Archive for May 2012

A few of my favorite things, by Cookie

May 31, 2012

One of my favorite things to do is snuggle on my mat with my teddy bear, “Bear.”

I love my teddy bear!

If I can’t chew on bear, I love to chew on plastic bottles, my “wubba”, my tennis balls, my frisbees, my Kong’s full of peanut butter, a bully stick (which are nice and meaty-smelly, yum), any sort of rawhide bone, a Smart-bone if I’m lucky enough to be given one, and best of all, now that it’s summer and I’m hot, ice!  I have chewed on the couch before but that didn’t go over well with Mommy.  My favorite things to eat are venison patties or Stella & Chewy’s Dandy-Lamb patties…I would do anything for either one of those. The best toy in the world is a plastic gallon milk jug, tied onto a long piece of string, which my family pulls around the yard for me to chase.  That never gets old.  I also love to chase my “sister” the cat around the yard and up the play set..but my family doesn’t like that when I do it either, even though they laugh sometimes, confusing.  Another thing I love, GRASS!  A nice, cushy patch of grass to lie and lounge on.  And let me tell you, walking on grass beats walking on the sidewalk any day.  Most of all, I love my family and the people I meet in the world, who pet me and love me and tell me how cute I am.  What I don’t like:  rain and getting wet in any sort of way, taking a bath for those same reasons, when my toys get stuck behind the couch and I can’t get them out, being bored because my family is too busy to play, and being confined or separated from my people.  But what is perfect bliss for me?   To sit by you, chewing my bone, gazing at you while you pet me.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  Ruffs, Cookie  



A Puppy’s First Parade

May 30, 2012

This Memorial Day Cookie experienced her first-ever Parade here in Katonah….

Brian & Cookie follow the Parade

This Memorial Day here in Katonah it was hot and sunny…perfect parade weather.  We walked Cookie down the hill to join our neighbors at what turned out to be a very special and very moving gathering of our local veterans, active military members and their supporters, including our local clergy, volunteer firefighters, volunteer ambulance corps, marching band, along with our local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts.  Cookie was excited to see so many fellow dogs and people everywhere, and was quite busy greeting people and looking around.  Whenever we go into town we often get asked, “What kind of a dog is that?!” and today was no different – Cookie made a lot of new friends.  When the memorial ceremony started, Cookie did pretty well keeping quiet, short of a few playful barks, as if to say, “Why is everyone being so quiet all of the sudden?  And where did the music go?”  But the real test was when the military members performed a 21-Gun Salute…Oh boy, one scared puppy!  In fact, so scared she didn’t make a sound…just tried to head for the hills, so to speak, as we held her and soothed her.  Later, after the memorial ceremony was complete, and Cookie had calmed down, we all followed as the parade made it’s way down Bedford Avenue to the Fire House where our Firefighters passed out ice cream to the kids.  When we returned home…..

Wake me up for lunch!

 …it was time for a well-earned nap.  Coming up next week, it’ll be another parade for Cookie: the much-beloved Fireman’s Parade & Carnival here in Katonah.  Hope that you enjoyed your holiday weekend!  Warm & Fuzzys, Diana

Vet Visit!

May 25, 2012

When Cookie woke up this morning, she was coughing uncontrollably…

Cookie gets a checkup.

…and heaving, as if she had something she couldn’t get up, and lethargic, from all the action.  So, after dropping off the kids at school, off to see Dr. Glassman at Roosevelt Vet in nearby Brewster.  In the time between leaving the house and getting to the Doctor, she was coughing a lot less.  And after a check up, and X-rays…seems everything is just fine.  Possible explanations:  “Kennel-Cough” that she picked up from another dog in passing, or allergies, or just something caught in the back of her throat (!!!!) or, remote possibility of a reaction to the Bordatella vaccine she received earlier in the week – which is supposed to prevent Kennel-Cough.  All I have to say is, this phase of puppydom reminds me a lot of when I was a new parent with my first child, and I worried about “every little thing” – although this didn’t seem so little at the time.  And so, from this escapade we have learned that puppies cough a lot sometimes!  Now we are home and back on track with our day.  Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday weekend!  It’ll be Cookie’s first cook-out over here…mmmmmmm!  Warm & Fuzzy’s, Diana

What happens when dogs hear Bagpipe Music?

May 24, 2012

They Hooooowwwlll along! 

Cookie visits a Japanese Zen Garden

Recently, the Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden of North Salem, NY had a very lovely Blessing of the Animals on a Sunday afternoon.  Brian and Atticus took our Pup to this very special ceremony.  I had really hoped to include a video of Cookie & her fellow Canines howling along the the Bagpipes which played there – a hillarious moment – but due to the limitations of this blog site, the above picture shall have to suffice.  The Hammond Museum is a non-profit organization for the Humanities – and a very lovely, tranquil spot to visit.  Warm & Fuzzys, Diana


May 23, 2012


My Trainer, Sarah Hodgson, with my diploma!

I loved Puppy Kindergarten!  It was held at a Firehouse  where there was lots of room for us to learn and play…which is what Kindergarten is all about!  My school chums included a Poodle, a Golden-doodle, a Cocker Spaniel, a Collie, and a Husky.  My Teacher Sarah often brought her 3 dogs along too – a Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and a German Shepherd.  I loved playing with my new friends and came home from school covered in my fellow classmates’ slobber to prove it.  In Kindergarten I learned how to sit, stand, and lie down on command; interpret hand signals, walk properly without pulling my People all over the place, how to greet people nicely, how to react to new situations in the big world, and how socialize with other dogs.  My Mommy Diana learned how to listen to my barking and watch the things I do so she understands what I’m trying to tell her.   I had a lot of fun and Mommy tells me that I’m a “Smart Cookie!”

I love my Teacher!

A Few Words From the Puppy-Mommy

May 22, 2012

Hello, I’m Diana, Cookie’s “Puppy-Mommy. ” Welcome to our Blog!

Anytime is a good time for a snuggle!

Just as Cookie is my first-ever-in-life dog, this is my debut as a blogger. Since Cookie joined our household there is definitely more love in the house…and much more mayhem! The kitchen has turned into a de-facto puppy playpen, my back yard has little holes in the ground everywhere and is covered in plastic toys, and our cat S’more is really not happy with us. My head is spinning as I cram in advice from our many dog training books and race to sessions of puppy kindergarten. There is now puppy laundry to do, constant battles with muddy paws, and I’m spending a fortune on bones each week. There have been many vet visits as puppies seem to need as many shots and boosters as a newborn baby. Walks and regular games of fetch must be scheduled in each day. On top of all that, my son is having “issues” with the new addition, who nips, rips clothes, and takes up a good deal of my attention. I’m definitely sleep deprived since these days we have to get Cookie up to “get busy” around midnight, and I know I’ve gained a few pounds in people-treats since this all began. So WHY am I doing all this? Well, I think the picture below says it all. I have also been so inspired by the over-the-top, ecstatic reactions of those who meet Cookie for the first time…especially the children. I am so fortunate to live in a great town full of wonderful dogs and their devoted owners, from whom I’m learning so much. Not to mention the insights I get from our amazing dog trainer. Already there are so many stories and possibilities and dog care tips to share, and as Cookie says, we’ve only just begun! So I hope you will join Cookie and I for our adventures during these precious puppy days and beyond. Just click on the “Follow” button below to get started.  Warm & Fuzzy Regards, Diana



Hello, I’m Cookie!

May 20, 2012

As you can see, I’m not just any puppy…I’m an Aussie!  An eighteen-week-old Australian Shepherd pup, to be exact.  True to my breed, I am very cute, but even cleverer.  Soft and spotted, I have “ghost eyes” – a real blue-merle girl.  I love to run and chase and jump and chew and dig – like all puppies.  But most of all, I love people, especially my family.  So much has happened in my life so far…and I’m only just beginning!  I am looking forward to sharing my Aus-some adventures and growing up with you!  Ruffs, Cookie