Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy holidays!

Friends, tomorrow I am off to camp, where I will not have internet access in order to blog. (My people finally found a place for me to go!) So I'll be back in the new year! See you then and happy holidays!

Monday, December 17, 2007

My ballet dance!

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. I have been busy reading all of my holiday cards from my DWB buddies, and filming my first music video! In the holiday spirit, I performed the long-lost movement from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker called "Dance of the Terrier." My long legs make me a natural at ballet, as you will see. I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My Pet Peeves

Dory tagged me to list my seven most annoying things. Now THIS was an easy list to make.

1) I hate the Roomba robot-vacuum with every ounce of my being. It bumps into my legs if I'm not looking, and it bumps against my crate. It also picks up crumbs faster than I can. So sometimes I attack it and try to bite it.

2) I hate getting WET. I hate having baths. I have to have two baths a week because of my allergies with special shampoo. Yuck. I also hate going outside if the grass is wet or if it's raining. I stand on the sidewalk and "aim" for the grass so I don't get my paws wet.

4) My dad gets pretty annoying sometimes. I hate it when I'm trying to take a nap and he tickles my paws. Also, he thinks it's really funny to stick his finger in my mouth when I'm yawning and not looking, so I close my mouth on it. It's stupid and annoying. I think my mom agrees on this one.

5) I hate it when my mom eats French fries and she won't share with me, no matter what tricks I do for her without being asked. French fries are my FAVORITE.

6) Actually, I find some of my trick requests rather annoying. I enjoy the challenge of "Get the lights!" and "Find it!" but I find "Sit," "Down," and "Come" a little beneath my intelligence level. So I don't bother doing those.

7) Like I mentioned in my random facts, I hate it when dogs touch/fight/wrestle/get too friendly at the dog park. I always run over and bark at them. Knock it off! Let's run around instead!

One thing that's definitely not annoying - making new DWB friends!

I want to wish Dory a very happy birthday on Friday.

Also, I'd like to thank my terrier buddy Keeley for bestowing me with the Golden Rose Award! I am very grateful to receive the honor. Thank you Keeley!

I'd like to pass the award on to some other wire fox terriers. First of all, Ozzy and Romeo. They just lost their dad and are grieving for him. We are thinking of you every day, buds! Hang in there!

I'd also like to award Axel for his amazing work to keep the Blaineville WFTs safe from convicted animal abuser Marc-Andre Laporte. He started a petition that has 2500 signatures now! And, the Barkalot Boyz got their newspaper in Florida to cover the story as well! So Jake and Just Harry should be awarded as well. Thanks you guys!

Monday, December 10, 2007

My Xmas tree

My people and I live in a pretty small apartment. Last year my people didn't put up a Christmas tree - bah humbug! This year, my mom decided she wanted to get more in the holiday spirit. The only problem is, my crate now stands where the Christmas tree should go due to some furniture re-arrangement. There is no room for the tree!

So my mom brought the tree to her office at work so she can be festive there, without my dad and I. Bah humbug to her!

So my dad and I walked over to her office today to check it out. And since every other doggie has been posting very nice Christmas-themed pictures sitting patiently by the tree, she tried to get one of me.

I'm not yelling in this picture - she just caught me mid-yawn, expressing my feelings on this project. I'm also half-sitting-half-lying-down because I didn't really feel like obeying either command. Look how much of my gums are showing! Don't I look fierce? Or do I just look bored? At any rate, I think I look very handsome - I just got a new haircut.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

St. Nicholas Day

Tonight is little Asta's St. Nicholas Day party! I've been warming up my vocal chords all day long because we're going to sing Christmas and Chanukah songs, and Jackson is even bringing his violin. Ahwrooooooo!! I think I'm ready for some dancing, too! I've tried to heal up my paws so I can have some fun tonight. I'm looking forward to seeing my old and new DWB buddies.

My friends Sam, Katie, and Zorra tagged me in a game several days ago.

Here are the Rules:
Link to your tagger and post these rules:
List eight ( 8 ) random facts about yourself.
Tag eight people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them). Let them know they've been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.

This is requiring some creative thought...okay, here goes.

1) I was born in Connecticut, lived in New Hampshire, and now live in Indiana.
2) My first humans called me "Skippy."
3) Now I'm named after a town in Massachusetts (Lenox) and a famous conductor (Leonard Bernstein).
4) I tore my ACL almost two years ago, and now I sit funny (legs to the side).
5) I am the only dog at my dog park that barks! I like to referee if dogs are wrestling, or fighting, or um...getting too friendly, if you know what I mean.
6) I'd rather play with big dogs than little dogs.
7) I sing along when my mom plays her flute.
8) I say "cheese" if you rub my belly!

Hmmm...I can't keep track of everybody who has already been tagged! I feel like I have learned fun facts about everyone already. This is hard. So sorry if you've already been tagged, but let me try:

1) Dory
2) Mackie
3) The 4 B's
4) Kirby
5) Sophie
6) Toby
7) Russell
8) Charlie

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Thank you Dory!

I am so honored.

My new lab buddy, Dory from Boston, sent me a very special award! She received my DWB Holiday Card first, so she sent me a lovely certificate and prize! It's a cool pull toy with a handle for a person to tug on it too.

Thank you so much Dory! What a fun prize! I feel very honored and I'm glad to become buddies with you.

Holiday Traveling!

Over Thanksgiving break, I got to go visit some new friends named Summer and Torrent. Summer is a Golden Doodle and Torrent is a Malti-Poo. We had a great time running around their backyard, even though it was a little bit chilly.

My parents brought me along to Thanksgiving because they drove to my grandma's house. For Christmas, they're visiting my nana, and going on an airplane, and they don't know what I'm going to do yet. Has anyone ridden on an airplane before, besides the luxurious AireRuby? It sounds a little scary and I'd have to go in the luggage part of the plane in my crate. The place where I usually go to camp is full, and the only other place in town is BAD BAD BAD (where I tore my ACL and they lied to my people about what they did). My parents found a new place in another town, but it's more expensive than me flying. They are thinking about asking my grandma if I can stay with her for about 11 days, which wouldn't be bad at all! But I wouldn't mind spending Christmas with my people, either.

I want to thank all of my blogging buddies, especially Axel, who have been spreading the word about Marc-Andre Laporte's conviction on animal cruelty charges. His sentencing is coming up, and we can help the 50+ wire fox terriers involved in the case so they are not returned to him. My mom put a post on her "people" blog about it. Please help by signing the petition! (My grandpa just emailed me that he signed it, and I know there will be a lot more people joining him!)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The 12 Days of Christmas

OK, I am not as talented at song-writing as the brilliant Gus is (check out his latest songs!), but I'm going to give this a whirl. I've received so many wonderful cards all ready, and this is my musical tribute to them (to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"). Feel free to howl along! (And apologies for the fuzzy pictures)

On the first day of Christmas, my mailman brought to me - a card from Comet and BLU!

[Let's skip ahead a few days, or else this post will be very long.]

On the fifteenth day of Christmas, my mailman brought to me...

Simba's card from England

Cairo the Boxer

Bentley and Niko


Husky song from Sitka

Snowy little T-man

Beagle and 4 Doxies

Sparky dressed like Santa

Antler-ed Jag and Ezzy

Friends from Indiana

Dooooorry the Laaaaaab!

Four Boston friends

Franki V

Randi by the tree

and a card from Comet and BLU!

Thank you to Simba, Cairo the Boxer, Bentley and Niko, Sherman, Penny, and Lola, Sitka and Tia, T-man and CC-man, Chloe, Ricky, Sophie, Lucy, and Teddy, Sam, Zorra, and Katie, Dory, Ozzie and Rocky, Waylon and Willie, Franki V, Randi, and Comet and BLU for their lovely holiday cards!

Monday, December 3, 2007

5K for me!

My mom went out to Columbus, Ohio this weekend to run a 5K with two of her friends. All three of them are pretty new to running (and formerly heavier to varying degrees - combined they have lost about 120 pounds), so this was nice that they could run all together. My mom was the slowest one - she finished in 36 minutes, 34 seconds - but she ran the entire way, which was her goal. It was her third 5K.

It was the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis, which happens in a lot of different cities around the country. All of the runners tie jingle bells to their shoelaces.

I should mention that I am my mom's paw-sonal trainer. I am her running buddy and I keep her pace for her. She started jogging after I had my knee surgery, to help me with my rehab, and to help prevent my arthritis from getting too bad.

So I think it was fitting that she ran in honor of ME! The runners could wear a sign that they were running for someone that they loved with arthritis, and she picked me. Thanks Mom!

I have been receiving so many nice holiday cards! I will put a post up about them soon.