Hi all, Jax here!
I was laying on the heating vent, blowing my fur all over the place, and suddenly, out the window, I see this small, white, bit of sky fall! Now I've seen things fall from the sky before - do I even need to tell you how annoying that "rain" stuff is when I'm trying to do my business? But this was different. Girl and Boy and Little Girl were suddenly VERY excited and started getting on their outside furs. I, of course, didn't need anything extra, and ran to the door. The Mom said, "This is snow, Jax! We'll need to get out your Snowman Classy Collar to celebrate the first snow of the season!"
So, the kids got their furs and heavy feet on, and we all ran outside. By now, many, MANY white pieces were on the ground and a TON of it was coming out of the sky. Girl took some off the ground and made it into... oh wow! A BALL! Woohoo! Throw that thing, Girl! She threw it at BOY, though, and not for me to get? What's up with that?? I was about to whine my complaint when Boy threw another one of the snow-balls at Girl, but he missed and I got it! But it just....dissolved?!? Wha?? Little Girl threw another ball for me to get and it dissolved just like the last one! I'm not liking this AT ALL. But they were having fun and running and playing and that's what I like to do most, so I put aside the mystery, and ran and played and jumped and rolled in the white stuff. So cold, but so much fun!
After the Girl, Boy, and Little Girl got tired, they rolled the white stuff into three REALLY BIG balls and put them on top of each other. I don't know what the point of this exercise was, but whatever they made must have been cold and hungry because they gave it a hat and a scarf, and a carrot. The Mom took pictures of us in front of the thing, and we reluctantly went inside to get all the snow inside as well.
I was subjected to a bit of rough handling as I was towelled down, but a treat fixed my feelings and we all sat in front of the window and watched as more of the snow came down. Boy and Girl had better get their shovel out, as I'm not going out there unless there's a spot for me!
Peace out, and happy Winter, Pups!
If I'm not mistaken, the activity in the house means it's getting close to the time of year where people get into funny clothes, put colors on their fur and faces, and go begging for candy. I'm not really sure why they go through all this trouble to beg for something good to eat - I do it every day, and usually get something!
But, nonetheless, they do. Girl, Boy and Little Girl are all planning what to wear, what to put on their fur and faces, and how much candy they are going to get. They seem to enjoy making each other yell really loudly, and then there is the running around the house, and the inevitable floor-wrestling. When I join in, naturally, they seem to think it's funny, but who cares? I get to run around the house and floor-wrestle!
They take pieces out of the big orange things they got from the farm, and put lights inside them, then put them outside. They're too hot to investigate, so I just look at them and they grin crazily at me. People are strange sometimes. The Girl and Mom pick out their favorite Halloween Classy Collar for me, and I wear it to meet everyone. Gorgeous, as usual. :)
Then, the night comes, and the doorbell starts ringing. The Mom holds me while the Dad gives out candy to the other kids that are begging. I think if you encourage their bad behavior, they will continue doing it, or at least that's what I've always heard! Regardless, doorbells ring, candy is given to kids, and even though some look completely unlike people (I even saw a person dresed like a DOG!!), they still keep coming.
Finally, Girl, Boy, and Little Girl come back some with pillowcases full of candy, and I don't get ANY. Talk about unfair! But, I did get a lot of good treats today since I was so good, and that's all that really matters. That, and a good family's love. Can't get better than that!
Peace out, and Happy Halloween, Pups!
The snow is blowing around, and Jax was sitting in her favorite spot - over the heating vent, next to the sliding glass door. In honor of the Valentine's Day holiday, she is wearing her new red Classy Collar with small white hearts.
She was waiting for Mom, Dad, or the kids to get home so they could play in the snow, and then dry off by the fire and cuddle on the floor. It was Friday, after all, and that meant "family movie night"!
Soon the kids got home, and then Mom and Dad, and soon the whole family was outside, playing in the snow and throwing snowballs. Jax couldn't understand why these balls dissolved into nothing when the normal balls were easy to catch, but, really, who cares? Let's play!
After, when everyone was dried and warm and cuddling on the floor pillows, Jax looked at her family and felt the love. What she didn't know was how much love she brought to her family as well!
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
Jax here! Today is another scorcher - going to be 92 in the shade and I'm in my favorite spot on top of the air vent. The vent is blowing my fur all around and I'm in heaven.
Suddenly, it sounds like a herd of wild animals is thundering across the backyard. I check it out through my door, and ring my bell to tell the family I need to go investigate. Girl lets me out with a pat on the head. I look around, don't see anything, but I can hear it... under the deck? I creep under to my favorite cool spot and see hooves whizzing by on the other side! I slid over to the other side under the deck and look out to see a vast plain!
Horses and cows are thundering by and there are a few riders directing them with a "Whoa there!" or a "Hurry up!". I run out carefully and one of the riders sees me. I'm wearing my purple bandana Classy Collar, so I blend in, as he is wearing a red one! He yells at me to go round up a few straying cattle and I try, finding it natural to try herd them together. How fun! I race around and get them all together, feeling accomplished, tapping into some ancient need to herd or something...
After a few miles, the riders direct the cattle to stop at a nice watering hole. I drink deeply, enjoying the sun and the water and the run. but I best get back. I bark to let them know I'm leaving and run back to the overhang where I find my deck entrance. Sliding back under the deck leaves me back in my yard, and I'm happy to be let back in to sit on my air vent again. Boy comes by and pats me, just to laugh at the dust clouds that come off my back. "Time to brush you, Jax", he says and off we go. Peace out, Pups!
My family is going to the Outer Banks in North Carolina! If there is a more perfect time to wear my lighthouses Classy Collar, I don't see it.
After the (very) long drive, we got here and the sun is shining! Beautiful day, beautiful house, beautiful beach! Mom and Dad are looking forward to relaxing, and Girl, Boy, and Little Girl are looking forward to the pool.
I am looking forward to all the dropped and spilled ice cream, and the treats, and the love that comes whenever I travel with the family - people treat me like I'm a star, and, of course, I love it. Long walks, chasing gulls... ahhh.
Yesterday, we went for a walk to tall lighthouse that matches my Classy Collar! It was a long, winding walk up the stairs to the top, but what a view. The families at the top admired me and my Collar, and I let them.
Tomorrow, maybe a trip to the Maritime Museum on the lower part of the island, or a trip on the ferry to Ockracoke Island where I can change to my Pirate Classy Collar to honor Blackbeard! Arrgg! Peace out, pups!
It's HOT out today! I'm stretched out on top of the A/C vent of course, and letting the cool air blow my fur all around the house. Mom seems to like collecting my fur, so I thought I'd help her out. I'm wearing my Aztec-inspiredClassy Collar with the neat designs on it when I hear what sounds like a drumbeat coming from upstairs.
Girl, Boy, and Little Girl are all sprawled on the couch, asleep, after they threw themselves repeatedly into a really big can of water outside, so I head up by myself to investigate. It's coming from Little Girl's closet, so in I go, over the shoes and clothes until I reach the back and.... bright sunshine and a really tall pyramid are in front of me!
There are lots of people dancing to the beat of very loud drums and a lot of activity happening. People are selling goods in large squares and there seem to be people walking up and around the pyramid.
A Little Boy sees me and comes over to pet me, but it's too hot for me, and after a good ear scratch and belly rub, I slide back into Little Girl's closet, and feel the A/C on me again. Boy is messing up Little Girl's room when I come out, but stops to give me a rub. He exclaims that my fur is hot! Back down to the A/C vent I go.... Peace out, Pups!
Little Girl is sad…..I hate to see her so sad. She can’t go out and play because it’s too cold today. She can only play with Boy so much before some sort of tragedy occurs.
Yesterday he took her tea set and used the plates and cups as targets for his G.I. Joe automatic sub-machine gun training. THAT was a mess. Last week he stole Girl’s phone and texted something to some boy that caused her to run to her room and cry for the rest of the night. He’s a good kid, but the urge to annoy the stuffing out of his sisters is strong with him. It’s like “the force”. He can’t resist.
Anyway, back to Little Girl. I have an idea. I grab her butterfly net from the garage and carefully bring it up to her room. “Jax you’re awesome!” (I know). Little Girl’s room is done in a tasteful butterfly motif and I often help her “catch” the butterflies on her wall and in her curtains. This occupies her for the rest of the day and we finally fall on the bed laughing at our game. Life is good! ……Peace out Pups!
What? We’re taking a trip? Where…..where…..where??? The VET!!! I think I’ll go hide in the closet. Waving that treat in my face is not going to do it….it would have to be a whole ham….and I’m not even sure I’d come out for that. Girl says I must go because it’s good for me to stay healthy. She says I must set a good example for Kitty when it’s her turn. I can’t argue with that too much so let’s make the best of it. I hop in the back of the car and Owner takes off.
Thru the little town, Owner navigates the streets expertly until we pull in the drive. Girl takes me for a walk over to a bright red fire hydrant that says “Pee Post” on it….Really? how cliché. I don’t think so. In the waiting room there are 2 other dogs with me. There’s a pug called “Princess” and a chocolate lab puppy named “Bear” Princess is aloof and won’t even look in my direction. Bear, could not be more opposite. Play with me….. Play with me….. Play with me…..come on……you know you want to…. Play with me….. Play with me. One swish of my tail and he’s on his back whimpering like the little puppy he is. Girl apologizes to Bear’s owner who in turn has scolded Bear sufficiently. “She doesn’t want to play right now, Bear. Maybe she’s a little nervous to see the doctor”…darn right I’m nervous!. It’s finally our turn and we go in.
The doctor is very nice indeed. He takes his time to check my teeth and ears and fur. There seems to be something wrong with my ears and the doctor gives Owner some drops for them. Twice a day for 10 days. I can deal with drops. Afterwards Owner says I was so good and the whole family goes out for ice cream. Boy and Little Girl are exceedingly glad to have the ice cream and I overhear them ask Owner when I will have to go again so more ice cream can be had. Owner says not until next year. NEXT YEAR? You mean I have to go EVERY YEAR? ……I need a hug…..Peace out Pups!
Meow….Meow….Meow….Why Kitty insists on sleeping with me I’ll never know. I’ve told her many times that the dog bed beside Little Girls bed is for ME ONLY. Still she manages to snuggle in beside me whenever she feels like it. I’ve been told that I’ll get used to it and that I must not make a fuss because she is part of the family too, but I still don’t care for it.
There is a slight breeze coming from the closet. I must investigate at once. I get up ever so slowly as not to wake Kitty. I silently slink past the frilly dresses, past the shiny black mary janes, and BAM! I find myself Rio de Janeiro in the middle of Carnival! I can hardly see what’s going on, but everyone is having a great time. The performers are so beautifully dressed with the most elaborate costumes I’ve ever seen. I started talking to a local Bulldog names Luis. He told me that that this carnival is considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets.
The first festivals in Rio date back to 1823. The carnival is supposed to last for 3 weeks, but it often runs overtime. I started to get a little hungry and I asked Luis if there was any good food here. Ah Muchacho! Try the Espetinhos. This is Brazil's version of shish kabob, espetinhos are tasty morsels of barbequed meat on a stick. The most common are sausage and chicken, and many Brazilians add ketchup or hot sauce and throw some farinha de mandioca, a type of crunchy flour, on top. There is also Milho verde. This is salad greens, or any food that isn't deep fried and over salted. Lots of boiled corn-on-the-cob, served with butter. This is so great! I could stay here for quite some time.
What’s that I hear in the distance?…….”Jax, time for supper”. I trot out of Little Girl’s closet and down the stairs for supper. What a day! I’m exhausted. Those trips thru the closet really take it out of me……..Peace out, Pups!
Boy has won a contest at school. He has the highest marks all year in the 5th grade. For his reward he is able to ……get this…..bring his pet to school. That’s me! I have spent most of the morning getting ready. I have on my School Supplies Classy Collar, which everyone is sure to admire.
At breakfast, there is whining from Girl and Little Girl that they don’t get a chance to bring me to school. Boy says with a sly grin on his face, “If you got the highest grades in your class, you could bring Jax to school too.” Then there is a 10 minute walk to school. After we arrive, we make our way to Boy’s classroom amid shocked stares and little girls trying in vain to pet me. Easy girls….you’ll all get a chance.
Finally in Homeroom, boy must give a short speech about me. “My dog’s name is Jax, She is 6 years old. She is a great friend to my sisters and me. (as I blush a little) She is a German Shepherd and she protects our family very well. We go on many adventures together” As the class applauds, I can’t help but feel humbled that I belong to such a great family that takes good care of me and affords me every opportunity to have fun and go on great adventures. …..Peace out Pups!