Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Beautiful Day on the Beach

The one great thing about living on an island is that we have lots of beaches to visit. We went to Ft. Ward park today and took a walk through the woods and down on the beach. You could hear the sea lions off shore calling to each other. And we saw several young bald eagles practicing hunting for food. Tama likes to go to the beach and chase the waves in and out. She doesn't like to get her paws wet, so if she miscalculates the wave timing, then she gets this insulted look on her face like she can't believe the wave got her.

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Concussion

What doesn't mix well with a 6-year old boy and a bat and a ball?

Well, that's an easy answer. A ball-crazed australian shepherd.

I probably don't need to go any further in my explanation. You can infer what happens when a small child throws the ball in the air and attempts to hit it with a metal bat. And at the same time, the dog goes after the ball.

And all I heard was this loud, ringing thud. Followed by a very painful "yelp". And as I ran around the corner of the garage, there was Farley, blood dripping from his mouth, with a tooth laying on his back, looking very dazed. I waited a few minutes to see how he was. Shock must have set in, because he started weaving back and forth and shaking.

Ed wrapped him in a blanket while I called the emergency vet. Away we went to sit in the veterinary emergency room for a couple hours. All in all, Farley is a tough old boy. He had a concussion, and one tooth missing and another one cracked, some bruising on his jaw and mouth.

The vet recommend getting the remaining tooth removed, feeding him canned food for a few days, and watching him for signs of sluggishness from the concussion.

Funny thing is, by the time we got home. He seemed fine. He even grabbed a cookie from Don Juan and ate it on the sore side of his mouth. So much for needing to feed him the canned food. If he's able to eat a cookie, he's able to eat kibble... oh, well. Maybe he'll get a canned food treat just for being a good old tough dog.

Happy Mother's Day!

And at 4-1/2 months old, Tomo is now as big as his mother, Tama. And it's a really good thing that he didn't inherit her TOUNGE! Happy Mother's Day!

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Enough of the puppy pictures...

The big dogs are stomping their paws and demanding some blog time. After all, this blog is about them - right? So today Don Juan and I took a little walk. Conveniently I had my camera along and caught a couple of cute pictures of him next to the pond. We played in the park, chased birds and saw a mommy duck with her babies on the pond.

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Azuki- 4 months

Here's Azuki at 4 months (boy #2). There's alot of little black hairs beginning to peak out. By george, I think we have a sesame! He's doing just fabulous. He's smart, he's fun-loving and he really can pose for a camera.

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