Sunday, December 27, 2009

Abraham S. Hewitt State Forest - Bearfort Ridge and Surprise Lake (West Milford, NJ)

Well, you knows that last weekend we had a snow blizzard. Yesterday it rained all day. Guess wot? It melted all of our snows! And today it was in the 40 degreeses. So mom scrapped our original hiking plans and taked me to the mountains instead thinking the snow must has melted up north in the mountains too! I did not think I woz going to see the mountains again until springtime. Shore enuff, we gotted there and the snows woz almost gone. But the pwoblem woz that all of the melted snows and rains from yesterday was coming down the mountain! There woz a gabillion waterfalls and rite off the bat we had to cross a slickery bridge over this one:

Those steps woz steep and they skeered me but mom put my leash on and maded me go up. It woz only 3 steps so once I gotted up those, I GI Joe crawled across the bridge and then we was off with our hikings.




We climbed up the mountain and there woz some nice seenik overlooks:




At one point mom went down this big rawk wall and it was way too steep and skeery for me. I could see that mom was hasing a hard time with it. She gotted to the bottom and looked up and this is wot she sawed:

I woz saying "No way is I climbing down that rawk. It is way too steep and skeery. You has to come back up." Mom woz telling me she could halp me if'n I would come closer and I would be safe but I woz not believing it at all! So mom climbed back up. She woz not happy with me. We had to go a diffrent way coz mom sayed she could not climb back down while holding me, it woz too dangrus. But the udder way we wented woz very nice. There was a moss path wot woz like soft carpet unner my paws:


And then we wented thru a rhododendron tunnel:


Even tho we wented a diffrent way, we still camed out at Surprise Lake. Surprise!!!!! Had I not weirded out on mom, we would has come around the lake from over there on the udder side.

Surprise Lake woz pretty frozened still so no swimming there today. But there was no shortage of waters. The way back to the car woz through downhill instead of uphill so the trail woz flooded out in lots of places. It woz not a pwoblem for me but mom was hasing some difficulties and one time she slided in the water and her waterproof shoos went under and her feets gotted all wet BOL!




Then we gotted back and had to cross that bridge to get back to our car wot is way up the hill there to the left. But it woz not so skeery this time. And sides, I was tired and wanted to get to my car. We only hiked 6 miles today since we had to cut 2 miles off coz of me (see above). But they was rilly, rilly hard miles and it taked us over 6 hours to hike them coz of all the floodings and sometimes slickery ice spots in the shades. We had to be rilly careful.

But we still had funs and it mite be the last time we can hike in the mountains until springtime coz winter is coming back tonite and it is getting rilly cold with more snows. Bye mountains! Mebbe I see you again soon, mebbe not till springtime.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Chrissmuss Day 2009

So here is wot we did today on Chrissmuss.

I gotted a skwerrel from Santa Paws. It woz not a real live skwerrel like I asked for but then I suppose mom putted the kabash on that. Iz OK, I can nap with this one coz he is floofy.


Sydney gotted a pink octopusseh from Santa Paws:


Dixie gotted a moose from Santa Paws:


Sydney swiped my skwerrel:


Sydney swiped Dixie's moose:


Mom taked me back to that Cheesequake Park wot has no cheese to hike about 5 miles in the snows! It woz lots of funs and like being in a whole new park coz it looks diffrent with snows. Mom had gotted some speshul things called gaiters to keep her feets dry in the deep snows. They is not like alligaiters, but diffrent. I think. I is lucky that I doesn't need gaiters with my furs. If'n mom did not shaves hers legs, she would not need gaiters either.




Then for the bestest part of the day, we had Chrissmuss dinner. We eat Wellness kibble and we rilly like it. But today we also gotted Merrick's Turducken! NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM...


The kittehs gotted Fancy Feast NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM...


And foster bunny Penelope gotted her fave, organic Honeycrips apple NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM...


I hope you all had a grate Chrissmuss Day!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sharing My Howliday Joys With You


I has been getting some joys for the howlidays and I thought it would be nice to spread the joys around and give you some of them coz there is plenty to go around. These is joys from pals wot we has fostered in the past. Sometimes we don't hear from them for a long time and then surpwize - we get a howliday greeting! It makes us so full of joys to see how grate our pals is doing in their new lives, speshully when we knows how horribul their lives was afore they was adopted. So go ahead, read these stories of joys and take all joys you want!

Joys From Higgins!

Higgins woz a puppeh wot was runned over by a car almost a year ago! He had operashuns to put screws and pins in his leg to fix it. Well, you cans read his story here. We get lots of joys seeing Higgins all growned up in his raindeer antlerz!

Joys from Portia!


Portia (on the rite) is a little bishon frizzy wot peeples dumped in the shelter coz they woz hasing a baby. I dinnot knows you could not has a baby and dog at the same time. But she did not has a good home with them anyways. She has a MUCH better home now. Read her story here. It gives me joys to see Portia looking so pritty when her old peeples maded her look ugly all the times.

Joys from Anita!

Anita woz adopted in 2002 and something happened to our 2002 adopshun website and it gotted erased so we does not has her page any more. But I remember she woz a stray little baby kitteh when she woz here and we get a card from her every year. This year her fambly writed:
We're so luck to have Anita. She is our princess. We love her a lot. She is very cute and smart.
Is you feeling the joys?

Joys from Molly!

Molly woz in a shelter in Furginia where they woz going to put her to sleep for furever coz they runned out of space in the shelter. Mom just happened to be in Furginia then, stopped by the shelter and saved Molly (her name woz Holly then) just in time. She woz in the shelter coz her peeples moved and lefted her in the apawtment with her babies all alone with no foods or nothing! See Molly's story here. Molly's furever fambly writed:
Molly is great!! She still has as much energy as ever. She keeps us young!! I do have to admit, though, she would prefer to do without the snow. She is still the social butterfly with all her little doggie friends. She truly enjoys her walks so she gets to see her friends along the way. We took Molly to PetSmart the other day to pick out some of her Christmas gifts...she was a very good girl this year. Some of her favorite things to do is to go for a bank bye-bye....the tellers absolutely love her and she gets so excited waiting for her treat to come and then we usually head to the gas station, her other favorite place to go. The gas attendants also just think she is so adorable and can't resist spoiling her!! We feel the same way...she is so adorable and we absolutely love spoiling her!
So much joy! See, go ahead and take lots of joys, more joys is coming...

Joys from Parker!

Parker was going to come here to stay with us but mom founded him a home afore she had a chance to get him out of the shelter so he has no page with a linkie. But his story is that a man kept him tied on his back porch outside all the times. All day long and all nite long just sitting there tied on the porch. The animal control officer maded the man sign Parker over to him so he could has a better home where he could be fambly and live in the house like a dog is sposed to. Parker woz adopted a year ago. This is wot his new mom writed:
Parker is really such a wonderful dog. He has brought so much joy and love to our life. He is definitley a mommy's boy and follows me everywhere I go in the house! He loves to snuggle with me on the couch and go for walks. He had a ball in the snow this past weekend. He loves to dress up as you will be able to tell from the pictures.
Oh, lot of joys! Parker is sleeping on the couch now, not on the porch any mores.

Joys from Buttons!

And last but not least, joys from our last foster pal, Buttons! If'n you does not knows hers story, you can finds it here. And the story of hers adopshun here. Buttons is getting spoiled rotten, has more toys than ever even tho she thinks it is still not enuff, and most impawtantly, Buttons finally has a furever-and-ever home! And Buttons has a bloggie so we can check in with her any time!

OH WAIT - MORE JOYS COMING IN AT THE LAST MINIT....

Joys from Jack!

If'n you read my bloggie over the summer, then you knows all bout Bad, Bad Jack (BOL!) He woz in the shelter coz he had itchy mange wot made him rip his furs out and his peeples did not want to spend more monies at the V-E-T to fix him. Then once we fixed him, his peeples wanted him back. NO WAY! Jack gotted a much better home and his noo peeples writed in their Chrissmuss card:
Wishing you a very happy holiday season. We're so excited, Jack's first Christmas with us, and he just loved getting his photos a couple weeks ago. He played to the camera like only a poodle could. Thank you for recognizing what a great dog Jack could be and getting him to the right home. Your love for animals has brought so much joy to our lives.
Well, I think Jack's noo peeples has brought so much joys to HIS life! Click here for Jack's story.

Joys from Opie!

That is Opie (on the rite) on Chrissmuss Eve 2009. You has to see wot he looked like when mom broughted him home from the shelter almost a year ago - HIDEOUS!!! Click here. But now he gets groomed all the times and lives happily with his doggie sisfur Schatzie and his kitteh brofur Rusty. (They all luv each udder lots if'n you can't tell.) His furever mom is a fwend of my mom's so we know Opie has a rilly good home :)

Joys from Sammie!

Sammie (on the rite) lived with us for 3 months in a crate, He had a brokened wrist and with the surgery he could not move for 3 whole months so that is why he woz in the crate all the time. He woz adopted then returned 2 years later coz the chilluns lost interest. WOT?!?! So then he woz adopted again 3 years ago and this fambly is not returning him ever, no way no how!
So Sammie has had a very happy month. He absolutely loves the snow - they all do. I am still amazed that with his legs being the way they are, how fast he can run. He outruns both the other dogs in the yard. It's pretty funny. As you scroll down, you will see that he's very happy with the new bed that Santa bought for him too. All the boys got new fancy Christmas collars, nylabones, some squeaky toys, and of course lots of treats. Smiley faces all around!
You can read Sammie's story here.

Joys from Willie!

Willie (left) was on somebody's front porch when he woz a baby puppeh saying "Please let me in!!!!!!" He did not has enuff noms and you could see his little bones. But the peeples in that house woz hasing a fambly medical emergency and could not halp Willie so we taked him to find him a home. Check out his adorabul baby pikshurs here! There is even some pikshurs of me with Willie and my sis Sydney teaching him how to rassle. Now four years later Willie's fambly writes:
Willie is doing great! He has brought so much joy into our lives. We are devoted to each other! What a cool dog - everyone who meets him loves him. Thanks for saving him!
So see, even if'n you take all of these joys, there will be more for the next one who reads this.

Fur all my furends and their famblies I wish all the bestest for the howlidays and for forever!

Howliday Hugs,
Shawnee

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Great Blizzard of 2009

Big, big snow blizzard woz heading our way. It started snowing rilly fast last nite:


The wevver peeples sayed we would has paralyzing snows, atween 9 and 14 inches!


Sydney woz coming inside wif snows on her nose:


But then we woked up this morning and did not even has seben inches.


But still enuff to lay in...


And for nomming...


And for snow rassling...


Sydney woz hasing none of that rassling so she stayed on the deck wot mom had just cleaned off. Can you see her all teeny tiny up there?


So that woz it. No big deal, just plain old regular snows for us.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cheesequake State Park Day Two

I putted on my most saddest face and mom fell for it. I got to go back to Cheesequake State Park with my sisfurs for a little hike afore the big snow storm gets here! I can be rilly bad when I is wif my sisfurs and I woz, I admit it. I cried and woofed and would not settle down. Hiking by myself wif mom I is always a little angel but wif my sisfurs, I is a devil BOL! I donnot knows wot comes over me. But mom gotted rilly mad wif me and gibbed me a stern talking to so I had to get back on best behavior or she said she would take me back and leave me all alone in the car. I does not doubt she would do it so I behaved after that.


Like the boy says, Sydney gets in "the zone" on walkies and it is strate forward, stop for nuttin, keep it moving. And we all follow along.


There was snow flurries wot woz makin Dixie look full of dandruffs. The lake was looking more frozened than yesterday:


And when we was done and gotted back to the parking lot, the snows was starting to stick:


We had a grate time togedder and all gotted back in the car to goes home and has breakfast.


This is the second time now that in her whole life wif us Sydney has not barfed in the car on a trip longer than 1 mile. Yay Sydney.

On the way home we seened cars coming from the south wif snows on them:


The big storm's a comin' our way and this is wot the wevver peeples is saying about it