Thursday, February 25, 2010

An Ode to Sticks and Leaves

by Annie

O sticks and leaves
Thy earthiness and crunch
With fresh snow weaves
A delectable lunch
No flower shall be spared
No bush left unchewed
By my nibbling jaws
All for myself; nothing shared
Though I hate to be rude
These treats are for only my paws

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Annie the Sledding Dog

Annie has been enjoying the Vancouver Olympics at home with Dan and me. Last night she wanted to get back out in the snow (a fresh 8 inches of pow) and try her paw at more winter activities.

She's already proven herself at skating and hockey so we thought she might like to try out luge or "sledding at Slauson Hill".

Dan, Annie Pup and I met up with Megan, Craig, and Brent for some serious night-time sledding. Annie was hesitant to get on a sled with anyone but she loved chasing after the sledders up and down the hill, up and down the hill, she even made new friends running after the local kids racing down the hill.

Dan took Annie down for a ride and let's just say that Annie probably won't be the best Luge teammate . . . so don't expect to see her in Sochi, Russia in 2014. Unless there's an opening on an ice-dancing team for a puppy skating mascot . . .

Saturday, February 20, 2010

New Annie Photos

Annie capturing the light
Annie's out of breath from chasing her tail
"Yawn . . . I'll catch you one day tail!"

must . . . nap . . . in . . . the . . . sunny . . . spot . . . now . . .

"Finding" our dog . . .

I've wanted a dog my whole life. I dog-sit, I pet strangers' dogs, I drool over puppies and I read dog books all in the name of my canine love.

Dan and I have been discussing adding a dog to our family for a while, so I would often surf the Humane Society of Huron Valley's site looking at dogs seeking for a "forever" home. This past December I was admiring a friend's FaceBook photos of her adorable new pup, Iggy. Rebecca referred me to Petfinder where I could see Iggy's sister Jessy (aka Annie).

I went to the link to check out little Jessy and from the moment I saw her little puppy face, puppy paws and floppy ears I knew I wanted to our home to be her "forever" home . . .

The adoption process has been amazing and the rescue center, Homeward Bound Rescue, does a terrific job.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Annie and Friends

Thursday is "A day in the life of Annie" so I'll let her take over now . . .

Thanks Mary. Wittgenstein once wrote that "if a lion could talk, we could not understand him." Yet the great philosopher remained silent on the issue of dogs, and blog posts. So if you're confused about my internet intelligence, then mouse here to have your mind blown.

I thought I would take you on a brief tour of my daily eating routine. Much like the French, I live to eat. In fact, I'm known as a bit of a gourmand in the neighborhood. Consequently, I'm not immune to the hottest fads in the culinary world. Everyone knows that bacon IS IN!!! Now, Daniel Boulud may insist that this is only a recent trend, but everyone knows that dogs founded the bacon craze. Hoping to nosh on some retro tastes, I asked my parents to buy me Beggin' Strips. Turns out that Wittgenstein was on to something. So instead, I'm resigned to kibble. To paraphrase Q-Tip: "Kibble for lunch; kibble for dinner; kibble, kibble, kibble, I'm a paw-lickin' winner." However, I am occasionally allowed to indulge in a bull's dried nether-regions, so it's all good.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Annie the Hockey Dog

Dan, Annie and I are house-sitting right now for BB and Oreo. BB and Oreo have a frozen pond in their backyard that their owners clear for skating! Score for Dan and his skates and double-score for watching Annie biff it on the ice. She looks like Bambi out there.

Dan invented a fun game for Annie on the ice. He makes snowballs then throws them on the ice for her to run after, leap on, and generally attack until they no longer exist. He made a little YouTube video of Annie the Hockey Dog in action!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Annie's First night at home

As we drove off with Annie in my arms Dan and I realized we needed "stuff" for her . . .

We didn't have anything for her!

We stopped at the Petco in Canton and bought food, bully sticks, a leash, a collar, a toy and a kennel.

Our friends Erika, Tim and Gracie the pug gave us all sorts of cool doggie gifts that we didn't know we needed but now can't live without!

When we finally got her home we played and then Dan and Annie fell asleep in snuggle mode on the couch while I packed for our trip the next day to Colorado . . .

Annie and her Littermates

Annie was in a litter of three that was rescued from a puppy mill in Kentucky. She and the other pups were "accidents" their mother was a Miniature Schnauzer that got impregnated by a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel . . . oops!

Puppy mills usually like to only produce pure bred pups to sell in pet shops. So these mutts were of no use to them. That's where Homeward Bound Rescue in Canton, MI came in. Homeward Bound rescued the three puppies.

Our friend, Rebecca Carol, adopted "Louie" aka Iggy Pup and then told us about little "Jessy" aka Annie. Annie was being fostered in Canton with Anne and 3 other puppies! Wow-ee! There were a lot of cute pups running around that house when we first arrived.

Annie was the sweetest though and an amazing mix of my favorite (Cavalier) and Dan's favorite (Schnauzer) breeds - it was fate!

So we took Annie home on December 23rd.

About our dog

My husband and I adopted our puppy, Annie, on December 23rd, 2009. She's a mutt: part Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and part Miniature Schnauzer. She was born on October 14th, 2009. This blog is about raising a puppy in Ann Arbor, MI.