Sunday, October 15, 2017

Remembering on Sunday


October 2016 was a very difficult time for all of us here at The OP Pack.  We lost our incredibly sweet and special girl Angel Ciara on October 6, 2016.  She was only 6 years old, a life cut short way too soon by an evil force that we could not control.


Today we want to honor the joy of Ciara.  She left an indelible mark on our lives and we want to celebrate her life with us.  It is hard to believe that it has already been a year.

Ciara's early life was totally intertwined with her half brother (Thunder and Ciara had the same father) as the following series of photos will attest.







The very sudden loss of Thunder the summer of 2013 had a major impact on Ciara. She had truly lost the best friend she would ever know.  It was shortly after that date that her troubles began.  But we are sure that the two Angels are once again bound together by their hearts of love. 



Ciara was loved by her packmates.  Here is our foursome, the Three Angels - Ciara, Thunder, and Phantom - along with Lightning, the baby of the quartet.



Ciara was very attached to our little princess dancerina C.



And twin brother J made a great snuggle buddy.



Ciara loved her toys, sometimes a little too much:)



Ciara was always a comfort to the old man Phantom.  She seemed to sense his need for a little space with a hint of loving closeness. 


And when we became a pack of two with the passing of Phantom, she and Lightning formed a stronger bond that became her source of comfort when her curse of seizures hit.



There are not enough words to describe the joy, love, happiness, and comfort Ciara brought to our lives.  Our eyes still fill with tears when we think of her life with us and how much we still miss her.

Her smile would melt your heart.  And those copper eyes oozed the love she felt for all.


We miss you, baby girl, and we will love you forever.

Woos - Mom and Dad, Lightning, and your gift to us - Misty - and the bonus gift of Timber


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Caturday Art


It's Caturday Art Day with Athena the Cat Goddess.
Let's join the bloghop.



We decided we would let Mom share one art creation of hers today. She has been working on this all week.

It is a floral wreath headpiece for the oldest grandbiped K for a school project.  The candles are battery-operated and they even flicker.  Mom used pipe tube clamps to attach them to the wreath's frame.  She still has a little bit more work to do, but we thought it was perfect for Caturday Art.

We have been remiss in our posting this week, but we have to put all the blame on the Momster. She has been busy helping Dad by doing some typing for him, shopping for the final products for our second floor renovation, and having fun with the grands who had three days of no school for parent/teacher conferences.  We had fun with the kids too, but we are ready for life to get back to normal, well, the normal crazy:)

Here is our Caturday Art photo for the day.
We hope our dreams come true THIS winter.

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber





Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday Timber Training Talk


So I have been doing a lot of "training" with Mom lately.  I think SHE is doing pretty good.  She seems to learn very quickly.  She feeds me my meals on time, takes me for nice walks, plays with me, and gives me lots of tummy rubs and ear scritchies. In exchange, I am doing marvelously with sit, stay, down, paw, and leave it.  I am making great strides with potty training, just the overnight issue of mostly dry nights and an occasional wet night.  


She says she gives me very good marks too, except for one thing.  I am going to let her do the talking now.

So a while ago, we mentioned that Timber had an issue with some guarding of a few of his toys.  There are only four toys that seem to be HIS treasures.  Now all of these four toys are pre-Timber, well-loved and enjoyed by both Lightning and Misty (and even Angel Ciara).  So they are not new, not HIS.



A silly fuzzy turtle and a nubby-textured dinosaur.


A crinkly critter that might be a dog with wings?  and Sneaky Snake.

The turtle, dinosaur, and snake have/had squeakers, and the critter has crinkly paper inside.  The turtle and dinosaur have recently been de-squeaked by Timber.  But the high level of interest is still there.

We also have many, many more toys with squeakers and crinkly sounds that are very nicely shared by Timber, Misty, and Lightning, like the four shown above. For some reason this snake doesn't seem to have that same high level of "mine" appeal as Mr. Sneaky Snake.

A blogger friend who is an excellent trainer and "reader" of dog behavior gave us some ideas for working with Timber to try to prevent this "guarding" behavior from going any farther.  It is a minimal issue now, but we don't want to see it escalate.  One of the things we have been doing is to only let Timber have these special toys when he is away from the other dogs.  During that time, we let him have one or two of the cherished toys and we do a lot of trading, toy for a tasty treat, over and over.  There has never been a problem for us to take ANY toy from Timber, even the ones he guards.  He just doesn't want Misty (or Lightning) to have those four toys.  He truly loves his time with these toys. They keep him very busy even with the repeated trading with Mom.  We were thinking that maybe now that he has desqueaked them, he would have less interest.  But as soon as he sees Misty in the other room, he goes under the table and very steadily keeps his eyes on where she is.  We are also reading a book reconmmended to our blogger friend by another dog trainer. The book is called "Mine: A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs" by Jean Donaldson.  The book has a lot of very good information but seems to apply mostly to dogs guarding from humans rather than other dogs.  We are still gaining a lot of insight into the whys of resource guarding and will adapt the suggestions to our situation.  

Meanwhile, we wondered how Timber would do if we introduced a new toy to the pack.  In the video you can see Misty and Timber enjoying their new pink piggy (with crinkly stuff inside) with Lightning watching the two sillies.  What you see in the video is typical of 99% of Timber's playtime with Misty - no guarding whatsoever.  There must be something very magical about his four "mine" toys that makes them different from all the others. We were very pleased to see that he reacted extremely well to a new toy.



Timber and Misty had a lot of fun with Pink Piggy, and it even appears that Misty took the lead role.  She even tried to engage Lightning who was too busy with his bone.



See, I really AM a very good boy, and I love to play with my packmates as long as I can have MY special toys alone:)


It may turn out that the toys in question may just have to be discarded. But if you have any other ideas, we are more than open to suggestions.


No, no, no, Mom.  Don't throw them away.  Let's keep trying.


Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber and Mom


Monday, October 9, 2017

Bone Appe-Treat Day



Last week we received an email from our #ChewyInfluencer contact, Ms. Natalie, from Chewy.com.  She was writing to tell us about a new item available at Chewy.com.  She told us we would be receiving one of these new items, but little did we know it would come the very next day!!!


Thank you, Chewy.com and Ms. Natalie.  Let's see what we got.


Look at this box!!!  It is called a "Bone Appe-Treat" Goody Box.  And trust us, it sure IS a Goody Box.  Look at what we found inside the box:


A box chock full of goodness!!!

Here is a closer look at each item in the box.


 "I and Love and You" nice jerky chicken and salmon bites grain-free dog treats.  Infused with a natural smoke flavor dogs love and no by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, rice or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.  They are the perfect "anytime" reward.







Hill's ideal balance soft-baked naturals with chicken and carrots dog treats.  These all-natural dog treats are grain-free and made without corn, wheat, soy or added artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.  Real chicken is the first ingredient and these treats are sure to make your dog very happy.




Halo Healthsome vegan biscuits with peanut and pumpkin.  Another grain-free treat that offer a whole lot of goodness in a holistic, wholesome snack made with whole food and a lot of love.



Who doesn't love a greenie!!!  This package of bite-size brushes are low in calories, easy to digest, and formulated with a patented breath-freshening system.  You will really enjoy all those sloppy kisses we dogs love to share:) 



Also included is a package of Starmark interactive dog treats.  With over 175 delicious treats in one bag and each treat under 3 calories, you can give your dog lots and lots of rewards in his/her treat dispenser, or even just from your hand during training sessions.



Last but not least, we found a USA Bones & Chews bully stick - a 6" dog chew.  We have never had the pleasure of a bully stick, but we think Mom is going to have to order more of these so we can each have one.  These 100% USA beef chews have no added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  Chewy.com tells us they have a rich flavor dogs love - we are very eager to find out:)

We are just amazed at how lucky we are to have received this goody box.  You can get one too right HERE at Chewy.com. There are three different box options:  two for dogs and one for cats.

  • Bone Appe-treat (A Surprise Dog Treat Selection)
  • Meow You’re Talking (Surprise Cat Toy and Treat Selection)
  • Tiny But Mighty (Surprise Small Dog Toy and Treat Selection)
Here is the description for the box we received, the first one in the list above:

Description:


Reward your dog with a pet gift box that’s filled with a specially curated selection of top-selling treats from premium brands. We’ll take the guesswork out of treat shopping, because each item is a tried-and-true pet-approved treat. Whether your four-legged friend’s a fan of soft and chewy bites or prefers something with a little crunch, he’s sure to love this pet gift box full of potential new favorites.


Key Benefits:

  • Five or more full-size goodies from premium brands.
  • Free shipping on every Chewy Goody Box order!
  • Handpicked gifts for dogs of every breed and size.
  • Great savings on everyday prices.
  • Surprise your own precious pooch, or give the Chewy Goody Box to friends and family as a thoughtful pet gift box.
  • It’s great for special occasions, new pet adoptions, pet birthdays or a special present for any day of the year.
Also included in the goody box is a pamphlet that includes a description of each of products found in the box AND instructions for your dog to learn some tricks.  



Our box included three commands: lie down, roll over, and give paw.   


Chewy.com sent us this box at no charge.  They asked us to let you know what we thought about this new item.  We have one word:  

FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!

We highly recommend you pay a visit to Chewy.com right HERE to see if one of these goody boxes will be making its way to your home too.  Thanks to our friends at Chewy.com for our marvelous surprise.  #Chewygoodybox

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Caturday Art with Misty

Let's have some fun with Caturday Art in a bloghop sponsored by Athena the Cat Goddess.





Mom had more fun with Lunapic:)

Woos - Misty




Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Family





He ain't heavy, he's my brother:)




Morning Meeting with my other brother:)



Yes, I am an equal opportunity sister!

Woos - Misty



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thankful (???) Thursday


Once again we are joining Brian's Thankful Thursday bloghop, although Mom isn't so sure about all this thankfulness.




So as we told you yesterday, we are in a bit of a rainy spell here.  SomePup, and we don't mean Misty, doesn't like to get his feety feet wet.  So last night Mr. T. decided he was not going to cooperate on his last potty time for the night before being crated.  Mom did finally get him to pee, but as for the rest of his business, he was NOT doing it even though the Momster KNEW he had to go.

So when she got up this morning, here is what she found.  This is an almost accurate re-enactment of the scene because at 5:35 a.m., she was in no mood for snapping away with the flashy beast.



Yes, that would be me, Timber, in my crate with a couple of chews and my towel.  Now I wasn't really sitting like I am now when Mom saw me, I was way at the back of my crate asleep and curled up in a ball.  And that blue towel WAS right where you see it, also curled up in a ball.




 So Mom thought I had been such a good boy to have kept my crate clean all night.  As you can imagine, she was very thankful for that.  She proceeded to take me, Misty, and Lightning outside (in the rain) for our first potty break of the day.  Once again, I only took care of part of my business, the wet part:) SHE couldn't understand why I wasn't pooping.  Surely she thought, he MUST have to go.



So back inside we all go, and Mom gets a very faint sniff of something not so pleasant for that hour of the morning.  See that towel again.  Well, I had been such a conscientious boy that I deposited what I hadn't done the night before ON the towel and then proceeded to roll it all up in a ball so I could still sleep in my crate.  What a good boy am I!!!  And Mom should be very thankful for that too.




For some reason, Mom didn't agree with my assessment.  Sheesh, here I thought she would be so thankful for my good housekeeping skills.



So I told HER that if she would just let me sleep out of the crate, that wouldn't have happened.




What do you mean - you don't think that's a very good idea???  Oh well, I am thankful you aren't too upset with me:)

Woos - Timber