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Wannagoforaride?!

Sitting in Grandpaw’s truck (getting hair everywhere).

Since moving back to the Evergreen State, we have made many trips back home to see my parents and now that my mom’s back is healing from her surgery, they have made a few trips to our new house.  Of course Dayzee (black lab) gets to make the trip too!  Gwen loves playing with her Auntie Dayzee and when those two play you might want to step back and plug your ears…the growling and Gwen’s yipping and the bodies being flung around, knocking into things (i.e. people knees and furniture) really starts to wear on you after awhile.  Thankfully they get tired and have a break or Dayzee will snarl at Gwen saying that she has had enough for now.

Both dogs absolutely love car rides!  Often times Dayzee will just sit in the backseat of my dad’s truck in the afternoon when he is working in the garage or even on their remodeling project inside.  He leaves the door open so she can go in and out but she’ll just sit on the seat and keep an eye on things that happen around her.  (She’s a lazy bum.)

Dayzee sticking her head out the window before I opened the door for her.

Lately, I have been taking Gwen with me in the car when we go to the barn or go run errands and of course when we make the trip home for a couple days.  Gwen is a very good little traveler!  She will curl up on the seat or the floor so she can stretch out.  She even puts her head up on the center hump thing in the floor of my truck.  When she does this she stares at me with her beady little (big) eyes and it gets a little creepy until she finally falls asleep.  But recently she has taken to trying to climb over the floor hump to crawl under my feet which is a big, big no-no!  So far she has tried about 5 times.  One day she tried 3 times before I got to the barn!  Guess who has lost front seat riding privileges and now has to ride in the backseat again.

When Andrew was at sea and a little before he left last time, we let some of Gwen’s “rules” slide a little.  She got to sleep on the bed, stay out of her crate during the day when I’d leave the house for a little while, and got to sleep in the bedroom (on her own purple bed).  We have since seen the error in our ways and have gone back to enforcing our Corgi’s house rules…she may not appreciate it but the structure is doing her well, I think.  We’ve also gone back to bribery reenforcing commands with treats.  She is getting back to where we were before the move and everything.

The next time Andrew goes to sea Gwen will probably end up sleeping in the bedroom again with me, though this time I will probably put her crate in there instead of the kitchen…we shall see I guess.  I just don’t like being woken up at 4:30 in the morning by little claws going click click click click click click as she paces back and forth by the door until I get up to let her outside.  I know she can hold it for another couple hours until I wake up…

Dog Vocab:

Does your dog have a “vocabulary?”  Gwen does.  Last night, we just realized that she understands the word “bully” and what it means…  We were watching cartoons and I laughed at something they had on there (running with the bulls and then right after it was running with the bullies) so I repeated it to Andrew and Gwen, who had been laying down ignoring everything, perked her giant ears up and had the look on her face of ohpleasepleaseplease!!  So I said bully again and she jumped up!  I added her favorite phrase “doyouwanna” and that got her going!  Not to worry, she got to pick a bully out of the treat box for all of our teasing.

If you say “Doyouwanna” you will get her attention and if you use any of her key words then she will let you know what she wants.  Different words invoke different responses too.  For example, doyouwannagoforRIDE or just goforaRIDE she will run and hop around between the front door and the garage door until you pick up a leash and head for the door.  Say wannagoOUTSIDE and she will go to the door and ring the potty bell and let out one or two barks if she really wants to go outside.

Of course Gwen knows her commands and some other words like cookie, treat, dinner, and bed.  All the important ones of course! 😉  On the other hand, she is missing a few important words which we hope she will one day figure out, like “ball.”  Dayzee knows what you want when you tell her to getcherball!  She is supposed to go get one of her toys to be thrown.  She also knows “cookie ball” which is a Kong stuffed with cookies and PB.  How does my food-loving Corgi not know these words?!?!

 

Today’s cute Corgi video:

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Q is for Quest

In the crate in the back seat.

Gwennie would like to tell you her story today:

We are going on a QUEST! The hoomans loaded up the big orange pumpkin chariot and said “comeon Gwen! Lets go for a ride!” And then we drove and drove and drove for like 8 hours!  It felt like FOREVER!

We had a bunch of evil rains today.  It was really, really loud and hurt my poor corgi ears. 😦

We stopped at a Chik fil a for lunch (they didn’t give me any but let me go for a potty break, thank goodness!) and at a gas station. We are in Nashville, TN for tonight.  It’s my first time staying in a hotel.  The momma isn’t so sure about me being a good dog…her thinks that I bark too much.  People keep walking by outside!  I MUST BARK!

I gots to ride in an L-E-vader [elevator] to get to our room!  Lots of peoples got in with funny suitcases and some stranger petted my head then everybody left!  There are lots of funny smells here and I keep getting into trouble for chewing on this funny carpet.  Now the humans think it’s a good idea to put me on a leash indoors.  What’s up with that?!

Now I am sitting on the bed with my hoomans.  At home I’m very, very rarely allowed on the big human bed — they think I’m going to jump off it and hurt myself.  I figured out how to get on this bed all by myself.  They were impressed but also worried I might hurt myself since I am a long backed corgi and not supposed to be jumping such big jumps.

Oh yeah, and I did NOT get car sick today!  Yay!!!  That’s a first for a long car ride.  I’m proud of that. 🙂

Sitting on the human bed in the hotel!

Day 1.  Only 2 more til Denver to visit the daddy’s family, then another 2 or 3 til we get to our new home!

Adventures in Chuck Town

Friday was full of adventure!  Gwen got to go to the doggy salon!  I took her to the Petsmart Grooming so she could get a bath and brush.  I know I can give her a bath just fine but sometimes it is nice to pawn off your little yellow devil on some other poor unsuspecting soul just so that you can get a nice clean dog and a devil free afternoon!  Also, I had a coupon. 🙂

Made her appointment on Thursday and got her in on Friday!  I didn’t even get lost going to Petsmart on my own! (Normally I don’t venture that direction sans husband.)  I asked the lady how much she said it would be and she said for a puppy it would be $10.99, so I thought “cool! this will be way cheaper than I thought!”  I took little Gwyndolyn in and the lady checked her in and was asking what I wanted done and I just said a bath and brush and she asked me if I wanted her to be bathed with the special oatmeal shampoo and a conditioner used on her coat.  She said it would cost $16.  I thought what the heck, pamper my dog!  It is after all only about five bucks more! . . . famous last words!  What I didn’t realize she was saying that it was $16 EXTRA! (Selective hearing?)  I missed that part.

Oh well. I didn’t find out that it was extra until I went to pick her up.  But I am getting ahead of myself here!

So the lady said it would take about 3 hours and I’d get a call when Gwen was done.  So I headed over to the mall to kill some time.  I went to JC Pennys and looked around, not really intending on buying anything.  I ended up buying a dress and some earrings.  Then I walked through the mall, found some more earrings, bought a birthday card at Hallmark, and then decided I needed to leave the mall before I spent too much money.  As it were, I am quite happy with my purchases.  I don’t spend much money on myself as of late anyways (spend it all on dog toys…) so I justified it quite easily.  I decided to try to head to this store downtown that I have been wanting to check out.

Got in the car, punched in the address on the GPS and headed out.  Went through an area that I’d never been to before after going through the area where there are all the car dealerships!  And I mean all the FANCY dealers too!  Like Maserati, Land Rover, Jaguar, Porsche, Lexus, BMW, Smart Car, and then of course the normal ones like Dodge, Ford, Chevy, Honda.  Andrew had taken me down there before just to show me the fancy cars when I came to visit.  Where I am from we don’t have a ton of fancy cars around.  There is a resident Aston Martin on the Island that you see every once in awhile but for the most part you don’t see many.  And of course things like muscle and sports cars only come out on nice days back home.  Here, they are EVERYWHERE!  I have seen more Corvettes and Challangers around (as well as others) town in a week than I normally see driving around WA all summer!  I think it has something to do with the weather.

Crossed a draw bridge, and found the shop I wanted to visit!  The only problem was finding parking.  So I drove around and had to double back, turned, got lost, figured out where I was, didn’t want to park in a parking garage cause they’re creepy alone, and got lost again.  Ended up parking in a lot that I wasn’t supposed to just so I could punch in the Petsmart address to get back.  I never got out of my car and never made it to that little shop. 😦  My GPS didn’t like being in the buildings so I stuck it in my phone’s GPS and that picked it up right away.  So I drove back with 2 GPS things directing me!  The funny thing was that they were both telling me to go different ways and they didn’t tell me the directions at the same time and my GPS was a little off.  It is a little old/out dated but it still gets me where I want to go.  I haven’t the desire to get a new one since then I’d have multiples.  I’d much rather just pay to update it (I know that isn’t as economical).

Drove over another draw bridge!! (I think draw bridges are cool!)  Got pissed off at drivers not letting me over to exit.  In the end I ended up where I wanted to go.  I found two thrift stores I plan on dragging Andrew to with me and a BBQ place that I want to try.  One of the thrift stores, the proceeds benefit the animal shelter.  There is a thrift store like that back home where all the proceeds benefit the animal shelter.  I think that’s a nice way to raise money for the animals. 🙂  Plus, I have some stuff I can donate!

Got back to Petsmart, milled around a bit then decided to go back to check and see if Gwen was done.  As I was walking back, the lady called me!  I was like okay, I’ll be right there!  I don’t think she understood I meant I would literally be right there!

Got Gwen, was told it would be $26.  That was when I realized it would be $16 EXTRA…  but I had a coupon for $5 off a bath so it kind of evened out in the end.  Gwen ended up with a nice clean and fluffy coat and I didn’t have to get soaking wet lift a finger!  Took Gwen outside and she peed like a racehorse in the bushes.  Put her in the car and she went right to sleep!  Well, she barked in my ear once but slept until we got home!  She never sleeps in the car!  Gwenie curled up on the couch and went to sleep until dinner time, ate and then went back to sleep.  She slept until Andrew came home!  Going to the doggy salon must be quite stressful!

Petsmart gives you a “Pawgress Report” that tells all about their visit.  I think it’s quite a nice touch!  It lets you know how they were and what they had done.  Gwen got washed with super duper extra spercial oatmeal shampoo & conditioner! And then she got brushed and her nails done (even though I said she didn’t need them done since I’d just done them) and her ears cleaned (they really needed cleaning), and her TEETH BRUSHED! With chicken flavored toothpaste.  I feel sorry for her, but Andrew had been wanting to brush her teeth — I’d always said that was silly.  I mean we never brushed Dayzee’s teeth… “yeah and look how that turned out for you, her breath stinks!”

All in all, Gwen got a THOROUGH day at the spa!  I even made her a nice little festive bandana for her!  This time it has candy on it in honor of Halloween!  Her butt is so fluffy now too!

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!  Not more about Gwen’s trip to the “salon” but our weekend, thus far.  Yesterday, I went to a volunteer orientation at one of the local horse rescues.  This one is smaller and newer but they of course still need volunteer help.  So I am going to try to volunteer there a couple times a week to get my horse fix and be a productive member of society.  I missed the last orientation because I got lost (of course).  It was so nice to be back in jeans and boots again!  And I got to spend most of my morning petting horses and giving treats!  While I did that, Andrew went to the grand reopening of a gun shop where our dog trainer works at.  Andrew ordered a new rifle while he was there too.  If you would like to make a donation to his gun buying fund, please, by all means, feel free to do so!  Our agreement is that if he buys this one then I get to get another animal once we move.   While he was there, he won a prize and entered to win a shotgun that they were raffling off.  He dragged me back later so I could get a raffle ticket and to see if he’d won it.  Sadly, he did not.  Some man who was missing his bottom teeth did….

Today we don’t know what we are going to do.  I think Gwen wants to go outside to play with her stick though!  She has been dragging this same stick around for almost a week.  We make her drop it at the door with the shoes outside and she clamps down on that thing and refuses to give it up.  In the end she never wins.

I realized yesterday I haven’t taken as many pictures lately.  Shame on me, I know.  We got ANOTHER costume for 50% off the other day, so that will mean more pictures!  Also, I am hoping to post a leeetle more regularly that way I don’t end up with gargantuan posts like these….I have soooooooo much to tell but not enough time space attention span necessary to get all my thoughts out at once.