Yogi? BooBoo?

The month of May ended on a soggy note – lots of rain! But between the rain showers we did have some excitement…. we had a visitor. A visitor that the peeps don’t think us pups had ever seen before – maybe we had smelled it, but never seen it. It went down like this:

One evening the peeps were killing time (aka relaxing) by watching television. Mom’s preferred spot on the couch has a partial view out the window that us pups love to put our front paws in and survey our kingdom. This particular evening mom spotted something moving. To get Pop’s attention she said this, “bear, bear BEAR!” and points out of window. Of course this got the man going “what? WHAT!?” as he ran to take a look.

And sure enough, outside the window was a young bear, most likely a yearling. At this point, us pups had no interest in what had the humans so excited. If it didn’t involve a treat or cookie, I was not getting up off of my bed. The peeps watched it meander around and it got close enough to the side of the house that they lost sight of it. A few minutes later they decide to go out on the deck to see if they could locate it again.

Now mind you, Mom has worked with a Black Bear rescue/rehabilitation group and she had a niggling suspicion as to where that bear might be. See, Mom had been lazy and failed to take down the bird feeders that are suspended from our deck rails, despite her knowing that they can be very tempting to bears this time of year. With this in mind, and knowing the bear is probably looking for food, those bird feeders could very well be where the bear was heading.

So the peeps open up the door & walk out on the deck. Pop is clueless and isn’t really paying attention. He’s busy walking over to the side of the deck where he last seen the bear. Mom was on alert and immediately started clapping her hands really loud. Pop could not understand why she was doing this… until he actually looked where he was heading. The bear had climbed the deck post (approximately 14 feet from the ground) and was peering over the top rail. The clapping startled the bear and it went back down the post.

All this noise made us pup curious and out the deck door we went. By this time the bear had climbed a short way up a nearby tree. Us hounds commenced to raising holy heck! Talking about barking, howling, yowling, yipping – you name it, we were making it. We scared that poor bear down the tree and back into the woods. It took us the better part of an hour to settle down. Never in our lives had we seen such a creature!

Several lessons were learned that day, 1) bring the bird feeders in at the time of year you should, 2) Pop needs to start paying attention to his environment and lastly 3) three dogs of assorted sizes can make enough noise to raise the dead! Or in this scare to scare away a bear!

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This is the bear in question, viewed from the window Mom spotted it from.

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And the results are in…

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.

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Early Snow

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.

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Patton enjoying the snow

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Pixie checking out the snow

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The view from our deck

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Snow covered trees

Oh my….

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:

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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!

~Woof!
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Home Sweet Home

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.

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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!

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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!

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Family photo time – December 2016

Le Pew!

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!

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Very Slow Progress

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

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.