Per usual, I’m a couple days late. But on 3/19/2013, 3 years ago, I went and picked up Miss Adelaide, then named Murphy, and brought her home. And life has been a joy since. With a few escapes and a few other notable moments. She has turned into a very sweet girl. She hangs out with her other canine sisters (Aissa and Maggie May) and her feline siblings. She digs like crazy even with just one front leg and takes full advantage of only one shoulder.
I love you Miss Adelaide (aka Addy)
Karma, Adelaide and the pack, and always with our angel Brendol
Most of you know that we recommend putting flooring down on hard surfaces to allow our tripawds to gain better traction and aid their getting around. And some of you know that my particular tripawd, Adelaide, actually prefers to slide… on purpose. Yep, that’s right. She does a couple hops and then slides her one front paw across the floor. I keep trying to catch her doing this on video. But once I have a camera ready, she just looks at me funny.
Well, again, I did not have a camera. However, I wanted to share a funny story from this morning. I was getting both Adelaide and Maggie May ready for daycare, and had put their leashes on. We were in the dining room, and here comes Adelaide hopping along. She stepped on her leash and slid a good 3 feet. And you could tell it was on purpose. Then she turned around and went back to the kitchen a little ways, made a U-turn, and came back toward Maggie May and I and hopped her way up to where she firmly planted her front paw on Maggie May’s leash and then slid another good 3 feet. OMG! On purpose! I know many of you won’t believe me. But I swear, she loves to slide. And I am going to catch her someday on video. I don’t know how, but it’s just too dang cute.
Anyways, that’s our story. Wish y’all could see it.
I apologize for not posting in quite a while. Lots going on, but all good. Today the girls went to get their pictures with Santa. And they all did so good. This is Maggie May’s (the great pyrenees) first Christmas. We even waited 30 minutes for Santa to get his pants. 😉 Yes, Santa forgot his pants, but he did have non-Santa pants on while we waited. The local humane society had the pictures to raise money, and they did a really nice job.
This seemed to be everybody’s favorite (above). But Maggie May wasn’t smiling. Here are a few others.
Now, all these pictures look like angels sitting with Santa. But there were some out takes.
In this one Maggie May had had enough.
And in this one, Adelaide was trying to get extra credit with Santa.
But overall, they were good girls. Everybody loved them all. We got compliments on them all behaving, and all being so pretty. And… we are going to go see Santa again in a week. Just to make sure he gets the list right. 😉
Karma, Adelaide, Aissa, Maggie May, and not in the pictures Mathilde, Morrigan, and Bagheera. (with Brendol as our angel always)
What is a tripawd-cation you ask? Well, it is the combination of a vacation and a tripawd party all rolled into one, of course. And it is PAWESOME.
I traveled to Colorado a couple weeks ago because 1) I had a family reunion to attend, and 2) I really wanted to take some R&R in the good ol’ Rocky Mountains. With a little planning, I incorporated a few tripawd visits along the way.
First stop, Squirt and his mom Janine. We met up for lunch in Denver and hung out at a park. Squirt is super adorable and his mom is super nice. This is Squirt…
After visiting the handsome tripawd Squirt, I drove North to meet spokesdog Wyatt! The drive up to see him was very pretty. This is one of the many pictures from the drive.
Then I met the celebrity himself. Mr. Wyatt sure is handsome…
And Jim (admin) and Rene (jerry) were pawesome hosts. I was able to see a bit of the ‘day-in-the-life’ of our tripawd founders. And we had a “working lunch” on one of the days.
On one afternoon, I took a drive up through the Roosevelt National Park. One of the roads was called Deadman Road… 22 miles of narrow dirt road up over the mountain range. I loved the scenery and serenity of it.
And we took Wyatt to a lake to go for a swim. He’s quite the swimmer and loves to go get the sticks. He is also pretty good at NOT shaking off on top of you when he comes back to shore each time. But you have to watch or he’ll get ya. 😉
And when we were walking back to the truck, we were given an aerial show from a bald eagle and a hawk fighting over territory. After the eagle succeeded in chasing the hawk off, she took to the top of a dead pine tree. Below is a picture of the eagle and a few other critters that I came across during my trip (including elk and a very friendly marmot).
After visiting with Jim, Rene, and Wyatt, I was going to go meet Shari (angel Dakota and Evelyn’s mom), but something came up to where we were not able to get together. So I headed over to Estes Park and spent the night at the Stanley Hotel. The next day, I took a drive through the Rocky Mountain National Park and up over what is called trail ridge road. The road goes up across the continental divide and is in excess of 2 miles of above sea level. It crosses the mountain ranges above the timber line, which is where trees do not grow because of the high altitude. Here are a few more pictures from the rest of the trip.
And to leave you … some mountain flowers.
So next time you are considering your vacation… maybe contact some of the local tripawd members for some meet-ups. Makes for a more social vacation. 🙂
Yes, you read that right. Extra Extra, read all about it. Georgia had some huge boomers today and Miss Adelaide was at daycare and didn’t bat an eye. No hiding in Dave’s bedroom! When I picked her up, she wasn’t sulking, she wasn’t scared, she was bouncing around excited like life was just hunky dory. The only thing I’ve done so far, was the last storm which I was home for, I put her leash on and I would actually not let her go hide. I made her stay with me in the living room watching tv. We talked, we laughed, I made funny noises… anything to show her that nothing was scary. She could sit next to me, or she could lay on the floor in front of me on the couch. But she could not leave and go hide. Who knows, maybe that did it. But today we were not afraid! (I sure hope I didn’t just jinx myself)
Happy Birthday to Aissa May. Some time in June, she turns 14. We don’t know a specific birthday since she was found in the middle of an interstate as a baby with a bad case of mange and worms. I adopted her from the Humane Society that had taken her in and gotten her well. She had sarcoptic mange initially and when I adopted her, she still was battling demodex mange for a few months. Here was a picture of her intake with the Humane Society.
Aissa when found
By approximate age, she is now 14 years old! And she is a loved and happy girl. Today we had a Birthday cookie, and Adelaide got a flower cookie too!
Aissa May loved her treat. Here are a few pictures both from the other night after daycare and today enjoying her cookie.
Aissa with her buddy Mathilde
And then the best picture of the group was one of Adelaide of course. This was her getting her cookie.
Adelaide and her cookie
And now everybody is in their post treat comas and enjoying the air conditioning on a warm summer day. If anyone is wondering about Adelaide’s storm issues. Well, they are still going on. We haven’t gotten the thundershirt yet. Not opposed, just working on a few things. Right now, she heads for under the bed every time it storms. And she stays there for hours afterwards. She is also nervous about going outside for the first 12 hours or so afterwards.
Happy Birthday to my dear Aissa May! Love you always.
Well! Adelaide is 3 years old, and has overnight developed a phobia of lightning storms. 🙁
Last night I went to find her, and found her in the small hallway to the garage. At first, I thought she looked guilty and had been trying to get into the dog food. It was dinner time, and I fed the dogs and figured that would take care of her strange behavior. But she didn’t eat and went straight back to the hall. My next guess was that she needed to go outside. It was raining and lightning, but if she needed to go, she needed to go. Out in the rain we went. And she didn’t seem to be paying attention to the storm. I, however, was a little concerned that lightning might decide that me and my umbrella were a good target. Adelaide did her business and we headed back inside. BAM, she headed straight back to the hall. I decided next to just leave her be a bit, but then I could hear her trying to squeeze through the cat door inside the pet gate (which she can fit). I coaxed her into the living room with me, and brought her up on my lap to hold her like I used to do with Brendol when B’s farts had her terrified. But that didn’t last either, and she got down and went back to the hall.
Final option was to pack everyone up and go up to bed. As soon as she got up there, she laid down on the bed and was more comfortable, but kept giving a worried gaze toward the window. Then she jumped down. Well, she often sleeps on the floor for half the night, so I just waited. When I checked on her later, she had crawled under the bed to sleep. She spent all night under the bed.
We had more storms today, so I mentioned it to the pet sitter to keep an eye on her. When I picked her up, sure enough… when it was storming, she hid in their bedroom. SO, ADDY HAS STORM PHOBIA NOW.
I’m writing more about gardening today, so if plants aren’t your thing, you might not enjoy this post. But Adelaide and Aissa love their yard.
It has been raining for 9 days and we finally got a break in the rain, for at least the morning. The girls and I took an opportunity to enjoy the back yard a bit. Aissa May was thirsty, so she figured the bird bath would work just fine. Monkey see, monkey do, Adelaide had to check it out too.
Our Leatherleaf Mahonia’s are doing great this year. They have really enjoyed all the rain. And the birds haven’t gotten to the berries yet.
And our grove of Carolina Allspice is thriving. This is a native plant and occasionally it smells so sweet, I can smell it from the back patio which is 50 yards away.
With rain for 9 days straight, the mushrooms are everywhere. That will do great for when the box turtles come back. They love to eat the mushrooms.
Last year, our yard guy cut down a few trees… this is the first year in the 12 years this azalea has been in this spot that it has bloomed. And bloomed it did. It’s a very pretty coral pink. Even Adelaide was surprised by the new flowers.
With a large wooded yard and a more frugal approach to landscaping, each Spring I just get a few fill in plants and keep adding to what will hopefully someday look like a botanical garden. This morning’s haul…
Once I laid all the plants out, it didn’t seem like that much. These three plants (little yellow guys) I figure will help add some color to the front shrub bed. I might go back and get two more. Need to evenly space them out across the width and between the lorepetalums in the back and the nandinas in the front. Don’t mind the decaying retention wall. That will be fixed this year.
And I am forever working on my hosta bed. It is really misleading how large these two new ones are. The ones that are planted already in front of them have leaves that are the size of a large dinner plate. I saw these huge ones at the nursery and knew they would add a ton to the bed. I’ll also probably make another trip tomorrow to pick up a few more smaller varieties to keep filling in. By the way, that large plant behind them is my 12 foot Oakleaf Hydrangea. I love that plant. It blooms large 8″-12″ cream blooms. And with it so tall, I get to fully enjoy the blooms sitting on the patio that is 4 feet above the ground.
For some new added spark, I saw these white Astilbes that once planted along the wooded edge over here, will add a pop of color.
Another favorite in the yard are these Cast Iron plants. We have a whole bed of them on the other side of the walkway, so I picked up a couple more to fill in some space between the Leatherleaf Mahonias and Acubas. Adds some variety to the foliage patterns since the Cast Iron plants are so upright.
That pretty little azalea that is finally blooming? We decided it needed some friends. I picked up two lighter pink azaleas to plant near it.
Addy and Aissa never use the dog house. They are so spoiled that they are never stuck outside. But this is what the yard looks like behind the house as we walk up the walkway towards the patio.
And then, lastly, I love peonies. I am not sure it will grow well in my yard, but I saw some at the nursery and grabbed one little one to test it out. Just need to find the perfect spot for it.
Hope you all enjoyed our little tour of Adelaide’s playground.
Adelaide loves to crawl under the patio stairs and dig and lay and pretend nobody can see her. And I think it’s cute. But then I think most of what she does is cute. And when you think something is cute, you video it and put it in YouTube because everyone should think it’s cute. Right? Here you go.