Doggy Waif

Lily talks about her fears and her accomplishments as she transistions from a puppy mill survivor to a happy confident dog, as well as the trials and tribulations of having a Great Dane for a big brother. Thanks for stopping by!

I’m back! Did ya miss me? February 17, 2014

Filed under: BJ,Mom,my world — Lily @ 6:39 pm

Mom wasn’t feeling well and then both the desktop and laptop computers died.  Her neece has loaned us her netbook so I’ll try to “borrow” it from Mom more often and let you know how things are going.  Mom’s feeling better physically but mentally she’s pretty low.  BJ and I are doing our best to cheer her up.

Had something fall out of the sky a few times a few weeks ago that I did not like.  Mom called it snow.  BJ loves the stuff but I don’t like the way it gets between the pads of my feet.  Mom lets BJ play in it all he wants and just takes me out to do what I gotta do and then brings me right back in again.  Thanks for understanding, Mom!

I’m still afraid of things outside.  Mom says I’m like two different dogs: Inside Lily and Outside Lily.  I wish I could be more like Inside Lily when I’m outside but it’s hard.  Mom’s very patient with me.  And my “grandpawrents” (they live across the street) are very patient with me too.  I let Papa Ron pet me now and they both give  me treats– I like treats!  When Mom takes me to visit Aunt Diane or Aunt Margaret I act like Outside Lily inside their homes.  Don’t know why exactly.  I know nobody’s gonna hurt me there and there are fun doggies to play with but I’m still a bit scared.

Sometimes when we snuggle before bed Mom will tell me how sometimes she feels she’s let me down because of all this Inside/Outside stuff.  I listen, give her a kiss, and get into my bed to sleep (I like snuggling but only for a few minutes).  I’m happy here.  I love my mom and my big brother, even if he is a goof.  BOL

I know Mom feels bad she can’t afford to let me go to the doggie spa for my birthday.  I could really use that haircut!  BOL  She does a pretty good job on my nails, despite all the long fur!  She’s said many times she wishes BJ would cooperate for a nail trim like I do!  I didn’t always but I trust Mom not to hurt me.

Mom and I were looking at the calendar the other day.  Buddy’s been raiding the treat jars over the Rainbow Bridge for four and a half years now.  BJ’s been here for three and he’ll be eight in November.  I’ve been here for five years now and will be six years old on the 28th of this month.  Five years.  Six years.  Woof– that’s a long time!

I had some pictures I wanted to show you but they’ll have to wait.  With Mom’s desktop dead her scanner doesn’t work.  She’s been grumbling about the scanner and the netbook refusing to talk to each other.  I didn’t know machines could talk!

 

Again, I’ll try to steal, I mean borrow, the netbook more often.  I have to tell you about our new car and BJ’s new bed!  BOL  It’s big!  BOL

 

Best Bully Sticks– get ’em here!! September 26, 2011

Filed under: BJ,Lily,Mom — Lily @ 8:21 pm
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You read that right! I’m now offering you a link to one of the best treats ever!! BJ and I love these bully sticks! (Mom’s got a video of us enjoying them– email me if you want to see it– we can’t seem to get it to work here.) Click on the big Bully Stick banner above or the smaller one over there on the right side of the page and get your mom or dad to buy you some great ALL NATURAL treats!

And in other news, things have been kind of crazy around here. Storms and nearly being flooded out again (deja vu to November 2009!) and health issues (Mom’s, not mine or BJ’s), among other things! BOL But I’m back and I’m going to swipe the keyboard more often and post more! Meanwhile– WOOF!!!! BOL

 

I’m a Motley Mutt! April 18, 2011

Filed under: BJ,Lily,Mom,my world — Lily @ 1:08 pm

Yesterday was a long day. A very long, long day. It started at noon, when Mom, BJ and I got to Aunt Linda’s, where I found out I was there under false pretenses: I wasn’t there to play with Doogie, I was there to get a haircut while BJ got to play outside. Aunt Linda kept Doogie and Maggie in the house so BJ could just relax outside for awhile. Mom and Aunt Linda said it would only be for an hour or so. HA! WOOF!! An hour and a half after starting my haircut, Mom and Aunt Linda had only clipped my face, the ridge of my back and one leg! They gave up and Aunt Linda started going through the phone book. No one was open. Of course not, it was Sunday! Then Mom had an idea and called Motley Mutts (http://www.motleymuttsdogwashvb.com/) and the nice man who answered said sure, they would fix what Mom and Aunt Linda started if they could get me there by 2pm. Mom said “Yikes! We’re on our way!”, grabbed me and off we flew. I’m not saying Mom broke any traffic laws getting us there on time but a couple of traffic lights gave us the benefit of the doubt! ARF!!! The nice mans was Adam, the owner, and “they” turned out to be Melissa! BOL

We got there and Melissa said she’d take care of me and we must have been some kind of good luck charm because as soon as she said she could help us, three dogs came in to use their self-serve bathing tubs! So while she helped them, Mom and Aunt Linda and I made friends with Blue, Adam’s Irish Wolfhound PUPPY! This guy isn’t even a year old and he’s as tall as BJ!!

Then things settled down and Melissa put me on the grooming table and the fun began. She was very nice and very gentle and I liked her even tho I wouldn’t give her a kiss when we got done!

Mom and Aunt Linda left me with Melissa and I don’t know where they went but they did come back for me! It’s nice to know I’m not going to be abandoned like some of the puppies I hear about.

But we did abandon enough fur to knit another dog! Mom was joking that the fur on my feet was growing as fast as Melissa could clip it! BOL

I was too scared of the blower dryer thing so they decided to just let me air dry, which I did in the car on the way back to Aunt Linda’s to get BJ. All in all, my grooming took just over four and a half hours!! And through it all, I was a good girl, and Melissa was so patient and easy with me, I’m hoping Mom takes me back there sometime!

And Mr. Johnny, Aunt Linda’s husband, said that except for the whining, BJ was a good boy. I’m glad Mom brought BJ along– seven hours alone in the house would have been too much for him. At least this way, hang with Mr. Johnny and enjoy being outside. BJ’s crazy like that– he thinks it’s okay to be outside. ARF!! Silly BJ! WOOF!!

 

The angels are crying today. March 10, 2011

Filed under: Buddy,friends of mine,Mom,our world — Lily @ 9:34 am

JBV and her fur babies. 🙂

Mom says that’s what happens when someone special goes to heaven, the angels cry. They cried a whole bunch on 1-10-2011 when Jill went there unexpectedly. We all cried. But today we can celebrate because she is in heaven and not in pain and she’s with Rachael and Bridget and my big brother Buddy and none of them are in pain any more. Her private memorial service is starting soon and Mom’s gonna light a candle here for her at home. I’d light one too but without an opposable thumb I’m not sure I could do it. BOL

We’ll miss her. But Mom says I don’t have to worry about my “cousins”: Jordan’s with Chris (our animal communicator friend), Gem’s in a great home where she’s an only child and being spoiled even more than she already was, and Ava’s in a wonderful forever home with a big brother and a big sister and she’s doing great. Better than me, Mom says! Hey– not my fault if I’m scared of the outdoors. Except the car– I love to go for rides in the car!

Good-bye, Jill. And as Mom would say, “Sleep well, friend. I’ll catch ya later.”

 

Is it Saturday yet? December 22, 2010

Filed under: BJ,Lily,Mom,our world — Lily @ 4:28 pm

I can’t wait until Saturday! Not only will BJ and I get to open our presents, so will hundreds of special dogs and cats and rabbits and birds and more animals I don’t know the names of because of a really nice guy named Santa Paws! Yep, I said Santa Paws! My mom knows him and says he’s one of the coolest humans EVER. She and dozens of other volunteers, Santa Paws’ Elves (BOL), spent last Sunday packing up goody bags for more of Santa Paws’ Elves to deliver this Saturday, Christmas morning. I wish I could be there to see the looks on the faces of the animals mom’s and dad’s as they answer a knock on the door to find an elf handing them bags stuffed with food and toys and treats for their furry kids! How cool of a surprise is that, huh?

Another human who has met Santa Paws, Tamara Dietrich, a reporter with the Daily Press, a local newspaper here in the Hampton Roads area, explained a bit about the process in her article last Friday (Dec 17, 2010). “Nominations come from social workers, animal control officers, veterinarians, neighbors, friends. They come from as far south as North Carolina, up into New Kent County and over to the Eastern Shore”. Once Santa Paws receives the nomination, he adds it to his list, checks it twice, and makes sure the nominated families get what their pets need for a Merry Christmas, with individualized bags of goodies which even contain food that accommodates a pets special dietary needs.

Here’s Santa Paws’ card: Isn’t that cute? BOL

“To donate, volunteer or nominate a pet owner for assistance, call 757-356-9119 or visit the website http://www.santapaws-foundation.com. You can also mail monetary donations to Santa Paws, P.O. Box 883, Smithfield, VA 23431.” Ms Dietrich continues, “Donations don’t just pay for goody bags for one day of the year. They also stock a pet food bank that, last year, supplied struggling families with pet food right through October.”

I know this is a bit different from one of my usual ramblings, but Mom, BJ and I really like the feeling of paying it forward by volunteering to help others. Mom can’t afford to donate money, so she donates time. What can you donate this holiday season, huh?

Anyway, to all our friends, near and far, two-legged and four:(Graphics by Gothic Charms)

 

Remembering Buddy… August 29, 2010

Filed under: Buddy,Mom — Lily @ 1:24 am

Hard to believe it’s been a year already since Buddy crossed over The Rainbow Bridge. Mom still says good-night to him every night. I miss him too. So I thought I’d raid Mom’s computer and just post a bunch of pictures of Buddy being Buddy. Ready? Right. Here goes. 🙂

Mom as Santa and Buddy as Rudolph, 2003

Dr. Buddy, Halloween 2005

Buddy, Mom and Tiger Lily, a Siberian Tiger, 2005

The Bad Dog Escaped Convict, and his get away driver, Little Buddy, 2006

Yogi Bear and BooBoo, Halloween 2008

Aloha!

The Buddies and Their Favorite Nurse, 2008

Prof. Dumbledore (or Gandolph!), Halloween 2008

He loved making people smile.

He especially loved the little people.

He loved to hear a good story read by a little person.

He was very proud of being a charter member of The Buddy Brigade.

He'd wear almost anything! Valentine's 2007

He even had formal wear, ready for any occasion.

He was a handsome fella.

He was a happy fella.

He was my fella, my big brother.

We miss you, Buddy.

 

Where’d the time go? June 14, 2010

Filed under: BJ,Mom,my world — Lily @ 1:24 am

I just realized I haven’t posted anything in four months! I’m sorry, but a lot has happened in that four months– a lot of nothing! 🙂 I’m kidding. We’ve had a lot of set backs here– Mom’s car broke down, BOTH computers died, we got BJ, Mom tried to fillet her pinkie, I went to school again, Mom got her car back, we got BJ, Mom got her computers back. Did I mention BJ? No? Well, I should! BJ’s my new big brother and Mom’s new service dog. He’s a four year old fawn Great Dane and he’s cool. He’s not Buddy, but he likes me so I’ll let him stay. I say that because he does have “issues” with other dogs but it’s looking more like a jealousy issue than an aggression issue. Like he’ll bark his fool head off in the car when we go down the road and we see another dog. But if we’re in the car while Mom runs inside real quick and he sees another dog he just watches it but doesn’t bark. Mom’s taking him to special socialization classes at the same school I went to and it seems to be doing him some good. And he’s taking his tests to be a therapy dog! So far, he’s doing real well there.

Here’s the first picture we saw of him, back on April 9th:

They called him James Maximus.

Here’s the picture Mom took of him when she went to meet him on April 11:

He smiles a lot!

I met him that day too but Mom didn’t get a picture of us together for a couple of days– she was busy running him around to the vets and stuff, getting him all his shots, and letting him know that when they went somewhere, he’d always come back here, to my house. He rides very well in the car– likes to lie and look out the windows.

For the first few days, I wouldn’t let him on my futon, but then I decided he was okay and we could share. Sort of. If I’m on there first, he either stays off or gets the space I leave him– Mom thinks it’s so cute the way I can suddenly make myself twice as big as I really am!

Sometimes I don't want to share the futon.


And sometimes I'll share like a good girl! 🙂

And sometimes, BJ just likes to sit and watch the world go by:

He sits in the chair next to Mom at the doctor's office too! Wish I could see that!!!

Mom’s very impressed with him. He walks really well on a leash, doesn’t pull at all. Comes when he’s called (silly puppy!), and even does those “sit” and “down” and “stay” things that I haven’t quite mastered yet. (Mom says I will, it’ll just take time.) He’s 34.5″ tall at the shoulder so he’s tall enough to see what’s in the pans on the stove but he never touches anything on the stove or the counters or even off Mom’s plate when she’s sitting in her chair eating in front of the TV. She says he sniffs the calories out for her tho! 🙂

He does have a bit of separation anxiety tho. If Mom and I go somewhere in the car without him, he cries and howls until we get back. But if I stay home with him when Mom goes off by herself, he’s fine. And I like it when they go off and leave me here by myself– that’s when I can nap on Mom’s bed! (Oh– don’t tell her I said that, okay?)

Oh– his name. BJ. I guess you’re wondering where that came from. Well, his old mom and dad named him James Maximus. That didn’t quite cut it with us. Little Buddy’s Mom thought we should call him Buddy Junior. We liked the sound of BJ but not so much the Junior part. So, in memory of Buddy, and to honor the name his ex-parents gave him, we decided on Buddy James. BJ. 🙂

And how am I doing? I’m doing okay. I do come when called in the house now ’cause I’ve learned it usually means a treat’s involved and if I don’t get there quick enough, I don’t get it. Mom doesn’t give my treats to BJ– she just says, “You don’t come, you don’t get the treat.” So now, when she says “Come!” I do!

I still prefer inside to outside and I still like eating my dinner after everyone else has gone to bed. Mom puts my dinner out the same time she puts BJ’s out but I won’t eat it until later. And neither does BJ– he leaves my bowls totally alone. Mom only had to tell him once to leave them alone and he’s left them alone ever since. He’s sure a smart one! I’m glad we brought him home that day. I’m sorry he had to leave his first mom and dad (they were moving and couldn’t take him with them) but I’m sure glad they let us have him. I think he’s happy here. 🙂