to go along :) It was like SO cold. And I personally think it was the beginning of the "class Illness" since the next day 3/4 of the class were not there :( poor little people! It was just SO cold!

First the kids had a fun wagon ride through the deepest nastiest mud Ive ever seen lol SO glad we didnt have to walk it.
Such neat pumpkins in the fields waiting for Halloween. too bad they were rather more expensive than I wanted lol
Cutie; she was so sick that day; the night before she coughed and coughed and it was only the cough syrup that got her through that day.
There's My Deb! Lost in the corn!
After a quick lunch we got to go into the corn :) we went right up to one of the viewing areas :) From there we could see everything and picked a direction to go :)
Us in the corn. COLD.

Little buddies in the corn. They had a lot of fun.
After the maze the kids got to play at the playground and watch a pig race :) then back on the bus. Annika came home with me and stayed home from school for 2 more days :) Croup! Ew.

Holly's Sweater :)

Crochet is so so much faster than knitting, gotta say. It may leave a lumpier product but its so fast!
I did see this Very cute hoodie on the Ravelry site months ago and decided it would be perfect for Holly :)I got yarn in lime green and went to work on this sweater. It went fast and I took it to the rink to work on alot which kinda made for some interesting conversation; the most interested person was a man who's son was skating with Annika's hockey practice; he asked the smartest questions about it and seemed confused by the concept of sewing it all together when it was finished :)
The pieces crocheted up fast and were crocheted together at the seams :) it went together very nicely :) It is soft and squishy :)

When it was finished Holly was awfully happy and has worn it almost constantly since. Annika is now pestering for her turn for a sweater. If I can straighten out the yarn! :(

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Halloween 09

Just a few Halloween photos to share :)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Paddy Enters Stage Left

So things didnt last long with Kylie; between logistics, distance, and some very naughty behavior, we have had to move on; nuff said about that.

So through some contacts at AC we were introduced to Paddy; a 5 year old French Canadian gelding. With a sweet temperament and calm way of going, we are hopeful that this relationship will work out.

We met him one afternoon around supper time (= demanding children) and they were smitten. He is what Taylor wanted; black and a boy. LOL

So we went back out on a Saturday and had a test ride. First thing they did was jump on bareback lol Go Kids!

Then the saddle went on, I tried him, then they tried him; it went very well! He isnt going to take off and harm them; they may have some troubles getting him going. LOL

A week later Paddy came to a stable very close to our house and he is starting a month trial with us!

So Paddy is home and settling in well!

Im happy that the saddle fits with a few adjustments and the bridle will fit once I find my bit for it...this makes things easier as I only have to buy things he needs that are extras :)

Im really hopeful that this little cutie will be a good friend to my kids!