Envelope please…. the results of Pixie’s DNA test are as follows:
Mom has had the test kit to do Pixie’s DNA for years! For some reason she managed to get mine & Ugg’s done in a reasonable amount of time, but kept putting off doing Pixie’s. Well, she finally got around to swabbing Pixie’s cheek (which Pixie was not a fan of) and sent the test off. The result arrived in Mom’s email late yesterday afternoon. Turns out that mom was correct in thinking that the Pie was a beagle mix.
This past weekend was a rare treat for me – we had an early snow. Truthfully it’s a rare snow for December in east Tennessee. And like normal Tennessee snows, it didn’t last too long, just from Friday mid-day to Saturday mid-day, then it melted. There is only a tiny amount of snow left in the sheltered/shaded areas around the house. Here’s a few photos from Friday & Saturday.
Patton enjoying the snow
Pixie checking out the snow
The view from our deck
Snow covered trees
Mom was late getting home last night to give me my weekly bath and to feed me my din-din. She went to the grocery store… and she came back telling tells about something beyond my wildest dreams. She said she saw a giant hot dog!
Everyone who really knows me, knows how much I love hot dog wieners. They are like food from the gods in my opinion. When the peeps have them, I know exactly how many are left in the pot on the stove. I counts them with my sniffing nose.
So… needless to say I didn’t exactly believe mom’s story. I thought the lady had simply inhaled way too many of the fumes floating through her office building. But then she said she had proof! Photographic evidence if you will:
Oh my dog! I thought my eyes would pop out of my head!! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, she didn’t lie – it really was a giant hot dog! I admit, I drooled a little when I saw the photo.
And I can’t believe she didn’t come pick me up so I could see this amazing creation in person. I would have gobbled it right up!
It has been a very long time coming, but I am finally in my new digs. The peeps & us pups moved in just after Thanksgiving. It took a while for me to settle in and realize that this house was going to be my permanent new home. It really clicked when my “throne” was put into place.
This is me laying in my “throne”. The world is right when the throne is mine.
Then in early January we had our first snow in our new home. It was pretty, but it didn’t last very long. In fact our temperatures this winter have been above normal. We hit 80 degrees earlier this month!
First snowfall since moving in
And here’s a group photo of us pups sitting pretty in our new digs. The Mom was bribing us with a cookie. That’s why Pixie’s tail is wagging 90 miles an hour and she is busy licking her lips!
Family photo time – December 2016
I think one of Pepe’s relatives was visiting my neighborhood last night…. but first let me set the scene.
Mom gets home from work and gives all 3 of us pups a bath – we had spent the weekend enjoying some nice clay mud on the construction site, so everyone needed a bath. Myself, I personally love baths, I get one every week & I hop into the tub willingly. My siblings, Pixie & Ugg, they do not enjoy baths so much and mom has to carry them into the bathroom.
After we had eaten our kibble & dried off, we spent most of the evening laying around while mom caught up on laundry & TV time. Around 8:30pm or so, Pixie & I decide to go outside – no big deal, we have a doggie door. A few minutes later, mom hears the door open again & Pixie comes bee bopping back in & hops up on the ottoman in front of mom. Oh my goodness! A trail of smell comes wafting off of Pixie & right into mom. It was the distinct aroma of skunk! Of course mom has to do the sniff test and yes, Pixie does smell like a skunk. Mom decides that the stink is light enough that she can cover it up with the lilac scented dog perfume she bought years ago. So, Pixie gets a good coating of flower stink and mom goes checks the yard, but doesn’t see or smell any skunks. I was a good boy, I didn’t come back inside with any skunk smell on me!
Then around 9pm, she hears the dog door open again. Seems like Ugg had gone outside & when he came back in he jumped up on the ottoman and guess what?! He smelled like a skunk too! This was too much! The dog door was sealed off for the next hour. Ugg got to smell like pretty lilac for the evening just like Pixie.
Mom searched the yard again & in the corner near the woods, she could smell a skunk. She’s guessing that Pixie & Ugg must have went to that corner to investigate something and ran through a lingering stink cloud!
Well friends… I had hoped to share news of my new digs by now. However, the move hasn’t happened because the house isn’t finished. My pawrents are very unhappy about this considering they were told we should be in sometime in July. It is now almost mid-October and you can see where we are to date in the photo below.
House progress to date
The parents are ready to take over the build from the contractor. They figure they can get things done just as fast as he has and probably faster. Needless to say this experience has not been pleasant.
Mom is thinking that it will be closer to Christmas before we can move in — just in time for the snow to start. At least I will have some very large windows to look out and survey my domain while enjoying the comforts of a toasty fireplace.
Boy! It’s been almost a year since my last entry – my typist has really been slacking!!
So what’s been going on since last summer? We had some pretty cold & icy winter weather, glad us pups were snug in the warm house during those days. Pixie has been on chipmunk patrol almost every day, weather permitting. She will even sit out on watch during light rain showers. That girl is dedicated to her sport! Ugg is still being an annoying pest but he’s the apple of dad’s eye, so I have to tolerate him.
The parent’s have been busy pretty much every weekend. They are trying to finish up our tiny “weekend cabin” and they have been busy trying to coordinate the building of our new home. This new home will get Pixie back closer to her North Carolina roots since that is where she was born and our new home is around 24 miles away from the NC state line. I think I will like living in the mountains – plenty of wildlife to watch, deers, turkeys, lizards, etc. The only thing I will miss is barking at the weekly trash pick up guys, UPS & FedEx deliveries and the mailman. Those things are not an option where the house is going. Sigh… I really hope the wildlife will make enough appearances to keep my barking voice in shape.
Here’s the view I will be enjoying from my future new deck in the late fall & early spring.