Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lucy and her socks

Lucy has a weird fascination with socks. Terry put it best when he said "Whether they are clean, dirty or smelly she will still love'em!" We first discovered her fascination with socks when she started carrying Terry's socks into bed with her and sleeping with them. Well then she discovered that not only do they make a perfect bedmate but also a great playmate! She started playing with them. She is hilarious when she plays with socks! She loves to run around with them in her mouth and tossing them in the air. When she gets bored of playing with them she starts to chew on them. Almost all of Terry's socks have holes in them now, mine not so much. ( I wonder who remembers to pick up their socks??)

We try not letting her have socks because she does chew them up. One night I was upstairs watching t.v. and Terry was downstairs on his computer with the door closed between the rooms. All of a sudden I hear Lucy outside running around. So I jumped up to see what she was doing and lord and behold she was running around the yard throwing something in the air and catching it. Not knowing what she had found in the yard I quickly called her to me. She ran to me and proudly showed her new toy to mommy. It was one of Terry's socks. So I asked her did Daddy give this to you or did you steal it? I went downstairs to ask and as I was asking Lucy grabbed his other sock and started making towards the door. It had turned out they were stolen socks.

The best is when you catch her with one and she acts like she doesn't have it by laying her head over it. When we went camping awhile back ago I was packing and had all of our clothes laid out. I walked out of the room to get something and little Miss Lucy followed with a pair of clean socks in her mouth! If you want to keep your socks don't let Lucy alone in the same room as them!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Lucy's New Squeaky Toy

Last night Lucy found herself a new squeaky toy. Here is the story of how it happened! Last night I sent Lucy outside to go potty for bed time. After awhile Terry asked me if she had a squeaky toy outside with her. Currently she only has one and I located it inside fairly quickly. I then too heard the same squeaking. So we went outside to investigate. I found her on the side of the house and she looked very happy with what she found. Terry called her to him and she came running with something in her mouth. Terry told her to drop it and to our surprise it was a baby bunny! Bigger than last year's bunnies, but still a baby. I quickly tried getting Lucy inside and to get a box for Terry. When we returned outside Terry had lost the bunny.

That was the beginning of his and Lucy's search for their bunny. We quickly concluded that it must have went under the deck. Lucy was sniffing everything like crazy. She even squeezed under the deck following the scent. I quit and started getting ready for bed. After awhile I went out looking for them. They had ended up in the front yard and Lucy was still following the scent. I interrupted them, but Terry was convinced that it was in our garden up close to the house. As he was searching I was watching Lucy behind him by the fence. And all be darn she found that poor bunny! It squeezed through the fence but Terry went and got it out of the neighbor's side yard. He was convinced we should keep it. I kept telling him to put it back. He did put it down and it hopped to a nearby grown bunny.

Today Lucy continued tracking that poor bunny in the backyard. I think she wants it back! Oh what an adventure!
This is from last year.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

My noise maker!

Lucy is a noisy dog but not the way that most dogs are noisy. She does bark but she is good at stopping when told to stop. The noise I am talking about is her groans and whines! She is the most vocal dog I know. I told Terry she takes after her mama when she is sick. When I am sick I whine. I let everyone know that I don't feel good. When Lucy gets sick she whines off and on. One day she got sick from a pill we were trying with her and she was laying on Terry crying. I felt so sorry for her.

She also groans! For example if she is sleeping next to you on the couch and you move you will hear a low groan from her. She does not like being disturbed while sleeping! The best is when she is in bed with me in the morning after Terry has left for work. (She sleeps in her crate at night but gets to sleep with me after she goes outside when Terry gets up.) She has a tendency to use my legs as her pillow. Well I like to roll over a lot in my sleep and every time I roll over I get a groan from her. The  other morning she wasn't even touching me and I rolled over and heard a low groan coming from her! Sometimes at night we put her in her bed and then we will lay there talking for awhile and occasionally we will hear a groan come from her kennel, telling us that we are keeping the sleeping beauty awake!

You can't say she lacks personality!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Lucy vs the cats

This past weekend we had the pleasure of going to Post Falls, Idaho, to see Terry's "second" mom. This was a true adventure for Lucy considering that Patty and Mic have 2 dogs and 6 cats. To my knowledge Lucy has never really been exposed to cats before so we were kinda nervous on how she would react to them. When we showed up at their house late Friday night Lucy got to meet their 2 dogs, Sissy and Bebe. Sissy is part border collie and Bebe is a large black lab. They quickly tried putting Lucy in her place. Bebe quickly learned that she could intimidate Lucy. It got to the point that Lucy couldn't get around Bebe!


Bebe, she's very camera shy
 The next day Lucy got to meet the kitties. Squirt was the first one she met. He taught her that kitties paw at her! Squirt is known to drive the dogs nuts. Terry has told me how he likes to sit in front of the dogs water dish and make the dogs whine until someone picks him up and moves him.

Lucy and Squirt
She met Henry who also learned he could intimidate her. Lucy wanted to play with him. Henry would hiss and paw at her anytime she got near him. At one point she couldn't get to me because Bebe was sitting next to me and Henry was on my other side on top of the couch. Bebe wasn't doing anything but Henry was hissing.

This picture is of her looking out of the corner of her eye watching Henry.
  Downstairs where we stayed is the cats' area. She loved going down and try stiffing the cats and eating their wet food! Saturday night we introduced her to Pudgy. Pudgy was more willing to meet her. Terry held Pudgy as I held Lucy and she got to sniff him. The next morning I caught her wanting to play with Pudgy. I tried taking a video but it didn't record when she was really trying but I did get her trying sniff Pudgy. Well I was going to upload it but it wouldn't let me. But in the video Pudgy goes to raise his paw and Lucy takes off running! She learns quickly sometimes!

I was so proud of her! She was not a huge pain and did not try chasing the cats. We had a great time. They have an amazing house that overlooks Post Falls and the surrounding towns.