Archive for July, 2013

Home In Virginia
 

So I came down to Virginia for a quick visit as my Aunt and Uncle from Florida were up. My aunt has two Westies as well, Kira and Hammish. It was her and her Westies that got me interested in the breed actually. Her’s are a bit bigger than Princess though. Poor Nikko was the odd man out among all five. It was fun watching them all play with one another in my mom’s yard (video below, Aunt’s Westies have the blue and yellow scarves, Princess has her summer cut).



Poor Ebbie tries to keep up with the big kids, but can’t move as fast. Princess and Nikko have this game where they race out my mom’s back door, down the steps, take a flying leap off the porch and run to the back of the yard to find and chase squirrels up a tree. Ebbie can get up the back steps, but down is another thing. So we have to carry her down, and she gets so upset she’s not with the others that she starts squirming to jump down. I need to get a video of it because it’s so cute!

My Aunt and Uncle have left now, and I’m returning to Jersey soon. I was hoping to meet up with an old friend from High School I haven’t seen in twenty years. We reconnected on Facebook. However she has a sick dog of her own right now, so it’s hard for her to get out of the house. I’ll probably see her in September though at our 20th year reunion . . . I can’t believe it’s been 20 years! Ack! I have yet to officially pay to attend though. I’m waiting to see if a few other friends from that aren’t local to the area decide to go. If they do, I’ll go. If they don’t, well I can meet up with the few who remained in the area another time now that we all reconnected on Facebook. My high school didn’t get it’s act together quick enough, so our reunion is a family friendly day at a local park in Manasssas. Yeah, sounds thrilling!

Ebbie It Is!
 

I finally named the pup, and Ebbie won out in the end. She and Princess are getting a long great, as long as she doesn’t get too close when Princess is eating something. However they play with one another a lot. Even the cats don’t seem to have a problem with her. Nikko however, is slow to warm up to her. She tries to play with him, but he growls at her. This morning he snapped at her and Princess charged Nikko and they started fighting! I had to yell and pull Princess off him. I’ve never seen them fight like that! She seems very protective of the pup, and she keeps Nikko in his place.

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The bunny meanwhile finally seems to be on the mend. No more nasty force feedings every few hours. He still needs to lose weight, but that will be a process over time.

I’m heading to Virginia for about a week to see family. I’m hoping Nikko will learn to play with Ebbie when they are all racing around in my mom’s backyard. I’ll be sure to take lots of photos of them all.

Puppy Love!
 

So the new puppy is finally here! I picked her up last night, and she slept through the night in her crate without a peep or an accident. I’m sure as she grows that will change.

Today she’s been very rambunctious around the house. Princess was initially annoyed by her, but is now used to her. Nikko just seems to avoid her, so she has mainly been entertaining herself or playing with Princess. The cats have hissed at her, but nothing major. So far everyone is adjusting.

As for a name . . . . well I was settled on Luna, but today I was struck by the name Ebbie, because Christmas was on my brain as it was the premier of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments today. Ebbie is short for Ebenezer Scrooge, which is my all time favorite Christmas Movie. Yeah I know, it’s also the name of the Susan Lucci version, but fortunately Ebenezer’s little sister calls him Ebbie in several versions of the film 🙂

Below are some photos! At some point I’ll need to change the header of my page to “three” little dogs. I’ll get to that at some point. I need to do it in Photoshop though, so I’m not exactly in a rush there.

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Happy Birthday To Princess!
 

Today is a two in one day event. First up, Princess is 9 years old today. Happy Birthday to my little Princess Bumbles (pictured below when she first came home)!


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Finally the new pup comes home, and she still doesn’t have a name. In addition to the others, I’ve added Lilly, Belle, Tanta, Coral and Misty to the list.

Almost Here!
 

IMG_3141[1] So only a week left till the new baby comes home! We are so excited, but a name still hasn’t been decided on. I’m hoping when we get her home something will just feel right.

The bunny finally seems to be on the mend. I spent the last two weeks taking him into the vet every other day for fluids via an IV and then pumping him full of green goop. I finally had to get him a new cage cause the old one was toast. I am hoping he will be back to normal by time the new pup gets here this Friday. Otherwise I’ll just be running around ragged dealing with them both.

My garden is doing well. Lots of big bushes with green peppers and tomatoes, now if they’d just turn red. My flower beds have also managed to stay, for the most part, rodent free. One of the chipmunks is digging there, but hasn’t munched on the plants. I may have finally chased off groundhog, as I haven’t seen him in ages. I kept dumping my old coals from my grill down his hole. However we do have a rabbit and what may be a big ole rat that have moved into his hole. I saw something grey with a long tail rush down it today. It could be a small opossum too. Ick! They all need to go.

Finally we have since the 4th finally had 3 nice days of sun and heat. The heat kinda sucks, but so far we have not had any rain. We had almost two weeks of just rain rain and more rain. The ground is so wet that it can’t take anymore water at this point. Our entire driveway is invested with weeds because of it, and I gave up trying to spray them to kill them until the rain stopped. I think our nice weather streak may be ending this week with, you guessed it, more rain!