Saturday, May 21, 2011

Growing Like a Weed

Hey there everyone.  Charley here - been a little busy growing like a weed. I am getting bigger everyday.  Check out my stats over there....--------->>>>>>

I had some tummy issues but they finally went away and I am much happier now. My peeps have been busy trying to keep up with me - 

They have been teaching me a lot of new stuff. I can do: sit and down - (I like to do the poodle slide version) but I can do a regular down too, and I can do nose touches on command. I still love to eat and am back on kibble all the time. The kibble gives me lots of opportunities to learn new tricks. Tricks are so much fun and I am so smart that it is easy for me to learn them. Mom says I have a very high I.Q. I don't know what that means but I know the counter is very high and I want to get up there. That's where they keep all the good eats!

I am still learning my recall and we practice everyday. I go for fun walks with Daddy on the trail and love to pick up sticks and chase the leaves that blow in the wind. I have also met some new doggie friends on our walks. 

The big dog Reese comes over to visit more now that I am feeling better. We go for walks together and I like that. She has a big, long tail - perfect for me to grab onto and tug with. But she can hold it up really high and then I can't get it...she is such a tease! But she likes me. She gives me kisses and lets me climb on her and kiss her back.

She still scares me sometimes when she barks because she has such a big dog bark, but I like to try to play with her anyway. The other night she came over and wanted to play with me. I was a little bit shy but Reese would bring one of my squeaky balls to me and squeak it a bunch and throw it towards me. Then she play bowed to me. I was squealing because it was so exciting but when Reese would bark a couple of times I got a little shy again. So Reese ran to my toy box and brought me another ball, squeaked it and threw it toward me again. Reese did that with three or four different balls of mine. Finally, I came out and started running around with Reese. It was crazy fun! Can't wait for her to come back to play again.

The lion lays in wait for her chance to pounce...

Sometimes I like to chew the grass. I got a new collar and Mom says it has "cows" on it.
 Wonder why she got that one?
Dancing with Mike....he is da man!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Poodle vs. Gorilla

When I was new, my people kept calling me goRilla.  I was a little confused. Then I found out it was because sometimes my head reminded them of a goRilla.  May I take this time to remind you of a few facts about goRillas.

1. They are the largest living primate
2. Are very intelligent and share a full range of emotions and they laugh when they are tickled!
3. Can live for more than 50 years.
4. They are herbivorous.
5. An unexpected arrival of a strange male in the group may cause the Silverback to mount an ellaborate warning display.

Which one of these things is not like the other?

Hey look at this I even have my own YouTube page.  Check it out - here is my first video.

Paws Up ~ Charley

Monday, April 18, 2011

Psssst, Shhhh - They Think I'm Sleeping

Yo - Charley here again.  Mom is a bit slow getting this blogging thing down so thought I better sneak on and do a little posty.

Lots of adventures the last few days....

Been training my peeps when they need to feed me...

I love my kibble...nom, nom, nom!

Practicing the dumbbell retrieve for future Obedience trials!

Mastering my puppy sits.

Practicing my Recalls.  I'm doing really good. My peeps make it so much fun.

I fly through the air!

Coming Daddy!

Almost there!

Here I come Momma....

Can you...

catch me!

Zoom, Zoom!

After all that running I like to rest and get my tumz rubs!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hello World It's me Charley!

Hi there.  Charley here.  I'm new, real new. Like about 9 weeks new.  I've been with my new family, my permanent Mom and Dad for a little over a week.  They are some awesome pawsomes let me tell you.

I had a long car ride after I left my Mom and my sibs, but to be honest I haven't really thought of them that much. I've had so much fun and been so busy with the new folks. I'm a standard poodle by the way and don't let my name fool ya, I am a girl.  I am a very smart cookie.

Things are going well...I'm learning lots.  I pretty much have the whole house scoped out. I race my folks up the stairs to a really cool place where we all sleep at night.  I'm not so good at going down, but I figure there's always something to learn next week.

I'm keeping my new folks on their toes.  They say I was a late mid-life crisis project. My mum has always worked from home and boy does she keep busy.  Dad recently retired and thought I would be good company for help working in the garden and long walks.  Those older folks need to keep limber ya know and I think I have really helped since I've been here. 

The first few days I heard them talking about their backs being a bit sore.  I guess those back muscles and kinks have all been worked out - what with all the bending over they've had to do with picking me up and putting me down. 

Oh and lets not forget the arm workouts, particularly the wrist workouts I have been able to provide with the picking up of the packages and wiping up the tinkles when I didn't get outside in time. 

Since their upper body strength seemed better lately, I decided it was time to start on their lower body strength and work the legs.  I started going outside to leave my packages and tinkles.  Boy, oh boy everyone seems really happy about that, we have a big pawty every time I leave a little something outside in the grass - Who knew! 

My favorite new thing is racing through the house in a big circle.  I go through the kitchen into the front hall around through the living room and back to the kitchen where I slide on the tile.  It's fun!  I saw the big dog they call Reese do it and it was scary when she was running.  But I tried it after she was gone and it is lots of fun!  

I am a good tugger at least that's what Reese's person says - she comes to visit often and usually brings some fun new toy.  She has this thing called a clicker that makes a funny noise. When I hear it I get excited because then I get a little piece of kibble.  It is pretty cool. Tonight I played a game where I would sit and I would hear the click and poof like magic I got a piece of kibble.  Fun, fun! 

Well I better get off the PC as Mum and Dad might be back soon.  Don't want to let them know just how smart I am yet.  Good things come to those who wait!