Wednesday, August 21, 2013


We didn't post yesterday cos Mom has had a very rough week  at work.  We can't say alot about it but Mom went home and called all her girls and told them how much she loved them. You never know what your grown up kids may be going through.  Then a good biker friend of our Dad's passed away Monday night.  His friend was on the liver transplant list and was waiting but didn't make it.  Dad loved riding his Harley with him, and often when Dad was off work for the day you would see the two of them tooling all around the villages.  They were rough looking fellows with kitty--kat hearts and often joked about being home at 5 PM instead of 5 AM like in the old days.  He was a good guy and we will miss him.

ITEM #4 AND #5

We have a doggy scarf made by a local woman that sews, a little pretty bag full of catnip, a pig magnet and a beautiful ornament that has things from Van Buren County on it, and it says Keosauqua Iowa....and that is where we live.

We are almost done filling up our box.  We still have a few goodies up our sleeve yet...we are really hoping that we hit $200.00. So far we have raised $185.00.   I checked into sending this box to Canada and the shipping would be $45.00  whewwweeee alot of monies.  Thank you to all the doggies and their parents out there who have helped with our Mystery Box funding!

Well last night was Margarets first night of puppy classes.  Mom rushed home to get her bag packed and make some delicious treats for her.  She rolled up pieces of cheese into little balls, and then Murphy and Stanley's mom told her that she heard some dogs like nuked hot dogs cos they are rubbery and fun to eat.  So Mom nuked TWO hotdogs for her and cut them up in tiny pieces. Cos she knew MARGARET would need all those treats for everything she was going to learn tonight. Mom was so excited and Margaret was excited cos as soon as she saw her harness she THOUGHT she was going for a walk at the fairgrounds.  Gussie and I were snickering behind the chairs.

Why do I need to sit in the car seat and where is Gussie?

Thank goodness for air conditioning cos it was an hour drive to the school and it was almost 90 outside.  As soon as we got to the school we saw other puppies all around.  There was a Golden Retriever, 2 Huskeys, Basset Hound, Corgi, Boxer and two little dogs and MARGARET.  They were all jumping around, and playing and friendly but MARGARET turned her face into Mom's shoulder and hid.  As soon as she did that Dad's words ran through Mom's brain about Maggie not having the personality to handle class and that she should take Gussie instead. 

The teacher came over to meet Mag's and told Mom just to take it slow with her and try to get her more comfortable.  So Mom walked around with Mags (she kinda had to drag her) and she carried her around, and finally she just sat down and held her.  Class started and they worked on eye contact....everyone got a turn to work with their parent and the teacher EXCEPT Margaret cos its rather hard to work with someone who is lying UNDER the chair.  Finally Mom joked with the class and said, "well she sure does  the lay down and stay down really well!".  MARGARET spent the whole class under the chair.  She never came out to go pee or drink water and when it was time to go Mom carried her back out to the car.  Mom kept hearing Dad's words over and over.

Mom brought a big bag of dog food to the teacher cos she runs the DOG STAR SANCTUARY and right now has 19 dogs on her 5 fenced  acres.  Its a beautiful place for dogs who this is their last chance to live out their days.  Mom ordered us some good food from Mr. Chewy but the pieces were two big for us to eat, so instead of bringing Ms. Melody an apple we brought dog food instead.  I know every little bit helps her and her dogs out.  Plus Mom thought it might help Mag's get a star for the night. (lololol....a star...lolol....maybe a blanket and a pillow....)

Well, Margaret slept all the way home cos she was EXHAUSTED from laying on guard under that chair for a whole hour, and then when she got home she zoomed around like only a pug can do and played with Gussie for over an hour.  Mom sorta glared at her.  Mom talked to the teacher and she said we could try it one more time, OR we can bring Gussie next time.  The teacher said the class is really about Mom learning things and then working with us at home, and is a social time for the dogs.  She also said something that stuck in Mom's brain.

She said to imagine that Mom was in class and someone said they turned a rattlesnake lose , but that Mom had to stay there and attend class and learn everything the teacher was saying.  Well, my Mom hates snakes so immediately just the thought of that made my mom's bones hurt, she said that is how some dogs feel when they are brought into a new situation, Mom thought alot about that last night with MARGARET.  Mom should have taken me, cos when it was my turn to go out there with the teacher and Mom and the teacher wanted me to SIT I would have did my twirly dance for her just like I do my MOM!!!!  I would have gotten two stars!!!  Mom says my brain is wired a little differently.

P.S. Mag's was so scared she didn't eat one treat that Mom had fixed her, or even a yummy treat the teacher tried to give her.  Mom gave her treats to the dog beside her.
Stella Rose


  1. Wow, that box is filled with such wonderful things! I love that bandana. I'm sorry to hear that class didn't go quite as planned. Maybe a second try will go better since it won't be totally new. Gee, I'd help with those treats if there are any left! BOL
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  2. Sorry about your friend. That is so sad and we know he will be missed very much. Way to go with the Mystery Box. We knew the postage out of the USA would be expensive. Pity. Oh dear Mags. Maybe Mags and Guss together? Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Margaret dear, I hope you will try again, just take it slow till you get used to the other dogs. There is a boston terrier named Watson that comes to agility. He is very shy but he has come a long way. I have some great furiends at class.
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

    Pee Es
    I am flattered that you would like a pic of me for your fridge. I will tell Mom to get on it!
    I can be up there with F&E in their tighty wightys HA HA
    love, Greta

  4. Holy Pug, we forgot to say how sorry we are that your Dad lost a good friend. Give him hugs from us. And hope the rest of mom's work week goes better.
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  5. Oh Maggie, I am sorry you did not like class. Maybe next time, but if not, then Gussie can go and come back and tell you all the neat things that he learned.

    Janice, Snuggles, Sassy, and Dixie

  6. I am so sorry about your friend.

    I hope whatever happened at work is better now.

    I think Maggie will learn a lot from observing class, and should keep going!

  7. Oooh, the box is getting better and better! Momma loves collecting Christmas ornaments. I think it's MADE for us.

    I'm sorry Magpie is feeling so skeered in class. I really loved mine! Maybe she can go a little early next time and get a chance to wander around for a good sniff before the other dogs get there? That might let her relax a little better.

  8. That's the coolest stuff. Love the pattern. Sorry to hear about your friend.
    Benny & Lily

  9. We are So very sorry about your dad's furend. He DID leave behind so super memories though.

    OMD that Box is gonna be SUPERIOR!!!

    Now Margaret... we would suggest that maybe you ask if Gussie could go WITH you to school the next time. Maybe you would feel better with him along to HELP you with stuffs... Even if it IS guarding your mom's Butt in the Chair.
    We also want to say that we are GLAD that you Guarded her "THERE". Wouldn't want her Butt Bitten.

  10. It's almost the weekend ... give your mama some kisses and tell her you love her!

    We're sorry to hear about your dad's friend!

    Maggie... don't give up on school. It can be fun - so we've heard! Hopefully next week will be better. You can do this!!!

    Love Zoe, Peyton, Webster, Liberty & Whitney

    PS ... Good Luck - we hope you reach the $200 goal! We'll post it on our blog tomorrow!

  11. Sorry your week started with bad work and the loss of a friend.

    We think Maggie should keep trying school. Hailey was sort of the same way at first and she got better, so maybe there is hope for Maggie too! Lee and Phod

  12. Awww...poor Maggie. Some pups are just homebodies and would rather be school dropouts. Gussie might enjoy school a lot more.


  13. Howdy Everybuddy. we're sorry about your dad's friend. We hope your dad keeps the good memories of them riding together and it gives him comfort.

    Now Margaret I have a confession to tell you butt don't let anyone know ok? When I first went to puppy school I was the biggest scardy cat there. I too hid under the chair and whenever another pup came near me I scrambled and tried to climb mum's leg and left scratches there cause I was so scared. Butt, after four weeks, I started peeping out, then little sniffs of the others and then finally I played! I was always a little timid and even now in big school, even in Grade 6, I still am a little timid with dogs I don't know. So all I'm saying is, give it a go. It might take a little while or a long while butt if you have a nice teacher (and we did) it will happen for sure.

    At home I am a bossy little turd (mum's words not mine!) but out and about I am cautious. I think maybe you are like me. Anyhoo, I hope my story helps you to try and be brave. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  14. Class sounds SCARY! I think most of my pups would have hidden too!

  15. Awww... poor baby! It was a new situation for her and she's probably not used to seeing all those other dogs. Maybe if Gussie went with Maggie she would do a little better.

    Hugs from your friend in NJ, Patty

  16. We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad's best biking buddy. I actually think your car seat is stylish!!
    Hugs madi your bfff

  17. Poor Mags! <3 <3 Don't blame her for being scared.

    Shelle, Milo, Dixie and Newby,

  18. Oh, we are so sorry Mags was so scared! Maybe if she met just one new dog and had Gussie with her she would be more confident?? All those dogs probably makes her a bit overwhelmed. Sorry things are off kilter. It happened with us too cuz of our neighbor. Hang in there, it's a marathon not a Sprint and successis in the journey!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy and Stanley