Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Just hanging out

As Mylie and Watson get older, they really are becoming best friends. When you find one, the other is usually only a few feet away.

The other day, I was curling my hair and I heard some rustling behind the shower curtain in the upstairs bathroom. I pulled it back and found this.

On Fridays, I work from home. Sometimes I take my laptop out in the living room for a change of scenery from the office, and last Friday both dogs joined me on the sofa the entire time I was working. I had to go back in the office after a short time though, because Mylie kept nudging my hand with her head to get me to pet her. It was getting so excessive she was making it tough to work! 

When Mylie and Watson are not relaxing, they are wrestling. Lately, they have been doing this thing where the both flip on their backs and they wiggle around next to each other. It's so strange and very funny. I tried to get a picture and this was the best I could do. I'll try again because they do it all the time!

Now the dogs are sitting on the floor in the living room next to me sharing a toy. Watson is chewing on the toy, and Mylie is crying because she wants it. Every now and then she comes over to me to pout and cry. Every time Watson is chewing on something, we have to go over and check to make sure it is a toy. We don't need any more electronics eaten or socks swallowed.

Tonight Michael finally bought an ipad. He's wanted one for months, but has been waiting for the ipad2 to come out. He has saved gift cards and been extremely patient. When we were checking out at Best Buy, they asked if we wanted the optional protection plan. At first we asked if it covered dogs chewing it up and they assured us that it did. After thinking seriously about it for a short time given our track record with these dogs, we decided to live life on the edge (again) and not buy it. I am hoping that wasn't a mistake!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

naughty at doggy day care

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 Mylie and Watson go to doggy day care every Wednesday. They LOVE it. It is at the Canine Club and Spa in Chanhassen, which is an adorable doggy day care facility where the dogs run and play all day.

They have two swimming pools, a big yard for the dogs to run, nap areas, and tons of toys. Mylie has been going for over a year, and Watson since he was about 12 weeks old. When they come home from doggy day care they are soooo tired. here is a picture of them cuddling last week after day care.

Yesterday when Michael picked up the dogs the lady at the counter told him "your dogs are crazy!" Michael asked her what she was talking about and she explained that Mylie and Watson are such puppies, and they like to gang up on other dogs and play with them a little too rough. Apparently yesterday they targeted another dog and ate the collar right off of him. YIKES! Mylie and Watson often go for eachothers collars when they play and tug, but I guess the two of them together play-attacking another dog can be quite uh... effective.

The other dog's "parents" didn't mind and were not mad at all, but we are appaled! Embarassed. My sweet dogs, doggy day care bullies?? We asked my co-worker, Barbara, who is an expert on everything dogs/animals (lives on a farm, runs a dog rescue, etc) She said that since Mylie and Watson are a pack, as soon as one starts causing trouble in a big group, the other will happily follow. Double trouble! They are not mean spirited, nor are they alpha dogs, they are just puppies, best buddies, and will do whatever the other wants.

The people at doggy day care were not upset, but we will definately have to work on this. Mylie and Watson are going to be enrolled in obedience school again at Dog Works soon, and we're going to give them more exercise at home. (that seems to be the cure for everything)

When Mylie and Watson are not bullying the other dogs at day care, here's a glimpse of the fun they have. I got this pic off the canine club and spa fb page and i'm pretty sure it is Mylie and Watson :-)

Here are some more pics of the fun at the canine club and spa. it's such a great place and the dogs all seem so happy. It makes us feel so much better about leaving the dogs at home all day (even though the neighbors do come and let them out every day) and it especially makes us feel better about the long days they spend at home when we have class after work.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Watson and the flower pot

My mom, Aunt, and I go to the Gerten's Garden Party every year in March. We plant hanging baskets and they keep them and grow them until May when we pick up these beautiful creations.

Yesterday was that garden party. After the party was over I purchased a little flowering plant to bring a little spring into our house and I set it on the counter and ran downstairs. By the time I came back upstairs this is what I found.

I wasn't sure which of the dogs created this mess, so I opened both of their mouths and found Watsons filled with dirt. It wouldn't have surprised me if Mylie had done this, because she has been known to chew up flower plants, but this was Watson's first offense. I sure hope this isn't going to become a habit for him. I am starting to build a nice garden.

Watson doesn't even seem to care. Here he is laying by his mess practically looking at me saying "Yeah, i did that- so what?"

Spring will come! And Watson better not be a flower eater. I guess we'll have to find out...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Time for bed

Michael and I have a giant bed. We've always wanted  a huge bed, so we got one that hardly fits in our room. It is a King with a full boxspring and pillow top raised even higher on a frame. It is huge and very tall. It actually looks silly in the room because there is hardly room for the rest of our bedroom furniture.

Part of the reason we have such a large bed is that we've always said we would let the dogs sleep in bed with us.  It's so fun to wake up and see that Watson has snuggled next to me or to see that Mylie is sharing my pillow.

However, the dogs can't get in the bed. In fact, I can't get in the bed without stepping on the bed rail either.

Every night, the puppies have a routine where they stand next to eachother and put their front paws up on the bed and look to Michael to give them a boost. He comes behind them and puts his hand by their back feet and says "foot!" and they put their little feet in his hands and he gives them a boost.
Mylie and Watson looking to Michael to help them in bed

You can see now that Watson is as tall as Mylie! The last time we weighed them (about 2 weeks ago) Mylie was 49 lbs, and Watson was 49.6lbs. Our little puppy has grown up so much. We are starting to think he's going to be huge. He's got giant paws and a lion head. We'll see!

Mylie can get in bed by herself, but Watson can't get in (or out) by himself yet. I'm sure he will figure it out soon. Even though Mylie can get up herself, she still likes to have Michael help her when she's tired or when Watson is with her.