After days of rain, rain and more rain we finally got some SUN. It might not be so obvious in the photos since we’re in the woods. But trust us. There was blue skies and high spirits. I took the camera along and got some photos of my little needlenose!
Being all objective and everything I’ve got to say she’s pretty darn cute!
She’ll even stand still and pose for a while which is a huge improvement!
I just can’t seem to get a decent action photo of her, though…
We’ve been skiing again!
Fourth time for Gummi and this time we did 5 kilometers. The previous trips were 2.5, 2.5 and 3.5. Although the average speed is higher than when walking the main reason I increase gradually is that he needs to learn new rules – like not crossing the ski tracks without permission and to make sure he doesn’t hurt a paw or otherwise injures himself with the increased amount of running.
Gummis paws are (unfortunately) not as strong as I’d wished. If he gets to run around by himself in the snow barefeet he tends to end up bleeding.. so we’ve been searching for dog boots that fit and (this is the tricky part) stay on!
The boots he’s been wearing these last few days are the deflated baloon style boots from Pawz. It was Brutus the Frenchie that introduced us to them a few years back, but we haven’t actually tried them until this winter.
Our review: Although they look sooper stoopid, they stay on very well even on the smooth legs of breeds like the staffie. The main balloon part is wider than necessary and a few times he’s stepped on one. I might get him one size smaller for the back legs as those feet are smaller. They can be a pain to get on, but not a lot more so than other dog boots. They are convenient when you put them on inside as they give nice grip on smooth floors. They don’t provide any kind of warmth, but they prevent snow to be packed between the toes and that’s the most important thing.
We have several other kinds of boots, too, that we’ll tell you more about another day!
But I’m not sure that skijoring thing is for me, staying on the right side of the tracks and keeping up is plenty challenging. I think Mom can move her lazy butt around on her own, thank you very much!
I’m a superhero – but I think you already knew, didn’t you?!
“Gummi has mastered the ability to change shape into a gorilla, however doing so drains his flexibility for one minute. Additionally, he developed the talent to make duplicates of himself and he can transform any penguin into titanium. Gummi has learned to communicate with dinosaurs from a distance and he combats assailants using a magical club that can force attackers to freeze in place. Additionally, he is able to edit the memories of others. Unfortunately, Gummi is especially vulnerable to ice-based attacks. ”
Oh yeah – Mom’s one, too! ” Ane is known for her awesome proficiency at concentration. She also has the power to copy all powers of her enemies and she has been known to become tiny. Ane possesses the power to force germs to ramble incoherently and she has the ability to become invisible. Additionally, she battles assailants wielding a lethal sword that also grants a legendary fame throughout the nation. Sadly, Ane takes harm from exposure to rock. ”
They really got that last part right! Mom slipped on a root while out walking and smashed her hip into a rock when she fell.. Methinks she got that “fall” thing all wrong. It’s the SEASON itself, Mom, no falling required. Unless you’re a leaf.
Mom absolutely loves crisp, sunny fall days! And so do I!
Finally it’s cool enough to take nice long walks without overheating. And no more leash restrictions!
It’s quite muddy out there, though!
But as soon as we get up a little higher there’s mostly stone and even if they can get a little slippery, it’s fairly nice to walk up there. We’re hoping for nice days of frost but no snow, though. Let the mud freeze!
And when we got home Mom relaxed on the couch for a few minutes before starting on dinner (Norwegian fish balls, actually).. I found something in the kitchen and when I came running into the living room she asked me to show here what I had. So I gave her the popsicle. You should have seen her face! I almost rolled on the floor laughing my tail off! Took her a while to figure out that Per Arne had gotten one out of the freezer, but left it on the counter instead of eating it (he ate one of Mom’s freshly baked oatmeal cookies instead). I’d sorta looked forward to eating that popsicle, but Mom got so tired from using her brain that I let her have it instead.
I just wanted to let you all know I feel better, but it’s really boring to only stay calm. I also get lots of water so I pee a lot.. Mom says we won’t know for sure if there’s any permanent damage for a few weeks and until then we’ll just have to be bored.. Mom has been moving a lot of furniture and I have “helped”. She also got us a pair of couches for free! I’ve been testing them a lot 😉 Mom is making what should become her dogtrainingreenhouseoffice (BOL!) downstairs so she won’t disturb PA if he’s asleep and won’t be cold in winter (the fireplace is downstairs). It’s what would traditionally be the dining room, but we hardly ever use the dining table and certainly don’t need a room for it!
I also wanted to share some pictures from the walk Mom and I had on Friday before the stupid snake appeared.
We still have leash restrictions for a few more weeks, but Mom just let me off leash for a few photos!