Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The pool's open!

We have water in our pool our in the play yard! Several of us dipped our feet in, while some thought it was just a really big water bowl. Blitz (Beaded Collie mix), Poppy (Bearded Collie) and Koco (Lab) have been spending most of the day together. Poppy splits her time between hanging with her friends and chasing balls. Lucy (German Shepherd) runs around a lot, loves attention from the people and seems to be having a good time. She checks the door periodically for her dad but likes us here. We're glad she came to meet us! Another newbie at the lodge is Phoebe (German Shorthaired Pointer). She likes the yards better than the playroom, maybe it's the great view of the cornfields. Tiki (Golden Retriever) played puppy momma again today, spending a lot of time with Raia (Doberman/Pitbull mix), Daisy (Doberman/Pitbull mix) and Dora (Doberman/Pitbull mix). She also spent time running and wrestling with Molly (Mountain Cur). Molly was really into chasing balls today, too. She was like a little puppy today. Dyson (Jack Russell Terrier) is here for his second day. He is fitting in well. Cooper (Maltese) is being so brave today. We had the door open between the two playrooms, and he walked all the way through the big room to go out on the deck. That was two different slick floors to cross. Way to go Cooper! Oliver (Yorkshire Terrier) went home this morning, but played with us for an hour or so first. He loves it here. He was nervous his first day but is now great friends with so many new dogs. We can't wait to have him back! Chico (Lhasa Poo) liked pretending to be a big dog with Poppy and Blitz today. He was sad that he missed seeing his best friend, Jackson (Border Collie) yesterday. Molly (Beagle) and Inky (English Springer Spaniel) watched the youngins go in the pool and swapped stories about being young and silly. Overall we are having a great day today!

On Monday and over the weekend, we had some great friends here. Max (Miniature Pinscher) was here while his parents got married. Congratulations! Macie was full of energy every day. She loves everyone and plays hard. Otto (English Setter) and Oliver played part of the day. Then Otto moved on to Lucy. Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel) tried to play with Inky, but he prefers to watch her run around with JJ (Lab mix) and Cooper (Golden Retriever). Cooper loved the pool, and so did JJ. He ran all around after his dip in the pool like he was rocket-propelled. Buster (Lab mix) found a perfect shady spot in the yard and settled in to watch the fun. Jackson and Mason (Border Collie) were tired and ready for a nap in the middle of the floor by 10am. They usually have so much more energy. It must be the warm weather. The nice cool floor really has a way of pulling you in. Daisy, Dora, and Raia tried the pool but were done with it pretty quickly.

Friday, April 24, 2009

We're getting ready to "Bark & Wine" tonight!

I am busy supervising the humans as they get things ready for the Bark & Wine tonight. I don't know how they would get it all done without me. Here to help me today are Tiki (Golden Retriever), Barrett (American Bulldog mix), Cooper (Yorkie), Oliver (Yorkie), Macie (Wheaton Poo), Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel), Daisy (Doberman/Pitbull mix), Raia (Doberman/Pitbull mix), Dora (Doberman/Pitbull mix), Zac (Doberman/Pitbull mix), Molly (Mountain Cur), Harley (English Bulldog), Breezie (Boxer), Rowdy (Boxer), Koco (Lab), Lucy (Lab), Sage (Pug), Guinness (Terrier mix) and last but not least, Parker (English Bulldog). The younger pups spent more time playing than working. Same thing with the labs and boxers. Barrett and Molly spent time chatting with the humans, but I think they were more interested in getting some love than in getting ready to party. The humans have almost completed my list - they have done some furniture rearranging, but still need to finish getting the food and drinks ready. I have offered my services as taste tester, especially for any meat or cheese related items. So far, mommy has just shared some veggies with me - so lame.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thursday - I earned my nap on the couch today!

I am so tired today that I can barely dictate this to mommy. We have a nice big crowd. I'll start with the big dogs. Hank (Shepherd/Bernese Mountain mix) was thrilled to meet up with his buddy Jethro (Lab/Shepherd mix). He was also happy to see Chase (Lab/Border Collie mix), JJ (Lab mix), Koco (Lab), Blitz (Bearded Collie mix) and Poppy (Bearded Collie). Hank, Jethro and Blitz played hard together, lots of wrestling and running. The rest of the group alternated between running, chasing toys, a little wrestling and a little chewing on toys.
Over in the small dog room, things were really hopping. With had all three Coopers here today (Golden Retriever), (Maltese) and (Yorkshire Terrier). Lucky for us they don't look anything alike. The little Coopers hung out with Oliver (Yorkshire Terrier), Raia (Doberman/Pit mix), Daisy (Doberman/Pit mix), Zac (Doberman/Pit mix) and Dora (Doberman/Pit mix). Otto (English Setter) played a lot with Lucy (Lab). Chico (Lhasa Poo) ran around and visited with everyone. He seemed really interested in Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel.) Molly (Mountain Cur) played with Tiki (Golden Retriever) and kept an eye on the little ones. Mulligan (Golden Retriever) played with Jaycie, Tiki, Cooper, and Macie (Wheaton Poo). Sage (Pug) loves to run all around and be chased. She and Tiki wrestled a little, too. Now I'm going to crash on the couch, which is where I plan to stay. I need to be well rested for the Bark & Wine tomorrow night.


We had a great Wednesday/Earth Day here at the lodge. Two new friends joined us - Bella (Australian Shepherd) and Merlin (Australian Shepherd mix). They seemed to have fun, especially Merlin. He's still a young guy and seemed thrilled to have some new buddies. Lily (Weimeraner) told them all about life at the lodge, since they will be boarding here soon. Tiki (Golden Retriever) and Lucy (Lab) also played with the newbies. Over in the small room with me were Oliver (Yorkshire Terrier), Molly (Mountain Cur), Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel), Sage (Pug), Daisy (Doberman/Pit mix), Raia (Doberman/Pit mix) and our two Doberman/Pit foster puppies - Zac and Dora. (They still are looking for families and hope one of you reading this knows someone looking for a new addition to the family.) Oliver enjoyed a lot of lap time and petting from the humans. Tiki came back to the small room and played with Molly then let the puppies pile on her. Oliver came out of his shell a little towards the end of the day and played with Macie (Wheaton/Poo).

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A nice uneventful day

I am so happy to see the sun, even if it may not stay all day. I am happy to report no unusual visitors today. Harley (English Bulldog) is here for his first long day today. He really enjoys playing with the chocolate crew: JJ (Lab mix), Lucy (Lab) and Koco (Lab mix). Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel) played with everyone she could. Tiki (Golden Retriever) loves hanging out with the little puppies: Raia (Doberman/Pit mix), Daisy (Doberman/Pit mix), Zac (Doberman/Pit mix) and Dora (Doberman/Pit mix). They love to team up for tug of war. Sometimes Tiki lets them win. Cooper (Maltese) was so happy to have Ed (Human) back for a visit today. He kept watch over the crowd along with Molly (Beagle). Sage (Pug) is back today and running with Jaycie and the puppies. Molly (Mountain Cur) joined us at nap time, so she will miss her normal wrestle time with Tiki. She always has a great time here though. Oliver (Yorkshire Terrier) will be here soon and will probably hang out with Cooper.

Monday, April 20, 2009

What a way to start the week!

We were all surprised this morning by a little visit from a raccoon in our outside play yard. No dogs were injured and the raccoon was released. I think he was looking for a girlfriend and picked the wrong place to look. There are some very pretty girls here, but we all prefer dogs. Now our humans are walking the yard every time before they let us out. Mommy says she hopes no skunks try to join us, too.
Blitz (Bearded Collie mix), Poppy (Bearded Collie), and Molly (Mountain Cur) joined us after the raccoon incident and played as if it were any other day. Poppy chased balls most of the time. Tucker (Golden Retriever) enjoyed hanging out with lots of other Goldens today - Cooper, Dodger, Mulligan, and Tiki. It was a blond bonanza. Lucy (Lab) was an honorary member of the golden club today. She loves to play with everyone and adjusts her play level to match whoever she's with. She likes playing with the little puppies and the big dogs. Jaycie (English Springer) was saving up some energy over the weekend to burn off today. She ran, pounced and played tug with Mulligan, Cooper, and anyone else who would join in the fun. Buster (Lab mix) came for the first time today. He was a little uncertain, but seemed to like meeting us. He liked hanging out in the yard, but we weren't out much because of the rain. Daisy (Doberman/Pit mix) was adopted this weekend and is back to start our puppy potty training program today. She's doing a great job! Raia (Doberman/Pit mix) is also doing well. She enjoyed napping with Zac (Doberman/Pit mix) and Dora (Doberman/Pit mix), too. Daisy and Sage (Pug) play really well together. They love to run and wrestle. Chico (Lhasa Poo) just joined us for the afternoon. He says he missed us over the weekend. :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Nearing the end of another week of playing

Thursday was really busy. I'm just now caught up enough to dictate this to Mommy. Our large room was really hopping yesterday with Koco (Lab), JJ (Lab mix), Blitz (Bearded Collie mix), Poppy (Bearded Collie), and Mattie (English Bulldog). JJ and Koco shocked us all by splitting up for part of the morning. JJ played more with Blitz, until Mattie arrived. Then he was really into playing with her. Koco and Poppy chased balls and toys. Mason (Border Collie) chased balls while his big brother Jackson (Border Collie) supervised. Leks (Great Dane) joined the crowd in the afternoon and fit in immediately.
In the small room, we were pretty busy, too. Honey (Golden Retriever) made sure the people gave her lots of love. Bingo (Border Collie mix) started the morning with the big dogs but had more fun playing in my room with Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel) and Carlee (Husky mix). Cooper (Maltese) and Cooper (Yorkshire Terrier) hung out with the babies a lot - Raia, Zac, Daisy, and Hercules. Dora (Doberman/Pit mix) came to stay with us at the end of the day. She is the last of the litter to come to the lodge. We're hoping someone falls in love with her quickly. Molly (Mountain Cur) and Tiki (Golden Retriever) wrestled quite a bit. Ike (Schnauzer/Basset Hound) came to visit for the day. He's really hoping his mommy is able to open a place like this up in the Poconos one day.

Now for Friday: Hank (Shepherd/Bernese Mountain Dog mix) came for the morning and played so nicely with Jager (German Shorthair Pointer) and Leks. Barrett (American Bulldog mix) started with the big guys but was ready for something a little more mellow by mid-morning. He loved running in and out all he wanted, since the big door stayed open. Cooper (Yorkie), Molly (Mountain Cur), Jaycie, Tiki, Jackson, and Mason were all back for more fun today. Jackson was thrilled to see two of his "sheep" arrive - Chico (Lhasa Poo) and Guinness (Terrier mix). Jaycie attempted a little tug-of-war game versus the puppies. She was winning until Tiki came over and joined the puppy side and led them to victory! Then everyone layed down together to chew on the big braided rope for a while. We were all outside when the big truck came to take the dumpster. Although it was on the other side of the fence, some of my friends were nervous, so we all ran inside to stay safe. As soon as the truck was gone, we were back outside. Molly may be developing a crush on little Cooper. She was spending a lot of time with him today. I'll be keeping an eye on them. He's a little young for her, but I hear being a cougar is the cool new thing. I guess Molly is up on the latest trends.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

More puppies!

Since our foster puppies had more littermates, two more joined us last night. They are Daisy (Doberman/Pit mix) and Hercules (Doberman/Pit mix). They were happy to see Zac (Doberman/Pit mix) last night and Raia (Doberman/Pit mix) when she came in this morning. Daisy is really having a good time playing with Sage (Pug). Honey (Golden Retriever) played with Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel) but ran out of energy before Jaycie did. Jaycie then moved on to play with Chase (Lab/Border Collie) and Koco (Lab). Molly (Mountain Cur) wrestled with Tiki (Golden Retriever). By mid-morning, all the puppies were ready for a nap except for Hercules. So, Chase took his place and joined the crowd. Jackson (Border Collie) seems to be very concerned with the puppies and keeping everyone in line. It must be a border collie nightmare to have these puppies running every which way. He also chased ball for a while with Mason (Border Collie).

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Welcome Lucy!

We had another fun day here at the Lodge. Lucy (Lab) joined us for her first day. She is a chocolate lab, and JJ (Lab mix) totally fell for her. His girlfriend Koco (Lab) was here too today, so he split his time between both ladies. They also played with Breezie (Boxer), Rowdy (Boxer) and Mulligan (Golden Retriever). Mulligan jumped over to the small dog room part way through the morning to play with Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel) and Tiki (Golden Retriever). Jackson (Border Collie) kept watch over the little ones and seemed happiest when everyone was gathered in the middle of the room. Raia (Doberman/Pit mix), Zeus (Doberman/Pit mix) and Zac (Doberman/Pit mix) ran around a lot and napped together off an on. Zeus left at naptime to join his new family. I hope he comes to visit Renee' (Human) and me again soon. Cooper (Maltese) decided it is a lot of fun to walk all around the room, as long as he could stay near the wall. He really went on an adventure! Honey (Golden Retriever), Molly (Mountain Cur) and Molly (Beagle) swapped stories about the little ones and made sure Jackson didn't take his job as law enforcer too seriously. He knows the girls are really in charge here. :)

Now to get everyone caught up on the last few days. We had a great Easter weekend here. Koda (Shepherd mix), Gilly (Lab/Shepherd mix), Angel (Golden Retriever), Buddy (Pointer mix), Sashi (Tibetan Terrier), Riley (Lhasa Poo), Zeus, Zac and Koalby (Labradoodle) were all here. Koalby just came to play for the day on Saturday and had a great time! Sashi and Gilly played together a lot and Koda jumped in periodically. Angel and Buddy were still pretty tired from playing for several days and took a few extra naps over the weekend.

On Monday, we had a nice crowd. Tucker (Golden Retriever) met a possible new girlfriend, Honey. She isn't as sure about starting a new romance. He also played with Jaycie, Gilly, JJ, Tiki, and a little with Angel and Buddy. Raia, Zeus and Zac enjoyed being reunited, and Raia had a good first day of officially being in the PPTAP. Chico (Lhasa Poo) and JJ are learning to hang out together a little bit more. Chico will never love JJ as much as he loves Jackson though.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Easter everyone!

After such a busy day yesterday, things seem almost too calm today. Riley (Lhasa Poo) is running a lot. He doesn't like to wrestle, but he loves to get the group moving. Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel), Zeus (Doberman/Pit mix) and Zac (Doberman/Pit mix) were all ready to join in every time. Jaycie's doing a great job on her potty training, by the way. :) Buddy (Pointer mix) and Angel (Golden Retriever) are tired today. Buddy climbed up on one of the beds in the playroom to take a nap. Both were bouncing around again after nap. Gilly (Lab/Shepherd) is always smiling. He is so happy he gets to be here for vacation! Guinness (Terrier mix) joined us for a half day. He and Gilly could compete in a smiling contest. I wonder which would win. Koda (Shepherd mix) will be joining us later and will stir up the crowd. She and Gilly are probably going to be best friends this weekend.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wednesday and Thursday together

I have a lot of writing to do to get Wednesday and today all updated. First for Wednesday...
Lily (Weimeraner) helped Renee' (Human) work on the murals in the large dog room. I think with Lily's help, they are going to be great! I'm sure everyone reading the blog regularly can guess who Koco (Lab) played with: JJ (Lab mix) and some with Jaycie (English Springer). After she left, JJ finished the day playing with Chase (Lab/Border Collie mix) and Koda (Bernese/Border Collie) mix. Mattie (English Bulldog) seems to have almost run out of energy. She was happy to be going home to her own bed but says she had a great time on her sleepover with us. She and Sage (Pug) wrestled with me a bit. The rest of the crowd was a bit more calm than us. Buddy (Pointer mix), Angel (Golden Retriever), Jackson (Border Collie), and Molly (Mountain Cur) ran around but didn't wrestle. Well, Molly did wrestle a little with Tiki (Golden Retriever). Another little quiz for the regular readers - what do you think Mason (Border Collie)did? Chased balls, of course. The foster pups played hard and napped a lot. Zeus (Doberman/Pit mix) would be happy if the people carried him around and snuggled with him all day. Zac (Doberman/Pit mix) would love to be in a room entirely filled with shoes and pants to chew on. Zena (Doberman/Pit mix) spent some time with her new mommy. Her new name is going to be Raia, and she heads out on Thursday. Congratulations! She's going to sign up for the Puppy Potty Training Assistance Program (PPTAP), so we'll get to see her every day at least for the next four weeks. Woohoo!

Now for today... we are welcoming FIVE new friends today! Cooper (Yorkshire Terrier), Gilly (Lab/Shepherd mix), Rusty (Shepherd/Foxhound/Beagle mix), Summer (Shih Tzu) and Scruffy (Shih Tzu). All four seem really happy to be here and fit in well right away. Cooper, Summer and Scruffy liked to play with Chico (Lhasa Poo), Riley (Lhasa Poo), Cooper (Maltese) and a little with the babies, Zeus, Zac and Raia. Kain (Catahoula Leopard Dog) hung out with us small folk and was thrilled when mommy opened the big door. Then we could all run in and out all we wanted. Kain and Rusty were instant friends when Rusty joined us this afternoon. Rusty and Otto (English Setter) also hit it off. Molly (Beagle) loves to sun herself, especially if she can get a good petting at the same time. Otto, Rowdy (Boxer) and Tiki spent the first part of the morning in with the big dogs, but they joined us just in time for the big door to go up. Buddy and Angel also split their morning between the rooms. They are so gentle with the little ones and really just wanted to rest by then anyway. They were ready for naptime today. (I think we all were, really.) JJ and Koco played with Breezie (Boxer), Dodger (Golden Retriever) and Gilly. Mulligan (Golden Retriever) ran around with Dodger and Jaycie. He and Jaycie wrestled a little, too.

Mommy told me it's a full moon and that she can tell by watching us play. Everyone is a little kookier during a full moon. I don't know what she's talking about. We are all always perfect. ;)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Time to get caught up...

My little girl has been sick, so Mommy hasn't been able to type for me. Tiki (Golden Retriever) has been taking notes to be sure I don't miss anything.
King (Shepherd mix) our foster dog, went to his new home on Sunday. Congratulations King! Now we have three little eight week old puppies that are looking for a home. They are Zues (Doberman/Pit mix), Zena (Doberman/Pit mix) and Zac (Doberman/Pit mix). They are having a great time here and are really advanced with their potty training (at least that's what mommy says).
I slept over last weekend along with my brothers and sister while mommy and daddy went to a convention in Baltimore. Jackson (Lab/Doberman mix), Bruno (Beagle), Winston (Beagle/Border Collie)and I had a great time, but it was nice to get back home. I played with Shadow (Norwegian Elkhound), Falko (Schnauzer), Guinness (Terrier mix), Fifi (Pomeranian), Skippy (Pomeranian) and Campbell (Cairn mix).
On Monday, Chico (Lhasa Poo), Tiki, Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel) played. Tiki was the first to drop from exhaustion. Molly (Mountain Cur) and JJ (Lab mix) split their time between the two playrooms. Once Koco (Lab) got here, JJ was in heaven. He loves Koco! Also in the big room were Tucker (Golden Retriever), Otto (English Setter), and Barrett (Bulldog mix). Otto and Koco played hard together. Looks like JJ has some competition. Of course, Otto loves little Jaycie, so he's not really going to try to steal Koco away. Barrett and Tucker are more interested in getting extra petting from the humans than in wrestling with the crazy youngsters.
On Tuesday, the three puppies Zeus, Zena and Zac played with Sage (Pug) and Cooper (Maltese). Molly (Beagle) supervised and let the pups sniff her a bit. Sage joined the big crowd for part of the morning, too. She played with Jaycie, Tiki, Koco, Mattie (English Bulldog) and Molly. Molly and Tiki wrestled for a while.

I'll post for today this afternoon, but this should get everyone caught up on the latest at the Lodge.

Friday, April 3, 2009

It's Friday!

We're making the best of another rainy day here at the lodge. Mattie (English Bulldog) and Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel) played and played and played. Tiki (Golden Retriever) joined in for a while but needed to stop and rest. Guinness (Terrier mix) ran laps and really got the crowd moving. Fifi (Pomeranian) and Skippy (Pomeranian) mostly played with each other and watched the rest of the crowd play. Little Campbell (Cairn mix) walked the room until he was ready to nap. Shadow (Norwegian Elkhound) took a little break from the playtime to have some spa treatments, a pedicure and a bath. She smells just like a baby now. Callie (Sheltie) kept an eye on everyone. Over in the big room, Hank (Shepherd mix) and King (Shepherd mix) played hard. At one point I thought they must have had a bath, but they were just wet from running around outside. They are getting to be really good friends. Hank really hopes King finds a family soon, but that it's one nearby who will bring him to daycare.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Zippity Do Da!

What a wonderful day! Everyone is super active and having a great time today. JJ (Lab mix), Koco (Lab), Breezie (Boxer), Poppy (Bearded Collie) and Blitz (Bearded mix) chased balls, wrestled and shouted about the beautiful weather. King (Shepherd/Collie mix) chased balls out back on the turf. They all played so hard that they ran out of steam before nap time. Rowdy (Boxer), Cooper (Golden Retriever) and Tiki (Golden Retriever) started the day in with the big dogs but joined us in the small room. Rowdy seems to have a little crush on Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel). Otto (English Setter) also has a crush on Jaycie, but they were able to share her time. Bailey played chase with Jaycie while Otto and Shadow (Norwegian Elkhound) cheered them on. Fifi (Pomeranian) and Skippy (Pomeranian) watched the show from their perch on the bench. Campbell (Cairn mix) spent most of his day napping in his basket or on the bed. Cooper (Maltese) was so happy when the big door went up late in the morning. He ran across the floor, even the shiny part, to get outside.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Stop the rain!

Although we have fun every day at the lodge, we prefer the sunny ones. We usually love to run around outside but can't do it as much in the rain. Lily (Weimeraner) and Shadow (Norwegian Elkhound) both say they agree. Tiki (Golden Retriever), Sage (Pug) and Koda (Bernese/Border Collie mix) didn't mind the wet at all. Chase (Lab/Border Collie mix) played for a while with King (Shepherd mix) but wore him out. Then he spent more time playing with Jaycie (English Springer Spaniel). He also liked running around with Koda. Skippy (Pomeranian), Fifi (Pomeranian) and Campbell (Cairn mix) enjoyed the company but preferred lounging on the blankets. We're all hoping the weatherman is right and we'll have a nice day tomorrow.