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The Night Shift

December 13, 2013

Season’s Greetings from chilly Katonah!  Meet our night watch dog, Cookie.  Here she is at her regular post – a large rock in the back yard she loves to hang out by…

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It used to be that Cookie didn’t like to be alone outside – Aussies are devoted to their people and often choose to be by their side whenever possible.  And at night – forget it!  We’d need to accompany her outside into the yard for her “last call” or she just wouldn’t go out. But now that Cookie is almost 2, and it’s wintertime, her favorite season with her double-coat of fur, we’re seeing a lot more independence in our girl.  Case in point, the ongoing “night watch” in our back yard.  Now, when the sun goes down, Cookie begs to go out – and will happily stay outside for hours.  Sometimes she’s nice and quiet, and sometimes, barking at the moon…sorry neighbors!    In any case, it’s a nice development for her.  Could it be she’s keeping an eye out for Santa?  Better be good, Cookie!  And stay warm loyal readers!  Diana

A Christmas Visit

December 6, 2013

Cookie Here!  ‘Tis the season for family visits.  I was so happy that my canine cousin Annie stopped by the other day.  She is oodles of golden-doodle fun!

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Hanging out with Annie is the best.  Especially when we’re by the Christmas tree!

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We were so happy we double-hugged Diana.    

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Wishing you many warm-and-fuzzy moments this holiday season!  Woofs, Cookie

 

Thankful For a Community That Loves and Helps Dogs Like Me

November 27, 2013

Cookie here!  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I’m so excited!  Lots of visitors equals lots of attention…not to mention lots of treats!

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Even though it’s a holiday, I’ll still need my walks.  One of the many things I’m grateful for is living in a town where the people on the street are so kind to me and all the other dogs here.  From our Letter Carrier who often stops his truck to pass me a bone, to the many folks who stop me for a “pat and chat,” and to the shops on Katonah Avenue who leave out bowls of fresh water for the passing pups, I really do feel the love!

Did you know that the Hudson Valley Pet Pantry is helping individuals and families who need help feeding their pets due to job loss or financial hardship?  Since 2010 they have been helping people facing hard times keep their pets by providing food supplies for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and other domestic animals.  Currently they are helping keep 653 animals at home and out of shelters by providing free pet food to 257 families and individuals.   

So here’s to Susan Katz, Founder & President, Kathy Ferri, Director of Pantry Operations, and all the other good people at the Hudson Valley Pet Pantry.  I am thankful for great people like you!

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help the pantry this holiday season, their contact information is below.

Happy Thanksgiving to You & Yours, furry and otherwise!

Woofs, Cookie

Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry
P.O. Box 1296
White Plains, NY  10602
E-mail: hvpetfoodpantry@aol.com
(914) 907-3433 (Administration & Donations)
 
 

 

Help World Vets Help Pets in the Philippines

November 15, 2013

Hi Friends, this information comes from the good people at BlogPaws.  World Vets is organizing help for pet relief in the Philippines.  Please take a look and help if you can!   Visit World Vets at worldvets.org or on Twitter – @Worldvets    Woofs & Thanks, Cookie

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Ode to Cookie

November 14, 2013

A Poem in Celebration of a Very Lovable Beast

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Skull of Steel, tongue of Velvet

Sandpaper paws, razor-sharp claws

And soft silky ears that hear everything.

A wet spotted nose strikes a playful pose

under eyes of blue, near a heart very true.

Spots, patches,colorful splashes 

On wild-and-wooly haunches

Those floppy ears will be perky for years…and then some.

Loves belly rubs, but has an aversion to bath tubs. 

Wherever we go and whatever we do,

Cookie would like to come along, too.

Study buddy, companion, comforter and friend,

You’re one of a kind, Cookie, and that’s…

The End!

Lipstick for lunch, butter for dinner

September 12, 2013

As manifested by this here blog, you know how much I love Cookie.  

Sometimes though, our dogs test our love and patience, such as when they remove from your purse and eat your two favorite (and luckily non-toxic) lipsticks.  Exhibit A, see front paws.  Note the doleful expression of the culprit.  

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Well, it is time to switch to fall colors anyway… But when, during that very same day, your doggie also devours an entire stick of butter right in front of you, before you can utter one single word, it can give a beleaguered mother pause.   There’s a beast in my house!!!  And it’s out of control!!!

After a lifetime of having well-manered cats as pets, it never ceases to surprise me what kind of mischief Cookie can find her way into.  Luckily, it never ceases to AMAZE me the love this dog generates in our home and the world at large.  If I had a dollar for every time she has made someone in the world smile, there’s be thousands by now, and that’s no exaggeration.

I was really touched by the following post on the New York Times site yesterday called “Bad Dog” – a writer’s personal essay about love and loss in her own life as experienced with the companionship of her dogs, including her very handsome Aussie mix, Chance.  Don’t have the rights to his picture but if you click below you will enjoy it, and his story, and get some valuable advice about socializing puppies, should you have one at the moment.  Here’s the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/booming/bad-dog.html?smid=pl-share

Our days with Cookie are sometimes trying, but they are always sweet.  That’s what I choose to remember for when her next naughty moment comes.

Warm and Fuzzies, Diana

My Summer Road Trip: I Was a Good Guest!

September 7, 2013

Cookie here!  Summer’s over, but I have fond memories of my first real road trip to Cape Cod.  I went to go visit my cousins, Mabel & Annie.  Mabel is my little cousin, Annie my big one!

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We had such a good time!   We played, ate, and slept together.   There were lots of bones, and plenty of sunbathing spots.  That’s Annie in the background.

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I went to Falmouth Heights Beach – what a beautiful spot!

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Sure, there were a few mishaps.  Like the afternoon I jumped through this screen door.  Sorry Auntie, I just wanted to go play with the kids!

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And there was the day Annie lay down on a palate of oil paints.  She sure looked pretty!  Dawn detergent did the trick…

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At night I was so tired I slept very well on the comfy air mattress.

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Best of all, I got in lots of quality time with the kids…and isn’t that what family vacations are all about?

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I Hope you had a great summer too!  Woofs, Cookie