Friday, August 30, 2013

There are a lot of things the we still need to do before we can say we have nothing else to do.  Sorry to say I'm not very helpful.  I get tired watching her do stuff.  When she needs to put things away after a project, Lynda's not efficient.  Instead of taking a few things at time, she takes one thing.  Then she goes back forth from room to room.  She can't be alone, so I follow her.  It's tiring.
I need a nap.

Mom wanted me to help and take stuff into the other room.  I only carry my toys from place to place. But carry her things, nuh uh.  Besides, she never taught me to do that.

It got me to thinking what other things I don't do that other dogs do.

I don't fetch because I get bored.
I don't swim because I don't like water.
I don't rollover because I'm afraid to be on my back.
I don't always come when I'm called.  I used to.
I don't always walk next to her on our walks.

There are things that I do that's good:
I cuddle especially when it's thundering.
I beg nicely for cookies.
I bark when people come to the door if she's home. (To protect her.)
I love her.

Lynda is taking over to write about what she would have done differently.

I would have been more diligent in his training and kept up with it.
I would have taught him:
  to walk without pulling
  to not snap at other dogs
  to fetch
  to know that I should have been better at housebreaking him
  to have continued with his agility classes

I'm sure there are many more things, I just can't think of them and get depressed looking at those I mentioned.

Although not an excuse, BJ is the first dog of my own.

What are some of the things that you would do differently?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Happy Adopted Day

Today's the day - BJ's 13-Year ADOPTION Day.   (Actually it was Thursday, I'm late.)
I love my mom.

 I can't believe that it's been 13 years since I took BJ out of his cage and he and I walked out of the Humane Society into a new beginning for both of us.  The full story is at 
BJ got fresh chicken along with his regular dinner. He also got a Greenie, his favorite treat and watermelon.  I on the other hand celebrated with wine.

Friday if it's not raining, we'll have a party with his dog friends in the park.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Today as mom pulled the shower curtain aside and looked down there i was. I had mushed up the bathmat to create a pillow and was curdled up lying in front to the tub.

The tile floor was cold so I made myself
 comfortable on the bathmat.
I looked up when the water stopped to see what was happening.  As soon as mom started to get out of the tub I wanted out.  There is no way I'm hanging around in case she decides to give me a bath.

Oh, you're finished.

Then I got to thinking about how much I follow her like a shadow and how much she's alone.

Think about it.  Where does mom go with out you when you're in the house?

As soon as she goes into the kitchen, I'm there.  After all what happens if something drops. Who's going to clean it up?  Maybe she'll give me a cookie.

I'm there on the sofa or chair when she goes into the living room.  And if she steps out, I shift into the spot where she was sitting.  If she's gone too long, well then, I have to look for her.  I can't leave her alone.

Oops, when she goes into the bathroom, I'm right there.  If she makes a move toward the tub, I scoot outside looking in.

I mushed up my pillow.
After my evening walk I know it's time to go to bed.  And there I am cuddled on the pillow on my half of the bed, waiting.

Falling asleep.

Since I can see the door to the kitchen from my spot on the bed, I don't always follow her if he goes into the kitchen.  But, if she's gone too long I know something's up and go to her.  Maybe she'll give me a cookie.

Only once in a while does she almost trip over me because I'm too close and she doesn't know I'm there.

That's about it for my house.  We only have a 1 bedroom apartment so there is no where else she can go.

How do you follow your family around?
Where are they allowed to go without you?

Hugs and Licks, BJ Pup

Monday, August 19, 2013

Adoption Day

I am a Happy pup.
Thursday it will be 13 years since I got a furever home.  I was such an excited pup when Lynda came past my cage in the NY Humane Society.  I wagged and wagged my tail and hopped up and down.  As soon as she smiled I knew I was going to have a home.

On Friday mom is making me a pawty in the park.  She can't on Thursday because we can't go there.

I'll update everyone as it gets closer to my adoption day.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Black & White Sunday

Black & White Sunday

Sniffing is BJ's favorite activity.
I got to the park!!!
I'm on this blog hop hosted by: Did What With Your Weiner, My Life in Blog Years andDachshund Nola.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Evercare Pet Extra Sticky 60 Layer Roller

I know I’m not the only dog to sit on the furniture and when I jump off there is  fur on the furniture and then it gets transferred to Mom’s clothing.
Mom was using a vacuum to remove my hair.  She grumbled as she pulled the vacuum out of the closet and found convenient plug.  It was either too strong or not strong enough.  I ran from the vacuum noise and was glad it didn’t work and scotch tape is a pain.
Lounging on the Sofa
Mom was at BlogPaws in May and got an Evercare Pet Extra Sticky 60 Layer Roller  when she stopped by their booth.  

It was made for pets and was extra sticky so it would remove the pet fur from all fabrics.  Maybe I could stay on the sofa.

Watching TV on the Sofa

A few rolls across the fabric and Evercare Pet Extra Sticky Lint Roller easily removed the hair from the towels and using a new sheet, easily removed the hair from the ultra suede and chenille.  Yeah.  i could still sleep on the furniture.
It Also Works on my Bed
Mom said it was fast, no effort, not messy and just required ripping one sheet from the roller and a new sheet was ready.  It also removes fur from my bed.   Off too the clothing next.  That too was no problem removing the fur from clothes and sweaters.
The Evercare product line includes the Veterinarian Pet Lint Roller, Evercare Pet Extra Sticky 60 Layer Roller, Evercare Pet Mega 25 Layer Roller with Extension Handle and Evercare Fur Eraser Agitator.

Disclaimer: Evercare provided BJ Pup a regular and a Evercare Fur Eraser Agitator to try.  BJ Pup did not receive any monetary compensation for this review.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Retirement Thoughts

A friend of mine over at Buttercup Counts Her Blessings had a very thoughtful and thought-provoking post yesterday.  It concerns her fantasy about retirement.  It got me thinking about my retirement and what I have accomplished, or not, and how it has affected my relationship with BJ.

I retired almost four years ago and didn't know how I would feel with all that time.  I have no idea where the time went or what I did during that time.  I do know that it I felt wonderful.  Retirement was my reward for having worked for so many decades.  

Not that I haven't done more in retirement than I've mentioned.  I did volunteering at a shelter, have a shredding party with old documents, redecorating my apartment, and other stuff.

Things I No Longer Need To Do

I no longer had to set an alarm.
I no longer felt the stress of going to my job, which in the last two years I no longer liked.
I no longer experienced the stress related acid reflex.
Time pressure lessened or is non-exisitent

The Positive Things I Know Happened

Mom can't get out.
I know that it was wonderful:
Not to have to see BJ's sad face when I was walking out.

Not to have to move BJ away when he positioned himself in front of the door and wouldn't move.

Not to have to get BJ when he snuck out and sat in front of the door to the stairs we use to go down. 
Not to have to hear BJ cry when I left.

There are days that I have commitments and I'm glad about that.  I have some structure.  

Most of all, I do not feel guilty about not doing anything except read or play computer games.  It's my life no matter what "friends" say I should be doing.

Retirement is a reward for having worked for so many decades.

Friday, August 2, 2013


This is hard for me to write about because I've been doing something that's upsetting Mom and I feel bad.  I don't know I why it happens, I just do it.  I snap at Mom.  Sometimes even though I know it's Mom, when she goes to pet me I snap at her.  Then I feel bad, so I lick her hand.  This has been happening for a few weeks.   ((Whining) Will Mom have to give me away?)

I'm too embarrassed.
I can't look at the camera. 
The other night she was standing and talking to someone and the person bent down to pet me and I snapped.  I've never done that before this week.  I also seem to be growling more at other dogs in the street.

We racked our brains to remember if anything happened to cause me to do this and can't figure it out.  We can't remember anything.

Mom's is taking over the writing:
I'm don't know what to do about BJ's behavior.  There are times he could be sitting in my lap and I move my hand and he snaps.  He's broken my skin more than once.

What do you think?
Do you have any suggestions as to why or what I should do?
BJ was a rescue, is 13 1/2 and has been with me for 13 years.

Thank you.  I really need help on this.

Love, Lynda.  Hugs and Licks, BJ Pup