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Tie Me Kangaroo Down…..

Today is our third week with Stella!  Have I mentioned before how much boundless, wild puppy energy she has?  No?  Well…..one of her former favorite things to do was to run around in her backyard in crazy circles.    Without warning….she would stop her circles and just take off!  Wheee!!!!  The first time or two she only ran over to the neighbor’s yard and was easily caught when she stopped to sniff around on the porch.  THEN….the next time….she took off across the street.

How fun was that?  I’m not sure what was more fun for her…the actually crazy running or hearing me running behind her…lungs on the verge of collapsing….saying words that I hoped the neighbors couldn’t hear me saying.

Although the backyard is mostly fenced in…we weren’t sure we wanted to completely fence it.  So we bought a dog trolley for our little runaway.  Papa installed it for her in a couple of minutes!  Yay Papa!!!!

Try and run away now Stella...just try it...
Try and run away now Stella…just try it…

It goes to from the edge of the deck to the back of the yard and she seems to like it.  She can run back and forth and can still do her circles.  She just can’t scare the bejeezus out of us by running out onto our busy street.

How cute is she???
How cute is she???

Do you notice what is on the post to the right?  Have I told you how my Rob has a “touch” of OCD?  He’s not a compulsive handwasher, or an eyebrow hair puller.   He’s just very particular and detailed about his projects.   He installed a little safety measure to make sure that her leash was always handy when out in the yard.   Like the most dangerous of criminals….we walk her on her leash from the house….to the run, hook her to the run while she’s still on her leash….and then…when she is securely fastened to the dog trolley….you take off the leash…..

You put the leash on the HOOK!!!
You put the leash on the HOOK!!!

That way the leash is always nearby.  If done properly….there will be no way for her to escape from the backyard again.  Unless of course she slides past you on her lightening fast ninja paws as you open the door to go turn the food on the grill…..and she zips by you and you’re left standing in the yard with the bbq tongs in your hand wondering if it is too late to send her back to Louisiana and again quietly saying bad, bad words.   Anyway….off on a tangent….back to the trolley.  I  liked the trolley better than the tie outs that you stake into the ground.  Less chance of her getting tangled up.  And when we  hook her to it while wearing her harness instead of her collar there is no way for her to choke herself.

If  Stella were human…..this is who she would be:



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Less than 24 Hours til Stella!!!!!

Stella!At this time tomorrow….we’ll have Stella!  Late yesterday they loaded her and a bunch of other dogs into a van for the long drive North.  We meet the rescue people at 9am tomorrow!!!  I have no idea what to expect.

Last weekend I cleaned and bleached out the kennel for her.  Last night I went shopping and got her a little chew toy that you put treats into to entertain her, a waterdish that hooks onto the door of her kennel, a new pretty collar, a little pack of liver treats…yum…liver treats!!!

During the day I got to worrying about what her first weekend would be like.   It’s going to be a busy one.  We have friends in town….people coming over for RibFest Part II Saturday night….not the most mellow of weekends for a little dog who’s been in a van for two days.

In a google search for calming a dog I found this….Doggie Downers:

Comfort Calm

Remember that old skit from the days when Saturday Night Live used to be funny?  Puppy Uppers and Doggie Downers?

Puppy Uppers/Doggie Downers

I’m going to drug her.  Not really drug her….it’s like giving her a cup of SleepyTime tea, but not quite like giving her a capful of Nyquil.  Maybe we won’t need it at all.  Maybe she’ll be tired, but calm and happy.  Happy to be in Maine!  I’m going to bring them with us just in case.

I told Rob my plan when I got home and immediately he snorted, “Uh, do you think Caesar would DRUG a dog?”  Why as a matter of fact ROBERT:


Your “Hero” DOES drug dogs….he also if you have not been in a PetCo or Pet Quarters lately, sells dog food, beds, leashes, shampoos, enough already Caesar…Relax!!!!!

So anywho…that’s my plan…to have the Doggie Downers on hand just in case for her first busy weekend at home and from there go back to good old exhausting her with exercise to get rid of the puppy energy.

I’m super excited!  It’s going to be a great weekend!!!!

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