Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tennis Ball to the Rescue!

The other day, Coco got it in her head that she was going for a ride and nothing could change it.  I tried everything I could think of to coax her out of the car, but nothing worked.  I even had enough time to go inside (with all of the car doors wide open), grab my camera, and get back to the car without Coco even flinching.  Once she decided she belonged in the car, that was the end of the conversation...until I found a tennis ball in the back seat.  That's all it took and she shot across the yard after it.  Thank goodness for those little green balls of heaven or she'd probably still be in there...

Monday, April 7, 2014

Choosing A Name For Your Dog

Finding just the right name for your dog can be as difficult as naming a child.  In fact, there are a lot of similarities.  And you may (or may not) be surprised to learn that some of the same names are on both lists for babies and dogs.  Seems like now more than ever we are treating our dogs as our children--starting with naming them. 

Names like Sophia and Jackson--top choices for babies in 2013-- were #6 and 30 on the dog list.  This leads me to believe that we haven’t quite given in to the belief that our dogs are really our kids.  We still like to give them somewhat “dog” names. The most popular dog names in 2013 were Max and Bella, which were #41 and 93 on the baby list. 

There is, however, more to naming your dog than popularity.  It is usually considered good practice to stick to one or two syllable names (maybe this accounts for the popularity of Max and Bella).  If you think about historically popular dog names such as Spike, Fido, Spot, and Rover they all adhere to the one or two syllable rule.

Also, you want to make sure that your dog’s name doesn't sound like a common command.  A dog named Faye could get confused when you ask her to stay.

So, what are some good dog names? Check out the infographic for some suggestions!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Few of Our Favorite Things

The next few days Daddy is away visiting family, so we are left to our own vices, I mean devices.  I already promised Coco that we could do whatever she wants.  To figured out what our calendar will be filled with, I'm making a list of Coco's favorite things.

5.  Snuggling
Mostly on weekends.  Mostly while watching Investigation Discovery with Mommy, but sometimes in bed with Daddy while Mommy does all the chores.

4.  Chasing Small Animals
This includes squirrels, turtles, neighborhood cats, opossums, and the occasional raccoon.  Oh, and once she was hot the the trail of a hog while visiting Great Grandma and Grandpa in the woods, but I can't confirm that it was in fact a small hog.

3. Eating
Eating just about everything she can con you out of.  She frequently uses this face.  We've become immune, but have to warn guests against the perils of her pout.

2.  Playing with Cousin Madam
It doesn't even matter if Madam Star is playing back.  Just being around her cousin makes Coco happy.  I think it makes Madam happy too, even if she doesn't show it as readily as Coco.

And Coco's Most Favorite Thing to Do:

Playing Fetch.  Coco could play fetch all day long.  Her favorite things to fetch are tennis balls, fabric swatches from all destroyed toys, and West Paw toys. She's a fetching fool!  When we go to the dog park, she doesn't like to play with the other dogs (except when Madam Star is there) she just wants to play fetch.  So this weekend, I'm sure we will have our share of hours of fetch.

While we will miss Daddy (I already do) we will have tons of fun without him. We already have a play date planned with Cousin Madam Star to play fetch!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Life is Tough for a Basset Hound

Apparently, Cousin Madam Star needed a little rest after finding a nice comfy spot in the bushes.

Don't they have the best lives? 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Coco's Close Up

Coco is taking this opportunity, while she has your undivided attention, to wish everyone a very happy pre-Friday!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

This Just In: Dog Plays Cards

Tonight, Coco's big sisters are over for dinner and cards.  Coco has decided that she can play cards, too.

I'm letting her play my hand; she'll probably play better than I will.

What card sharp I've got.  Or is it card shark?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pik-Nik Thief

I came across this picture of Coco, taken after she was caught stealing a canister of Pik-Nik shoestring potatoes.  Isn't it funny how innocent they can look even when caught red-handed?  What she didn't know was the canister was empty.  Just moments earlier I had caught Daddy red-handed finishing them off--truth be told, I think the two of them ate all of the Pik-Niks together!  Couppla Pik-Nik hogs!

Coco Tries Pawz...And Looks Pretty Cute Doing It

After so much trouble with her paw pads, and after talking with the doctor--who suggested a few remedies, we were ready to try Coco's new shoes for the first time!

We had heard good things about Pawz and decided to start there.  Our vet said that since her pads haven't toughened up as quickly as normal (and maybe they wouldn't) that if she is going to play outside for an extended period of time (like here at grandma and grandpa's) she should wear shoes.  

I had my doubts, as Coco doesn't do well with things on her paws, or even things touching them.  We struggled just a bit getting them on, and she didn't want to walk on them at first, but she settled into them.  Once we got into the car (with Cousin Madam Star) she managed to get one off.  In the Pawz defense, I'm not completely convinced I got the right size.  I think she is in between sizes.  When we got to playing she didn't mind them a bit.

All in all, they worked well and protected her paws from peeling.  She was able to play fetch and I didn't have to worry she was playing too rough!

Pawz claims that their boots are reusable, however, by the time we were done playing, one of Coco's nails had poked through the rubber and it seemed that they were tightening around her leg a little.  I can't imagine I could use them more than once and certainly not for an extended period time (we were playing for around an hour).   In the summer, when the roads get really hot, I can see using them for a walk and being able to reuse them then, but not for playing.

I think we will keep trying different products because Pawz aren't perfect, but so far, they are just what we need so that she can play outside and I don't have to worry about torn paws!  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Coco The Princess

It has been established that Coco is a bit of a Mama's Girl, so it shouldn't be surprising that sometimes Daddy gets a little jealous, like when Coco chooses to follow me downstairs instead of play fetch with him.  Slowly Daddy is coming to terms with fact that Coco is Mommy's little brown princess.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sleeping Dog Face

I am such a sucker for a good ol' sleeping dog face, aren't you?  This is one of my favorites:

I just can't get enough of Coco's slumbering mug.  Here's another: 

There is something about that face that makes me so happy.