Fun with meme

Well it is Saturday. I have given Kirby a bath the day before, and as that is always somehow a very traumatizing experience for him, I decided to give him a break with pictures…well except for this one that I think depicts his fear perfectly prior to bath time.

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So to give him a bit of a break, and being inspired by his recent picture I decided to show you guys some of my favorite animal meme’s of all time ……

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And just in case anyone missed our last video

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NOT so Wordless wednesday- Poe and the intruder!

We missed mischief monday again! How could we, and this time there was lots of mischief to write about. So I guess better late then never. I got the privilege of puppy-sitting one of Kirby’s best buddies Rocco. I know you guys got to see him in a post about a month ago, but man has he grown! He is developing quite the personality as well,which works perfectly for Kirby’s rambunctious self. I took lots of pictures to share with you guys, and uploaded a video about it for those who want to see him in action.
Rocco although cute and playful like Kirby, is quite different than any dog I have ever owned – and no its not just the random snorting he gives every couple seconds, but it has helped put him up there! (Caught a bit on video- see below)

Kirby for example likes to show off his skills by ducking and running under Rocco to show off just how much faster he is, than poor Rocco could ever be, and Rocco simply uses his weight (as its all he has in his defense) to try and pin Kirby for a good play-fight. Rocco is very much a puppy and though he’s learning doesn’t have all the social manners Kirby is used to, that added to him weighing a good solid 15+ pounds already, I had to be sure to supervise that Rocco’s play tactics didn’t accidentally squish the poor little Kirbster XD.

Because he has never met Poe before (our family dog) who has a bit of anti-social behavior due to his past, I had to be on top of my game when introducing the little squirt to him and “his territory”. So I used some of the tips I have mentioned before in my videos. Poe as I suspected wasn’t in for being buddies (unlike Kirby) as when Rocco tried to play with him, Poe would give a little don’t-bug-me growl and walk away. Other then that though they co-existed fine, and Poe was quite content looking a the two bozos
– immature pups (trust me he was thinking it) play and scurry around, not very interesting for a 8 year old boy who would rather lounge with us humans, then have to intermingle with these two rambunctious pups, as they ran and played…and ran and played circles around him.

I did get one shot though of the three of them snuggling together, or should I say Poe lying down and these two snuggling up to him,and him being to lazy to move. Never-the-less it was quite adorable!

Here’s the video, pictures are below it.

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I also wanted to thank Trompie (one of our very first blogging buddies) on this fabulous award and want to pass it along.

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The following “rules” go with the award

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your wordpress experience and family

4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them

5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people that have taken you as  a friend, and spread the love

Here’s our 10 picks! In no particular order…

http://mygbgvlife.com/ -EMMA

http://nylabluesmum.wordpress.com/ -Nyla-blue

http://easyweimaraner.wordpress.com/ -Easy

http://www.animalsed.com/ -Faris & Bueller

http://www.molliesdogtreats.co.uk/ – Mollie & Alfie

http://www.mypawsitivelypets.com/ – Ann

http://www.terriertorrent.com/ – Gizmo

http://mostphotogenicdog.com/ -Gracie and Henri

http://www.speedyhousebunny.com/ -Speedy

http://bestpupintheworld.blogspot.ca/ – Max

I wish I could pick more,but this is far from my last award nomination :D! I picked you guys because you have either been there for us since the beginning or have been a great supporter of us, and I hope I have been equal to that to you. You are all part of my blog-family 🙂

Wordless Wednesday A tip on how dogs think

I’m trying not to put up my videos as much as this is a blog! But nothing much went on this week, let me know if you guys knew or read this before?. Poe is in it at the end!

Kirby has this thing where he likes to hibernate. He goes under the blankets to sleep.

Kirby has this thing where he likes to hibernate. He goes under the blankets to sleep.

Winner winner chicken dinner, eh,Waggy Pooch Drypet towel! and a shoutout to a new edition!

So it is the day, well I’ve been waiting for, is finally here. Who will win the amazing Drypet SUPER absorbent, anti-bacterial, Towel? Well it is funny how you do the post, make the video, enter the entrants in the randomizer, and with one click the winner is there, just like that . I wish I could give everyone who entered a towel, and I know everyone says that,but really I do, as I know it is such a great little “invention” that fell into my lap, and now I don’t know what would be a suitable option without it.

Anyone still interested in the towel though, just in case, can get one now for a limited time offer at Waggypooch.com at 20% off the original price! 🙂 It starts today and ends April 22nd.

Okay, okay okay, now for the winner. I will just make it as suspenseful as I can, following it with a big empty space so you must continually scroll down in anticipation, then I will simply add the randomizer list, where obviously the person at number 1 is the winner!

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THATS RIGHT! I clicked randomize and the winner was…….

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Congratulations Oz! I hope you will enjoy it and find it useful as much as Kirby and I have. Oz, if you see this email me your shipping info, so I can send it off to Waggy Pooch and get your towel to you! 🙂

For everyone else, thank you so so much for entering. We have enjoyed doing this giveaway as you guys as well as Waggy Pooch have been a pleasure to do this with 🙂 We have learned what and what not to do for next time if we ever host one! I think perhaps for the next giveaway Kirby and I will go off to our local pet store and try to find a prize that every viewer can hopefully win and use 🙂

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Now before we go, Instead of posting something about KirbyI really was aching to mention a fellow blogger who’s recent post, has touched my heart so much, their generosity and caring demeanor for the animal world can be seen by a new recent edition they just adopted. Not only is he adorable, like oh my goodness please let me hug him NOW adorable, but he is blind. He was destined (or not) for a very sad and probably frightening life, until the wonderful couple at The three little pugs intervened to give him such a happy new beginning  . I don’t want to give the story away as i could never tell it as good as them, and I would really like if you all could just take a peek, I think it might brighten up your day 🙂 Here’s a picture of the little squirt! (Little Gus)

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Anicent beginnings,and the winner is….Ooops is it friday?!

So sorry we are late by a day. It’s just this week we have only posted twice and I thought it would be silly to only post twice in a row then nothing, so decided doing it on Friday isn’t a bid deal. Thanks for all the entries, we really love it, if you didn’t get picked this time, just enter again sooner or later your BREED should randomly come up. Remember you must tell me the breed of the dog if you want to enter.

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That’s right! This lovely breed was added by none other then Reading with Rhythm. A wonderful and very smart Labrador herself always finding the next new book and giving her expert review on it! She is a wonderful friendly dog, and considering she reads the smartest one I know! Here is a excerpt from their blog:

“Rhythm is a Labrador Retriever who was once a Guide Dog in Training for Southeastern Guide Dogs in Florida and now is a Therapy Dog Extraordinaire. Rhythm has become an inspirational Reading Master visiting schools and the Somervell Co. Library in Glen Rose, Tx. where kids come and share books with her and sharpen their reading skills”.

Way to go Bud. Click the link above or a picture Of Rythm herself below to take a peek at all their fabulous blog.

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Here is your badge Rythm!

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Now let’s learn about the breed!

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St. John’s Water dog

The Labrador Retriever like most retriever’s started off in Newfoundland Canada (yaaay for Canada! XD) in the St. John’s Water Dog. This was a dog that was what would be considered now a mutt breed, as it was a mix with a bunch of different dogs no one is particularly sure of which, though is believed to be a mix of Irish, English and Portuguese Working dogs. There was two types of SJWD at this time, which were called the greater Newfoundland, and the lesser, it is the lesser that is the ancestor of the Retriever. This almost Labrador’s loyalty and strong work ethic were desirable traits among the many fishermen that owned them.

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Avon, one of the first labs

After pairs being shipped off to England in the 19th century, as the boats would go through, the breed became more popularized over there as well. It is said that the first true Labs were owned by the Earles of Malmesbury,  5th and 6th Dukes of Buccleuch, and youngest son Lord George William Montagu-Douglas-Scot, who created breeding programs and are the parties responsible for this breed of today many believe. The first pair were called Avon and Ned. The story is that though Labrador’s were said to already have been introduced to England before this time, it was the Earl Of Malmesbury who saw a St. John’s water Dog on a fishing boat, and immediately made trades so he could have a pair of these dogs sent to him. It is then awed by their remarkable water retrieving skills that he devoted his entire kennel to developing the breed.

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Now that might explain the breed, but how about all these colour variations? The first yellow Labrador in documentation was in 1899. In the mid 20th century it was a more desired colour to have a lighter coloured Lab, so the variation went from a butterscotch colour in time with selective breeding to the light yellow we see today.

For the chocolate labs, although it is not certain it is believed they happened at first upon accident through wanted or unwanted breeding with a Chesapeake retriever.

Yaaay, well that was certainly interesting for us. We thought that perhaps the Lab would almost have the exact same story of the Chesapeake one we did a few weeks back. They start off similar, but trail off to a completely new story, very interesting 🙂

Also one more thing if you haven’t entered our Giveaway, with help of Waggy Pooch please do, as this is your last chance:)

Hey wordless Wednesday, breaking the rules

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Taking cover behind me on my pillows…XD

So yes, I realize today is wordless Wednesday, and we don’t like missing it! Already missed it last week, missed Monday Mischief this week, so we refuse to miss anymore, even though technically that doesn’t make it a wordless Wednesday, but we figure breaking the rules once isn’t going to hurt anything. Plus I always think of wordless Wednesday as cute-picture-doggy time, and we have pictures, yes we do!

So, I don’t know about you guys but over here in Canada, we had a storm last night. It wasn’t your average storm, no no. It wasn’t just storming, with rain coming out like a faucet, no, and yes there was thunder, and lightening, but it was the most INTENSE thunder we have ever heard.

This was Kirby’s first thunder storm, and would you believe it the first thunder we heard, partially shook the house! it was so loud, I wanted to look out the window and start barking. Luckily, Poe and Kirby were already at it. Poe was more on guard, ready to attack the thunder storm, while poor little Kirby was scared out of his mind, that it was a simple “fight or flight” for him, and he decided to do both. Luckily, after a few minutes, the thunder calmed down to be more “normal” and Kirby stopped caring.  I wanted to quickly capture for you guys, Kirby’s reaction to all this in pictures, sorry they are grainy my phone was what I had quickly on me to snap a few shots.

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Maybe If I can just blend into the sheets, no one will see me?

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After the window was checked……

Oh and here is what his little shirt says, I am kinda a hippie at heart so had to pick this up!

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“All you need is love” -reminds me of The Beatles song

So yes that was quite an adventure! Also for anyone who is interested and hasn’t entered yet, please enter our first and only Giveaway sponsored by Waggypooch. It really truly is a must have product for those facing the same problems I was.

Anyways until tomorrow, when we do our next Ancient beginning winner! xoxo- Leah and
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Forgot to add thanks 2browndawgs for this n that Thursday

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A new ancient beginning winner has been chosen. Please remember if you would like some spotlight on your poochie and to know a bit about his heritage (even if he is a mixed breed) enter a breed down below! Remember if your name didn’t hit the top of the list this week, just keep entering! The sooner I stop getting entries the sooner I must retire the badge!

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That’s right we are learning about the exotic (I can say that because I’m from Canada) Spanish Water dog submitted by none other then a very funny, and talented blogger friend Doggy’s Style who submitted the Spanish water dog on behalf of HIS (lol Leo) best bud who is one (and may also be a hyena as we learned in recent posts…….)

From his blog: “What made me open this blog was my furry beast called Doggy, I was going to write about the antics I would have to endure, turns out he’s well behaved and doesn’t give me a thing to write so I took over.” …”What you gonna read in here is randomness and typos, a lot of them, hope you enjoy them and don’t mind, I’m too old to change my ways. Thanks for passing by.”

Click on any of the gorgeous pictures of Doggy to skip over to his site!

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I award Doggysstyle with this badge!

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Now let’s learn about the breed…..

swd old masterWe begin as we often begin in our ancient dogs finding, having many theories as how the Spanish Water Dogs (SWD) came to be. Records that we do have suggest the breed has been around the main wetlands of the Iberian Peninsula since Ancient times.

In southern Spain it was believed the dogs came off  Turkish sheep boats, but has since been declared very unlikely. It is believed at this time the ancestors of the SSWD were here at this time and were split into three types of water dogs. One breed was smaller, lighter in colour, and has actually now veered off to become a new breed finally in 2011 called the Cantabrian water dog. The other group was also in Spain and know for having coats made of long and thin cords. The last group is noted as being the largest and strongest of all three.  Today, is is said that these three types are all the ancestors and what made the Spanish Water Dog what it is today. It is often believed to be closely linked to the Portuguese water dog!

The SWD was known as a all-around -dog with a strength in herding but would also help fishermen, taught to retrieve with hunters, and 1920 Cordobaworked with farmers.

In about 1975, tis this a spanish water dogwo SWD enthusiasts, Antonio García Pérez and Santiago Montesinos wanted to help the breed gain more popularity at least in its own country. (which explains to me the lack of old photos)

In 1980 with their help the Spanish Water  Dog was formed to help promote the breed.

in 1985, the SWD was accepted into the Spanish Kennel club

In 2012, the breed was accepted into the AKC in the miscellaneous group!

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Here’s a video showing just how truly remarkable and versatile this breed is:

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Hope you guys enjoyed. Enter for next week if you want. Also if you haven’t seen our giveaway, click below if you can spare a minute!

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