Nala had her bath and nails done at the veterinarians this time around. Another good reason perhaps for her not to like going there! They did a good job and the cost is the same as the groomer we went to. Here she is with her pink bandanna! Tres chic Nala, tres chic!
I was lucky and delighted enough to be home on this Martin Luther King holiday. Nala was sure happy that I was home too, looking to me to play with her by the minute. We played fetch and then I gave her a bully stick to munch on. After the bully stick proved to be boring I decided to break out the Kong and place some au natural peanut butter in it. That did work for a good half hour or so, with her making loud sucking noises through the large end as she tried for the last bit of peanut butter clinging to the sides.
"I know you're in there peanut butter!"
I leave you with a quote from MLK, one that I think I will add to my daily list of mantras!
“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
Hubby has been sick with a very bad cold the last few days (perhaps the flu)! Bad enough to keep him up at night with a terrible relentless cough! He has to sleep semi upright on his recliner in order to get any rest at all! Nala has taken this opportunity to commandeer his side of the bed. For the last few nights she patiently waits for me to ascend the stairs to start my night time routine. Teeth brushed, lights out and there she is waiting for a boost up into the human bed. I can't resist to help her up. Unsuspecting Nala doesn't know that this human mattress time is limited. Once Pop is feeling better she will have to move over or go back to her canine crib!
Here we are on a rainy Saturday. Finally the Christmas tree is down, I was beginning to think how I could decorate it for Valentine's day! Nala has been acting strangely as of late. She now likes to spend time downstairs with Grandpaw, just simply hanging out with him. She would hardly ever go downstairs before this. I am not sure why the big change?! Perhaps its warmer down there or Grandpaw has some good doggie treats stashed away? Speaking of treats, I came upon an article in the Dogington Post about sugar being the main ingredient in many popular dog treats. Of course we all know that too much sugar in your diet can be disastrous for your health. Dogs are affected the same way people are by sugar, obesity, diabetes etc, and really aren't meant to have sugar in their food! But they are suckers just like us...we love the stuff and can't get enough of it at times! I try to read all of the ingredients on the packages of treats I buy. I am just checking a bag of Zuke's Li'l Links that I recently purchased and the first ingredient is pork followed by apples, carrots, potatoes and then maple syrup, which I assume is the sweet factor in this treat. Though I prefer the maple syrup to plain ole sugar, is this an acceptable ingredient? Check out the link to the story and be on the look out for sneaky sugar in your dog's food! http://dogingtonpost.com/the-dirty-dozen-12-pet-treats-to-avoid/#.UtGtL_RDs_p
Nala made a quick dash for the yard this morning and didn't take long to do her business! We received about 7 inches of wind blown snow overnight with temps hovering around 11 degrees Fahrenheit. Though she has gone out 6 times since then all for short sprints in the backyard tundra! I guess she really likes the snow but the bitter cold we could all do without! So how many days to spring is it anyway?!
We got through all the holiday hoopla and are ready for 2014. The usual resolutions were expressed such as losing weight, volunteer, recycle, get fit, save money blah blah! I know my personal goal this year is to be more organized. Though my home is not horribly messy it at times has items that occupy their wrong space. Such as my snow boots sitting by the front door for weeks instead of the closet upstairs or the pliers I used months ago laying on my desk that should go back to the tool bench in the garage. Lately I fell victim to one of these items that don't belong where they happen to be. I was playing with Nala on the floor when as I got up to walk away I had the misfortune to step on one of her nylabones in my stocking feet. My legs went out from under me like a race horse taking off at the gate and at one point I am sure I was horizontal and levitated at least 5 feet off the ground! I landed with a resounding thud onto the wood floor missing the forgiving softness of the carpet by inches! "Yowweee!" ..could be heard for miles, followed by an assortment of expletives! I screamed out for my husband thinking for sure that something was broken! As he rushed over I soon discovered that I luckily was still in one piece while he helped me to my feet. "Darn that nylabone what was it doing there!" "Either it's my terrible housekeeping or Nala forgot to put her toys away!" Well my aching back the next day is the painful reminder of the old adage, "a place for everything and everything in it's place." Going forward I will return all things to their proper spot for 2014 though I am not sure if I can so much for my aching back!