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Stella’s Got a New “Do”!!!

First off….apologies for the lack of posts this past week….two words explain it….”Mafia Wars”.  Are you on Facebook?  Some one of your friends has to have sent you an invite to play.  DON’T DO IT!!!!!!  You start out thinking, “This is silly….”…..and two whole days later you realize you haven’t showeredin 48 hours…….have barely eaten….and count down the hours in the amount of time left til you can regain your energy to rob, pilage….Rob’s staging an intervention for me right now…..

Anywho………

STELLA GOT A NEW DO!!!!!!!!!  She was looking a little shaggy…..you could barely see her cute little eyes.  Her last cut was at the end of June.  Saturday we were braving a day of torrential rain….and I decided….”Stella…you’re going to have a spa day!!!”

Wait a minute....I remember this.....

Wait a minute....I remember this.....

I called Paws Applause….and wonderful folks that they are……they said, “Bring her on over!”   They’re a super busy place, but they managed to squeeze our girl in.   So into the car the Schnoodle went….and off to the groomer’s.

You totally tricked me again...You said we were going for a ride....I thought it was to the Dog Park Mama!

"You totally tricked me again...You said we were going for a ride....I thought it was to the Dog Park Mama!

It’s a dilemma what to do with a cut for her….being a Schnauzer/Poodle mix…we could go with a lot of different cuts.  I like her a little shaggy….I don’t want a formal “breed specific” cut and the folks at Paws Applause are great!   I explain what “Look” we’re going for…..and Wah Lah……..this is what we get back……

Um.  Mama....I feel silly.

Um. Mama....I feel silly.

No, they didn’t send her home with Pink hair……they’re professionals….and very nice people…….this is Mama’s idea of a fun afternoon.

Where is my Papa?

"Where is my Papa?"

Papa told you....you were NOT supposed to do this to me.

"Papa told you....you were NOT supposed to do this to me."

THIS is how she came home to us……clean and fresh…neatly trimmed………

So cute!!!!!!!

So cute!!!!!!!

Look…..you can see her beautiful little brown eyes again!!!

They are beautiful eyes arent they Mama?

They are beautiful eyes aren't they Mama?

It’s a very versatile cut….

She can wear her bangs down....very conservative....

She can wear her bangs down....very conservative....

Me....I like to Zoosh it up....make her all sassy and edgy.

Me....I like to Zoosh it up....make her all sassy and edgy.

Woman....I am TRYING to take a nap.....leave my room immediately!

"Woman....I am TRYING to take a nap.....leave my room immediately!"

AND….a very Happy, Happy Birthday to Susan Catherine today!!!!!!!

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She’s a hairy, four legged Ninja!

Oh, she’s sneaky alright.  She’s got a new favorite trick.    And it’s on that list of tricks that you want to “untrain” her to do…..like barking at the tv,  chewing on you, vaulting over the barricade on the stairs.   As you are sitting on the sofa, or in a chair relaxing…..you look down…and at your feet you see this cute, adorable, sweet faced little dog gazing up at you.

Your heart melts a little and you gaze back…..”Awwww….so cute…so…so cute…..” and the very moment you are hypnotized by her cuteness…..she LEAPS!  Leaps with the speed and stealth of a Ninja!  Where does she land?  Somewhere near your head.  Yeah, your head.  You don’t even see it coming….one minute she’s at your feet and the next she’s like a hairy growth on your face that you need to call your dermatologist about.

And then it begins….she’s like a tongue tornado….you can’t stop her….she’s climbing all over your head and shoulders and licking your face as fast as she can…..your ears, your eyeballs, nothing is off limits….laughing or shrieking only makes her more frenzied.  You just have to take a deep breath and pluck her off of you and get her back on the floor.  So there….you’ve been forewarned.  If you are at the house and really craving a hot cup of coffee….you may want to drink it down in the basement where Stella can’t pounce on your face.

She’s cute, but lethal.

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Stella’s First Week!

And what a week it has been!!!!  Stella had a long ride up from Louisiana, arrived in  Maine and got a  Sphincter Shave, a visit to the Vet, a few trips to PetCo., lots of rides in the car, a new home, a BUNCH of new toys, lots of new faces, walks around the hood and the Blvd, a play date with Cooper….and I would say she’s done remarkably well!

Her training is going really well!!  She can “sit”, “down”, “stay” and “come”.  We’re working on “off”, “on your bed” and “make Mama a Martini”.    She’s very good in her crate, and doing well with her potty training.  I’m sure the neighbors on the other side of the fence love hearing me say, “Yay Stella!  Good Poop!” a few times a day.  Who thought dog poo would be so exciting??  I think because it’s OUTSIDE and not in the middle of our kitchen floor.

Without a doubt…the biggest accomplishment of Stella’s first week was to wrap Rob around her little paw.  You know the one….the front right one…that looks like she dipped it in paint? 

She accomplished this feat in record time.

I think it started on the ride home last Saturday…..when she stretched as far as she could from the backseat to reach up and try to slobber Rob’s neck and ear with kisses.   Dogs dig him!  Pretty good for a guy who was allergic to dogs as a kid!

And then it’s the face…..the face.  You just really have a hard time saying no to her.  Look at her….

Let’s see….what have we set down as “rules” before we got her that we have stuck to…..or we have broken?

  • She is NOT allowed upstairs (mostly because she’s lightning fast and we can’t track her on two floors.)  This has stuck.  This has been hard considering that this is the face that is waiting for you on the other side of the barricade.

It is my love of my shoes, disdain for picking up shredded toilet paper, things from the bathroom trash…or as in with the case with a friend’s dog….having the crotches eaten out of our underwear in the laundry basket…..that has made THIS rule stick!

  • NO people food.  We have stuck amazingly well to this….and although she seems interested in what we are doing….she at this point is not begging.  Sadie never failed to let you know she was there at mealtime with a subtle stare down, nose boink in the crotch, or stream of drool directly onto your foot.  Stella at this point seem oblivious to the whole eating thing.
  • Not allowed on the furniture.  Out the window.  We couldn’t stick with it.  Rob started it….I would walk into the room and find her up on his lap, stretched out and getting a tummy rub.  I would give him the “stink eye” and he would say, “But she’s on my lap…she’s not really on the sofa.”   I think part of the snapping of this rule is that she is such a good snuggler!

 

She loves to lay on you…..on her back…and have her chest, tummy, chin and ears rubbed.  She also loves to have the pads of her feet rubbed.  She rewards you with 1,000 kisses to the face.  It’s not surprising at all that the man who said he did not want another dog yet, who said the evening of Day One, “You picked a really good dog.”  When I’m in the other room…..I can hear him trying to discipline her and say, “It’s lucky you’re so adorable…..”, and it doesn’t hurt that she follows him all over the house….and that she makes me so happy.

Stella…..I believe was meant to be with us.

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