Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Haze of Love

The chief difference between loving Emma and loving all my puppies is that when Terry comes home and I squish Emma's face up next to mine and ask Terry "do we look alike" he smiles and says yes. When I do this with a new puppy he looks mildly annoyed and says yes.

Another big difference is that no matter how much I kiss Emma, I do not get fur up my nose.

Other than that, it is the same wild plummet into love, the belly full of warm oatmeal feeling, the simple and exquisite joy. You might say "poor Emma has to share her mothers love with so many doggies..." but Emma says that she has a mommy who really has love down "pat".

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Walks with firends

Jessica, Blanche and Emma. Typical 4 mile walk for us. Blanche frolics here and there, she is a fit healthy and happy 15 year old. Hurray for great genes and awesome food (Annamaet is our dog fo

Monday, July 20, 2009

lead girls

Twinkle and Tula in lead on the heavenly trail. Two amazing, strong and smart girls. Talk about power up front! And wow...good looks too! I love these girls.

CGC night at Corina's class

Ali with Darka at odedience graduation night. Darka is twice CGC'd so she was just there to cheer everyone on. Emma came along too of course.

Friday, July 3, 2009

winter reminiscing

Aaaaa winter memories...the "heavenly trail". Dog team full of adventure, sled bag full of snacks and gear, trail just firm enough to hold us above the deep snow, and my belly full of baby Emma.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Chantilly Lace aka TILLY or the Tillinator

Photos from Dyanna, Tilly's mom.
These photos also include Obi, Dyanna's Uktousa malamute who is sadly no longer with us and is very missed and loved.
Tilly is a Blossom-Smudgie baby, sister to our Tart and big sister to our Wolfie. Tilly is very sassy and very Smudgie!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Feeding time

Well, it finally happened. I had to feed dogs, Emma was not napping. She came with me in her green SleepyWrap. I have to say I am proud of two things. One, my stubborn belief that you do not have to yell at your dogs or be stern to get them to behave. And two, what a great job Jesse has done feeding dogs.

Jesse is having a little time off for a visitor, so I have been feeding the kennel. I have been impressed that the discipline has not worn off and the dogs still know they need to be quiet to be fed. Thank you Jesse, you rock!

So to all those trainers who think one needs to sound stern to get obedience, what are YOU going to do the day you need to feed 27 dogs and carry your infant daughter? Not only did she and I get the job done, but she fell asleep in the wrap carrier by the end!

The energy at feeding time for dogs can be full of calmness and love. I really believe that, and I think it has more benefits that just the quiet. I think dogs digest better when they are calmer and I think they know how much you love them when they can see it in your eyes as you feed them!

Rev and Sherpa

Some seriously cute photos of Rev and Sherpa at Jessica's house. Smudgie has the cutest kids!

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Mud Pie

Here is a baby Smudgie if there ever was one! This is handsome Mud Pie from the first Blossom-Smudge litter. This handsome fellow lives with Jessica, Russ, Eric and Lief at Sun Dog Siberians in Maine. He also has two little brothers there - Smudgie babies too. And more Siberian friends.