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Seriously | GBGV | Wordless Wednesday

May 15, 2013

Seriously? I’m all wet and you want a photo?

begging wet dog

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Hanging Out In Uptown | GBGV | Mischief Monday

May 13, 2013

Katie, mom and I were hanging out in Uptown the other day. When we first moved to Minnesota, the first lake mom took us to was Lake Calhoun. We drove there to walk once a week for several months and we really liked it.  We haven’t been back in like 4 years because the lake is in Uptown which means we have to drive through lots of city to get there and it is usually super crowded. Uptown is the “in” area, so I think I should be here all the time but mom is not big on being in the city, so we rarely go there.  Mom had a showing just a few blocks from the lake, the weather was perfect, so she took us along.

Mpls background

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and there are actually more than that. We have water all over the place plus puddles to get all messy in! Lake Calhoun is one of three good sized lakes pretty much right in the city. On one side of Lake Calhoun is Lake Harriet and on the other side is Lake of the Isles, the three lakes are in a row so you can just cross a street and be at the next lake. We like lake Calhoun the best so we walked around that one. Some of you may know the Mary Tyler Moore show from waayyyy back in time, mom knows it, but she is super old. On the show Mary lived in a house about a block off of Lake of the Isles and there are often scenes of that lake in the show but of the three, that is our least favorite.  It is neat to be on the water with parks all over the place and you can see the Minneapolis skyline.

Emma the GBGV Water Rescue Hound

Emma the GBGV Water Rescue Hound

Some of you may be shocked to see me as a GBGV water rescue dog! I bet you figured you would find a Newfoundland in a lifeguard boat and not me?  Well, I figure if the boat fits, ride in it. I can swim with the best of them, I love water, so why not try to be a water rescue hound…think outside of the rescue boat…that is the trendy way to be.

The Calhoun Beach Club is behind me in the distance.

The Calhoun Beach Club is behind me in the distance.

Lake Calhoun is 3.1 miles around on the walking path. It was a super sunny day but it was only around 60 degrees, nevertheless, with a fur coat it was a bit warm.  Mom took us out on one of the fishing piers for a short break.  I was posing next to Katie and then I could smell something as she was panting…I wanted to get a better sniff…did she eat something nasty or did she forget to brush her teeth…geez, that is some smelly dog breath there, Katie! Yes, I admit it, I am the rotten little sister sometimes but Katie loves me! She was totally enjoying the walk, though…look at her photo, she looks like a 2 year old, not a girl that is almost 11!

Man Katie! You have some Bad Dog Breath!

Man Katie! You have some Bad Dog Breath!

Katie is one happy Kuvasz!

Katie is one happy Kuvasz!

There are several beaches around the lake.  As we were about 2/3 of the way around and were getting really warm, mom finally caved in to our cute little faces and let us take the first swim of the year. Remember, we just had ice out a week ago, so it was icy cold water, but boy did it feel good. Even Katie waded in up to her tummy. She never goes farther than that but she was really enjoying the water.  I was also swimming but I got in all the way up to me neck and then I climbed into another lifeguard boat. If you look closely you can see my wet fur.

My sister's idea of swimming, I call it wading!

My sister’s idea of swimming, I call it wading!

Come on, get this GBGV Water Rescue Boat moving!

Come on, get this GBGV Water Rescue Boat moving!

It was a lot of fun! We had a good hour walk before breakfast and then this walk was about 1:15, so when we got home, Katie and I crashed. No worries, mom has 2 of all our beds but Katie often prefers to sleep on the floor, don’t think I am being a bed hog, she has one too but chose the floor!

Tired dogs are good dogs! zzzzzzzzzz

Tired dogs are good dogs! zzzzzzzzzz

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Mom and the Girls | GBGV | Black and White Sunday

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day to all pet moms and especially my mom!

Rule number one – no photos of humans on my blog or social media stuff, just me and animals because I like it that way. Wait, rules were meant to be broken and today is MOTHER’S DAY!  I am going to break my rule this one time to show you Katie and I with most of our mom taken by Karin Newstrom Photography  We love mom so much, she gives us everything we need and spoils us rotten! Lots of extra wet beard kisses and hugs for my mom today and Happy Mother’s Day to all pet moms!

moms day bw

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What’s Up At My House | GBGV

May 10, 2013

On the weekend I got mail, yay! I won some bookmarks over at Peggy’s Pet Place and they arrived.  Now this is really great because I don’t have to read my books all in one sitting anymore!  Thank you, Peggy! Stop by and take a sniff around her site when you have a chance, she is very into pet health and fitness which we feel is so very important!

bookmarks

Spring has finally arrived here in Minnesota…we are celebrating a week with no snow today! I spent the first couple days of the week just hanging out in the yard, sniffing the grass, enjoying the warm sunshine on my fur and relaxing on my dog cot on the deck. Rain moved in late Wednesday, but we needed some of that so we don’t mind. The grass, plants and trees are starting to turn green as well.

nice weather

My sister Katie has had an issue with dragging her back left foot for some time now but it has gotten worse and she actually wore the claws on the two middle toes down to the quick.  We feared it was a neurological disorder but mom had Katie to the vet where they took x-rays and did lots of tests and determined it is just arthritis. They say she has the hips of a young dog which is wonderful but she has arthritis in her paws and some of her back leg joints, so she is trying some new pills to see if it improves and she may go to physical therapy if it does not get better. In the meantime, she is wearing a shoe on the paw that drags to hopefully help the claws grow back. She has one heavy duty shoe for longer walks and a Pawz shoe for shorter walks.  She is totally embarrassed when people notice her shoe but mom can’t find any white dog shoes…I wonder why that is???  My friend Sugar gave us the tip to put some baby powder in the Pawz shoe and that has sure been great advice! Thanks Sugar! Sugar wears Pawz a lot and on all paws. Katie is turning 11 next month but she still loves walking and playing so mom does not want to leave her behind. She walks fine with a shoe on even on our 2 hour walks, so we will just keep walking.

Katie was embarrassed so she did not want her face in the photo.

Katie was embarrassed so she did not want her face in the photo.

Wednesday was my spa day…ugh…I so prefer being shaggy and smelly but mom likes me all fancied up. Since I am a new driver I am not allowed to have the radio on when I drive…upps…mom busted me with the tunes cranked, howling along to the music as I was leaving for my spa appointment!  My friend Miss Harper Lee asked if I had a license…of course I do! I got it back in February!

singing in the car

Emily at the spa was so nice as always but it is still a stressful few hours for this pup. When I got home mom had to take an after pic and then I went in the house and just crashed! It does feel good to have lots of my coat stripped off but I could really do without that awful clean dog smell. Mom says I am so nice and soft so she snuggles even more than usual with me. I guess it is worth it going to the spa!

My after the spa photo - looking good I think!

My after the spa photo – looking good I think!

My after the spa, afternoon nap zzzzz...

My after the spa, afternoon nap zzzzz…

The last piece of news that I have is that the wabbits are out! I think they sensed spring too and they are hopping all over the place.  I have been shagging them out from under the Pine Tree across the street every 2 days or so, that is so exciting! I just love wabbits. Squirrels are pawsome too but I can’t seem to catch them.

The best spot to find wabbits on my street!

The best spot to find wabbits on my street!

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fitDogFridayI am also joining in the FitDog Friday blog hop sponsored by SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love as staying fit and healthy is a priority at my house.

Off To The Spa | GBGV | Wordless Wednesday

May 8, 2013
Hurry with the photo, mom, I'm late for my spa appointment!

Hurry with the photo, mom, I’m late for my spa appointment!

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Party Pets | GBGV | Mischief Monday

May 6, 2013
Cat Bro Bert and I bellied up to the kitchen bar!

Cat Bro Bert and I bellied up to the kitchen bar!

Holy Milkbones, what a howlin’ fun, pawsome weekend it was but today, some of us party pets are toast!  I think we may have over done it a bit on the Barkaritas and Bert on his catnippin’ trippin’!  Bert only weighs about a third of what I do but he insisted on keeping up with me on the barkaritas…and then he mixed in the “nip”…he was feeling no pain…meeeoooowww!

Bert, I think getting a bit tipsy from the barkaritas and catnip!

Bert, I think getting a bit tipsy from the barkaritas and catnip!

Sunday was Cinco de Mayo which Americans love to celebrate and naturally I could not pass up a party opportunity!  From what I hear, in Mexico it is not a big party day, they just think back on what the day means in history…hmmm…scratching head with back paw…I guess I never thought about what happened on this day, too busy worrying about a barkarita recipe.  Well, no matter, I will just google that question later when I finish posting my blog.

Whispering...come on Katie can't you just try to look like you're having fun?

Whispering…come on Katie can’t you just try to look like you’re having fun?

Bert and I really had some howling fun! We love a good party and overdoing things. Katie is the mellower one that is always so afraid of getting in trouble…a bit on the boring side, little miss goody four paws… yaaawwnnnnn. Bert and I like to live on the edge, most of our crimes are well worth the time!  Bert and I bellied up to the kitchen bar for drinks and chips. I have seen on tv that this is what humans do in Mexican restaurants so we decided to give it a go. Of course, we both were wearing our Sombreros to help with the fiesta mood!  We really needed a bartender but Katie and Sophie refused to help us out so we had to blend our own drinks and find the chips in the cupboard all on our own.

Bert was a bit "under the Sombrero" in the morning!

Bert was a bit “under the Sombrero” in the morning!

A bit later I tried to hang out with Katie, I gave her my Sombrero, and I wore Bert’s, but she wanted nothing to do with a party. I fixed her a barkarita and she would not even try it…said mom wouldn’t want us drinking those…oh man, can you say party pooper! I whispered into her ear that she could at least look at the camera for a nice photo, but she flat out refused.

Even Katie is worn out from too much worrying about getting in trouble!

Even Katie is worn out from too much worrying about getting in trouble!

It sure was a lot of fun and we did learn some Spanish from the Spanish dictionary…just the important stuff like El Perro, El Gato and comida y bebida – that means, dog, cat, food and drink. What more could we need anyway.

This is going to be one rough Monday for this GBGV!

This is going to be one rough Monday for this GBGV!

The only bad thing was that mom got home early from showing houses and we had started our party early, so we were not is very good shape when she got home. We were all a bit “under the Sombrero” from the fun. Happy Mischief Monday!

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A Mexican Cat | GBGV | Black and White Sunday

May 5, 2013

Happy Cince de Mayo!

My cat bro Bert wanted to be on my blog today…I like the way his photo looks in black and white, so I let him have my blog for a day but I did tell him not to make a habit out of it!

Mexican Bert

b w sundayToday is the first time I am joining in the Black and White Sunday blog hop sponsored by YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner, My Life in Blog Years, and Dachshund Nola

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