Fresh from a nail trim, oatmeal shampoo, blow dry, and new bandanna, Cady is enjoying a bull stick in the back of the car before we head for an off-lead walk at her favorite place. She will smell like warm oatmeal cookies for the next week.
This girl is the master of chewing on bully sticks.
A couple of projects I made to make my morning routine easier:
– Coffee mug shelf mounted by the fence gate I take Cady (my doggo) in and out of daily for her bathroom routine. I got tired of setting my morning coffee on the ground to open the fence gate each day. I made a cedar shelf with a galvanized L-bracket and an extra fence brace band. Enlarged the L-bracket holes to accommodate the 2 fence brace band bolts.
– Pooper Scooper station with disposal can and a coffee mug shelf. Cedar board attached to a T-post. Welded I-bolts for chains to hold the can and lid in case of high winds. Hooks to hang the scooper rake and pan from.
Cady and I went on our daily hike the other day and then I took photos for Valentines Day. I purchase holiday-themed inexpensive plastic necklaces to put around her neck for these kinds of photos. I have found that she is a really good model for me if I get her exercised first, then asked her to sit still for me wearing the props. A girl needs to have her fun first, before work!
I adopted Cady 18 months ago (at age 6) and she has really blossomed and gotten used to how I am hands on with her. I like to make sure that my dogs are used to lots of touches, petting, handling of paws, lifting of gums, checks of her teeth and of course kisses on her head and nose. I find that this makes for a great dog and veterinary visits are very easy.
She has also become quite the love bug and I attribute that to the hands-on attention she gets from me along with verbal praise.
That was a long story to get to this photo I took after we finished with her photos. I didn’t get to see what her eyes were doing until I got home and loaded them onto the computer. She is quite the sweetheart and often likes to press her muzzle against my face.
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These are photos of Abbey and Casey from 4/8/01. Abbey was 4-months old. She was learning how to retrieve from water. Look at how she swims at her age and brings the training bumper back to me. I was always amazed at how quick their genes kicked in told them what to do. The older Labrador Retriever is my boy Casey and he was about 2 1/2 at the time. She adored Casey from the time I brought her home and quickly claimed him as her boyfriend. This girl worked so hard for me and received her Junior Hunter title before she was two. RIP Abbey and Casey. You would have been 17 today Abbey if dogs could live that long. Missing you both.
We’ve been really busy and my human hasn’t had time to get to this blog and post my new photographs. I finally nudged him enough that he got it done tonight. I hope you like seeing what I’ve been up to this summer and at the start of fall. BTW, he got a tattoo of me on his arm. Right above the dog paws and names of his Labrador Retrievers that have traveled to the rainbow bridge. I think I look pretty sharp in ink – Cady